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  • The Iron Flower

  • Black Witch Chronicles Series, Book 2
  • By: Laurie Forest
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 441
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 415
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 412

Elloren Gardner and her friends were only seeking to right a few wrongs when they rescued a Selkie and freed a military dragon. The last thing they expected was to be thrust into a realm-wide underground resistance against Gardnerian conquest. While the Resistance struggles to fight back against the harsh rulings of the Mage Council, more and more Gardnerian soldiers descend upon the University…led by none other than Lukas Grey, now commander of the nearby military base. Though Elloren tries to keep him at arm's length, Lukas is determined to tie himself to her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I NEED the next book!!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-23-18

Better than the first one

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

The Iron Flower picks up right where the Black Witch left off. Unlike the first book, it doesn't take half of the story to get up to speed. Eloren is involved in a LOT of plans working to rescue people from the Mage Council's resolutions. The same characters from the first book appear, and you see a lot more of the world the series takes place in. It does get a bit depressing at times because they go from one imminent threat to the next, and it looks pretty bleak for the protagonists at times. There are some tragedies, some easily foreseeable, others pretty shocking. Same goes for the suprises, as the big suprise (or one of) at the end is pretty obvious from book 1 if you've been paying attention.

In terms of plot progression (without going into details), there are some pretty big changes in the military situation through the book. Same goes for the romance. It feels like more of a setup in other ways, but there's enough going on to be pretty satisfying. Problems you think won't get addressed until much later get taken care of in this book, which is nice. All and all, a fairly enjoyable listen, which is hard to maintain considering the length of the audiobook.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dawn of Wonder

  • The Wakening, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Renshaw
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 29 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,631
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31,599
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,521

When a high-ranking officer gallops into the quiet Mistyvales, he brings a warning that shakes the countryfolk to their roots. But for Aedan, a scruffy young adventurer with veins full of fire and a head full of ideas, this officer is not what he seems. The events that follow propel Aedan on a journey that only the foolhardy or desperate would risk, leading him to the gates of the nation's royal academy - a whole world of secrets in itself. But this is only the beginning of his discoveries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Instant Favorite

  • By Joe on 03-21-16

Fantastic fantasy with immense scope

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Dawn of Wonder is a fantastic high fantasy novel. One of the best things about the book is that it isn't apparent where the story will end from the beginning or really even the middle of the book. That isn't to say it isn't constantly moving forward or that there isn't a sense of direction, it certainly does. The book which is nearly 30 hours long could be broken up into several arcs that are fairly realized in their own right. The story is fairly continuous (no sudden jumps from part 1 to part 2) but instead of the typical fantasy plot where you go from A to B, and B is the end of the story, Dawn of Wonder goes from A to B to C to D and so on, so you have some idea of what will happen in the next few hours, but you don't know what will happen after that major event, and it is done in such a way that you don't feel like you're being strung along. It isn't that the author is hiding what will happen from you, its more that Adrian, the protagonist, doesn't see it that way, and neither do you. For Adrian, there's the current problem pertinent to his life, and that's what the reader sees to, with a few threads hinting that something might be important later on.

Different parts of the story feel significantly different too, despite being part of the same novel and flowing seamlessly into one another. The start of the book is fairly light, to the point it actually reminded me a bit of the antics of Tom Sawyer, but it becomes much darker later on, and then lightens up again later on. That quality is actually part of what makes the book so good: it doesn't fall into the trap of series like Harry Potter, where when the story becomes dark, it is treated like a one-way street. The later parts of the book aren't a darker story sprinkled with light moments of humor; they are a lighter story with darker undertones.

I would say that if you liked Ranger's Apprentice, a significant part of this book is similar, but it deals with more mature issues. That isn't to say it is graphic, it isn't, but it does deal with some darker, mature issues we still see today.

The story has several different flavors of fantasy all woven in beautifully. The synopsis doesn't even begin to do the book justice; in fact, you'll have no idea where the Royal Academy mentioned in it even comes into the story or how it even comes into play for a while, and that's exactly why the story is so good, because you never feel like you're slogging towards some predetermined, inevitable conclusion that is half the reason you're reading the book. For lack of a better comparison, the book has range in the way an actress has range.

This might be the best high fantasy book I have ever read, it doesn't suffer from the typical troupes of the genre and I never felt like the story had any particular slow points, which is a triumph in and of itself in a book of this length.

  • Nice Dragons Finish Last

  • Heartstrikers, Book 1
  • By: Rachel Aaron
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,066
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,660
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,661

Audie Award, Fantasy, 2016. As the smallest dragon in the Heartstriker clan, Julius survives by a simple code: keep quiet, don't cause trouble, and stay out of the way of bigger dragons. But this meek behavior doesn't fly in a family of ambitious magical predators, and his mother, Bethesda the Heartstriker, has finally reached the end of her patience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Almost shockingly wonderful.

  • By Leon Miller on 07-26-15

Really good series

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

Reviewed: 09-20-16

I really like this Series. I suggest it for anyone who likes the Dresden, Rivers of London, Iron Druid, or Alex Verus series.

  • Masked Ball at Broxley Manor

  • A Royal Spyness Novella
  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,330
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,188

At the end of her first unsuccessful season out in society, Lady Georgiana has all but given up on attracting a suitable man - until she receives an invitation to a masked Halloween ball at Broxley Manor. Georgie is uncertain why she was invited, until she learns that the royal family intends to marry her off to a foreign prince, one reputed to be mad.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, light prequel

  • By CMMV on 01-01-15

Great Novella

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

Reviewed: 04-27-16

I loved this cute intro to Georgie. Fun and light and cute. I just wish it was longer!

  • Burned

  • Alex Verus, Book 7
  • By: Benedict Jacka
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,817
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,670
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,672

Diviner Alex Verus finally made one too many enemies on the Council of Mages, and now one of them is angry enough to have him executed. Fighting for his life is nothing new, but this kill order also calls for the death of Alex's dependents - and there's no way that he'll let Luna, Anne, and Vari take the heat. With only a week before he's history, Alex will have to figure out how to disassociate himself from his friends, scrounge up allies on the council, and hopefully keep his head attached to his body.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought it was good.

  • By Jill on 06-25-17

slippery slope!

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

Reviewed: 04-22-16

I love these books! Jacks just keeps upping the stakes! Alex is under a death sentence in this one and to see the way he is maneuvered despite his best efforts is highly entertaining. I can't wait to see what happens next!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Excerpts from The Encyclopaedia Britannica

  • A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and General Information, Eleventh Edition
  • By: Various
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 13 mins
  • Highlights
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,504
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,218
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,106

Prepare yourself for the ultimate multicast performance. We've gathered many of Audible's most popular narrators to bring to life some of the most extraordinary words ever written. 19 words, in fact, carefully selected and arranged alphabetically as in their original source: the 11th edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica. We created this enlightening journey from AUDIENCE to LITERATURE because you asked for it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank you Audible - Love It!

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 04-16-17

Educational and Entertaining!

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

Reviewed: 04-03-16

Our favorite readers are so entertaining that we do indeed enjoy listening to them read the encyclopedia! A special shout out to Katherine Kellgren and Luke Daniels who gave especially colorful performances.

I was sorely disappointed some of my favorite narrators were absent from this seminal work. I suggest next year George Guidal reads Cheyenne or rawhide, Barbara Rosenthal reads dig as in archeological dig, and Simon Prebble reads whatever he wants.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dry Bones

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,010
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,716
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,692

When Jen, the largest, most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever found, surfaces in Sherriff Walt Longmire's jurisdiction, it appears to be a windfall for the High Plains Dinosaur Museum - until Danny Lone Elk, the Cheyenne rancher on whose property the remains were discovered, turns up dead, floating face down in a turtle pond. With millions of dollars at stake, a number of groups step forward to claim her, including Danny's family, the tribe, and the federal government.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 'Dem Bones!

  • By Carole T. on 05-13-15

Save Jenn!

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

Reviewed: 04-03-16

Love Longmire! the whole gang is back for another romp through the woods of Wyoming! this may be the best addition to the series yet.

  • The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice

  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,877
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,744
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,773

With unforgettable characters, a sweeping backdrop, and passionate storytelling, this is a fantasy debut to rival that of Robert Jordan. Filled with adventure and bloodshed, pageantry and piracy, mystery and menace, Assassin's Apprentice is the story of a royal house and the young man who is destined to chart its course through tempests of change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By Jake on 03-16-10

Why the unpleasant ending?

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

Reviewed: 09-27-14

What did you like best about The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice? What did you like least?

Something about the way the author writes draws you in, and most of the time the story is pretty interesting. I detested how again, and again, and AGAIN the main character always has situations blow up in his face, that he has little to no power over, and ultimately looses/damages some cherished relationship. His foster father essentially refuses to speak to him when he uses his powers with animals, and ultimately kicks him out of the stables, after raising him for years, in addition to having been very good friends with his father. None of the characters act as rationally as they should, and because of this, they don't feel real.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The idea of the skill was interesting (but by no means unique or original), and it was interesting to see how he acted in his status as the illegitimate son of the prince who would have inherited the throne if not for his affair. I found the constant problems the main character finds himself in, which he never actually solves, extremely repetitive.

What about Paul Boehmer’s performance did you like?

He was an good, solid narrator with nothing about his voice that was particularly grating, and the character's voices were distinct.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No, it was not the type of book I would consider would make a good film, especially as spans several years, and it's mostly in the main character's head, there isn't a ton of action, just a lot of plotting and learning, and getting punished and rejected.

Any additional comments?

Why? Just why would you want to write a story about a kid who grows up in a corrupt kingdom, and ultimately (spoiler), by the end of the series looses essentially every person he cared about. What's more, there isn't anything deep I can see about his suffering, he has little or no impact in fixing the world he lives in (which no one even attempts) and he never cares about anyone who loves him back unconditionally who doesn't die. Heck, the men he serve don't do anything to improve the world either! I'm fine with sad endings, but the story becomes so predictably fixed on one pitfall after another, it feels like the author created the character just to make everything around him go wrong. Again. And Again. And Again....

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Koban, Volume 1

  • By: Stephen W. Bennett
  • Narrated by: Patrick Freeman
  • Length: 25 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,854
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,727
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,728

We colonized 700 planets. Humankind enjoyed the benefits of expansion room and the end of wars. We even disbanded our military. Then the Krall found us. The Krall have used thousands of years of combat to select the genes of the strongest and fastest warriors. They are a species determined to dominate the entire galaxy, through destruction and annihilation of every opponent.

Koban is an uninhabited high-gravity planet with impossibly fast savage animals, which employ organic superconducting nerves. This deadly world is where the Krall tested humans for war capability.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story, dreadful narration.

  • By Nate on 05-14-15

Story Interesting, Narrator Painful At times

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

Reviewed: 08-08-14

Where does Koban, Book 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

As sci-fi goes, it's a pretty good read. Unfortunately, the narrator frequently pauses for no apparent reason between words, and I can honestly say the most human sounding voice was the ship's AI. As a story, it's one of the better books I've read. As an audio book, it was probably one of the worst. I think the pauses were intentional, maybe the narrator was trying to convey some kind of future accent, but if that was the case, he failed horribly. The voices were well varied, but if he had ONLY left out the pauses, it would have been much better,

What other book might you compare Koban, Book 1 to and why?

I don't read a ton of Sci-fi, but the plot reminds me a little of the whole super-soldier sub genre with the genetic modifications and such. The idea of a one-sided alien invasion after mankind has already spread to other planets is not one I have seen before.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Patrick Freeman?

Marc Thomson. He has a good voice for Sci-fi novels, but doesn't pause randomly.

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

Heavens, no.

Any additional comments?

WARNING: If you expected heavily genetically modified humans fighting aliens, think again. This story is about the a crew of humans captured by the Krall, taken to Koban, and their first few months on the planet. I assume the sequel will have more of that goodness.

ALSO: If you are picky about your narrators (even mildly/moderately) LISTEN to the sample. The narrator ends words oddly and pauses at in the middle of sentences. You have to be fairly tolerent to make it through this audiobook.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Gates

  • A Novel
  • By: John Connolly
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cake
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 557
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 489
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 492

Young Samuel Johnson and his dachshund, Boswell, are trying to show initiative by trick-or-treating a full three days before Halloween which is how they come to witness strange goings-on at 666 Crowley Road. The Abernathys don't mean any harm by their flirtation with the underworld, but when they unknowingly call forth Satan himself, they create a gap in the universe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Paging Tim Burton

  • By Jeanne on 12-18-09

Funny, Inventive - Great Book for Whole Family!

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

Reviewed: 08-20-12

Where does The Gates rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of the very best YA books I've listened to. My family listened to it in the car and it was laugh out loud funny. It really kept everyone's attention.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I'd have to say Nerrd - Scourge of Five Dieties. Who knew.

What about Jonathan Cake’s performance did you like?

Loved the varieties of English accents. Really amazing range and all very spot on.

Any additional comments?

I am now downloading the rest of the series, sure hope they're as good as this one!