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  • The Last Days of Magic

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Tompkins
  • Narrated by: Sile Bermingham
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 152

Aisling, a goddess in human form, was born to rule both domains and - with her twin, Anya - unite the Celts with the powerful faeries of the Middle Kingdom. But within medieval Ireland, interests are divided, and far from its shores greater forces are mustering. Both England and Rome have a stake in driving magic from the Emerald Isle. Jordan, the Vatican commander tasked with vanquishing the remnants of otherworldly creatures from a disenchanted Europe, has built a career on such plots.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great fun

  • By Tom Bernard on 04-29-16

Love the story, execution fell short

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

Reviewed: 06-18-18

What a fun story. Excellent. I love it. Wish I could give it 5 stars. But sometimes the author talked about characters in a narrative that was a tell-don't show Wikipedia entry, as in this happened, then this, then this. It felt a little clinical. The author excelled when he developed the characters and made them real people you could root for. As the story began to wind down, it seems he used more narrative than character development to wrap up events, and it made the fates of those characters less compelling than if more time (and words) would have been devoted to conveying their stories.

  • Library at Mount Char

  • By: Scott Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 16 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 940
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 861
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 866

Carolyn's not so different from the other human beings around her. After all, she was a normal American herself once. That was a long time ago, of course - before the time she calls "adoption day", when she and a dozen other children found themselves being raised by a man they learned to call Father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful and Thought Provoking

  • By D. Marie on 12-04-15

Blood-soaked, brutal and brilliant

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

Reviewed: 04-20-18

On the one hand, the violence led me to put the book down, but the inventive story led me to pick it up again to see what happened next. It is a brutal, vivid tale that takes you to multiple unexpected places. Clever and witty as it twists in on itself.

  • The Starchild Compact

  • Starchild Series, Book 2
  • By: Robert G. Williscroft
  • Narrated by: Trenton Bennett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Jon Stock takes his international exploration team to Saturn's moon, Iapetus, which Earth scientists have determined may be an artifact. Following launch, they discover Saeed Ismail, a Jihadist stowaway, who hopes to sabotage the mission. They arrive at Iapetus, determine it is a derelict starship, and eventually meet with the Founders, descendants of the starship builders. Their revelations impact the entire Solar System with momentous implications.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, clever look at the future -- and past

  • By PreRaphaelite on 03-11-18

Great story, clever look at the future -- and past

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

Reviewed: 03-11-18

Thoroughly engaging story about a manned expedition to explore the Saturn moon Iapetus. You have to admit the gas giant's moon captures the imagination, with its passing resemblance to the Death Star and its unusual hexagonal shapes on the surface -- not to mention a seam-like equator. This is setting for Williscroft's enjoyable read, complete with intriguing hard science fiction aspects.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Slingshot

  • The Starchild Series, Book 1
  • By: Robert G. Williscroft
  • Narrated by: Trenton Bennett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9

Slingshot is a love story - about a man, a woman, another man, another woman, some gender bending...and a machine, the largest ever built. It is an adventure - about following a dream, the ocean-deep, outer space. Slingshot is about constructing the first space launch-loop, stretching 2,000 km between Baker and Jarvis Islands in the Equatorial Pacific. It's about high finance, intrigue, unlimited ambition, heroism, fanaticism, betrayal...and about opening space to the common person.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Apparently yet another series begins...

  • By Matthew on 03-16-17

Great story

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

Reviewed: 02-16-18

Very engaging story of a believable future vision. The action was interesting, and he did a great job describing the events and their sequence. Reading about the setting made for a mini vacation, with the sun and sea. Good suspense! It would be nice to see something like this come to life! Likable characters, including the dolphins. Loved that he has woman characters in senior positions. However, their characters were undermined by calling each other "girl" and hugging and kissing strangers, which usually doesn't happen in professional settings. Looking forward to the next book in the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lilac Girls

  • A Novel
  • By: Martha Hall Kelly
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Kathleen Gati, Kathrin Kana, and others
  • Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,984
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,853
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,824

New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline's world is forever changed when Hitler's army invades Poland in September 1939 - and then sets its sights on France. An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The cover is a bit misleading, but...

  • By Joy Easton on 05-18-16

I don't usually cry when listening to a book...

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

Reviewed: 11-22-17

Lilac Girls is heart wrenching, devastating, and hopeful. Martha Hall Kelly has given us a marvelous gift by honoring these women with her telling of the story. I feel richer for having learned about Caroline, Kasia, and the Rabbits, and the sobering Herta.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Grace of Kings

  • The Dandelion Dynasty
  • By: Ken Liu
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 21 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 934
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 863
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 861

Wily, charming Kuni Garu, a bandit, and stern, fearless Mata Zyndu, the son of a deposed duke, seem like polar opposites. Yet in the uprising against the emperor, the two quickly become the best of friends after a series of adventures fighting against vast conscripted armies, silk-draped airships, and shapeshifting gods.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Eastern-flavored epic fantasy

  • By Ryan on 12-27-15

As transporting as an airship!

