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  • Through the Door: The Thin Veil, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jodi McIsaac
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (88)

    Single mom Cedar McLeod leads an ordinary but lonely life, balancing the demands of her career and her six-year-old daughter, Eden. One day, a fight between the two leads to the stunning discovery that Eden can open portals to anywhere she imagines. But before they can learn more about Eden’s extraordinary gift, the young girl mysteriously disappears. Desperate to find answers and her daughter, Cedar seeks out Eden’s father, who left before Eden was born.

    Adam Shields says: "Modern fantasy using Celtic lore as a basis"
    "Just misses on a few points"
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    In a teen book, I don't like promoting sex before marriage. The main characters could easily have been married.

    The reader was good and I didn't have any problem with her voicing of male characters. Some female readers sound a little too much like pimply teens instead of the big brawny male characters they are sometimes meant to portray. Really 4 1/2 stars. I couldn't give her 5 in comparison to readers like Bronson Pinchot or Davina Porter.

    I liked the main character but other characters were not allowed to be fleshed out. Some of them seemed a little hollow.

    The book breaks down and ends a little too quickly and easily -- with a whimper instead of a bang.

    Without giving anything away, I wanted to see a larger part of story take place in another setting. I understand perhaps why that did not happen but that contributed to the lack of drama at the end. In fact, I had the feeling that the climax was precipitated by one of John W. Campbell's pocket franistans. Maybe I missed something.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond Judgment: Brainrush, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Richard Bard
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (94)

    Stricken with amnesia after a six-year coma, Jake Bronson is haunted by fleeting ghosts of his former life. When his hidden past finally rushes back, it’s accompanied by assassins, psychopathic world leaders, and an ancient order determined to unlock his dormant talents and use them to trigger the extinction of humankind.Jake reclaims his life, but the reunion is bittersweet, placing long-lost friends and loved ones in harm’s way - as those hunting Jake will stop at nothing to force his participation in their atrocious scheme.

    GLENNO says: "This third book falls a little flat."
    "This third book falls a little flat."
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    I very much enjoyed the first couple of books in this series but this one less so.

    It seems to ramble a little bit, as if the author wasn't really sure where to take the story and settled for this.

    The reader is good but I feel like he had less to work with here, especially with the action scenes. I blame him less than the author.

    A little disappointing but average which at least isn't BAD.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 15 mins)
    • By Washington Irving
    • Narrated By Tom Mison
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (206)

    In the secluded Dutch territory of Sleepy Hollow, nebbish schoolmaster Ichabod Crane competes with the town hero for the hand of Katrina Van Tassel, the 18-year-old daughter and sole child of a wealthy farmer. As Crane leaves a party at the Van Tassel's farm one autumn evening, he is pursued by the Headless Horseman, an apparition said to be the ghost of a Hessian trooper snuffed out by a stray cannonball.

    IHeartPublishing says: "Fantastic!"
    "Wonderful!"
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    If you enjoy the TV series Sleepy Hollow, you'll very much enjoy this reading. If you don't you'll STILL enjoy the book.

    It's great to hear this classic story without the additions or deletions of the Hollywood know-it-alls. It's great just as it is. If you enjoy the TV show, you will recognize where some of the characters were derived.

    Tom Mison, who portrays Ichabod Crane in the TV series, reads masterfully. It seems as if Washington Irving himself could be reading his story. He would be great reading any poetry or prose from the classics.

    I couldn't really find anything to complain about in either the story or the reading of it. An easy five stars!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (4548)
    Performance
    (3895)
    Story
    (3871)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Alice says: "Happy addition to a difficult genre"
    "Charming and entertaining!"
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    It has engaging characters in an interesting setting. The heroine is very likable.

    It's 1932 and Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie (Georgie for short) is 34th in line for the English throne. Only her father gambled away the family fortune and then killed himself, forcing her brother, Binky, to cut off her allowance. She now has to make her own way in the world.

    Her stab at a job or two fails miserably. She considers a try at being a maid but she is horrified at the thought of having to clean a loo. So she decides to start her own business, Coronet Domestics, which opens up houses for the rich to save them the expense of having to send their servants ahead. But she needs references. No problem! Coronet Domestics comes highly recommended by...Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie. She just has to avoid anyone that might know her.

    But her world turns upside-down when a notorious gambler is found dead in her bathtub and her brother is arrested for the crime. It's going to be up to her to try to find the real murderer.

