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  • Harry Potter: A History of Magic

  • An Audio Documentary
  • By: Pottermore Publishing, Ben Davies
  • Narrated by: Natalie Dormer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,556
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,442
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,433

The history of magic is as long as time and as wide as the world. In every culture, in every age, in every place and, probably, in every heart, there is magic. Harry Potter: A History of Magic reveals some of the hidden stories behind real-world magic and explores some of J.K. Rowling's magical inventions alongside their folkloric, cultural and historical forebears.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An enjoyable making-of documentary of sorts

  • By Tasha on 10-04-18

Natalie Dormer is wonderful, and that's about all

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

Natalie Dormer is a wonderful narrator, and because of her I'll give this an overall of 4 stars. Unfortunately, her parts are somewhat few and far between. A lot of the other speakers are quite annoying, and some are hard to understand. There were even a few parts that had low quality audio. The "story" itself falls very short of my expectations, and doesn't have any magic to it. Instead, it is like a documentary explaining the NON-magical history behind unicorns, potions, owls etc. As a Harry Potter fan, I wanted to enjoy this, but it just is not interesting to hear the *illustrations* of Harry Potter described ad nauseam. I think we would all be much better off just rereading the series, and actually looking at the illustrated versions. This felt like something thrown together to make a little more money off Potter fans.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Emma

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Jane Austen, Anna Lea - adaptation
  • Narrated by: Emma Thompson, Joanne Froggatt, Isabella Inchbald, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,996
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,077

This Audible Original production is narrated by Emma Thompson (Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy and BAFTA winner, Love Actually, Harry Potter, Sense and Sensibility), with a full supporting cast including Joanne Froggatt, Morgana Robinson, Aisling Loftus, Joseph Millson, Alexa Davies and rising star Isabella Inchbald as our eponymous heroine.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More of a Radio Drama than an audiobook

  • By Cyberlucy on 09-11-18

Well, that was wonderful

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

What a delightful way to enjoy a Jane Austen story! This dramatized version alternates between dialogue and Emma Thompson's narration over music. I thought the narrators were all excellent, and the sound effects and music really pulled me into the world of Emma. If you are an Austen fan, be aware that this is not a word for word reading. Rather, it is a new way to enjoy a familiar story.

I've read Emma many times over the years, and it was always my favorite besides Pride & Prejudice. I must say though, this adaptation really made me see the story in a new way. It's funny how reading it in your own head, you interpret it differently. I never realized the character of Emma to be so unlikable. Of course she is a little immature and grows into herself, but in this rendition she comes off quite conceited and, perhaps, even a little mean. It makes me want to reread the book and see how much I've missed!

Personally, I love this style of audiobook where each character is voiced by someone. I listened to this in less than 24 hours and wished it would never be over. I hope audible makes a dramatized version of all the Jane Austen novels.

126 of 150 people found this review helpful

  • Sense and Sensibility

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Rosamund Pike
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,161
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,055
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,050

In this Audible Exclusive production, Academy Award® nominee Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) narrates one of Jane Austen’s most beloved works, Sense and Sensibility. In this timeless tale of misguided romance and heartbreak, two teenage heroines must overcome the pitfalls of Georgian England’s high society in order to achieve the love and happiness they seek. The admiration that Pike has for Austen’s work is shown clearly through this passionate delivery of Austen’s first published novel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stellar Performance Elevates Austen’s Work

  • By Gretchen SLP on 10-09-18

A lovely listen, Jane + Rosamund = Perfection

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

Having previously listened to Rosamund Pike's narration of Pride and Prejudice, I knew this would be worth a credit despite having read Sense and Sensibility many times over. Rosamund has the most pleasant voice and accent, when coupled with a Jane Austen novel, makes for a wonderful listen. She keeps up a good pace, and adds subtle changes of voice when different characters are speaking. I think she understands the tone of Austen's writing perfectly.

I'm a big Jane Austen fan. I love to be transported to her world where life is simple, and relationships are complicated. While Sense and Sensibility has never been my favorite of her novels, it is still excellent. The language is beautiful, and the themes are still true today. While I'm sure men could love this book just as much, I think any woman could read this and relate to the characters hopes, desires, and worries in relationships.

I bought this purely for Rosamund Pike's narration, and will continue to do so with anything she narrates!

45 of 60 people found this review helpful

  • Learn French with Paul Noble – Part 1

  • French Made Easy with Your Personal Language Coach
  • By: Paul Noble
  • Narrated by: Paul Noble
  • Length: 3 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,602
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,229

Learn French with Paul Noble combines an exciting, new non-traditional approach to language learning with the easy, relaxed appeal of an audio-only product. No books. No rote memorisation. No chance of failure.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cut off words

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-26-18

The Best

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

Reviewed: 05-27-18

This is BY FAR the best introductory French course I've ever taken. After 2 college courses, Fluenz, and Duolingo, this is the first time learning French has ever felt within reach for me. After 3 hours, I can form numerous useful sentences rather than remember individual words like it is with most other methods. I think this style (audio) would work best for someone like me who is familiar with a lot of the vocabulary and knows how the words are spelled. With that being said, I would recommend this to anyone and everyone looking to learn French. Amazing!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Darkness of Sunnypoint

  • The Sunnypoint Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Audible Original Kids
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 163

Moving from the big city to the picturesque town of Sunnypoint seems perfect for Dillon and her mom. But the new house - a big, old Victorian - creeps Dillon out, especially the old trunk in the attic that seems to move by itself. As if that weren't bad enough, the tight-knit popular girls at her new school hate her instantly. Dillon finds solace with the quirky kids - Quinn, the film nerd, Birdie, the back-of-the-class wit, and Kumail, the history fanatic. Together they find a mysterious necklace in the trunk, and when Dillon wears it, all of her wishes seem to come true.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Creepy and fun!

  • By Angela on 10-24-17

Super entertaining...even for adults

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

Reviewed: 01-13-18

I chose this knowing it was made for children, but I really enjoyed it! I love the style of this audiobook. It's like watching a movie with your eyes closed. There are tons of sound effects and music to help fill in what's going on. I was never confused who was talking, or where the scene was taking place. I wish all audiobooks could have a narrator for every voice.

I can't speak to how entertaining this would be for a child. It might be a little creepy for younger children (I would have been scared, but I was a chicken). Listening to this as an adult, I did roll my eyes at some of the dialogue, but it was fitting considering the intended audience. I think story is good, but the real reason to get this audiobook is for the unique listening experience. Please make more like this, Audible!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Sherlock Holmes

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle, Stephen Fry - introductions
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 62 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,309
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,843
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,797

Ever since he made his first appearance in A Study In Scarlet, Sherlock Holmes has enthralled and delighted millions of fans throughout the world. Now Audible is proud to present Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, read by Stephen Fry. A lifelong fan of Doyle's detective fiction, Fry has narrated the definitive collection of Sherlock Holmes - four novels and four collections of short stories. And, exclusively for Audible, Stephen has written and narrated eight insightful introductions, one for each title.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Chapter Guide!

  • By Katya Rice on 05-25-18

Spend some time at 221B Baker Street

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

Reviewed: 03-01-17

I've always been a huge fan of the character Sherlock Holmes without ever having read a Sherlock Holmes novel. As much as I've loved some of the TV versions (BBC especially), I found 'A Study in Scarlet' difficult to get into when I tried to read it years ago. This is not the case when it comes to Stephen Fry's rendition! Not only is he an excellent narrator, but you can hear his love of the story and characters in his reading. His short introductions give some interesting tidbits, and work well as a break between stories.

Fry mentions in his introduction to 'A Study in Scarlet' that even after all this time, Sherlock Holmes remains the archetype of all the mystery genre--"the original, and many would argue, still the best". I have to agree!

48 of 59 people found this review helpful

  • My Husband's Wife

  • A Novel
  • By: Jane Corry
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,082
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,535
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,535

For fans of Big Little Lies and The Couple Next Door comes an addictive psychological thriller that's already an international sensation. When young lawyer Lily marries Ed, she's determined to make a fresh start. To leave the secrets of the past behind. But then she takes on her first murder case and meets Joe. A convicted murderer whom Lily is strangely drawn to. For whom she will soon be willing to risk almost anything.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • weak

  • By Jen Irish on 09-16-17

"Lies...They start small and then they multiple"

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

Reviewed: 02-04-17

My Husband’s Wife alternates between the perspectives of Lily and Carla. Lily is a lawyer starting her first murder case, freshly home from her honeymoon in Italy with Ed. Carla and her beautiful, single mother live nearby. The stories overlap, and weave in and out of one another. Throughout, there are hints of something sinister about both Lily and Carla—you wonder what has happened in Lily’s past, and what may happen in Carla’s future. Expect themes of obsession, guilt, and jealousy.

I was a little surprised, when I double checked, that there is only one narrator. Rosalyn Landor does a superb job, and changes her voice well for each character and situation.

What I enjoyed about this book was that it manages to be a thriller without just centering on the murder case as you might expect. Instead, it is just another piece in the larger puzzle of their lives. Is this book as good as Gone Girl?—no. However, I do think it will turn out to be a popular book in its own right.

66 of 73 people found this review helpful

  • Pretty Baby

  • A Novel
  • By: Mary Kubica
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Tom Taylorson, Jorjeana Marie
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,043
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,701
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,690

Heidi Wood has always been a charitable woman: She works for a nonprofit and takes in stray cats. Still, her husband and daughter are horrified when Heidi returns home one day with a young woman named Willow and her four-month-old baby in tow. Disheveled and apparently homeless, this girl could be a criminal - or worse. But despite her family's objections, Heidi invites Willow and the baby to take refuge in their home.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not worth your time.

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-02-15

I kept waiting for the unexpected twist to happen

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

Reviewed: 04-09-16

When I first read the premise of Pretty Baby, the topic of the homeless girl and baby didn't appeal to me, but when I saw it was a daily deal, I decided to give it a try. I immediately got excited as I listened and read reviews, thinking, "wow, I should prepare myself for a really tricky ending!" Perhaps, I wouldn't have been so disappointed, had I not gone into this story thinking it would blow my mind, as some other reviews claim. Instead, I found the ending wrapped up rather quickly and left me feeling like..."wait, that's all??"

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Kind Worth Killing

  • By: Peter Swanson
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller, Karen White, Kathleen Early, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,540
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,425
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,410

On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning and mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing very intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage that's going stale and his wife, Miranda, who he's sure is cheating on him. Ted and his wife were a mismatch from the start - he the rich businessman, she the artistic free spirit - a contrast that once inflamed their passion but has now become a cliché.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfection!

  • By DCinMI on 08-29-15

A not-so-thrilling thriller

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

Reviewed: 04-09-16

If you like books with major twists and turns, don't come along for this ride. The Kind Worth Killing is a somewhat interesting story about plotting murder, very much like stories you've undoubtedly seen before. If anything, it focuses mainly on the human psyche, and how such decisions can be rationalized. Lily is an interesting character, and seems to be the only one given any real depth. All the other characters and narrations fell flat for me. She was also the only narrator that seems to fit her character. The others are not particularly bad, but all have weird, raspy, rough voices. Towards the end, I was very much looking forward to moving on the a new book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Forgotten Room

  • By: Karen White, Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig
  • Narrated by: Morgan Hallett, Susan Bennett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,446
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,312

It's 1945: When the critically wounded Captain Cooper Ravenal is brought to a private hospital on Manhattan's Upper East Side, young Dr. Kate Schuyler is drawn into a complex mystery that connects three generations of women in her family to a single extraordinary room in a Gilded Age mansion. Who is the woman in Captain Ravenel's portrait miniature who looks so much like Kate? And why is she wearing the ruby pendant handed down to Kate by her mother?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The same story 3 times over...

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-30-16

The same story 3 times over...

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

Reviewed: 03-30-16

This story is told over three generations of women: grandmother, mother, and daughter. It really should have been cut to be only 1 or 2, as it gets to be very repetitive. The mother's story is the most boring, because you already know what happens before and after her by the other accounts. Olive, the grandmother, is the only genuinely interesting story in my opinion. Everything after that begins to feel a little too incestuous as you don't know which of the male and female characters may actually be related. All in all--very weird and got in the way of any romance for me.

There was nothing particularly intriguing for me, but it would have been a decent story if it just followed Olive, and maybe Lucy. Unfortunately, this book is over 13 hours in which I found myself constantly thinking, "Just get to the point already!"

28 of 30 people found this review helpful