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  • Fin Gall - A Novel of Viking Age Ireland

  • Norsemen Saga Series #1
  • By: James L. Nelson
  • Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 325
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 299
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 301

For centuries, the Vikings have swept out of the Norse countries and fallen on whatever lands they could reach aboard their longships, and few could resist the power of their violent onslaught. They came at first to plunder and then to settle, an encroachment fiercely resisted wherever they went. Such was the case in the southern lands of Ireland. En route to the Viking longphort there, known as Dubh-linn, Thorgrim Night Wolf and Ornolf the Restless stumble across an Irish ship.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Tolerable with this trick

  • By Victoria on 05-10-16

had to start a couple of times

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-21-16

I struggled getting started with this book. I think the reader did not do a great job differentiating the characters and I had a hard time following. I did enjoy the book though and will continue the series. by then end I was hooked by the characters.

  • Age of Iron

  • By: Angus Watson
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 902
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 838
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 837

Dug Sealskinner is a down-on-his-luck mercenary traveling south to join up with King Zadar's army. But he keeps rescuing the wrong people. First Spring, a child he finds scavenging on the battlefield, and then Lowa, one of Zadar's most fearsome warriors, who has vowed revenge on the king for her sister's execution. Now Dug's on the wrong side of the thousands-strong army he hoped to join - and worse, Zadar has bloodthirsty druid magic on his side.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Joe Ambercrombie style

  • By Stephen on 09-19-14

very entertaining

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-25-15

I was mesmerized by this book. the first book in a long time that I couldn't wait to have time to listen to.

  • Tai-Pan

  • The Epic Novel of the Founding of Hong Kong: The Asian Saga, Book 2
  • By: James Clavell
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 32 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,293
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,205
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,194

It is the early 19th century, when European traders and adventurers first begin to penetrate the forbidding Chinese mainland. And it is in this exciting time and exotic place that a giant of an Englishman, Dirk Struan, sets out to turn the desolate island of Hong Kong into an impregnable fortress of British power - and to make himself supreme ruler: Tai-Pan!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story brilliantly read

  • By Steve Margitan on 06-23-15

excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-15

great story, excellent narration. I liked the development of all of the characters and the voices he used added to the vivid picture I gained of each. I liked this even more than Shogun.

  • The Scottish Prisoner

  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman, Rick Holmes
  • Length: 15 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,475
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,143

Winner of the Quill Award and the Corine International Book Prize, Diana Gabaldon is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Outlander series. This fourth novel featuring popular character Lord John Grey is told both from Lord Grey’s perspective and from that of Jamie Fraser, the star of the Outlander series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lord John 'Quixote' rides again

  • By Teahouse Fox on 12-02-11

Good story, not so good narrator

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-20-15

I did not like to actor speaking Jaime's part. other than that, an enjoyable book

  • Outlaw

  • By: Angus Donald
  • Narrated by: Graham Padden
  • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345

When he's caught stealing, young Alan Dale is forced to leave his family and go to live with a notorious band of outlaws in Sherwood Forest. Their leader is the infamous Robin Hood. A tough, bloodthirsty warrior, Robin is more feared than any man in the county. And he becomes a mentor for Alan; with his fellow outlaws, Robin teaches Alan how to fight - and how to win.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As Fine a "Fictional Saga" as Lonesome Dove!

  • By Mel on 01-13-18

an interesting take on robin hood

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-20-15

I had a difficult time getting into this book but by chapter 4 I was looking forward to the rest of the book. I felt this book was a little strangely graphic, almost horror story style at times, different that many other books of this time period. I did enjoy the narrator and plan to give the next book a listen.

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  • 1356

  • A Novel
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,005
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 899
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 904

On September 19, 1356, a heavily outnumbered English army faced off against the French in the historic Battle of Poitiers. In 1356, Cornwell resurrects this dramatic and bloody struggle - one that would turn out to be the most decisive and improbable victory of the Hundred Years' War, a clash where the underdog English not only the captured the strategic site of Poitiers, but the French King John II as well.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic Story Comes To Life

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-17-13

Thomas of hookton at his best

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-15

I hope there will be more by books in this series. I do love these stories. Cornwell is a great weaver of tales

  • Heretic

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Andrew Cullum
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 516
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 469
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 467

A sharp, skilled and utterly fearless archer in the army of King Edward III, young Thomas of Hookton has been making his way through France for three years now, fighting fiercely alongside the English troops. But being a soldier in the great Hundred Years War is only a means to an end: Thomas of Hookton is hot on the trails of the man who brutally slaughtered his father and stole his only treasure - rumored to be the Holy Grail - from the ancient church of Hookton.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • my favorite of the grail quest series

  • By Barbara on 02-27-15

my favorite of the grail quest series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-27-15

I was sad to be done with this series. i totally enjoyed the narrator. I would like to read more of Thomas of Hookton tales

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Harlequin

  • The Grail Quest, Book 1
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Andrew Cullum
  • Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 830
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 753
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 749

Thomas of Hookton is one of these archers. But he is also on a personal mission: To avenge his father's death and retrieve a stolen relic. Thomas begins a quest that will lead him through fields smeared with the smoke of fires set by the rampaging English, until at last the two armies face each other on a hillside near the village of Crécy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic book!

  • By Andres on 09-07-15

one of my favorites

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-15

I really enjoy the story if Thomas of Hookton. far from perfect but awesome.

  • EMPEROR: The Field of Swords, Book 3 (Unabridged)

  • By: Conn Iggulden
  • Narrated by: Paul Blake
  • Length: 17 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 329
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330

Julius Caesar has taken his legions north into mighty battles with the Gallic tribes. But as his successes mount, overwhelming ambition and new alliances begin to threaten his friendship with Marcus Brutus, brother-in-arms and fellow warrior. Although the conquest of Gaul has made Caesar a hero all over again, his victories on the battlefield cause still more rivalries at home. And ultimately Caesar and Brutus will have to choose whether to cross the Rubicon - together or singly - and to take the fight to Rome itself.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • How To Ruin a Good Story

  • By Danny on 01-09-13

I am close to giving up on this series

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-18-14

Again, the same performer with several mispronunciations and irritating tone. I am not usually critical of performers but this person just did not do his homework. If he was reading the next volume, I would be stopping here. The story is generally good though I felt it was disconnected at times, and again the historical inaccuracies were bothersome.

  • EMPEROR: The Death of Kings, Book 2 (Unabridged)

  • By: Conn Iggulden
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 18 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382

Abandoned after months of captivity, Julius Caesar gathers recruits that he will forge into a unit powerful enough to gain vengeance on his captors. But soon a new crisis threatens: a gladiator named Spartacus.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very Bad History

  • By Lou on 01-16-14

Just OK

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-18-14

If you can overlook the historical inaccuracies, you will enjoy this story. I absolutely did not enjoy this performance. Too many mispronunciations and the general tone of the performance was irritating to me. I am hard pressed to listen to the next book as it is the same performer.