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  • Aftermath: Star Wars

  • Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • By: Chuck Wendig
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,781
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10,759

The second Death Star has been destroyed, the emperor killed, and Darth Vader struck down. Devastating blows against the Empire and major victories for the Rebel Alliance. But the battle for freedom is far from over. As the Empire reels from its critical defeats at the Battle of Endor, the Rebel Alliance - now a fledgling New Republic - presses its advantage by hunting down the enemy's scattered forces before they can regroup and retaliate. But above the remote planet Akiva, an ominous show of the enemy's strength is unfolding.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing and Frustrating

  • By Jason on 09-08-15

Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow!

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

I love audio books and audio dramas, and I have never heard anything this well done and well produced. Chuck Wendig's Aftermath was already a spectacular story, but the narration and performance of this takes it to the next level. I cannot recommend the audiobook performance highly enough. Marc Thompson is amazing, his vocal range is unmatched, and the enthusiasm into which he throws himself into every fight scene is incredible.

Plus, I didn't know it was possible to love Mister Bones more than I did but he has somehow made that bot my favorite character in the entire Star Wars universe.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Jane Doe

  • A Novel
  • By: Victoria Helen Stone
  • Narrated by: Nicol Zanzarella
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,158

Jane’s days at a Midwest insurance company are perfectly ordinary. She blends in well, unremarkably pretty and extra efficient. She’s just the kind of woman middle manager Steven Hepsworth likes - meek, insecure, and willing to defer to a man. No one has any idea who Jane really is. Least of all Steven. But plain Jane is hiding something. Nothing can distract Jane from going straight for his heart: allowing herself to be seduced into Steven’s bed, to insinuate herself into his career and his family, and to expose all his dirty secrets. So she can take it all away. Just as he did to her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vengeance & Retribution!!!!

  • By shelley on 08-07-18

AMAZING

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

I've read or listened to almost 100 books so far this year, and Victoria Helen Stone's _Jane Doe_ may be the absolute best of the bunch. Better yet, Zanzarella's narration takes an already brilliant novel and makes it transcendent.

The heroine is a ballbusting sociopath pretending to be a beaten down doormat as part of her quest for revenge. Zanzarella switches between Real Jane's chilling narration and Fake Jane's simpering placation on a dime, jumping back and forth like a world class Double Dutch Champ and turning it into something seamless and thrilling.

If you have the choice to listen to this as an audiobook? Take it.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Bound: Mercy Thompson, Book 2

  • By: Patricia Briggs
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,825
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,573
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,570

Mechanic Mercy Thompson has friends in low places - and in dark ones. And now she owes one of them a favor. Since she can shapeshift at will, she agrees to act as some extra muscle when her vampire friend Stefan goes to deliver a message to another of his kind. But this new vampire is hardly ordinary - and neither is the demon inside of him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Blood Bound

  • By Deborah on 06-24-10

Fantastic Performance!

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

The Mercy Thompson series is a wonder: great from the first book, no sophomore slump, fantastic characters that all get deep and meaningful arcs, and a fresh and unique world in the larger urban fantasy landscape.

Even better, Lorelei Kong's performance takes these already great books to the next level. Her narration adds depth and nuance to a story I've already read twice. Wonderful work!

  • Midnight Riot

  • Peter Grant, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,747
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,353
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,343

Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I LOVE this Book!

  • By Nancy J on 02-26-13

Wonderful story, amazing performance!

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

Reviewed: 07-23-17

Loved the intricacy of the plot, the realistically-grounded characters, and a view of London that actually looks like modern London. Great writing elevated even further by a knock-out performance by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith! I want to buy everything he's narrated because he really goes above and beyond, not just reciting the story but breathing (and gasping and shouting and singing) life into it.

  • Midnight Crossroad

  • A Novel of Midnight Texas
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,012
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,009

From Charlaine Harris, the best-selling author who created Sookie Stackhouse and her world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, comes a darker locale - populated by more strangers than friends. But then, that's how the locals prefer it. Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It' s a pretty standard dried-up western town.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Okay

  • By colleen on 05-01-15

Great Story, WONDERFUL Performance

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

Reviewed: 07-05-17

I picked this up on a sale and decided to listen to it when I had time to kill. I hadn't expected to get sucked into the town of Midnight or the lives of its residents, but it was a great experience. This is a classic story of interesting people doing interesting things, and though it starts slow just hang on because the story soon picks up steam. It's very much a small town story so those looking for glitz and glam may be disappointed.

The performance really elevates the whole experience, to the point where I never want to physically read the books because I don't think they'll come close to the narrator's wonderful interpretation.

I downloaded the second book in the series before I finished this one, and I can't wait to get started!

  • Written in Red

  • A Novel of the Others
  • By: Anne Bishop
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Harris
  • Length: 18 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,422
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,086
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,093

As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut - a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg's Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard - a business district operated by the Others. Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Original, emotion-driven alternative reality

  • By Mike on 03-10-15

Love the book, less fond of the vocal delivery.

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

Reviewed: 01-26-17

This book is one of my favorite fantasy novels. Unfortunately, the audio version doesn't quite match up. While the novel has a distinct voice, the narrator is largely flat, except for the times she puts a... very creative emphasis on certain words or syllables. The accents she chooses for the supporting characters are inconsistent, sliding in and out of different regions, sometimes in the same sentence.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful