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Wendy Smith

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  • Slave, Book 1

  • By: Laura Frances
  • Narrated by: Stacey Glemboski
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

There is no sun. There is no moon. There is only gray - the smog belched from coal-fueled factories. The Workers silently shuffle to their assigned posts. The Outcasts watch from the alley walls. On every corner, a Watcher stands stone-faced, a rifle in hand. This is the only life that exists. Beyond the mountains is a dream. But dreams are foolish in a place like this. Hannah has spent 19 years dodging Watchers and doing as she is told. When she wakes to the valley exploding in revolution, Hannah is forced onto a dangerous path, where nothing is what she believed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best SciFi/Dystopian that I have read.

  • By Layla on 06-04-17

A mashup

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

Reviewed: 02-04-17

Firstly I have been given a copy of this book and in turn I will give and honest and unbiased review.
If you like The Host, you'll like this book, the narrator read this book in a story similar fashion. If you like the Hunger Games you'll like this book as well. I enjoyed this book, it was easy reading but would have appreciated a bit more "scene setting" the author didn't give me enough info to spark my imagination

  • The Hanging Tree

  • Rivers of London, Book 6
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,605
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,440
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,431

Suspicious deaths are not usually the concern of PC Peter Grant or the Folly, even when they happen at an exclusive party in one of the most expensive apartment blocks in London. But Lady Ty's daughter was there, and Peter owes Lady Ty a favour. Plunged into the alien world of the super-rich, where the basements are bigger than the house and dangerous, arcane items are bought and sold on the open market, a sensible young copper would keep his head down and his nose clean. But this is Peter Grant....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Back on form - best in the series since the first

  • By Suffolk Nobody on 27-11-16

Confused

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

Reviewed: 30-11-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I feel that I must have missed big parts of this book, but when listening again I find I have not. This book has left me slightly confused. With all of the other books the scene has been set and you can set play on your 'imagination video' and as Kobna reads the book you can visualise what is happening. With this book it was totally lacking.

Would you ever listen to anything by Ben Aaronovitch again?

Of course, I love this series, its just this book didnt light my fire as much as the others.

What does Kobna Holdbrook-Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Ahhhh Kobna, I love his voice, I could listen to him read the AA road Map!

Any additional comments?

I'm going to listen to the whole series again - because I can and you hear something new every time. Please please, if you have just discovered this book on audible, don't buy it, go to the first book, buy that and work your way through the series. Honest its worth it.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Riot of Storm and Smoke

  • Threats of Sky and Sea, Volume 2
  • By: Jennifer Ellision
  • Narrated by: Grace Glass
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

War draws closer, like a tide to the shore. Bree and her friends have escaped the clutches of the Egrian king, but their troubles are far from over. Still reeling from the secrets that drew new breath when her father took his last, Bree sets off for the safety of Nereidium - the kingdom she's just learned is hers. But with the king's ire at its peak and war a certainty, Nereidium is no longer safe.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not a Storm

  • By Wendy Smith on 19-03-16

Not a Storm

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

Reviewed: 19-03-16

Having read Jennifer s first book I suppose I expected great things from the second, and some levels it was great and on some it wasn't so, firstly I wasn't enamoured with the change in author, I got used to the previous one and this one didn't really cut the mustard, but what would have saved it was to use a male narrator for the male character as I did get slightly confused between the changing POV and this would have helped with two narrators. But I do want to read more, the author leaves you wanting more, the need to know what happens to her characters hangs with you when you have finished the book - I think I may have to go back and read this one again.

I was provided this book book for free in exchange for an honest review.

  • Crossing the Ice

  • By: Jennifer Comeaux
  • Narrated by: Emily Stokes
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Pair skaters Courtney and Mark have one shot left at their Olympic dream. They vow not to let anything get in their way, especially not Josh and Stephanie, the wealthy and talented brother and sister team. The heart doesn't always listen to reason, though. The more time Courtney spends with sweet, shy Josh, the harder she falls for him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A thoroughly enjoyable listen

  • By Wendy Smith on 21-02-16

A thoroughly enjoyable listen

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

Reviewed: 21-02-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Crossing the Ice to be better than the print version?

As I have not read the print version I cannot comment on this question

What other book might you compare Crossing the Ice to, and why?

After listening to this book I think its a mish mash of various books that I have listened to, I could compare it to Twilight, but it does not have any vampires and although its in the Chic-Lit/Romance genre I would push it more towards the teen romance.

What does Emily Stokes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Emily has a good voice for narration BUT at the beginning of the book it seemed so hurried, in fact so much so I slowed it down a little bit to .75 but then once into the book it settled down to a more gentle speed so was able to pop it onto normal. I love any audio books and occasionally appreciate it more than the written word (heck I could get hung for that) as it brings a totally different experience to the book. As a person that works with the VI I appreciated it even more.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

So full of romance the ice started to melt!

Any additional comments?

"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com."

  • Leaving Time

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406

Number One bestselling author Jodi Picoult returns with her compulsive new novel - about the lengths we go to for those who have left us behind; about the staying power of love; and about how three broken souls might have just the right pieces to mend each other. Jenna Metcalf was with her mother the night she disappeared in tragic and mysterious circumstances, but she remembers nothing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This should be a movie

  • By JPH on 08-03-15

Emotional

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

Reviewed: 17-02-16

Where does Leaving Time rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best - an emotional roller-coaster with so many twists and turns it makes you dizzy

What was one of the most memorable moments of Leaving Time?

The interaction with the elephants and nearer to the end of the book when everything fell into place

Which scene did you most enjoy?

As above, all the scenes with the elephants.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I cried like a baby!

Any additional comments?

I have been recommended other Jodi Picoult books but this one will be on my 'must listen again' shelf.

