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  • In the Woods

  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 20 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,074
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,552
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,535

As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very mixed feelings (semi-spoilers included)

  • By Dottie B. on 02-14-13

Poor narration

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

Reviewed: 01-26-19

The story was okay, but the ending was too drawn out and maudlin. The narrator included some odd pauses - maybe he was sipping his water? Also we could hear pages turning and odd swallowing sounds that were not pleasant to listen to. I would not recommend this production nor this story.

  • Dawn of Wonder

  • The Wakening, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Renshaw
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 29 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,447
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32,381
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,299

When a high-ranking officer gallops into the quiet Mistyvales, he brings a warning that shakes the countryfolk to their roots. But for Aedan, a scruffy young adventurer with veins full of fire and a head full of ideas, this officer is not what he seems. The events that follow propel Aedan on a journey that only the foolhardy or desperate would risk, leading him to the gates of the nation's royal academy - a whole world of secrets in itself. But this is only the beginning of his discoveries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Instant Favorite

  • By Joe on 03-21-16

Bogs Down in the Middle

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

Reviewed: 06-28-18

This started out well, but once we get to the academy, I felt like I was going to school - too much about how to make a sword, or craft a bow. It feels like the author belongs to a LARP group and want to share his knowledge. Tim Gerard Reynolds once again, does a great job, no matter how weak the material.

  • The Accidental Empress

  • By: Allison Pataki
  • Narrated by: Madeleine Maby
  • Length: 18 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 465
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 409
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 410

The year is 1853, and the Habsburgs are Europe's most powerful ruling family. With his empire stretching from Austria to Russia, from Germany to Italy, Emperor Franz Joseph is young, rich, and ready to marry.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • learn your pronounciation

  • By Susan on 03-18-15

A maudlin history lesson

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

Reviewed: 01-27-18

The narrator has odd pacing. Sometimes she pauses overly long and at other points she speaks too quickly. She does not have a good grasp of differentiating the characters through vocal changes. The story itself drags. Too much description of this room or that palace and not enough emphasis on character development.

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  • Shadow of Night

  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 24 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,456
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,902
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,892

Picking up from A Discovery of Witches’ cliffhanger ending, Shadow of Night takes Diana and Matthew on a trip through time to Elizabethan London, where they are plunged into a world of spies, magic, and a coterie of Matthew’s old friends, the School of Night. As the search for Ashmole 782 deepens and Diana seeks out a witch to tutor her in magic, the net of Matthew’s past tightens around them, and they embark on a very different - and vastly more dangerous - journey.   

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended, however....

  • By J. Lunsford on 07-15-12

Wish this had a better narrator

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

Reviewed: 05-23-17

This was a fun story although it got slow at times. The narrator has some mispronunciation here and there that draw me out of the story. When reading a British character, be sure to actually pronounce the word as a Brit would.

  • The White Mage Omnibus: Books 1-3

  • By: Ben Hale
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 32 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,425
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,198

The Last Oracle, book one: Forced into hiding, the mages of Lumineia have been forgotten. In their absence the world has become known by another name: Earth. The humans have flourished with time, unaware that The Last Oracle is destined to unite them. At her touch magic will be unbound and known again as truth. But an ancient war harbors a deadly secret. Draeken, the Lord of Chaos, had a second apprentice, one who became trapped with the defeated fiends.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW

  • By Corey Wicks on 10-30-15

Regurgitation of Harry Potter w/references to LoTR

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

Reviewed: 11-19-16

What disappointed you about The White Mage Omnibus: Books 1-3?

With very slight changes, this was a reworking of the style and plot type of JKRowling's much more interesting and original work, right down to having it set in a school with a flying, tournament-type game, and magical/ non-magical humans.

What could Ben Hale have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Written a better plot.

Any additional comments?

I kept waiting for it to get better - I am still waiting.

  • The Circle of Sorcerers

  • A Mages of Bloodmyr Novel: Book #1
  • By: Brian Kittrell
  • Narrated by: Justin D. Torres
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 76

When Laedron Telpist's sorcery training is interrupted by a knock on the door, what once seemed a proper profession must now be hidden. In a world where priests and mages vie for the limitless power of the elements and a new Grand Vicar has sworn death to all sorcerers, Laedron is tossed into a nightmare which would see his destruction at every turn.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The storyline is great!

  • By WHYNDELL on 01-03-12

This was a disappointment

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

Reviewed: 05-25-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If the narrator had pronounced all the word correctly and kept track of what accents/inflections he gave to different characters.

What was most disappointing about Brian Kittrell’s story?

It was weak, and the ending not final. This is obviously part of a series, but it does not stand alone. Also, you can see the influences of Harry Potter, Septimus Heap, and other YA novels too obviously. It does not feel original at all, just a rehashing of other works

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Justin D. Torres?

ANYONE else!

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Circle of Sorcerers?

Perhaps the editor should have listened and had the narrator re-record the sections where he misspoke and garbled words.

Any additional comments?

This was a disappointment and it was a waste of money.

  • The Ghosts of Ragged-Ass Gulch

  • By: Bill Pronzini
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1,414
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 887
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 905

Ravaged by time and abandoned by the people who once flocked there in search of golden nuggets, Ragged-Ass Gulch is a ghost town. What’s left is a small, proud, and close pack of people who aren’t looking for change. But change seems to be afoot as several mysterious fires plague the town. That’s where the Nameless Detective comes in….

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Character study

  • By Elite Sapphire on 06-16-11

Don't waste your time

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-01-11

Wow - this was once of the worst books I have read or listened to in a long time. The writing is poor to mediocre (at best). The author substitutes real thought for cliche, and over-used descriptors for inventive and fresh images. There is no plot twist; you can tell "who-dunnit" from the beginning. Even the evil corporation is never so bad that you sympathize with the characters. Awful and a waste of time.

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