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Meghan

De Beque, CO, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Peter and the Sword of Mercy: The Starcatchers, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (344)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (226)

    The year is 1902 - it's been 23 years since Peter and the Lost Boys returned from Rundoon. Since then, nobody on the island has grown a day older, and the Lost Boys continue their friendship with the Mollusk tribe and their rivalry with Captain Hook. Meanwhile, in London, Molly has married George Darling and is raising three children: Wendy, Michael, and John. One night, a visitor appears at her door; it's James, one of Peter's original Lost Boys.

    A-McD says: "Amazing"
    "Another great adventure"
    Overall

    The Sword of Mercy is another great book from Barry and Pearson. Although the story is a little more predictable I still greatly enjoyed every minute of it. Jim Dale once again did a wonderful job of narrating the story. I hope that they continue the series as I throughly enjoyed all three books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Artemis Fowl: Artemis Fowl, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By Nathaniel Parker
    Overall
    (1953)
    Performance
    (928)
    Story
    (932)

    Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genuis, and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn't know what he's taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren't the fairies of bedtime stories, they're dangerous! Full of unexpected twists and turns, Artemis Fowl is a riveting, magical adventure.

    JHawk 77 says: "Artemis Fowl (unabridged)"
    "Funny and Charming Modern Fairy Tale"
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    The story line is full of clever details and the characters come alive with the wonderful narration complete with accents. It's my newest addiction and makes me laugh out loud. Who says these are just for kids?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inheritance: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4133)
    Performance
    (3607)
    Story
    (3658)

    Not so very long ago, Eragon - Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider - was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders. months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can.

    Robert says: "All the reviews had me worried for nothing!"
    "A fiiting final book!"
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    I have loved this series since I downloaded the first book. Gerard Doyle is an extremely talented narrator who brings the characters to life. Once again Paolini did a wonderful job of writing suspencful scenes full of action balanced with parts of the book which further describe the mysterious land of Alegasia. I was very sad for the series to end as I have grown very attached to all of the characters (even the bad guys!). I'm sure that Paolini is ready to write something different and expand his professional skills as a writer, but I hope this is not the last we see of Sophera and Eragon. His writing has been very inspirational to me. I look forward to reading all of his new books in the future.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Light of the Sun

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Guy Gavriel Kay
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (90)

    From the multiple award-winning author of Tigana, A Song for Arbonne, and the three-book Fionavar Tapestry that "can only be compared to Tolkien's masterpiece" (Star-Phoenix), this powerful, moving saga evokes the Celtic, Anglo-Saxon, and Norse cultures of a thousand years ago.

    David says: "A Real Writer"
    "Dissapointed"
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    I really struggled to finish this book. This story is very hard to follow since the author adds in meaningless side stories in between the multiple story lines already in the story. I'm not sure if he assumed that his readers/listeners have read his previous books, but he does not explain the characters and tribes well at all. I was very confused for the first half of the book trying to figure out who was who's son and who their enemies were. If he would have explained better and just kept to the two main story lines it would have been a good book.

    The narrator does not help since he makes most of the characters sound half stupid by stuttering each line and adding inflection to the end of each sentence. He only has three voices for his characters, squeeky boy voice, squeeky woman, and gruff man. So several characters sound the same and when they are talking to each other it's hard to keep them straight. I'm glad I got this one on a super cheap sale, otherwise I would be pretty unhappy. Definately won't buy any of his other books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Heretic Queen: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michelle Moran
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (79)

    Nefertari catches the eye of the Crown Prince, and despite her family's history, they fall in love and wish to marry. Yet all of Egypt opposes this union between the rising star of a new dynasty and the fading star of an old, heretical one.

    While political adversity sets the country on edge, Nefertari becomes the wife of Ramesses the Great. Destined to be the most powerful Pharaoh in Egypt, he is also the man who must confront the most famous exodus in history.

    Pamela says: "The Heretic Queen"
    "A Must Read for Egyptian Novel Lovers"
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    I loved this book and have already listened to it three times. Cassandra Campbell's characterizations are wonderful and make it easy to follow the characters without sounding over dramatized. I love the story and I thought it was even better than the first book about Neffertiti and her sister. This book describes Neffertiti's neice, Neffetari and follows her journey to become Queen along side Rames II. I also love Moran's historical notes at the end of novels. I hope she writes another!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Wife of Henry VIII

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Carolly Erickson
    • Narrated By Terry Donnelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (65)

    From the luxuries of court to the last gory years of the outsize King Henry, when heads rolled and England trembled, Catherine bestrode her destiny and survived to marry her true love. She was the least known of Henry VIII's six wives, but the cleverest of them all.

    Heidi says: "Fun historical fiction"
    "Historical Soap Opera"
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    After listening to other stories about Henry VIII's court I was curious about his other wives. Although the story and narration weren't stellar, I still found it interesting book and had no problems finishing it. If you are interested in this period of English history I recommend this book. It felt like peeking into the lives of the courtiers and political drama of that time period. It recounts all of the king's wives through the eyes of his last wife from the time she is a girl. It also describes Henry's rise and fall from a young handsome man to a bitter and fat old one. Every author adds their own twist to some of the controversial theories surrounding Henry's wives and his justification for killing or divorcing them. I thought this was an interesting take on them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Queen: A Novel of Juana La Loca

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By C. W. Gortner
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    One of history's most enigmatic women tells the haunting, passionate story of her tumultuous life. Juana of Castile is just thirteen when she witnesses the fall of Moorish Granada and the uniting of the fractured kingdoms of Spain under her warrior parents, Isabel and Fernando. Intelligent, beautiful, and proud of her heritage, Juana rebels when she is chosen as a bride for the Hapsburg heir.

    Bonnie says: "This is a historical "Novel""
    "Very Dissapointed"
    Overall

    The first half of the story was very interesting and flowed well. By the second half I was wishing her into a dungeon myself! The narrator was WAY too dramatic throughout the story. So much so that at some points it was almost comical. I could harldy finish this book. Don't waste your credits on this one.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Nefertiti

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Michelle Moran
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (322)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (128)

    Nefertiti and her younger sister, Mutnodjmet, have been raised in a powerful family that has provided wives to the rulers of Egypt for centuries. Ambitious, charismatic, and beautiful, Nefertiti is destined to marry Amunhotep, an unstable young pharaoh. It is hoped by all that her strong personality will temper the young Amunhotep's heretical desires.

    A User says: "Very Interesting"
    "Intriguing tale of ancient Egypt"
    Overall

    While the historical accuracy is questionable, I still enjoyed the story and felt the characters come to life. I was a little dissapointed in the ending, I felt it was a bit abrupt, as if the author wasn't sure how to end it. Her other book, The Heretic Queen was better. I enjoy Cassandra Campbell as the narrator, she is easy to understand and doesn't over dramatize like some narrators.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cleopatra's Daughter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Michelle Moran
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (168)

    The marriage of Marc Antony and Cleopatra is one of the greatest love stories of all time, a tale of unbridled passion with earth-shaking political consequences. Feared and hunted by the powers in Rome, the lovers choose to die by their own hands as the triumphant armies of Antony's vengeful rival, Octavian, sweep into Egypt. Their three orphaned children are taken in chains to Rome; only two---the 10-year-old twins Selene and Alexander---survive the journey.

    Annette says: "A pretty engaging story"
    "Well narrated and wonderful story!"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. She blends the facts in with her fictional characters very well. Having listened to and watched several biographies on Caesar Octavian I was impressed the all the historical facts she incorporated into the story while bringing the people to life. I would highly recommend to other listeners even if you're not interested in ancient roman history. It stands on its own!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ptolemy's Gate: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stroud
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (1302)
    Performance
    (534)
    Story
    (534)

    Three years after the events of The Golem's Eye, the young magician Nathaniel is an established member of the British Government. But he faces unprecedented problems: foreign wars are going badly and Britain's enemies are mounting attacks close to London.

    Derek B. says: "Loved it 3 times over!"
    "Good ending to a wonderful series"
    Overall

    As usual, Simon Jones does a wonderful Bartimaeus! This book was a good listen to the very end and I enjoyed the whole series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Augustus: The Life of Rome's First Emperor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Anthony Everitt
    • Narrated By John Curless
    Overall
    (794)
    Performance
    (383)
    Story
    (382)

    Caesar Augustus has been called history's greatest emperor. It was said he found Rome made of clay and left it made of marble. With a senator for a father and Julius Caesar for a great-uncle, he ascended the ranks of Roman society with breathtaking speed. His courage in battle is still questioned yet his political savvy was second to none. He had a lifelong rival in Mark Antony and a 51-year companion in his wife, Livia. And his influence extended perhaps further than that of any ruler who has ever lived.

    John says: "Outstanding!"
    "Interesting historical view of Caesar"
    Overall

    After watching the TV series Rome I was wondering how much was historically accurate so I downloaded this book. The first half was very interesting and gives a unique view of Caesar Augustus's rise to power. The second half of the book was a bit confusing at times because the author jumped back and forth on the time line. Overall it was a good book and well narrated. It made the historical figure seem more like a living, breathing human rather than the stoic figure so often depicted in marble.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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