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  • The Passage

  • Wonderland Series, Book 1
  • By: Irina Shapiro
  • Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

In the spring of 1685, Lord Hugo Everly, ardent supporter of the Protestant upstart the Duke of Monmouth, vanishes without a trace just before the Monmouth Rebellion, leaving future generations forever baffled as to what might have become of him. In 2013, while visiting Everly Manor as part of her job as a location scout for a film production company, Neve Ashley stumbles onto a secret passage that leads her into the 17th century and straight into the path of the ill-fated lord.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, uneven narration

  • By Reader on 26-03-17

Good story, uneven narration

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

Reviewed: 26-03-17

What made the experience of listening to The Passage the most enjoyable?

The story

What did you like best about this story?

Time travel

Would you listen to another book narrated by Eva Kaminsky?

Not if she puts on a cod English accent, unless she learns how to do it properly. Her acting is fine, but her pronunciation is painful.

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

Neither. It was entertaining.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Hanging Tree

  • Rivers of London, Book 6
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,032
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,843
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,832

Suspicious deaths are not usually the concern of PC Peter Grant or the Folly, even when they happen at an exclusive party in one of the most expensive apartment blocks in London. But Lady Ty's daughter was there, and Peter owes Lady Ty a favour. Plunged into the alien world of the super-rich, where the basements are bigger than the house and dangerous, arcane items are bought and sold on the open market, a sensible young copper would keep his head down and his nose clean. But this is Peter Grant we're talking about.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As usual, a great read.

  • By Justine on 12-12-16

Bring back the jazz!

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

Reviewed: 07-01-17

Where does The Hanging Tree rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Enjoyed it - though there is an unfortunate lack of resolution at the end.

Interview of author and narrator after the book - well worth listening to.

What about Kobna Holdbrook-Smith’s performance did you like?

Fabulous, as ever. Pacing, accents, tone of voice - he's perfect.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

the first time we are shown the Faceless Man as someone human, with human failings and losses.

Any additional comments?

I want to ask: where is the jazz on the audio version? I missed it and its absence affected my enjoyment.

  • Angel

  • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 4
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 976
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 886
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 882

After a turbulent time, DCI Ryan's life is finally beginning to return to normal, and he's looking forward to spending an uneventful Easter bank holiday weekend with his fiancée. Then, on Good Friday morning, he is called out to a crime scene at one of the largest cemeteries in Newcastle. The body of a redheaded woman has been found buried in a shallow grave, and the killer has given her wings, like an angel. Soon another woman is found at a different cemetery, followed quickly by another.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very disappointing

  • By Joseph on 17-12-16

gripping and good characters

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

Reviewed: 19-12-16

If you could sum up Angel in three words, what would they be?

Suspenseful, empathetic, fun

What was one of the most memorable moments of Angel?

The final meeting of the antagonist and protagonist (DCI Ryan)

What about Jonathan Keeble’s performance did you like?

Excellent reading style.

Any additional comments?

What others have said about Catholic priests and burials on Easter weekend. Plus the unlikelihood of the Bishop being away at that time of year, the highlight of the Catholic calendar. It didn't spoil the plot but it did bother me because it's sloppy research, and I'd come to expect better from Louise Ross. That said, I enjoyed the plot and pacing, and the characters were, as ever, well drawn. There is real empathy in the writing (e.g. the poor Falklands veteran with PTSD, and even the murderer is given a thoughtful hearing), which I find compelling. I like the interaction between the CDI members and the realistic side of policing, with its budgets and public opinion pressure. I look forward to the next one!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Hunted

  • Brides of the Kindred, Book 2
  • By: Evangeline Anderson
  • Narrated by: Anne Johnstonbrown
  • Length: 16 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

Sophia Waterhouse has always been afraid of needles and vampires, so there's no way she wants anything to do with a modern-day Count Dracula - even if he does come wrapped in the package of a huge Kindred warrior with blond hair and ice-blue eyes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Dragged on

  • By Ameera on 14-01-18

sexy and hilarious

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

Reviewed: 16-12-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Fun, uncomplicated, pure evasion, but the heroine is a wet. That she should have sexual hang ups is understandable, given her history. But she has an armful of other phobias too and not much umph, which gets annoying quite fast. I spent half the book wanting to shake her. She redeems herself in the end, fortunately, by growing a (small) pair.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Hunted?

The banquet on Tranq Prime. Pricelessly funny, all the more because the heroine is a timid mouse, which cranks up the embarrassment factor. She has more backbone than is apparent at first, fortunately.

What three words best describe Anne Johnstonbrown’s performance?

Can't do men.

Any additional comments?

This narrator does good female voices overall, but terrible male voices. Her men all sound hoarse.

  • Sought

  • Brides of the Kindred, Book 3
  • By: Evangeline Anderson
  • Narrated by: Anne Johnstonbrown
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

Kat O'Connor is no pushover. She's a no-nonsense girl with a common sense approach to life. But there's nothing common about what's happening to her lately.... First she was forced to have a kinky mind ménage with two of the hottest and most irritating men in the galaxy - Twin Kindred warriors Deep and Lock - in order to locate her kidnapped friend. Then she couldn't get their feelings out of her head.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Mrs. S. B. Potter on 03-05-16

Emotional book let down by uneven narrator.

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

Reviewed: 16-12-16

Would you listen to Sought again? Why?

Not sure. The narrator does good female voices but terrible male voices. The book itself is good in parts too. It has emotional power - made me cry at the main crisis point, when the split occurs. Deep is a jerk, but not a heartless one, and he has an interesting backstory. Lock is the mild-mannered diplomat who just adores his lady. The resolution is a bit dea ex machine, but hey, this is sci-if fantasy, so I can buy it. For some reason, the encounter Deep has, and which resolves the plot, was more powerful on the page than read out loud.

The sex was always going to be a tricky area in this set up, and was not entirely successful: the author seems to want it both ways - to make the sex with twin kindred appear incredibly kinky and daring (for humans) and perfectly normal (for twin kindred). That half-works until the twin Deep starts treating it as kinky as well, which makes no sense in the context, and results in some cringe-worthy moments. That said, it is pretty sexy overall and nice to have a plus-size woman as a heroine and sex goddess. The passage on the Twin Moons continent, where the three are made to reenact a Creation Myth, is touching as well as sexy.

What three words best describe Anne Johnstonbrown’s voice?

Can't do men.

  • Found

  • Brides of the Kindred, Book 4
  • By: Evangeline Anderson
  • Narrated by: Jodie Bentley
  • Length: 15 hrs and 11 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

The son of the evil AllFather, Xairn, is filled with conflicting emotions. On one hand, he has finally gained his freedom and cut the ties that bound him to his race and the sadistic male who is his father. But doing so has unleashed feelings in him Xairn would rather keep buried. Desires that he prayed would never manifest now rage through him and they are centered on one woman alone....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Pity about the narrator

  • By Anonymous User on 30-11-16

Villain turns hero

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

Reviewed: 16-12-16

What did you like most about Found?

Xairn, son of the Scourge Allfather and a villain in the first two books, redeemed himself in book 3 by saving the human girl Lauren from the vicious Allfather and absconding with her. This book is their adventure and romance after their escape, and very good it is too. Lauren is a warm and intelligent heroine, albeit naive at the outset; Xairn goes through the greatest evolution, having to overcome and transmute the sadistic and autocratic Scourge tendencies, which he does with Lauren's help and love.It also introduces Rast and Nadia as a couple, and their funny but passionate meeting, thanks to a series of misunderstandings.I like the new narrator - she is less mannered than the previous one, and I prefer her male voices. She does the main characters well, and most of the secondary too (she gave Sophia a silly voice, but then Sophia is a wet, so it didn't bother me).

Who was your favorite character and why?

Xairn. I like villains who redeem themselves. Rast, because he's a twist on the detective stereotype slipped into a sci-fi story. Lauren, because she's so warm and life-loving.

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

Inflection, some good voices, and the enjoyment of someone read a book I had enjoyed previously on Kindle.

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

Laugh in places (the misunderstandings around Rast at the wedding).

  • 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

Good premise, too many repetitions

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

Reviewed: 08-12-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Mostly, cut out the repetitions, and the long-winded exposition. We don't need to hear umpteen times how Chad is underestimated by everyone, that Dare is grouchy or that Angie has low self-esteem in relationships. Linda Howard is normally good at 'show not tell' but she slipped up there. The middle part, though it did a decent job at exploring the developing relationship between the hero and heroine, went on too long for a suspense novel. The bear's point of view was odd - it didn't really fit the book. Enough could be learnt about it from exposition and his grisly actions (and remains of actions).

If you’ve listened to books by Linda Howard before, how does this one compare?

Not anywhere as good as Open Season or Mr Perfect, but a decent listen. The narrator made the most of the book.

Have you listened to any of Abby Craden’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I haven't, but I thought she did a good job.

Do you think Prey needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, it's fine as a stand-alone.

Any additional comments?

I love books about the great outdoors, so that hit the spot, and unlike some reviewers, I was not put off by the realistic description of a man-eating bear. I could have wished for more suspense throughout the book, because suddenly, we're stuck in a two-day wash-out, and the action is suspended. Linda Howard's gift for dialogue comes to the rescue to give us some fine exchanges between hero and heroine, but not enough to keep the suspense afloat (despite all that water).