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  • Schooled in Magic

  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,776
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,642
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,643

Emily is a teenage girl pulled from our world into a world of magic and mystery by a necromancer who intends to sacrifice her to the dark gods. Rescued in the nick of time by an enigmatic sorcerer, she discovers that she possesses magical powers and must go to Whitehall School to learn how to master them. There, she learns that the locals believe she is a "Child of Destiny" - someone whose choices might save or damn their world, a title that earns her both friends and enemies.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Neurotic Heroine

  • By Charles Grayson on 11-26-16

Outstanding Start

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

Reviewed: 09-04-16

What about Tavia Gilbert’s performance did you like?

Tavia Gilbert does a great job of differentiating the characters and brining he story to life. I hope she narrates the entire series

Any additional comments?

Some people have compared the book to harry potter (even the main character does at a times. Some even saying it’s a rip-off. However It is really not any more then every space opera book is a rip-off after all most space operas happen at least part in space, and normally have a hero fighting an arch enemy. The same holds here the primary location for the first book is a boarding school for teaching magic, the Protagonist does not know about magic on arrival thus this leads to other similarities. But it is not a rip-off. This work is distinct and worthwhile in its own right with its own unique concepts, world building and story arch (and to be honest with much, much smarter students and teachers). I highly recommend it.
Yet as it does have a similar environment as Harry Potter; So just as if you like one space opera book you will likely enjoy others. If you liked Harry Potter you will likely enjoy this book.

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  • Otherlife Dreams

  • The Selfless Hero Trilogy
  • By: William D. Arand
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,466
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,376
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,374

Runner has a problem. He and 499,000 men and women are trapped in a game. He also just happens to be the only person from IT who could log everyone out safely. And he doesn't remember his password. He, like everyone else in this nightmare, had his memory scrambled or lost in the process of being loaded into the game. A single garbled message is his only clue to how to save everyone. The problem is that whoever loaded them into the game loaded their minds completely.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A unique, engrossing, and witty gamers tale

  • By Quella on 09-18-16

Well worth it.

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

Reviewed: 08-04-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Otherlife Dreams to be better than the print version?

The Performance by the narrator is outstanding. While it helps the author dialog aids to each character having a very different manner of speech the narrator goes the extra mile.

  • Good Intentions

  • By: Elliott Kay
  • Narrated by: Tess Irondale
  • Length: 22 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,291
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,183

He knew it was a dumb stunt from the start. A midnight run through a cemetery to impress a couple of girls is hardly the stuff of legend, but Alex Carlisle longs to escape the crushing mediocrity of life after high school. Then he stumbles upon the ritual, and the cultists, and two bound and bloodied women. Alex intervenes and the ritual blows up in his face, leaving him bound to them both: Rachel and Lorelei, an angel and a succubus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read the Warning Label!

  • By C. Williams on 08-31-15

Irreverent and Fun

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

Reviewed: 10-08-15

What did you love best about Good Intentions?

A fun and interesting Universe/Setting that does not take itself or preconceptions to seriously

What did you like best about this story?

The setting and irrevrence

What does Tess Irondale bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Tess Irondale has got to be one of the best narrators I have ever listened to. No matter if the character is vapid, Serious, timid refined, it clearly comes out in her narration. I hope she is called upon to narrate many more books.

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

If you found the warning label interesting/fun you will probably like the book.

The sex scenes are a bit more prevalent and explicit then I think were necessary for the story, bordering on if not crossing over the line into erotica. However, if you enjoy such scenes… or even if you can simply tolerate them and find the warning label intriguing/funny. Then I expect you would enjoy the book.

  • Midst Toil and Tribulation

  • Safehold Series, Book 6
  • By: David Weber
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 28 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,410
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,296

After centuries of stasis, the island kingdom of Charis began to defy the edicts of the Church of God Awaiting - egged on, some say, by the mysterious warrior-monk Merlin Athawes. Now, in the wars and intrigues that have cascaded from Charis's declaration of independence, the populous Republic of Siddermark is sliding into chaos.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator is HORRIBLE - Love this series

  • By Ryan on 10-05-12

A good Solid addition to the series

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

Reviewed: 10-18-12

What made the experience of listening to Midst Toil and Tribulation the most enjoyable?

The Book is a good solid addition to the series. I admit I would have liked to see a little more progress made in the overall story arch however the book was wonderfully full of details. Particularly in terms of character development, the mechanics of why specific tactics work or would not, and the world in general.

The book seemed to be laying the foundation for something through major changes that effect specific characters and events that would be required based on David weber's style of writing. Specifically that level of detail for military actions and campaigns that make things so realistic. vs other writers where some how despite all odds or common sense the good guys win battle after battle that tactically and strategically they had no chance to win over the course of a single chapter so that the writer can get onto the next key event. David Weber on the other hand ensures that the key tactical and strategic elements are in place. and this means it occasionally takes a lot of work to get the foundation in place for the next big development.

That being said I do not believe it was as engaging as some of the earlier works but it is my hope/believe it is setting the foundation for major progress in the story and sweeping events given the drastic upheaval in the personal lives of the characters.

Any additional comments?

I wanted to add something about the voice actor. He did an outstanding job. I believe all of the complaints stem form 2 factors.


The first can not be prevented when you change narrators. Specifically people get used to how a character sounds in an audio book. and when that voice changes even if pronunciation of all the names are the same it is jarring. This series is 6 books long so far and has had 4 different narrators. I do not get the voices fully straight until the second book by the new narrator. This often means enjoyment of the book is degraded while I try to get things sorted out.


The second is complaint is avoidable and it was not avoided in this case. Different people by experience, or simply local dialect pronounce words (particularly names) differently. If Mr. Collins had been the first narrator of this series there may have been a couple minor complaints based on regional pronunciations. But over all the reviews of his performance would have been glowing. And the next Narrator would be stuck with low ratings if like in this case the director did not help ensure consistency in the pronunciation of names. The end result is some people will now not buy (or recommend) this release of this book and blame it on the terrible narration, or the reviews concerning the narration. It's my hope the publisher picks a good narrator and simply signs them for the entire series. not just for this series but that it becomes standard practice for all series.

Mr Collins, if you happen to read this know that I at least think you did a great job though I hope in future work the director provides guidance on the pronunciation of names in order to stay consistent with previous books or perhaps you research such on your own if they do not.

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  • A Rising Thunder

  • Honor Harrington, Book 13
  • By: David Weber
  • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
  • Length: 17 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,696
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,510
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,515

Peril and strife strike on a double front for Honor Harrington and company. After a brutal attack on the Manticoran home system, Honor Harrington and the Star Kingdom she serves battle back against a new, technologically powerful, and utterly nefarious enemy. And as if that weren’t task enough, Honor must also face down a centuries-old nemesis in the crumbling, but still mighty, Solarian League.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • love this series, but less politics. more battles

  • By Share Faerber on 03-10-12

Great book for fans of the series

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

Reviewed: 03-12-12

Any additional comments?

This book is primarily seting up the series for a new set of books. It actually starts prior to the end of the previous book in order to give aditional background information to frame the New struggle about to envelope the varius star nations.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful