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  • Star Witch

  • The Lazy Girl's Guide to Magic, Book 2
  • By: Helen Harper
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

Ivy Wilde, the laziest witch in the West, is still entangled with the Hallowed Order of Magical Enlightenment. That's not a bad thing, however, because it gives her plenty of excuses to spend more time with sapphire-eyed Raphael Winter, her supposed nemesis. And when he comes knocking because he needs her to spy on the latest series of Enchantment, she jumps at the chance. Hanging around a film set can't be hard - or dangerous - right?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, but...

  • By Alison on 04-09-17

What possesses a successful narrator to accept a job that clearly is all wrong for her?

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

Reviewed: 17-01-19

Tanya Eby is a great narrator. She does NOT do an English accent well. As for her Scottish accent, it’s a bloody crime against nature. Why the hell would she accept this job? My ears are bleeding.

  • The Night I Met Father Christmas

  • By: Ben Miller
  • Narrated by: Ben Miller
  • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Jackson has always wanted to meet Father Christmas. He knows all about the reindeer, he knows about the elves and the secret North Pole workshop, he knows about the magic that allows Father Christmas to deliver presents around the world in just one night, but there's one thing he doesn't know...how did Father Christmas become Father Christmas? One Christmas Eve, Jackson’s wish comes true, and not only does he get to meet Father Christmas but he also hears his incredible story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect in every way!

  • By Anna on 22-12-18

Perfect in every way!

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

Reviewed: 22-12-18

Im an adult. I get that I’m not the target audience, but it was the perfect listen for someone who loves Christmas as much as I do! The story was fun and light, and while sweet, it was not the least bit cloying or soppy. The narration was great too (loved the snowman’s voice in particular!).

  • Peachy Flippin' Keen

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

The McCready Family Funeral Home and Bait Shop has crickets running rampant in the store and hot sauce in the Snack Shack's ketchup bottles. But as the county coroner, Frankie has enough on her plate without worrying about the increasingly mean pranks being played at her family's business. And the arrival of Sheriff Eric Linden, both devastatingly attractive and painfully taciturn, is enough to push her over the edge.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not a full story

  • By Anna on 15-04-18

Not a full story

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

Reviewed: 15-04-18

I love molly harper’s writing and her books, but this story is really only a first chapter of a ’real’ book and that should have been made clear in the description. This is not a novella in it’s real sense, and the price should have reflected that.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Watchmaker's Daughter

  • Glass and Steele, Book 1
  • By: C. J. Archer
  • Narrated by: Emma Powell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158

India Steele is desperate. Her father is dead, her fiancé took her inheritance, and no one will employ her, despite years working for her watchmaker father. Indeed, the other London watchmakers seem frightened of her. Alone, poor, and at the end of her tether, India takes employment with the only person who'll accept her - an enigmatic and mysterious man from America, a man who possesses a strange watch that rejuvenates him when he's ill.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent storyline, shame about the OTT romance

  • By Anna on 26-04-17

Excellent storyline, shame about the OTT romance

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

Reviewed: 26-04-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Yes, I thoroughly enjoyed the original and interesting storyline, but I cringed at the really over-the-top heaving bosoms, smoldering eyes, Harlequinesque romance. It's such an engaging story, it deserved better.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the guild framework. It's different but still recognisable.

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

Her narration was good and it was easy to discern the different people.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Not sure. Maybe.

Any additional comments?

As I said. I wanted to love it (and there were parts I really, really enjoyed), but that whole 'draw in a sharp breath' and 'his smoldering eyes' bit really let it down. I'm not averse to a bit of romance, but the romantic bits felt as if they were written by another person than the rest of the book. A person who is about 14 years old.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Louisiana Longshot

  • A Miss Fortune Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Jana DeLeon
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

It was a hell of a long shot.... CIA assassin Fortune Redding is about to undertake her most difficult mission ever - in Sinful, Louisiana. With a leak at the CIA and a price placed on her head by one of the world's largest arms dealers, Fortune has to go off-grid, but she never expected to be this far out of her element.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • don't mess with the wrinklies they're certainly not old in the head

  • By Fleetwoodboy on 12-05-16

Saved by a decent narrator

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

Reviewed: 05-09-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. It's just so inconsistent. Recently posing as armcandy but unable to do her own makeup? I know this is meant to be a fluffy read, but that does not mean the thinking must be sloppy. It reads a bit like it's aimed at a market of fifteenyearolds. "I picked the nail polish because it looked just like freshly spilled blood"? Seriously?

Would you ever listen to anything by Jana DeLeon again?

Nope.

Any additional comments?

The narrator is really much better than the book deserves. I like fluffy reads as much as the next person, but this was just bad.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Just One Damned Thing After Another

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,086
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,866
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,863

Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic and fasinating romp through time

  • By al on 02-12-14

Just what the doctor ordered

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

Reviewed: 06-05-14

Where does Just One Damned Thing After Another rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Oh, really quite high on the list! I'm a compulsive book-listener and quite choosy, not just when it comes to storylines but also when it comes to narrators. This was a very entertaining read saisfying both those elements: not the deepest book, but not the fluffiest either. After I read it, I asked at work what era people would go back to, and it sparked quite a debate. The thought is as entertaining as the book!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I don't really have a favourite scene. I was really pleased that the author allowed her characters (Max principally) to question their actions from a moral perspective. It gives what is essentially an old fashioned adventure book a little more depth.

Any additional comments?

I can't wait for the sequel and I am so glad I stumbled across this author. I must admit to being a little bit irritated when Ms Taylos attempts to write slap stick comedy. It just isn't what she does best.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Christmas to Remember

  • By: Ailis Adair
  • Narrated by: Krista Conway
  • Length: 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Jo and her business partner, Eric, have been friends forever. At some point, he stopped being just her best friend and became the center of her world. The one person who could make her heart skip a beat. But did he notice the love in her eyes? Noooo! Okay, so she dressed in comfy clothes for work and barely wore any makeup. But she wanted to be treated as more than a friend or a sister. She wanted Eric to look at her the way he looked at the models he dated. But when she starts coming to the office dressed her best, he pulls away.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The story deserved a better narrator

  • By Anna on 16-12-13

The story deserved a better narrator

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

Reviewed: 16-12-13

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes, it's a light-hearted and easy read.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Krista Conway?

Don't know. But she read so fast I felt stressed out. It was as if she was trying to fit it all into as short a read as possible. I feel that this sweet little story was rushed by the narrator and it deserves better than that.

  • Murder on the Flying Scotsman

  • A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery, Book 4
  • By: Carola Dunn
  • Narrated by: Mia Chiaromonte
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

On board the Flying Scotsman, the famous London-to-Edinburgh train, Daisy meets an old schoolfellow, Anne Bretton. Anne, along with all of her relatives, is en route to visit the deathbed of the family scion and notorious miser, Alistair McGowan. As it currently stands, Alistair's will leaves the entire family fortune to his brother Albert, and the rest of the family is rushing to his side, each hoping to convince him to change his will in their favor.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Murder on the Flying Scotsman

  • By Mrs. Rm Walters on 06-01-14

Accents get in the way

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

Reviewed: 10-12-13

Would you try another book written by Carola Dunn or narrated by Mia Chiaromonte?

I am not entirely sure. I would have to think about it.

Would you be willing to try another book from Carola Dunn? Why or why not?

Absolutely. I enjoy them. The books are easy and light-hearted. The characters are very likeable. Not exactly deep literature, but then everything doesn't have to be.

What didn’t you like about Mia Chiaromonte’s performance?

The accents. If you are going to find a narrator for a book set in Scotland, wouldn't you get someone who can actually do a Scottish accent? It sounded more fake-Irish than anything else. Very grating and very annoying. I nearly returned it, but I needed something to listen to during a longish journey. I would blame the casting people rather than ms Chiaromonte though.

Could you see Murder on the Flying Scotsman being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

I would like to see it made into a TV series actually. But without any stars. Somehow, Daisy is the everyday kind of person who you would really like to have for a friend, not a glamorous movie star.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Prey

  • A Novel
  • By: Linda Howard
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

Three years ago, Dare returned home to rural western Montana and opened a hunting business to rival Angie’s. Complicating matters is the fact that Dare has asked Angie out (not once but twice) and has given her a gift of butterflies in the process. Angie has no patience for butterflies. They only lead to foolish decisions. And now the infuriatingly handsome Iraq war vet has siphoned away Angie’s livelihood, forcing her to close up shop. Before Angie is to leave town, she organizes one last trip into the wilderness....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Linda Howard is back!!!

  • By Anonymous User on 08-09-11

Don't. Just don't.

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

Reviewed: 20-09-13

What was most disappointing about Linda Howard’s story?

The way she went on and on about unimportand details. It's like she had a thin story to start off with and then had to pad it out to reach a respectable amount of pages. She's usually quite good and quite funny, but the sense of humour was entirely lost in this book.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Overpronouncing the last sound in every word: womannn, passinggggg, etc. And she sounded so overly emotional ALL THE TIME. How can you sound heartbroken when talking about a stopsign? Seriously. The narrator can make or break a book and as this book wasn't great to start off with... well, she didn't exactly make it better.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Annoyance. With myself, mainly. I had read the reviews and I should have known better.

Any additional comments?

Just walk away. Don't click. Don't download. Just walk away.

  • Dragondrums

  • Harper Hall Trilogy, Volume 3
  • By: Anne McCaffrey
  • Narrated by: Sally Darling
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

When the voice of Piemur, an apprentice at Harper Hall, changes, he has to leave the companionship of Master Shonagar behind. But his disappointment is soon replaced by a new challenge. He is to enter the service of the Master Harper himself as a rider of dragons. Soon, he embarks on a dangerous mission to the Southern Hold. The future of Pern hangs on his success.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent narrator

  • By Anna on 31-05-10

Excellent narrator

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-05-10

I read the harper series nearly twenty years ago and absolutely loved it, so I knew the story before I listened to it on Audible. I was somewhat hesitant though, as I have found several of my favourite books absolutely RUINED by poor narrators with grating voices, but Ms Darling does an excellent job portraying a vast array of personalities. She has a very pleasant voice and it was a pleasure listening to the story.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful