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  • Truthwitch

  • A Witchlands Novel
  • By: Susan Dennard
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 69

On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a "witchery", a magical skill that sets them apart from others. In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble - as two desperate young women know all too well. Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It's a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially among the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great

  • By Aman Custom on 12-04-16

Humour is lost

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

Reviewed: 21-02-18

This book could've had good characters with funny lines, but the narrator had no comedic timing.
This didn't read as anything overly original to me, but it was nice that it put importance into friendship as well as romance.

  • Tower of Dawn

  • A Throne of Glass Novel
  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
  • Length: 22 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 392
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393

Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the king of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken. His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica - the stronghold of the southern continent's mighty empire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing performance makes up for it

  • By Katie Stewart on 26-11-17

Amazing performance makes up for it

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

Reviewed: 26-11-17

Elizabeth Evans is one of my favourite audio narrators, and she really brings this whole series alive- and I think without these audio books I would've stopped reading this series by now.

I was worried to pick up this book as it focuses on Chaol (my personal least favourite character) and a bunch of new and side characters. I enjoyed it better than expected, but can't say I've grown fond of any of these characters despite spending 600+ pages / 20+ hours with them. The plot felt streamlined, a few important details and twists but otherwise a rather by the numbers Sarah J Maas book. All the character relations and developments were predictable, and she has so many characters that a lot of their personalities are starting to overlap and show troupes within her own books. With audio, and all the brothers and sisters with unusual fantasy names, it took a long time to learn characters names, or to even recognise who was who- I got through that mostly via context until near the end of the novel.

The best part of this book was Choals recovery process. I was worried how that would be handled, and I've heard mixed things about the representation (but mostly good things from own voices reviews that I saw browsing goodreads before I picked this up). I had one or two issues with it, but overall thought it was done well and was satisfied with how he ended up.

Overall, amazing narrator, entertaining, but nothing outstanding compared so some of Maas's other novels.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

  • By: Mackenzi Lee
  • Narrated by: Christian Coulson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 514
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 516

Henry "Monty" Montague doesn't care that his roguish passions are far from suitable for the gentleman he was born to be. But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quests for pleasure and vice are in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family's estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious, heartbreaking, honest & beautiful

  • By Jamie on 18-07-17

One of the best audio books I've ever listened to.

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

Reviewed: 15-07-17

The narrator was amazing and perfect as Monty's voice and for the story set in the 1700s. This is the feel good adventure novel with a great set of main characters, all three of them distinctive and real. The language is creative and humourus, and I was smiling and laughing the whole way through it. Would highly recommend.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • When the Moon Was Ours

  • By: Anna-Marie McLemore
  • Narrated by: Raviv Ullman, Bailey Carr
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

To everyone who knows them, best friends Miel and Sam are as strange as they are inseparable. Roses grow out of Miel's wrist, and rumors say that she spilled out of a water tower when she was five. Sam is known for the moons he paints and hangs in the trees and for how little anyone knows about his life before he and his mother moved to town. But as odd as everyone considers Miel and Sam, even they stay away from the Bonner girls, four beautiful sisters rumored to be witches.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fairytale like story

  • By Katie Stewart on 05-07-17

Fairytale like story

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

Reviewed: 05-07-17

The narrators did a good job. The writing is beautiful and lyrical, but it's a book that probably needs you to take the time to dissect the metaphors, which is fine when reading but not a style I enjoyed listening to personally.

This book has heavy themes of identity and gender. I can't speak for the representation of this. I think some of this is somewhat own voices and others parts are not. I'm not sure. this is a book where own voices reveiwers would be valuable.

I thought the story was long winded and focused more on whimsy than plot. If I had liked the characters more I may have enjoyed the book as a whole better, but the fairy tale tone to the book set a distance between me and the story/characters.

  • Down Among the Sticks and Bones

  • By: Seanan McGuire
  • Narrated by: Seanan McGuire
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

Seanan McGuire returns to her popular Wayward Children series with Down Among the Sticks and Bones - a truly stand-alone story suitable for adult and young adult listeners of urban fantasy, and the follow-up to the Alex Award-winning, Hugo and Nebula finalist, Tiptree Honor List Every Heart a Doorway.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • just as good, if not better than the first.

  • By Katie Stewart on 22-06-17

just as good, if not better than the first.

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

Reviewed: 22-06-17

The narrator does a great job narrating her own book. The story is whimsical and beautiful. It takes a well needed breath of fresh air to the genre, and kept me captivated the whole way through. My only fault, would be I wanted more, maybe even an epilogue. I eagerly anticipate the next in the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Unexpected Everything¬†

  • By: Morgan Matson
  • Narrated by: Bailey Carr
  • Length: 16 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn't that hard considering he's a congressman and he's never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby - pretty much the most awesome people on the planet. Who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one's worth more than three weeks. So it's no surprise that Andie's got her summer all planned out, too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, bight and perfect for summer or gloomy days!

  • By Georgina Wright on 06-02-18

Easy to understand, cute story.

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

Reviewed: 20-06-17

The narration is easy to follow, and though every character isn't overtly distinct, I was never confused about who was speaking while listening and it wasn't monotone.

The story is a cute summer romance, great to listen to while walking the dog. I personally didn't relate to Andie much, but the characters were well developed and entertaining to read about. A lot near the end came together nicely, and I found myself caring about the characters more than I expected to.

  • Every Heart a Doorway

  • By: Seanan McGuire
  • Narrated by: Cynthia Hopkins
  • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 151

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions - slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere...else. But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children. Nancy tumbled once, but now she's back. The things she's experienced...they change a person. The children under Miss West's care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unusual absorbing story

  • By Dix on 11-06-16

Every Word A-mazing

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

Reviewed: 07-04-17

Quick read, strong characers, interesting concept which was pulled off effectively.

The narrator was excellent, making every characters voice distinct without sounding gimmicky. Wasn't monotone and easy to listen to.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sleeping Giants

  • Themis Files, Book 1
  • By: Sylvain Neuvel
  • Narrated by: Andy Secombe, Christopher Ragland, Charlie Anson, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,096
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,094

Deadwood, USA. A girl sneaks out just before dark to ride her new bike. Suddenly, the ground disappears beneath her. Waking up at the bottom of a deep pit, she sees an emergency rescue team above her. The people looking down see something far stranger.... That girl grows up to be Dr. Rose Franklin, a brilliant scientist and the leading world expert on what she discovered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best audio books I've ever listened to

  • By JBL on 13-05-16

Perfect Sci-Fi for audio

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

Reviewed: 20-01-17

This story is told with multiple voice actors in a back and forth interview manner, it makes the reading experience very immersive to an extent I would recommend this over the physical copy. This book had me laughing, gasping and completely invested in the characters and story.

  • Empire of Storms

  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
  • Length: 25 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 577
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 540

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don't. As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, even better narrator

  • By Katie Stewart on 07-10-16

Great story, even better narrator

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

Reviewed: 07-10-16

These books are great, but I'm sure you're aware of that if you've got to this point. What I really wanted to mention is the voice actor for this series is phenomenal. She captures the tone, essence, and voices of the characters and story. I've not come across a better narrator than this one here.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • November 9

  • A Novel
  • By: Colleen Hoover
  • Narrated by: Zachary Webber, Angela Goethals
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon's last day in LA together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • November 9 by Colleen Hoover

  • By Samantha (The Secret Life of a Bookworm) on 25-02-16

Not for me, but maybe for someone else.

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

Reviewed: 27-05-16

I enjoyed the story, it developed nicely and genuinely suprised me at many moments. However, I found myself not liking the two main characters, and parts seemed a bit dramatic for me. This was my first time reading a new adult romance so I don't know if the genre just isn't for me, but plot wise it was good even if it lacked for me in other places.

I liked the male narrator, and enjoyed his parts of the audiobook more than the girls, whose voice almost sounded too sensual all the time, even when it wasn't appropriate, and I found her sections difficult to get into for the majority of the novel.