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Chatham, United Kingdom
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  • The Sumage Solution

  • San Andreas Shifters, Book 1
  • By: G. L. Carriger
  • Narrated by: Kirt Graves
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

Can a gentle werewolf heal the heart of a smart-mouthed mage? New York Times best-seller Gail Carriger, writing as GL Carriger, presents an offbeat gay romance in which a sexy werewolf with a white knight complex meets a bad-boy mage with an attitude problem. Sparks (and other things) fly.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • not my usual thing

  • By Roobarb on 23-08-17

Not for everyone

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

Reviewed: 16-02-19

I had looked at the book preview before and decided against buying it, but decided to risk the audio as I have enjoyed many of Gail Carriger’s other audio books. If you don’t like extremely long detailed sex scenes then this is not the book for you. I nearly gave up several times until I did the equivalent of skim reading - pressing the 30sec forward button multiple times. First time I have done that. I would have preferred more plot and getting to know the various characters rather than the two lead characters anatomy - not nearly as sophisticated as her other novels.
The narrator was good with a wide range of voices for the various characters, although Bryan’s voice did at times sound awfully like Arnie Schwarzenegger. I thought East and West coast accents would be very different but maybe not.

  • How to Marry a Werewolf

  • A Claw & Courtship Novella, Book 1
  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: Emma Newman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 27

The monsters left Faith ruined in the eyes of society, so now they're her only option. Rejected by her family, Faith crosses the Atlantic, looking for a marriage of convenience and revenge. But things are done differently in London. Werewolves are civilized. At least they pretend to be. Americans: Backward heathens with no culture, Major Channing has never had time for any of them. But there's something special about Faith. Channing finds himself fighting to prove himself and defend his species. But this werewolf has good reason not to trust human women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny and touching

  • By Jacqueline on 25-01-19

Funny and touching

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

Reviewed: 25-01-19

Beautifully and subtly narrated. I particularly liked the American accents.
I enjoyed encountering familiar characters from the earlier novels. The author takes her time telling the story, allowing you to get to know the characters major and minor.

  • Artificial Condition

  • By: Martha Wells
  • Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
  • Length: 3 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

It has a dark past - one in which a number of humans were killed. A past that caused it to christen itself "Murderbot." But it has only vague memories of the massacre that spawned that title, and it wants to know more. Teaming up with a Research Transport vessel named ART (you don't want to know what the "A" stands for), Murderbot heads to the mining facility where it went rogue.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More of the murderbot saga

  • By paul sparks on 15-05-18

Small but perfectly formed

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

Free to follow its own desires, Murderbot hitches a ride on an AI survey ship ART, and heads out to try to find the truth about its bloody past.
Along the way it forms it’s first friendship , rescues a hapless group of humans from deadly corporate games, acquires some facial hair and demonstrates why you really shouldn’t make it angry!
Funny and touching by turns, without sentimentality.
The reader adds to the depth of the story, beautiful performance.
I hope the series continues.

  • Uprooted

  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Katy Sobey
  • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 517
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 484
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 486

A dark enchantment blights the land. Agnieszka loves her village, set deep in a peaceful valley. But the nearby enchanted forest casts a shadow over her home. Many have been lost to the Wood, and none returns unchanged. The villagers depend on an ageless wizard, the Dragon, to protect them from the forest's dark magic. However, his help comes at a terrible price. One young village woman must serve him for 10 years, leaving all she values behind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it second time around, too!

  • By Gabrielle Harvey-Jones on 18-05-16

One of the best books I have listened to in ages

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

This is a tale of a battle against corruption emanating from a dark and terrible wood. The main protagonist is a young woman from one of a number of villages at the fringes of the wood, who is offered up for a ten year period of servitude to the Dragon, a Court appointed wizard who guards the Kingdom from the wood. It is a well paced, beautifully written and narrated story. The characters are well fleshed out, flaws and all. Well worth a listen.

  • Ghost Gifts

  • By: Laura Spinella
  • Narrated by: Nicol Zanzarella
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

All Aubrey Ellis wants is a normal life, one that doesn't include desperate pleas from the dead. Her remarkable gift may help others rest in peace, but it also made for an unsettling childhood and destroyed her marriage. Finally content as the real estate writer for a local newspaper, Aubrey keeps her extraordinary ability hidden - until she is unexpectedly assigned the story of a decades-old murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unpredicable murder mystery

  • By Susan on 03-10-16

A very satisfying listen

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

Reviewed: 11-11-17

A complex and moving story, beautifully narrated. No stock characters or pre set plot line.
The narrator is particularly skilful, conveying perfectly the underlying melancholy of the book, and adapting the pace of reading to the plot. She was particularly good at the male voices (many narrators struggle with conveying characters of the opposite sex) and added to the depth of the story.
I will definitely look for more books by the author, particularly with the same narrator.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Glass Houses: The Morganville Vampires, Book 1

  • By: Rachel Caine
  • Narrated by: Katherine Fenton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 150

College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation, where the popular girls never let her forget just where she ranks in the school’s social scene: somewhere less than zero. When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates don’t show many signs of life, but they come out fighting when the town’s deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood….

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • non-stop vampire action

  • By Nadia on 20-09-10

A Gem of a book

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

Reviewed: 27-09-17

I had read this book a few years ago, but had forgotten how good it was. A well written story, which despite being about teenagers and vampires is not the usual overblown paranormal romance. Well developed characters, fast moving and exciting story line. The narrator reads beautifully, with a good range of voices both male and female.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker

  • By: Leanna Renee Hieber
  • Narrated by: Rena Durham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 2

What fortune awaited sweet, timid Percy Parker at Athens Academy? Hidden in the dark heart of Victorian London, the Romanesque school was dreadfully imposing, a veritable fortress, and little could Percy guess what lay inside. She had never met its powerful and mysterious Professor Alexi Rychman, knew nothing of the growing shadows, of the Ripper and other supernatural terrors against which his coterie stood guard.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A very disappointing listen

  • By Jacqueline on 18-10-13

A very disappointing listen

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

Reviewed: 18-10-13

Would you try another book written by Leanna Renee Hieber or narrated by Rena Durham?

I have had some very enjoyable surprises through picking authors I have never heard of before - this wasn't one of them. The preface was packed full of a whole range of characters, each a different nationality and background, all thrown together in a strange and unconvincing scenario. We get no chance to fix the characters in memory before we are whisked off to a time many years in the future. The writing was very clunky.
But I might have persevered if the narration had been done by someone else. Despite the fact that the book is set in London and has no American characters, it appears to be read by an American with a very distinctive accent , who I can only assume has never been to the UK - she didn't even know how to pronounce "Thames". I don't mind strong regional accents so long as they fit the location or story, and I read and listen predominately to sci fi and fantasy, but the irritation factors outweighed my normal reluctance to give up so early in the narration.

What will your next listen be?

Elizabeth Gaskell North and South. Now the narrator picked for that is a perfect match to the story and setting.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Rena Durham?

Someone with a UK accent.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No!