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Lisa Bartholomew

Nebraska, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • Arthur: Pendragon Cycle Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Lawhead
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (80)

    They called him unfit to rule - a lowborn, callow boy, Uther's bastard. But his coming had been foretold in the songs of the bard Taliesin. He had learned powerful secrets at the knee of the mystical sage Merlin. He was Arthur, Pendragon of the Island of the Mighty - who would rise to legendary greatness in a Britain torn by violence, greed, and war, who would usher in a glorious reign of peace and prosperity, and who would fall at the treacherous hands of the one he loved more than life. This is the third book of The Pendragon Cycle.

    Lisa Bartholomew says: "Excellent ending!"
    "Excellent ending!"
    Overall

    As I had fully enjoyed the first two books, I looked forward to the final book in this trilogy. I was not disappointed! This continued the wonderfully rich story I was used to with no slowing. I thought it really brought the Arthur myth to life, and the ending left me wishing for more. The only problem I had was the narrator slipped out of voice more often toward the end, which sometimes made it difficult to follow dialogue.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Howl's Moving Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Diana Wynne Jones
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    Overall
    (1334)
    Performance
    (1076)
    Story
    (1086)

    A Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book and ALA Notable and Best of the Year in Young Adult Fiction, Howl's Moving Castle is by acclaimed fantasy writer Diane Wynne Jones amd was transformed into an Academy Award nominated animated motion picture by Hayao Miyazaki. On a rare venture out from her step-mother's hat shop, Sophie attracts the attention of a witch, who casts a terrible spell transforming the young girl into an old crone.

    Elisa says: "Howl's Moving Castle is Amazing!"
    "Fun for the whole family! "
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A great light fantasy novel with something for everyone. No need to worry about inappropriate content when listening with children, yet a storyline and characters rich enough to please adults. Far better than the movie that bears its name, this is a classic to treasure and enjoy frequently!

    The narrator also does a fantastic job, giving each character a unique voice and filling the book with gentle humor. She is a pleasure to listen to!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Enchantress: Evermen Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By James Maxwell
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (190)

    Ella and her brother, Miro, are orphans, their parents killed long ago in the ongoing struggle against the mad Emperor. From the day Ella witnesses an enchanter using his talents to save Miro from drowning, she knows what she wants to be. But the elite Academy of Enchanters expects tuition fees and knowledge. Determined, Ella sells flowers and studies every book she can. Meanwhile, Miro dreams of becoming one of the world's finest swordsmen, wielding his nation's powerful enchanted weapons in defense of his homeland.

    Coral says: "Just missing some spark or link to me"
    "Solid beginning to the series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A good groundwork for a new series. Enough novelty in the magic system to be intriguing. Characters are a little shallow, but likeable. Hopefully they will gain more depth in the other books. I will continue reading the series to find out!

    Well narrated, discernable characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret of Chimneys

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (57)

    It seemed like easy money: deliver Count Stylptich's memoirs to his London publisher and return a packet of compromising letters to the lady who penned them. But within hours of Anthony Cade's arrival in England, three strangers accost him and one ends up dead. A cryptic note leads Cade to the country estate known as Chimneys, accompanied by ravishing aristocrat Virginia Revel.

    Donald says: "One of Christie's Best!"
    "Fun mystery!"
    Overall
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    Story
    What did you love best about The Secret of Chimneys?

    A classic, well performed. If you like Agatha Christie, you're sure to enjoy this!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • True Light: Restoration Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Terri Blackstock
    • Narrated By Susie Breck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (93)

    As Oak Hollow grapples with a global power blackout, a teenager is shot in a food robbery. Jailed as the suspect, young Mark Green must prove his innocence to a community that has already judged him in its heart. But the Branning family stands with him as he fights to survive - and forgive. This is Book 3 in Terri Blackstock's Restoration series.

    Book and Movie Lover says: "World is getting used to the blackout"
    "Good Strong Ending"
    Overall

    At first I was wary of this title because of how much shorter it was than the first two books. But my fears proved unfounded, and I thoroughly enjoyed the ending of this trilogy. My one complaint is that there were some loose ends not totally wrapped up, but I'm a fan of long, involved endings (i.e. Lord of the Rings). Great story, though, and great characters with a timely message. Well worth the read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Light

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Terri Blackstock
    • Narrated By Susie Breck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (116)

    An era unlike any in modern civilization is descending without lights, electronics, running water, or automobiles. As a global blackout lengthens into months, the neighbors of Oak Hollow grapple with a chilling realization: The power may never return.

    Lisa Bartholomew says: "Great Story, Powerful Message"
    "Great Story, Powerful Message"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book even more than the first one. I like the different narrator better, and I thought the story was much more emotionally gripping. I was also challenged by the message, and spent some time soul searching about how I would react in similar circumstances. Christian fiction at it's best!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Merlin: Pendragon Cycle Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Lawhead
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (107)

    He was born to greatness, the son of a Druid bard and a princess of lost Atlantis. A trained warrior, blessed with the gifts of prophecy and song, he grew to manhood in a Britain abandoned by its Roman conquerors. He was to have a higher destiny: to prepare the way for the momentous event that would unite the Island of the Mighty - the coming of Arthur Pendragon, Lord of the Kingdom of Summer. This is the second book of The Pendragon Cycle.

    Philana says: "Excellent Book (Ten Stars)"
    "Great take on an old story!"
    Overall

    I very much enjoyed this installment in the Pendragon Cycle. Like many others, at the beginning I found the narration very pretentious and stuffy, but toward the end I didn't mind anymore. Not sure if it's because the narrator was slipping out of character or just that I had gotten used to it. However, the story itself was rich and full of depth. I thought it was fascinating how Stephen Lawhead wove together the major conflicting elements in the old legends, and made them a unified whole. Highly recommended!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Last Light: Restoration, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Terri Blackstock
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (154)

    In the face of a crisis that sweeps an entire high-tech planet back to the age before electricity, Deni Branning's career ambitions have vanished. She's not about to let her dream of marriage go as well. But keeping it alive will require extraordinary measures. Yesterday's world is gone. All Deni and her family have left is each other and their neighbors. Their little community will either stand or fall together. But they're only beginning to realize that, and trust doesn't come easily.

    Eric says: "A thought provoking,Christian based novel"
    "Interesting End Times Scenario"
    Overall

    I thought this was a good story, although I would have enjoyed a little more depth. The major characters were reasonably believable, and the basic premise was a new take on an old theme. As I listened, I found myself taking stock of my own possessions and wanting to lay in a stock of canned goods. I thought the reading was fine, and don't understand the gulping noise some others have commented about. I listened for it and never quite caught it. Overall, a good listen. I will be getting the rest of the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Taliesin: The Pendragon Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Lawhead
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (383)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (160)

    It was a time of legend, the last shadows of the mighty Roman conqueror faded from the captured Isle of Britain. While, across a vast sea, bloody war shattered a peace that had flourished for 2,000 years in the doomed kingdom of Atlantis. This is the remarkable adventure of Charis, the courageous princess from Atlantis who escapes the terrible devastation of her land, and of the fabled seer and druid prince Taliesin, singer at the dawn of the age. It is a story of an incomparable love that joins two astonishing worlds....

    John says: "A Classic interpretation of a Classic tale"
    "Excellent story, well read"
    Overall

    I had borrowed and enjoyed the first three Pendragon books a few years ago, and was pleased to find this in the listing for my first Audible download. Although I generally prefer male narrators, I thought Nadia May did a wonderful job with this story. Her rich, throaty voice was appropriate for both male and female characters, and her authentic pronunciations of old Briton words was very welcome. As a Christian, I especially appreciate having an Arthur story that does not villianize Christianity the way so many contemporary tellings do. I also thought the blending of the Arthur and Atlantis stories was very inventive and well laid out. I look forward to getting the rest of the series

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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