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  • Rise of Empire: Riyria Revelations, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4493)
    Performance
    (4107)
    Story
    (4134)

    Best-selling author Michael J. Sullivan’s mesmerizing Riyria Revelations series has found a welcome home with fans of magic, clashing swords, and daring heroes. This second volume finds Royce and Hadrian on a quest to enlist the southern Nationalists to aid the ever-weakening kingdom of Melengar. Royce suspects an ancient wizard is manipulating them all, but to find the truth he’ll have to decipher Hadrian’s past—a past Hadrian wants to keep secret.

    Lore says: "Solid Middle Books of the Series"
    "Loved the first book, but this one fell short"
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    STORY (epic fantasy) - Let me start by saying that as of this writing, this book is rated 4.6 by 3,313 listeners. You don't get much better than that. It's a fast-paced adventure back in the days of kings, palaces, wizards and mythical creatures. The story is not dark like most fantasies, which is why I'm listening to the series. It's full of adventure, and the plot is complicated and very interesting. The main characters are two loveable guys (Royce & Hadrian) who roam from town to town on a mission to find a missing heir to the throne. They get into hopeless situations but always manage to escape. They're the best of friends, but their relationship is full of humorous bickering which adds a fun aspect to the story.

    It's obviously a popular series and I loved the first book, but I was totally bored during about half of this second book. It's long (26 hours), and IMHO they could have seriously edited down a huge portion where Royce & Hadrian were on a ship and in a jungle. Obviously, I'm in the minority with that opinion if you consider the other reviews.

    PERFORMANCE - The narrator does a great job of distinguishing the voices of the main characters, Royce and Hadrian. Sometimes I think he sounds too whimsical and sometimes he accents the wrong word in a sentence and rushes between paragraphs. All in all, though, it was a good performance.

    OVERALL (actual rating 2.5) - You should listen to this series in order because it's one big adventure which continues from book to book. There's no cursing or sex. It's an adventure and there is fighting and killing, but it's not the heavy, gory kind. I recommend the series for any audience, but I'm definitely hoping the next book is better than this one.



    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Matthew Quick
    • Narrated By Noah Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (372)
    Performance
    (335)
    Story
    (332)

    Today is Leonard Peacock's birthday. It is also the day he hides a gun in his backpack. Because today is the day he will kill his former best friend, and then himself, with his grandfather's P-38 pistol. But first he must say good-bye to the four people who matter most to him: his Humphrey Bogart - obsessed next-door neighbor, Walt; his classmate Baback, a violin virtuoso; Lauren, the Christian homeschooler he has a crush on; and Herr Silverman, who teaches the high school's class on the Holocaust.

    L. Gutman says: "Required reading for humans"
    "Difficult ... Beautiful ... Raw"
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    STORY (teenage fiction) - Leonard Peacock plans to shoot himself today, after he says goodbye to four people who are very important to him. You will be "in the head" of this troubled teen as he goes to school that last day, his 18th birthday, with a gun in his backpack. You will learn what's important to him and what isn't, who he loves and who he hates, and ultimately why he's planning to take his own life. Throughout the day Leonard (who's very intelligent) talks about Hamlet, Humphrey Bogart, the Holocaust, atheism, his first kiss, same-sex relations and why he wants to shoot his ex-best friend before turning the gun on himself.

    This book was beautifully written. You will feel sorry for Leonard, but at the same time you will root for him to see and embrace his own strengths. The day you spend inside Leonard's head is not overdramatized or predictable. To the contrary, it feels very real. (The author gives credit to multiple mental health professionals who reviewed the book for authenticity). In the end the message is clear: Never lose sight of the light. Things will get better!

    PERFORMANCE - I don't know how old this narrator was, but he did a great job of performing the complex feelings and emotions of 18-year-old Leonard Peacock. Other characters were performed equally as well.

    OVERALL - I'd recommend this book to all males/females high school age and older. Teachers, parents, students, kids who are picked on or depressed, class bullies -- there's something for everyone to learn here. Some sexual situations are described, and there is some cursing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Trust Your Eyes

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Linwood Barclay
    • Narrated By Ken Marks, Rick Holmes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (375)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (329)

    Thomas Kilbride is a map-obsessed schizophrenic so affected that he rarely leaves the self-imposed bastion of his bedroom. But with a computer program called Whirl360.com, he travels the world while never so much as stepping out the door. He pores over and memorizes the streets of the world. He examines every address, as well as the people who are frozen in time on his computer screen. Then he sees something that anyone else might have stumbled upon - but has not - in a street view of downtown New York City: an image in a window. An image that looks like a woman being murdered.

    karen says: "One of 2013's best!"
    "Trust Your Eyes is a great book -- trust me!"
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    STORY (mystery) - I really loved this book. Thomas, a schizophrenic who spends his time memorizing maps on an ap called World360, thinks he sees the frozen image of a woman being suffocated in the window of a New York hi-rise. He and his brother, Ray, investigate. There's so much that happens in this story and so many unexpected surprises that I can't possibly give it justice in this review. Aside from the image of the woman with the plastic bag over her head, there are a couple other mysteries which are equally exciting as they unravel. The plot is complicated but not hard to follow, so you don't have to wear a thinking cap to enjoy it. Also, the author manages to inject a bit of humor occasionally. Great stuff!

    PERFORMANCE - Good job, but I reserve five stars for stellar multi-voice performances. This reader does a great old woman's voice.

    OVERALL - Highly recommended for all mature listeners. There's some profanity and references to sexual acts and lesbianism, though there are no actual sex "scenes" in the book. There is also occasional violence.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Dog Who Knew Too Much: A Chet and Bernie Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (744)
    Performance
    (649)
    Story
    (638)

    Combining suspense and intrigue with a wonderfully humorous take on the link between man and beast, Spencer Quinn's exceptional mystery series has captured widespread praise since its New York Times best-selling debut, Dog on It. The Dog Who Knew Too Much marks the duo's triumphant return in a tale that's full of surprises.

    LINDA says: "Mystery from the canine point of vew"
    "Cute Dog Tail...um...Tale"
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    STORY (humorous mystery) - This was my first venture into the detective world of Chet and Bernie. In this book they're hired to find a boy who disappeared from wilderness camp. The mystery and investigation are good, but what makes this book refreshing is that it's told from Chet's point of view...and Chet is a dog. Hiking adventures and crooked small-town police are woven into the story, but there is lots of what I call Chet's "doggy digressions" in between. He will be talking about what's happening, and then he will go off on a tangent about how he loves bacon or how proud he is of his master, Bernie. Sometimes he will lose his train of thought completely.

    There's LOTS AND LOTS of stuff kind of like this: We finally made it to Jackrabbit Junction. I don't know why they call it that because I don't smell any jackrabbits. I chased a rabbit once and it was lots of fun. That was in the case where we were looking for Slippery Sam. He's wearing an orange suit now somewhere upstate. Anyway, Jackrabbit Junction is a small town with...(and then gets back on track with the story). It's cute and refreshing for a while, but I soon tired of the novelty and just wanted to hear how the mystery was wrapped up. I probably won't listen to any more books in this series.

    PERFORMANCE - Nice job! He had a good rhythm which complemented how a dog might be thinking and trying to speak, but it didn't detract from the story he was telling.

    OVERALL - I'd recommend this for children and adults both EXCEPT for about six or seven F-bombs which pop up sporadically. You must be in the mood for a light mystery and lots of slightly humorous dog thoughts. The story stands alone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Between the Devil and Desire: Scoundrels of St. James, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Lorraine Heath
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen, Antony Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (613)
    Performance
    (538)
    Story
    (535)

    The ladies of the town won't stop whispering about deliciously wicked Jack Dodger - once a thieving street urchin, now the wealthy owner of London's most exclusive gentleman's club. Olivia, Duchess of Lovingdon, would never associate with such a rogue. So when Jack is named sole heir to the duke's personal possessions, the beautiful, well-bred lady is outraged. Now, Olivia is forced to share her beloved home with this despicable man. But Olivia's icy disdain is no match for Jack's dangerous charm.

    Amazon Customer says: "It's sick how good this series is"
    "The first historical romance I've really enjoyed"
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    STORY (historical romance) - I like contemporary romances much better than historical ones, but this one is actually pretty good. It has the usual issue -- someone from the upper class falls for someone from the lower -- but this book has a lot of other stuff going on that makes it much better. Olivia is an English Dutchess whose husband has just died, and Jack is a scoundrel. They've been thrown together in a most unusual way, and they end up living in the same house and Jack is appointed to be guardian for Olivia's son.

    Needless to say, they end up having the hots for each other. I subtracted a star from this book primarily because I got sick and tired of them constantly thinking about each other and trying to analyze their feelings and what they should do about them. Enough!!!! But nevertheless, the story is good and their feelings for each other become genuine. The author has a talent for writing very hot scenes in a unique way that has great tenderness and also maintains an element of class.

    PERFORMANCE - I love Susan Ericksen from the In Death series, and she continues to deliver. Her voice lends itself to portray men and women nicely, and her natural English accent is lovely. She doesn't distinguish much between characters but does some pretty good cockney accents and the voice of a young boy.

    OVERALL - This is Book 2 in the series, but it's the first I've listened to. I can't comment on its relation to the rest of the series, but it can stand completely on its own. There's no profanity, but there is lots of thinking about sex and also some pretty explicit sexual acts. Recommended for mature females only. Definitely not for guys.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Eric Greitens
    • Narrated By Eric Greitens
    Overall
    (825)
    Performance
    (631)
    Story
    (635)

    Like many young idealists, Eric Greitens wanted to make a difference. During college and afterward, he traveled to the world's trouble spots, working in refugee camps, serving the sick and the poor on four continents, from Gaza to Croatia to Mother Teresa's home in Calcutta, among others. Yet he could not prevent violence or save anyone from becoming a refugee; he could only step in afterward and try to ease the damage. So Eric joined the Navy SEALs and became an elite warrior....

    Theodore says: "Unforgettable"
    "From Oxford to Afghanistan"
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    STORY (True) -- This is the personal memoir of a remarkable young man named Eric Greitens. He attended Oxford and excelled scholastically, and he also traveled to many poverty-stricken countries to aid children and victims of genocide or war. His impression was always the same...we're here too late, why are we handing out food when we should have stopped this from happening in the first place? He also adopted an attitude of "If not me, then who?" He reached a point in his life where he had three paths before him. He could stay and teach at Oxford, work for a Fortune 500 company making megabucks or join the Navy. He chose the latter.

    A major portion of the book is Eric's going through boot camp and training to become a Navy SEAL. It's detailed and fascinating. You will spend lots of time listening to what goes on during Hell Week, which is the grueling final test which must be passed before becoming a SEAL. All I can say is Wow! After graduation, you will hear of multiple SEAL missions in which he participated, most of which were in Afghanistan trying to capture high-ranking members of terrorist groups.

    The end of the book is a very short bit about the organization Eric has formed to help veterans. The book definitely sends some important messages and will leave you thinking about them.

    PERFORMANCE - The author narrates his own memoir and it was good to hear Eric's voice. He does a good job, but personally I would have preferred a professional narrator.

    OVERALL (Actual rating 4.5) This is a great book. I'm not rating it a 5 because I was anxious for the SEAL part to start and was less interested in his college years and humanitarian efforts. There's a little bit of profanity, but not much. Eric describes the sad conditions he finds overseas and speaks frankly about his military missions, but I didn't find anything overly gross or depressing. I'd recommend this book for guys over about age 15. Females probably won't be interested in the subject matter till they're older.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Precursor: Foreigner Sequence 2, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Daniel Thomas May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (193)

    National best-selling author and winner of three Hugo Awards, C.J. Cherryh returns to the universe of her acclaimed Foreigner trilogy - with an epic tale of the survivors of a lost spacecraft stranded on a planet inhabited by a hostile, sentient race. The beginning of a second trilogy, Precursor follows a single human delegate living among aliens, who are just gaining access to space.

    Professor says: "3 Years have passed!! )-: !!!!"
    "This book moves at a lightning-fast pace! Awesome"
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    STORY (sci-fi) - I can't begin to describe everything that happens in this book. It's #4 in a series of 15 books, and it's my favorite so far by a longshot! Bren Cameron (main character) is a human translator/negotiator who lives among the Atevi, an intelligent, peaceful alien species. In this book, Bren and a small group of Atevi travel to a human space station orbiting the Atevi's home planet to negotiate peaceful coexistence while making repairs to the station. They enter a political mess onboard the station, and there's one crisis after another. Too much to begin to describe here, but there's lots of action and suspense and it's also very mentally stimulating. I listened every spare minute I could and was intrigued every second.

    CJ Cherryh is a genius! The world she's created, the culture of the Atevi, and I don't know how in the world she came up with everything that went on in this book. The suspense was palpable and the action was exciting, but it didn't rise to the level I would consider "for guys only."

    PERFORMANCE - Great job, great voice distinction among many characters. Lots of strange alien pronunciations to keep straight, which he did. He has a distinctive style of reading, the way he pauses throughout sentences, but it's perfect for this book.

    OVERALL - Highly recommended for mature males and females. No cursing. A very small amount of vague sexual references. Definitely don't start in the middle of this series because it has a lot of it's own language that would be hard to pick up midstream. Also, the story line builds with each book so you will want that history, but each book ends at a good stopping point where the issues in that particular book are resolved.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eclipse: The Twilight Saga, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6063)
    Performance
    (2460)
    Story
    (2504)

    As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob - knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. But which is which?

    P says: "Meh..."
    "I'm hooked (finally!)"
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    STORY (supernatural romance) - Eclipse is Book 3 of a four-book series. I'm a bit older than the target audience and not a fan of supernatural romances, but I've persevered listening to this series in order even though I've been pretty bored. Multiple mega-hit movies and 28,071 Audible listeners rating the series 4.4 overall means something, right?

    The series is famous for it's human-vampire-werewolf love triangle, but the werewolf love interest doesn't really become a factor till the end of this book -- after about 35 hours of total listening time. I'm sure I'm a minority here, but I think this would have been better if it had been condensed to about half the total time investment. That said, I'm hooked by the cliffhanger at the end of this book, and I'm probably going to buy the final one soon, rather than waiting for a sale as I usually do!

    PERFORMANCE - It's okay. She doesn't try to distinguish between male and female voices at all, which sometimes is confusing. There is a male narrator who reads a small bit at the beginning and an epilogue at the end, conveying Jacob's perspective.

    OVERALL - The target audience is high school and college girls, and it's perfect for them. There's no cursing or sex, although there is lots of kissing and talk about when they'll actually go further. There's talk about vampire blood-sucking but I don't think much of that actually happens, and a small amount of violence. You must listen to all four books in order, but think about the time investment. As an adult, I can't say it's worth it till I hear Book 4 and see how everything ends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Snow Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Hans Christian Andersen
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    Overall
    (3546)
    Performance
    (3104)
    Story
    (3128)

    This classic tale is a fantastical fable of two dear friends - one of whom goes astray and is literally lost to the north woods, while the other undertakes an epic journey to rescue him. This charming, strange, and wonderful story is a timeless allegory about growing up and the challenges of staying true to one's self, and it served as the wintry inspiration for the blockbuster hit Frozen.

    Sara says: "Strange & Fascinating"
    "Whatever"
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    STORY (European classic) - This is a fairy tale about a little girl who is trying to rescue a dear childhood friend. As an adult, I found it pretty boring. I never got into the main character and, thus, never really cared about what she was trying to accomplish. I also got annoyed by all the characters' names being prefaced by "Little." Little Gerta went here and Little Kay did this and the Little Robber Girl did that.

    Didn't care for the book, but it is written in some nice, descriptive, wintery language. There you have it, short and sweet.

    PERFORMANCE - This is the first time I've listened to Julia Whelan, and she has a lovely voice. Her reading of this story gave it a very wondrous, magical flair (even though the story fell flat, IMHO). It wasn't a difficult performance, but I will look for more books narrated by this Narrator of the Year 2014.

    OVERALL - I'd recommend this for young children only but thank you, Audible, for the free holiday listen!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Follow the River

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James Alexander Thom
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (368)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (312)

    Mary Ingles was 23, happily married, and pregnant with her third child when Shawnee Indians invaded her peaceful Virginia settlement in 1755 and kidnapped her, leaving behind a bloody massacre. For months they held her captive. But nothing could imprison her spirit. With the rushing Ohio River as her guide, Mary Ingles walked one thousand miles through an untamed wilderness no white woman had ever seen.

    Marie says: "Amazing tale of survival"
    "Lots of suffering but a very good book"
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    STORY (true historical) - This is the story of Mary Ingles, a truly incredible woman. It begins with a brutal Indian raid on her pioneer settlement in Virginia where people are massacred and scalped. Pregnant Mary and her two sons are kidnapped and transported to an Indian village where they are held captive for several months, but Mary eventually manages to escape. Leaving her children behind, she begins a grueling 43-day trek 1,000 miles across the wilderness, with only the clothes on her back, a blanket, a knife, a tomahawk and a crazy old Dutch woman. The terrain is often mountainous and difficult, food is scarce and winter is approaching, but Mary is driven by a strong will to survive and to see her husband, Will, again. Her strength and courage is amazing and so is her story.

    At the end of the book is a note from the author where he explains how he compiled his information to write this book, as well as some additional information. (And just FYI, this book is about Mary INGLES, not Mary INGALLS of Little House on the Prairie fame.)

    PERFORMANCE - I can't quite understand why Audible chose a male to narrate the story of Mary Ingles. He tries his best to perform a female voice when she is supposed to be speaking but is not really able to inject proper emotion into that high voice. Sometimes the result is that she sounds too "perky" in what is otherwise a dire situation. Otherwise, he does a good job.

    OVERALL - I'd recommend this book for adults who enjoy stories of pioneer America and don't mind listening to hours of hardship, challenge and suffering. I don't know why Audible suggests this book for teens. There are no teen characters and, while older teens could certainly hear this story, I don't think they'd enjoy it. There's a tad of profanity and no sexual acts, though there is discussion of potential Indian rape. Mary flashes back to passionate evenings with her husband, but they're described with almost no detail. The Indian raid at the beginning of the book is totally gross, and some of the treatment of the prisoners in the Indian village was very cruel as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unlawful Contact: I-Team Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Pamela Clare
    • Narrated By Kaleo Griffith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (280)

    When a young woman disappears, journalist Sophie Alton investigates and is led to the woman's brother, a convicted killer who is running from the law. Together, they follow a dangerous path toward the truth - and unforgettable passion.

    CAC says: "Whew.........."
    "Absolutely loved it except..."
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    STORY (romance) - I have loved all three books in this series so far. The romances are HOT and the background stories are really, really good! In this story Mark and Sophie share a special night in high school, then he leaves to serve his Country in Afghanistan. They happen to meet again 12 years later -- I'm really condensing here -- and they quickly find themselves on the run. There are some bad guys after them, and they're also fugitives from the law.

    The story is complex and exciting. Mark and Sophie sizzle, which leads me to my only real complaint about this story. I had to move the narration speed up to 2X a couple times to get through the sex scenes. I wouldn't say there's too much sex (I'd guess maybe 15 minutes in the whole book) but it was beyond my personal limits and I was anxious to jump past the passion and get back to the story. Otherwise, I loved the characters, their plight and the ending!! It's really a good book.

    PERFORMANCE - As far as I'm concerned, the only person who should ever narrate a romance is Kaleo Griffith. Wouldn't you much rather hear a young, sexy man's voice than a woman reading a romance? His voice is husky and sensitive. Perfection!

    OVERALL (Actual overall rating 4.5) - The books in this series stand alone. There is character development running through the series, but it's not important enough to really worry about listening to the books in order. There's quite a bit of profanity, explicit sex, and the topic of rape is addressed multiple times. There's some violence, but not a lot and it's not the gory kind. I'd say this is a must-read for adult females who like hot romances.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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