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  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone

  • By: Laini Taylor
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128

In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she's a 17-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in 'Elsewhere', she has never understood Brimstone's dark work - buying teeth from hunters and murderers - nor how she came into his keeping. She is a secret even to herself, plagued by the sensation that she isn't whole.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant... Is too small of a word!

  • By BoniDee on 18-01-2019

An enjoyable listening experience

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

Reviewed: 16-03-2017

I liked the book for the rich character imagery. Fantasy creatures fighting a battle with treachery and love all rolled up in a mystery. The story unfolds slowly, I found it easy listening.

Narration was great, the characters are well read.

  • Caraval

  • By: Stephanie Garber
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

Welcome to Caraval, where nothing is quite what it seems. Scarlett has never left the tiny isle of Trisda, pining from afar for the wonder of Caraval, a once-a-year weeklong performance where the audience participates in the show. Caraval is magic. Mystery. Adventure. And for Scarlett and her beloved sister, Tella, it represents freedom and an escape from their ruthless, abusive father. When the sisters' long-awaited invitations to Caraval finally arrive, it seems their dreams have come true.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting teen romance

  • By Jolene on 02-03-2017

Interesting teen romance

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

Reviewed: 02-03-2017

The narrator was fantastic, she really made the book work through speech. Very heartfelt, enthusiastic and genuinely full of emotion.
I really enjoyed the storyline even though it is aimed at the teenage variety it still has some guts to it and it's worth the listen.
Plenty of twists and turns in the plot.

And finally...... you should expect:

Lots of smiling, sneering, grinning, smirking, twisting-of-the-lips, and also many more different descriptions of how the lips are able to form a smile - both benevolent and malevolent 😉😃

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Diviners

  • By: Libba Bray
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 18 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Something dark and evil has awakened.... Evie O'Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City - and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It's 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult. Evie worries her uncle will discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • everything's jake

  • By B$ on 19-09-2018

Couldn't finish it

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

Reviewed: 24-11-2016

I tried, I really did. One word: "boring".

I found the beginning really interesting but then it changed so much it felt as though I was listening to a completely different book. The main character is a stuck up nasty piece of work and I found the story lacking. Listening at night put me right to sleep.

The narration is superb which is why I felt a little guilty at leaving part way through. But for me, that was the only good thing about this audiobook. It felt like a chore to continue to listen.

Written in Red
    A Novel of the Others
    
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        Alexandra Harris
    
    


    
    Length: 18 hrs and 33 mins
    109 ratings
    Overall 4.7
  • Written in Red

  • A Novel of the Others
  • By: Anne Bishop
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Harris
  • Length: 18 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut - a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg's Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard - a business district operated by the Others. Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Aaarrrroooo

  • By MissMetalNeen on 07-05-2014

Original fantasy, inorganic narration...

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

Reviewed: 29-07-2016

I am in the middle of listening to this story, with mixed feelings about whether I like it or not..

The story feels fresh and the characters have depth and are slowly developed throughout the story. The plot is quite slow and a little erratic at times but it is good all the same.

Humans and all manner of fantasy creatures exist alongside one another. Amongst that lot there are also super-humans, or rather humans with special abilities. The main character in the story, Meg, is one of these. Meg has a timid personality that I find trying and annoying at times, however she does have an interesting story to tell and the unusual relationships and friendships she develops along the way makes it an entertaining listen.

The narration was so utterly and completely frustrating. Simon comes across as constantly angry, serious and bland in tone. A lot of the male characters are monotone and continually intense to a ridiculous level. The narration is what makes me want to stop reading but the story is interesting enough that I want to find out what happens...

  • American Gods

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman, Dennis Boutskiaris, Daniel Oreskes, and others
  • Length: 19 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,977
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,851
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,841

Shadow Moon has served his time. But hours before his release from prison, his beloved wife is killed in a freak accident. Dazed, he boards a plane home where he meets the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who professes both to know Shadow and to be king of America. Together they embark on a profoundly strange road trip across the USA, encountering a kaleidoscopic cast of characters along the way. Yet all around them a storm threatens to break.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listen

  • By Liam Edwards on 12-08-2017

An amazing journey through a new and old America

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

Reviewed: 17-07-2016

I read the shining reviews about this audiobook and I was intrigued. Having just finished Neverwhere (fantastic by the way) I was keen to start another Gaiman book Asap. I think sometimes when reviews go on and on about how amazing a book is my expectations are let down, let's face it - everyone has their own ideas and opinions on what makes a great audiobook. This one is worth the listen.

WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
I expected more. For me the storyline was great... BUT it had moments of lag when I just wanted to get on with the story. I mean pieces of information that mean nothing to the main guts of the book just added as filler, at least that's how it felt at times.

I felt lost at times. Sometimes the story takes an odd angle that makes no sense whatsoever... I just went with it, I mean the book is still a good listen overall.

WHAT I ENJOYED:
The depth of the story, the journey though America. I have never been to America, but I felt like I was there experiencing it all alongside Shadow. It's a beautifully woven tale, Shadow is amazing, strong, patient and full of nothing... and everything. I look forward to seeing how the TV adaptation will work.

The narration is exceptional. You will have to listen to find out what I mean ;)

The tale is original and true to our time. It's a battle of the old and new with lashings of pain thrown in there alongside love, friendship, murder and betrayal.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Neverwhere

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 545
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 506

Under the streets of London there's a world most people could never even dream of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, and pale girls in black velvet. Richard Mayhew is a young businessman who is about to find out more than he bargained for about this other London. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his safe and predictable life and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and yet utterly bizarre.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • overall an enjoyable listen

  • By Briony on 02-03-2017

Another gem from Gaiman

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

Reviewed: 11-07-2016

I really enjoyed this one. A great storyline with vivid main characters and fantastical beings throughout.
Neil Gaiman is the perfect narrator for his own stories. His rich voice brings the characters and the scenarios within the story to life.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Mr Mercedes

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 710
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 659
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 656

Described as 'the best thriller of the year' Sunday Express, the No. 1 bestseller introduces retired cop Bill Hodges in a race against time to apprehend a killer. A cat-and-mouse suspense thriller featuring Bill Hodges, a retired cop who is tormented by 'the Mercedes massacre', a case he never solved. Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of that notorious crime, has sent Hodges a taunting letter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mr Mercedes My Kind of Story

  • By Cheryl on 21-06-2015

Great story, nice build up.

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

Reviewed: 24-06-2016

It's got that Stephen King feel to it. You know, the creepy disturbing stuff that you don't really want to hear or know about but you need to go order to better understand the characters. I enjoyed the narration, I liked the suspense. I heard this is supposed to be part of a 3 book series, I hope so!

  • The Trees

  • By: Ali Shaw
  • Narrated by: Ben Onwukwe
  • Length: 18 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

There came an elastic aftershock of creaks and groans and then, softly softly, a chinking shower of rubbled cement. Leaves calmed and trunks stood serene. Where, not a minute before, there had been a suburb, there was now only woodland standing amid ruins. There is no warning. No chance to prepare. They arrive in the night: thundering up through the ground, transforming streets and towns into shadowy forest. Buildings are destroyed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The end of the world as we know it

  • By Jolene on 10-06-2016

The end of the world as we know it

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

Reviewed: 10-06-2016

An unusual story with a rich vivid landscape and many unusual characters. I did enjoy this book, there were some parts of dialogue that dragged on and on unnecessarily at times but other than that it's worth the read for something a little different.

  • Every Dead Thing

  • By: John Connolly
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

Tormented and racked with guilt over the brutal slaying of his wife and daughter, Charlie Parker, ex-cop with the NYPD, agrees to track down a missing girl. It is a search that will lead him into an abyss of evil. At the same time, he is warned by an old black woman in Louisiana that "The Travelling Man" is about to strike again. Multiple strands converge with a horrific confrontation in which hunter and hunted are intimately connected by guilt.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Too long

  • By Sheena Avison on 02-05-2019

I couldn't get into it...

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

Reviewed: 23-05-2016

I have read a lot of John Connollys books.. some time ago. I couldn't concentrate on the story and found it boring and hard to follow. I can't really put my finger on why. the narrator was okay, the story seemed interesting but ended up being jumbled and my mind kept meandering away from the story so I couldn't remember what was going on. I returned it before I finished it.

  • On the Edge

  • The Edge, Book 1
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renée Raudman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Rose Drayton lives on the Edge, between the world of the Broken (where people drive cars, shop at Wal-Mart, and magic is a fairy tale) and the Weird (where blueblood aristocrats rule, changelings roam, and the strength of your magic can change your destiny). Only Edgers like Rose can easily travel from one world to the next, but they never truly belong in either.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it

  • By Anne Wilson on 10-08-2017

Good story but...

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

Reviewed: 26-02-2016

I enjoyed the story, it was original and interesting. The narrator really annoyed me at times. In the early chapters of the story and only with certain characters (the old lady who lives with her daughter and first sees the hounds while having the tea party) the narrator reads not only the dialogue in the characters accent but also the storyline. This is inconsistent throughout the story and I found it hard to enjoy the story when she did this.
The other thing that bothered me was when the narrator reads as the main male characters of the story she makes her voice far to low and soft, it's like she was going for sexy and hit "I'm coming down with a cold and losing my voice". Very over-the-top in my opinion.