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pdarnold

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  • Bran Hambric: The Farfield Curse

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kaleb Nation
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (26)

    In a bustling metropolis where magic is outlawed, a six-year-old child is found inside a locked bank vault. A scrap of paper reveals his name: Bran Hambric. The child remembers nothing of his life before the vault. Only magic could have done this. But why would any mage risk breaking the law to place a child in a bank vault?

    E. K. says: "Not a bad start..."
    "Enjoyable."
    Overall

    I wasn't sure I would like this book at the beginning. However, Marc Thompson's narration using many FANTASTIC voices made the book most enjoyable. I give the narration 5 stars. A great pre/early teen book.

    0 of 0 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
    (3789)
    Performance
    (3206)
    Story
    (3194)

    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.

    Coffee Lover says: "Joy, Joy, Joy!"
    "Katherine Kellgren - what more need be said?"
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    Would you listen to Her Royal Spyness again? Why?

    Yes!!! This is a fun crazy ride of a story, brought to life even more so because of Katherine Kellgren!Rhys Bowen and Katherine Kellgren - a wickedly grand combo!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Georgiana of course!


    Any additional comments?

    Katherine Kellgren is my weakness in audiobooks!!! I would adore listening to anything she narrates, be it book or instructions on how to build a toilet. She is a master with timing, voices and bringing enthusiasm into a story. I thoroughly enjoyed Her Royal Spyness when I first read the book. I LOVED the story after listening to the audiobook. Do yourself a favor and check out this or other books which have been narrated by Katherine Kellgren. A little bit of "royal" Nancy Drew mixed with a wee bit of female Sherlock Holmes tossed with a heaping amount of plucky naive innocence entering the cruel real world. Georgie faces each dilemma she encounters with a charm most endearing. A fun read and I can't wait to read more about Georgie and all her escapades!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (4713)
    Performance
    (4274)
    Story
    (4284)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "It's big, it's steampunk, it's alien and crime"
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    Any additional comments?

    It took me quite awhile to really get into the story. At first I was scratching my head and even began another audiobook, however, I came back to this because I HATE not completing a book once I have started reading/listening. Upon continuing I am glad I did. I warmed to the story and began enjoying the tale. I almost think this was one of those books I should have "read" first before listening to it. Bronson Pinchot does a grand job narrating.

    So much has already been said about this book I cannot add much. Although Jake Sullivan is suppose to be the main character, I think more of the story is about Faye Vierra. She is an unknown factor, a bit simple, has a big heart and cares deeply. There is so much going on in this book, several tales coming together towards the end. It's big, it's supernatural, it's steampunk, it's alien and it is crime. Almost every genre is encompassed within. I will be returning to this some day and "reading" the book.

    There's some foul language, not like every other sentence, paragraph or anything. But if that's a put off, then avoid.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adventurers Wanted, Book 1: Slathbog's Gold

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By M. L. Forman
    • Narrated By E. B. Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (87)

    Do you have the courage, the wits, and the skill to claim a dragon's hoard? If so, apply within . . . The sign is small, tucked into the corner of Mr. Clutter's bookshop window: “Adventurers Wanted. Apply Within.” No one but fifteen-year-old Alex Taylor even seems to notice it is there. And for Alex, who has wished for a change in his life, it is an irresistible invitation.Upon entering Mr. Clutter's shop, Alex is swept away on an incredible adventure to a faraway land filled with heroic warriors, mysterious elves, and hard-working dwarves.

    Ryan says: "Great book for all ages. Hard to put down"
    "Almost as fun & adventurous as the written book -"
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    Any additional comments?

    I liked the story as narrated by E. B. Stevens. He did a very good job with the many different voices. However, as the narrator in-between the different characters his voice became almost hypnotically soft spoken. This caused me to drift off, think of other things, etc. I am happy I had "read" this book before listening to the audio version. I only wish it were Simon Vance who narrated this series.

