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  • The Haunting of Blackwood House

  • By: Darcy Coates
  • Narrated by: Piper Goodeve
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

Could you survive a week in a haunted house? Mara is the daughter of spiritualists. Her childhood was filled with seances, scam mediums and talk of ghostly presences. When Mara finally left her family's home, she vowed she would never allow superstition or false religion into her life again. Now she's ready to start over with her fiance, Neil, in a world based on rationality and facts. But her past isn't ready to let her go just yet.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good

  • By L on 30-10-18

Good

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

Reviewed: 30-10-18

I enjoyed this book, although I wouldn't really say it's scary. It's more like horror lite than real horror, but still a great listen. My only issue really was the narration. The narrator herself is fine - and if this was a different book I'd probably enjoy her voice - however I think Darcy Coates is Australian so this book uses words like mum, torch and plait all of which the narrator seems to struggle with. An example of this is when she pronounces plait as plate. Still worth a listen though.

  • Hunter's Soul

  • By: Alex Rivers
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

I’m Lou Vitalis, dragon-robber, mobster-killer, end-of-the-world-preventer. Big job titles, and it’s hard to fit them on a business card, so most people just know me as “that weird alchemist down the street.” And I’ve got some problems. There’s this angry soul that occasionally takes over my body. I probably could have handled that, but Pandora’s Box is slowly opening in my apartment. Also, an Inkslinger is trying to kill me. Yeah, when it rains, it pours. In my case, it hails.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Okay

  • By L on 29-10-18

Okay

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

Reviewed: 29-10-18

This book was okay but a bit annoying. I found myself getting irritated or frustrated by the characters and wanting to shake them. It was all rather predictable as well. Good narration though.

  • Stolen Soul

  • By: Alex Rivers
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

There’s an underground magical vault, protected by sorcery, security cameras, guards, and whatnot. Think of the most impenetrable place in the world. Now triple it. It belongs to a dragon, and I was hired to break into it and steal his hoard. I might be an alchemist extraordinaire and the best burglar on the East Coast, but this is not a solo job. I’ll need a team for this one. Accompanied by a powerful sorcerer, a fortune teller, a scam artist, and a hacker, I embark on the heist of the century. If we succeed, we’ll be legends. If not - crispy dragon snacks.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Okay

  • By L on 19-10-18

Okay

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

Reviewed: 19-10-18

This book was okay, and the narration was good - apart from the Japanese man sounding more like he was Mexican. However it kind of felt like the group just drifted from one disaster to another, and any successes they had were pure fluke. Not really what you would expect from a group of people that are supposed to be the best at what they do. This book was enjoyable enough though, and I'll probably get the next in the series to see if it improves at all.

  • Box of Frogs

  • Fractured Faery Series, Book 1
  • By: Helen Harper
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Baker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

One corpse. Several bizarre looking attackers. Some very strange magical powers. And a severe bout of amnesia. Madrona is not having a great week. It's going to be okay, though. All she has to do is find out who she really is, protect a soap star from being attacked by a stalker, and work out why so many people seem so afraid of her. Because surely she's a good person. Right?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant book and brilliant audible

  • By katy on 05-07-18

Okay

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

This isn't one of Helen Harper's best books. It took a while to get into the story, and to be honest the main character is very annoying. There were several occasions where I almost gave up on the book altogether but managed to keep going, and the story did pick up towards the end, however I'm not sure I liked it enough to bother with the next books in the series.

  • Love and Other Wild Things

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

Welcome to Mystic Bayou, a tiny town hidden in the swamp where shape-shifters, vampires, witches, and dragons live alongside humans. The town formed around the mysterious energy rift in the bayou, which helps keep the town’s magic in balance. But lately the rift has been widening and destabilizing - threatening to send the town’s magical population into chaos. Energy witch Danica Teel has been sent by the League to figure out what’s going on, with the help of bear-shifter Mayor Zed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as first book

  • By L on 12-09-18

Not as good as first book

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

I have to say I was sadly disappointed by this book. I had been really looking forward to this as I usually love Molly Harper's books, and the first book of this series was great, but this fell short for me. I didn't really like Danica as a character, I found her rather tiresome and annoying, which meant I didn't really care about her at all, and the story itself was rather slow and lacklustre. The book was over halfway through before it felt like something actually happened, then it went back to just dragging along for a while before anything happened again. A real shame as, like I said, I'm a huge fan of Molly Harper and this could have been great, but it just wasn't.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • From Lukov with Love

  • By: Mariana Zapata
  • Narrated by: Callie Dalton, Teddy Hamilton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

If someone were to ask Jasmine Santos to describe the last few years of her life with a single word, it would definitely be a four-letter one. After 17 years - and countless broken bones and broken promises - she knows her window to compete in figure skating is coming to a close. But when the offer of a lifetime comes in from an arrogant idiot she's spent the last decade dreaming about pushing in the way of a moving bus, Jasmine might have to reconsider everything. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Like the story, hate the narration

  • By L on 22-05-18

Like the story, hate the narration

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

Reviewed: 22-05-18

I really like the story and purchased this audio book after reading the book, however I hate the narration style. Callie Dalton and Teddy Hamilton are okay by themselves but the style that has been used for this title - Callie doing the main narration with Teddy throwing in a word or sentence here and there - is terrible. It's jarring and annoying.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • True Love at the Lonely Hearts Bookshop

  • By: Annie Darling
  • Narrated by: Laura Kirman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

Verity Love - Jane Austen fangirl and an introvert in a world of extroverts - is perfectly happy on her own (thank you very much), and her fictional boyfriend, Peter, is very useful for getting her out of unwanted social events. But when a case of mistaken identity forces her to introduce a perfect stranger as her boyfriend, Verity's life suddenly becomes much more complicated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By BettinaP on 13-02-18

Enertaining

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

Reviewed: 16-04-18

This book is a lighthearted and entertaining listen. It's great to have on in the background while you're busy with other things as it doesn't require your full attention. The only thing that annoyed me about this book was the jarring Americanisms that the author threw in here and there. Considering that the book is set in England with English characters it is very jarring to suddenly hear them using terms like braid and sneakers, instead of plait and trainers. The narrator was good and had a nice, clear voice. Not sure I would get another book from this author due to the weird scattering of foreign terms as it really did distract from the story for me.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fire

  • Seven Kingdoms Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Kristin Cashore
  • Narrated by: Emma Powell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200

A must-read title for all fans of Patrick Rothfuss and Trudi Canavan, Fire is an exceptional fantasy novel. From the deft characterisation to the gripping story, the fast-paced action to the evocative prose, this is one of the strongest fantasy novels of the year. Set in a world of stunningly beautiful, exceptionally dangerous monsters, Fire is one of the most dangerous monsters of all - a human one. Marked out by her vivid red hair, she's more than attractive. Fire is mesmerising.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Blown Away - my new favourite Fantasy writer

  • By Annette on 08-07-13

Boring, and inappropriate for a YA title.

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

Reviewed: 28-03-18

This book was a big let down. The whole thing is rather dull and tedious, and to be honest some of the messages and morals of this book are questionable considering the age group it is supposedly for. The whole premise seems to be marriage, love and any for of respectful, healthy relationship bad. Causal sex (or rape), incest, and underage sex - the main character talks several times about beginning a sexual relationship with an older man at 15. A man that then sleeps with another 15 year old later in the book - are all fine and dandy. The narrator was okay, she did a decent job with what she had to work with.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Lake Silence

  • By: Anne Bishop
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Harris
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 53

Human laws do not apply in the territory controlled by the Others - vampires, shape-shifters, and paranormal beings even more deadly. And this is a fact that humans should never, ever forget.... After her divorce, Vicki DeVine took over a rustic resort near Lake Silence - in a human town that is not human controlled. Towns like Vicki's have no distance from the Others, the dominant predators that rule most of the land and all of the water throughout the world. And when a place has no boundaries, you never really know what's out there watching you.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • disappointing

  • By Jane on 04-10-18

Very enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 28-03-18

Although I missed all the usual characters, I have to say this was a very good addition to the series. It was well written as always, and it was nice to see the situation/world for new perspectives. The narrator did a good job. Her voice is clear and I like the fact that she tries to make each character sound different. Can'y wait for the next book.

  • The Unlikeable Demon Hunter

  • Nava Katz Series, Book 1
  • By: Deborah Wilde
  • Narrated by: Hollie Jackson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

Ari Katz is intelligent and driven and will make an excellent demon hunter once initiated into the Brotherhood of David. However, this book is about his twin, Nava: a smart-ass, self-cultivated hot mess who is thrilled her brother is stuck with all the chosen one crap. When Nava half-drunkenly interrupts Ari's induction ceremony, she expects to be chastised. What she doesn't expect is to take her brother's place among the until-now all-male demon hunters. Even worse? Her infuriating leader is former rock star Rohan Mitra.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By Amazon Customer on 13-04-18

Not great.

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

Reviewed: 13-02-18

This could have been great but didn't quite do it for me. The story just wasn't as interesting as it sounded and Nava is rather annoying, crass and crude. The other supporting characters aren't all that likeable or endearing either. The narrator was also a let down. Her reading style is a strange mix of over dramatic and monotone. At times she sounds like she's reading a menu or shopping list.