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  • Until the End

  • Quarantined Series, Book 1
  • By: Tracey Ward
  • Narrated by: Ayesha Kleinjan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

An outbreak of "The Fever" has taken hold of Portland, Oregon, bringing the population to its knees. "The Fever" spreads and kills quickly, but the dead aren't staying dead. When her neighbor, Jordan, saves her from an infected, Alissa joins him in his plan to escape the city, the zombies and the threat of a quarantine that will lock the living in with the undead. What she doesn't tell him is that she has an illness of her own, one that plays tricks with her mind and makes her a dangerous companion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome zombie apocalypse story!

  • By Anonymous User on 07-17-18

Great addition to this Genre

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

I like this genre and this story caught my interest right away and I found it interesting and will follow up with the rest of the series.

I read a negative review of the narrator, but personally I really liked her clear cadence because I felt as if she were simply reading the story to me in an easy to follow manner so I was able to imagine the characters myself.

  • Anansi Boys

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Lenny Henry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,494
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,491

Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully narrated

  • By A. Hawley on 11-23-07

Magic and Mayham

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

Reviewed: 08-09-16

What did you love best about Anansi Boys?

This was a wonderful magical story as all of Neil Gaiman's stories are. A bit slow at the beginning, but no matter, it began to captivate very soon. It had adventure and danger with interesting twists and turns. I loved the dip into mythology. Mythology is somehow satisfying to the inner being!

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

This is an amazing narrator who did more than justice to the characters and implications of the story.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Magic and Mayham

Any additional comments?

I loved this book.

  • Gregor and the Code of Claw

  • The Underland Chronicles, Book 5
  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 620
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 496
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 500

In this suspenseful final installment in the acclaimed Underland Chronicles, Suzanne Collins unfolds the fate of the Underland and the great warrior, Gregor the Overlander, in a manner that can only be described as masterful.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • They kissed. They parted. Fantasy meets Reality.

  • By Bruce on 03-13-13

Fantasy with a Profound Message

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

Reviewed: 12-30-15

Would you listen to Gregor and the Code of Claw again? Why?

I don't know if I'd listen again, but the books are among my favorites now. You are drawn in book by book, until the meaning of them is slowly clear. In most fantasy especially for a young audience, everything is solved at the end. Not so here. This story is a profound anti-war story that left me deeply moved.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Too many favorites. But I will remember many of them forever, and wish there was some way to know what happens afterward. But that is the underlying theme. Lives are ruined in wars, life goes on anyway.

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

No I haven't

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The ending was wrenching.

Any additional comments?

The characters were so well drawn and unforgettable, I feel I know them.

  • Murder in the Boonies

  • The Sleuth Sisters Mysteries, Volume 3
  • By: Maggie Pill
  • Narrated by: Anne Jacques, Judy Blue, Laura Bednarski
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

The abrupt disappearance of the renters at the Sleuth Sisters' family farm presents Faye with the chance to do something she's always dreamed of: start a draft horse rescue. The circumstances surrounding the move are strange, though, and Faye, Barb, and Retta begin to suspect that at least some of the family members didn't leave voluntarily.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Savy mystery story

  • By Paranormaly Yours on 11-12-15

Better as it progresses!

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

Reviewed: 08-31-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I'd recommend it but not to everyone. I like mysteries with women detectives but not everyone does. This series grew on me. I purchased the first one because it was on sale and enjoyed it though I thought the characters were a bit stereotypical. But by the third book, the author had fleshed out the sisters very well, defining them as real people with some history and points of view. The plots themselves are not predictable and they were solved with intelligence. I also enjoy the addition of new characters and animals.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

The narration was mostly okay, sometimes uneven but okay.

  • Legendarium

  • By: Kevin G. Summers, Michael Bunker
  • Narrated by: Robert Rossmann
  • Length: 3 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 651
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 593
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 597

In every generation, certain writers are chosen to be protectors of The Legendarium, a metaphysical library that exists at the nexus of the multiverse. Inside this library are doorways that lead to every world ever created in literature. There are forces of evil constantly at work to destroy the library and send the world back into an age of darkness. Now, in a time of growing illiteracy, two heroes are chosen to defend The Legendarium.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If Butcher & Fforde had a child, this would be it.

  • By Elizabeth Hauris on 07-02-14

Such Smart Fun

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

Reviewed: 12-13-14

What did you love best about Legendarium?

Totally unexpected angle, with great imagination. Two authors must save the world together in a possible alternate universe, which might even exist. Both authors are intelligent and brave Smart Alecks.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Legendarium?

When they realized what they needed to do in order to fulfill their mission, and the ending was so loving and tasty.

Which character – as performed by Robert Rossmann – was your favorite?

Both. And, the narration was perfect.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Adventurers Wanted, Book 3

  • Albrek's Tomb
  • By: M. L. Forman
  • Narrated by: E. B. Stevens
  • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 973
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 885
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 897

Two thousand years ago, the dwarf Albrek went looking for new mines in the land of Thraxon in the hopes of becoming rich - and vanished. Now the dwarves must find Albrek's magical Ring of Searching before their mines run dry, a possibility which threatens the livelihood of the entire dwarf realm. Alexander Taylor joins a familiar company of adventurers on a quest to discover what happened to Albrek, find his mythical tomb, and locate the lost talisman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great all around

  • By dlloyd on 02-21-16

Good Lightweight Epic Fantasy

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

Reviewed: 07-19-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Adventurers Wanted, Book 3 to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version. I've enjoyed the story, which is clearly written for a younger audience, but still with a very good and imaginative story. But I really had a hard time listening to the narration as every time E.B. Stevens spoke for the main character, he stuttered a bit, or hesitated, or sounded as if he wanted him to sound humble. It drove me crazy, like waiting for a drop of water to fall on my mind. I don't think I can finish listening although I did deal with it in the first two....but can't overlook it this time.

  • Theft of Swords

  • Riyria Revelations, Volume 1
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 22 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,671
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,354
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,336

Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • And I didn't think I liked fantasies...

  • By AudioAddict on 09-27-13

Fabulous

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

Reviewed: 06-27-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Oh yes I would recommend this book although I realize not everyone loves fantasy. But if you do, it's perfect.
I have so enjoyed this book....the sort of fantasy I loved when I was younger, but obviously I haven't outgrown a great story. The magical world of wizards, heroes, villains, elves, etc. Not a bit corny, all the characters are believable and memorable.

What other book might you compare Theft of Swords to and why?

Have to classify it with Tolkien, The Narnia books, Harry Potter.

Which scene was your favorite?

I had more than one favorite, but the ending, though somewhat predicable, is compelling.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Epic Fantasy of the Highest Order.

Any additional comments?

Can't wait to begin listening to the second book, Rise of Empire and then the third book. I'm already sorry it will have to end after that.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Shot in the Bark

  • A Dog Park Mystery, Book 1
  • By: C. A. Newsome
  • Narrated by: Jane Boyer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 92

Would you recognize a serial killer if you met one? Talked to one every day? Artist Lia Anderson doesn't, and neither does anyone else who frequents the Mount Airy Dog Park. But a violent death brings Detective Peter Dourson into the close-knit group, and he is convinced someone is not who they seem. As the investigation uncovers secrets, Lia struggles to cope with warring emotions and a killer watches.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Stars: Overall 4 Narration 5 Story 3.5

  • By Gaele on 12-15-13

Interesting Story but difficult narration

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

Reviewed: 06-21-14

Would you consider the audio edition of A Shot in the Bark to be better than the print version?

No

What other book might you compare A Shot in the Bark to and why?

The story was not a problem, I enjoyed it well enough, but no comparison comes to mind.

How could the performance have been better?

Her characters were inconsistent and her attempt at being diabolic when reading the murderer almost made me want to stop listening.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I enjoyed the author's obvious love of dogs, as well as her knowledge of dog behavior.

  • Yes, Chef

  • A Memoir
  • By: Marcus Samuelsson
  • Narrated by: Marcus Samuelsson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,191
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,047
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,043

It begins with a simple ritual: Every Saturday afternoon, a boy who loves to cook walks to his grandmother’s house and helps her prepare a roast chicken for dinner. The grandmother is Swedish, a retired domestic. The boy is Ethiopian and adopted, and he will grow up to become the world-renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson. This book is his love letter to food and family in all its manifestations. Yes, Chef chronicles Marcus Samuelsson’s remarkable journey from Helga’s humble kitchen to the opening of the beloved Red Rooster in Harlem.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fun and inspiring civics lesson

  • By loix on 06-27-12

Loved this memior...

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

Reviewed: 06-17-14

Where does Yes, Chef rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the top 10.

What did you like best about this story?

I have been a fan of Chef Marcus for a while anyway. I found his story extremely interesting and so heartfelt and honest.

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

Personally I loved his reading it himself. It made it very personal and I intimate, I doubt anyone else could have read it better.

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

I was simply immersed in his story and very interested to learn about both of his families and all the help and attention he brings to his original people. I also loved his relationship with his adopted family and their strength and warmth.

Any additional comments?

Loved his attention to food, and food fusion. I made the spice mixture myself and have become interested in Ethiopian food.

  • My Beloved World

  • By: Sonia Sotomayor
  • Narrated by: Rita Moreno
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,188

The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has become an instant American icon. Now, with a candor and intimacy never undertaken by a sitting Justice, she recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a journey that offers an inspiring testament to her own extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A book so wonderful I can't wait until I share it

  • By Mrs. Pearle G. Mintz on 01-25-13

Very engrossing and personal memoir

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

Reviewed: 06-09-14

If you could sum up My Beloved World in three words, what would they be?

Personal, intelligent, powerful.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sonia, of course. Her courage and determination to achieve and yet remain grounded in her own humanity. Her objective memories of her family and background. Her loving memory of her family while still being honest about their flaws.

Which scene was your favorite?

There were many scenes I was very moved by. Very much enjoyed her relationship with her grandmother.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but I also wanted it keep it going as long as possible.

Any additional comments?

Rita Moreno did an exceptional job narrating and sometimes I forgot it was not Sonia.