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Jamie Barrington

Live Oak, FL, United States
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  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood

  • Outlander, Book 8
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 44 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14,769
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,570
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,518

Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, Outlander! How you take over my LIFE!

  • By Prime Time on 07-21-14

Diana Gabaldon + Davina Porter = Perfection!

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

Reviewed: 06-10-18

I absolutely loved Written in My Own Heart's Blood, from start to finish. I'll admit, I was slightly worried after the last book (Echo in the Bone), which was a bit lackluster compared to the rest of the series. This book, however, makes up for everything that ECHO lacked and I loved it from start to finish. I especially found Roger and Brianna's storyline fascinating. I love the time travel/fantasy aspect of this books and their chapters did not disappoint. I loved the ending so much! It left me soaring and I can bet money that it will have the same effect on you! The narration was, as always, fantastic! Davina Porter is insanely talented! Her ability to capture each character with their many nuances and accents, along with the gift of correct pronunciation is truly a gift. There are so many foreign words in these books, between Gaelic, French, German, Native American tribe's languages, etc. It seems like it would be a daunting task, but she makes it seem easy. Like I said, she has a gift.

I highly recommend this audiobook! I can't wait until GO TELL THE BEES THAT I AM GONE (book 9) is released!

  • High Voltage

  • Fever, Book 10
  • By: Karen Marie Moning
  • Narrated by: Amanda Leigh Cobb, Jim Frangione
  • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 809
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 750
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 750

Immortal Faerie and ancient feuds, secrets and sacrifices - a thrilling new chapter in the bestselling Fever series begins, featuring Dani, Ryodan, and other beloved characters, as they battle to save Dublin from the rising of a terrifying evil determined to enslave the human race.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • High Voltage--bk 10---good story BUT....

  • By LOYL-00 on 03-09-18

Male Narrator Was Cringe-inducing

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

The ONLY reason I gave this audiobook 2 stars is because of the terrible male narrator. The story was AMAZING, which is no surprise, since KMM rarely disappoints. I also thought Amanda Leigh Cobb's performance was very good, Even though her Irish accent occasionally morphed into an English accent, I thought she nailed Dani's character. It is Jim Frangione's terrible, hammed up narration that made this audiobook impossible to enjoy & I feel like I should warn my fellow Audible members before they spend their credit on this. Trust me when I say, the male narration is that bad. Jim Frangione completely butchered every character in the book, save for Shazam, which I actually thought was spot on. He gave all the bad guys that cliché New York gangster henchmen accent you hear in old cartoons, which was absolutely cringe inducing, not to mention, it didn't fit within the context of the story, considering they are in DUBLIN, IRELAND! He also gave Lor that hammed up New York accent, but the worst offense of all was the voice he gave Ryoden. He made my favorite sexy, testosterone packed, manly man sound like a kind old man. Sacrilege! I tried to ignore it, I really did, but I could not stop cringing every time the male narrator opened his mouth & it completely took me out of the story. I finally gave up listening & bought the eBook instead. A wasted credit. Such a bummer.. :'( I just can't understand, that out of ALL the male narrators out there, Brilliance Audio had to hire the worst possible choice. I understand that anyone they choose will have big shoes to fill, because I doubt anyone could ever top Phil Gigante's amazing performances. I understand why he had to be replaced & am ok with that. I'm sure Jim Frangione is a lovely person in real life, but he should have done his homework. How hard could it be to listen to some of the previous Fever audiobooks & emulate to the best of his ability? I'm not asking for an exact replica; it doesn't have to be perfect or even close to perfect, but at the very least, he could have at least tried to keep the voices & accents fluid with the previous audiobooks in the series. /Rant over As far as the story goes, I thought it was fantastic! I'm thrilled to have another Dani O'Malley centric book, because I have always loved her character. I was hooked, from start to finish & loved every minute. And like I said before, I thought Amanda Leigh Cobb did a great job as the female narrator. I feel like she is a worthy replacement for Natalie Ross, maybe even better. Audible really should allow members to rate each rate each narrator separately when the book has multiple narrators. I don't think it's fair to group Amanda's good performance with Jim's terrible one. Having said all that, I would recommend saving your credit & buy the book/eBook instead. You won't regret it!

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  • Drums of Autumn

  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 44 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 25,445
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,284
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 21,212

Twice Claire has used an ancient stone circle to travel back to the 18th century. The first time she found love with a Scottish warrior but had to return to the 1940s to save their unborn child. The second time, 20 years later, she reunited with her lost love but had to leave behind the daughter that he would never see. Now Brianna, from her 1960s vantage point, has found a disturbing obituary and will risk everything in an attempt to change history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Can't Get Enough!

  • By Eugenia on 02-15-10

One of my favorites of the series! 000iůğ"c"

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

Reviewed: 10-23-16

I absolutely loved Drums of Autumn. It has everything I love ğďall in one book. Bree & Roger's story gets really good in this one, so those of you who haven't warmed u-p to ne--ither character will probably find them liking these two a lot now. Seriously, sooo much happened in this book...its a fun ride and I loved the ending! If you love Outlander, this reading this book is a no-brainer. You will love"" it!

  • The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,256
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,992
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,975

Gigi is no longer an innocent teen. All grown up and looking for love, her family and friends worry she'll go for the sexy, alluring vampire instead of a nice, safe human. But sexy and alluring, with a penchant for biting, could be just what Gigi wants...

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Sadly disappointing.

  • By CL on 03-28-15

4 Stars

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

Reviewed: 03-30-15

Happy to have another Halfmoon Hollow book! It's kind of like returning to a group of old friends you missed. This book was my least favorite of the 3, but I still enjoyed it very much. It started out slow....so slow that I almost stopped listening. I'm so glad I stuck with it though, because the story picked up just in time & then I couldn't stop listening/reading. I wasn't that invested in Gigi & Nick, but the storyline was still great. Amanda Ronconi as a narrator was awesome, as always. Love her! So, if you find that you are bored with this book in the beginning, stick with it. You'll be glad that you did. A solid 4 stars for story & 5 stars for performance.

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  • Ascend

  • The Trylle Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Amanda Hocking
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 753
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 691
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 690

Wendy Everly is facing an impossible choice. The only way to save the Trylle from their deadliest enemy is by sacrificing herself. If she doesn’t surrender to the Vittra, her people will be thrust into a brutal war against an unbeatable foe. But how can Wendy leave all her friends behind… even if it’s the only way to save them?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the ending

  • By Katheryne on 03-15-15

Awesome end to the Trylle Trilogy! A+++

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

Reviewed: 01-26-15

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

Absolutely! I have already done so and they loved it too!

What other book might you compare Ascend to and why?

It is very difficult to compare this book/trilogy to another, because it's such an interesting spin on troll mythology. The 'coming of age' theme in this book/trilogy has definitely been done many times before, but it is still fresh for the paranormal fantasy genre. If I must compare it to another book/series, I would maybe compare it to the Iron Fey series. Both protagonists are coming of age and discover they are both mythological creatures AND royalty. Both characters are learning how to grow and mature into their birthright. Still, this book is very different from any other paranormal fantasy I have read and its uniqueness makes it stand out above the others.

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

She brings each character to life. I love her portrayal of Wendy and thought it was spot on. She also manages to pull off male voices quite well without sounding contrived. I absolutely adore her narration!

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

Hmmmmm, I don't know. How about "Trolls who don't look like trolls." Ok, I know that was pretty terrible. lol. I probably shouldn't quit my day job. Ha!

Any additional comments?

This was such a great final book! My favorite of them all, actually. The characters really make this book/trilogy shine. I adore almost every single character and I thought that Amanda Hocking did a stellar job tying the story up. I was especially happy about Wendy and Finn's ending, since I can't stand his character. She and Loki are so awesome together and I was glad they got their "Happily Ever After." I was so moved by Wendy and her mother, Elora's, growing relationship. It was both beautiful and tragic. I really enjoyed every second of this trilogy and read/listened to them so quickly. Recently, I decided I would read/listen to them again and I loved it even more the second time around. I don't normally care for YA novels, but this is one exception and I'm glad I gave them a chance. I would give it 10 stars if I could. A+++!

  • Torn

  • Trylle Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Amanda Hocking
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 795
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 712
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 717

When Wendy Everly first discovers the truth about herself—that she's a changeling switched at birth—she knows her life will never be the same. Now she’s about to learn that there’s more to the story…. She shares a closer connection to her Vittra rivals than she ever imagined—and they’ll stop at nothing to lure her to their side. With the threat of war looming, her only hope of saving the Trylle is to marry a powerful royal. But that means walking away from Finn, her handsome bodyguard who’s strictly off limits… and Loki, a Vittra prince with whom she shares a growing attraction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BETTER THAN THE FIRST

  • By Stephanie on 05-13-12

The last book was an A+...this book is an A++!

