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Leowahine

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  • Captain's Fury: Codex Alera, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3060)
    Performance
    (2054)
    Story
    (2061)

    In his acclaimed Codex Alera novels, best-selling author Jim Butcher has created a fascinating world in which the powerful forces of nature take physical form. For millennia, the people of Alera have used their unique bond with these elementals for protection. Now, as enemies become allies, and friends become bitter foes, a danger beyond reckoning looms. . . .

    Jay says: "Simply Amazing."
    "I had to STOP everything!"
    Overall

    I have listened to the books in this series and (yikes!) I got so involved I stopped everything I was doing and enjoyed the action! Kate Reading is ABSOLUTELY AWESOME. She really brings the characters to life throughout the whole series thus far and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of emotion in her voice! I found myself "feeling" the emotions of characters and situations and I loved the descriptions of places and people, the writer really drew me into the story. I would have to say that this series should be on the credit-worthy list. As a side note, I feel the need to add that I love "Epics" but I am terribly picky about what series I keep listening / reading. This is a great one and I will be sad when it's over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18879)
    Performance
    (12980)
    Story
    (12876)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Joined for one thing, stayed for another!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Outlander again? Why?

    I would, I do, I shall, without doubt, immerse myself in this book and the Outlander series!


    What other book might you compare Outlander to and why?

    There is no other book or series of this kind! Within it's own genre, the Outlander series is singular and unique. Additionally, the vocal artistry (and I do SERIOUSLY mean artistry!) of Davina Porter is above exceptional.


    Have you listened to any of Davina Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes! As always Davina Porter breathes life and depth into the creations of any author.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I am always excited about hearing the voices davina creates.


    Any additional comments?

    Treat yourself or gift someone you want to impress with this exceptional series read by a great talent! you won't regret it. I joined Audible to get the longest book I could get my hands on. (Hehe!) I remain with Audible because Outlander became my favorite.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11717)
    Performance
    (9108)
    Story
    (9169)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Lore says: "Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!"
    "Murder, manipulation and mayhem, oh my!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Way of Kings again? Why?

    I've listened to this book twice and it only got better the second time around!


    What other book might you compare The Way of Kings to and why?

    I wouldn't think to compare this book to any other because it is a one of a kind series and it is possible that Brandon Sanderson has created THE most interesting portrayal of a forgotten, then reemerging magical possibility that seems based on what seems like quantum physics! The characters are deep and well fleshed out. The action is discriptive but never boring and the


    Which character – as performed by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer – was your favorite?

    I can't say I have ONE favorite because i admired a few , both good guys AND (surprisingly!)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book IV

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (4271)
    Performance
    (2479)
    Story
    (2504)

    It is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces, some familiar, others only just appearing, are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.

    Aaron says: "No Roy Dotrice"
    "Promises, promises..."
    Overall

    I listened to this series in 2007, and many times since then (every time George R.R. promised to move the story along).I listened to the whole series AGAIN at all the hype that the next book was coming this year. Once again, no book. I do notice that his books on AUDIBLE have gone up in price from one credit to TWO. I also notice that he is still writing his little compilations to keep us buying. I just have to ask, "Don't you love us anymore George? We, the loyal fans who count on you? Yes, you are a genius, yes, you know very well how to craft a cliffhanger, but at a certain point, don't you feel any obligation or, barring that, a bit of pity for those you leave hanging? I give up. I have retracted all my requests on various sites to be notified of when the next book comes along. Other listeners and readers have been waiting longer than I have but, go on ahead. Keep yourself busy so you don't have to get down to this project. Enjoy all your traveling and bask in the light of the love your fans bestow. As for me, I've never been good at hanging on cliffs. I gave you two loyal, patient years and I am done now. Good luck and good life to you. I may not know you personally but i do know this: you don't keep your promises."
    As for this series on AUDIBLE? The books are really good, the change in narrator pretty much ruins Crows because of the different style of reading. The different characterizations are not well defined and clear as in the other books. If you won't enjoy indefinate waiting for the next book, put your TWO credits elsewhere. The hint of a new book is no reason to get dunned an extra credit best used elsewhere. CHECK OUT Jim Butcher's CODEX ALERA (it does have an ending, is awesome and credit price didn't go up just because) or the WHEEL OF TIME series which is taken forward by the brilliant Brandon Sanderson. Also check out Sanderson's MISTBORN series. Aloha!

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Princeps' Fury: Codex Alera, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2921)
    Performance
    (1959)
    Story
    (1984)

    Tavi of Calderon, now recognized as Princeps Gaius Octavian and heir to the crown, has achieved a fragile alliance with Alera's oldest foes, the savage Canim. But when Tavi and his legions guide the Canim safely to their lands, his worst fears are realized. The dreaded Vord - the enemy of Aleran and Cane alike - have spent the last three years laying waste to the Canim homeland. And when the Alerans are cut off from their ships, they find themselves with no choice but to fight shoulder to shoulder if they are to survive.

    Christopher P. says: "Great Book. Fantastic Narrator. Engrossing Series."
    "will we ever get the last one?"
    Overall

    ok, So...I loved this book and I loved the series. I think tho that the real question is this: will Audible EVER give us the last book in an unabridged form or will this be another like OUTLANDER series where there's just some cheap abridged version of the next in the series? I'm getting a bit frustrated. I love epics but I love the endings too. So far i've got 4 unfinished epics in my library. 3 of them because Audible doesn't have the last books.Codex, Ice and Fire (boo George R.R. Martin you promised us September!), OUTLANDER (i won't consider it done til you give us unabridged; so far the abridged has really bad and unsatisfied reviews.) So, YES (!), I love the Codex Alera Series. Great narration, great characters (some I love to hate), great series. BUT PLEASE, can we have the last book in unabridged and SOON!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Kushiel's Dart

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Carey
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1178)
    Performance
    (766)
    Story
    (777)

    The land of Terre d'Ange is a place of unsurpassing beauty and grace. It is said that angels found the land and saw it was good...and the ensuing race that rose from the seed of angels and men live by one simple rule: Love as thou wilt.

    Glen Gaines says: "The Kushiel series in order"
    "Well worth the credit!"
    Overall

    Amazing. This read is one of my favs now. I was pleasantly surpirsed to listen to this one. The narrator is just right and the story comes to life as you listen. There's no confusion in the story line, and though it is sexually explicit, it is done in such a way that it enhances the story and descriptions without detracting from the quality of the read. This is NOT gratuitous sexuality. This is artistry of verse and description. I can't wait to find out if the writer stays true to style. If so, I'm a fan for life!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Brief History of Alagaësia (free excerpt)

    • UNABRIDGED (25 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Christopher Paolini
    Overall
    (896)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (170)

    From the author of the best sellers Eragon and Eldest, parts one and two of the Inheritance Trilogy, comes A Brief History of Alagaësia.

    Sean says: "No wonder it's free..."
    "A Brief History of Alaga?sia (Unabridged)"
    Overall

    um...yuck! sorry... but true.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Duma Key: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By John Slattery
    Overall
    (5187)
    Performance
    (1882)
    Story
    (1872)

    A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else.

    Amazon Customer says: "Play the Book and Let the Book Play You"
    "Not like the master"
    Overall

    Argh! I hate to say it but this is the first Stephen King that i absolutely hated. I had to force myself to listen to the darn thing all the way through. It was just plain boring. I felt like i was listening to a biography (sorry Steve) more than anything else. It wasn't exciting like his usual stuff and i kept wondering if he's gone out of the fiction and is actually writing about some changes hye experienced during his convalescence. Too close to home maybe?

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Talisman

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs)
    • By Stephen King, Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3793)
    Performance
    (1825)
    Story
    (1838)

    On a brisk autumn day, a 13-year-old boy stands on the shores of the gray Atlantic, near a silent amusement park and a fading ocean resort called the Alhambra. The past has driven Jack Sawyer here: His father is gone, his mother is dying, and the world no longer makes sense. But for Jack everything is about to change. For he has been chosen to make a journey back across America - and into another realm. One of the most influential and heralded works of fantasy ever written, The Talisman is an extraordinary novel of loyalty, awakening, terror, and mystery.

    Swad says: "Still Good"
    "Curiosity didn't kill this kitty..."
    Overall

    I bought this particular reading by this specific person because Stephen King wrote a review in his book saying that he loved the way this man read. I think that if you enjoy hearing a reading by a voice in the upper registers you will enjoy this alot! The reader is very well paced. Very clear. Kind of old time yarning sort of feel. Like sitting on your grampy's porch while he tells you tales. I was really interested in what the author's taste was like, more than anything else. Later in another book Mr. King told the story of how this poor man was injured in a traffic accident and would not ever read again. Such a loss. I guess you could say that it will become a collector's item since he's SK's favorite.Also you can find info on how to donate to help this reader with medical bills in the back of the Tower Series (5,6 or 7). I wish i could find more by this reader but so far none to be found. Anyway, Enjoy this because it's a great listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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