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  • Winter

  • By: Marissa Meyer
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 23 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,350
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,920
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,925

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana. Winter despises her stepmother and knows Levana won't approve of her feelings for her childhood friend - the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn't as weak as Levana believes her to be, and she's been undermining her stepmother's wishes for years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • love it

  • By JoAnne Smead on 12-23-15

Series over...WAAAAHHH!! :(

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

Reviewed: 05-18-16

Please Marissa...write some more!!
And Rebecca...great job!
Nice tidy ending to a great story. Looking forward to more from this duo.

  • The Mists of Avalon

  • By: Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 50 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,463
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,072
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,082

A posthumous recipient of the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement, Marion Zimmer Bradley reinvented - and rejuvenated - the King Arthur mythos with her extraordinary Mists of Avalon series. In this epic work, Bradley follows the arc of the timeless tale from the perspective of its previously marginalized female characters: Celtic priestess Morgaine, Gwenhwyfar, and High Priestess Viviane.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Davina Porter brings an old favorite back to life!

  • By Carolina on 07-13-12

Fabulous

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

Reviewed: 05-18-16

Any additional comments?

Davina Porter...just the absolute BEST narrator. This story had me from the beginning. Being a HUGE King Arthur fan I loved this twist. It sort of explained a lot of quirks in the normal telling of the tale, but still remained fairly true to the original. Had me on Google Earth looking at sights mentioned in the book for hours. Good stuff.

  • Splintered

  • By: A. G. Howard
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Gibel
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,057
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,066

This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of Underland, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers - precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Had Potential, But That Was It...

  • By Xena on 05-20-13

Not Bad

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

Reviewed: 05-18-16

Any additional comments?

I don't think I will go beyond this first in the series. It's a bit twisted, but overall easy on the ears.

  • Broken

  • Broken, Book 1, Nick
  • By: Annie Jocoby
  • Narrated by: Jeremy York, Allison Lynnewood
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

Nick O'Hara is a veritable womanizer. The only qualifications that he looks for in a romantic connection is that the person is hot and breathing. Mainly hot. He has no desire for an emotional connection with another person, and that's the way he lives his life. He has his fabulous wealth and his reputation as a premiere architect, and that's enough for him. Until Scotty James.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good story

  • By Jonella A. Moore on 01-04-17

Wish there were Negative stars

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

Reviewed: 04-18-16

Would you try another book from Annie Jocoby and/or Jeremy York and Allison Lynnewood ?

Absolutely not

What could Annie Jocoby have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Stop writing like a 5th grader

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Jeremy wasn't terrible but OMG Allison Lynnewood is the absolute WORST. I wanted to strangle her.

What character would you cut from Broken?

All of them

Any additional comments?

Juvenile, ridiculous storyline, badly written, badly executed, just "badly". I bought this on sale to give it a shot, I like series books. Will definitely be returning it.

  • Silent on the Moor

  • By: Deanna Raybourn
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,065
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 794
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 794

In Grimsgrave Hall, enigmatic Nicholas Brisbane has inherited a ruined estate, replete with uncanny tenants and one unwanted houseguest: Lady Julia Grey. Despite his admonitions to stay away, Lady Julia arrives in Yorkshire to find Brisbane as remote and maddeningly attractive as ever. Cloistered together, they share the moldering house with the proud but impoverished remnants of an ancient family: the sort that keeps their bloodline pure and their secrets close.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling romance continues

  • By M&M on 06-30-09

Bored with them

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

Reviewed: 06-15-14

Any additional comments?

Will not go further with this series...Ellen Archer does a helluva job though. Story just ran flat...now that they are a couple, sexual tension (which was getting boring anyway) is gone. Same thing happens on every TV episode where the sexual tension is a major plot line. The "mysteries" are beyond believable.

  • Outlander

  • Outlander, Book 1
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 32 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54,544
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,482
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,330

Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Time Travel VS Romance Quandary

  • By Sara on 09-10-14

Proud to be a McKenzie

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

Reviewed: 04-22-14

Any additional comments?

This series makes me even more proud of my Scottish heritage. I've been to several of the places she mentions and can see them in my memory with a new look to them. Thanks Diana...they're great!!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Winter Sea

  • By: Susanna Kearsley
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,784
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,046
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,065

History has all but forgotten.... In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But then she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Get Out Your Hankies

  • By Martha on 07-29-11

Such awful narration

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

Reviewed: 04-22-14

What would have made The Winter Sea better?

Someone else performing the narration

What could Susanna Kearsley have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I don't know...I couldn't finish it.

Would you be willing to try another one of Rosalyn Landor’s performances?

Not on your life.

Any additional comments?

I might buy the book and read it, but I couldn't finish listening to it. In fact, I didn't make it past the first chapter. Her voice, when not in character, is sooooo boring and condescending-ish. When she spoke in the character of the first person...it was better. But I just couldn't stomach any more after half an hour.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Book Thief

  • By: Markus Zusak
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,650
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,529
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,562

It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I took a chance.

  • By Robert on 08-20-11

I'm sooo excited to see the movie

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

Reviewed: 04-22-14

What did you love best about The Book Thief?

Hans/Poppa

Which character – as performed by Allan Corduner – was your favorite?

Rudy

Any additional comments?

What an amazing story. So full of life, lots of humor and so "in the moment" of Nazi Germany. I was thrilled to read that the movie was coming out, although they usually butcher a good book. I upset myself by watching the movie trailer during listening to the book, which altered my visual images of the characters somewhat...but I regained my own perception. Zow-mench and Zow-Kell are now permanent playful names between my Husband and I.

  • The Shifting Fog [also published under the alternate title The House at Riverton]

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 18 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 978
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 882
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 880

Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again. Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Alternate title for "The House at Riverton"

  • By Karen on 12-22-13

LOVE, LOVE, LOVED IT!!!

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

Reviewed: 04-22-14

What did you love best about The Shifting Fog?

The story was so compelling

What did you like best about this story?

The characters were perfectly formulated

What does Caroline Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The wonderul voices, although I am a bit peeved with the way British narrators bring American accents to life. I hope we don't really sound that way to their ears. It's disgusting.

Any additional comments?

I wish they'd make a movie about making the movie. It would make a terrific film.

  • Doomsday Book

  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 26 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,049
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,147
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,170

For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Timely, beautiful, terrible and haunting

  • By mudcelt on 11-02-09

Compelling

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

Reviewed: 01-14-14

Any additional comments?

Very well written and performed. Gritty. I felt like I was actually there and that the time travel was really possible. After reviewing the further books in the series though, I think I will stop at this one. Not much into wartime stories.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful