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  • The Bird and the Sword

  • Booktrack Edition
  • By: Amy Harmon
  • Narrated by: Trina Nishimura
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

The day my mother was killed, she told my father I wouldn’t speak again, and she told him if I died, he would die too. Then she predicted the king would sell his soul and lose his son to the sky. My father has a claim to the throne, and he is waiting in the shadows for all of my mother’s words to come to pass. He wants desperately to be king, and I just want to be free. But freedom will require escape, and I’m a prisoner of my mother’s curse and my father’s greed. I can’t speak or make a sound, and I can’t wield a sword or beguile a king.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, but poor Audible version

  • By MadHatter on 13-09-2018

Great story, but poor Audible version

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

Reviewed: 13-09-2018

I have read and enjoyed this book several times, but this was the first (and last) time I tried it as an Audible version.
There were two problems with it.
1. The narrator sounded like she was fifteen years old, not twenty-one. Lark came across as a meek girl, instead of a fiesty woman, thereby losing the best part of the novel - that while she may seem drab and quiet to the world, inside she is quite stubborn and has hidden strength, which is why her king falls in love with her.
2. Too much music in the background. It was distracting and annoying.

Do get the writen version. It is a sweet tale, with glossed-over sex scenes (which is sometimes like a breath of fresh air, compared to some of the books). It is also a stand-alone novel, so no cliffhanger.

  • Frostbound Throne: Song of Night

  • Court of Sin, Book 1
  • By: May Sage
  • Narrated by: Shane East, Lucy Rivers
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Vale was born in battle 700 years ago, and in all this time, he's never encountered an enemy that poses a real challenge. Until now. Devi has been told terrifying tales of vengeful gods since her youth. She never thought that she would wake up in a world where she had to fight them. They're opposites: He gets on her nerves; she is under his skin, and if they're to survive, they must join forces.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Reasonable story

  • By MadHatter on 04-09-2018

Reasonable story

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

Reviewed: 04-09-2018

But the female narrator was annoying, with an exaggerated tempo and inflection. Shane East did a good job

  • Eat, Pray, Die

  • By: Chelsea Field
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Being an undercover poison taster for the rich and famous might sound glamorous, but for Isobel Avery it means stomaching bad clients and even worse coffee. The one side of the job that lives up to expectations is the money. Which is just as well for Izzy, since she needs an awful lot of it. Who knew when she made a lifelong commitment to a man that it would be one year living with him and the rest of her life paying for it? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A new idea!

  • By MadHatter on 24-08-2018

A new idea!

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

Reviewed: 24-08-2018

Ok, I have not come across a poison expert before. This is a light, but very interesting mystery, with my favourite narrator (she has a lovely voice and speaks normally, with no wierd pauses, inflections or emphasis - why do other narrators do that? It is beyond irritating!)
I thoroughly recommend this book. I have just downloaded book 3, so it is all good so far.

  • Underneath It All

  • Walsh Series #1
  • By: Kate Canterbary
  • Narrated by: Christian Fox, Lucy Rivers
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Meet Lauren Halsted. It's all the little things - the action plans, the long-kept promises - that started falling apart when my life slipped into controlled chaos. After I fell ass over elbow into Matthew Walsh's arms, I couldn't decide whether I wanted to run screaming or rip his pants off, and most days I wanted a little of both. If I was being honest with myself, it was rip his pants off, ride him like a workhorse, and then run screaming.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nope - I hated him, instantly

  • By MadHatter on 16-04-2018

Nope - I hated him, instantly

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

Reviewed: 16-04-2018

Sorry, I didn’t even make it past chapter 2. His first thought when he saw her (a beautiful, successful and intellegent woman), was he that he wanted to... talk to her? Ha! Kiss her? Nope. Have sex with her? Nuh-uh. He fantasised about spanking her.
Just... NO. I am not a prude, but if a guy’s basic and primary response is to hurt/dominate a woman, that is NOT sexy or romantic.

  • My Commander

  • Bewitched and Bewildered, Book 1
  • By: Alanea Alder
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Kane
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 26

When the topic of grandchildren comes up during a weekly sewing circle, the matriarchs of the founding families seek out the witch Elder to scry to see if their sons have mates. They are shocked to discover that many of their son's mates are out in the world and are human! Fearing that their future daughter in laws will end up dead before being claimed and providing them with grandchildren to spoil, they convince their own mates that something must be done.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Saccharine overdosed

  • By IMEE B on 23-08-2018

The first 1/3 was hilarious

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

Reviewed: 03-04-2018

Genuinely, Look Like A Crazy Lady (because you randomly burst out guffawing in the middle of the supermaret), humourous. However... any giggle worthy part got repeated or reused over and over, and over... and over.
Ehhh, not so funny anymore.

  • The Crown of Light

  • Lightness Saga, Book 1
  • By: Stacey Marie Brown
  • Narrated by: Jesse Vilinsky
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

A War is Brewing. Kennedy is one of the last known Druids. Wanted dead by the Seelie Queen and as a coveted asset to defeat this cruel ruler, Kennedy has become a mark. Especially by a sexy, merciless....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I read to about 90%, then deleted it in annoyance

  • By MadHatter on 28-03-2018

I read to about 90%, then deleted it in annoyance

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

Reviewed: 28-03-2018

Two things wrong:
- The narrator sounds YOUNG, like a 14 year old. Considering the heroine has sex and we are expected to take her seriously, this was a problem for me. Having said that, the narrator does do a good job with different voices, pacing and inflection (except the heroines’ whining).
- the hero was great, but everyone else was painful. Especially the lead female, as the book progressed. I was cheering on the opposing side, wishing someone would just kill her already.

  • Circle of Blood Book One

  • Lover's Rebirth
  • By: Jaelynn Woolf, R. A. Steffan
  • Narrated by: Gwendolyn Druyor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

New Orleans is a hot mess.

Ancient feuds. Demonic forces bent on destruction. Oh, and apparently vampires are real. 

Della didn't sign up for any of this. She didn't sign up for violence and mayhem in the streets of the Big Easy. She didn't sign up to be a magnet for an evil force intent on hunting down the reincarnated souls of its enemies. She sure as hell didn't sign up for rescue by a sinfully tempting vampire lord and his fashion-model-gorgeous friends. Especially since he seems convinced that she's the living embodiment of his long lost human mate. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Overly dramatic narrator ruins it

  • By MadHatter on 23-02-2018

Overly dramatic narrator ruins it

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

Reviewed: 23-02-2018

If you like angst, then this is for you. Personally, I thought they all sounded like whiney little emos. Not every single sentence has to have deep emotional depth, expressed in agonised tones. Bleh!

  • Preternatural Affairs, Books 1-3

  • Witch Hunt, Silver Bullet, and Hotter Than Helltown
  • By: SM Reine
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 16 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

My name's Cesar Hawke. I'm a witch working for a division of the government you've never heard about. The world's not what everyone thinks it is - unless you think that our world's a pawn in a game of chess between Heaven and Hell, and riddled with as much magic and wonder as it is with evil. In that case, the world is exactly what you think. My place of employment - the Office of Preternatural Affairs - takes a modern approach to an ages-old problem.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it.

  • By MadHatter on 30-10-2017

Loved it.

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

Reviewed: 30-10-2017

Funny, interesting and well performed by the narrator.
A large, strong, handsome Special Agent witch, who is a closet geek, awkward with females, allergic to magic and gets queezy around blood. So, he finds a gruesomely murdered girl in his bathtub and, as the prime suspect, he has to escape and solve the murder.