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  • The Monster Collection

  • Written by: Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, Robert Louis Stevenson, and others
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage, Dan Stevens, Greg Wise, and others
  • Length: 30 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

Audible presents a special edition of three Gothic masterpieces: a brand-new Audible Exclusive recording of Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Bram Stoker's Dracula.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • it was awesome to listen too.

  • By Anonymous User on 2019-03-29

Spectacular!

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

Reviewed: 2019-05-09

I have always wanted to get into the classics but a few factors have kept me from cracking open the pages. One is the use of the old style language nd the other being my affinity for horror, suspence, supernatural, thriller-type novels. I actually own Dracula in paperback nd have read zero pages, eventho I've had it for over a decade. Sad, I know.

I happened upon this collection during the Spring 1 credit 2 books promo nd could not pass it up. These particular classics were right up my alley genre-wise nd being that they are audiobooks, I wouldn't get hung up on the language. I am disappointed I waited so long to read them.

Dr Jekyll nd Mr Hyde was a thrill to listen to. I have only ever seen the story played out on Looney Tunes nd that didn't prepare me for this literary ride.

Frankenstein was deep nd poignant. I had in mind the Monster from Penny Dreadful as I listened.

Dracula is the most popular of the three nd altho I thought I knew the story, I did not. The Hollywood version was nowhere near as captivating.

Sidenote - these stories wouldn't have been as enjoyable if not for those wonderful English accents. 😍

  • Evil Has a Name

  • The Untold Story of the Golden State Killer Investigation
  • Written by: Audible Original
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 240

The Golden State Killer. The East Area Rapist. The Original Night Stalker. The Visalia Ransacker.

The monster who preyed on Californians from 1975 to 1986 was known by many aliases. And while numerous police sketches tried to capture his often-masked visage, the Golden State Killer spent more than 40 years not only faceless, but nameless.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good documentary

  • By Janet Hughes on 2019-04-08

wow

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

Reviewed: 2019-04-05

I have no words. I even cried at the end. What a ride! So emotional.

  • 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 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

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

Legendary

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-20

Caraval was the first audiobook I purchased. I loved it! It was sooo long ago tho that I was completely blindsided when I saw Legendary in the browse list. I immediately bought it nd delved right in.

This story revolves around Tella nd her "relationship" with Legend nd other players. The story picks up just after the party at the end of Caraval. Tella is determined to find her mother at any cost. The world is almost as breathtaking (in my mind) as it's predecessor, but I found myself being more captivated by the characters in this book.

As with Caraval, we are left open ended nd slightly unsatisfied, so once again, I sit nd wait, in anticipation, for the next installment. I almost don't want this to ever end. What a journey these books have been!

  • The Kiss of Deception

  • Remnant Chronicles
  • Written by: Mary E. Pearson
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

As First Daughter, Princess Lia is expected to have the revered gift of sight - but she doesn't - and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom - to a prince she has never met. On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive - and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clever!!

  • By Wordnerd on 2018-09-13

Clever!!

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-13

I was smitten with this from word one. Lia running off to avoid a loveless arranged marriage was the perfect beginning to this wonderful book. Her relationships with all the characters are engaging and honest. Rafe and Caden are the perfect blend of bad boy and gentleman...even though one is an assassin and one the jilted prince. I found myself catching feelings right along with Lia. There is a clever twist as you continue to listen and it totally caught me off-guard! I was very much like "oh you naughty author! Ya got me!" and then I couldn't believe how I didn't figure it out myself! I finished way too quickly for my own liking and now I am impatiently waiting for my next credit so I can delve into the next book. In my opinion, a must-read. #audible1

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  • Broken Prince

  • Written by: Erin Watt
  • Narrated by: Angela Goethals, Zachary Webber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

From wharf fights and school brawls to crumbling lives inside glittery mansions, one guy tries to save himself. Reed Royal has it all - looks, status, money. The girls at his elite prep school line up to date him, the guys want to be him, but Reed never gave a damn about anyone but his family until Ella Harper walked into his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this series

  • By Andyreha on 2018-04-11

More 🔥

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

Reviewed: 2018-04-08

Dear lord....Zachary Webber can read me the entirety of the encyclopedia brittanica nd I would just die! He's why I gave the performance a four star. Angela Goethals doesn't sound quite as robotic in this sequel but she still takes away from the pleasure of listening.

Narrators aside.....HOLY SMOKES! This was great! I finished it in a day or so. There was zero way I could wait for my credit...so I bought the next one nd I'm typing like a madman now so I can jump right in. Such a shift in the characters in this book...such a twist at the end....cliff hangers are both awesome nd not awesome! lol Off I go!

  • Paper Princess

  • Written by: Erin Watt
  • Narrated by: Angela Goethals
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

These Royals will ruin you...Ella Harper is a survivor - a pragmatic optimist. She's spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she'll climb out of the gutter. After her mother's death, Ella is truly alone. Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Narration is off key

  • By Shae on 2018-04-13

So Hot!

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

Reviewed: 2018-04-07

Great book. The narrator sounds like the choppy robotic voice that talks to you in the "ok google" app. Once you come to terms with the fact that you're in for 9 hours of that...you can almost tune it out, so to speak. I downloaded the 2nd book before I was finished with this one so I could immediately start in on it. It's that good. Now, onto book 2.

