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  • Jackaby

  • By: William Ritter
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,446
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,337
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,331

Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1890, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary - including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • YA Sherlock and his Dr. Who companion - with fae

  • By withherownwings on 02-20-15

Cute but unremarkable

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

Reviewed: 02-10-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yeah I would. Its a cute book. Very light though with no real heft to it. I'd say it's a cross between Sherlock Holmes and The Librarians. So if your looking for that kind of read, well, here you go.

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

I'm reluctant to answer this question because it is someone work and they clearly worked hard to flush out a story and develop the characters. Just for me it a little on the "light reading" side and I wasn't expecting that. I wouldn't change anything.

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

I don't believe I have. The narration was fine, although Jackaby's clipped tone and over pronounciation could be grating.

Did Jackaby inspire you to do anything?

Yes, solve supernatural crimes.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Queen's Poisoner

  • The Kingfountain Series, Book 1
  • By: Jeff Wheeler
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,811
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,436
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,424

King Severn Argentine's fearsome reputation precedes him: usurper of the throne, killer of rightful heirs, ruthless punisher of traitors. Attempting to depose him, the Duke of Kiskaddon gambles...and loses. Now the duke must atone by handing over his young son, Owen, as the king's hostage. And should his loyalty falter again, the boy will pay with his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great audio book.

  • By Classic Lit Fan on 04-21-16

Readable, but rocky start to the series.

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

Reviewed: 02-10-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes and no. The story could be riveting at times, but the age of the protaginist, 8 years old, was in my opinion too young to have some of the insights and language skills he possessed. I felt like I was reading a slightly adult version of a children's book.

What did you like best about this story?

What I liked best was not so much the current story, like I said it reads a bit like a kids book, but the promise of what's to come; such as a better explanation of Owen's powers, more information about the exhiled Queen, and the budding relationship between Owen and Ellie, who I hope is slightly less annoying in the next book.

Which scene was your favorite?

Probably when Owen and Ellie discover the cistern and what Owen sees there.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

They would have to make Owen older, maybe 11 or 12, but even then it would still be dubbed a kids movie. Depends on who's in it, the director, and so on.

  • The Dirt on Ninth Grave

  • By: Darynda Jones
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,538
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,227

In a small village in New York, Charley Davidson is living as Jane Doe, a girl with no memory of who she is or where she came from. So when she is working at a diner and slowly begins to realize she can see dead people, she's more than a little taken aback. Stranger still are the people entering her life. They seem to know things about her. Things they hide with lies and half truths. Soon she senses something far darker. A force that wants to cause her harm, she is sure of it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful, Hilarious, Excellent

  • By Catherine J. Pondozzi on 02-01-16

This series is uniquely wonderful

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

Reviewed: 02-05-17

Would you consider the audio edition of The Dirt on Ninth Grave to be better than the print version?

I would. I love reading the books, but I have to say there is something additional gained by listening to this wonderful series narrated by the amazing Lorelei King.

What did you like best about this story?

Because Charley has amnesia everything is new for her, so as readers we get to take the journey all over again in a way, along with her. Plus, this was an especially funny story. Well the story not so much, but the dialogue is just hilarious at times.

Which character – as performed by Lorelei King – was your favorite?

Charley of course!

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

Yes. I wish it were longer though. This one seemed especially short.

  • The Light Who Shines

  • Bluebell Kildare Series, Book 1
  • By: Lilo Abernathy
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 417
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 394
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 390

When Supernatural Investigation Bureau agent Bluebell Kildare (a.k.a. Blue) arrives at the scene of the crime, it's obvious the grotesquely damaged body of the deceased teenage boy was caused by far more than a simple hit and run; and she vows to catch the killer. Using her innate sixth sense, Blue uncovers a powerful magical artifact nearby. She soon discovers it acts as a key to an ancient Grimoire that was instrumental in the creation of the Vampire breed and still holds the power to unravel the boundaries between Earth and the Plane of Fire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely love this book!

  • By Emmi Kivimäki on 01-04-15

Sorry to say but I was not as enamored as others..

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

Reviewed: 01-20-17

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Well I really wanted to enjoy it more, but sadly I disliked it a lot. Clearly I am in the minority so I think a lot of people would and do, enjoy this book/series.

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

Bluebell especially bugged me so I would get rid of her. Of course then the story would be completely different and we wouldn't be having this conversation.It bothers me that she is so naive. Almost like she didn't grow up in an orphanage where she was bullied and is living in a supernatural world where much of the human population hates her. She seems meek and less like a detective and more like she should be braiding a unicorn mane and singing lullabys to birds all day. I mean she was almost raped, and practically whipped to death and she acts like it was no big deal. Considering she's an empath I would expect more realistic emotions from her. She's also kind of an egotist. She pats herself on the back quite a bit in my opinion. There is a lot of martyring going on with her and Jack and it gets pretty old pretty fast especially the brooding male bullshit and the "She's too good for me therefore...." No one is perfect dude, get over yourself.I think this book would have benefited more from a third person point of view rather
than coming from the first person of two people, it was distracting. The book uses a lot of "nonsense filler" to
overly describe scenes and emotions and internal thoughts, and is over 70 chapters long and it's completely unnessary.
Varg can stay though; love Varg!

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

No I haven't. I didn't have a problem with the narration. I thought she did a great job. I only had a problem with the dialogue, which is clipped and overly formal. The conversations just didn't feel like normal one's.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment, some annoyance. There was defnetly an eyeroll or two.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Angelfall

  • Penryn & the End of Days, Book 1
  • By: Susan Ee
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Davies
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,699
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,448
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,462

It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her 17-year-old sister, Penryn, will do anything to get her back. Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel. Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl. Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You know that joke about O-HI-O? Reverse it.

  • By Jay on 10-06-12

I guess angels are the new zombie.

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

Reviewed: 01-17-17

Where does Angelfall rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I really loved this book. Angels seem to be the newest supernatural obsession and I can see why; they're dasterdly! Jealous, petty, brutal, and full of pride. Just like everyone else, but they have better weapons.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Well Raffe of course. The forlorn brooding Greek god-like work of art, even with wings castrated is still a formiddable specimen of Angel yumminess. Penryn's great too.

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

I always have a hard time answering this type of question. Its just fun to listen to these stories. It really makes my day wizz by at work. But I did love her impression of Pennryn's mom. "Penrynnnn!", she would say. Love how she drags that one out.

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

There were funny moments. Raffe has a bit of dry humor as only a creature that doesn't understand humans, but is now forced to live with them, could.

Any additional comments?

Fun book, can't wait for the next!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Eye of the Storm: Eilida's Tragedy

  • Ruthless Storm Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Elle Klass
  • Narrated by: Belle Burkhart
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

A disturbance at her neighbor's house piques Eilida's curiosity. What she discovers is so shocking it sends her running through the mountainous woods during a thunderstorm. She slips on the wet ground, plummets down Mount Wilde, and slams into a large boulder beside River Freedom. Eilida is transported to Lyden, where Sunshine, a receptionist at the local paper becomes engrossed in her story. The further Sunshine delves into Eilida's life, the more entangled their lives become.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome!!!

  • By Todd (Toad) Vogel on 02-22-16

The ending ruined it for me.

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

Reviewed: 01-17-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yeah, it was great till the end, which felt rushed and unsatisfactory.

Would you be willing to try another book from Elle Klass? Why or why not?

Yeah I want to find out what happened to the characters from this book. It says it's a trilogy. I hope it continues with this storyline.

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

I can see people being annoyed by her voice. Its super high-pitched and annoyingly cheery, but it was perfect for Sunshine. I would never have attached quite that pitch to her character but I think Belle Burkhart did a great job.

Was Eye of the Storm: Eilida's Tragedy worth the listening time?

Yes, again until the end. For me at least.

  • The Girl in the Ice

  • Detective Erika Foster Crime Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Robert Bryndza
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,811
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,132
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,111

When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation. The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound, and dumped in water around London.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good New Series

  • By Lia on 05-11-17

Solid detective novel

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

Reviewed: 01-17-17

Would you listen to The Girl in the Ice again? Why?

No, I wouldn't listen to it again. There are few mystery books I can recall reading over save for maybe an Agatha Christie novel.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I didn't find the story particularly suspenseful, but the combination of the narrator and Erica's fierce, and almost frantic determination to solve the case, kept me interested.

Which character – as performed by Jan Cramer – was your favorite?

The sister, Linda. She was so snooty. I found myself imitating her all day.

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

I did feel for the dead girl. She had everything and nothing at all. She was surrounded by misogynistic abusive men, and didn't value herself in any way. Also Erica's loss was very palpable. She's a good cop and believes in what she does. Her story moved me.

Any additional comments?

Again, a solid story. I do feel like some things could have been explained more thouroughly and there was a definite lack of suspense and twists that would have made the story more interesting.

  • Covet

  • A Novel of the Fallen Angels, Book 1
  • By: J.R. Ward
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,594
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,914
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,909

Redemption isn't a word Jim Heron knows much about - his specialty is revenge, and to him, sin is all relative. But everything changes when he becomes a fallen angel and is charged with saving the souls of seven people from the seven deadly sins. Vin diPietro long ago sold his soul to his business, and he's good with that - until fate intervenes in the form of a tough-talking Harley-riding, self-professed savior.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting

  • By Lajuan on 12-27-09

A mediocre love story disguised as urban fantasy

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

Reviewed: 01-12-17

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone who doesn't take their urban-fantasy very seriously.

What was most disappointing about J.R. Ward’s story?

I was hoping there would be more about the fallen angels, their backgrounds, etc. I felt like I was set-up for a great urban-fantasy series and instead got a lack-luster romance sprinkled with some pretty bad dialogue.

What three words best describe Eric G. Dove’s voice?

This is a terrible question.

What character would you cut from Covet?

Probably Vin and Marie-Therese. I know they are two main characters, but I wasn't interested in them at all. They were given the unfortunate role of uninspiring characters laden with terrible dialogue. I fast-forwarded through most of their love scenes, they were pretty bad.

Any additional comments?

I liked the concept of the story and Jim (and Dog). This story had a lot of potential but unfortunetly didn't deliver. I am tempted to give the next in the series a try, but only if its on sale.

  • Dead I Well May Be

  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,045
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,416
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,410

Young Michael, an illegal immigrant escaping the troubles in Northern Ireland is strong and fearless and clever, just the fellow to be tapped by Darkey, a crime boss, to join a gang of Irish thugs struggling against the rising Dominican powers in Harlem and the Bronx. The time is pre-Giuliani New York, when crack rules the city, squatters live furtively in ruined buildings, and hundreds are murdered each month.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What an amazing book

  • By Starbuck on 03-11-06

Michael Forsythe is my favorite new anti-hero

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

Reviewed: 12-30-16

If you could sum up Dead I Well May Be in three words, what would they be?

Damn good story!

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yeah the plot was fantastic. I had no idea where this story was going. It was never boring due to the amazing narrative. I don't just mean the narrator, I mean the narrative of Michael himself. He weaved his story with philosophical meandering's, well-rounded characters, an extremely detailed history of his short life thus far, and lots of wonderful dry Irish humor.

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

I have never listed to Doyle before but I thought he was wonderful. His narration captured the personality, look, and mannerism's of Michael's personality perfectly. Plus I loved his Irish lilt!

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

"Never put away your weapon until your absolutely sure."

  • The Last Bastion of the Living

  • A Futuristic Zombie Novel
  • By: Rhiannon Frater
  • Narrated by: Kristin Allison
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 399
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 364
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 364

A walled city surrounded by lush land, protected by high mountain summits, and fortified by a massive gate to secure the only pass into the valley, The Bastion remained humanity's last hope against the fearsome undead creatures known as the Inferi Scourge. On one fateful day, the valley gate failed and the Inferi Scourge overran and destroyed the human settlements outside the walls, trapping the remaining survivors inside the city. Now, decades later, the last remaining humans are struggling to survive....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • better than expected!

  • By Mike Naka on 12-31-13

Unlike any zombie novel...

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

Reviewed: 12-20-16

What did you love best about The Last Bastion of the Living?

The complexity of the story, it was well thought out and I pictured every scene. it got right to the action and actually explained how the virus came to be.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked all of the surprises in the story. The author wasn't afraid to throw the kitchen sink at you. She just went for it and it worked.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator was an unfortunate choice. It was the only negative for me. Her voice was very clipped and robotic and lacked inflection. The good thing was I eventually got used to it, and stopped thinking about it so I could just enjoy the book.

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

This book was 12 hours long! I don't even sleep that long. No. Great book, but I really can't imagine doing anything for 12 hours. No matter how much I enjoy it.