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  • Carve the Mark

  • By: Veronica Roth
  • Narrated by: Austin Butler, Emily Rankin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,064
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,066

On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a current gift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their current gifts, Akos and Cyra do not - their gifts make them vulnerable to others' control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives and reset the balance of power in this world?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Attempt - Poor execution

  • By Joseph Reeves on 09-21-17

Good Attempt - Poor execution

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

Reviewed: 09-21-17

I really love Veronica Roth. She is going to be a great Sci/fi writer for years to come. However this book is a bit Divergent (Pardon the Pun) from her last series.

This world building in this book is tough to grasp at first. It's like you have been dropped into the middle of an on-going story line and you are trying to get up to speed on who hates who, and why does these people want to kill or capture these other people

Basically if you can hang on long enough you start to get that one group of ruling class people are at odds with another group of people and they have taken prisoners in order to use or steal their special abilities. Of course the main characters form a relationship even though they represent royalty from the two different groups of fueding people.

Narration

There are (2) narrators for this book and I will say that they both have pleasant voices. OK, the praise stops there. Emily Rankin can only do 3 slightly different voices other than her natural voice. Austin Butler is even worse. He can only do one voice. No matter if its a 10 yr old girl or an 80 yr old man they all sound like a deep voice 30 year old man.

I know audible spoils us with great narrators but I think Veronica chose wrongly with these narrators. I mean, the book is already confusing with all the different characters with similar names and a story line that is hard to follow but when your narrators make every character sound similar it is very confusing to keep track of who is speaking.

Overall

If you are a Veronica Roth fan I say give this listen at least 5 hrs before you quit. I think they story starts to make since by then and if you can really pay attention to the narrators and follow who the hell is talking then you might be able to make it thru this book.

55 of 55 people found this review helpful

  • Forgotten Ages

  • The Complete Saga
  • By: Lindsay Buroker
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 23 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 761
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 710
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 710

The greatest military leader of his time. The most talented code breaker her people have. Sworn enemies. When deadly secrets from the ancient past are unearthed, secrets capable of fracturing the world and destroying all life on the planet, these two enemies will have to work together. They are humanity's only hope.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Some breaks in logic, but an enjoyable listen

  • By Greg on 07-19-16

Warning!!! 80% YA Romance 20% Sci/fi Story

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

I should not fault this book because it is in the wrong Audible category. This is a YA Romance Story. Basically you have a typical, predictable, cliche unintended romance with a very frail story wrapped around it

So if you like a story that is "Will the mysterious guy finally realize that the woman of his dreams is right by his side and he should rebel against the world to have her" then you will love this story.

Otherwise you might do yourself a favor and save yourself 23 hrs and look somewhere else.

  • Between Two Thorns

  • The Split Worlds Series, Book 1
  • By: Emma Newman
  • Narrated by: Emma Newman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 80

The new season is starting and the Master of Ceremonies is missing. Max, an Arbiter of the Split Worlds Treaty, is assigned with the task of finding him - with no one to help but a dislocated soul and a mad sorcerer. There is a witness, but his memories have been bound by magical chains only the enemy can break. A rebellious woman trying to escape her family may prove to be the ally Max needs. But can she be trusted? And why does she want to give up eternal youth and the life of privilege she’s been born into?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fascinating look at Fae and humans

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 11-29-16

I hate writing Bad reviews but.....

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

Reviewed: 04-26-17

This could be a great story but the narration is not very good. I trusted the other reviews who said that the narration is great but if you have had the pleasure of listening to Kate Reading, Julia Whelan or Ellen Archer then you have seen these women perform distinct voices both male and female.

The author has a very strong British accent and every character she performs has the SAME voice. You cannot tell who is speaking. Also she has a very monotone speech pattern that lacks emotion.

Listen to the sample audio and realize that this is how the entire book will be. Every characters voice and lack of emotion. You cannot tell if someone is angry or happy.

I never like to leave bad reviews but I do not want any other unsuspecting listener to give this series a try before warning them about the narrator.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Memory and Dream

  • By: Charles de Lint
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 20 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 328
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212

As the young student of the cruel, brilliant artist Vincent Rushkin, Isabelle Copley discovered that she could paint images so vividly real they brought her wildest fantasies to life. Now, 20 years later, Isabelle must come to terms with the shattering memories she has long denied and unlock the slumbering power of her brush. And, in a dark reckoning with her old master, she must find the courage to live out her dreams and bring the magic back to life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If this is your first de Lint

  • By David E. Ballard on 05-21-08

What was with the chapter numbering?

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

Reviewed: 05-10-14

Would you listen to Memory and Dream again? Why?

Not sure

What did you like best about this story?

I like Kate Reading. She could read the phone book and I think I would like it

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

This is not one of her best but I like her ability to clearly do multiple characters believably.

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

Not really. Some of the characters seemed very weak which really pissed me off. Hey if someone wants to do you harm; Then you have to butch up and take a chunk out of someone's ass. Stop crying and do something

Any additional comments?

Someone please explain the random chapter numbering. Every chapter there was some random number (2,11,13,16,8,4). Not in any order or rhyme or reason. So frustrating!!!!