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  • The Hookup

  • Written by: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Lance Greenfield, Stella Bloom
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

When the new girl in town, Eliza "Izzy" Forrester, decides to hit the local drinking hole, she's not ready to meet the town's good, solid guy. She's definitely not prepared to engage in her very first hookup with him. Then Izzy wakes up the next morning in Johnny Gamble's bed, and good girl Izzy finds she likes being bad for Johnny. Even so, Izzy feels Johnny holding her at arm's length. He's in love with someone else. Someone who left him and did it leaving him broken.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet Baby Jesus, Johnny Gamble!

  • By Wordnerd on 2017-12-30

Sweet Baby Jesus, Johnny Gamble!

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

Reviewed: 2017-12-30

Normally, I'm not big on romance novels...but I do indulge in them from time to time. They're my guilty pleasure. Shh. Don't tell anyone.

This one started off strong. Hot nd heavy...enviable. Then there was a character introduced that had the potential to royally mess up the lovefest. I kept trying to predict what would happen next...all pathways, good. bad, whathaveyou. So I repeated to myself (like I always do), "it's a romance...it'll be a happy ending". I wasn't disappointed.

There were plot points that kept it interesting amongst all the hotness right up until the end...but lemme tell you, I was thrilled to be listening to a story without a surprise ending...a cliffhanger....a massive disappointment...or the death of a beloved character. Johnny Gamble (altho not my physical type) had me at hello! lol

My only irritation (nd it's super minor) was the author's constant use of the word "query" nd all it's forms. Get this girl a thesaurus!

If you need a little reprise from life...some super kinky emotional sex....nd a sampling of the fairytale relationship, this is the one! But be careful....it may spark up your inner sex kitten! 🐱

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  • Crooked Kingdom

  • Written by: Leigh Bardugo
  • Narrated by: Roger Clark, Jay Snyder, Elizabeth Evans, and others
  • Length: 17 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn't think they'd survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they're right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz's cunning and test the team's fragile loyalties.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • this book is so good!

  • By Loftwerks on 2019-05-08

What A Climax!

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

Reviewed: 2017-11-25

It was exciting to jump back into the world of The Crows I'd become attached to in book 1. I had missed them.

I put off buying Crooked Kingdom for quite awhile. I was super leery about this book. Not because I didn't enjoy Six of Crows, but because I had such a hard time with the narration nd the ages of the characters. I wanted so badly to discover the outcome of our protagonists but I didn't think I could sit thru the narrators again. I contemplated purchasing/borrowing the physical copy just to get some closure. There was no need.

Altho some of the same narrators are back (Jesper for example) nd their character ages were still an issue, this audiobook was easier to listen to. Kaz's voice was the biggest improvement for me. It suited him more. Nd I personally aged all the characters in my own head, putting them more in their 20's nd therefore making their exploits more believable. Made it easier to believe the whole storyline.

Nd what a storyline! Crooked Kingdom kept me on my toes. Just when I thought I had it figured out, BAM! curveball. I laughed, I gasped, I even cried. I was right there in Ketterdam with them...a seventh, invisible, Crow. Altho the climax was satisfying, the ending left me hollow, empty, unfinished. I wasn't ready to say goodbye. I didn't have enuf to just walk away without a second glance. However, most books leave me wanting...so I guess this isn't specific to this story.

Great listen! Prepare yourselves...cause altho this is a ride worth getting on, it's full of surprises!

  • Recovery

  • Freedom from Our Addictions
  • Written by: Russell Brand
  • Narrated by: Russell Brand
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187

With a rare mix of honesty, humor, and compassion, comedian and movie star Russell Brand mines his own wild story and shares the advice and wisdom he has gained through his 14 years of recovery. Brand speaks to those suffering along the full spectrum of addiction - from drugs, alcohol, caffeine, and sugar addictions to addictions to work, stress, bad relationships, digital media, and fame. Brand understands that addiction can take many shapes and sizes and how the process of staying clean, sane, and unhooked is a daily activity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eye opening!

  • By Wordnerd on 2017-10-19

Eye opening!

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

Reviewed: 2017-10-19

This book was amazing. By chapter 2 I had identified so much of myself in what Russell was saying. I immediately began self-reflecting nd noticed a big change in my attitude (mostly at work). I'm not an addict in the normal sense but I definitely have addict-like tendencies which come along with the mental disorder I have been trying (nd mostly failing) to maintain all by my lonesome.

I fully intend to immerse myself in some parts, if not all, of this program nd see if I can't find some light at the end of this perpetually dark tunnel. I have always enjoyed Russell's humour nd his wonderful accent nd hearing his version of these 12 Steps (which I was familiar with prior to listening), nd his personal stories, made things clearer for me as I am far from religious nd not at all spiritual.

I recommend this book to anyone who may be struggling with life, not just addiction, but ALL the things life may throw our way. There's no better person than Russell to start this journey with as he can make the bleakest thing comedic nd yet still have you rethinking your own path. I plan on purchasing the physical copy as well so I can desecrate it with highlighters.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful