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  • The Spider's War

  • By: Daniel Abraham
  • Narrated by: Pete Bradbury
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 911
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 840
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 841

Lord Regent Geder Palliako's great war has spilled across the world, nation after nation falling before the ancient priesthood and weapon of dragons. But even as conquest follows conquest, the final victory retreats before him like a mirage. Schism and revolt begin to erode the foundations of the empire, and the great conquest threatens to collapse into a permanent war of all against all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Satisfying and Epic Conclusion

  • By Mr. Jared C. Serra on 03-14-16

Excellent end to the series!

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

Reviewed: 04-20-16

Loose ends mostly tied up, some well-earned endings, and full use of all the pieces in play for a dramatic conclusion.

So often great fantasy series either end abruptly or drag on forever. This is the way it should be done.

  • The Duchess War

  • The Brothers Sinister, Book 1
  • By: Courtney Milan
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,048
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 966
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 968

Miss Minerva Lane is a quiet, bespectacled wallflower, and she wants to keep it that way. After all, the last time she was the center of attention, it ended badly - so badly that she changed her name to escape her scandalous past. Wallflowers may not be the prettiest of blooms, but at least they don't get trampled. So when a handsome duke comes to town, the last thing she wants is his attention.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Happy continuation for The Brothers Sinister

  • By Donna on 01-21-14

Unexpectedly wonderful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-17-15

I was feeling a bit guilty for all the aristocratic romances I've been reading and this series was the antidote! Milan's characters are very aware of their privileges and work hard to make whatever difference they can (while having delicious love affairs). They encourage each other to do more and BE more.

Also, it's refreshing to read books with really smart heroines who have other smart women in their lives. Too often, romance novels have one great lady surrounded by a bunch of silly ones. Milan provides depth and motivation to ALL her ladies.

:: Runs off to download the next one::

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lick

  • Stage Dive, Book 1
  • By: Kylie Scott
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,008
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,691
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,701

Waking up in Vegas was never meant to be like this. Evelyn Thomas' plans for celebrating her 21st birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge. But she sure never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hangover to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man in her room, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong. Now if she could just remember how it all happened.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 4.5 Lickable Rock Stars!

  • By Jordy ♡♡♡♡ on 02-25-14

NOT erotica - worst kind of romantic drivel

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

Reviewed: 04-13-14

This came up on a search for erotica. I don't know why. The title maybe? I gave it a shot since the narrator did her best but the main character was awful (AND 21!!)

Maybe if these were slightly older characters I could have bought the story, but even then...

14 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Down Home Murder

  • Laura Fleming, Book 1
  • By: Toni L. P. Kelner
  • Narrated by: Gayle Hendrix
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 471
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 387
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 393

When a tragic family accident brings Laura Fleming back home to Byerly, North Carolina, the sleuth discovers that her beloved grampaw's fatal fall from a ladder in the old mill was not an accident.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite cousin is a nice young boy in the KKK!

  • By Natalie on 04-19-14

Surprisingly offensive

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

Reviewed: 04-09-14

White authors writing about race in southern America often makes me uncomfortable, but I haven't been as uncomfortable as I was while listening to this book in a long time. The main character is, of course, a liberal ex-native of the Southern locality in question, and comments on her family's inappropriate generalizations frequently.

However, there is a certain sense that "this is just the way people talk" that leaves me cold. Coming to this book from Laura Lipman's Baltimore mysteries only made this distinction more clear. Lippman always manages to tread that line without verging into offensive territory. Kelner is either not as fine an author or not as cognizant of the issues with her topic matter. I couldn't get past the first few chapters.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Murder Must Advertise

  • By: Dorothy L. Sayers
  • Narrated by: Nadia May
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

When ad man Victor Dean falls down the stairs in the offices of Pym's Publicity, it looks like an accident. But Lord Peter Wimsey soon discovers there's more to copy writing than meets the eye. A bit of cocaine, a hint of blackmail, and some wanton women can be read between the lines. And then there is the brutal secession of murders - five of them - each one a fixed fee for advertising a deadly secret.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • too fast

  • By Melinda on 09-25-05

Different and fabulous

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

Reviewed: 03-16-14

This book takes place while Peter is giving Harriet her space, so she doesn't appear. It does meant that Peter is in a more introspective frame of mind for the whole adventure which makes the conclusion that much more poignant. It's also absolutely wonderful to see Wimsey interacting with a completely different set of characters.

  • The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,653
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,201

In what is considered one of Heinlein's most hair-raising, thought-provoking, and outrageous adventures, the master of modern science fiction tells the strange story of an even stranger world. It is 21st-century Luna, a harsh penal colony where a revolt is plotted between a bashful computer and a ragtag collection of maverick humans, a revolt that goes beautifully until the inevitable happens. But that's the problem with the inevitable: it always happens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Good Interpretation

  • By Gerald on 10-25-08

Great sci-fi if you ignore the 60s sexual politics

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

Reviewed: 03-16-14

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress?

Pissed off colonists come up with the best revenge ideas.

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

He brought Mike to life. I've read many books where the author/narrator got the humans right but couldn't quite make the AIs relatable. Maybe it's because Mike is still figuring himself out that it works so well here.

Any additional comments?

There was a large period of Heinlein's writing when he would go off on tangents about group marriages and other polyamorous unions. I tend to gloss over those bits because he wrote wonderful stories. Also, the non-traditional relationships allow his heroines and heroes to end up together without having to be everything to one another. I just wish he'd had a few more original ideas of how to do that.

  • Twelve Sharp

  • By: Janet Evanovich
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,043
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,029

America's favorite bounty hunter, Stephanie Plum, is back in her twelfth best seller and sure to win more fans than ever before. Trenton, New Jersey's premier troublemaker is once again struggling with her tangled love life, her chaotic family, and her gift for destroying every car she drives. Not to mention her attempts to bring in the sometimes scary bail jumpers of Trenton and the sudden appearance of a mysterious female stalker, who turns out to have a close connection to Ranger.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertainment at its best!

  • By Ruth on 07-22-08

I wish she'd stopped here

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

Reviewed: 03-16-14

What made the experience of listening to Twelve Sharp the most enjoyable?

I really liked the inside look an Ranger's life and backstory. It would have made a good ultimate or penultimate chapter to the series. Unfortunately the books just got worse and more ridiculous from here on out.

What about Lorelei King’s performance did you like?

Some of the side characters voices have begun to get ridiculous

Any additional comments?

This is the last book where Stephanie Plum is a likable character.

  • Shadow Puppets

  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,556
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,208

Best selling SF author Orson Scott Card brings to life a new chapter in the saga of Ender's Earth.

Earth and its society have been changed irrevocably in the aftermath of Ender Wiggin's victory over the Formics. The unity forced upon the warring nations by an alien enemy has shattered. Nations are rising again, seeking territory and influence, and most of all, seeking to control the skills and loyalty of the children from the Battle School.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The usually exciting Enderverse gets tedious

  • By Kadi on 08-16-12

This is the one most people don't get through

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

Reviewed: 03-16-14

What would have made Shadow Puppets better?

If Card had just told his story. This is where his politics start to read their ugly heads and interfere with the characters that he crated in his more liberal younger days.

  • The Curse of Chalion

  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 18 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,069
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,841
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,848

Amidst the decaying splendor and poisonous intrigue of Chalion's ancient capital, Cazaril is forced to confront not only powerful enemies but also the malignant curse that clings to the royal household, trapping him, flesh and soul, in a maze of demonic paradox, damnation, and death for as long as he dares walk the five-fold pathway of the gods.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What makes a hero... LMB knows

  • By Terri on 04-12-12

Wonderful characters in a stunning world

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-01-05

I've always loved the way that Lois McMaster Bujold paints her characters, but I was stunned by her subtle illustrations of the world and theology of Chalion. Without taking any of the easy routes, she builds a mythic world that weaves in and out of the more concrete world of her characters. The ending is satisfying and complete. A marvelous book.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • He's Just Not That Into You

  • The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys
  • By: Greg Behrendt, Liz Tuccillo
  • Narrated by: Greg Behrendt, Liz Tuccillo
  • Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 644
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 642

He's Just Not That Into You, based on the popular episode of Sex and the City, educates otherwise smart women on how to tell when a guy just doesn't like them enough, so they can stop wasting time making excuses for a dead-end relationship.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good basic message.

  • By Jenny on 01-10-06

The truth is frightening

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-01-05

Five minutes of listening to this book convinced me I ought to have had it as a guide for my last five relationships. Oh well.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful