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  • A Little Night Magic

  • By: Lucy March
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,779
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,550
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,546

Olivia Kiskey needs a change. She’s been working at the same Nodaway Falls, New York, waffle house since she was a teenager; not a lot of upward mobility there. She’s been in love with Tobias, the cook, for the last four years; he's never made a move. Intent on shaking things up, Olivia puts her house on the market, buys a one-way ticket to Europe, and announces her plans to her friends - but then she meets Davina Granville, a strange and mystical Southern woman....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I really hope this turns into a series...

  • By Shelly on 01-07-13

Eeeehhh

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

Reviewed: 03-07-16

Would you try another book from Lucy March and/or Amanda Ronconi?

Amanda - ABSOLUTELY, Lucy - probably not.

Would you recommend A Little Night Magic to your friends? Why or why not?

No. Good premis, interesting story up to the point where the main character is about to be killed by crazed evil person and STILL tries to stop the person about to save her. REALLY folks, if the heroine is that unprotective of her life she should have been allowed to die.

What about Amanda Ronconi’s performance did you like?

In all books she reads she manages the different characters without resorting to weird voices or accents. And the deadpan dry humour - excellent!

Was A Little Night Magic worth the listening time?

Well, if you are doing chores possibly, otherwise not.

  • Shifting Dreams

  • By: Elizabeth Hunter
  • Narrated by: Liisa Ivary
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 315

Somedays Jena Crowe just can't get a break. Work at her diner never ends, her two boys are bundles of energy, and she's pretty sure her oldest is about to shift into something furry or feathery. Added to that, changes seem to be coming to the tiny town of Cambio Springs, big changes that not everyone in the isolated town of shapeshifters is thrilled about. Caleb Gilbert was looking for change, and the quiet desert town seemed just the ticket for a more peaceful life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Once Again, Hunter's UniqueTalent Shines

  • By Lulu on 11-26-14

Started out well

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

Reviewed: 02-09-16

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

No, started out with a strong story but then heavy doses of teenage angst in 30+ yr olds sunk it.

Would you be willing to try another book from Elizabeth Hunter? Why or why not?

Probably not. I assume the style willnot change.

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

Pleasant voice well suited to the story. However, change in volume when people whisper not suitable for the environments where I listen to audiobooks.

Do you think Shifting Dreams needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Not necessarily although the author leaves an opening for it at the end.

Any additional comments?

Too bad as this started out interesting and engageing.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Timebound

  • By: Rysa Walker
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,891
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,895

When Kate Pierce-Keller’s grandmother gives her a strange blue medallion and speaks of time travel, sixteen-year-old Kate assumes the old woman is delusional. But it all becomes horrifyingly real when a murder in the past destroys the foundation of Kate’s present-day life. Suddenly, that medallion is the only thing protecting Kate from blinking out of existence. Kate learns that the 1893 killing is part of something much more sinister, and her genetic ability to time travel makes Kate the only one who can fix the future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Completely Enjoyed It

  • By Lessa on 06-27-14

Sticktly for teenages

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

Reviewed: 12-25-14

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

Only if the friend was a teenager. For adults this is too exaperating.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The moral dilemmas of changeing the past. The least interesting unfortunately the main character.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The whine and stupidity is inplied in the text, no need to add to it.

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

No.

Any additional comments?

It is too bad that this was not advertised as a YA book. Some of those are actually readable for adults who enjoy fantasy/ sci fi/ steam punk. There is a lack of such titles that are enjoyable for adults.

  • The Android's Dream

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,300
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,452
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,449

A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Philip K Dick meets Douglas Adams

  • By James on 07-26-11

Smart, funny, surprising

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

Reviewed: 10-20-14

What made the experience of listening to The Android's Dream the most enjoyable?

The combination of sci fi, comedy, great plot and Will Wheatons reading.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Android's Dream?

When the bad guys are put up against a wall.

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

Great nuances in the characters, not so much as to get annoying. Great volume control too!

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

Sci.fi for the clever.

Any additional comments?

Gonna go find me another one by the same author, if available.

  • The Raven Boys

  • By: Maggie Stiefvater
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,027
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,716
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,719

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive. Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them - not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her. His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble. But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can't entirely explain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stiefvater does it again!

  • By C. ALLINGER on 09-20-12

Alot of teenage angst.

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

Reviewed: 03-12-14

Would you try another book from Maggie Stiefvater and/or Will Patton?

I'm not sure I would try another of Maggie Stiefvaters books. There is way too much teenage angst.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Blue is an interesting person but not interesting enough to continue to try pushing past the (did I mention it before) vast amonuts of teenage angst.

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

Narrator does a good job, would not mind listening to other audibooks narrated by him.

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

No way.

Any additional comments?

With a little less of the emotional turmoil of the characters the story is interesting and could have appealed to a much larger audience. I also found the lengthy and somewhat in my oppinion contrived similies would have been much more potent if used more sparingly.

8 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Cat o' Nine Tales

  • The Jane Yellowrock Stories
  • By: Faith Hunter
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,275
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,273

For the first time - in one Audible-exclusive collection - it's 13 stories of Jane Yellowrock, the shape-shifting skinwalker and vampire hunter for hire whose business card reads, "Have Stakes - Will Travel". Jane carries inside her the soul of her Beast, the mountain lion's soul which merged with hers when she accidently performed black magic as a child. Now, she and her Beast stalk the dark streets of New Orleans, bringing rogue vampires true death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Backstories / Short glimpses-great

  • By PlantCrone on 01-12-14

Uneven, but in the end worth it.

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

Reviewed: 12-30-13

If you could sum up Cat o' Nine Tales in three words, what would they be?

Uneven, but OK.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Well, Jane.

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

She reads with a pleasant voice and just enough character to differentiate but not irritate.

Any additional comments?

I seem to enjoy Faith Hunters novels much more than the short stories. And BTW, why should Jane choose between a dimwit who throws himself on all women and someone who betrays her? She deserves much much better than that.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Breakup

  • A Kate Shugak Novel, Book 7
  • By: Dana Stabenow
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262

When winter's done, but spring has not yet fully sprung, much of Alaska turns to slush. Locally, it's called "breakup," and it's a…messy time of year. It's certainly messy for Kate Shugak; between doing her taxes, being chased by grizzlies, and getting shot at by feuding families, she has to cope with an NTSB investigation that hits very close to home. Then, of course, there's the body in the woods. And up at the old mining town. And…being Kate Shugak, somehow she can't leave well enough alone, and begins to tease apart a well-planned and surprising crime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "I hate Breakup" was the funniest line in a great

  • By Rusty on 08-27-13

Frustrating but good

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

Reviewed: 12-30-13

What made the experience of listening to Breakup the most enjoyable?

Kate, who stands tall where others might shy away and let things slide.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Again, Kate, a person to aspire to.

Which scene was your favorite?

The burning. Because it illustrates what happens when people stop thinking for themselves.

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

I was angry in the knowledge that this kind of situation exists today and that biggots and bullies will force their will on others. And although the end is realistic I wished for a different solution.

Any additional comments?

Will keep buying this series, the stories are great and the narrator very good.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Cross

  • Jane Yellowrock, Book 2
  • By: Faith Hunter
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,786
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,340

Jane Yellowrock is back on the prowl against the children of the night. The vampire council has hired skinwalker Yellowrock to hunt and kill one of their own who has broken sacred ancient rules - but Jane quickly realizes that in a community that is thousands of years old, loyalties run deep.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GO JANE!!! GO FAITH!! AND GO KHRISTINE!!

  • By d.e.matthews on 12-12-11

Ear candy

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

Reviewed: 11-03-13

What did you love best about Blood Cross?

Fast paced, twists and turns, continuing development of characters.

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

For one it is a pleasure to listen to her voice, just the right amount of character to make people easy to differentiate but not so much as to make it irritating. And then I had saved this book as a bribe to myself during window washing (which I hate) and that made the whole experience quite pleasurable.

Any additional comments?

Got the next one before I even started this one. Now onto no 4.

  • Mercy Blade

  • Jane Yellowrock, Book 3
  • By: Faith Hunter
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,288
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,911
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,905

Jane, a shapeshifting vampire-hunter-for-hire, crosses paths with a stranger who has arrived in New Orleans, enlisted to hunt vampires who have gone insane - or so he says.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hvam IS Jane Yellowrock

  • By Jennifer on 05-22-13

Addictive series.

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

Reviewed: 11-03-13

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

Fast, interesting characters, great universe.

What did you like best about this story?

Complexity of story.

Which scene was your favorite?

Can't say - I'd give it all away!

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

No extreme reaction but totally entertained throughout.

Any additional comments?

Got the next one today - yeah!

  • Blood Rock

  • Skindancer, Book 2
  • By: Anthony Francis
  • Narrated by: Traci Odom
  • Length: 15 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227

Dakota Frost is back, and the ink is about to hit the fan-again. Graffiti comes to life in the dark heart of Atlanta's oldest cemetery, slaying one of the city's best-loved vampires before the eyes of his friend Dakota Frost. Deadly magick is at work on the city's walls, challenging even the amazing power of Dakota's tattoos to contain it. The hungry, graffiti magick loves to kill, and the Edgeworld is no longer safe from its own kind.

Dakota begins a harrowing journey to save those she loves and to discover the truth behind the spreading graffiti....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Uneven but fun 2nd volume in Skindancer series

  • By Tracey on 01-20-13

Waiting for no 3

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

Reviewed: 11-03-13

Would you listen to Blood Rock again? Why?

Looked for the next installment, not out yet unfortunately. Characters are believable and intriguing and evolving. Great universe.

What other book might you compare Blood Rock to and why?

Jane Yellowrock series. Also strong multidimentional heroine and great universe.

Which character – as performed by Traci Odom – was your favorite?

Can't say.

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

Many of the scenes between Dakota Frost and her adopted daughter are interesting.

Any additional comments?

Looking forward to the next installment, hopefully with the same narrator who is doing a great job!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful