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Pint-sized Bookworm

I enjoy reading fantasy, crime and mystery thrillers, as well as historical novels.

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  • Shadowhunters and Downworlders: A Mortal Instruments Reader

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare (editor)
    • Narrated By Emily Beresford, Luke Daniels, Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (81)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Cassandra Clare created the Mortal Instruments in 2004 with City of Bones (Simon & Schuster, 2007). Since then, the series has grown to five books, with a sixth due in 2014, and been joined by two spinoff trilogies and an upcoming film starring Jamie Campbell Power and Lily Collins. Featuring stories by Holly Black, Kendare Blake, Gwenda Bond, Sarah Rees Brennan, Rachel Caine, Sarah Cross, Kami Garcia, Michelle Hodkin, Kelly Link, Kate Milford, Diana Peterfreund, Sara Ryan, Scott Tracey, and Robin Wasserman.

    Pint-sized Bookworm says: "A great analysis"
    "A great analysis"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recommend this book to fans of, and those who are interested in an analysis of Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The narrators did a great job of getting the point of view of the authors across to the reader. I also enjoyed the fact that there were multiple narrators for this book.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is sold at a good price and worth it. I bought this to complete my Cassandra Clare collection. I don't usually enjoy analyses of books but this was an enjoyable insight into the shadowhunter and downworlder stories.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Slaves of Socorro: Brotherband, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John A. Flanagan
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (87)

    Hal and his fellow Herons have returned home to Skandia after defeating the pirate captain Zavac and reclaiming Skandia's most prized artifact, the Andomal. With their honor restored, the Herons turn to a new mission: tracking down an old rival turned bitter enemy. Tursgud - leader of the Shark Brotherband and Hal's constant opponent - has turned from a bullying youth into a pirate and slave trader. After Tursgud captures 12 Araluen villagers to sell as slaves, the Heron crew sails into action...with the help of one of Araluen's finest Rangers!

    Pint-sized Bookworm says: "An exceellent read."
    "An exceellent read."
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    In Slaves of Socorro Hal and his crew are working with an Arualuen Ranger, on a quest to free slaves from the slave markets in Socorro. They also pursue Tursgurd who has turned pirate and slaves. It is another excellent read in John Flanagan' s Brotherband Chronicles. A great listen as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunters: Brotherband, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By John Flanagan
    • Narrated By John Keating
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Hal and his brotherband crew are hot on the trail of the pirate Zavac and they have one thing only on their minds: stopping the bloodthirsty thief before he can do more damage. Of course, they also know Zavac has the Andomal, the priceless Skandian artefact stolen when the brotherband let down their guard. The chase leads down mighty rivers, terrifying rapids, to the lawless fortress of Ragusa. If Hal is to succeed, he will need to go beyond his brotherband training. He will need to challenge the pirate one-on-one, knowing only one of them will survive.

    Pint-sized Bookworm says: "The hunt is on."
    "The hunt is on."
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    The hunt for Zavac is on, and the Heron' s pick up another crew member a young lady named Lydia. A duel between ships will decide the fate of the Heron crew. A great adventure story is John Flanagan' s Brotherband Chronicles, my only complaint is John Keating' s bad accents.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Invaders: Brotherband, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Flanagan
    • Narrated By John Keating
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    Hal and the Herons have done the impossible. This group of outsiders has beaten out the strongest, most skilled young warriors in all of Skandia to win the Brotherband competition. But their celebration comes to an abrupt end when the Skandians' most sacred artifact, the Andomal, is stolen--and the Herons are to blame. To find redemption they must track down the thief Zavac and recover the Andomal. But that means traversing stormy seas, surviving a bitter winter, and battling a group of deadly pirates.

    Pint-sized Bookworm says: "An excellent adventure"
    "An excellent adventure"
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    The Invaders is an excellent adventure in the Brotherband Chronicles. This time Hal and his Heron Brotherband are on the trail of Zavac and his crew of cutthroat pirates, on a quest to retrieve the stolen Andomal and regain their honour. The second story in this series, that promises to be even better than John Flanagan's bestselling Ranger's Apprentice series. John Keating gives a reasonable performance, but his Skandian accents are terrible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Outcasts: The Brotherband Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Flanagan
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    In Skandia, there is only one way to become a warrior. Boys are chosen for teams called brotherbands and must endure three months of gruelling training in seamanship, weapons and battle tactics. It's brotherband against brotherband, fighting it out in a series of challenges. There can be only one winner. When Hal Mikkelson finds himself the unwilling leader of a brotherband made up of outcasts, he must step up to the challenge.

    Pint-sized Bookworm says: "An excellent adventure"
    "An excellent adventure"
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    Hal and his Heron Brotherband are trainee Skandian warriors, together they learn to work as a team to win the right to be the honour guard for the Andomal, a precious treasure that is venerated by the Skandians. It is an excellent adventure story for young readers. John Keating gives a pretty good performance of the book. John Flanagan is the author of the highly popular series Ranger's Apprentice. The Brotherband Chronicles is the follow on series focusing mostly on Skandians and not Araluen as in Ranger' s Apprentice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Desert God: A Novel of Ancient Egypt

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated By Mike Grady
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    Game of Thrones meets Ancient Egypt in this magnificent, action-packed epic. On the gleaming banks of the Nile, the brilliant Taita - slave and advisor to the Pharaoh - finds himself at the center of a vortex of passion, intrigue, and danger. His quest to destroy the Hyksos army and form an alliance with Crete takes him on an epic journey up the Nile, through Arabia and the magical city of Babylon, and across the open seas.

    Blue Dragonfly says: "The wily Taita returns again"
    "Good sequel to River God."
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    Desert God by Wilbur Smith is the sequel to River God. Although it is the latest of the Egyptian novels, the story tells of events that took place after River God but before the events in Warlock. It is not as good a read as River God or Warlock, but it does give readers a feeling that the story of Taita is more complete. Well narrated by Mike Grady.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Quest

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (3)

    Wilbur Smith returns with the eagerly awaited sequel to his thrilling Egyptian series. Following on from River God, The Seventh Scroll and Warlock, The Quest continues the story of the Warlock, Taita, wise in the lore of the ancient Gods and a master of magic and the supernatural. Egypt is struck by a series of terrible plagues that cripple the Kingdom, and then the ultimate disaster follows. The Nile fails. The waters that nourish and sustain the land dry up.

    Pint-sized Bookworm says: "A story of sorcery, mysticism and rebirth."
    "A story of sorcery, mysticism and rebirth."
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    The quest is a story of sorcery, mysticism and rebirth. Taita sets out on a quest with Meren, to restore the flow of water to the Nile and end the evil sorcery of evil sorceress Eos and her minion Soe. With great narration by Simon Vance, this book is hard to put down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Warlock: A Novel of Ancient Egypt

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (114)

    After the death of his beloved Queen Lostris, Taita retreats into the forbidding deserts of North Africa to become a hermit. He devotes himself to the study of the occult and, armed with extraordinary powers, he gradually transforms himself into a warlock. After years of study, he discovers the divine purpose of his bereavement when he is called upon to save the dynasty of Lostris from the clouds of evil that loom over Egypt.

    Matthew says: "Poor sequel"
    "History, fiction and a touch of magic"
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    Warlock is a book of history and fiction and just a small touch of magic and mysticism. Nefer the grandson of Queen Lostris, is in a battle against the forces of evil and Taita is summoned from beyond to aid the Pharaoh Nefer in defeating a usurper Pharaoh. A great narration from Dick Hill brings life to an already brilliant story. Wilbur Smith mixes history with fiction and entertains and thrills are boundless in Warlock.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ice Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (48 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Maggi Meg Reed
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (70)

    The ice dragon was a creature of legend and fear, for no man had ever tamed one. When it flew overhead, it left in its wake desolate cold and frozen land. But Adara was not afraid. For Adara was a winter child, born during the worst freeze that anyone, even the Old Ones, could remember.

    Clarissa says: "Too short for the cost"
    "In the lands of Ice and Fire!"
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    The Ice Dragon is a brilliant tale that would be an ideal introduction to epic fantasy for children. Set in the same world as his Song of Ice and Fire series, The Ice Dragon tells the story of a Winter child and an Ice Dragon. Together they save their country from the advancing enemy and their dragons. Brilliant narration by Maggi Meg Reed makes the book easy to follow and listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • River God: A Novel of Ancient Egypt

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (816)
    Performance
    (372)
    Story
    (376)

    Ancient Egypt. Land of the Pharaohs. A kingdom built on gold. A legend shattered by greed. Now the Valley of Kings lies ravaged by war, drained of its lifeblood, as weak men inherit the cherished crown. On the eve of the festival of Osiris, the loyal subjects of the Pharaoh gather in Thebes to pay tribute to their leader.

    Exploding with all the passion and rage of a bygone time, River God is a masterpiece of historical writing.

    mjshuff says: "River God review"
    "A brilliant historical novel."
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    River God by Wilbur Smith is a story written from the point of view of Taita, an Egyptian eunuch slave. It is a tale of love, war, betrayal and some of the bloody history which made Egypt the great nation it once was. Great narration by Dick Hill helps bring the story alive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bones Never Lie

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Katherine Borowitz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    The gripping new Temperance Brennan novel from the world-class forensic anthropologist and number-one best-selling author Kathy Reichs. Tempe is faced with the horrifying possibility that the killer who got away in Monday Mourning is back....

    Pint-sized Bookworm says: "Anique Pomereau is back!"
    "Anique Pomereau is back!"
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    A killer from Tempes past is back. Tempe is called to help on a cold case. 2 child murders and Anne Pomerleau is determined to be the killer based on DNA evidence. Tempe tracks down her sometime beau Andrew Ryan to help, who is living a self imposed exile, after the death of his daughter. What they uncover is even more horrifying then anyone could imagine. The Temperance Brennan series by Kathy Reichs is an amazing series. Katherine Borowitz delivers a brilliant performance of Bones Never Lie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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