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Mark

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  • Lyra's Oxford

    • UNABRIDGED (48 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman, full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (114)

    An exciting new tale set in the world of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials saga. Lyra's Oxford opens in the thrilling comfort and familiarity of Jordan College, where Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon sit on the sun-drenched roof looking out over all of Oxford. But their peace is shattered when a strange bird (a witch's daemon, on its own) tumbles out of the sky. It is Ragi, daemon of Yelena Pazhets.

    Helen Feddema says: "Great story, great reading"
    "Good extra"
    Overall

    After finishing His Dark Materials I went in search of other books from the author. I wanted more like the original stories so I tried this shortstory about Lyra. The story takes place two years after The Amber Spyglass and thankfully adds some to the story. I would LOVE to read even more about both Lyra and Will and all the other characters! Personally I loved it but it was very short. Also recommended Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches and In the Service of Dragons.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • In the Service of Dragons

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Robert Stanek
    • Narrated By Karl Fehr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    Indulge, slip away to Ruin Mist! In the Service of Dragons is the continuation of Robert Stanek's multilayered epic fantasy adventure that began with The Kingdom and the Elves of the Reaches, Books 1-4. In that acclaimed series, Stanek introduced us to the story of Ruin Mist, an extraordinary world of magic, adventure, and intrigue. In this eagerly awaited follow-up, he once again proves himself a wonderful storyteller with a gift for fast pacing and believable storylines.

    Jake says: "Awesome!! Read It!!"
    "Epic adventure. Great series."
    Overall

    Robert Stanek quickly became my favorite author since I started reading the Kingdoms books last year. I was hooked from the first and could not wait to go on to the other books. Then when I found out there were more books, I could not wait to start them. This a great book for pretty much all ages and the performance is good.

    In this book, ancient legends and heroes are reborn at a time when the world is at its darkest hour. I have listened to a ton of audio books, because my wife is a big fan of them, but these are hands down my favorites. A fantastic experience. The characters are real, and despite some predictability, the books kept me very hooked. I could not wait to get the second, third and fourth books.

    Start with this one, go on to the second one and the rest to get the whole experience.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Arianna Kelt and the Renegades of Time: Wizards of Skyhall, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By J R King
    • Narrated By Ron Knowles
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Arianna Kelt is a reformed thief and wizard seer. Now you wouldn't think being a wizard seer would be such a big deal, but it is a big deal to the Wizards of Skyhall. For you see, these particular wizards are sworn to protect the citizens of Earth from all the things they shouldn't know about - namely wizards, warlocks, and all the creatures of the magical realms that no humans should know exist.

    Lydia says: "Even better than the first one"
    "Incredible"
    Overall

    You may ask, does this book succumb to the usual Second-Instalment-of-the-Trilogy syndrome, where its this one that falters and is generally the most boring of the three? The answer is NO! Not even one tiny bit! If there ever was a book that somehow expanded a universe, added to a monumental mystery, increased the incredible intrigue, wreaked havoc on your daily schedule, expanded on the old and lovable characters and tossed in a few more amazing characters to boot, its this one. I also think it relates to a typical teenage life in how a person thinks life is all carefree and wonderful and then a huge responsibility, like saving the world in Ariannas case, changes your opinion on things. Being able to travel between worlds is very interesting. Cant wait to get the third.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Arianna Kelt and the Wizards of Skyhall

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By J. R. King
    • Narrated By Ron Knowles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    J.R. King's 12-year-old antihero turned hero, Arianna Kelt, is a reformed thief and wizard seer. Now you wouldn't think being a wizard seer would be such a big deal, but it is a big deal to the Wizards of Skyhall. For you see, those particular wizards are sworn to protect the citizens of Earth from all the things they shouldn't know about, namely wizards, warlocks, and all the creatures of the magical realms that no humans should know exist.

    Jamie says: "Way better than expected"
    "Very well written for such a young writer"
    Overall

    Well if you plan on watching the movie then you should read the book first. It captivates you the moment you sit down to read. It was full of surprises and I kept gasping and people would asked what happened and I just couldnt help telling them the whole story. Getting the book was great. If anyone would enjoy this book, it would probably be fantasy lovers.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Once Upon a Time in the North

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    Another mesmerizing episode from the universe of His Dark Materials set in the far frozen Arctic, including the very first meeting of those two legends and friends Lee Scoresby, the Texan balloonist, and Iorek Byrnison, the armored bear.

    E. Atkinson says: "Great Fun"
    "Prequel without Lyra"
    Overall

    His Dark Materials is three books: The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass. Once Upon A Time In The North is a ministory and a prequel about Lyras friend the Texan aeronaut Lee Scoresby. The is NOTHING LIKE the Golden Compass. Lyra is NOT in the story and the story takes place years before the events in His Dark Materials. The often repeated foul language was offputting and unexpected. In the end, I liked the original stories much better. Or try a much better series in the first place like Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches.

    7 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Superior Saturday: Keys to the Kingdom, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Garth Nix
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (78)

    Arthur Penhaligan has wrestled five of the Keys from their immortal guardians, the Trustees of the Will. But gaining the Sixth Key poses a greater challenge than any he has faced before. Superior Saturday is not just one of the Trustees - she is also the oldest Denizen and the most powerful and knowledgeable sorcerer within the House.

    Matthew says: "Shortest of all the Days"
    "Superior Saturday"
    Overall

    Originally I started listening to the Keys to the Kingdom books because I thought it was what everyone was talking about when they were telling me to read the Kingdoms books. Turns out what they were telling me to read were the much better Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches books. Still, I have stuck with Keys to the Kingdoms now for all six books and I am looking forward to the seventh and final book too. Superior Saturday like the others before it is pretty decent. Arthur has collected five parts of the Will and got the five keys. Now he is out to get the sixth part and the sixth key.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Robert Stanek
    Overall
    (1076)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (89)

    After the Great War that divided the peoples, the kingdoms of men plunged into a Dark Age that lasted 500 years. To heal the lands and restore the light, the great kings decreed that magic and all that is magical, be it creature, man, or device, shall be cleansed to dust. The cleansing raged for so long that no human could recall a time without it and it is in this time that the Dark Lord Sathar returned from the dark beyond.

    Will says: "Excellent -- one of the best!"
    "Fun enjoyable listen"
    Overall

    I'd seen this book in the bookstore a bunch of times, and been extremely interested, but just never got around to buying it. I got a gift card for an audible credit from my wife, and I saw this and downloaded it. I was hooked from the first minute. Not only is this a great book for pretty much all ages, the performance is probably the best I have heard.

    The narrator does such a good job that I forgot to miss having the actual book in front of me. I've listened to a ton of audio books, because my wife is a big fan of them, but this is easily the best narration that I have heard. Just wait till you hear the wolm in the second book, Edward the troant in the first book, and the dragon king in the fourth book, and you'll know exactly why. Normally, I get bored listening to audiobooks because the readers don't speak near as fast as I can read, and I've found that readers tend to limit my imagination's involvement. Not so with this book. Bravo on the narration!

    The book itself is also a fantastic experience, especially for a first in a series. The characters are well fleshed out, and despite some predictability, the book kept me very hooked. I couldn't wait to get the second, third and fourth books.

    In conclusion, this is a thoroughly enjoyable audiobook, and it has really changed my mind about the whole media group. Don't stop with the first one, you have to go on to the second one and the rest to get the whole experience.

    31 of 36 people found this review helpful

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