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

Reviewed: 01-26-15

What did you love best about Torn?

Everything! I especially loved watching Wendy's character grow and mature, along with her relationship with her mother and Queen of the Trylle, Elora.

What other book might you compare Torn to and why?

It is difficult to compare this to other books, because it is the only book I have come across that features trolls. Not only that, but it offers a new and fresh take on this mythological creature...very different than those hideous trolls of lore that hide under bridges. If I absolutely must compare it to something though, I'd say maybe the Iron Fey series, only because the protagonist in that series is on a similar journey as Wendy. They both discover they are a mythological creature AND royalty. Both are coming of age stories where the protagonists are learning how to grow and mature into the leadership role that is their birthright.

Which character – as performed by Therese Plummer – was your favorite?

That's easy! Loki! What's not to love? My second favorite character would definitely be Tove. I love both their relationships with Wendy. You can really feel the chemistry between Loki and Wendy. I love Wendy's friendship with Tove and enjoy all their scenes together.

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

Witnessing Loki's vulnerability when he does such a selfless act to help Wendy. I won't go into detail about that scene, since it would spoil the story for those that haven't read the book yet. I also loved the moment when Wendy put Aurora in her place. So satisfying!

Any additional comments?

I absolutely loved the first book and I thought this book was even better! I really enjoyed watching Wendy's character slowly mature into the aging Queen she will be. I can't find any flaws about this book and I thought Therese Plummer's performance was amazing and spot on! An A++!

  • Switched

  • The Trylle Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Amanda Hocking
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,154
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,038
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,039

When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn't until 11 years later that Wendy discovers her mother might have been right. With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed - a world both beautiful and frightening, and Wendy's not sure she wants to be a part of it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Light and Fun!

  • By Felicity Fairchild on 06-28-12

An Awesome Surprise!

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

Reviewed: 01-26-15

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

Absolutely! Actually, I already have recommended it to several friends and they loved it just as much as I. And my sister-in-law recommended it to me and I'm glad she did!

What did you like best about this story?

It felt very fresh for a paranormal fantasy. So many books in this genre are saturated with vampires, werewolves & other were-creatures, faeries, ghosts, zombies, shapeshifters, etc. This is the first book I have come across that features trolls and offers a new an interesting spin on these mythological creatures. I honestly wasn't sure if I would even like the book, since these days, I'm not really into the whole YA thing, but it had me hooked by the first few chapters.

Which scene was your favorite?

Too many to name, but I especially enjoyed all the scenes with Wendy and her mother and Queen of the Trylle, Elora. You can tell her mother is a complicated woman, as Finn says.

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

Wendy's budding friendship with Tove.

Any additional comments?

I absolutely loved this book! The whole Trylle society is really intriguing and I loved all the characters...well, except for Finn. Not a fan of Finn. Therese Plummer did an amazing job narrating and I honestly haven't been able to find any flaws with the story and its narration. A solid 5 stars!

-P.S.- The second and third books are even better! Love this trilogy!

  • Burned

  • By: Karen Marie Moning
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante, Natalie Ross
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,098
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,089

Another shockingly suspenseful installment in #1 New York Times best-selling author Karen Marie Moning's Fever series. Burned picks up right where the surprising conclusion of Iced left off, and will feature beloved characters Mac and Dani O'Malley as they embark on another high-octane adventure in the Fever world.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't work for me!

  • By Felicia The Geeky Blogger on 01-26-15

Not KMM's best, but I still enjoyed every second

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

Reviewed: 01-26-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Burned to be better than the print version?

Heck yeah! Natalie Ross and Phil Gigante are the best of the best! They work so well together and boy, is Phil Gigante's voice sex on a stick!

Who was your favorite character and why?

I was surprised to find that I enjoyed Lore the most out of all the characters, which surprised me. He was hilarious & actually had me laughing out loud during his chapters, especially over his little priya scheme. LOL!

Which character – as performed by Phil Gigante and Natalie Ross – was your favorite?

Um, that's easy. Barrons and Ryoden. Pretty much all the voices Phil does are spot on. I always love Natalie's portrayal of Mac and especially love her Dani. /sigh *takes a moment to grieve that loss. :-( Hoping it's temporary and we get the old Dani back ASAP*

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

Oh yes, but I forced myself to spread it out....you know, to savor the flavor. Unfortunately, that only lasted a few days, because I couldn't stop listening. lol

Any additional comments?

Ok, so about the story. I will say that I enjoyed this book immensely, like all the books in the series. BUT, it definitely didn't have the same oomph that all the previous novels had. I miss Dani! I think I must agree with a few other reviews, which said that the people who didn't like Iced would love Burned. Pretty spot on. While I absolutely love Mac, I found her character flailing and tedious throughout most of this book. Not happy with the direction Dani's story took....not happy about it one bit. It's strange to say that I both liked & disliked this book, but I don't really know how else to sum it up. I enjoyed it, but there was definitely something missing. Having said that, I have faith in KMM's writing & I'm sure she will correct the course this storyline has taken. I just hope it doesn't take as long for the next book to come out. I'll still give it 4 stars, just because I still really enjoyed every second and Natalie Ross & Phil Gigante will always rock!

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  • The Lost Prince

  • By: Julie Kagawa
  • Narrated by: Jake Lewis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 498

Don't look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them. That is Ethan Chase's unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs - including his reputation - begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he'd dare to fall for. Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister's world - the land of Faery.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great turn on perspective, gets a little dark

  • By Ramonabeth on 03-21-14

Really enjoyed this, but where is the next book?

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

Reviewed: 08-24-14

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

Yes, I would. As a matter of fact, I have.....the whole Iron Fey series as well as this new spin-off.

What other book might you compare The Lost Prince to and why?

I suppose the obvious would be Shakespeare's. Midsummer Night's Dream, although that is technically a play.

Which character – as performed by Jake Lewis – was your favorite?

Razor! He is so darn cute & Jake's narration just made him even more adorable!

Any additional comments?

First, let me ask - Where is the next book & why doesn't Audible have it already?! It makes zero sense to have the whole series & this new spin-off and not have the newest book, IRON TRAITOR. Very upset about this!


Ok, now that I have said my peace about that, let's move on. I really enjoyed this new spin-off! So glad to have all my favorite characters back and excited to see where things will go with Kierran (Meghan & Ash's son). While I absolutely enjoyed this book from beginning to end, I do think Ethan was just a bit too angsty for my tastes, but it seems like he grew quite a bit by the end of this book, so I'm hoping this is the last we'll hear of his brooding. :-) I think the narrator was quite good, though his mispronounciaton of Leanansidhe was a bit frustrating, especially since she is one of my favorite characters. LOVE her! Also, I wasn't crazy about his voice for Grimalkin either (I prefer Kristine Hvam's version of everyone's favorite kitty). Other than that though, I think he did the book justice. I am really excited to find out what will happen next. Over all, I would give this audiobook a B+. So Audible, when are you going to give us the next one? The paperback has been out for a year now. What's the hold up??

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  • Silver Shadows

  • Bloodlines, Book 5
  • By: Richelle Mead
  • Narrated by: Emily Shaffer, Alden Ford
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,142

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets - and human lives.

In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.

Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Story!

  • By Adriana B on 01-27-16

Just keeps getting better and better!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-14

If you could sum up Silver Shadows in three words, what would they be?

HOLY CRIPES, AWESOME! (At least, those were my actual words upon finishing the book. lol)

What was one of the most memorable moments of Silver Shadows?

Too many to name without spoiling the book for those who haven't read it yet, so I'll just say the whole last half of the book was non-stop awesomeness.

What does Emily Shaffer and Alden Ford bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I love Emily Shaffer in this series and I must say, Allen Ford gets points for improvement since the last book. While I prefer Emily's version of Adrian with his English accent (still don't understand why they phased that out, but oh well), I think Alden did a solid job in this book.

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

If I had the time, I could have easily listened to this in one sitting. Alas, I have duties that prevent me from indulging that much, but I did finish it in two days. Never has housework been so fun!

Any additional comments?

This is definitely one of my favorites, and that includes all the Vampire Academy books too! It actually reminded me of the early Vamp. Academy books. I can't wait until the next one! I whole heartedly recommend this book & especially the whole Bloodlines series & Vampire Academy series. They are all so good!

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