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  • Dragons of Spring Dawning

  • Dragonlance: Chronicles, Book 3
  • By: Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,919
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,767
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,773

The war against the dragon minions of Queen Takhisis rages on. Armed with the mysterious, magical dragon orbs and the shining, silver dragonlance, the companions bring hope to the world. But now, in the dawn of a new day, the dark secrets that have long shadowed the hearts of the friends come to the light. Betrayal, treachery, frailty, and weakness will nearly destroy all that they have accomplished. The greatest battle they have left to fight is within each of them. Yet, in the end, they will be heroes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Still Good, but narration got weaker

  • By Linda on 11-15-13

This might be my favorite Dragonlance book!

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

Reviewed: 12-20-18

You obviously have to listen to the first two chronicles books before you listen to this one. However, the companions seen more relatable and real as you listen to the choices, mistakes, and decisions (good or bad) of the characters in this book. Weis and Hickman really nailed this one!

  • Spell or High Water

  • Magic 2.0
  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,923
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,778
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,763

A month has passed since Martin helped to defeat the evil programmer Jimmy, and things couldn't be going better. Except for his love life, that is. Feeling distant and lost, Gwen has journeyed to Atlantis, a tolerant and benevolent kingdom governed by the Sorceresses, and a place known to be a safe haven to all female time-travelers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator!

  • By D. Murdock on 03-13-17

Great continuation of our characters

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I loved this book as much as the first, and Luke Daniels performance is excellent!

  • Everyone Communicates, Few Connect

  • What the Most Effective People Do Differently
  • By: John Maxwell
  • Narrated by: Wayne Shepherd
  • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 921
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 906

You have a good idea but can't convince your peers of its merit. You crafted a groundbreaking strategy, but the teamtrudges on in the same old way. Certain people move forward in their career while you seem to be stuck. If this describes you or someone you know, the problem is not the quality of what you have to offer. The problem is how you connect with people to create the results you desire. Here, John Maxwell takes listeners through the Five Connecting Principles and the Five Connecting Practices of top-notch achievers.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not complete

  • By maria on 03-26-17

amazing!

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

Reviewed: 12-07-17

if everyone tried to do only 10% of what John asks us to do in this book, the world would be a much better place

  • 1066: The Year That Changed Everything

  • By: Jennifer Paxton, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Paxton
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,105

With this exciting and historically rich six-lecture course, experience for yourself the drama of this dynamic year in medieval history, centered on the landmark Norman Conquest. Taking you from the shores of Scandinavia and France to the battlefields of the English countryside, these lectures will plunge you into a world of fierce Viking warriors, powerful noble families, politically charged marriages, tense succession crises, epic military invasions, and much more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • History brought to life

  • By Joshua on 07-10-13

1066 Review

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

Reviewed: 12-06-17

I'm not usually into nonfiction, but this lecture kept my interest. I am looking forward to more lessons from the Great Courses.

  • Swarm

  • Star Force, Book 1
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,940
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,351
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,369

Kyle Riggs is snatched by an alien spacecraft sometime after midnight. The ship is testing everyone it catches and murdering the weak. The good news is that Kyle keeps passing tests and staying alive. The bad news is the aliens who sent this ship are the nicest ones out there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally some ORIGINAL scifi action.

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-25-11

Swarm Review

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

Reviewed: 12-06-17

The Story line was not the best I've ever heard, but it had enough going on to keep me listening. I would still recommend this book but I'm not in a hurry to go out and read the sequel. I do want to get to it sometime though.
Character development was just okay. (It could have been a lot worse)
If I could give this book a grade, I would give it a B-

  • Greyhound

  • By: Steffan Piper
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,388
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,223

Sebastien Ranes’s single mom and her feckless boyfriend can’t be bothered to take care of a stuttering 12-year-old. Banished to live with his grandmother on the far side of the country, the boy can barely understand a bus schedule when he gets dumped at the Greyhound station in Stockton, California. Given $35 and a one-way ticket to Altoona, Pennsylvania, Sebastien must cross the country - alone, without a clue how to fend for himself. Filled with youthful anger and naïveté, Sebastien heads out into the "Morning in America" of Ronald Reagan’s 1980s.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Warm Story of Fragility and Friendship

  • By Gillian on 06-29-16

Good story

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

Reviewed: 11-12-17

Overall, I enjoyed the story and I felt compelled to keep listening. Good character development.

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  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

  • By: Claire North
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,695
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,210

No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes. Until now.As Harry nears the end of his 11th life, a little girl appears at his bedside. "I nearly missed you, Doctor August," she says. "I need to send a message." This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An unexpected treasure

  • By Stefanie on 08-24-15

Starts Slow

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

Reviewed: 10-26-17

This book is obviously written by a British author, or at least in a British Style. There's nothing wrong with that, except for it definitely has a slow build and some of the words the author uses will be unfamiliar to many Americans reading the story.

Don't let the British slang turn you off though. This book was outstanding and was definitely worth the read.

  • Beneath the Skin

  • The Sam Hunter Case Files
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,635
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,529
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,518

Sam Hunter is a bit of an animal. He's a former Twin Cities cop who lost his badge because of excessive force. Abusive husbands, child molesters, and other lowlifes wound up looking like they'd been mauled by a dog...or a wolf. Now Sam's a low-rent PI in Philadelphia. He takes the kinds of cases no one wants. His clients are usually on the fringes of society. The kind who are prey for all manner of predators - human and otherwise.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Probably would be better if they were longer

  • By selkie86 on 02-10-17

Great bunch of short stories

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

Reviewed: 07-28-17

Would you listen to Beneath the Skin again? Why?

Yes, and I did already.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I didn't want to stop playing the book

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

Some of his inflections and tones were just outstanding.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

  • A Novel
  • By: Robin Sloan
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,469
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,664
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,644

The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A light, fun, easy listen

  • By january on 11-04-12

Worth the Listen

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

Reviewed: 07-28-17

Would you listen to Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore again? Why?

Maybe. It was a good book, but there are so many other books out there to enjoy.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

At times it did. Other times I wanted the story to move along.

What about Ari Fliakos’s performance did you like?

Great Narrator! Used different voices for different characters.

Any additional comments?

I liked the book, character development, and ending. The Narrator did a great job, and the narrator is something I am very picky about.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful