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David

Santa Clara, CA, USA

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  • Gregor the Overlander: Underland Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (776)
    Performance
    (509)
    Story
    (520)

    When Gregor falls through a grate in the laundry room of his apartment building, he hurtles into the dark Underland, where spiders, rats, and cockroaches coexist uneasily with humans. This world is on the brink of war, and Gregor's arrival is no accident. A prophecy foretells that Gregor has a role to play in the Underland's uncertain future. Gregor wants no part of it, until he realizes it's the only way to solve the mystery of his father's disappearance.

    Joey says: "Second best book series in print"
    "It's just ok"
    Overall

    I have to say that, as a fantasy, this book is okay. I could never get into it as well as I could get into other books but it is imaginative. It's not magical like "Elves of the Reaches" but the supernatural elements are there. It may be abit in the children's range rather than young adult however the performance may not keep a child's attention. I won't be listening to the rest of the series.

    2 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
    (85)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    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!!"
    "Great story!"
    Overall

    In the Service of Dragons by Robert Stanek exceeded my expectations and this is after I listened to all enjoyed all four of his "Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches" books. I like being surprised by what happens and the book had lots of that. Vilmos Tabborath is a 12 year old village boy who is learning his way as a wizard in a world where magic is considered evil. Adrina Alder is a 13 year old princess of a kingdom that is dying. Together with the help of heroes of legend and the elves, they are trying to save their world. In this book, the titans, eagle lords and mystics from the ancient past return to help stop the coming darkness. I'm definitely looking forward to the next installment. Robert Stanek is by far my favorite author.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches Book IV

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Robert Stanek
    • Narrated By Karl Fehr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (320)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    To turn back the tides of war, Queen Mother sent her most trusted warriors on a perilous journey across the Great Sea. But the elves were betrayed by one of their own. Only a handful survived the ambush that followed, only two reached the far shores. But they did not find quick allies. They found a kingdom under siege and a shattered alliance. The elves proved themselves to the men that defended Quashan'.

    Joseph says: "Add this to your must read list!"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    I bought this entire series after seeing an interview with the author in the news and I'm so glad I did. Robert Stanek is a fantastic writer. The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches series is truly excellent. I can see what he is called America's Tolkien. He's gifted, talented, and underappreciated yet has managed to create one of the most brilliant and stirring works I've ever read. Taken individually, I'm not so sure I would have the same reaction but together these four books are magnificent and far outshine anything else. If you are considering this book and the rest, don't hesitate but do stick with it through the entire series. In the Service of Dragons is just as good but more action oriented than adventure oriented.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches Book III

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Robert Stanek
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    Adrina, Emel, Vilmos, Galan, and Seth face even greater challenges as their world is transformed. Vilmos, in his quest to become the first human magus in a thousand years, must control the darkness within him. Adrina must accept her place and work together with Emel to help the elves make their plea to Great Kingdom's council. What happens will amaze you.

    Henry says: "The VERY BEST"
    "Amazing"
    Overall

    After seeing an interview with the author in the newspaper, I purchased the first book for my kids and for myself. We listened to it on a long road trip and couldn't wait to get back to the story whenever we stopped. The first two books are solid, well written and extremely fun. Yet this third one was a cut above with the feel of the Lord of the Rings and Chronicles of Narnia. I loved the many twists and many exciting adventures. Robert Stanek is truly America's Tolkien.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Inkheart

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Cornelia Funke
    • Narrated By Lynn Redgrave
    Overall
    (1783)
    Performance
    (617)
    Story
    (622)

    Imagine it were possible to bring the characters from a book to life. Not like when you listen to an audiobook with such enchantment that the characters seem to jump off the pages and into your bedroom...but for real. Imagine they could actually climb out of the pages and into our world. Then imagine if those characters brought their world into ours.

    Cynthia says: "EXCELLENT!!"
    "Nice start"
    Overall

    I thought the production was first rate and the cast of characters were very good. The story was paced well and though a bit slow at times it is interesting. By the end I can see where the series is going and I liked the characters! Normally, I would give this 4 stars but because of the rest of the series I'm raising it to 5. I would also recommend Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches and In the Service of Dragons to anyone who like adventurous creative stories like this.

    1 of 1 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"
    "Calling all Potter, Eragon, Fowl fans"
    Overall

    The entire family has been listening to the Arianna Kelt books. This young author (15 years old) has created a magical world that far outshines Artemis Fowl, Eragon and Potter. The few rough edges in the story only made it all the better because you know the author will mature and be one of the greats. We loved every minute of it.

    17 of 18 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
    (74)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    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"
    "Looking for next Harry Potter... Look no further"
    Overall

    I agree anyone ga ga for Harry Potter or Artemis Fowl or Eragon who hasn't read this is missing out. Everyone in the family was enchanted by this book. It is an incredibly fun, engaging listen from an extremely talented but underappreciated young author. This is pure magic!

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Absolutes & Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 50 mins)
    • By Robert Stanek
    • Narrated By Gary Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Enter the spell-binding worlds of best-selling author Robert Stanek and dream a new dream. Contains the stories "Absolutes", "Silence is Golden", and "August Rains".

    David says: "Where are the movies?"
    "Where are the movies?"
    Overall

    Absolutes & Other Stories is an incredibly good story collection from a favorite author. There's a good mix of stories from the more literary (August Rains) to the extremely fun (Silence is Golden) to the pure science fiction (Absolutes).

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches Book II

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert Stanek
    Overall
    (545)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (42)

    The epic adventure continues! Unleash the power of your imagination and enter a world you've never dreamed existed. Best-selling author Robert Stanek delivers an epic fantasy adventure that will open your mind and your heart.

    Amy says: "Absolutely Awesome!"
    "Fantastic!"
    Overall

    Start with the first one because that's where the story begins but keep going to this one and the next ones because they are what make this series so fantastic! Suffice to say I enjoyed book one, loved book two and was hooked for good. Books 2, 3 and 4 are why Robert Stanek is my #1 favorite author. In the Service of Dragons is just as good!

    20 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Robert Stanek
    Overall
    (1070)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (84)

    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.

    Henry says: "The Kingdoms and the Elves - book one"
    "Great for all ages!"
    Overall

    I saw an interview with the author and immediately purchased the book for my kids and for myself as well! We listened to it on a long road trip and couldn't wait to get back to the story whenever we stopped. We've since listened to or read all of the books.

    This truly was a wonderful book. It had the feel of the Lord of the Rings and Chronicles of Narnia, but with new owists and adventures. Robert Stanek is truly America's Tolkien. Althought Out of the four "Kingdoms" this first one is my least favorite,it is an excellent start to a truly wonderful story. This is definitely worth your time and money!

    23 of 28 people found this review helpful

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