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  • Shadow and Bone

  • By: Leigh Bardugo
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fantastic fantasy

  • By manga_me_over on 03-06-2017

Awesome!

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

Reviewed: 14-02-2019

I bought this because I'd just finished the King of Scars and enjoyed it so much I wanted to start the series from the start. The author's writing is just amazing, and her themes have me thinking long after I press the pause button, but I was really disappointed with this book *at first*.

At the start came across like a teenage romance only it made too much sense for the most part. But after the King of Scars, I was pretty disappointed, because it's just not the kind of thing I'm interested in. I liked the fantasy, the world of magic the author has built is really intriguing and thought. I am just not up for the shallow 50 shades of romance thing. At one stage I groaned when a (spoiler I won't give away here) happened and I said that's it, I'm returning it. But everything else about the book was spot on (so don't let my personal opinion about teenage romance hold you back from buying this!) so I decided to give it a few more chapters.

I'm SO glad I did! The entire book jumped on it's head, what I thought was happening, actually hadn't been happening, betrayal, fighting and magic and swords and rifles! The pace ramped up so much I found I was often holding my breath. I seriously could not put it down, and the build up I'd rolled my eyes and groaned at, turned out to be like the slow haul at the beginning of a roller coaster, which really, was exactly what this book was like! Oh, and what a beautiful portrayal of real love as opposed to what passes for romance these days. What a ride.

Yes, read this book, I say, wholeheartedly. I really enjoyed it and by the end, I finally got used to the way the narrator read the story. It took two books for this to happen though. There were just a few ways she intoned things that kind of pulled me out of the story, and/or which I thought didn't suit the character but for the most part she is really, really good to listen to. So yeah! Two thumbs up! I'm stoked to see there is more for me to read in this series! I'm off to get the next book!

  • Cats on the Run

  • Tuck & Ginger
  • By: Ged Gillmore
  • Narrated by: Deborah Wiseman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Tuck and Ginger are two cats who get on each other's nerves. But they need to pause the claws if they’re to escape from the high-rise apartment where they are trapped. And escape they must, for their kidnappers – Rodney and Janice Burringo – are warty wicked witches who want to use Tuck and Ginger’s body parts to build the best witches’ cat in the world: a black Purrari.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • laugh out loud funny!

  • By Trish on 03-02-2019

laugh out loud funny!

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

Reviewed: 03-02-2019

wait till you get to the part with the snake, honestly, I was laughing so hard I was crying. one day I'll grow up but until then I'll keep reading these...Um...to my grandkids of course! Seriously funny book as entertaining for adults as it is for kids.

  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

  • By: Washington Irving
  • Narrated by: Tom Mison
  • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 78

In the secluded Dutch territory of Sleepy Hollow, nebbish schoolmaster Ichabod Crane competes with the town hero for the hand of Katrina Van Tassel, the 18-year-old daughter and sole child of a wealthy farmer. As Crane leaves a party at the Van Tassel's farm one autumn evening, he is pursued by the Headless Horseman, an apparition said to be the ghost of a Hessian trooper snuffed out by a stray cannonball.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely loved it!! Irving def a Master writer!

  • By Amazon Customer on 24-07-2016

Really Enjoyed This

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

Reviewed: 22-01-2019

this was a free book that audible gave to members for free for Halloween...or something like that...years ago and I have only listen to it now. what an entertaining story. I loved it. Thanks audible !

  • Spook's: Slither's Tale

  • Wardstone Chronicles 11
  • By: Joseph Delaney
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth, Kate Harbour
  • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

Far from the Wardstone, a new darkness is rising . . .Slither is a haizda mage who preys upon humans, drinking their blood to feed his dark urges. So when a local farmer dies, it’s only natural that Slither should want to feast on his lovely daughters.But then the farmer offers him a deal, and extracts from Slither a promise that will take him on a journey to the City of the Petrified Tree, to a fallen star-stone that holds great power, and straight into the path of Grimalkin, the Witch Assassin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very dark

  • By Trish on 01-07-2018

Very dark

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

Reviewed: 01-07-2018

I really enjoyed this although it is far darker than anything I would normally read. This entire series is like that though. You can't stop listening once you start. They are that good. I think they are too dark for kids though. And this one is the darkest of the lot.

  • The Name of the Wind

  • The Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 1
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 28 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,489
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,278
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,273

I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. My name is Kvothe.You may have heard of me.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Gretta on 18-03-2015

An amazingly well-crafted story but it was boring.

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

Reviewed: 23-02-2017

The first few chapters were amazing, I was so excited to have found the book when I started listening, but then the entire story took a turn and began at his childhood. I found the entire university thing tedious and couldn't help but think of Harry Potter, which I also didn't like and couldn't get past the letters pouring through the door in the first chapter, and the writer's devices became predictable. Kvoth would get into trouble, usually brought on by his own actions or smuggery, it would look like he was going to fail, then some amazing act of will, or luck or skill or chance would save him. Every. Time.

As hard as I tried, I could not warm to the main character, or any of the characters, despite how well rounded and thought out they were. They were just boring, pompous, obnoxious people...all of them. I didn't love to hate Ambrose or hate to love Kvoth. They were both boring as each other. I didn't even like Kvoth's parents and I usually always like people's mothers.

I really wanted to know what the story is with the Chandrian (spelling?) and the scraylings (sorry, I have to see a word to remember how to spell it) that were in the first part of the book, and that, the excellent, poetic writing and the awesome narration can almost make me persevere long enough to find out...almost. But I honestly don't think I can listen to any more of Kvoth's melodrama, especially not 94 chapters of it, and what sounded like a heap of the author's own opinions about church clergy and bankers, since every character thought the same on the topic, and which were mostly cliche and unoriginal.

A very frustrating experience. The writing is so perfect, it alone is worth a listen just to experience it. I just wish it told a meatier story or kept to the meatier story it began with.
But, tonnes of people have given this book awesome reviews and it really deserves them. I just found the story boring, eventually predictable and full of unmemorable characters. The writing itself and narration, though... masterful.

The story was just not to my tastes.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Outlander

  • Outlander, Book 1
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 32 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,203

Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator's voice does not match the character

  • By Anneka on 02-11-2016

Very saggy, boring middle

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

Reviewed: 14-01-2017

I have tried twice to listen to this book. When I started listening to it the second time, I was like, why did I stop the first time? This is really good, apart from the fact that I found a combat nurse from the 1940s using a baby voice when she spoke to be unrealistic....well, outright annoying is probably apter, but the rest of the book was engrossing. The history, the detail, the sheer scope of the story was just amazing. Then I hit chapter 32 and it's all gone downhill. Now I remember why I stopped reading it. The entire melodrama of Lallybroch (sp?), Jamie, his sister Jennie, her husband Ian and baby talking Claire was so boring, parts of it were even repulsive. Like when Jennie has her swollen feet in her brother's lap and is telling everyone what it's like to be pregnant and is touching herself up as she does so. The author says words to the effect that if ever there was a witch, it was Jenny, basically, because her description had them all entranced. Well, it didn't entrance, me, it was really off-putting and pretty gross.

And then I swear the equivalent of a chapter was spent in a "Jenny is as stubborn as her brother, her stubbornness was matched only by her brother, who could possibly be as stubborn as her brother? Only Jamie could match Jennie for stubbornness" match. *Groan* I nearly started whacking myself in the head with my kindle. In the end, I had to jump 5 chapters and I never jump chapters. So I just skimmed through the chapters and it was more of the same old same old, throw in a few repetitive and gratuitous 'love' scenes that really, after reading about for ten chapters get a bit old, until I found a place with some Redcoats, watches and action again. I'm seriously hoping this book finishes as interestingly as it started but I'm not holding my breath.

The narrator is great, even with the men's voices but come on...a 1940s combat nurse talking like a baby and throwing tantrums instead of well, acting like an adult? I get that she was confused but even when she wasn't confused, that infuriating voice continued.

I'm probably not the best person to review a book like this since I usually go for action/fantasy books. The 'historical' tag drew me in though so... yeah. I would recommend this book for people who like historical romances and fully understand what the term means. That way, maybe they won't be surprised at how boring the story gets from chapters 32-36 (so far) Meh, maybe people who like this kind of story like saggy, pointless middles.

This one simply isn't for me.

