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  • The Murder Complex

  • Murder Complex, Book 1
  • By: Lindsay Cummings
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Davies, Josh Hurley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

Close your eyes and feel your enemy's weakness. Mind over body. Mind over body. Mind over body. Breathe. In. Out. In. Out. Now survive. Welcome to the Murder Complex. You cannot see us. You cannot feel us. But we are here. And we control your every move.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very good read

  • By Rudy on 05-30-16

Dark. Heavy. Not in a good way...

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

Reviewed: 10-21-14

Has The Murder Complex turned you off from other books in this genre?

No. But I need to be invested in these characters. Otherwise, why subject yourself to the dark heaviness of the story?

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Sure. Some exaggerated "sinister" voices, but I guess that's what they wanted. Those poor narrators must have been so depressed with this!

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

Serious disappointment. Where is the hope? Who should I root for? Even the lovey dovey scenes were dark!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hell House

  • By: Richard Matheson
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,505
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,049
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,049

For over 20 years, Belasco House has stood empty. Regarded as the Mt. Everest of haunted houses, its shadowed walls have witnessed scenes of unimaginable horror and depravity. All previous attempts to probe its mysteries have ended in murder, suicide, or insanity.

But now, a new investigation has been launched, bringing four strangers to Belasco House in search of the ultimate secrets of life and death. A wealthy publisher, brooding over his impending death, has paid a physicist and two mediums to establish the facts of life after death once and for all. For one night, they will investigate the Belasco House and learn exactly why the townsfolk refer to it as the Hell House.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Got scary?

  • By Lesley on 06-17-08

I'm more of a Haunting of Hill House kind of girl.

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

Reviewed: 10-15-14

Would you try another book from Richard Matheson and/or Ray Porter?

Love Ray Porter!

What could Richard Matheson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Just not my cup of tea. Ending was a cop out.

What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

His voices are so distinct! Never confused.

Any additional comments?

I'm sure for some this book rocked. It was just not for me.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Incrementalists

  • By: Skyler White, Steven Brust
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter, Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 295
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 299

The Incrementalists - a secret society of 200 people with an unbroken lineage reaching back 40,000 years. They cheat death, share lives and memories, and communicate with one another across nations, races, and time. They have an epic history, an almost magical memory, and a very modest mission: to make the world better, just a little bit at a time. Their ongoing argument about how to do this is older than most of their individual memories. Phil, whose personality has stayed stable through more incarnations than anyone else’s, has loved Celeste - and argued with her - for most of the last 400 years.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable/creative. Not a grand historical vista.

  • By Jason on 02-05-14

Audible Reviewers, I'll never doubt you again!

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

Reviewed: 10-15-14

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ray Porter and Mary Robinette Kowal ?

Any narrator(s) that can be on the same page! One character from one narrator has some sort of sophisticated European accent and the same character from the other narrator has her as an old Granny. How can you possibly keep it straight and better yet, take it seriously? Why did no one point this out?

What character would you cut from The Incrementalists?

Because this story was about big ideas and wasn't broken down for the rest of us, I felt nothing for these characters.

Any additional comments?

There were too many ideas in this book. It's a great concept, but poorly constructed. I never felt invested in these characters. The narration ruined it, and I'm actually a fan of both these voice actors! So disappointing. I should have listened to the reviews. I'll be requesting a refund.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Ignite Me

  • By: Tahereh Mafi
  • Narrated by: Kate Simses
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,056
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 964
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 967

With Omega Point destroyed, Juliette doesn’t know if the rebels, her friends, or even Adam are alive. But that won’t keep her from trying to take down The Reestablishment once and for all. Now she must rely on Warner, the handsome commander of Sector 45. The one person she never thought she could trust. The same person who saved her life. He promises to help Juliette master her powers and save their dying world...but that’s not all he wants with her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning conclusion!

  • By Marjorie on 02-08-14

Stunning conclusion!

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

Reviewed: 02-08-14

Would you listen to Ignite Me again? Why?

Oh yes. So well written, such good vocal work, such a wonderful turn and redemption for the characters!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ignite Me?

Oh all the steamy moments between Juliette and Warner. And Juliette's evolution. Sooooo good!

Which character – as performed by Kate Simses – was your favorite?

My darling Kenji. What a great character.

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

I cheered for the ending! I want more!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Vampire Academy

  • Vampire Academy, Book 1
  • By: Richelle Mead
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Wolf
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,857
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,770
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,794

St. Vladimir's Academy isn't just any boarding school - it's a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They've been on the run, but now they're being dragged back to St. Vladimir's - the very place where they're most in danger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Buy it! Vampire fan or not.

  • By Felicity Fairchild on 05-14-09

Narrator makes this unbearable!

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

Reviewed: 02-08-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A different narrator. Her voices are terrible. It's almost like she's mocking the characters.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Terrible voices. Her main man is Russian and talks a lot. Don't you think you would want to perfect the accent? It was painful. The supporting characters have a dopey tone. Why didn't someone fix this in the studio?

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

Disappointment.

Any additional comments?

Will be requesting a refund. What a waste, the story was good.

  • Super In The City

  • By: Daphne Uviller
  • Narrated by: Emily Janice Card
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

In a city brimming with opportunities for heroism, 27-year-old Zephyr Zuckerman has often fantasized about committing acts of bravery that would make front-page news. Now she may get her big break - though it may require plunging a few toilets. When the superintendent of her parents' Greenwich Village brownstone is led away in handcuffs, unemployed Zephyr takes over his post and unleashes her inner sleuth: discovering titillating secrets about her tenants

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!

  • By Marjorie on 12-31-13

LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!

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

Reviewed: 12-31-13

If you could sum up Super In The City in three words, what would they be?

Crazy Good. Yes.

What did you like best about this story?

Zephyr! Best heroine ever. Better than Carrie in Sex and the City. Funny, odd, caring, crazy, the kind of girl I'd want to hang out with!

What about Emily Janice Card’s performance did you like?

Her really solid voices. There wasn't a question abut who was talking. Lovely French accent, which can be painful if done wrong.

If you could take any character from Super In The City out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Zephyr! We would have such a good time gossiping about everything!

Any additional comments?

This was such a crazy story. I laughed so much, which is worth five stars alone. Add in all the unique characters and you have a hit. I really loved the Sterling Girls and of course Gregory. Give this book a listen. You will love it!

  • Tall, Dark, and Dead

  • By: Tate Hallaway
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,016
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 918
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 918

Recovering witch Garnet Lacey owns Wisconsin's premier occult bookstore. And a fringe benefit of the job is getting customers like Sebastian Von Traum - piercing brown eyes, a sexy accent, and a killer body. The only thing missing is an aura. Which means he's dead. And that means trouble - something Garnet's a sucker for....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Tall, Dark, Dead & Poorly Edited

  • By Amy J on 08-11-13

It was ok.

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

Reviewed: 12-31-13

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

Yes, she's a consistently awesome narrator. Always does a great job with unique voices.

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

No and I think that's the problem. The book was just OK. Not very special, not horrible. I didn't hate it and I didn't love it.

  • Romancing the Dead

  • By: Tate Hallaway
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 494
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 440

It’s been one heck of a week for Garnet Lacey. The Vatican witch hunters finally think she’s dead, the FBI has closed their file on her, she’s co-founding a new coven - and the gorgeous vampire she loves has just asked her to marry him. How lucky can one girl get? Then, her fiance goes missing and Garnet’s worried sick. Has he been kidnapped? Or could he have run off with that blonde from the coven?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Garnet is good and all, but she's no Jane Jameson!

  • By Marjorie on 12-31-13

Garnet is good and all, but she's no Jane Jameson!

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

Reviewed: 12-31-13

Would you listen to Romancing the Dead again? Why?

Sure if I was bored.

What other book might you compare Romancing the Dead to and why?

The Jane Jameson series, and unfortunately, this book wasn't even close.

What about Amanda Ronconi’s performance did you like?

Her voices are fun, original, and distinct.

Any additional comments?

Not bad, maybe if I hadn't listened to the Jane Jameson series first, I would have more passion for this book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Nice Girls Don't Bite Their Neighbors

  • Half-Moon Hollow, Book 4
  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,019
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,581
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,581

Just as Jane Jameson’s unlife seems to be stabilizing, fate sinks its fangs firmly into her butt. Despite her near-phobia of wedding planning, her no-frills nighttime nuptials to her sexy boyfriend, Gabriel, are coming along smoothly. That is, until she turns a fatally wounded teenage acquaintance, and the Council pronounces her responsible for the newborn vamp until he can control his thirst.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Molly Harper Does It Again! (Light Spoilers)

  • By Martha on 03-03-12

I need a 5th 6th 7th etc. book!

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

Reviewed: 11-10-13

Which character – as performed by Amanda Ronconi – was your favorite?

Jane of course!

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

Yes when it was over I wanted to download the next book immediately, but then I realized there wasn't one! Why can't there be a 5th 6th or 7th book?

Any additional comments?

I loved the ending and really appreciated the humor in this series. I loved Jane's maternal side too!

  • Nice Girls Don't Live Forever

  • Half-Moon Hollow, Book 3
  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,425
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,427

Nothing sucks the romance out of world travel like a boyfriend who may or may not have broken up with you in a hotel room in Brussels. Jane Jameson's sexy sire Gabriel has always been unpredictable, but the seductive, anonymous notes that await him at each stop of their international vacation, coupled with his evasive behavior over the past few months, finally push Jane onto the next flight home to Half Moon Hollow -- alone, upset, and unsure whether Gabriel just ended their relationship without actually telling her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Funny Book!

  • By Leslie on 02-13-10

Jane rocks.

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

Reviewed: 11-10-13

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

Yes! Laugh out loud funny, characters you care about, and a witty kick butt heroine. Great stuff!

What did you like best about this story?

The sister face off was pretty great!

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

Unique voices, brings the characters to life!

Any additional comments?

I find it hysterical the messes Jane always ends up in. Life is never dull for her, that's for sure!