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  • The Ruby in the Smoke

  • Book One
  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 831
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 432

In search of clues to the mystery of her father's death, 16-year-old Sally Lockhart ventures into the shadowy underworld of Victorian London. Pursued by villains at every turn, the intrepid Sally finally uncovers two dark mysteries, and realizes that she herself is the key to both.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must Read For All Ages

  • By Bonita on 06-23-04

Good Listen

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

Reviewed: 03-04-19

The book isn't terribly complicated, yet it's entertaining. The narrator's range and expressiveness is impressive. I enjoyed this book, thought it was too short. Will listen to the rest of the series.

  • Vengeance Bound

  • By: Justina Ireland
  • Narrated by: Eve Bianco
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

Cory Graff is not alone in her head. Bound to a deal of desperation made when she was a child, Cory’s mind houses the Furies - the hawk and the serpent - lingering always, waiting for her to satisfy their bloodlust. After escaping the asylum where she was trapped for years, Cory knows how to keep the Furies quiet. By day, she lives a normal life, but by night, she tracks down targets the Furies send her way. And she brings down Justice upon them.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • didn't finish

  • By Caitlin on 02-28-19

didn't finish

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

Reviewed: 02-28-19

I just could not get through this book. The conversations are stinted, the interactions are phony. I couldn't stop rolling my eyes, so I just stopped trying to finish.

  • A Local Habitation

  • An October Daye Novel
  • By: Seanan McGuire
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,078
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,078

October “Toby” Daye is a changeling, the daughter of Amandine of the fae and a mortal man. Like her mother, she is gifted in blood magic, able to read what has happened to a person through a mere taste of blood. Half-human, half-fae, outsiders from birth, most changelings are second-class children of Faerie spending their lives fighting for the respect of their immortal relations. Toby is the only changeling who has earned knighthood, and she re-earns that position every day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a fantastic book!

  • By Marci on 04-10-10

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

I just could not finish this book. It was so... boring. She explained things over and over, and the narrator's gasping voice just made me want to hit something. I was hoping for a book or story that could compete with the first couple Anita Blake novels (before it became glorified porn) but it just was soooo melodramatic, and dragged on and on. I found myself skipping chapters and I couldn't get myself interested.

  • The Inner Circle

  • By: Brad Meltzer
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,668
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,798
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,787

When Clementine Kaye, archivist Beecher White's first childhood crush, shows up at the National Archives asking for his help, Beecher tries to impress her by showing her the secret vault where the president of the United States privately reviews classified documents. They accidentally happen upon a priceless artifact - and find themselves suddenly entangled in a web of deception, conspiracy, and murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating

  • By FAC on 12-29-11

Meh

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

Story was ok, but kind of boring. I just couldn't understand WHY he cared so much, but maybe that's just me. Didn't catch my attention all that much.

  • Savages

  • A Novel
  • By: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,078
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 924
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 921

Part-time environmentalist and philanthropist Ben and his ex-mercenary buddy Chon run an independent Laguna Beach–based marijuana operation, reaping significant profits from an established clientele. But they may have come up against something that they can't handle---the Mexican Baja Cartel wants in, and saying no is unacceptable. When they refuse to back down, the cartel kidnaps Ophelia, the boys' playmate and confidante.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hard-Core ... Not For Everyone But Really Good!

  • By Jennifer on 01-10-13

Ok, but...

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

Seriously funny hearing a middle-aged man pretend to have a female orgasm... just... no...

The 100s of chapters was seriously annoying.

Ending is pretty cliche.

  • The Hate U Give

  • By: Angie Thomas
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 33,756
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31,206
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 31,098

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Entire Perspective

  • By Wendi on 01-14-18

This book is so important

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

So friggin good. It should be required reading for all teenagers. The story has depth and character development. It takes you on emotional roller coaster ride.

  • The Consumption of Magic

  • Tales From Verania, Book 3
  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Michael Lesley
  • Length: 18 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 535
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 515
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 513

Sam of Wilds faced the Dark wizard Myrin and lived to tell the tale. Granted, the battle left him scarred, but things could be a hell of a lot worse. It’s not until he reunites with Morgan of Shadows and Randall that he realizes just how much worse things could be. Because the scars have meaning and hint at Myrin’s true plans for Sam and the Kingdom of Verania. With time running out, Sam and his band of merry misfits must travel to the snowy mountains in the North and the heart of the Dark Woods to convince the remaining dragons to stand against Myrin. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Utter perfection.

  • By Janice Birnie on 05-03-18

Not interesting at all

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

First, I'll start with the performance. Michael Lesley is an extremely talented narrator, there is no question there. My problem is with the inane audio insertions of stupid things like a door opening, or the pathetic "roar" of the dragon. The audio would go from barely audible to HOLY CRAP THIS IS SO FRIGGIN LOUD with no warning at all. I've never had to change the volume of my headphones so much for an audio book.

Then there is the story itself. So. Much. Talking. There is no doing, there is just talking about the same things over and over and over again. Sure the characters change, but they all follow the same script. The first two volumes of this series was fun, silly, and ridiculous. I was excited to read the rest of the books. About half way through this book, I was skipping chapters and I still knew what was going on as they were just TALKING over and over and over again about how great the main character was. All great characters are JUSTIFIED in their greatness. It's fine to have a boastful character, but jeez. I couldn't finish the book. I was rolling my eyes too much.

  • The Lightning-Struck Heart

  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Michael Lesley
  • Length: 19 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,939
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,852
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,844

Once upon a time, in an alleyway in the slums of the City of Lockes, a young and somewhat lonely boy named Sam Haversford turns a group of teenage douchebags into stone completely by accident. Of course, this catches the attention of a higher power, and Sam's pulled from the only world he knows to become an apprentice to the king's wizard, Morgan of Shadows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely brilliant

  • By Rain on 12-23-15

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

This is a fun story. some of the dialogue is akward and unrealistic, but definitely a great listen

  • Dread Nation

  • By: Justina Ireland
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,565
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,470
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,464

Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania - derailing the War Between the States and changing the nation forever. In this new America, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Education Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Dead Are Never Lonely

  • By Cynthia on 05-15-18

Decent

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

pretty good book. the only real issue is that the narrator took long, awkward pauses in areas that were unnecessary.

  • I Can't Make This Up

  • Life Lessons
  • By: Neil Strauss - contributor, Kevin Hart
  • Narrated by: Kevin Hart
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,595
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33,444
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,279

Superstar comedian and Hollywood box-office star Kevin Hart turns his immense talent to the written word by writing some words. Some of those words include: the, a, for, above, and even even. Put them together and you have the funniest, most heartfelt, and most inspirational memoir on survival, success, and the importance of believing in yourself since Old Yeller.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I never give anything 5 stars but in this case...

  • By Marlana Crews on 07-12-17

Unexpectedly Inspirational

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

Thank you, Kevin, for sharing your story in such an honest way. I picked up your book at just the right time because this is just what I needed to push myself even further towards my career goals.

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