  • Prophet

  • By: R.J. Larson
  • Narrated by: Brooke Heldman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

"Close your eyes, Ela of Parne. Close your eyes and you will see." Ela Roeh of Parne doesn't understand why her beloved Creator, the Infinite, wants her to become His prophet. She’s undignified, bad tempered, and only 17 - not to mention that no prophet of Parne has ever been a girl. Worst of all, as the elders often warn, if she agrees to become the Infinite's prophet, Ela knows she will die young. "Istgard has turned their back on Me. See the evil they do."

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Awful narration

  • By Trish on 04-11-2016

Awful narration

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-11-2016

I'm sorry, I really wanted to listen to this story,it's. Hard to find good stories about God. But I just couldn't get past the narrator. I constantly had to adjust the volume, one minute I could barely hear her, the next she was shouting. And the expression she put into the story was so over the top I kept getting pulled out of it.

  • Rise to Power

  • The David Chronicles, Volume 1
  • By: Uvi Poznansky
  • Narrated by: David George
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

Here is the story of David as you have never heard it before: from the king himself, telling the unofficial version, the one he never allowed his court scribes to recount. In his mind, history is written to praise the victorious—but at the last stretch of his illustrious life, he feels an irresistible urge to tell the truth. In the first volume, Rise to Power, David gives you a fascinating account of his early years, culminating with a tribal coronation. Rooted in ancient lore, his is a surprisingly modern memoir.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Monty Python meets Horrible Histories

  • By Trish on 19-10-2016

Monty Python meets Horrible Histories

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

Reviewed: 19-10-2016

If you're looking for uplifting, biblical fiction, this book isn't for you. It's kind of humorous in places and sometimes clever, but I think that's more due to the skill of the narrator than the actual story. If I'd been looking for comedy or biblical parody, I would have given this book more stars. As it is, I feel quite misled. It starts with gratuitous bad language and ends with gratuitous innuendo, both of which I don't think belong in biblical fiction. I don't know what category this belongs under, but it definitely wasn't what I expected it would be. Maybe it would deserve more stars if it was listed under the comedy section. The narrator however, 10 stars. He at least got me to the end, but I won't be buying anymore in this series.

  • Heart of a Lion

  • By: Gilbert Morris
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Young Noah has found life good and wholesome, until he steps outside his village and discovers a world of temptation. Drawn by a beautiful woman, yet repulsed by the pagan practices of her tribe's dark worship, his inner struggle keeps him in torment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like a love story about God

  • By Trish on 10-10-2016

Like a love story about God

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-10-2016

I really enjoyed this story from start to finish. It covered about every emotion from love to despair. I thought it was really clever how the author wound God's work around every thing that happened. It's almost like a romance between God and mankind. It's a fascinating book, I loved it.

  • Dawn of Wonder

  • The Wakening, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Renshaw
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 29 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 959
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 889
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 892

When a high-ranking officer gallops into the quiet Mistyvales, he brings a warning that shakes the countryfolk to their roots. But for Aedan, a scruffy young adventurer with veins full of fire and a head full of ideas, this officer is not what he seems. The events that follow propel Aedan on a journey that only the foolhardy or desperate would risk, leading him to the gates of the nation's royal academy - a whole world of secrets in itself. But this is only the beginning of his discoveries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing world and story

  • By Douglas on 24-06-2017

Like Reading a Celtic Knot

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

Reviewed: 29-09-2016

This book is so good I bought the kindle version so that I could read it. Usually, I'd just rather listen to the audio but this was so good I didn't want to waste a single word. The plot was just amazing and the story so good that I could keep listening when I had to do something, I've never read anything like it. It kind of starts on a story arc, shifts to another one for ages, then shifts back to the first. It's like reading a Celtic knot and it's completely engrossing. Not a boring page among it. I've been lucky to find some awesome books this year but this is definitely my favourite. I haven't looked yet, but fingers crossed, the second book will be available. I'd recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy and who is looking for something original... even if they didn't like fantasy I'd still recommend it. It is so convincing in its detail (without there ever being a single information dump, no joke!) and the characters are so well thought out, that it doesn't read like the usual fantasy. It's like, the world in the book is real and you are reading about how real people respond to some really unusual things. Then there's political intrigue, betrayal, heartbreak, hope and more surprises than you can poke a stick at. Sometimes I actually really did laugh out loud or smile. It's amazing. A wonder. Yep, definitely. Get this book.