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GLENNO

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  • The Dark Thorn

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs)
    • By Shawn Speakman
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (124)

    Beneath the streets of Seattle, a long-forgotten war is about to be renewed...Richard McAllister, a spiritually destitute homeless man and Knight of the Yn Saith, protects one of seven portals linking his world to that of Annwn, where the fey Tuatha de Dannan of antiquity have been relegated by a long-running religious war. Unknown to Richard though, powerful forces are aligning against him and all he stands to keep safe.

    Amazon Customer says: "Don't waste your time."
    "Really great!"
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    I so enjoyed the short story by Mr. Speakman in the Unfettered anthology that I decided to listen to this novel too. I was not disappointed.

    Any fan of the Merlin television series should love this book, though this story is set in modern day.

    The reader portrays each character well and helps you see that movie in your head (always a goal of mine).

    Richard McCallister protects the secret Seattle portal between our world and Annwn--the world to which all of the fey creatures (fairies, leprechauns, centaurs, and the like) had long ago been transported to protect them from extinction. The Knights protecting the portals use magical items but so do the forces of evil on both sides of the portal. Without giving anything away, some of those magical items are ones that you are probably familiar with. 'Nuf said.

    The book is full of action and adventure as a small group tries to reunite the fey creatures to battle the forces of evil. Any war in Annwn threatens both worlds. In the meantime, the forces of evil are also after Richard and another character he is trying to protect. Can evil turn these two or bend them and/or their weapons to their nefarious purposes?

    Which creatures are on which side (if either)? Can war be averted and, if not, can good triumph? Which men of our world are simply trying to protect the portals and which really have their own agenda? Can the two worlds be saved?

    A minor disappointment for me that these knights are supposed to be Knights of the Word here on our side as defined by a certain church (i.e. the Word of God). But when people try to defend their actions in the name of the Word, no one actually uses any of the actual Word to refute them. That would have been fun!

    That's a small objection though and it did not prevent me from giving this book 5 stars. I couldn't stop listening and that's one sign of a great book. I look forward to the next one!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • First Rider's Call: Book Two of Green Rider

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kristen Britain
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (488)
    Performance
    (433)
    Story
    (441)

    Once a simple student, Karigan G'ladheon finds herself in a world of deadly danger and complex magic, compelled by forces she cannot understand, when she becomes a Green Rider-one of the magical messengers of the king. Forced to accept a fate she never would have chosen, she attempts to return to her life as the daughter of a wealthy merchant, but the magic in her blood is too strong. Pursued by the ghost of the legendary First Rider, she rejoins the Green Riders to confront an ancient evil.

    Cheri says: "Am LOVING this series!!!"
    "A fantastic sequel!"
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    Man, I love these books! The characters are compelling, the dialogue is natural and the story is exciting. The action is non-stop and the world is really interesting.

    Kristen Britain is really imaginative! The situations and the characters she creates remind me a little bit of the best in fantasy literature. Her imagination reminds me a little bit of Edgar Rice Burroughs at times. It amazes me what came out of his fevered brow. Only she is a much better writer than he.

    In this book, Karigan is back at home from her previous adventure when she feels a Green Rider call that is so compelling she bolts from the house in nothing but her nightgown--something she'll have difficulty living down.

    The breach in the wall is still there and evil is awakening. Can they repel the arising evil forces? Can they repair the breach?

    One thing I love about this book is that the author does not rely totally on things from the first book to prop up this story. That's really so rare. It could be quite enjoyed without having ever read the first book. But don't deny yourself the pleasure! Reading the first makes this one all the better.

    This adventure also features Karigan and other Green Riders doing things not even hinted at in the first book. I like that. It makes this book less like a simple continuation of the previous story.

    The book is interspersed with diary entries from one of the invaders to this land hundreds of years ago. Through it (along with other devices), we learn some of the history of the country and its people, the source of the wall, and a lot about the diary's author.

    The reader, Ellen Archer, is great once again. I very much enjoy her portrayal of the characters.

    This book met all of my expectations and I have already started the next book in the series. Yum!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Green Rider

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Kristen Britain
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (691)
    Performance
    (613)
    Story
    (620)

    Karigan G’ladheon, running away from school, is traveling through a deep forest when a galloping horse pounds up to her, its rider impaled by two black-shafted arrows. With his dying breath, he tells her he is a Green Rider, one of the magical messengers of the King. Before he dies, he makes Karigan swear to deliver the message he’s carrying, and gives her his green coat, with the symbolic brooch of his office.

    Robert says: "Great Adventure From Begining to End"
    "What a fantastic discovery!"
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    I had not heard of this author or this series before but my wife found the paperback in a used book store. And boy am I glad!

    Britain creates a great world filled with wonderful characters. The action is compelling. For me, I simply MUST like the characters (good or evil) or a book is a failure, especially the main character. I loved just about all of them, especially the main character.

    The writing keeps you engaged and the story keep you anticipating. The dialogue is natural and advances the story. In short, it's everything I can ask for in a novel.

    Ellen Archer is a great performer! She portrays each character well and you never wonder which one is talking. Her portrayal of the male characters works and they do not sound like adolescent boys (a problem with some female readers.)

    The true test: I already bought the next book in the series and I can't wait to read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wolf's Head: The Forest Lord

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Steven A. McKay
    • Narrated By Nick Ellsworth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (74)

    After viciously assaulting a corrupt but powerful clergyman Robin Hood flees the only home he has ever known in Wakefield, Yorkshire. Becoming a member of a notorious band of outlaws, Hood and his new companions - including John Little and Will Scaflock - hide out in the great forests of Barnsdale, fighting for their very existence as the law hunts them down like animals. When they are betrayed, and their harsh lives become even more unbearable, the band of friends seeks bloody vengeance.

    presterjohn1 says: "Not your Grand-dad's Robin Hood"
    "A profane retelling of a classic"
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    The original story is so much better. Read that one and just stay away from this series altogether. You'll like the characters so much more in that one.

    No problem with the reader. He's adequate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daughter of the Forest: Sevenwaters, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Juliet Marillier
    • Narrated By Terry Donnelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (441)
    Performance
    (399)
    Story
    (396)

    Lovely Sorcha is the seventh child and only daughter of Lord Colum of Sevenwaters. Bereft of a mother, she is comforted by her six brothers who love and protect her. Sorcha is the light in their lives and they are determined that she know only contentment. But Sorcha's joy is shattered when her father is bewitched by his new wife, an evil enchantress who binds her brothers with a terrible spell, a spell which only Sorcha can lift - by staying silent.

    Bruce says: "My gratitude for this work of art!"
    "Overly-detailed but good"
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    This book could have been much shorter and it would not have lost anything. I'd say around 20% shorter. There is way too much detail about her early life.

    Having said that, Juliet Marillier is a great writer and weaves her tale deftly, if a little too verbosely. I did very much like the characters and her prose is almost poetic at times. That fits because the book is really a sort of extended fairy tale and that, in this case, is a good thing.

    Terry Donnelly is a great reader for all of the characters and is especially good when portraying the evil ones. I always appreciate when female readers can portray male characters without making them sound like teenage boys. She does a great job here, no problem.

    But now that I found out that the sequel is not about her and her immediate family but really more about her son, I'm less interested in getting the sequel. I grew to like these characters and wanted to experience more of their lives.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12100)
    Performance
    (10990)
    Story
    (11016)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Interesting but disappointing"
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    This book has a fantastic premise. Unfortunately it builds a bit slowly and doesn't really get going until the last half.

    The main problem is with the characters. They are mostly cardboard cutouts from a bad Syfy channel movie. (I know almost all Syfy movies are bad but you know what I mean.) There is the restless and disgruntled cubicle worker, the exhibitionist artist, the Indian computer geek, the religious nut, the mysterious former government employee, the kindly old lady, and the clueless surfer dude. All in one book! I don't mind most of these characters but when you put them all together you get a Troma movie from the 1990s. (Truly bad. Look it up.)

    It's so disappointing because the prose is fairly good. And it bears repeating that the premise is amazing. When there is an action sequence, the book really pops and shines but there aren't very many of them.

    I really suspect this guy had a screenplay he (rightfully) couldn't sell and decided to make it into a book.

    The reader is pretty good and portrayed each character quite well. No problem there.

    I so wanted to like this book but the execution just fell flat. Too bad!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates: The Terror of the Southlands, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Caroline Carlson
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    Hilary Westfield is a pirate. In fact, she's the Terror of the Southlands! She's daring, brave, fearless, and . . . in a rut. Maybe she hasn't found any treasure lately. And maybe she isn't fighting off as many scallywags as she'd like. But does that mean she and her loyal crew (including a magical gargoyle) deserve to be kicked out of the ranks of the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates? There is only one thing to do - find a daring mission worthy of her fearless reputation.

    GLENNO says: "People of any age will enjoy this book!"
    "People of any age will enjoy this book!"
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    I can hardly express just how much I love the two books (so far) in this series! If you haven't read the first one, please go back and read that book first. If you have even the mildest sense of humor you won't be sorry.

    There are so many giggles and guffaws while I read these books. And a million smiles. I don't want it to end!

    Magic and mayhem abound as Hilary Westfield, now an escapee from Miss Pimm's Finishing School for Delicate Ladies, is a proud member of the VNHLP (serving the high seas for 153 years). The VNHLP is getting weary of Hilary's rather unpiratical (i.e. not like a pirate) behavior and has sent her a warning. But the Enchantress of the North has been kidnapped! Would it be piratical to rescue her instead of slaying a sea monster or vanquishing a pirate king? Hilary doesn't care! She's going to do the very nearly honorable thing and search for her anyway.

    Along the way, she runs afoul of the Queen's Inspectors (with their requisite dust brushes and magnifying glasses), pirates honorable and dishonorable, and snooty High Society types. She even has to (gasp!) attend a High Society ball in a cabbage-colored gown. Not to worry though. She has her cutlass and her magic piece hidden within it. And her magical gargoyle in a large beaded purse.

    Katherine Kellgren is just the perfect reader for these books. She has a real talent for comic timing and her voicing alone for many of these characters will make you smile.

    Lots of Hilarity (get it?) and smiling and giggling is in store so it would be most unpiratical to delay listening to this book any further. Grab your cutlass and magic piece and join the fun!

    1 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
    (108)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (101)

    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.

    1 of 1 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
    (1195)
    Performance
    (1113)
    Story
    (1120)

    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.

    Sara says: "Treasures Of Jolly Autumn"
    "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
    (4860)
    Performance
    (4179)
    Story
    (4155)

    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
    (313)
    Performance
    (283)
    Story
    (281)

    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.

    dirtdoctor says: "What's happened to Cussler?"
    "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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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