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  • The Magic Shop

  • By: Justin Swapp
  • Narrated by: Steve Barnes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 74

Marcus and his twin sister, Ellie, live in the loft above their grandparents' magic shop - the one all the rumors are about. Soon the children are thrown into a world that they never knew existed. Not only is the family business a front, but Marcus learns that he has been marked as a dead man from the time he was born.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An interesting story with some rough edges.

  • By Dingo 883 on 01-11-18

All is not what it seems

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

Reviewed: 07-12-19

Their a bit of a build up to the real action of this story. It starts out with the siblings being disciplined for acting out in class at the end of the school year. The punishment is one i think i would of enjoyed, they are tasked with running The Magic Shop that their grandparents own. This Magic Shop is barely on its last legs compared to the one across the way that even boosts a talent show. The Magic Shop holds it own secrets and once it is discovered the action really takes off. The story is action packed and moves along at a nice steady pace. Their is nice a plot twist that really shakes up how you think the story will end. In fact it does not end your left with a not only the plot twist but a nice cliff hanger that propels you into the next book. This a great story that both kids and adults will enjoy. A must listen on a road trip.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Kissing Magic

  • Portals to Whyland, Book 2
  • By: Day Leitao
  • Narrated by: Winona Owen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8

Kiss him. Don't fall in love. Break a spell with a kiss. Karina has heard and seen enough weird stuff for this request to sound legit. At 16, Karina has a shot at adventure--and an odd first kiss - when she's called to Whyland, a kingdom in another dimension, to save a guy she barely knows. Why her? No clue, but she's happy to help, and kissing Sian isn't torture, even if he isn't to be trusted. Karina's smart enough not to fall in love - or at least to tell herself not to. Once in Whyland, she realizes that risking a broken heart is the smallest of her problems.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Story!

  • By Stephanie on 07-15-19

Romantic Adventure

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

Reviewed: 07-06-19

Once again we are hurtling across the world of Whyland. This time will a request for a kiss to save a friend Sian who been turned to stone. This second book is more action packed, compelling, and the plot of is so multi layered that your left guessing at every twist and turn. The world building for this second book is more solid then in book one and we learn a lot more about the magic system. This book is appropriate for the teenage crowd though as the title suggests their a lot of kissing in the book. So boys are probably not gonna be as interested in the story line. Sian plays his character perfectly he cold, emotionless and you really hope that Karina is able to melt him into being a better character. Each character learns their own lessons as they develop in this story like all teens experience is the best teacher. Kissing magic really shows you what love can do and maybe just maybe a kiss can melt even the coldest hearts.

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  • The Misanthrope: Stone's Story

  • Ourean Chronicles #1
  • By: S. M. Boyce
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Before Stone trained Kara Magari or taught the First Vagabond to master the blood loyalty, he was nothing more than a slave boy named Terric. Terric is a curious loner hellbent on reading his master's forbidden books. When one heist goes wrong, Terric abandons his old life and runs for freedom - only to fall prey to a ruthless man named Niccoli.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unique and interesting world

  • By Rabid Reader on 06-27-16

exciting nice short story

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

Reviewed: 06-29-16

First off thank you to the author for letting me read and review this wonderful character story. I love this story i may not like Isen all that much but seeing how stone was created and the kind of life he had to live actually made me feel sorry for him. I love how we get to see this side of this character and maybe now understand him more in the world of Ourea. The story is nice and short can easily be read in a day.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Strings

  • By: David Estes
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Sixteen-year-old Pia has always lived in a mysterious facility where mechanical strings control her existence. She plays apprentice to her father, Gio, in performing nanotech designs for the Company, and she soon suspects there are diabolical human forces behind the manufactured reality of her world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Pinocchio SciFi Fairy Tale Retelling

  • By Karen on 02-28-16

retelling

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

Reviewed: 05-22-16

This is my first David Estes book and i really enjoyed his take on the retelling of Pinocchio. The whole concept of strings being a way to save someone and that the characters of this famous story are really part of this whole company and are being controlled by 3 owners and how each of the different characters worked together to create this elaborate story that your just drawn in to and are lost in for a few hours. The author really knows how to draw you in and see things from a different angle then you always known. Very well done

  • Witch Born

  • Witch Song, Book 2
  • By: Amber Argyle
  • Narrated by: Melissa Reizian Frank
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Brusenna thought it was finished. She defeated the Dark Witch, saving the Haven Witches from imprisonment and death. She found love and a place to belong. But she was wrong. A new threat merges with the old as the Witches' dark history begins to catch up with them. Only Brusenna knows the extent of the danger and how to stop it, though doing so might cost her everything.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing book!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 09-15-15

intense

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

Reviewed: 01-05-16

Really loved the conitnuation of the story and very much like it. Amber has a great way of showing you what the world is like and the characters are beliveable and worth reading about.

  • Witch Song

  • By: Amber Argyle
  • Narrated by: Melissa Reizian Frank
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 97

The Witch Hunters have come for Brusenna, for she is the last. All the others have been captured by the Dark Witch. And without their magical songs to control nature, the world is dying. Though young and untrained, Brusenna must succeed where every other Witch has failed. Find the Dark Witch. Fight her. Defeat her. If Brusenna fails, there will be nothing left to save - for the Witches, for mankind, or for the young Guardian who has committed his life to protecting hers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a unique Witch story.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 04-14-15

witch song

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

Reviewed: 08-11-15

I rec'd an audible code from the author in exchange for my honest review. This book is a magical journey that keeps you reading from one page to the next. Amber describes each character with a flair that has you feel like your walking hand in hand with the characters. Since i got to listen to it as audio book i felt i was more entranced into the story. I felt for Brusenna and the long journey she has to take to destroy the evil that has captured all the other witches. I felt how much she has to strive to conquer this evil. This great book one and has me ready for the next one.

  • Witch Rising: A Witch Fall Prequel

  • By: Amber Argyle
  • Narrated by: Melissa Reizian Frank
  • Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

A ship burns, sinking into the dark sea. There is only one survivor - a child hunted for the power of her song. Hidden away on an isolated island, Lilette buries her power deep, convinced it caused the deaths of those she loves. But she can't run from who she is. And when her secret is revealed, the only thing that can save her is her song. It's time to rise up and become what she was always meant to be: the most powerful witch ever born.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An intense short story.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 09-15-15

Witch Rising

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

Reviewed: 08-11-15

I loved how this short little story gives us some background on Lilette and gives you more understanding of the witch she is destined to become. We will see more of her in Witch Fall. I really like the narrator that was choosen for this story. It a great quick read. I rec'd a audible code from the author in exchange for my review.

  • The Scorpio Races

  • By: Maggie Stiefvater
  • Narrated by: Steve West, Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,323
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,224

With her trademark lyricism, Maggie Stiefvater turns to a new world, where a pair are swept up in a daring, dangerous race across a cliff—with more than just their lives at stake should they lose.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stiefvater at Her Best

  • By Staaj on 07-01-12

Exciting seahorses

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

Reviewed: 09-27-14

I choose to listen to this on audio and i am so glad i did that alternating points of view where easier to keep track of with the two different narrators telling the story. I also picked up this book as i heard their making a movie about and the whole concept of killer water horses is going to make a spectacular movie i believe. I love the descriptions of the land, and the horses, it truly was like a story being painted for me. A great book.

  • The Line

  • Witching Savannah, Book 1
  • By: J. D. Horn
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,653
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,384
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,381

To the uninitiated, Savannah shows only her bright face and genteel manner. Those who know her well, though, can see beyond her colonial trappings and small-city charm to a world where witchcraft is respected, Hoodoo is feared, and spirits linger. Mercy Taylor is all too familiar with the supernatural side of Savannah, being a member of the most powerful family of witches in the South. Despite being powerless herself, of course. Having grown up without magic of her own, in the shadow of her talented and charismatic twin sister, Mercy has always thought herself content.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Savannah is perfect for witches and hoodoo

  • By Steph on 06-29-14

witches

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

Reviewed: 09-14-14

While I liked the book, I didn’t love it. My biggest issue with the story was the lack of world building. I kept getting the sense that I had walked into the middle of a movie. I felt like there was something missing. I’m not sure I understood the idea of the ‘line holders” or what the fight with the demons was all about. I also needed more back story about the family members. Things became a little clearer in the end, but for I felt like it too a little too long.

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  • Everville: The First Pillar

  • By: Roy Huff
  • Narrated by: Jason Lovett
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 16

Owen Sage is the emblematic college freshman at Easton Falls University. With all the worries about his first year in college, he was not prepared for what would happen next. His way of life was flipped upside down when he mysteriously crossed into another dimension, into the beautiful land of Everville. His excitement was abruptly halted when he discovered that there was a darkness forged against both the natural world, which he knew well, and the new land that he discovered, Everville.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Original.

  • By Wanda on 09-28-13

adventure

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

Reviewed: 09-07-14

This was a thoroughly enjoyable book to listen to it kept my attention and found myself quickly invested in the story and what was going to happen. There is so much going for this book - the reader is dragged straight into the action with no fuss or tedious back story - the characters are so likeable we immediately root for them - the story is full of immense action scenes and unusual surprises, even back on Earth we gasp at Roy Huff's brilliant twists and continuation of the plot. This is a great start to what i am sure is to be a fantastic series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful