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Sandy B

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  • 751 ratings
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  • Charleston

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By John Jakes
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (64)

    Charleston follows the lives, loves, and shifting fortunes of the Bells - saints and evil-doers mingled in one unforgettable family - from the American Revolution through the turbulent antebellum years to the Civil War and the savage defeat of the Confederacy. Delving into our country's history as only he can, Jakes paints a powerful portrait of the Charleston aristocracy who zealously guarded their privilege and position, harboring dark family secrets that threatened to destroy them all.

    Susan Snyder says: "Book is great-person reading is all wrong"
    "Boring"
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    I was very disappointed in this one. Thais story did not even hold my attention and the story was so boring I couldn’t ever finish it.
    Expected better from this author.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Saint: The Original Sinners, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Tiffany Reisz
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Hart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (58)

    Rebellious, green-eyed Eleanor never met a rule she didn't want to break. Sick of her mother's zealotry and the confines of Catholic school, she declares that she'll never go to church again. But her first glimpse of beautiful, magnetic Father Marcus Stearns - Søren to her and only her - and his lust-worthy Italian motorcycle is an epiphany. Eleanor is consumed, yet even she knows that being in love with a priest can't be right. But when one desperate mistake nearly costs Eleanor everything, it is Søren who steps in to save her.

    Christine Laputka says: "Finally a Performance worthy of the material!"
    "Great series disappointing book 5"
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    I love this series but was very disappointed in this book. It was nothing more than consolidation of Nora’s life in to one book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Song: Raven's Shadow, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Anthony Ryan
    • Narrated By Steven Brand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3134)
    Performance
    (2951)
    Story
    (2952)

    The Sixth Order wields the sword of justice and smites the enemies of the Faith and the Realm. Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of 10 when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order. The Brothers of the Sixth Order are devoted to battle, and Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate, and dangerous life of a Warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order.

    Ron says: "Great Epic Fantacy"
    "Disappointing"
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    I tried this book because of the revues comparing it with Patrick Rothfuss & Martin.
    Don't be fooled. This is book should not even be mentioned in the sane lists. it was the biggest wast ever. Din not even finish it was so boring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Styxx: Dark-Hunter, Book 22

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (682)
    Performance
    (654)
    Story
    (658)

    Centuries ago Acheron saved the human race by imprisoning an ancient evil bent on absolute destruction. Now that evil has been unleashed and it is out for revenge. As the twin to Acheron, Styxx hasn’t always been on his brother's side. They've spent more centuries going at each other's throats than protecting their backs. Now Styxx has a chance to prove his loyalty to his brother, but only if he's willing to trade his life and future for Acheron's.

    C. Mendez says: "Stick with it..."
    "Almost a rewrite of Acheron"
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    This was really bad almost a rewrite of Acheron.
    I have always like her books but this just killed any future purchases of there books.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Warbreaker

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By James Yaegashi
    Overall
    (3081)
    Performance
    (2238)
    Story
    (2257)

    An author whose previous, wildly successful novels have earned him a reputation as fantasy's master of magic, Brandon Sanderson continues to dazzle audiences with this tale of princesses and gods. In this extraordinary world, those who attain glory return as gods. And those who can master the essence known as breath can perform the most wondrous miracles - or unleash the most devastating havoc.

    Robert says: "What's Your god like?"
    "Oh Well"
    Overall
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    Oh well, was disappointed fro the first time by Brandon.
    After the Mist Born series I didn’t think I would be but I was disappointed. Wasn’t a bad book but no a very goon one either.
    Can't win them all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3537)
    Performance
    (2800)
    Story
    (2801)

    An orphan's life is harsh---and often short---in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains---a man who is neither blind nor a priest. A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected "family" of orphans---a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards.

    Luke A. Reynolds says: "Stupendous, but be warned."
    "What a wast"
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    Dont wast your time or crecit this was the most boring story ever.
    I found thet i had to go back many times to relisten, it just did not hold my Attention at all.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Memory of Light: Wheel of Time, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5407)
    Performance
    (4902)
    Story
    (4966)

    Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

    Amazon Customer says: "End of one of my favorite fantasy series ever."
    "Wow its over"
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    Where does A Memory of Light rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Let down


    Have you listened to any of Michael Kramer and Kate Reading ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I really like the readers


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent story & battle covered all the correctors.
    But for one of the greatest series written the end really was a let down.
    He just rides away in a new body. What a let down.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Ambassador's Mission: Traitor Spy Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Trudi Canavan
    • Narrated By Richard Aspel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (268)

    Sonea, former street urchin, now a Black Magician, is horrified when her son, Lorkin, volunteers to assist Dannyl in his new role as Guild Ambassador to Sachaka, a land still ruled by cruel black magicians. When word comes that Lorkin has gone missing Sonea is desperate to find him, but if she leaves the city she will be exiled forever, and besides, her old friend Cery needs her help.

    breckoz says: "Been a While"
    "Wast of time"
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    Would you try another book from Trudi Canavan and/or Richard Aspel?

    No i had to back up over and over could not keep my intrest was very boring.


    What was most disappointing about Trudi Canavan’s story?

    could not keep my interest


    What didn’t you like about Richard Aspel’s performance?

    put me to sleep, borring


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment, sounded good but flopped


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6401)
    Performance
    (5757)
    Story
    (5760)

    Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

    Hallie says: "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
    "Write faster"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely


    What other book might you compare Shadow of Night to and why?

    The Outlander or Into the Wilderness


    Which character ??? as performed by Jennifer Ikeda ??? was your favorite?

    All of them


    Who was the most memorable character of Shadow of Night and why?

    Phillip, He really dose right by everyone even 100's of years in to the future.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a story you will go back to many times.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sailing to Sarantium: Book One of the Sarantine Mosaic

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Guy Gavriel Kay
    • Narrated By Berny Clark
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (113)

    Crispin is a mosaicist, a layer of bright tiles. Still grieving for the family he lost to the plaque, he lives only for his arcane craft. But an imperial summons from Valerius the Trakesian to Sarantium, the most magnificent place in the world, is difficult to resist. In a world half-wild and tangled with magic, a journey to Sarantium means a walk into destiny. Bearing with him a deadly secret and a Queen's seductive promise, guarded only by his own wits and a talisman from an alchemist's treasury, Crispin sets out for the fabled city. Along the way he will encounter a great beast.

    Eivind says: "Mosaic"
    "Narrated by the sleep king"
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    Would you try another book from Guy Gavriel Kay and/or Berny Clark?

    no not with that Narrater


    Has Sailing to Sarantium turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, not at all.


    What didn???t you like about Berny Clark???s performance?

    Not a thing was so boring i tried for over a wee to get though it.


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I was looking for something new, the ratings where high and usually am a fare judgment of a book but in this case it was a big error to believe the ratings. If you what a Narrated book to put you to sleep try this on. There was no fluctuation no depth or change of any kind in this voice.
    This in turn makes a bad, boring story because you just can???t get in to it.


    1 of 17 people found this review helpful

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