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  • Holy Sister

  • By: Mark Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 471
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 434
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 432

They came against her as a child. Now they face the woman. The ice is advancing, the Corridor narrowing, and the empire is under siege from the Scithrowl in the east and the Durns in the west. Everywhere, the emperor’s armies are in retreat. Nona faces the final challenges that must be overcome if she is to become a full sister in the order of her choice. But it seems unlikely that Nona and her friends will have time to earn a nun’s habit before war is on their doorstep.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The series has been sci-fi-fantasy brilliance

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-06-19

Wonderful, powerful end to the trilogy

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

Helen Duff adds another wonderful performance and brings the world of Nona and Sweet Mercy to life. I will miss these characters but loved the whole journey with them! If you’ve read the other 2 books, don’t miss this one!

  • Red Sister

  • Book of the Ancestor, Book 1
  • By: Mark Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 19 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,278
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,197

At the Convent of Sweet Mercy, young girls are raised to be killers. In a few the old bloods show, gifting talents rarely seen since the tribes beached their ships on Abeth. Sweet Mercy hones its novices' skills to deadly effect: it takes 10 years to educate a Red Sister in the ways of blade and fist. But even the mistresses of sword and shadow don't truly understand what they have purchased when Nona Grey is brought to their halls as a bloodstained child of eight, falsely accused of murder - guilty of worse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another perfect book from Lawrence

  • By S. C. White on 17-05-17

Excellent story + skillful narration!

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

Reviewed: 20-04-17

Would you listen to Red Sister again? Why?

Only to tide me over until the next installment- which I am very much excited for!

What did you like best about this story?

The character introductions and development were one of the many great things about this story. This is no ordinary girl nor convent and these are no ordinary nuns. Listening to them grow up and make decisions (good or bad) was great.

Duff also narrates this with talent. Many characters call for many voices, intonations and she performs perfectly.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The action scenes were expertly told- Lawrence can create slow-motion in your minds eye just as well as a movie screen.

Any additional comments?

Definitely a joy to listen to, that will leave you twitching for the next installment.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Physics of the Dead

  • A Supernatural Mystery Novel
  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Luke Smitherd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,080
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,026
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,020

The afterlife doesn't come with a manual. In fact, Hart and Bowler (two ordinary but dead men) have had to work out the rules of their new existence for themselves. It's that fact (along with being unable to leave the boundaries of their city center, unable to communicate with the other lost souls, unable to rest in case The Beast catches up with them) that makes getting out of their situation a priority. But Hart and Bowler don't know why they're there in the first place; if they ever want to leave, they will have to find all the answers to be able to understand the physics of the dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • There is Simply no Formula for Luke Smitherd!

  • By Simon on 04-03-16

Imaginary guide to Audible -this is a must-listen!

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

Reviewed: 11-04-17

What did you like best about this story?

Tired of hearing stories about heaven and wonder what other fiction exists about the afterlife? Smitherd crafts a fantastically bleak limbo world and puts you there with believable characters, ones that you root for as they navigate their maddening situation and limitations.

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

Narrating his own work certainly gives him the edge when it comes to bringing it to life. Smitherd reads earnestly, and doesn't fail to bring drama when the story calls for it.

Any additional comments?

Physics of the Dead has an interesting mix of the dramatic, the heartfelt, suspense and thrilling moments. There's always that one nugget of information around the corner, that you'll read/listen to one more chapter just to figure out.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

  • By: Ransom Riggs
  • Narrated by: Jesse Bernstein
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 824
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 761
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 761

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets 16-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible accents - don't waste your money

  • By Ali on 10-10-11

Great book but awful accents!

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

Reviewed: 06-12-16

Where does Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I can see why this book was picked up as a movie. It was a good story and entertaining.

Did Jesse Bernstein do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

Jesse's performance was great in his own accent but the voices for the children and every other character were poorly observed. This was set in Britain and the actor, unfortunately, blanketed every non-American character with a fractured cockney accent. I was only able to stick it out to hear the end of the plot.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Elementals

  • By: Michael McDowell
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180

After a bizarre and disturbing incident at the funeral of matriarch Marian Savage, the McCray and Savage families look forward to a restful and relaxing summer at Beldame, on Alabama's Gulf Coast, where three Victorian houses loom over the shimmering beach. Two of the houses are habitable, while the third is slowly and mysteriously being buried beneath an enormous dune of blindingly white sand. But though long uninhabited, the third house is not empty. Inside, something deadly lies in wait.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Characters, Chilling Story, Excellent Narrator

  • By Sophie on 29-11-16

Fantastic Characters, Chilling Story, Excellent Narrator

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

Reviewed: 29-11-16

If you love suspense, horror and the supernatural but can't stand a slow build up, this book is for you. By making you love the characters, it moves the story along without you noticing and makes you feel like something is about to happen at any moment.
Some genuinely funny moments as well, enhanced by the performers excellent southern drawl. Please listen to this- it's a superb piece of writing.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful