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Racheal

Cypress, TX, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Honor's Splendour

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (850)
    Performance
    (549)
    Story
    (545)

    In the feuding English court, gentle Lady Madelyne suffered the cruel whims of her ruthless brother, Baron Louddon. Then, in vengeance for a bitter crime, Baron Duncan of Wexton—the Wolf—unleashed his warriors against Louddon's domain. Exquisite Madelyne was the prize he catured...but when he gazed upon the proud beauty, he pledged to protect her with his life.

    Jordy says: "Julie Garwood writes the best Highlander books!"
    "Romantic, funny, thrilling! Loved it!"
    Overall

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    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Colour of Magic: Discworld #1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    Overall
    (2579)
    Performance
    (1044)
    Story
    (1050)

    The Colour of Magic, the first novel in Terry Pratchett's wildly imaginative Discworld series, takes the listener on a remarkable journey. The magical planet of Discworld is supported by four massive elephants who stand on the back of the Great A'Tuin, a giant turtle swimming slowly through the mysterious interstellar gulf. An eccentric expedition sets out to explore the planet, encountering dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and of course "The Edge" of the planet.

    Joel says: "Start in any of seven Disworld books"
    "Brandon Sanderson said he was the best!"
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    Performance
    Story

    Brandon Sanderson and Jim Butcher (Codex Alera) are two of my most favorite writers! I thought I had read all of the best Epic Fantasy Series that were out there and couldnt find anything new.(George RR Martin, Robert Jordan, David Eddings, Trudi Canavan, Lois McMaster Bujold-curse of chalion & palladin of souls-, Terry Goodkind -too dark-, ...) While checking Sandersons blogs looking for a new author, he mentioned Terry Pratchet was the all time best Fantasy writers...hence my reading book 1.

    It was laugh out loud funny! It was like watching the lord of the rings movie with less drama and a LOT of funny statements. I loved it! Ive listened to book 2 and am now starting book 3.

    I have a feeling Ill listen to ALL of them now. The narrator was histerical and perfect!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Altered Destiny

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Shawna Thomas
    • Narrated By Uma Incrocci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (64)

    Selia has run her family's tavern since she was 15 and can hunt and fight as the equal of any male. When she rescues a badly wounded man and nurses him back to health, she has no idea she's about to change not only her life, but also the destinies of two peoples….

    Racheal says: "Wow! It was perfect!"
    "Wow! It was perfect!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Its been a while since my last good fantasy book. I absolutely loved it. Action, the story kept moving, violence, drama, good vs. evil, and love. Really well written. I get bored easily when authors drone on and on and stay in the same place on the same problem where I just want to smack a character. Not one instance of that in this one! I didnt 5 star the performance since Uma sometimes gets monotone on the non-speaking parts but there were great differences in the characters voices, you always know whos talking.

    I'd definately "read" another Shawna Thomas book.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Ravished by a Highlander: The Children of the Mist Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Paula Quinn
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (680)
    Performance
    (485)
    Story
    (488)

    Davina Montgomery is no ordinary English lady. For her own protection, she’s been locked away from society, her true identity the Crown’s most closely guarded secret. Until a shocking betrayal—and a bold rescue—land her in the arms of a fierce Highlander, a powerful warrior whose searing gaze and tantalizing touch awaken her body and soul.

    Judy says: "Love those highlanders!"
    "Great love story!"
    Overall

    Romantic, moving, sexy. I actually cried once! narators regular voice bugged me a little but she did great seperating the scottish burrs and english lady. I forgot about it after a half hour anyway. Great love scenes. romantic and sexy but not embarrasingly stepping into erotica like some ive read! lol.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Countess

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Lynsay Sands
    • Narrated By Sarah Coomes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (478)
    Performance
    (380)
    Story
    (383)

    The fairy tale courtship did not turn into a happily-ever-after. Not until her husband dropped dead, that is. He had been horrible enough to Christiana during their short marriage, and she was not going to allow the traditional period of mourning to ruin her sisters' debuts as well. So she decides to put him on ice and go on as if nothing's happened.... Until the real earl appears.

    ~~DARA~~ says: "Entertaining!"
    "Loved It!"
    Overall

    Sexy , romantic, and hysterical! Laugh out loud at times! Very good read. My first romance that had so much humor in it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Poison Throne: The Moorehawke Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Celine Kiernan
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (4)

    When young Wynter Moorehawke returns to court with her dying father, she finds her old home shadowed with fear. The king has become a violent despot, terrorizing those he once loved. His son and heir Alberon has fled into exile and now there are whispers everywhere of rebellion. Meanwhile, Alberon’s half-brother Razi has been elevated to his throne. He struggles to meet his King’s demands while remaining loyal to his beloved brother and to his friend Wynter.

    Linda M. McIntire says: "Did not live up to hype"
    "Loved it."
    Overall

    I love Epic Fantasy. My favs are- of coarse-Brandon Sanderson(Elantris), Jim Butcher (codex alera), Brent Weeks, Gail z Martin, Robin hobb (assassins aprentis)( though i like happier endings) and Trudi Canavan. If you liked any of these, you will love this series. suspense, intrigue, bloody gore, romance, moving dramatic moments...i loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11117)
    Performance
    (8006)
    Story
    (8007)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "Awsome!"
    Overall

    I normally hate present day fantasy. I only listen to pre-electricity stories. I couldn't find a good one and every other Jim Butcher story has blown me away- so I gave it a try. Once I got into it it was a great story! Action, suspense, mystery, humor, a little bit of funny almost romance. A really great story. The next time I can't find a good epic fantasy I will definitely be downloading book2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sword of Bedwyr: The Crimson Shadow

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By R. A. Salvatore
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Young noble Luthien Bedwyr is too privileged to understand that his once-proud land, Eriador, suffers under the demonic oppression of Wizard-King Greensparrow. Until the day Luthien seeks justice for a friend's murder---only to become a fugitive fleeing the king's monstrous cyclopian soldiers. Befriended by the irrepressible "highwayhalfling" Oliver deBurrows, and enlisted by an ancient, mysterious mage, Luthien's exile will become an enchanted quest to steal a mystic prize from a dragon's hoard.

    Racheal says: "Entertaining, funny , a little predictable"
    "Entertaining, funny , a little predictable"
    Overall

    A good story. I enjoyed it. I really liked the highwAyman character. He made me laugh. The rest was a little predictable. I definately enjoyed it. Its a good inbetween book... I finished some AWSOME epics, couldnt find any new ones, so I read this one. Short and entertaining. Like a good tv episode. Just not earth shattering.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Gathering Storm: Book Twelve of the Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4982)
    Performance
    (2760)
    Story
    (2778)

    Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, struggles to unite a fractured network of kingdoms and alliances in preparation for the Last Battle. As he attempts to halt the Seanchan encroachment northward - wishing he could form at least a temporary truce with the invaders - his allies watch in terror the shadow that seems to be growing within the heart of the Dragon Reborn himself.

    D. Ramirez says: "I normally wouldn't, but..."
    "Thank God He Pulled It Off!"
    Overall

    Fantastic. I was a little worried in the beginning with all the "blood and bloody ashes" comments but he warmed up fast and kept it rolling! Lots of great conclusions. Rand and Igwane took big steps. the rest must be focused on in the next two books. - I do agree that Avienda and Faile were a little weak but at least one of them took steps to start a good story in Towers of Midnight. I think Brandon S. just threw a little of Matt in for a crowd pleaser to get his upcoming trip introduced. Seems a lot of people are worried since he was barely brushed on but just wait. His and Toms upcoming trip will probably be the whole next book!
    Loved it! Cant wait for the next one! On to start First Lord's Fury now!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Furies of Calderon: Codex Alera, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4109)
    Performance
    (2775)
    Story
    (2810)

    In the realm of Alera, where people bond with the furies - elementals of earth, air, fire, water, and metal - 15-year-old Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. But when his homeland erupts in chaos - when rebels war with loyalists and furies clash with furies - Tavi's simple courage will turn the tides of war.

    Jim says: "Remastered into chapters from CD."
    "Incredible! All around great book!"
    Overall

    Fantastic characters, awsome action, perfect dialog between characters. you love the characters and really get involved in their troubles! you really worry about them when they ... well you get involved! You'll love all 5 books. Im going to listen to them again when it gets closer to book 6 release!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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