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  • Part-Time Gods

  • By: Rachel Aaron
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307

My name is Opal Yong-ae, and I’m a Cleaner. At least, I used to be. Thanks to the supernatural bad luck that turns everything I do against me, these days I’m more of a walking disaster. Getting rid of this curse is the only way to get my life back. Unfortunately, dragon magic is every bit as sneaky and deadly as the monsters behind it, and just as hard to beat.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Even Better than the Original story!!!

  • By LexiLikesLiterature on 07-08-19

A drag on novel

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

Reviewed: 07-07-19

Imaginative writing, interesting world building, but (as another reviewer said) "her broken magic and issues with her dad seemed to go on and on." And on and on, Same with the relationship with Nick. I finally gave up after her 5th or 6th interior pep talk. To be fair, I'm not the target audience, but the characters are a little old for so much teen angst.

  • Alexander X

  • Battle for Forever, Book 1
  • By: Edward Savio
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,107
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,106

Alexander Grant is a little too good at a few too many things. Two dozen martial arts. Twice that many languages. Chess, the piano, sports, forging excused absences, you name it. He graduated high school top of his class...seventeen times. Of course, no one knows any of this...when a mysterious cabal attempts to kidnap him and kill his friends, Alexander must use all his skills and centuries of training to outwit the most dangerous man alive, the mastermind of a plot that would change the world forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally enjoying Wheaton's performance

  • By Schmeegle The Book Nerd on 06-05-19

Good book, great narration, no chapter breaks

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

Reviewed: 06-27-19

Interesting story concept with a YA slant. I'll listen to Wil Wheaton read the phonebook, if you remember those. But come on, Audible. No chapter breaks? Like many other listeners, I'm sure, I use my books to ease me into sleep at night and it's hell to find your place in the morning when the entire book is a single "chapter."

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Burr

  • A Novel (Narratives of Empire, Book 1)
  • By: Gore Vidal
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 21 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25

Here is an extraordinary portrait of one of the most complicated - and misunderstood - figures among the Founding Fathers. In 1804, while serving as vice president, Aaron Burr fought a duel with his political nemesis, Alexander Hamilton, and killed him. In 1807, he was arrested, tried, and acquitted of treason. In 1833, Burr is newly married, an aging statesman considered a monster by many. But he is determined to tell his own story, and he chooses to confide in a young New York City journalist. Burr is the first novel in Gore Vidal's Narratives of Empire series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally! Vidal's Great Take on the Life of Burr

  • By John Norton on 06-12-19

Finally! Vidal's Great Take on the Life of Burr

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

Reviewed: 06-12-19

I began listening to audiobooks in the late 1990s when i moved to the mountains, adopted two dogs, and took them on daily walks of several miles. In those days you "rented" books on audiotape (or checked them out of the library) and played them on a Walkman (get it?) or similar device. That's how I first listened to this book. I loved it so much that I purchased a (used) set of the tapes and listened to it numerous times over 10 years or so.

The walks continued, but the tapes stretched, the devices evolved, and when I joined Audible and eventually began listening with iPhone and Bluetooth I lost access to Grover Gardner's excellent rendition of this classic. I have more than once begged Audible to add it, and while I don't think they did it for me (smile) I am delighted and grateful to see it here today! I see that Audible will launch the companion novel Lincoln in a few weeks - also read by Gardner, also wonderful.

After listening to (or reading) Gore Vidal's story of the Burr/Hamilton rivalry, Hamilton the Musical will likely seem more of a fantasy than ever.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Long Road to Mercy

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley, Kyf Brewer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,490
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,443

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe. Catch a tiger by its toe. It's seared into Atlee Pine's memory: the kidnapper's chilling rhyme as he chose between six-year-old Atlee and her twin sister, Mercy. Mercy was taken. Atlee was spared. She never saw Mercy again. Three decades after that terrifying night, Atlee Pine works for the FBI. She's the lone agent assigned to the Shattered Rock, Arizona resident agency, which is responsible for protecting the Grand Canyon. So when one of the Grand Canyon's mules is found stabbed to death at the bottom of the canyon - and its rider missing - Pine is called in to investigate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Damn, Baldacci is good!

  • By Wayne on 11-14-18

Great narrator

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

Good story that's sadly believable. Engaging new protagonist. And terrific narration by Brittany Pressley. I'll be looking for more of her work!

  • The Consuming Fire

  • The Interdependency, Book 2
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,823
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,351
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,337

The Interdependency, humanity’s interstellar empire, is on the verge of collapse. The Flow, the extra-dimensional conduit that makes travel between the stars possible, is disappearing, leaving entire star systems stranded. When it goes, human civilization may go with it - unless desperate measures can be taken. Emperox Grayland II, the leader of the Interdependency, is ready to take those measures to help ensure the survival of billions. But nothing is ever that easy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Building upon a collapse, this follow-up exceeds!

  • By C. White on 10-16-18

Ingenious!

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

Reviewed: 10-20-18

Super plotting and characterization, with Scalzi's trademark satirical touches. Okay, sarcasm. Wheaton must always do Scalzi.

In sum: Better than cats. Better than pie.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Rock with Wings

  • By: Anne Hillerman
  • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 677
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 611
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 609

Doing a good deed for a relative offers the perfect opportunity for Sergeant Jim Chee and his wife, Officer Bernie Manuelito, to get away from the daily grind of police work. But two cases will call them back from their short vacation and separate them - one near Shiprock and the other at iconic Monument Valley.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Navago Mystery Story

  • By Jean on 03-01-17

Strong performance by author and narrator

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

I've now read the first two Anne Hillerman novels, continuing the characters of her father Tony. Both are engaging tales, well performed by Christina Delaine (get off her back, people!). I've read or listened to all the Tony Hillerman stories and really appreciate how Anne has refreshed the "canon" by shifting the perspective from male to female and bringing the voices and stories of Navajo women more to the forefront.

  • Imogen Hermes Gowar

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  • By: Holly Newson
  • Narrated by: Imogen Hermes Gowar
  • Length: 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Imogen Hermes Gower, author of one of the most anticipated novels of 2018, joined us to discuss this, her debut, The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock. A spellbinding story of curiosity and obsession, it is filled to the brim with intelligence, heart and wit. Listen to this exclusive interview to find out more about Imogen’s writing process and research strategies and what it was like to see the audiobook being recorded. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So where is the book?

  • By John Norton on 05-14-18

So where is the book?

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

Reviewed: 05-14-18

At the end of this short interview, the producer says the book is now available for download at Audible. It's not - at least in the U.S. I'm eager to listen to it, after reading a review of the novel in the BBC History Magazine. When will it REALLY be available?

  • An Argumentation of Historians

  • The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 9
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,143
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,060
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,050

They say you shouldn't push your luck. Max gives her own luck a massive shove every day - and it's only a matter of time until luck pushes back.... January, 1536 - the day of Henry VIII's infamous jousting accident. Historians from St Mary's are there in force, recording and documenting. And arguing - obviously. A chance meeting between Max and the Time Police leads to a plan of action. And it's one that will have very serious consequences - especially for Max.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Re-download for final chapter

  • By Townsend on 04-13-18

Medieval Max

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

Reviewed: 04-17-18

Love Max's long interlude in a strangely familiar medieval location. The kind of time travelogue stuff all us fans of the Chronicles of St Mary's love. The usual excellent narration and enough heft to give it that BOGO-credit feel.

  • Deep Freeze

  • Virgil Flowers, Book 10
  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,430
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,097

Virgil knows the town of Trippton, Minnesota, a little too well. A few years back, he investigated the corrupt - and, as it turned out, homicidal - local school board, and now the town's back in view with more alarming news: A woman's been found dead, frozen in a block of ice. There's a possibility that it might be connected to a high school class of 20 years ago that has a midwinter reunion coming up, and so, wrapping his coat a little tighter, Virgil begins to dig into 20 years' worth of traumas, feuds, and bad blood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Virgil gets the s*** beat out of him...

  • By shelley on 10-21-17

Frankie's Man

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

Reviewed: 10-24-17

I love them all, but this one had more energy than the last, I think, with lots of the little touches that make Virgil books different than Lucas books... folksy bits, small town settings, eccentric (more than bat-dung crazy) characters. And what's this in Frankie's bathroom trash can? I hope the Johns both live long enough for the next one. That's me and the author.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Whole Art of Detection

  • Lost Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes
  • By: Lyndsay Faye
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,519
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,375
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,373

Internationally best-selling author Lyndsay Faye became enamored with tales of Sherlock Holmes and his esteemed biographer, Dr. John Watson, as a child and later began spinning these quintessential characters into her own works of fiction - from her acclaimed debut novel, Dust and Shadow, which pitted the famous detective against Jack the Ripper, to a series of short stories for the Strand Magazine, whose predecessor published the very first Sherlock Holmes short story in 1891.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marvelous!

  • By Gentleman Gamer on 05-16-17

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 10-16-17

Faye is so good at this, she extends the Canon. With Simon Vance at the microphone, I'd defy anyone who didn't know the difference, to tell the difference for most of these adventures.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful