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Crystal

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  • Lionboy: The Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Zizou Corder
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    The nefarious lion-tamer Maccomo, recently escaped from captivity, kidnaps Charlie with the intention of selling him and Rafi to the Corporacy! A full-scale chase ensues as Charlie's parents, his Venetian gondolier friend, and his ever-faithful lions pursue Maccomo's ship across the sea.

    Amazon Customer says: "Magnifico"
    "Good Listen"
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    I enjoyed this story about a very clever little boy that can talk to cats. The narrator did a good job too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Infinity Ring, Book 3: The Trap Door

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lisa McMann
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Dak, Sera, and Riq return to the United States in the year 1850 when the nation is divided over the issue of slavery. The Underground Railroad provides a light of hope, helping runaway slaves escape to freedom. But the SQ has taken control of the Underground Railroad from within. Now Dak and Sera are left wondering who to trust...

    Crystal says: "The Best In the Series So Far"
    "The Best In the Series So Far"
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    This story was exciting. Perhaps it was the time in history that was more interesting. It followed the Underground Railroad, and Harriet Tubman was in the story line. I loved the singing. It was short, but very appropriate. The narrator did a great job on this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Divide and Conquer: Infinity Ring, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Carrie Ryan
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    Dak, Sera, and Riq might be in over their heads when they attempt to stop a Viking invasion! Hundreds of ships carrying thousands of warriors are laying siege to medieval Paris. The Parisians are holding their own, but the stalemate can only last so long. And that's bad news - especially since Dak has been captured, forced to work alongside the Vikings while Sera and Riq defend Paris from within. No matter which side wins, the kids lose!

    Crystal says: "More Actions"
    "More Actions"
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    This book was better than the first. There was more action and dialogue, and less lecturing. I'm interested enough to try the 3rd book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Mutiny in Time: Infinity Ring, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By James Dashner
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (46)

    When best friends Dak Smyth and Sera Froste stumble upon the secret of time travel - a hand-held device known as the Infinity Ring - they're swept up in a centuries-long secret war for the fate of mankind. Recruited by the Hystorians, a secret society that dates back to Aristotle, the kids learn that history has gone disastrously off course. Now it's up to Dak, Sera, and teenage Hystorian-in-training Riq to travel back in time to fix the Great Breaks . . . and to save Dak's missing parents while they're at it.

    Korey says: "A Mutiny in Time is addicting"
    "Interesting"
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    Interesting story, but there was almost too much history. I enjoy time travel stories, but this was a little too much like a history lecture at times.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The 39 Clues: Unstoppable: Nowhere to Run, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jude Watson
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (42)

    The Cahill family has a secret. For five hundred years, they have guarded the 39 Clues - thirty-nine ingredients in a serum that transforms whomever takes it into the most powerful person on earth. If the serum got into the wrong hands, the disaster would rock the world. So certain Cahills have always made it their mission to keep the serum safe, buried, locked away. Until now. Thirteen-year-old Dan Cahill and his older sister, Amy, are the latest guardians of the Clues. They think they've done everything right, but a tiny mistake leads to catastrophe.

    Crystal says: "Book 7 After Cahills vs. Vespers Book 6"
    "Book 7 After Cahills vs. Vespers Book 6"
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    This was not easy to find. It is another story thread after the Cahills vs. Vespers book 6. The exciting story continues as Amy and Dan struggle against evil. The narrator did a good job.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Poyson Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Karen Harper
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    The letter came in secret, with a pearl eardrop from an aunt long thought dead, resurrecting the forbidden past. Banished by her spiteful half sister, Queen Mary, to Hatfield House in the English countryside, 25-year-old Princess Elizabeth cannot refuse the summons. The Boleyns are in grave danger. And Elizabeth, daughter of Anne Boleyn, is marked for death by a master poisoner whose reign of terror may have royal sanction.

    Paige says: "Wonderful Combination of History and Mystery!"
    "A Spunky Queen Elizabeth I"
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    Katherine Kellgren is my favorite narrator. When I am looking for a new book to listen to, I often check out her work. I love how Katherine brings the characters to life with her different accents so I can visualize each person as they speak. It is because of Ms. Kellgren that I discovered this series by Karen Harper. I really like historical fiction, so this seemed like a good fit.

    Queen Elizabeth I is very spunky and resourceful in this book. She is not queen when the book begins, but as a plot to kill her is thwarted, she becomes queen by the end. There were some steamy parts that I could have done without, but they did not get explicit.

    Now I want to listen to book 2.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Firebird

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (956)
    Performance
    (871)
    Story
    (874)

    Nicola Marter was born with a gift. When she touches an object, she sometimes glimpses those who have owned it before. When a woman arrives with a small wooden carving at the gallery Nicola works at, she can see the object’s history and knows that it was named after the Firebird - the mythical creature from an old Russian fable. Compelled to know more, Nicola follows a young girl named Anna who leads her into the past on a quest through the glittering backdrops of the Jacobites and Russian courts, unearthing a tale of love, courage, and redemption.

    Sue says: "More heavy on the romance than the historical"
    "A Compelling Listen"
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    I chose this book because it is narrated by Katherine Kellgren, and she is my favorite narrator. I loved her English, Irish, Scottish, and Russian accents. She really made the characters come alive. I liked how the author entwined two stories and two timelines. I love historical fiction, and learned about the Jacobites. I hope the author will continue the story of Nicola and Rob, and how they unravel future mysteries.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Myth-Fortunes: Myth Adventures, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Robert Asprin, Jody Lynn Nye
    • Narrated By Noah Michael Levine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (28)
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    (28)

    Aahz falls for a literal pyramid scheme, selling it stone by stone as a burial site, while claiming the coveted pointed stone top for himself. But Skeeve wants to be know why the construction site is having so many accidents - before both he and Aahz end up in the afterlife before their time....

    Amazon Customer says: "Omit one thing and it would be better"
    "Pyramids & Curses"
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    Skeeve and Aahz have their hands full as bad luck plagues the new owners of a pyramid, and everyone else who buys into the project. I enjoyed the humor and characters once again, and the narrator did a terrific job. At the end of the audiobook I was sad to learn that Robert Asprin had passed away. I have enjoyed this series very much. The last six books were coauthored by Jody Lynn Nye. I wonder if she will pen another Myth Adventure. I’d love to learn of the further adventures of Skeeve, Aahz, and company. Thanks to Robert Asprin for making me laugh when I needed it the most.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Myth-Chief: Myth Adventures, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Robert Asprin, Jody Lynn Nye
    • Narrated By Noah Michael Levine
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Skeeve has decided, at long last, to come out of his self-imposed retirement and get back into the problem-solving biz. He confidently expected to walk in and take his rightful place as the head of M.Y.T.H., Inc. He didn't expect to have to face off against Aahz for the job. With their friends lending help but showing no favorites, they start a not-so-friendly contest to see who will run the company by taking opposite sides of the next case to walk in the door. Will the legendary partnership survive the battle? Or will this be the end of a beautiful friendship?

    Crystal says: "Skeeve Vs. Aahz"
    "Skeeve Vs. Aahz"
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    Skeeve and Aahz compete against each other for president of Myth Inc. In the end there is a surprise twist when the president of Myth Inc. is announced. It was nice having the main characters back together along with a new cast. The narrator did another amazing of job of keeping the story moving along. There is never a dull moment when Skeeve and his crew have a goal in sight.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Myth Gotten Gains: Myth Adventures, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Robert Asprin, Jody Lynn Nye
    • Narrated By Noah Michael Levine
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    Someone is collecting animated treasures and keeping them from their heroic destinies. Reunited with the lovely Trollop Tananda, Aahz the Pervect must help out a sword called Ersatz, and embark on a quest that just may restore his lost magical powers.

    Crystal says: "Objections"
    "Objections"
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    Aahz and Tanada lead the cast of characters in this book. It still has humor and witty dialogue, but there are several talking inanimate objects. I am not really a fan of animating many objects because I find it hard keeping all of them separate in my mind, especially when the names are unusual. Aahz is still his irascible self, but his noble side also shines through. I am hoping that Myth Inc. will get back together. It would be nice to have a story with the main characters together again. The narrator did a great job as usual.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Class Dis-Mythed: Myth Adventures, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Robert Asprin, Jody Lynn Nye
    • Narrated By Noah Michael Levine Noah Michael
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (47)

    After years as a court magician and inter-dimensional hero, Skeeve needed a rest. So he took some time off to study magic and relax. When a few months later several members of the M.Y.T.H. Inc. Team each ask him to train some talented, young magicians in "practical magic" he has to agree. But after the assassins attack and a manticore tries to eat them, the Khlad mage soon discovers that there is more going on than learning. His students are preparing for a very deadly magical game and you won't believe where. Worse yet, the game may be fixed, and the only way to save his students lives is for Skeeve to risk his own.

    Crystal says: "Master Skeeve"
    "Master Skeeve"
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    Skeeve reluctantly takes on six apprentices. Skeeve continues to have integrity, and he tries to instill this in his students. Of course class does not always go smoothly, and they get into one humorous predicament after another. The six apprentices learn to work together, and this proves to be their greatest newly acquired skill. The narrator is spot on once again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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