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  • Tomorrow

  • Written by: Damian Dibben
  • Narrated by: George Blagden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

A winter’s night, Venice, 1815. A 217-year-old dog is searching for his lost master. So begins the journey of Tomorrow, a dog who must travel through the courts and battlefields of Europe - and through the centuries - in search of the man who granted him immortality. His adventures take him to the London Frost Fair, the strange court of King Charles I, Versailles, the golden age of Amsterdam, and to 19th-century Venice. Tomorrow befriends both animals and humans, falls in love (only once), marvels at the human ability to make music, despairs at their capacity for war....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Attention Riveting

  • By shalot on 2019-04-22

Attention Riveting

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

Reviewed: 2019-04-22

Sometimes, I get a bit bored while listening to audiobooks. This really didn't happen at all during my time with 'Tomorrow' by Damien Dibben. A beautiful narrative over the long life of a dog and his owner, but not as ordinary as any mortal's life.

  • Cinder

  • Book One of the Lunar Chronicles
  • Written by: Marissa Meyer
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.... Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A story that really hooks you in!

  • By Amazon Customer on 2018-09-14

A Good Fairytale Spin

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

Reviewed: 2019-04-01

I really enjoyed the world building of 'Cinder', although sometimes the character decisions are a little bit dumb. Overall, I'm excited for the series and I'll definitely keep listening.

  • Inkheart

  • Written by: Cornelia Funke
  • Narrated by: Lynn Redgrave
  • Length: 15 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19

Imagine it were possible to bring the characters from a book to life. Not like when you listen to an audiobook with such enchantment that the characters seem to jump off the pages and into your bedroom...but for real. Imagine they could actually climb out of the pages and into our world. Then imagine if those characters brought their world into ours.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good story!

  • By Brittany Johnston on 2018-09-15

A Great Bedtime Story

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-19

This narrator was just perfect for reading the story. I did find myself listening at 1.25 and 1.5 speed because it was a little slow, but I still found the story engrossing.

  • Bossypants

  • Written by: Tina Fey
  • Narrated by: Tina Fey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304

Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Audrey on 2018-11-06

Just Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-19

It didn't feel like the story quite flowed well. May be better to read for yourself. Still some very funny parts.

  • The Fault in Our Stars

  • Written by: John Green
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • meeh

  • By Anonymous User on 2018-11-24

Better than Romeo & Juliet

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-11

When I think of Star-Crossed lovers, these two are who I'll think of. The story is lovely but bitter-sweet. The performance is absolutely fantastic, and it was an easy and lovely listen.

  • Sandman Slim

  • Written by: Richard Kadrey
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

When he was 19, James Stark was considered to be one of the greatest natural magicians, a reputation that got him demon-snatched and sent downtown - to Hell - where he survived as a gladiator, a sideshow freak entertaining Satan's fallen angels. That was 11 years ago. Now, the hitman who goes only by Stark has escaped and is back in L.A. Armed with a fortune-telling coin, a black bone knife, and an infernal key, Stark is determined to destroy the magic circle.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dresden wins over Slim.

  • By Candace on 2018-11-11

A Bit Flawed

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-04

I picked this up on a friend's recommendation and the best I can say is that I actually finished it. And only because it was easier to keep listening because I was on a road trip. The writing itself is poor and I caught some continuity errors, but also the characters and their decisions are just so..... illogical, not to character, etc etc. They'll say one thing and then do another. The plot makes zero sense. People's magical powers are entirely plot-based, and the "end boss" felt so little after being talked up for literally the whole book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • An Unwelcome Quest

  • Magic 2.0, Book 3
  • Written by: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

Ever since Martin Banks and his fellow computer geeks discovered that reality is just a computer program to be happily hacked, they've been jaunting back and forth through time, posing as medieval wizards and having the epic adventures that other nerds can only dream of having. But even in their wildest fantasies, they never expected to end up at the mercy of the former apprentice whom they sent to prison for gross misuse of magic and all-around evil behavior.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Bad DM walks into a Room...

  • By shalot on 2019-02-20

A Bad DM walks into a Room...

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

Reviewed: 2019-02-20

I loved this one because it felt very stand-alone. It's the equivalent of someone writing a very poor dnd campaign and forcing their unenthusiastic friends to play it. I listened to this over one weekend and I loved it.

  • Gone with the Wind

  • Written by: Margaret Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Linda Stephens
  • Length: 49 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Margaret Mitchell's great novel of the South is one of the most popular books ever written. Within six months of its publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind had sold a million copies. To date, it has been translated into 25 languages, and more than 28 million copies have been sold. Here are the characters that have become symbols of passion and desire....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding. I didn't want it to end.

  • By Lynn, Canada on 2017-12-06

Excellent Rollercoaster of Events

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

Reviewed: 2019-01-14

I kept in mind that this book was written in the 1930s about the American civil war, so this book is strife with racism and problematic language. I did feel embarrassed listening to this on a speaker, so keep that in mind before you buy. Will this ruin the book for you? Skip the one then.
I honestly had no idea what the heck the story of Gone with the Wind was and it kept surprising me how it went on and on. But I didn't get bored! Scarlet is singularly dislikeable and interesting.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Little Princess

  • Written by: Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Narrated by: Shiromi Arserio
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

When wealthy widower Captain Ralph Crewe first enrolls his little daughter Sara in Miss Minchin’s Select Seminary for Young Ladies, she is set to become the school's show pupil. But tragedy soon strikes: Captain Crewe passes away after losing his fortune, and young Sara is quickly forced into servitude by the cruel Miss Minchin. To make it through her long days as a drudge, Sara imagines herself secretly a princess, and along the way learns to treasure true friends and the kindness of mysterious benefactors. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This Child Can Do No Wrong

  • By shalot on 2018-10-24

This Child Can Do No Wrong

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

Reviewed: 2018-10-24

The story was very interesting but I got sick of Sarah's shit. She's always perfect... too perfect. She's just a 1905 version of a Manic Pixie Dream Girl and I rolled my eyes a lot while listening to this.

  • The Poisoner's Handbook

  • Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York
  • Written by: Deborah Blum
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

In The Poisoner's Handbook, Blum draws from highly original research to track the fascinating, perilous days when a pair of forensic scientists began their trailblazing chemical detective work, fighting to end an era when untraceable poisons offered an easy path to the perfect crime.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A History of Forensics and Poison

  • By shalot on 2018-10-10

A History of Forensics and Poison

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

Reviewed: 2018-10-10

Each chapter focuses on a specific poison, but overall the story tells the history of forensics in New York during Prohibition. Very interesting, love the individual poison cases and how the scientists respond. Took a bit for me to get used to the narrator since she's a bit robotic.