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  • Feeding the Dragon

  • By: Sharon Washington
  • Narrated by: Sharon Washington
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,031
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,010

Sharon Washington’s autobiographical one-woman play, Feeding the Dragon, delighted audiences off-Broadway and is now available exclusively on Audible. The one-act play invites listeners into Sharon’s unorthodox childhood, growing up in an apartment on the top floor of the St. Agnes Branch of the New York Public Library, where her father served as the building’s custodian. A love of literature and boundless imagination helped the playwright as a young woman persevere over dragons of all forms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story!

  • By Imara Walker on 09-07-18

Wonderfully Written, Honest Cultural Perspective

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

Picked this up because it presented as an Original about how library books enriched and shaped the authors life, and I liked the title. My Bad. Its short on book influences, big on characters (mostly family) evoking emotions from childhood experiences; and I still don’t understand how the title relates to the author.

The author shares an authentic perspective into her culture and family; both sharp and poignant. She has a wonderful voice with the misses being areas where emotions were accentuated or pushed into the story, when more wasn’t necessary (except maybe to honor a memory?). For its short length, it’s beautifully written. There are brief glimpses of how family dynamics were impacted by the intense social climate of the period, with much deeper undertones of how sanctioned racism impacted behavior and choices. Much appreciated perspective.

  • Once Upon a Haunted Moor

  • The Tyack & Frayne Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Harper Fox
  • Narrated by: Tim Gilbert
  • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 819
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 753
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 757

Gideon Frayne has spent his whole working life as a policeman in the village of Dark on Bodmin Moor. His first missing-child case is eating him alive. When his own boss sends in a psychic to help with the case, he's gutted - he's a level-headed copper who doesn't believe in such things, and he can't help but think that the arrival of clairvoyant Lee Tyack is a comment on his failure to find the little girl. But Lee is hard to hate, no matter how Gideon tries. At first Lee's insights into the case make no sense, but he seems to have a window straight into Gideon's heart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent start, terrific narration

  • By Annika on 01-26-18

Unexpected, will read book 2

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Overall the 3 ratings should get an extra 0.5.
I've not read about passions between men, but it did not deter my interest in the story which is about murder, abduction, betrayal and obviously the main character unexpectedly finding love. The characters seemed interesting, but the short length of the book did not lend to much character development; which would have made the book a solid 5. And that is the dilemma, not enough to sell one on the series. Maybe it's the norm to make all the dynamic scenes about sex; but I thought if some of that excitement were added into other areas it would have helped the pace. Both Tyack & Frayne seem like they have enough potential to really be interesting if the writing levels out.

  • Ash and Quill

  • By: Rachel Caine
  • Narrated by: Julian Elfer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243

Hoarding all the knowledge of the world, the Great Library jealousy guards its secrets. But now a group of rebels poses a dangerous threat to its tyranny. Jess Brightwell and his band of exiles have fled London, only to find themselves imprisoned in Philadelphia, a city led by those who would rather burn books than submit. But Jess and his friends have a bargaining chip: the knowledge to build a machine that will break the library's rule.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator messed up! Bad editing!

  • By Alicia on 07-25-17

CLIFF HANGER :(

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

Reviewed: 04-10-18

Is there anything you would change about this book?

YES! Each of the books in this series is a lead into the next, but this had the worst untidy ending of all, a total cliff hanger. Why even publish when the next book is needed to finish the story thread?! Disappointed and done

  • The Wonderling

  • By: Mira Bartók
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Welcome to the Home for Wayward and Misbegotten Creatures, an institution run by evil Miss Carbunkle, a cunning villainess who believes her terrified young charges exist only to serve and suffer. Part animal and part human, the groundlings toil in classroom and factory, forbidden to enjoy anything regular children have, most particularly singing and music. For the Wonderling, an innocent-hearted, one-eared, fox-like eleven-year-old with only a number rather than a proper name - a 13 etched on a medallion around his neck - it is the only home he has ever known.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful!

  • By S. Goss on 10-26-17

Wonderful Adventure

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

Reviewed: 03-13-18

Would you listen to The Wonderling again? Why?

Yes! There are not many books I'd listen to a 2nd time, but this is a wonderful tale and I think one would hear more detail with added meaning each time the story was heard. It has teachable moments along with courageous, cringe worthy, confusing, hurray, and awe moments. I am a grandmother and I LOVE The Wonderling

  • West Cork

  • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Narrated by: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22,203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,832
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19,829

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ENTERTAINING AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING

  • By Ann on 02-13-18

WOW

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

What made the experience of listening to West Cork the most enjoyable?

Impressive journalism! I liked the change in narrators, format, and how the writers never "got in the way" of the story. This is not my normal book or story type and had I known of the inappropriate and disturbing behaviors the suspect engaged in... not sure I'd have listened. What is most haunting is how Sophie's story is nearly lost through time. It was so tender to hear the brief lines from her journal, describing what she hoped to find in Cork. What a tragedy

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • A Nun in the Closet

  • By: Dorothy Gilman
  • Narrated by: Roslyn Alexander
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 630
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 559
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 557

From the author of the classic mysteries starring the irrepressible CIA spy, Mrs. Pollifax, comes a delightfully different mystery with a most unholy twist. Filled with all the hilarious surprises and good old-fashioned suspense that her fans have come to love, A Nun in the Closet is the story of two high-spirited nuns who accidentally stumble into a dangerous plot involving ghosts, gangsters, and Protestants.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nun'sense Fun

  • By Pegret on 05-07-12

TImeless Fun

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

Any additional comments?

Dorothy Gilman is a wonderful writer and I especially enjoyed this book as the Nuns are open hearted to philosophies and ideas and the peoples they meet. Wonderful.

  • The Custodian of Marvels

  • Bullet Catcher Series, Book 3
  • By: Rod Duncan
  • Narrated by: Gemma Whelan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

You'd have to be mad to steal from the feared International Patent Office. But that's what Elizabeth Barnabus is about to try. A one-time enemy from the circus has persuaded her to attempt a heist that will be the ultimate conjuring trick. Hidden in the vaults of the Patent Court in London lie secrets that could shake the very pillars of the Gas-Lit Empire. All that stands in Elizabeth's way are the agents of the Patent Office, a Duke's private army and the mysterious Custodian of Marvels.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Satisfying Intelligent

  • By LCNanny on 02-08-18

Fantastic Satisfying Intelligent

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

What did you love best about The Custodian of Marvels?

It's rare that the third book in the series is so satisfying, well written and complete; but as I continued reading from the first through the third book, each one got better and this book I couldn't put down until finished. It is satisfying, intelligently written,...

  • Unseemly Science

  • Bullet Catcher Series
  • By: Rod Duncan
  • Narrated by: Gemma Whelan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

In the divided land of England, Elizabeth Barnabus has been living a double life - as both herself and as her brother, the private detective. Witnessing the hanging of Alice Carter, the false duchess, Elizabeth resolves to throw the Bullet Catcher's Handbook into the fire and forget her past. If only it were that easy! There is a new charitable organisation in town, run by some highly respectable women. But something doesn't feel right to Elizabeth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed it better than 1st and the 1st was good

  • By LCNanny on 02-06-18

Enjoyed it better than 1st and the 1st was good

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

What made the experience of listening to Unseemly Science the most enjoyable?

I was surprised as to why the ice was being stolen, and impressed with the cast of characters. Good book, Good listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage

  • Book of Dust, Volume 1
  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Michael Sheen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,828
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,582
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,555

Renowned storyteller Philip Pullman returns to the parallel world of Lyra Belacqua and His Dark Materials for a thrilling and epic adventure in which daemons, alethiometers, and the Magisterium all play parts.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disturbing differences from print text

  • By Damon D. Hickey on 10-24-17

Loved the book, but many cuss words

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

Reviewed: 01-17-18

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

Depends on their age, as verbiage includes many cuss words including the F!#@ word. Other than that issue, the book is well written and as good as all other books in this series

  • Glass Houses

  • A Novel
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,772
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,540
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,532

When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day, Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious. Then wary. Through rain and sleet, the figure stands unmoving, staring ahead. From the moment its shadow falls over the village, Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec, suspects the creature has deep roots and a dark purpose. Yet he does nothing. What can he do? Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By Anna on 09-05-17

Solid writing but is redundant and repetitive

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

Reviewed: 09-15-17

Would you try another book from Louise Penny and/or Robert Bathurst?

one more, and if no improvement, I'm out

If you’ve listened to books by Louise Penny before, how does this one compare?

Solid writing but is redundant, repetitive, and often lacks direction. I’ve read and listened to all the books in this series, and this is by far the worst. It reads as if the Louise Penny didn’t have time or the head space to digest the research and recreate it to make it her own; so it often comes across as academic and preachy, like regurgitated news.

What three words best describe Robert Bathurst’s voice?

Change Ruth's voice

1 of 2 people found this review helpful