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  • The Girl with Ghost Eyes

  • By: M. H. Boroson
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 86

It's the end of the 19th century in San Francisco's Chinatown, and ghost hunters from the Maoshan traditions of Daoism keep malevolent spiritual forces at bay. Li-lin, the daughter of a renowned Daoshi exorcist, is a young widow burdened with yin eyes - the unique ability to see the spirit world. Her spiritual visions and the death of her husband bring shame to Li-lin and her father - and shame is not something this immigrant family can afford.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a must listen

  • By Misha on 06-02-16

I hope it becomes a series!

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

Reviewed: 10-13-16

I loved this book. I found myself doing other activities just so I could listen to more of the story.

The story line and characters were amazing. I felt like I was really being drawn into the story with the full range of emotions that each character was displaying.

The narrator was very good. I've listened to her with other audiobooks, so I knew I wouldn't be disappointed.

I really hope that this book becomes a series. I'll be keeping my eye out for more 😊

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Queen's Gambit

  • A Novel
  • By: Elizabeth Fremantle
  • Narrated by: Georgina Sutton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 196

Widowed for the second time at age 31, Katherine Parr falls deeply for the dashing courtier Thomas Seymour and hopes at last to marry for love. However, obliged to return to court, she attracts the attentions of the ailing, egotistical, and dangerously powerful Henry VIII, who dispatches his love rival, Seymour, to the Continent. No one is in a position to refuse a royal proposal, so haunted by the fates of his previous wives - two executions, two annulments, one death in childbirth - Katherine must wed Henry and become his sixth queen.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • more history less passion

  • By Cyndi Brownell on 08-30-15

you won't be disappointed

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

Reviewed: 03-10-15

I was a little unsure of purchasing this book, just because I'd never heard of the author, but I'm so glad I did. If you like historical fiction novels, then you're in for hours of captivating listening. I'm so excited to download another title from this author. Hopefully they'll be many other titles similar to this one in the future.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Rashomon Gate

  • By: I. J. Parker
  • Narrated by: Roy Vongtama
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

Sugawara Akitada is the son of impoverished nobility toiling at a low-level job in the Ministry of Justice. When an old friend, Professor Hirata, asks him to investigate a colleague's blackmail, Akitada takes leave of his stultifying job for a temporary post at the Imperial University. There he finds gossip and rivalry abounding.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Well, okay, so...!

  • By Great Tutu Kona on 06-25-12

Decent narration, great story.

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

Reviewed: 10-10-14

Would you listen to Rashomon Gate again? Why?

I thought the story was very enjoyable and it didn't have many dull points that left me wondering when the story would pick up again. The amount of twists and turns that storyline took was very entertaining. I would recommend this book to others and am now interested in listening to the other books in the Sugiwara Akitada series.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Rashomon Gate?

No spoilers from me ;) So, I can't comment on a specific moment, but I will say that certain revelations that the characters experience surprised me and pulled me deeper into the story.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The performance was a little difficult to get used to. I didn't like the narrators use of accents for each of the characters. It sounded like someone doing a racist impression of a Japanese person. It took me little while to get over that little hiccup, but once I did I was able to enjoy the story and even enjoy the different voices the narrator gave to each of the characters.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Valley of Amazement

  • By: Amy Tan
  • Narrated by: Nancy Wu, Joyce Bean, Amy Tan
  • Length: 24 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,239
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,901
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,924

Shanghai, 1912. Violet Minturn is the privileged daughter of the American madam of the city's most exclusive courtesan house. But when the Ching dynasty is overturned, Violet is separated from her mother in a cruel act of chicanery and forced to become a "virgin courtesan." Half-Chinese and half-American, Violet grapples with her place in the worlds of East and West - until she is able to merge her two halves, empowering her to become a shrewd courtesan who excels in the business of seduction and illusion, though she still struggles to understand who she is.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Life in a Courtesan house.

  • By Kristi R. on 01-02-14

Loved this book!

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

Reviewed: 12-10-13

What made the experience of listening to The Valley of Amazement the most enjoyable?

The story was wonderful. I was sucked into the storyline almost instantly. I love the relationships between the characters, they were so intricate and not connected in a typical way. I loved that I was on the edge of my seat and could really feel for the characters.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I don't have a particular favorite character, I loved them all. Although when the book switches to the different perspectives of the characters, it really gives you a better sense of how the character is feeling and why they are making certain decisions.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listened to all of the other available books by Amy Tan and I've liked them all, when she does the narrating herself, it does seem a little flat, but the story makes up for it. Plus, I like that I get to hear the author tell the story with her own voice in parts, knowing that she wrote the story.

Any additional comments?

This book has gotten some really unfair reviews, and I couldn't disagree more. This is my far my favorite Amy Tan book so far. I'm hoping that she does another book that is a sequel or something similar.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Flower Net

  • By: Lisa See
  • Narrated by: Elaina Davis
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 41

In the depths of a Beijing winter, during the waning days of Deng Xiaoping's reign, the U.S. ambassador's son is found dead - his body entombed in a frozen lake. Almost simultaneously, American officials find a ship adrift in the storm-churned waters off Southern California. No one is surprised to find the fetid hold crammed with hundreds of undocumented Chinese immigrants - the latest cargo in the Chinese mafia's burgeoning smuggling trade. What does surprise Assistant U.S. Attorney David Stark is his discovery that among the hapless refugees lies the corpse of a Red Prince, a scion of China's political elite.The Chinese and American governments suspect that the deaths are connected, and in an unprecedented move they join forces to solve this cross-cultural crime. Stark heads for Beijing to team up with police detective Liu Hulan, whose unorthodox methods are tolerated only because of her spectacular investigative abilities. Their investigation carries them into virtually every corner of today's China, and leads them to Los Angeles's thriving Asian community - where their search turns up a bloodthirsty murderer at the apex of China's power structure. Their work together also ignites their passion for each other - a passion forbidden by their respective governments, and one that plays right into the hands of a serial killer.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • terrible reader , not very coherent book

  • By JB on 03-09-06

Where's the unabridged version?

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

Reviewed: 05-11-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Flower Net to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version of Flower Net, but I have read other books by Lisa See. I would imagine that the reading experience would be just as satisfying as the listening experience. Although, I wish that they would re-record this book in an unabridged version. I thought the music that signaled the end of a scene or chapter was interesting. I'm not sure that I would prefer that it be there, but the music was nice.

What other book might you compare Flower Net to and why?

I would probably compare this book to the others in the Red Princess series. They all are good, with a great story line and suspense that keeps me guessing.

Did Elaina Davis do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

At first I didn't like Davis' reading style, I've listened to other Lisa See books narrated by Janet Song, and I have to say that those are superior. I did like how Davis gave different accents and changed her voice depending on the character. Sometimes the changes and voices seemed almost comical, but once I got used to it, it was fine.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

During the last half of the book, I almost cried a few times, but that sort of goes with the the situation.

Any additional comments?

Overall, I liked this audiobook version. Once I got used to Elaina Davis' voice and her character differentiation I liked listening to it and I was sad that it was over. I am disappointed that there was only this abridged version available. The other two books in the Red Princess series have two parts and are much longer than this version. Hopefully, Audible does the unabridged version in the future.