    The tale is still just as fun, adventurous and epic as before. Honor, friendship, camaraderie, choosing between right and wrong, seeking truth, endangering one's self to rescue another, taking responsibility, enjoying fellowship, learning to overcome fears and learning a good book is always a good friend!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Return to Finkleton: Finkleton, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By K. C. Hilton
    • Narrated By Jonathan Evans
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    When the Finkle children discovered magical secrets in Uncle Harry's shop, they vowed to keep them safe. Two years later Jack, Lizzy, and Robert realized that the perfect weather wasn't the only secret waiting to be discovered in the mysterious shop. Things aren't always what they seem to be! There were people who would stop at nothing to acquire land in Finkleton. Of course, there were also those determined to protect the little village from greedy outsiders. Will selfish desires destroy the village of Finkleton?

    pdarnold says: "The story continues"
    "The story continues"
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    The story continues from book 1 adding more magic, fun and mischief. Robert does a lot of growing up here and finds out many more secrets about Finkleton. Once again, Jonathan Evans does a grand job narrating.Magic, time travel, lightning, book of truths, redeeming ones careless actions, discovery and fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magic of Finkleton

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By K. C. Hilton
    • Narrated By Jonathan Evans
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Most folks say, "Mother Nature controls the rain." However this is not the case in the village of Finkleton. In the perfect little village of Finkleton, the weather is always perfect. Every farm grows the best, biggest, healthiest crops in the entire world, and everyone is happy. But ever since Uncle Harry's death, the weather has not been cooperating....

    pdarnold says: "A joyful, wonderful, magical tale!"
    "A joyful, wonderful, magical tale!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Evans narrates and does a great job delivering each character.

    A joyful, wonderful, magical tale! I want to move to Finkleton!!! The story is about 3 siblings who move into a deceased uncles home and find a world of magic, wonder, responsibility and learn much about trust.

    Magic, pies, weather, books, family, wonder, growing up, hour glasses, community, good and evil intentions, learning to take responsibility for your own actions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tallow: The Curse of the Bond Riders, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Karen Brooks
    • Narrated By Eloise Oxer
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    On the edge of a mystical border called the Limen, close to a beautiful canal-laced city, a humble candlemaker rescues a child, whom he raises as his apprentice. Years pass and the child's unusual talents are revealed, the gentle art of candlemaking slowly transforming into something far more sinister. Lingering in the shadows, enemies watch and wait - a vengeful aristocrat, an exotic queen and the lethal creatures known only as the Morte Whisperers.They hunger after the child's ancient magic.

    Scott says: "Excellent!"
    "A sad yet hopeful story"
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    Would you listen to Tallow again? Why?

    Yes. It left me wanting to know more.


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

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    Eloise Oxer did a very good job with this story. I will be looking forward to the other books in this series.

    A sad, and yet, hopeful story. Tallow lives with much angst, deception and loneliness. She learns she is of a race which has been hunted for the past several centuries and is the reason she must go about as unnoticed as is possible... as a boy.

    Fear of self - being noticed - getting caught - loosing friendships. Dressing and living as the opposite sex, for safety. Learning to use magical abilities, learning self confidence. Selflessness, selfishness, greed, friendship, love, family, adventure, good vs. evil, a city much like Venice, imbuing emotion into wax - happiness - love - comfort - etc, merchants and guilds, mentor, secrets, a boy and a dog.

    The tale is left with somewhat of a cliff hanger. If your one who despises this, then have the next book available to read.

    0 of 0 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
    (373)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (130)

    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"
    "Whew! This was a very long audio book!!!"
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    If you could sum up The Sacrifice in three words, what would they be?

    Military - Fey - Acceptance.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Kristine Kathryn Rusch? Why or why not?

    Yes. Although, I became distracted on several occasions, in the end I did like the book. I am curious as to what come next.


    What does David DeSantos bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I'm not really sure, I almost wonder if I would have been better off reading the book before listening.


    Any additional comments?

    At first, I had a difficult time actually getting into the story. There is a lot of detail about military might and execution, if your into that. I discovered it was rather easy to become distracted, allowing my thoughts to wander while listening and yet had no need to rewind. Normally, when I'm distracted from "listening" to an audiobook, I "must" rewind, because I can't bear to miss out on anything in the story. Not so here. About 2/3 of the way in, the story finally had my full attention, although that could have been the effect of a 5 hour road trip. It wasn't bad, but neither was it great. Maybe this is a book I should have read rather than heard.

    Fey, humans, red caps, war, politics, faith and religion, ruthlessness, military, military tactics, island life, magic, visions, shape shifting, doppelganger, the preciousness of life, strife with self and others over choices made, holy water, family, friends and enemies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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