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

Reviewed: 11-03-17

This story is a little bit Chinese, a little bit Japanese, and a little bit fantastical, with a Greek chorus of squabbling gods thrown in for good measure. The battle scenes delight, while the main characters are likable heroes despite their flaws. The pacing and tone jump around a bit, but on the whole the book is engaging and transporting to an intriguing world. Go there!

  • Leviathan Wakes

  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 20 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,080
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,073

The first book in the landmark Expanse series, now a major television series from Syfy! Leviathan Wakes is James S. A. Corey's first novel in the epic New York Times best-selling series The Expanse, a modern masterwork of science fiction in which humanity has colonized the solar system.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Started a love affair with hard sci fi

  • By N. H. on 07-30-17

Engaging at many levels: planet, moon, asteroid

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

Reviewed: 10-11-17

Enjoyable, inventive story with great characters. Fun twists throughout. Woman characters interesting but would have liked to see them developed as well as the male characters. Still, would definitely recommend.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Kingdom

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,606
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,336
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,312

The story is seen through the eyes of Uhtred, a dispossessed nobleman, who is captured as a child by the Danes and then raised by them so that, by the time the Northmen begin their assault on Wessex, Alfred's kingdom and the last territory in English hands, Uhtred almost thinks of himself as a Dane.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cornwell is becoming my current best favorite author

  • By Eyal on 10-20-15

Simply awesome!

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

Reviewed: 06-03-17

What did you love best about The Last Kingdom?

There is much to love: (1) Richly detailed work of historical fiction that made you feel you were standing in a shield wall, basking in the company of great men, and watching and learning alongside Uhtred; (2) the characters and the personable way they were drawn; and (3) the relationship between Uhtred and Ragnar.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Kingdom?

There were several, including these two: when Uhtred is young, he spies on characters that will figure into his future; the entire description of the battle against Ubba, from strategy to execution.

Have you listened to any of Jonathan Keeble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No. This is my first, but I would seek out other performances of his because I enjoyed listening to him so much. Wonderful.

If you could take any character from The Last Kingdom out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Uhtred. What a life he has lived in 20 years! He has watched and learned, and taken much of it to heart. He calls himself arrogant, but he does seem to have absorbed much of what he has learned.

Any additional comments?

Fantastic. Looking forward to the next book in the series.

  • Extracted

  • Extracted, Book 1
  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,746
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,562
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,554

In 2061 a young scientist invents a time machine to fix a tragedy in his past. But his good intentions turn catastrophic when an early test reveals something unexpected: the end of the world. A desperate plan is formed: recruit three heroes, ordinary humans capable of extraordinary things, and change the future.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fast-Food Science Fiction

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 04-07-17

Simply Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 05-18-17

What did you love best about Extracted?

What's not to love?! Wildly creative story with well-drawn and likable characters you want to root for, and an ending that left me wishing the second book in the series was already available. Carl Prekopp did an exceptional job of capturing the characters, and gave a nuanced, engaging performance. A must!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Harry. You just want to have a beer with him. His extraction story was a page turner!

Which character – as performed by Carl Prekopp – was your favorite?

Harry. Carl Prekopp captured the grit and the humor and the honor of an old soldier capable of doing the extraordinary.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laughed MANY times, usually at Harry. People sitting at stoplights next to me had to wonder!

Any additional comments?

Capturing a strong woman in a man's world is hard to do, and make her likable. One of the many reasons I enjoyed this book was because although Safa was wholly capable, her maternal interactions with a despairing character added another dimension. Excellent work by RR Haywood in writing her, and by Carl Prekopp in bringing her to life.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • All the Birds in the Sky

  • By: Charlie Jane Anders
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,502
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,386
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,388

Childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead didn't expect to see each other again after parting ways under mysterious circumstances during high school. After all, the development of magical powers and the invention of a two-second time machine could hardly fail to alarm one's peers and families. But now they're both adults, living in the hipster mecca San Francisco, and the planet is falling apart around them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too twee for me.

  • By Amy on 03-13-17

Loved, loved, loved this mix of science and magic!

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

Reviewed: 05-02-17

Where does All the Birds in the Sky rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Among the top. Alyssa Bresnahan seemed the perfect fit for this clever and engaging story about finding your way through life.

What did you like best about this story?

So dang clever. The characters were likable, and it helped to get to know them from their awkward childhood years through their awkward adventures as adults.

Have you listened to any of Alyssa Bresnahan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but I look forward to listening to her again.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Nothing extreme, just pure enjoyment. Made me smile more than once.

Any additional comments?

Worth your time!