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Sarah

SPRINGFIELD, MO, United States

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  • The Serpent's Shadow: Elemental Masters

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Michelle Ford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (632)
    Performance
    (485)
    Story
    (495)

    From the magical mysteries of India to the gaslit streets of Victorian London, Mercedes Lackey's unique departure from her Valdemar series follows a young woman doctor as she searches for the secret behind the sorcery in her blood.

    CatBookMom says: "Very enjoyable"
    "Sublimely spell-binding"
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    Another solid win for Mercedes Lackey fans. A fairy tale retelling that is true to the spirit of the tale and yet different enough to keep the audience enthralled to the very end. Michelle Ford's narration is great, helping make The Serpent's Shadow a very worthwhile read.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Waistcoats & Weaponry

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Moira Quirk
    Overall
    (406)
    Performance
    (378)
    Story
    (375)

    Sophronia continues her second year at finishing school in style - with a steel-bladed fan secreted in the folds of her ball gown, of course. Such a fashionable choice of weapon comes in handy when Sophronia, her best friend Dimity, sweet sootie Soap, and the charming Lord Felix Mersey stowaway on a train to return their classmate Sidheag to her werewolf pack in Scotland. No one suspected what - or who - they would find aboard that suspiciously empty train.

    Morgan H says: "Couldn't stop smiling"
    "An amusing installment in a hilarious series"
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    This series is a delightfully funny romp through vampire and werewolf inhabited Victorian England. I found this book to be not quite up to par with its fellows, yet still very entertaining. Bottom line, it's still worth spending the credit, but not quite as brilliant as the first two books in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Einstein's Cosmos: How Albert Einstein's Vision Transformed Our Understanding of Space and Time: Great Discoveries

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Michio Kaku
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (714)
    Performance
    (644)
    Story
    (647)

    A dazzling tour of the universe as Einstein saw it. How did Albert Einstein come up with the theories that changed the way we look at the world? By thinking in pictures. Michio Kaku, leading theoretical physicist (a cofounder of string theory) and best-selling science storyteller, shows how Einstein used seemingly simple images to lead a revolution in science. With originality and expertise, Kaku uncovers the surprising beauty that lies at the heart of Einstein's cosmos

    david says: "Relatively Wonderful"
    "Einstein's importance, told with clarity."
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    Using clear concepts and non-technical language, the author gives a skillful explaination of the impact Einstein's work made, and is still making, on our world. The narration is well done also. This was a pleasure to read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flesh and Spirit: Lighthouse, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Carol Berg
    • Narrated By Allen O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    The rebellious son of a long line of pureblood cartographers and diviners, Valen has spent most of his life trying to escape what society - and his family - have ordained for him. His own mother has predicted that he will meet his doom in water, blood, and ice. Her divination seems fulfilled when a comrade abandons Valen in a rainy wilderness half-dead, addicted to an enchantment that converts pain to pleasure, and possessing only a stolen book of maps.

    mike says: "Almost unlistenable"
    "Intricate, intriguing story; so-so narration"
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    As for the story, Carol Berg has done a superb job. This dark fantasy will grip your imagination with its refreshingly multidimensional plot and compelling characters. A must-read for all fantasy fans. Word to the wise, you'll definitely want to check out this book's sequel, Breath and Bone.

    The narration, however, is mediocre. The pacing is a bit awkward. There are many mispronunciations of words and hesitations that make it seem like the narrator doesn't understand the meaning of what he's reading. This isn't a glaring issue and many people may not even notice, but it did bother me. Having said that, I still wholeheartedly recommend this series on the strength of the story alone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Breath and Bone: Lighthouse, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Carol Berg
    • Narrated By Allen O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Everyone in Navronne seems to be after Valen. There is the fanatical Harrower priestess, Sila Diaglou, who wants to raze the kingdom. The Bastard Prince Osriel, who steals dead men's eyes. And the Pureblood Registry, determined to keep every pureblood sorcerer in thrall. Even beings out of myth, the Danae guardians, whose dancing nurtures the Earth and whose attention could prove the most costly of all. As Navronne sinks deeper into civil war and perilous winter, Valen finds himself a bargaining chip in a deadly standoff.

    Sarah says: "Wonderful sequel, mediocre narration"
    "Wonderful sequel, mediocre narration"
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    This book, like its prequel Flesh and Spirit, is a superb piece of intricate and dark fantasy. Carol Berg delivers a multidimensional plot with intriguing characters that will leave you wanting more. I highly recommend this book and its prequel to all fans of fantasy.

    However, the narration, as with the prequel, is not what I would have wished. The pacing seems, to me, a bit awkward. There are multiple mispronunciations of words and hesitations that make it seem as though the narrator doesn't understand the meaning of some of the words he is reading. This isn't really a glaring issue and many people may not even notice, but it did bother me. Having said that, I still wholeheartedly recommend this series on the strength of the story alone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Entwined

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Heather Dixon
    • Narrated By Mandy Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (86)

    Azalea is trapped. Just when she should feel that everything is before her... beautiful gowns, dashing suitors, balls filled with dancing... it's taken away. All of it. The Keeper understands. He's trapped, too, held for centuries within the walls of the palace. And so he extends an invitation. Every night, Azalea and her eleven sisters may step through the enchanted passage in their room to dance in his silver forest. But there is a cost.....

    lillian says: "FANTASTIC!!"
    "Enchanting and poignant"
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    A charming fairy tale retelling that will appeal best to young teen readers. Has some really eloquent moments dealing with losing a loved one and grieving as a family. Mandy Williams' narration is superb!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darke: Septimus Heap, Book Six

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Angie Sage
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (607)
    Performance
    (496)
    Story
    (504)

    In the sixth book of the Magykal series, Alther Mella has been banished, a Darke Domaine engulfs the Castle, and a Darke dragon is on the loose. Septimus Heap must use all of his skills to save the Castle and the Wizard Tower from destruction: He must enter the Darke. But he cannot do this alone....

    Theblackersheep says: "Wonderful"
    "Septimus fans rejoice!"
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    Gerard Doyle's excellent narration makes this sixth book in the Septimus Heap series come alive. Angie Sage has penned another wonderful addition to this series that will have readers enjoying themselves so much they can't help but want more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Good Omens

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4824)
    Performance
    (3235)
    Story
    (3269)

    The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

    Lauren says: "Great voice adds to already amazing story"
    "A scintillating read superbly performed."
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    A brilliantly clever book coupled with an excellent narration make for an experience I will enjoy time and time again. A witty masterpiece, Good Omens is a purchase you're not likely to regret.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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