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  • Oath of Gold: The Deed of Paksenarrion, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    Overall
    (860)
    Performance
    (643)
    Story
    (652)

    Paksenarrion, a simple sheepfarmer's daughter, yearns for a life of adventure and glory, such as was known to heroes in songs and story. At age seventeen she runs away from home to join a mercenary company and begins her epic life.

    William says: "Great Finish to a Great Trilogy"
    "Great Series"
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    Wow, this is a broad, far reaching story! A fun twist that surprised me. Paks has come a long way since she left her childhood home.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (3927)
    Performance
    (3397)
    Story
    (3414)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "One of my favorite books!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Oh yes! Especially if you are interested in character development and a grand and sweeping story. Details of the mystery and each character slowly emerge and end with a bang. The story flashes between the past to the present and back again without any confusion.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The mystery, Vivian and Dolly, Lauren's search, and on and on . . .


    Which character – as performed by Caroline Lee – was your favorite?

    Wow, so hard to choose. Possibly Vivian because her story is the foundation of the book. However, Dolly's personality was so interesting as surprises emerge. I was impressed that although Lauren is a famous star, her fame only plays a part in one small portion of the book. Jimmy is so moral and honest. He is viewed very differently by Vivian and Dolly.


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

    No, it was too long and also I enjoyed pondering on the book in between listening.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the second book that I have listened to. A few years ago I listened to the Secret Garden and it is still memorable to me. Kate Morton tells masterful, fascinating stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24734)
    Performance
    (11203)
    Story
    (11280)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Ditto to the other fans!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo the most enjoyable?

    All of the twists and turns. Information that kept coming, bit by bit until the very end.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters were well developed, I felt as if I knew them well.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was so touched by Lisbeth! I am sure that there are so many girls that suffer like she does. I ache for her.


    Any additional comments?

    I will most certainly be listening to the remaining books in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Traveling to Infinity: The True Story Behind 'The Theory of Everything'

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jane Hawking
    • Narrated By Sandra Duncan
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    In this compelling memoir, Jane Hawking relates the inside story of her extraordinary marriage. As Stephen's academic renown soared, his body was collapsing under the assaults of motor neurone disease, and Jane's candid account of trying to balance his 24-hour care with the needs of their growing family is inspirational. This is a book about optimism, love and change that will resonate with listeners everywhere.

    Sara says: "Perplexing & Puzzling"
    "Love!"
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    We are amateur astronomers so I was fascinated by this book. What was life like with Stephen? This grand sweeping story covers the planet. I had no idea that they even had children. I have no words to describe Jane's life as a caretaker and mother, she is amazing. Life is a journey and their journey, both mental and physically, kept my attention for the entire time. Also, living life under a microscope is difficult on a marriage. This long book kept me interested from start to finish.

    My only tiny complaint is that she skips around in time a little. Sometimes, it took me a minute or two to figure out what year she was talking about.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Atrocity Archives: A Laundry Files Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By Gideon Emery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1020)
    Performance
    (856)
    Story
    (854)

    Bob Howard is a computer-hacker desk jockey, who has more than enough trouble keeping up with the endless paperwork he has to do on a daily basis. He should never be called on to do anything remotely heroic. But for some reason, he is.

    Ethan M. says: "A great techno-spy-Lovecraftian-horror-comedy"
    "My kind of humor!"
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    Note: The language was offensive!!! Hence the 4 stars. I would like to read more of Stross's books but I am hesitant.

    Another reviewer is a fan of Dresden, as am I. The dry, quick wit is wonderful. Although this is a paranormal listen, it differs from Dresden by being in the high-tech world in Europe. It moves very quickly with barely time to breath.

    Another Note: There are periods of dry tech papers, I just starting to fast forward to those.

    The setting is a a very secret organization with the purpose to protect the general public from paranormal dangers. As with the TV portrayal of conflict between police and the FBI, there is conflict and jealousy between the agency departments. The character interplay is great.

    I was confused when about 2/3 of the way through, the story abruptly ends and starts with a new story. The abrupt change was quickly forgotten and the second "chapter" was a wild ride of more fun.

    Bob is a brilliant geek, Mo is his girlfriend. He has to rescue her in the first story and sadly she is not in the second. However, enter a feisty police chief who is not about to let anyone tromp all over her territory. It was hilarious and the story was great fun. Cement cows in a pasture? How could these cows many miles away have connection with the agency? Lots of guns and curious bomb/explosions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robin Sloan
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3264)
    Performance
    (2948)
    Story
    (2932)

    The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything....

    L. Calder says: "Nerdy, action filled romp through cyber space"
    "Just plain fun!"
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    Two worlds existing at the same time. An ancient odd bookshop and the tech world of Google. The customers of the bookstore are mysterious; who are they and why do they want the books from the back? There is a mystery to be solved and Google employees are quickly trying to solve the problem with high tech to protect Mr. Penumberbra and preserve his bookstore. I enjoyed the characters and the creative story. College students digging deep to discover an ancient secret.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Nazi Officer's Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Edith Hahn Beer, Susan Dworkin
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (789)
    Performance
    (418)
    Story
    (420)

    Edith Hahn was an outspoken young woman in Vienna when the Gestapo forced her into a ghetto and then into a slave labor camp. When she returned home months later, she knew she would become a hunted woman, so she went underground.

    Catherine says: "An Amazing Story & Narration"
    "Survival when death is the norm"
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    Oh my goodness. What a story! The extent of what humans will do to survive, an assumed life, foregoing all friends and family just . to . stay . alive . . . years of daily terror and the dangerous way of life that includes pretending to be someone you are not and playing the part not just daily but for years on end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christopher McDougall
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5571)
    Performance
    (3181)
    Story
    (3226)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

    Corey says: "Amazing read - even for non-runners"
    "Not a runner but love non-fiction"
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    This book was an absolute joy!
    * The details of the remote tribe
    * The effects of running on the body and the feet.
    * The superathletes running for hundreds of miles
    * Training barefoot and the scientific benefits

    I enjoyed the entire book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Damsel Under Stress: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Shanna Swendson
    • Narrated By Eva Wilhelm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (653)
    Performance
    (580)
    Story
    (575)

    To-do: Stop the bad guys. Rescue the wizard. Find the perfect outfit for New Year's Eve. At last, Owen Palmer, the dreamboat wizard at Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., has conjured up the courage to get Katie Chandler under the mistletoe at the office holiday party. But just when it looks like Katie has found her prince, in pops her inept fairy godmother, Ethelinda, to throw a wand into the works. Ethelinda's timing couldn’t be worse. A plot hatched by MSI's rogue ex-employees, Idris and his evil fairy gal pal Ari, threatens to expose the company's secrets - and the very existence of magic itself.

    Catherine says: "Fun easy listen."
    "Great story wrong narrator!"
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    I really enjoy the series but I don't know if I can listen to another book!

    These books are light-heated fun. Still fighting the bad guys: Idris, Aurie, etc. However the book takes a serious twist at the end. Katie is headed back home to Texas and leaving Owen to fight the bad guys. Even Marsha gets caught up in the world of magic.

    Competition in the spell business is the theme of this book. Idris , etc.. are starting up a spell store, but exactly where do they plan to go with the store and the advertizing is bold. In the "shoot out" Owen makes a bad choice to save Katie instead of catch Idris. So Katie packs her bags, what will happen in Texas?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Once Upon Stilettos: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Shanna Swendson
    • Narrated By Eva Wilhelm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (806)
    Performance
    (712)
    Story
    (711)

    Click your heels three times and say, "There's no place like Bloomies!" Katie Chandler's life is pure magic - literally. As an executive assistant at Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., she's seen more than her share of fantastical occurrences. A mere Manhattan mortal, Katie is no wizard, but she's a wiz at exposing "hokum" pocus, cloaked lies, and deceptive enchantments. And she's fallen under the all-too-human spell of attraction to Owen, a hunky wizard and coworker. Owen, however, is preoccupied. Someone has broken into his office and disrupted top-secret files, and it reeks of an inside job.

    Jennifer B. Creamer says: "A new addiction!! For Molly Harper fans"
    "Adorable Series!"
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    Oh my goodness, it shows how good the story is because I keep listening even though the narration is miserable to listen to. All of the character voices are nice except Katies. Yikes, it is grating.

    This is a story of mysteries, mishaps, and laughs. Katie comes through with shining colors through it all.
    Lost powers
    Miscommunication/lack of communication
    A company traitor, who is it?
    Mayhem and distrust between the employees
    Yippy, she finally ends up with the right guy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Enchanted, Inc.: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Shanna Swendson
    • Narrated By Eva Wilhelm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1305)
    Performance
    (1163)
    Story
    (1162)

    Katie Chandler had always heard that New York is a weird and wonderful place, but this small-town Texas gal had no idea how weird until she moved there. Everywhere she goes, she sees something worth gawking at and Katie is afraid she's a little too normal to make a splash in the big city. Working for an ogre of a boss doesn't help. Then, seemingly out of the blue, Katie gets a job offer from Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., a company that tricks of the trade to the magic community. For MSI, Katie's ordinariness is an asset.

    Theresa says: "Enjoyable Story Ruined by Awful Narrator!"
    "Found a fun new series!"
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    Cons: Narrator! However, I will continue on with the series.

    Pros: A very cute story ! ! !
    Very fun characters
    Clean story! Sans swearing and sex.

    Katie has lived in NY for a year and never stops marveling at the unusual people that she sees. Granted, NY is unique, but she has the rare ability to see through the "glamor" of the fairies, gargoyles, etc. She is recruited to work for MSI, Inc. (Magic, Spells, and Illusions) and the fun begins. I will be listening to the series and will probably listen to this book again in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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