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Emy

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  • Queen of the Demonweb Pits: Dungeons & Dragons: Greyhawk, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Paul Kidd
    • Narrated By Bernard Setaro Clark
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (186)

    Revisiting classic adventures has been extremely successful. "Queen of the Demonweb Pits" was one of the most popular adventures ever created for the Dungeons & Dragons game. This novelization appeals to those who have played through the adventure, as well as to those who have an interest in drow elves - one of the most popular races in the game.

    Shadowsquirrel says: "I love these three home by Paul Kidd. They have changed the way I run my campaines. Thank you Paul."
    "I love these books!"
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    I love everything about Paul Kidd's Greyhawk trilogy. It's a great story all the way through. This wraps it up for his three books and the ending is full of action and adventure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dragons of Dorcastle: The Pillars of Reality, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6899)
    Performance
    (6400)
    Story
    (6406)

    The Mechanics and the Mages have been bitter rivals, agreeing only on the need to keep the world they rule from changing. But now a Storm approaches, one that could sweep away everything humans have built. Only one person has any chance of uniting enough of Dematr behind her to stop the Storm, but the Great Guilds and many others will stop at nothing to defeat her.

    Katie says: "Huh....Well there are dragons. Kinda."
    "Decent, but repetitive and bland"
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    The narrator was excellent.

    The story however, didn't draw in. There was forbidden love, tons of "scoldings" from others, and a little action here and there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crooked Kingdom

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Leigh Bardugo
    • Narrated By Brandon Rubin, Jay Snyder, Elizabeth Evans, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3916)
    Performance
    (3664)
    Story
    (3656)

    Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn't think they'd survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they're right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz's cunning and test the team's fragile loyalties.

    smegly says: "Storytelling at its finest! L.Bardugo is a master"
    "The variety of narrators is a pleasant treat"
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    There were many talented narrators who pulled this book together. It kept the story entertaining with the change in auditorial stimulation.

    The story was appealing, with only a few holes in the plot. Nothing you can't get past and enjoy.

    There are diverse character backgrounds, relationships amongst others, and personalities. Thus, the book doesn't get stale with "clones".

    If you've read the first book, you will already know there is some detailed death and violence. This is just a disclosure for those who may be curious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Queen's Poisoner: The Kingfountain Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jeff Wheeler
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3375)
    Performance
    (3056)
    Story
    (3043)

    King Severn Argentine's fearsome reputation precedes him: usurper of the throne, killer of rightful heirs, ruthless punisher of traitors. Attempting to depose him, the Duke of Kiskaddon gambles...and loses. Now the duke must atone by handing over his young son, Owen, as the king's hostage. And should his loyalty falter again, the boy will pay with his life.

    Classic Lit Fan says: "Great audio book."
    "The story is mediocre, the narration is miserable"
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    I continuously turned off the book after 10 minutes, unable to handle the defined anunciation on each word for longer. I later started up the book, and my husband mentioned how unpleasant she was. The narrator *tried*. She attempted male voices, but failed.

    The story was ok. I'm not sure if it would have seemed better with a different narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor's Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Angela Lin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5523)
    Performance
    (5064)
    Story
    (5078)

    When Shai is caught replacing the Moon Scepter with her nearly flawless forgery, she must bargain for her life. An assassin has left the Emperor Ashravan without consciousness, a circumstance concealed only by the death of his wife. If the emperor does not emerge after his hundred-day mourning period, the rule of the Heritage Faction will be forfeit and the empire will fall into chaos.

    debbie says: "A Great Short Novella that is Long in Story"
    "Fully written short story"
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    Not all short stories feel full of life or completely written. This book accomplished both. It was amusing and detailed, with unique characters, situation, and magic style.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cycle of Arawn: The Complete Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (66 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Edward W. Robertson
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    Overall
    (12067)
    Performance
    (11263)
    Story
    (11260)

    The White Tree (book one): In Mallon the dark magic of the nether has been banned for centuries. Its users have been driven out or killed. Its secrets lost. But the holy book of the nethermancers has just been found by a boy named Dante. As he works to unlock the book's power, he's attacked in the street. The nethermancers aren't gone—and they want their book back. Caught between death cultists and the law, Dante fights for his life, aided by his growing skills and a brash bodyguard named Blays.

    jazmaan says: "Entertaining and Fun"
    "Repetitive in its length, becoming predictable"
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    The main characters were entertaining, the side characters were alright. After so many hours, there was repetition and predictability.

    One way the author explained the world was through character's telling stories. These were quite drawn out. For those who like intricate details on the world, this may be for you. For those who get bored of the mundane, you may want to pass or fast forward.

    The narrator was great. He used voice infliction, character voices, and seemed made for this story.

    Overall, it was a decent story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Miles to Freedom: My Escape from North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Sebastien Falletti, Eunsun Kim
    • Narrated By Emily Woo Zeller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2065)
    Performance
    (1884)
    Story
    (1882)

    Eunsun Kim was born in North Korea, one of the most secretive and oppressive countries in the modern world. As a child, Eunsun loved her country...despite her school field trips to public executions, daily self-criticism sessions, and the increasing gnaw of hunger as the countrywide famine escalated. By the time she was 11 years old, Eunsun's father and grandparents had died of starvation, and Eunsun too was in danger of starving. Finally her mother decided to escape North Korea with Eunsun and her sister.

    Gillian says: "Not Much New Here, but Courage and Hope to Spare"
    "A difficult journey into an eye opening experience"
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    This is an interesting experience from a girl who went throughr the ringer and persevered through it all. Hardship doesn't begin to describe her youth, along with many other North Korean families.

    I was curious about what North Korea was like from someone who lived there. Eunsun touches on it a few times, but doesn't go deeply into it. This book is more of her trials of survival, which is still captivating.

    She kept this book pretty neutral, not delving into too many gory details. I personally would feel comfortable letting a young teen listen to this. There are many dark moments, but if a child could live it, I'd say a teen could be informed. The worst of it for me was the public execution description she saw as a small child. That was a little too detailed.

    If you can handle Anne Frank, this should be fine. Though this has a happier ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Underrated Organ

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Giulia Enders
    • Narrated By Katy Sobey
    Overall
    (1538)
    Performance
    (1385)
    Story
    (1373)

    Our gut is almost as important to us as our brain, yet we know very little about how it works. Gut: The Inside Story is an entertaining, informative tour of the digestive system from the moment we raise a tasty morsel to our lips until the moment our body surrenders the remnants to the toilet bowl. No topic is too lowly for the author's wonder and admiration, from the careful choreography of breaking wind to the precise internal communication required for a cleansing vomit.

    serine says: "Best Gut Microbe Book Around"
    "informative and mildly entertaining"
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    Not the worse story for being informative. I generally like fiction, but this was bearable for being educational. Well written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Angel: Bo Blackman Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Helen Harper
    • Narrated By Saskia Maarleveld
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (311)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (283)

    With the dust still settling from the brutal attack on the Agathos court and Rogue's school, Bo Blackman is forced to live with her new-found status as a celebrity. She's still determined, however, to track down those responsible - and to solve the mystery of Tobias Renfrew, the daemon billionaire who disappeared over fifty years ago. Her investigations will lead her to places as far removed as a military base and the sinister Black Market. One thing is for sure - once Bo's done, nothing will ever be the same again.

    Amber says: "Action packed"
    "Not as great as the first in the series"
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    I didn't enjoy this one as much as the others. I wasn't drawn into it, the story was pitted and there were many disappointments in multiple scenarios. I'll keep my hopes up for the next books. You can't win them all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lion Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By A. C. Gaughen
    • Narrated By Helen Stern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    Only the greatest loves can survive great danger.... Imprisoned by Prince John for months, Scarlet finds herself a long way from Nottinghamshire. After a daring escape, she learns that King Richard's life is in jeopardy, and Eleanor of Aquitaine needs Scarlet's help to free him. For a lifelong thief, this newfound allegiance to the crown - her family - is a strange feeling. Scarlet knows that helping Eleanor will put her and those she loves back in Prince John's sights.

    kimberly coleman says: "Great way to end the series"
    "Narrator voice is deeper than book 1 and 2"
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    I loved these books, but I found it difficult to get into when Helen spoke deeper in this last one. Even quite a few men sounded higher than her main female character's voice.

    The story was good. I enjoyed the flow. It wasn't as gloomy as the 2nd book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scarlet

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By A. C. Gaughen
    • Narrated By Helen Stern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (231)

    Posing as one of Robin Hood's thieves to avoid the evil Lord Gisbourne, Scarlet has kept her identity secret from all of Nottinghamshire. Only Big John and Robin Hood know the truth - that the agile thief posing as a whip of a boy is actually a fearless young woman with a secret past. It's getting harder to hide as Gisbourne's camp seeks to find Scarlet and drive Robin Hood out of Nottinghamshire. But Scarlet's instinct for self-preservation is at war with a strong sense of responsibility to the people who took her in when she was on the run, and she finds it's not so easy to turn her back on her band and townspeople.

    Susie says: "Gender Bending in Sherwood Forrest"
    "Took some getting used to, but it was great!"
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    The dialect took some getting used to, but once I got used to it, the story was good. I liked the characters and how they interact with eachother. A fun twist on the story of Robin Hood.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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