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  • Protection and Reversal Magick

  • A Witch’s Defense Manual
  • By: Jason Miller
  • Narrated by: Terrence Bayes
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 22

You could be the target of a spell or curse and not even know it! All people, witches or not, are susceptible to these attacks. The difference: witches and magicians can do something about it. Now you can too. Protection & Reversal Magick is a complete how-to manual on preventing, defending, and reversing magickal attacks of any kind. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is an awesome experience

  • By Alexandra Talon on 04-17-19

Who chose this narrator?!

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

Wow... I honestly just couldn’t finish this. I’m not usually so critical, but man I hope this narrator has a back-up job, because they’re not that great at this one. I seriously wonder who chose this guy, and why they wanted to hurt us.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Pure Murder

  • By: Corey Mitchell
  • Narrated by: James Foster
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 197

On a hot summer night in Houston, two teenage girls-bright, beautiful, success-bound friends took a shortcut home from a friend's apartment to make their curfew. They never reached their homes. The next morning, the families of the two girls began a frantic search, organizing friends and neighbors and posting thousands of fliers across the sprawling city. But not until an anonymous 911 call four days later were the bodies of Jennifer Ertman and Elizabeth Pena finally recovered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the most intense book EVER!

  • By bebe on 08-24-17

Why are people stupid?

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

Reviewed: 03-13-18

Any additional comments?

Apparently there are a WHOLE LOT OF PEOPLE that don't realize this is NOT A NOVEL. Check the category, folks: This is in NON-FICTION / TRUE CRIME. Some idiot even said this was too much like a documentary... hey genius: it IS a documentary!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Doctrine and Ritual of High Magic

  • A New Translation
  • By: Eliphas Lévi, John Michael Greer - translator, Mark Anthony Mikituk - translator
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 16 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

Filling a huge gap in our spiritual culture, here - at last - is a comprehensive and elegant translation of the 1854 French masterwork of occult philosophy. The Doctrine and Ritual of High Magic reignited the esoteric spiritual search in the West and led to the emergence of Madame Blavatsky, Manly P. Hall, and the New Age revolution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A performance tour de force!

  • By Brian Allen on 06-29-17

A performance tour de force!

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

Reviewed: 06-29-17

What about Sean Pratt’s performance did you like?

I admit, I was dubious about a narrator being able to tackle this tome - not only because of its obscure subject matter, but because of the incredibly diverse languages and terminology... but Sean Pratt swims through this esoterica as though Hebrew, Latin, French, German, etc. and fin de siècle French culture were every day conversational fare for him. Well done!

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Waiting for the Chorus

  • A Novella
  • By: Janel Peru
  • Narrated by: Mary Kate O'Neill
  • Length: 4 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Sarah's life was never easy, but she had it better than most and was content in working at her grandparent's diner alongside her best friend, Alex. But in a single night, tragedy strikes, spinning Sarah's once comfortable, predictable life into one of loneliness and confusion. With her world transformed, Sarah quickly grows leery of who to trust amongst those she calls friends. And as secrets come to light, Sarah has a choice to make - take charge of her life or allow fear of the unknown control her destiny.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Short but extremely enjoyable!

  • By Brian Allen on 06-06-17

Short but extremely enjoyable!

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

Reviewed: 06-06-17

What does Mary Kate O'Neill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrator completely made this story, IMO. She starts off slow, as if luring you in and before you know it, four hours have gone by and you just want to listen to more! I'm putting Ms. O'Neill on my "must listen" narrator list, for sure!

  • Demon Moon

  • Prof Croft, Book 1
  • By: Brad Magnarella
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 755
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 710
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 710

Show me an amateur conjurer, and I'll stop him before he gets himself killed. That's the idea, anyway. But New York City isn't what it used to be, and I don't mean the recent crash. Amateur casters are calling up creatures they shouldn't be able to. And there's been a murder at the city's most hallowed cathedral, a message in blood on the victim's back the NYPD wants me to interpret, like yesterday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Never a dull moment.

  • By Troublemer(tammy hovey) on 12-09-16

Derivative? Yes - but still good!

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

Reviewed: 12-02-16

Any additional comments?

Yes, there are comparisons to Butcher and his Dresden... but how can there *not* be, when the Dresden books essentially spawned this genre?

The story is fun and well written - the only drawback is the narrator. JPC can "read" well enough - but doesn't seem like he can "act" to save his life. And I'm not just talking about "character voices" - I mean, there's literally *no* connection emotionally between him and what he's reading... might as well be the lunch menu.

Honestly, I couldn't get through it - ended up just buying the kindle version and reading it on my own. If you like books in this genre, I recommend you do the same... read the book, skip the gawdawful "reader."

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lost Christianities

  • The Battles of Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew
  • By: Bart D. Ehrman
  • Narrated by: Matthew Kugler
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236

The early Christian Church was a chaos of contending beliefs. Some groups of Christians claimed that there was not one God but two or twelve or thirty. Some believed that the world had not been created by God but by a lesser, ignorant deity. Certain sects maintained that Jesus was human but not divine, while others said he was divine but not human.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Early Church(es)

  • By Margaret on 01-06-14

SMH

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

Reviewed: 11-15-16

Any additional comments?

I'm not sure which is more annoying - the narrator's *constant* mispronunciations, his nasal delivery, or how often it sounds like he's talking with half a mouthful of spit... either way, Mr. Kugler makes this book an excellent candidate for for actual reading, rather than listening.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Inner Christianity

  • A Guide to the Esoteric Tradition
  • By: Richard Smoley
  • Narrated by: Richard Smoley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

Definitively read by author Richard Smoley, this audio version of Inner Christianity brings a clear understanding to the listener of the complex universe of esoteric knowledge. Topics include esoteric orders past and present, inner traditions, Sophia and Mary, and Gnosticism, as well as well as the mystical body of Christ.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is a modern classic for the esoteric

  • By Allen on 04-17-13

Can it be re-recorded?

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

Reviewed: 10-11-16

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Richard Smoley?

ANY professional narrator would have improved this project. The author's delivery was flat, and the cringe-worthy regularity of word mispronunciation mistakes shows that he knows the words from reading, not from ever hearing them said aloud - a professional narrator would have researched the material and made sure they were pronouncing the terms and names correctly.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Paradox

  • By: Charlie Fletcher
  • Narrated by: Charlie Fletcher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

Those who belong to the secret society called The Oversight know many things. They know cold iron will hold back the beasts in the darkness. They know it is dangerous to stand between two mirrors. And they know that despite their dwindling numbers, it remains their duty to protect humanity from the predations of the supernatural. And vice versa. But two of the society's strongest members, Mr. Sharp and Sara Falk, are trapped in the world between the mirrors, looking for each other, searching for a way back home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Needs re- editing.

  • By Lorryn Wilhelm on 09-08-16

Oh dear, Mr. Fletcher

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

Reviewed: 08-15-16

Would you try another book from Charlie Fletcher and/or Charlie Fletcher?

No, sadly I fear I would not.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The story was fine, the problem is in the telling of it.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Charlie Fletcher?

Ideally, Simon Prebble, but in a pinch another actual professional would do.

Any additional comments?

Mr. Fletcher, was there honestly no one able to talk you out of this monumentally poor decision? The acting was poor, the characterizations inconsistent, and the production quality laughable (were you recording from within a tin can, perhaps?) - all things which detract from and impede ones enjoyment of the story itself, and could also have easily been avoided. One can only hope that someone comes to their senses and this story is re-recorded - at which point it may be tolerable. At *this* point, sadly, it is not.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Starship Eternal

  • War Eternal, Book 1
  • By: M. R. Forbes
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 936
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 872
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 877

Captain Mitchell "Ares" Williams is a space marine and the hero of the Battle for Liberty whose shot heard 'round the universe saved the planet from a nearly unstoppable war machine. He's handsome, charismatic, and the perfect poster boy to help the military drive enlistment. Pulled from the war and thrown into the spotlight, he's as efficient at charming the media and bedding beautiful celebrities as he was at shooting down enemy starfighters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • reader whispers for narration

  • By Kindle Cus on 02-21-17

A Tour de Force performance!

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

Reviewed: 06-23-16

Classic sci-fi story, told with adequate writing - but it's the tour de force performance given by Mr. Kafer that makes this an outstanding story.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • God Touched

  • The Demon Accords, Book 1
  • By: John Conroe
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,738
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,493
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,501

Chris Gordon is a rookie with the NYPD - one with a secret. In his spare time Chris is an exorcist without equal, with a gift from God. But when he saves a beatiful girl from a demonic attack, he discovers there is more to fear than just demons. Finding himself surrounded by vampires and were-weasels and facing a giant short-faced bear, Chris struggles to stay alive, all while protecting his deadly new girlfriend. And then there's her overprotective vampire mother!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Urban Fantasy Where Good Kicks *%# and I Loved It

  • By Don Gilbert on 11-19-17

Enjoyed the Writing

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

Reviewed: 06-16-16

Any additional comments?

I sincerely hope the narrator used his paycheck to get both acting and accent lessons. His voice was pleasant, but his acting ability was simply poor. This was a book I enjoyed *in spite* of the narrator, and not because of. Someone with talent could have really made this book shine. I'll give book 2 a shot and hope he gets better...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful