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  • The Search

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3310)
    Performance
    (1998)
    Story
    (2010)

    To most people, Fiona Bristow seems to have an idyllic life — a quaint house on an island off Seattle’s coast, a thriving dog-training school, and a challenging volunteer job performing canine search and rescue. Not to mention her three intensely loyal Labs. But Fiona got to this point by surviving a nightmare.

    amyjh98 says: "Not very exciting"
    "Not her best..."
    Overall

    I expected something better, something that was more about "The Search" and less about the romance of the main characters. I was put off by the crude language and the details of sexual encounters of the two main characters. There was such potential for this book, and it did not deliver.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chasing Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2164)
    Performance
    (1583)
    Story
    (1596)

    Little else in life is as dangerous as fire jumping. Flying past towering pillars of smoke, parachuting down to the edge of an all-consuming blaze, shoveling and sawing for hours upon hours, days at a time, all to hold the line and push back against the raw power of Mother Nature. But there’s also little else as thrilling - at least to Rowan Tripp. The Missoula smoke jumpers are one of the most exclusive firefighting squads in the nation, and the job is in Rowan’s blood: her father is a legend in the field. She’s been fighting fires since her eighteenth birthday.

    M. Davis says: "Another winner by Roberts!"
    "Poor narration ruined this one for me,,,"
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    The sound of Rebecca Lowman's voice is fine, but the clipped, staccato, rushed way of speaking left me quite irritated. Most of the characters sounded the same, which made it hard to figure out who was talking if their name wasn't mentioned. It was difficult to tell which gender was speaking, they all sounded like women.
    Everything had a rushed, hurried quality to it as if it were all high drama. 15 plus hours of that is way too much for me. I had read the book some time back and enjoyed it, but Ms Lowman's way of narrating killed the book for me. I don't know if she is new to narrating or not, but I won't be buying anymore books with her as the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11134)
    Performance
    (7036)
    Story
    (7080)

    When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

    Greg says: "This Series Rocks"
    "Compelling story..."
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    although it did take about 13 chapters for me to really get into it, but i usually take a bit of time when going from one series to another. very realistic characters, they must be or i wouldn't have wanted to slap the 'younglings' upside the head so often!!!
    makes me wonder if Mr. Jordan had kids that stubborn and immature or if he had no kids of his own to use as reference.
    there were many times i felt like shaking the 3 boys and Egwain as well as the Wisdom, then i felt like shaking the author for not writing their characters with a little common sense and less stupidity! all the bickering and mulishness when such danger was stalking them! then acting like grade schoolers instead of young adults of 20 years or so, throughout the whole book was often enough for me to want to yell at them to 'GROW UP'!
    i'm still upset that Mr. Jordan wrote their characters to be so childish for so long... but i listened to the whole book, for hours at a time as they went from one crisis to another. the story is that compelling that you don't want to quit listening, regardless of the annoying childishness. that tells me that Mr. Jordan is quite the story teller.
    and you can't do better than Michael Kramer and Kate Reading for narrators !!! they can turn a so so book into a winner as they are stellar voice actors.
    so i am certain that if i can enjoy this book, for i am not who suffers brattish children who don't do as their told well, anybody will enjoy this story and have the next one in their cart ready to be bought.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11201)
    Performance
    (10469)
    Story
    (10496)

    In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

    D says: "Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radieance" shines"
    "Intense story!"
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    so well written, wonderful character development, terrific narration! and to think i almost passed this series up...! i love the build up of drama, the intense excitement that develops while listening. i find my stomach clenching while listening, waiting for the story to continue...muscles tensing, adrenalin flowing...i love it!
    now, when is the next book coming out???

    0 of 0 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
    (14546)
    Performance
    (11687)
    Story
    (11751)

    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.

    Katy Crumpton says: "Very enjoyable (but a slight warning)"
    "went from a return to 5 stars..."
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    i have bought this book twice. the first time i returned it as i just couldn't get into it. then, months later i forgot i had already gotten it, and because i liked another series of Brandon Sanderson so much, i bought this one... again.
    shortly after listening to a few chapters, i realized what i had done. but, since i had bought it twice, i figured i should stick it out and listen to the whole book. very glad i did!
    i still have a few hours left to go, but am enjoying it so much i decided to get the second book.
    the narration is really good, the characters are well developed, and the plot is excellent. the only thing i don't care for is the catch phrase...'storm it'... i don't think it's gonna catch on as a 'go to' phrase...just doesn't have the right flow in a sentence.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Harbinger: Fate's Forsaken, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Shae Ford
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (372)
    Performance
    (341)
    Story
    (344)

    Seventeen years ago, a long and bloody rebellion wracked the six united regions of the Kingdom. Now the new King wields the vast and unvanquished army of Midlan with his right hand, and with his left has granted a small group of thugs, the nobles he calls his Sovereign Five, unbridled rule over the other regions. As if this weren't bad enough, the King has also outlawed the practice of whispering - which is a problem for Kael.

    Andrew Stone says: "REALLY LIKED THIS BOOK!"
    "Forget the 'prequel'...the story starts here..."
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    gotta say i wasn't impressed with the 'prequel'...but the first book doesn't seem to have much if anything to do with it. good thing. i like this book, and the narrator. it took a minute to stop looking for it to continue the prequel, but after i realized the two didn't have a lot in common, i started enjoying this book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Poison: The Fate's Forsaken Prequel Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Shae Ford
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (107)

    Years before the Whispering War, there was a girl named Olivia. Her family murdered, her home destroyed -- a darkness she can't control. Olivia has never quite fit in amongst the lords and ladies of the seas... but things are about to get worse. Forced into the service of a powerful enemy, she must use her gifts to kill. The darkness grows fiercer with every step; each murder drags her closer to edge of villainy. Only one force in the Kingdom might have the power to save her, but she knows it's too late. Olivia has already fallen to the darkness -- into the jaws of a monster she calls The Poison.

    pinkzebra says: "A Taste of the Fates Forsaken World"
    "not liking the female lead's character..."
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    although the book is written well enough, i guess i just don't care for the overall theme of the book. i'd rather listen to something a bit more uplifting and less dark. as a prequel it almost ended my interest in the series, but i went ahead and bought the 1st book and am enjoying it quite a lot.
    the narrator is good, although some of the people sound a bit alike, but that didn't detract from the overall story.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Wolfblade: Hythryn Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jennifer Fallon
    • Narrated By Maggie Mash
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    Marla Wolfblade of Hythria is determined to restore her family's great name, but conspirators surround her: The Sorcerers' Collective, the Patriots - even members of her own family. She must make sure her son Damin lives to be old enough to restore the Wolfblade name to its former glory. Elezaar the Dwarf is a small man with big secrets - but that doesn't matter to Marla Wolfblade. Her brother is the High Prince of Hythria, and, in this fiercely patriarchal society, her fate will be decided on his whim.

    Katherine says: "An epic political drama"
    "unless you enjoy pedophiles and child molesters.."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    no one should enjoy a story about pedophiles.


    What could Jennifer Fallon have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    taken a lengthy course is 'how to write a novel'.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Maggie Mash?

    her voice isn't 'bad', but the cadence is. if she studied some of the better narrators, maybe.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Wolfblade?

    well, if i started in chapter one and started erasing ....


    Any additional comments?

    not only was this a third rate novel, about a completely hideous topic, the narrator completely ruined any hope of redemption by her inability to vocally 'act'.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11290)
    Performance
    (8435)
    Story
    (8482)

    For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

    D says: "A GREAT TRILOGY!!!"
    "good story, solid narration"
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    it was hard for me to really get into this one in the beginning. but don't let that stop you...it really is a very good book.
    at times i thought there was a bit too much 'listening to the thought process' of the main characters, as well as the 'poor pitiful me' of Vin. and i have to say this was the type of book i use to sleep by...meaning not too much continued need to keep listening so i don't miss out. i always go back to where i fell asleep to continue the journey.
    the narrator, Michael Kramer has a nice soothing voice to help me sleep, which for me is good. he isn't boring to listen to at all, i don't want you to think that. he doesn't have the kind of voice that puts you to sleep, only makes it pleasant so you can sleep.
    i hope the next book in this series is as well done as i did enjoy the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seer of Sevenwaters: Sevenwaters, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Juliet Marillier
    • Narrated By Terry Donnelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (120)

    Prior to making her final pledge as a druid, the young seer Sibeal visits the island of Inis Eala, where the Sight leads her to Felix, a survivor of a Norse shipwreck who has no memory of his past. As the island's healers struggle to keep Felix alive, he and Sibeal form a natural bond. But Sibeal's vocation is her true calling, and she must choose between the two things that tug at her soul - her spirituality and a chance at love....

    Leslie says: "Love the series, but has problems"
    "good...but too much left out"
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    again i keep wanting more. too many things keep being left out of the story. each book in this series keeps me coming back to this same theme. i love the story line, but am always dissatisfied with the endings. each book should be a continuation of the last, and they are not. they are each a new beginning with little to no bearing on the book before, except that the books are about the 'family' line in one way or another.

    what started out as a wonderfully addicting story, becomes, with each new book, an unsatisfying meal with no clean segway from one course to the next. granted, you get a superb first and second course, but then, before you're ready, comes the next course without a palette cleanser.

    each book seems to stop before fully completing the story. and when the next book comes along, you can't wait to start listening because you want more of the story that left you feeling incomplete. what you get is another story with little more than a few inferences to the story you want. it's like having a waiter take your plate before your meal is complete, and you're still hungry for what you've been eating!

    this book is probably the worst as far as stopping too soon. if i go on the assumption that this book will be the same as the others, i can not feel the same anticipation and eagerness to listen to the sixth book in the series... i almost dread to find that once again, there is no continuation of the characters i just listened to, and their story is not finished! sooo frustrating!!!

    Juliet Marillier is a wonderful author and tells what would otherwise be a wonderful series, if each book gave a satisfying end to the story of the characters you learn to love. each book feels almost like stand alone books, as no set of characters plays important enough parts in book that follows.

    i don't want to put in any spoilers, so that makes it challenging for me to detail the problems i'm having with this series. but i must say that this ending is the most incomplete of all. there is so much more to be written about Sibeal and Felix and the vision concerning their life together, yet i'm afraid we will only learn bits and pieces of this in the next book, instead of a complete telling of this story.

    i do want to add that the narrator does a very good job, and i enjoy her voice. although there were times when i was hard pressed to know just which male character was talking at times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heir to Sevenwaters: Sevenwaters, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Juliet Marillier
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (148)

    The chieftains of Sevenwaters have long been custodians of a vast and mysterious forest and a new heir has been born. But the family's joy turns to despair when the baby is taken, and something unnatural is left in his place. To reclaim her newborn brother, Clodagh must enter the shadowy Otherworld and confront the powerful prince who rules there.

    MissSusie66 says: "Another great installment in series"
    "good, but not her best"
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    this one is not as fleshed out as the first three, therefore not as satisfying. as usual, i wanted more connection to the book before. as usual, there is too much left out from one book to the next. i wanted more depth of the main characters. i wanted more depth from the bringing home of Finbar, the baby. i wanted to know why the fairy folk left Sevenwaters Forest. i just wanted more...
    i guess that's because of the author's ability to write an engaging story, and the narrator's ability to bring you into the story as if it's unfolding around you. i listen with my eyes closed and i see the story as if it's real.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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