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  • Legendary

  • A Caraval Novel
  • Written by: Stephanie Garber
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister, Scarlett, from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Legendary

  • By Wordnerd on 2019-03-20

Like A Painting, But For Your Ears

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

Reviewed: 2019-02-05

I am really, really enjoying this series and can't wait for the last book! Stephanie Garber describes Tella and Scarlett's world so beautifully, and listening to these books is like a mini escape to a world full of parties, magic, and beautiful dresses. There were enough twists and turns to keep the plot moving along nicely, and Rebecca Soler's narration is excellent.
This series reminds me a lot of The Night Circus in the best possible way, so if you enjoyed the Night Circus (and enjoy YA fiction), you may enjoy Legendary.

  • Wild Mountain Thyme

  • Written by: Rosamunde Pilcher
  • Narrated by: Lucy Paterson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Oliver Dobbs was a writer first and a man second. To him other people were tools. Even though he had broken Victoria Bradshaw’s heart once, when he arrived on her doorstep with a two-year-old son, she found she could not refuse him, and the three of them set out for a castle in Scotland. There, Victoria meets the new laird and finds her crushed spirit awakening. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty Good, but not Rosamunde Pilcher's Best

  • By Liz on 2019-02-05

Pretty Good, but not Rosamunde Pilcher's Best

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

Reviewed: 2019-02-05

Wild Mountain Thyme had all the elements I love about Rosamunde Pilcher's audiobooks: beautiful descriptions of the landscape, a soothing narrator, and a bit of romance. I was not as captivated with this story as I have been with other Pilcher stories... the plot seemed a bit thinner than some of her other books.
If you love Rosamunde Pilcher's books, you'll probably enjoy this one. But if you're new to this author, I'd suggest starting with Coming Home, Winter Solstice, or The Shell Seekers over this book.

  • The Cruel Prince

  • The Folk of the Air, Book 1
  • Written by: Holly Black
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

Of course I want to be like them. They're beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever. And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe. One terrible morning, Jude and her sisters see their parents murdered in front of them. The terrifying assassin abducts all three girls to the world of Faerie, where Jude is installed in the royal court but mocked and tormented by the Faerie royalty for being mortal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Holly Black never disappoints

  • By Eileen L on 2018-02-21

Exciting Fantasy Story with Problematic Romances

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

Reviewed: 2019-02-04

Overall I think this is a really great audiobook: Holly Black did such an amazing job building the Faery world, that it was easy to get immersed. The plot was interesting, exciting, and full of twists. The narration was excellent. But the romance elements were problematic for me. I don't want to veer into spoiler territory, so I'll just say that the whole "boy is mean/abusive to girl, but only because he really likes her," is an outdated cliché, and that the young adult readers that this book is marketed towards deserve better.

  • Trollhunters

  • Written by: Guillermo del Toro, Daniel Kraus
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heybourne
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

Jim Sturges is your typical teen in suburban San Bernardino - one with an embarrassingly overprotective dad, a best friend named Tubby who shares his hatred of all things torturous (like gym class), and a crush on a girl who doesn't know he exists. But everything changes for Jim when a 45-year-old mystery resurfaces, threatening the lives of everyone in his seemingly sleepy town. Soon Jim has to team up with a band of unlikely (and some unhuman) heroes to battle the monsters he never knew existed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Formulaic and Kind of Gross

  • By Liz on 2018-11-21

Formulaic and Kind of Gross

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

Reviewed: 2018-11-21

Although I bought this book for roadtrips with my kids, I'm glad I listened to it on my own first. The descriptions of troll guts and gore are pretty intense, and probably not appropriate for most kids under 10. Also, the author shouting the character AARRGGH's name constantly got old real fast. Other than that, the story is ok but not spectacular.

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  • Lethal White

  • A Cormoran Strike Novel
  • Written by: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 273
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. Trying to get to the bottom of Billy's story, Strike and Robin Ellacott - once his assistant, now a partner in the agency - set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Consistently excellent writing and narration

  • By Liz on 2018-09-21

Consistently excellent writing and narration

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-21

This was hands down my favorite audiobook of 2018. This entire series is excellent. #audible1

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Under Gemini

  • Written by: Rosamunde Pilcher
  • Narrated by: Lucy Paterson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

It seemed such an innocent deception. All Flora Waring had to do was play the part of Rose, her long-lost twin, for one weekend and meet the family of Rose’s fiancé. But when Flora is introduced to the Armstrong family, she realizes that she has inherited the secret scandal Rose created five years before...and left wounds that turn the man Flora loves against her.     

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great Rosamunde Pilcher Novel

  • By Liz on 2018-09-16

A great Rosamunde Pilcher Novel

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-16

Rosamunde Pilcher is one of my favorite authors. Under Gemini (like most of her books), is a lovely, quiet story set in beautiful British scenery.
The only issue I had was with the "slap" scene... it was slightly problematic for me, but I gave it a pass due to the fact the book was written in the 70's. In general, of you like Pilcher's other books, or if you're a fan of Maeve Binchy, you'll probably enjoy this book.
The narrator's calm voice was perfect for a Rosamunde Pilcher story, and she did an excellent job of expressing the characters's emotions, without going over the top.
#Audible1

  • Spinning Silver

  • Written by: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Lisa Flanagan
  • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father's inability to collect his debts has left his family on the edge of poverty - until Miryem takes matters into her own hands. Hardening her heart, the young woman sets out to claim what is owed and soon gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold. When an ill-advised boast draws the attention of the king of the Staryk - grim fey creatures who seem more ice than flesh - Miryem's fate, and that of two kingdoms, will be forever altered. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A bit slow in spots, but overall great!

  • By Amazon Customer on 2018-09-20

A good choice for fans of Uprooted

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-07

I've been a fan of Naomi Novik for a while now, and this latest book does not disappoint. Her take on the Rumpelstiltskin story is so fresh and original, but still feels very much like a fairy tale.
Although I like the narrator, I found that it was sometimes hard to figure out which character was speaking. The story is told by several different characters in the first person, and the voices used by the narrator were very similar. It was easy enough after a sentence or two to figure out who was speaking, but it did cause a bit of confusion for me at certain points.
For me, the best audiobooks are the ones that you want to listen to over and over again, and I think that this story was interesting enough and the narrator was enjoyable enough to re-listen to this audiobook.

  • Spare and Found Parts

  • Written by: Sarah Maria Griffin
  • Narrated by: Alana Kerr Collins, Alan Smyth
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

In a city devastated by an epidemic, where survivors are all missing parts - an arm, a leg, an eye - Nell has always been an outsider. Her father is the famed scientist who created the biomechanical limbs that everyone now uses. But she's the only one with her machinery on the inside: her heart. Since the childhood operation, she has ticked. Like a clock, like a bomb. And as her community rebuilds, everyone is expected to contribute to the society's good, but how can Nell live up to her father's revolutionary ideas?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Y. (Eh) Fiction

  • By Liz on 2018-05-11

Y. (Eh) Fiction

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

Reviewed: 2018-05-11

I'm typically a fan of post-apocalyptic YA fiction, but I couldn't get into this one (I gave up about halfway through). The narrator was excellent, and the writing was good, but the plot and the world of this book just wasn't interesting to me. It seemed like a slight variation of every other post-apocalyptic teen novel, and didn't seem to bring anything new or exciting to the genre.