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  • The Paper Magician

  • By: Charlie N. Holmberg
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 129

Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal. And once she's bonded to paper, that will be her only magic... forever. Yet the spells Ceony learns under the strange yet kind Thane turn out to be more marvelous than she could have ever imagined.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Strange choice in narrator

  • By L on 23-09-14

Not bad

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

Reviewed: 26-10-18

I agree with some of the other reviewers who stated that the narrator could have been better. Once I got past that the story wasn’t too bad. Nothing challenging and a pleasant listen. I listened to this as a break from a heavier book and it did the trick. I’ll be listening to the others in due course.

  • Shadow of Night

  • The All Souls Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 24 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 931
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 929

Historian Diana Bishop, descended from a line of powerful witches, and long-lived vampire Matthew Clairmont have broken the laws dividing creatures. When Diana discovered a significant alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, she sparked a struggle in which she became bound to Matthew. Now the fragile coexistence of witches, daemons, vampires and humans is dangerously threatened. Seeking safety, Diana and Matthew travel back in time to London, 1590.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By ER on 07-11-12

Get on with it!

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

Having read that the author studied Elizabethan England, it is not hard to see where much of the book came from. Pity it did nothing to forward the story of Diana and Mathew.

Too many passages could have been left out to progress the action. In the end it was.,. Ok, but it would take too long to find that out.

I found myself screaming at my phone too many times “who cares” to ever make me want to hear it again. Ever. I’ll listen to the next book for closure but thank god for the return policy to save credits.

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  • One Chance

  • By: Paul Potts
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

When Potts, a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and an amateur opera singer by night, stepped onto the stage of Britain's Got Talent, no one expected the phenomenal voice that would emerge. Paul went on to win Britain's Got Talent and the hearts of millions. This memoir will tell Potts’ remarkable underdog story, revealing his experiences as he seized his biggest dreams and wowed audiences around the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring and moving.

  • By Lianne on 10-06-18

Inspiring and moving.

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

I’d seen the film before listening to this. Actually my mother is an extra in the film. Saying that I was truly moved by Paul’s actual story and don’t think I would have been as strong as he was.

It’s tough listening at times but diffused by humour and warmth. You feel like you take Paul’s journey with him.

Having worked briefly with Jules in Swansea I can say she’s just as described and a lovely human being. I’m glad Paul found her.

I’m not a fan of talent shows but that’s not what this book is about. It’s about a person who overcomes overwhelming odds and comes out on top. Brilliant listening and I wish him well in the future.

Listen, you won’t regret it.

  • The Convent's Secret

  • Glass and Steele, Book 5
  • By: C.J. Archer
  • Narrated by: Marian Hussey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

To find the one man who can fix the magic in Matt's watch, he and India are led to a convent where the nuns will do anything to keep their secrets private. Including murder? Matt and India must uncover the truth behind the disappearance of the mother superior and two babies given to her care many years ago. But sometimes, the truth is painful and its exposure can have deadly consequences.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant as expected.

  • By Lianne on 22-03-18

Brilliant as expected.

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

Reviewed: 22-03-18

I think this is my favourite Glass and Steel novel. Gripping to the end and still left me excited for the next book. Keep them coming Ms Archer.

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  • Enchanted, Inc.

  • A Novel
  • By: Shanna Swendson
  • Narrated by: Eva Wilhelm
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

Katie Chandler had always heard that New York is a weird and wonderful place, but this small-town Texas gal had no idea how weird until she moved there. Everywhere she goes, she sees something worth gawking at and Katie is afraid she's a little too normal to make a splash in the big city. Working for an ogre of a boss doesn't help. Then, seemingly out of the blue, Katie gets a job offer from Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., a company that tricks of the trade to the magic community. For MSI, Katie's ordinariness is an asset.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Easy but captivating story - worth a credit!

  • By Boo on 26-01-14

Spellbinding from start to finish.

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

Reviewed: 21-08-16

If you could sum up Enchanted, Inc. in three words, what would they be?

Funny, enchanting, engaging.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Enchanted, Inc.?

The begining. I have been in situations when the boss is being an ogre and wishing that an unmissable job offer would appear in my inbox. Totally understood that Katie would think it was a scam and from that point on I felt that this character could be me and so loved all her future adventures.

Which character – as performed by Eva Wilhelm – was your favourite?

I loved them all but I have to say may favourite character is Rod. Although not the hero, he is such a great character that I loved it whenever he came into the story.

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

I laughed out loud on many an occasion and easily got swept up in the excitement of the story as it picked up pace.

Any additional comments?

I picked this title on a whim but was so pleased I did. I devoured the other titles in the series just as fast and often listened to them till the early hours of the morning. This book is perfect for everyone who believes that their lives could use a little more magic.