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  • A Caress of Twilight

  • Meredith Gentry, Book 2
  • By: Laurell K. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,595
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,194
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,199

After eluding relentless assassination attempts by Prince Cel, her cousin and rival for the Faerie crown, Meredith Gentry, Los Angeles private eye, has a whole new set of problems. To become queen, she must bear a child before Cel can father one of his own. But havoc lies on the horizon: people are dying in mysterious, frightening ways, and suddenly the very existence of the place known as Faerie is at grave risk.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story- Terrible Narrator

  • By Alyssa Reid on 06-08-16

Story is rich- performance is not

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-19

I have been a fan of Laurell K Hamilton's work for years and this series is good. What I do not like is the narration - it is awful and distracting. I would have preferred her to use her regular voice and not attempt other voices. She does not do a good job of any voices and they all end up sounding flat and odd.
I think I will have to stick to reading this series again rather than listening to them. I certainly wouldn't listen to anything else this narrator would do.

  • The Laughing Corpse

  • An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel
  • By: Laurell K. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Alexis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,665
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,674

In The Laughing Corpse, a creature from beyond the grave is tearing a swath of murder through St. Louis. And Anita will learn that there are some secrets better left buried-and some people better off dead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love the book, but hate the Sound Effects!

  • By Lisa on 11-10-10

Great Story But...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-22-19

I love all of the Anita Blake books- excellent stories. The narration by Kimberly Alexis is a mixed bag, if she would just read the book in her own voice this would have been 5 stars. She tries to do voices that don't fix the characters and just don't sound good at all. Makes the book difficult to listen to.
And like others have noted, the sound effects and music are distracting in an audiobook.

  • Catching Fire

  • Hunger Games, Book 2
  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,297
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,975
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,194

Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great story - wrong reader!

  • By Erika Shaffer on 06-06-13

Story is fine- narration is awful

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-24-19

I enjoy the Hunger Games series but the narration is awful. So distracting I can hardly focus on enjoying the book.

  • The Hunger Games: Special Edition

  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Tatiana Maslany
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 377
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 361
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 361

Emmy Award-winning actress Tatiana Maslany narrates a brand-new special edition recording of the first audiobook in the worldwide best-selling trilogy from Suzanne Collins! In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Now THIS is what Katniss is supposed to sound like

  • By Carly Jurica on 11-02-18

Makes me love the story again!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-21-19

This recording made me fall in love with the story all over again. Captivating book, but the narration this time around is spot on. Tatiana does an amazing job. I hope the other books in the series will be done with her as well. Reminded me why I love this series.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Land: Predators: A LitRPG Saga

  • Chaos Seeds, Book 7
  • By: Aleron Kong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 46 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,340
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,650
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,592

In The Land: Predators, the Mist Village has harnessed its power. With core buildings, professional fighters, and now their own dungeon, the settlement is primed to grow into a kingdom of true power and magic. The path to power has not been without risk, however. The MistVillage has been noticed. Evil nobles from the Kingdom of Law, bloodthirsty goblins from the Serrated Mountains, an undead lord with a penchant for human sacrifice, and fanatical kobolds from the Depths all plot the village's destruction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Leveling up his writing skills

  • By Dallas on 08-15-18

He did it again!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-12-18

Another well written book that I could not get enough of. I stumbled upon this series a few months ago and I cannot listen to them fast enough. It is an engaging story with memorable characters as well as the performance by Nick Podehl is just amazing! He brings the story alive in ways that I have only experienced with Jim Dale for the Harry Potter series.

This is definitely a niche book that you need to understand what the RPG genera is all about to appreciate the detail involved and it can get a bit repetitive at times but story is engaging throughout.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Land: Forging

  • Chaos Seeds, Book 2
  • By: Aleron Kong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16,337
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,391
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,345

The second captivating installment of Aleron Kong's Chaos Seeds series. "We are life takers and heartbreakers," Richter shouted. "Let's go!" Richter and Sion are at it again! Even more of what you loved in the first book. Leveling, world building, awesome items, and what's that you say? Sure! Why not? What's a little necrophilia between friends? Join your favorite Chaos Seed as he answers the call of adventure and deals with the invaders, greedy dwarves, and a wood elf that keeps telling him he has a pretty mouth. Welcome back, my friends! Welcome back...to The Land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This RPG is LIT!

  • By M. B. Richards on 07-17-17

I am hooked!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-25-18

I love this series and the narration by Nick Podehl is fantastic! If you like RPG style games this is a fun way to incorporate that in a book. Seriously, listen now!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lightning

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,032
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,055
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,071

A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years. But even more mysterious was the blond-haired stranger who appeared out of nowhere - the man who saved Laura from a fatal delivery. Years later - after another bolt of lightning - the stranger returned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of Koontz' best, entirely enjoyable.

  • By Barry S. Sharpnack on 01-01-09

Performance ruins the story

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-20-18

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would have had someone else do the narration.

What did you like best about this story?

This is a great story, actually my favorite Dean Koontz one of all. The characters are rich and endearing, it makes you want to be a friend and protect Laura as well.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He nearly destroys an amazing story by terrible impressions and voices. I would have rather had him read the entire thing in his voice than try to create the characters. It is hideous.

Any additional comments?

I don't think I could ever listen to this audiobook again after the narration, it is like nails on a chalkboard. Just horrible.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful