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  • Insight Kindling

  • The Call to Search Everywhen Book 2
  • By: Chess Desalls
  • Narrated by: Jill Maglione
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Calla faces charges against her for changing the past. Her use of the Travel Glasses resulted in the creation of two writings that affected the lives of Edgar, the inventor of the Travel Glasses, and Valcas, their prior owner. Now Calla must explain her actions before the Time and Space Travel Agency.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Deeper insight into the world of travel, & love.

  • By MelHay on 09-22-15

A thought provoking, exciting trip through time and space

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-02-17

The second book in Chess Desalls' Call to Search Everywhen series, Insight Kindling is even better than the first. I loved it. Not only does Desalls expand on the time travel and the perception of time itself, Calla, the main character, grows immensely. I found her outspoken verbal repartee refreshing and delightful—we're never in doubt as to what her true feeling are about anything. It is also a book of deep inner discovery, of insight into ones own abilities and the courage it takes to follow one's given path.

Taking up where Travel Glasses leaves off, Valcas escorts Calla to answer for two serious travel violations, according to the TSTA (Time and Space Travel Agency). After dodging the deadly Uproars, enduring Valcas' irritating and pompous attitude, Calla faces the charges. It seems that in this world, the TSTA consider themselves infallible, so one is guilty until proven innocent. During her hearing, Calla discovers ominous and selfish motivations on Valcas' behalf as to why he rescued her initially. This adds a delicious dimension to the rest of the book and the development of their relationship.

Because she can't afford the outrageous fine, Calla chooses to join a mission to settle her debt to the TSTA. So, she and Valcas are off, joined by two other "time criminals," to find Callas' father. And the adventure begins, or shall we say continues. While exploring Desalls' clever worlds of Everywhere and Everywhen, prepare to experience an adventure sure to please. I couldn't put it down, and I can't praise this book highly enough. Desalls' characters, the worlds she builds and her quirky approach to time, make this book a must-read for the time traveling aficionado.

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  • Outrage at Blanco

  • An Ellie Taine Thriller
  • By: Bill Crider
  • Narrated by: John Burlinson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

On a bloody day in 1887, death came to Blanco, Texas. Before the sun went down, the livery stable was torched, an outlaw gang robbed the bank, two men were killed, and young newlywed Ellie Taine was raped. One of the dead was the man who planned the robbery - the son of dying, legendary Texas Ranger Jonathan Crossland - the other was Ellie's husband, an innocent bystander.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • If you want to listen to filth then here you go

  • By matthew williams on 07-31-18

A great listen

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

Reviewed: 08-20-17

I read this when it first came out. Loved it then and John really nailed the character voices! Ellie is a believable and realistic western heroine. The kind that truly helped tame the west. She's gritty and yet graceful in her attitude towards life. When something needs doing, best do it yourself. I love Crider's mystery so, but his westerns have a special appeal to me ... the roads are muddy, the women sweat and the bad guy sometimes wins...but gets his in the end.

  • Celtic Viking

  • Heart of the Battle Series, Book 1
  • By: Lexy Timms
  • Narrated by: Hugh Loughlan
  • Length: 3 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 42

No one gave Erik a choice as to whether he would fight or not. Duty to the crown belonged to him, his father's legacy remaining beyond the grave. Taken by the beauty of the countryside surrounding her, Linzi would do anything to protect her father's land. Britain is under attack and Scotland is next. At a time she should be focused on suitors, the men of her country have gone to war and she's left to stand alone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Part of a Larger Story?

  • By littlebear on 12-28-15

A bit disappointing

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

Reviewed: 04-21-17

I probably should have guessed that this book was NOT truly historical. After all, the title does say Celtic Viking. In my defense I thought it was a story about a Viking who converted to the Celtic goddess based religion. No. In this story Vikings call themselves celts. That glaring historical lie ruined this otherwise beautifully written love story. I adored the setting, the characters and the story...except for that major glaring error. I wish the author had said this was an alternate history novel. Then I would have gladly given it the five stars it otherwise deserved.

The narrator was marvelous! I could listen to him all day!

If you don't care about accuracy in your historical fiction, then I highly recommend it. Otherwise, I recommend her writing style and the narrator is pure magic.

  • The Music of Us

  • Still Life with Memories, Book 3
  • By: Uvi Poznansky
  • Narrated by: Don Warrick
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

In 1970, Lenny can no longer deny that his wife is undergoing a profound change. Despite her relatively young age, her mind succumbs to forgetfulness. Now, he goes as far back as the moment he met Natasha, when he was a soldier and she a star, brilliant yet illusive. Natasha was a riddle to him then, and to this day, with all the changes she has gone through, she still is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Beautifully Narrated Tale of Love and Loss

  • By Aaron P. Lazar on 01-16-16

A beautiful and elegant love story

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

Reviewed: 04-21-17

I love Ms. Pozanski's work and this one did not disappoint. She tackles a difficult and tragic subject, yet turns it into a delicate and compelling love story. Her characters are vivid, and the prose...lovely. I found the narrator a bit distracting though when he sang the lyrics, and sometimes the variation in characters was discordant.

However, I still highly recommend this book, because Ms Posanski's style compensates painting the beauty of the music in their love.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dim Sum, Dead Some

  • Josie Tucker Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: EM Kaplan
  • Narrated by: Sunny Lu
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Ivan Sorokin is missing. Who wants him out of the picture - his wife, his business partner, or the stripper who holds his heart? Josie Tucker stands on Beach Street with her back to the San Francisco wharf. Above her, the Ghirardelli sign winks in the dusky twilight, seducing her. The ice cream parlor lights beckon like a lactose lothario, a casein casanova, trying hard to woo her. But her heart longs for dumplings, for dim sum.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • in my groove

  • By erobbins33 on 03-22-18

I LOVED this series!

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

Reviewed: 11-18-16

I thoroughly enjoyed everything about this book. Josie is the perfect amateur sleuth and food critic, though she is challenged by gastric issues that put a hamper on her livelihood. This is a fun, fast-paced mystery filled with twists and turns I didn't expect. A real page turner! And Sunny Lu was a fabulous narrator. Great series. I know what I want for Christmas...Dead Man on Campus. Thanks EM!

  • Nashville Beaumont

  • By: Michael Hiebert
  • Narrated by: Eric Bryan Moore
  • Length: 1 hr and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

My name is Nashville Beaumont. I am 12 years old, and few people know I exist. I was born in a secret underground facility in Texas. My twin sister, Providence, was taken away weeks ago. But I will find her, and when I do, I will kill Kidar Frenzid, the man who made me watch as he killed my entire family, one at a time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hiebert is amazing!

  • By PATRICIA on 10-22-17

A haunting dystopian sci-fi, w/ a message

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

Reviewed: 11-15-16

In a stark dystopian world, Nashville Beaumont searches for his 12-year-old sister and her kidnapper, the man he believes killed his family. His search takes us from Texas to Brazil to an alien star system far from earth. The story also explores humanity’s endless battle between good and evil, power and loss, freedom and despotism. And Nashville, as he states at the beginning of the story, is a weapon. A weapon we discover that will decide the future of mankind.

I thoroughly enjoyed this beautifully written story with its complex characters and richly drawn world. It’s quite rare to find a gem like this in genre fiction—a tight, faced paced plot woven together with such elegant, poetic prose into a story that haunts your thoughts well after the last word is uttered. Michael Hiebert has written such a story. And Eric Bryan Moore narrates it masterfully. Most highly recommended to all lovers of sci-fi, dystopian and outstanding fiction.

5 Stars

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  • Dragonvein, Book One

  • By: Brian D. Anderson
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,908
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,608
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,611

Carentan, France, 1944 - Ethan Martin, a soldier in the 101st Airborne, is fighting for his life. But soon he will learn what peril truly is when he is ripped from his world and transported to a land of magic, swords, and dragons. And though the Nazis are now far, far away, danger is closer than ever.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Story but very light on in details.

  • By Kindle Customer on 07-16-15

A fun fast paced story

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

Reviewed: 10-27-16

This one reminded me of Dungeons and Dragons a bit. It was a fun read, but not as well written as his Godling Chronicles. Still, I recommend it highly for fantasy, time travel fans.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Warbreaker

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: James Yaegashi
  • Length: 24 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,104
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,033
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,057

An author whose previous, wildly successful novels have earned him a reputation as fantasy's master of magic, Brandon Sanderson continues to dazzle audiences with this tale of princesses and gods. In this extraordinary world, those who attain glory return as gods. And those who can master the essence known as breath can perform the most wondrous miracles - or unleash the most devastating havoc.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What's Your god like?

  • By Robert on 05-24-13

A welcome surprise

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

Reviewed: 10-03-16

After reading all the low reviews about the narrator, I hesitated to buy this. Now that I've listened to it, I can tell you the story is fantastic. Classic Sanderson. There are a couple of times the narrator uses a kind of "valley girl" accent for two of the characters, but it fit the characters.

The pacing is good, the characters well drawn and the twists and turns, unforeseen.

Try it. You'll like it too.

  • The Godling Chronicles: The Sword of Truth, Book 1

  • By: Brian D. Anderson
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 934
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 863
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 870

Darkness comes as a new power rises in Angrääl. The Dark Knight has betrayed the Gods and stolen The Sword of Truth, trapping them in heaven. With the power of the Sword he can reshape the world and bring death to all who oppose him. Only one thing stands between the darkness and the light. Gewey Stedding. Only he has the power to stand against the oncoming storm. Only he can mend the world. But only if he can discover his power....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • More for YA

  • By C.Cottrell on 09-22-16

Another great story

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

Reviewed: 09-28-16

I love this story...but I had to read it a second time to fully appreciate it. The first time around I had a terrible time with the name of the main character Really...Gewey? It sounds like gooey. I just couldn't get past it. It was like fingernails on a chalkboard every time the name was said. Imagine if Scarlett O'hara's name had remained Pansy, instead if Margaret Mitchell realizing that the name of a main character is very important. But, when I reread it I told myself that Anderson must have had a good reason to use that name...a promise to someone dear? I don't know, but with that in mind the second time through, it was much better. I'm so glad I gave it a second chance!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Fire Rose

  • By: Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by: Kate Black-Regan
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 531
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412

Accepting employment as a governess after hard times hit her family, medieval scholar Rosalind Hawkins is surprised when she learns that her mysterious employer has no children and only wants her to read to him through a speaking tube.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, poorly presented

  • By Chelyn on 02-26-10

What's up with the low reviews?

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

Reviewed: 09-10-16

I put off buying this book because of all the mixed reviews, the low one in particular? I'm sorry I didn't purchase it right away. It's the perfect beginning to her Elemental Masters series. And while it doesn't have the totally happy storybook ending, it is completely satisfying and logical. In fact I found it quite enthralling. The characters are deeply complex as is the plot. If you like this series, please don't hesitate like I did. You'll be losing out on a marvelous story.

Very Highly Recommended!