    The book is filled with many funny asides as Georgie reveals what is in her head at the time. Example, when Georgie is invited to see the Queen:
    Her brother's wife: "What can she possibly want? If she would speak to anybody about poor Binky's current situation, she should speak to me."
    Georgie: "I have no idea."
    ASIDE: Actually, I did have an idea. I suspected that she had found out about Coronet Domestics and I was about to be dispatched to darkest Gloustershire to hold knitting wool and walk Pekinese dogs.

    The reader, Katherine Kellgren is a gem! She has a real flair for comic inflection and timing. Her reading alone makes the humorous sections that much more funny. In fact, this would have been the funniest book I read this year, only Kellgren's reading of Magic Marks the Spot is even more comical.

    I personally don't like some of her friends' bohemian attitudes but I very much like Georgie and want to read more in the series whenever I need a lift.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of Heaven: Fargo Adventure, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Russell Blake
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (91)

    Baffin Island: Husband-and-wife team Sami and Remi Fargo are on a climate-control expedition in the Arctic, when to their astonishment they discover a Viking ship in the ice, perfectly preserved - and filled with pre-Columbian artifacts from Mexico. How can that be? As they plunge into their research, tantalizing clues about a link between the Vikings and the legendary Toltec feathered serpent god Quetzalcoatl - and a fabled object known as the Eye of Heaven - begin to emerge. But so do many dangerous people.

    tonyg says: "Enough Already"
    "I LOVE these books!"
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    Sam and Remi Fargo. My favorite married couple in all literature. Probably because they remind me of my own marriage. They are crazy in love. Too bad we don't have their money or fitness either for that matter. But I digress.

    The book twists and turns after Sam and Remi find a long lost Viking ship that was buried under a now-receding glacier. And then the fun begins!

    As in all of their adventures, the original find leads them to other places in the world--other treasure to find. And they always inform the local authorities and make sure the objects are owned by the country where the find is located. I like that too. They are in it for the thrill and adventure and not for the money.

    This particular book leads them to a part of the world that you might not expect after finding a Viking ship in Canada. That's part of the attraction of this book series. It uses history and archaeology in such a way that that the treasures they find could actually exist. Thats' cool.

    The reader, Scott Brick, is good as always and I love they way he portrays Sam and Remi. His sarcastic style fits Isaac Bell (another great Cussler hero) even better but it works great here too.

    I loved every minute of it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wrath of a Shipless Pirate: The Godlanders War, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Aaron Pogue
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (26)

    Betrayed and left for dead, Corin Hugh emerges victorious from a mind-bending adventure in the distant past with a powerful thirst for vengeance - and strange new powers. He soon sees the perfect opportunity to right the wrong that he suffered and save an innocent victim. The focus of his wrath is Ethan Blake, the sly traitor who incited Corin's men to betray him. But Corin must move fast because Blake has resumed his former position among the mighty - and seemingly invincible - tyrant Vestossis. Aiding Corin in his quest is the lovely and mysterious druid Aemilia, who somehow seems to know Corin's very soul.

    GLENNO says: "Even better than the first book!"
    "Even better than the first book!"
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    This sequel to "The Dreams of a Dying God" is tighter, richer and deeper than its predecessor. It was very enjoyable. It's a great ride that just reminds me of great adventure movies from the golden age of Hollywood. And this book would make a fun movie.

    One of my favorite aspects of Corin is that he is willing to do whatever it takes to achieve his goals (even murder) but he always tries to defend the innocent and downtrodden.

    This book has the same reader as the first book but he is better here, especially when portraying other than the main character. It's almost like the light went on when reading this one and he does a great job.

    I liked the first book in this series but this one is better in every way. After reading the first, I wanted to read this one. After this one, I MUST read the next one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor's Blades: Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Brian Staveley
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (1208)
    Performance
    (1136)
    Story
    (1140)

    In The Emperor's Blades by Brian Staveley, the emperor of Annur is dead, slain by enemies unknown. His daughter and two sons, scattered across the world, do what they must to stay alive and unmask the assassins. But each of them also has a life-path on which their father set them, destinies entangled with both ancient enemies and inscrutable gods.

    Ethan M. says: "Of the various new fantasy series, this is... fine"
    "Doesn't compare with other fantasy books"
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    I wanted to like this book very badly. It has a good writing style and interesting characters. The world is interesting. But it has several flaws--not fatal flaws, but serious nonetheless.

    First is the completely gratuitous use of profanity and oaths. If you have read my reviews I seldom, if ever, complain about that unless it's supposed to be a YA or children's book. But everyone in this book swears like a truck-driver. It's like they are all in middle school. Part of the problem is that the author mixes the f-word and other words we know with many made-up oaths, like Kent-kissing etc. And everyone ALWAYS say Kent-kissing (Kent being a god). ALL OF THE TIME. I listen on my phone and if I heard someone say that one more time, I was going to throw it across the room! Argh!

    The next problem comes with the plot itself. It's the story of three teenage or young-adult siblings who are dealing with life after the death of their Emperor father, although the two sons don't find out until well into the book.

    One (a son) has been at a monastery for 8 years and seems only to be taught the really important skills he will need as the next Emperor in the last several months of being there when it's almost too late. Why? No explanation.

    The next sibling (another son) has been in elite military training for 8 years. He seems to have fairly poor skills as well. After 8 years you would think he would be fairly good at some sort of military skill. It's not military school. This training is supposed to be like Navy Seal training. Other members are excellent at things like archery. Not him.

    Hey, Emperor Dad: I don't think these 8-year plans are working!

    That brings us to the third sibling (a girl). She has been with her father all of this time. She has learned the ins and outs of life in court. She knows all of the important players in the government. She makes some mistakes but it seems like she might make a good queen. But girls can't be queen. Only males can be Emperor. She was my favorite sibling even though she takes up maybe 5% of the book. Too bad. I hope that she is more featured in the sequels.

    At various times I wanted to give this book 3 stars and maybe even 4 stars. But then I think of other books I have read this year and this book just does not compare with Robert V. S. Redick's or Daniel Abraham's stories. Or Shawn Speakman's debut novel. Never mind 5-star writers like Robin Hobb or Michael J. Sullivan. I gave them 4/5 stars so I couldn't bring myself to give this book more than 2.5.

    The reader is very good, especially when reading the evil characters (for whatever reason). He helped make the book better.

    But will I read the sequel? Um...um...um. I don't know! Possibly. I do like the characters and the world is interesting. But I'm not sure it will be worth my time and money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fool's Assassin: Book One of the Fitz and the Fool Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Elliot Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (163)

    FitzChivalry - royal bastard and former king’s assassin - has left his life of intrigue behind. As far as the rest of the world knows, FitzChivalry Farseer is dead and buried. Masquerading as Tom Badgerlock, Fitz is now married to his childhood sweetheart, Molly, and leading the quiet life of a country squire. Though Fitz is haunted by the disappearance of the Fool, who did so much to shape Fitz into the man he has become, such private hurts are put aside in the business of daily life, at least until the appearance of menacing, pale-skinned strangers casts a sinister shadow over Fitz’s past...and his future.

    Andrew says: "Painful"
    "Good seeing favorite characters. Not hearing them."
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    If you love the other FitzChivalry Farseer books, you'll love this one too! If you haven't read the other two Fitz trilogies yet, do yourself a favor and go read them all first. You won't be sorry. And do not read any more of this review. Then come back here.

    Having said that, the middle part of the book did bog down a bit with too much information and detail for me. But when it was exciting, it was thrilling! Still, I will read all of the books in this series. I already know that.

    The reader, however, gets in the way of the story. I'm not sure why Elliot Hill was chosen. Perhaps because the book switches between several voices telling the story and maybe they thought he was more suited to the non-Fitz characters. It didn't work. He was quite adequate, no doubt. But these books demand more than that. I gave him 3 stars for being adequate and then took one off because he wasn't Paul Boehmer or James Langton. I particularly dislike his portrayal of the Fool after the pitch-perfect performances of him by the other two men in the previous series.

    As usual, Hobb builds a rich, compelling world with fascinating characters. She has a knack of creating characters that you fall in love with and want to nurture and protect. You laugh and cry with them. You feel it when they die.

    This book slowly builds to a really heart-stopping ending that leaves you hungrily anticipating the next book. And now I have to wait a whole year. I'm glad I started reading these books only recently because I have devoured them all rather quickly.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Fool's Fate: The Tawny Man, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By James Langton
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (96)

    FitzChivalry Farseer has become firmly ensconced in the queen’s court. Along with his mentor, Chade, and the simpleminded yet strongly Skilled Thick, Fitz strives to aid Prince Dutiful on a quest that could secure peace with the Outislands - and win Dutiful the hand of the Narcheska Elliania. The Narcheska has set the prince an unfathomable task: to behead a dragon trapped in ice on the isle of Aslevjal. Yet not all the clans of the Outislands support their effort. Are there darker forces at work behind Elliana’s demand?

    Steve Curry says: "One of the great fantasy series"
    "A triumphant ending to the trilogy!"
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    This is a story of pain, of adventure, of intrigue and, ultimately, of love. Love of country, love of monarch, familial love, romantic love and brotherly love. Most especially love between the closest of friends. A fateful connection binds these two friends. It's a relationship all at once heart-rending and tender, pleasing and difficult.

    This book has most of the characters that we have come to love in these two book series, as the life of FitzChivalry Farseer comes to a triumphal climax. All six books in the Fitz series are well worth reading and wonderfully narrated.

    This trilogy is read by James Langton and he comes as close to the most excellent reading of the first series by Paul Boehmer as I could have hoped. He always portrays the character with just the right level of emotion.

    Well done Robin Hobb! I'm looking forward to a great experience with the next Fitz trilogy that begins with "Fool's Assassin."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stoneheart: The Stoneheart Trilogy, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Charlie Fletcher
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (399)
    Performance
    (338)
    Story
    (336)

    A city has many lives and layers. London has more than most. A 12-year-old boy named George Chapman is about to find this out the hard way. On a school trip he's punished for something he didn't do. In a tiny act of rebellion, he lashes out at a small carving on the wall - unexpectedly breaking it off. And then something horrible does happen: a stone pterodactyl unpeels form the wall and starts chasing him. George is already running before his mind starts trying to tell him that this is impossible!

    MJ Dulmage says: "Fantastic Story, Great Narrator!"
    "Average book. Some inappropriate language."
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    The story starts off great and I love the Gunner in the story. But it sort of breaks down in the middle part and has a so-so ending. All in all it just isn't anything to write home about.

    It is worth noting that, for a book that is supposedly for kids and features a 12-year-old hero, there is some language that you might find inappropriate for children. You'll find instances of 'bast***' and 'what the h***' for example. It's certainly not a book I find appropriate for my wife's second-grade classroom (which is one reason I was listening to it).

    The reader, Jim Dale, is pretty good as always.

    I'm sorry I already bought the sequels in the kids book sale. Now I have to listen to them. Maybe the next one is better...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Marks the Spot: The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Caroline Carlson
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (66)

    To escape from a life of petticoats and politeness, Hilary answers a curious advertisement for a pirate crew and suddenly finds herself swept up in a seafaring adventure that may or may not involve a map without an X, a magical treasure that likely doesn't exist, a rogue governess who insists on propriety, a crew of misfit scallywags, and the most treacherous - and unexpected - villain on the High Seas. Will Hilary find the treasure in time? Will she become a true pirate after all? And what will become of the gargoyle?

    Maureen says: "Fun! This is a real adventure"
    "Utterly Charming and Hilarious!"
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    This is truly the funniest book I have read in years! The characters are engaging and sympathetic. Every one is over-the-top and quirky in their own way.

    Our heroine Hilary is a plucky girl with a pet gargoyle who is the daughter of an admiral in the Augustan fleet. She wants to become a pirate instead of going to Miss Pimm's Finishing School for Delicate Ladies.

    The story is interspersed with excerpts from the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates (the VNHLP, serving the high seas for 152 years) Handbook and letters written by Hilary, her friends, the Queen of Augusta and many others. They're always funny.

    From Hilary: "I should mention that your information regarding my appearance is not entirely accurate. First, I am not wide-eyed. Thanks to the interminable lessons delivered in a tortuous monotone by my governess, my eyes are frequently closed. Second, I am not a young man but a young woman. ...

    Miss Westfield:
    We are pirates. We are not easily horrified. We have seen shipwrecks. We have seen sword fights. We have seen men eaten by crocodiles and crocodiles eaten by men. We have on occasion hung skeletons from trees. None of these things horrifies us in the least.
    Your letter, however, is another matter! ... No woman, young or otherwise, may join our league. ...if there is one thing upon which the VNHLP and the Royal Navy can agree, it is this: permitting girls to prance about on the high seas would be entirely undignified. Under normal circumstances, we would of course require you to walk the plank. However, our code of piracy does not permit us to treat young women in such a fashion. So we will be generous. ...
    With shock and consternation,
    One-Legged Jones
    Membership Coordinator, VNHLP

    Mr. Jones:
    ... I assure you that I will walk the plank a thousand times into cold and shark-infested waters before I will attend Miss Pimm's!
    I remain,
    Hilary Westfield
    (really quite furious with you)"

    Hilary answers an ad from a freelance pirate hoping to get a job on his ship. As to what happens next, suffice to say that there is a reason that Hilary and hilarity differ only slightly.

    The narrator (Katherine Kellgren) is a gem and absolutely perfect for this story. She expresses sarcasm, wit and earnestness with equal zest. Her English accent adds just the right flavor. I have to find out who beat her out for the Audie in this category because I can't imagine why she lost!

    I graduated from third grade decades ago but I still found this story to be thoroughly enjoyable and look eagerly for its sequel. Any child who can follow and enjoy chapter books should love this book as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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