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  • The Fires of Heaven: Book Five of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4544)
    Performance
    (2577)
    Story
    (2610)

    In this sequel to the phenomenal New York Times best seller The Shadow Rising, Robert Jordan again plunges us into his extraordinarily rich, totally unforgettable world.

    Jeff says: "The fires of Heaven"
    "Great Series"
    Overall

    I've really been enjoying this series, and was overjoyed to see that Audible got the unabridged version of the Fires of Heaven. I enjoyed this book immensely, and look forward to Audible getting the UNABRIDGED versions of the next 3 books (hint hint).

    19 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • The Phoenix Unchained: Book One of The Enduring Flame

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey, James Mallory
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (130)

    After 1,000 years of peace, much Magick has faded from the world. The Elves live far from humankind. There are no High Mages, and Wild Mages are seen only rarely. Bisochim, a powerful Wild Mage, is determined to reintroduce Darkness to the world, believing that it is out of Balance.

    Bruce says: "A good book for younger readers."
    "First book ok, the others get worse"
    Overall

    Honestly, I can't believe that Mercedes Lackey agreed to put her name to these books. I listened to all three, and actually the first one wasn't too bad. By the last book I was just completely annoyed at the pasteboard characters who act in irrational ways. The characters actually seemed to become LESS mature as time went on. Ah well, wasted credits.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Towers of Midnight: Wheel of Time, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5468)
    Performance
    (3167)
    Story
    (3195)

    The Last Battle has started. The seals on the Dark One’s prison are crumbling. The Pattern itself is unraveling, and the armies of the Shadow have begun to boil out of the Blight. The sun has begun to set upon the Third Age. Perrin Aybara is now hunted by specters from his past: Whitecloaks, a slayer of wolves, and the responsibilities of leadership. All the while, an unseen foe is slowly pulling a noose tight around his neck....

    Jacob says: "Doesn't wrap as nicely as Gathering Storm"
    "My favorite series of books ever"
    Overall

    The Wheel of Time is my favorite book series. And I think Brandon Sanderson is doing a fantastic job of finishing Robert Jordan's work. Can't say much else without spoilers, except to say how ecstatic I am that Michael Kramer and Kate Reading are the narrators. These two readers have become the characters in these books, for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beekeeper's Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1742)
    Performance
    (1077)
    Story
    (1078)

    In 1914, a spirited American girl named Mary Russell meets a retired Sherlock Holmes in the English countryside. Instantly realizing that Mary is gifted with astonishing deductive powers, the Great Detective emerges from retirement to join her as she tracks down a fiendish assassin.

    Yuriko says: "Wow"
    "I'm enjoying this series"
    Overall

    I've listened to the first 3 books in this series so far and I'm enjoying them a lot. I've never really been a Holmes fan, so I had no expectations that had to be met.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Short Victorious War: Honor Harrington, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1197)
    Performance
    (848)
    Story
    (851)

    The rulers of the People's Republic of Haven are in trouble and revolt is brewing, so it's high time for a short victorious war. But Honor Harrington is going to give them a war that's neither short nor victorious.

    AudioAddict says: "Maybe I'm just stupid..."
    "Honor Harrington Series"
    Overall

    Well, I'm on this, the third book in the series. And I'm bored. Really bored. I can already tell you what the plot will be in this book, because it's the same as each of the previous two books. Sigh.

    If you have the credits to blow and you need something Mostly Harmless to while away some time, these books are all right, but other than that, I can't recommend them.

    For me, the reader isn't so great either. She tries to use different accents for different characters (British, French, etc) and she doesn't do so well. Also I think she follows the Captain Kirk school of voicing - e.g. "Well I... guess I can understand that." "So can you ... see what I mean?"

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Sacrifice: The Fey, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    • Narrated By David DeSantos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (135)

    Defying their Black King in order to rally an attack on the peaceful Blue Isle, warrior-prince Rugar and his fearless daughter, Jewel, do not suspect that the islanders, under young prince Nicholas, have prepared to defend themselves.

    Lori Cheney says: "Bizarre but intriguing"
    ""The Fey" series - narrator not so great"
    Overall

    These are nice long books and kept me relatively entertained for hours and hours. I bought them all, just to see how the story turned out. However, the narrator is not the best. He gets the reading just plain *wrong* sometimes, saying the wrong character's name for several sentences, then switching back to the correct character. Also his word emphasis is odd. It just doesn't flow well. Like "What's that in the road, a head?" versus "What's that in the road ahead?" That sort of thing. So, my feeling about the books may have been affected by the narrator's problems, making them seem a bit stilted. However, I have a feeling that if Kate Reading and Michael Kramer had read the books, I'd have given them 5 stars.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Gathering Storm: Interview with the Narrators

    • UNABRIDGED (12 mins)
    • By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Narrated By Laura Wilson
    Overall
    (442)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (219)

    Narrators Kate Reading and Michael Kramer have read the audio edition for every book in Robert's Jordan's epic Wheel of Time series. In this interview with Macmillan Audio Director of Production Laura Wilson, they talk about their work on The Gathering Storm, the latest installment of the series, co-written by Mistborn author Brandon Sanderson.

    Everend says: "Wonderful - (but incomplete)"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    Brandon has done a wonderful job of continuing Robert Jordan's series. This book is excellent and I'm looking forward to more. And of course, the narrators are wonderful!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Phoenix Transformed: Book Three of the Enduring Flame

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By James Mallory, Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (104)

    With more than one twist in the telling, centering on a magic-plagued journey across a blistering desert, The Phoenix Transformed is the stunning conclusion to Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory's Enduring Flame Trilogy.

    Ross says: "Disappointment"
    "Poorly written"
    Overall

    This book is poorly written, and the characters act in illogical ways. I wouldn't waste a credit on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Wizard of Earthsea

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Harlan Ellison, Ursula K. Le Guin
    Overall
    (612)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (113)

    This first volume of the Earthsea Cycle is an adventure story, a Quest, a tale of a proud, incautious boy who meddles too early with the Dark. It is a pure fantasy telling about a real thing: a boy coming into his power and his manhood...coming of age.

    Wyonia says: "Great Book...Frantic Narrator"
    "Dreadful narration, decent story"
    Overall

    I'm sitting here trying to listen to this book right now. The story itself is probably good enough, but the narration is so amazingly terrible that it's hard to tell. He'll talk slooooow, with pauses in strange places, then he'll talk superfast so that you can't even figure out what he's saying. It's driving me crazy. I may have to just quit listening to this book even tho I'd kind of like to know how it turns out. Harlan Ellison should stick to writing, and they should get a real narrator to read this story. Good grief.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Traitor's Moon: Nightrunner, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Lynn Flewelling
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (104)

    Master spies Seregil and Alec are no strangers to peril. Their assignments, night running for wizards and nobles, have led them into many deadly situations. But sometimes the greatest danger can lurk beneath a traitor's moon.

    Julie says: "Wonderful writer!"
    "Good story, mediocre narrator"
    Overall

    I've listened to all three books in this series, and have enjoyed the the story. I did have trouble getting used to the reader, however. He tended to have a flat voice, and his pronunciation of words was sometimes strange. For instance, usually he pronounced "courtyard" like "orchard", which was strange enough. Oddly, sometimes he pronouned it correctly. Things like this irritated me, but the story was still worth listening to. I think with a more skilled reader the story would have come across even better.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 2000x: Even the Queen (Dramatized)

    • UNABRIDGED (30 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Janet Carroll, Diana Douglas, more
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    This is a family of over-achieving women. Mom is a judge. One grandma is a doctor, the other Secretary of State. One daughter is a single mom. The other well, the other has joined a cult that wants to bring back - an age old curse that has been abolished only after great struggle - menstruation.

    Beverly says: "Single story, but ..."
    "Not my favorite"
    Overall

    I'm sure this is well-written and all, but the story didn't do anything for me. I'm not even sure I got the point of it; it seemed very silly to me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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