  • Ships and Stings and Wedding Rings

  • A Chronicles of St. Mary's Short Story
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 1 hr and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 953
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 879
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 876

It’s Christmas again at St Mary's and time for Max’s obligatory illegal jump. On this occasion, however, they’re right up against it. A loaded gun has been left behind in Ancient Egypt, and it’s up to them to retrieve it before anyone accidentally blows their own head off, thus affecting the timeline for centuries to come. And as if that’s not enough, someone (Max) has inadvertently poisoned Mr Markham. It’s hot, they’re running out of supplies, they can’t find the gun and it’s all going horribly wrong. Again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short and sweet

  • By Robyn on 08-08-16

Addicted to Jodi Taylor Books

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

Reviewed: 17-02-16

Where does Ships and Stings and Wedding Rings rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

If I had a box to save all of my favourite books this one would be in it, along with all of the other books in the series.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ships and Stings and Wedding Rings?

the most memorable moment was the entire book - I adored it as I do with all of Jodi's books

Have you listened to any of Zara Ramm’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Zaras voice is a fantastic compliment to these books

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The relationships that develop in the role and the descriptions of the places visits.

Any additional comments?

If you read one book series - read this, its especially nice as Jodie always publishes a Christmas short story

  • Sycamore Gap

  • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 922
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 824
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 817

Detective Chief Inspector Ryan believes he has put his turbulent history behind him. Then, in the early hours of the summer solstice, the skeleton of a young woman is found inside the Roman Wall at Sycamore Gap. She has lain undiscovered for 10 years, and it is Ryan's job to piece together her past. Enquiry lines cross and merge as Ryan is forced to face his own demons and enter into a deadly game of cat and mouse with a killer who seems unstoppable.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not complete

  • By Iwe on 25-01-16

Sinister

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

Reviewed: 17-02-16

What did you like most about Sycamore Gap?

I liked the way that it tied into the previous book, this is certainly a book where you need to read the first one first.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Sycamore Gap?

The twists and turns are all memorable moments, one minute you think you have solved it and the next page you find out you got it totally wrong.

What about Jonathan Keeble’s performance did you like?

Fantastic voice

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, and with other books in my library

  • Taken

  • An Alex Verus Novel
  • By: Benedict Jacka
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228

Welcome to Fountain Reach. Ancient seat of the Aubuchon dynasty. Majestic setting of the White Stone tournament. Alex Verus' (not necessarily reliable) reputation attracts all sorts. Most are plain bonkers. Yet there's one invitation he just can't refuse. At Fountain Reach, Alex is perfectly placed among the noted and notorious to figure out why apprentices have been vanishing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Keep getting better!

  • By Christopher on 27-06-15

Hooked

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

Reviewed: 17-02-16

What did you like most about Taken?

I like the way that it just drags you into its world, you feel that you are part of Alex's world and become friends with all of his friends and just want to learn more.

If you’ve listened to books by Benedict Jacka before, how does this one compare?

I have previously listened to one prior to this book and will indeed be buying more.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Nothing, his voice perfectly matched these books

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I howled with laughter, these books are full of humour

Any additional comments?

A work in progress, trying to read them all.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Consolation Prize

  • By: Abbie St. Claire
  • Narrated by: Pamela Peters
  • Length: 2 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

A woman who knows that the only guy she ever loved was a cheater and a slimeball, but hates the idea of being the last one of her friends to be single. A man who spent years chasing the beauty queen and always coming in second, takes a bet from his friends for a little action. Little does he know that when they up the ante, they also get to pick the girl.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's a good bet!!

  • By Wendy Smith on 06-10-15

It's a good bet!!

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

Reviewed: 06-10-15

Would you listen to Consolation Prize again? Why?

Yes I would listen again as I do have a tendency to miss bits so if I enjoy the book and narrator I usually re listen a couple of times

Who was your favorite character and why?

The female lead, it was nice to see a strong character

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The first few scenes made me laugh when she was getting Dutch courage to wear the hen party outfit, I would have needed to swig the whole bottle

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laugh out loud at parts

Any additional comments?

An enjoyable short story which is well narrated, will look for others from this narrator.

  • The Coffee Girl

  • The Archer Cove Series Book 1
  • By: Natalie Charles
  • Narrated by: Hollis McCarthy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Wren Mallory is no stranger to failure. Reeling from the humiliation of a very public breakup, she has fled LA for the comfort of her East Coast hometown of Archer Cove. Here, she happily passes her days as the barista in her family's bakery and spends her nights writing her screenplay. Hollywood bad boy Jax Cosgrove has to fix his image if he's going to be considered for the role of a lifetime. When a good deed leads to a misunderstanding, he presents Wren with an opportunity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • No Caffeine Required

  • By Wendy Smith on 12-09-15

No Caffeine Required

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

Reviewed: 12-09-15

Would you listen to The Coffee Girl again? Why?

*Please note I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review
Yes I probably would as I felt that I missed a few things that I questioned later on in the book, I would also enjoy reading anything else that is published in this series as I would like to see how the friendships and relationships develop.

What other book might you compare The Coffee Girl to, and why?

This book is a cross between Debbie Macomber and Janet Evanovitch. Its a mix of heart-warming family and a love triangle that is just laugh out loud comical.

What does Hollis McCarthy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I have listened to other audio books narrated by Hollis and her voice is smooth and you can clearly differentiate between the different characters within the book just by the slight changes she makes to her vocal.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I would not say anything moved me in particular as I don't think it was that kind of book, but the bit I liked the most was when he picked up her bike and put it in the boot of his car, just a little thing but something that made me go Ahh!!

Any additional comments?

An enjoyable read and one that I would recommend, its an easy read/listen, not to complicated and leaves you wanting to find out just a little bit more about the characters in the book