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  • The Foundling

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 14 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 494
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437

The shy young Duke of Sale has never known his parents. Instead, his Grace Adolphus Gillespie Vernon Ware or Gilly for short has endured 24 years of rigorous mollycoddling from his uncle and his valet. But his natural diffidence conceals a rebellious spirit. So when Gilly hears of Belinda, the beautiful foundling who appears to be blackmailing his cousin, he absconds with glee. Only he has no sooner entered his new and dangerous world than he is plunged into a frenzy of intrigue, kidnap and adventure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rollicking Adventure

  • By Amanda on 01-26-10

A Unique Story for Heyer

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

Reviewed: 05-17-17

I love G. Heyer's historical romances and mysteries. She is a good writer and her historical fiction is very accurate since she was an amateur historian. Many of the publications she refers to in her books, she actually owned. She could read Middle English and Middle French (I do good just reading modern English - Chaucer had to be translated for me to understand it.)
Readers who prefer the cotton candy of modern authors most likely will be bored with the meat & potatoes of an older style of writing.
The idioms and phrases of the time period will seem awkward and foreign at first, but hang in there, by the third chapter you will be thoroughly enjoying it and incorporating some of the lingo into your own vocabulary.

Delightfully no porn! I highly recommend this book to those with college level or higher reading skills.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Mission Wraith

  • Star Runners, Book 3
  • By: L.E. Thomas
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

On the border of Zahl-Legion space, far from anything Austin Stone has ever known, Star Runners are dying. Lurking in the darkness, the Zahl Empire has a new threat facing the Legion Tridents. After surviving pirates and battling threats to Earth, Austin knows better than most rookies in the Tizona Squadron the dangers that exist in the universe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • When is the next one?!

  • By Jean on 08-05-16

When is the next one?!

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

Reviewed: 08-05-16

Not a classic writer, but so worth the read. Can't wait for another story about Austin and the Star Runners!

This book is good for any age reader. I would rate it PG, but there are difficult subjects of death, loss, and sacrifice that might be hard for children old enough to understand but not old enough to deal with it. These issues were well-written and very true-to-life. unlike tv, where people suffer tremendous trama & loss and the next day are fine.

My dad always said, "if your beliefs aren't worth dying for, they aren't worth living for."



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Star Runners

  • By: L E Thomas
  • Narrated by: Donald R Emero
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 397
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 362
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 364

With average grades, less than stellar play in baseball, and a single mother struggling to make ends meet, it looks as if Austin's only way to continue his education would be through some kind of miracle.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Overall Story... But Predictable. Easy Listen

  • By Striker on 03-05-15

Much More Than...

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

Reviewed: 07-25-16

The Last Starfighter movie, although there is a lot of similarities. I put off getting this audio book because I thought it would be a repeat of the movie - I needn't have worried.
The narrator is fair. Only a few times getting his voices mixed up, but overall an okay job.
This is the first in a series of three, and having finished this first book, I'm immediately getting the second one, and I am very glad there is more. You get sucked into this universe and into the life of Austin, the main character.

I recommend this book.
No swearing or sex. People die, but not a lot of gor - suitable for young adult.

  • Behemoth

  • By: Scott Westerfeld
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,334
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,129

The behemoth is the fiercest creature in the British navy. It can swallow enemy battleships with one bite. The Darwinists will need it, now that they are at war with the Clanker powers. Deryn is a girl posing as a boy in the British Air Service, and Alek is the heir to an empire posing as a commoner. Finally together aboard the airship Leviathan, they hope to bring the war to a halt. But when disaster strikes the Leviathan's peacekeeping mission, they find themselves alone and hunted in enemy territory.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting, sort of a hard listen though

  • By Brooke on 04-05-12

Don't miss the Afterword!

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

Reviewed: 04-20-16

I really enjoyed this book, the second in a 3-book series. It's an alternate history based on actual events that happened in WWI, but in an interesting twist on the Steampunk genre.
I enjoy historical fiction, and the Afterword tied the events in the book with actual events - giving the book weight despite the JA category, and making WWI much more interesting and personal.
The "Darwinist" ideas in the book are fascinating and, I think, not so far from reality in some aspects.
I highly recommend this series.

  • The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

  • By: Gabrielle Zevin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,778
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,777

The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books - the only bookstore on Alice Island - has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose in the most embarrassing of circumstances. The store itself, it seems, will be next to go. One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children’s section with a note from her mother pinned to her Elmo doll: I want Maya to grow up in a place with books and among people who care about such kinds of things. I love her very much, but I can no longer take care of her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Tale for Booksellers

  • By B. Leon on 04-15-14

Two Hours of Freeway Got Me Hooked

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

Reviewed: 07-06-15

I originally criticized the reader, but by the end of the book I had decided I couldn't imagine anyone else reading the book better.
The story revolves around a small book store in an island town in New England and the various lives that revolve around the book store. The characters are very human, and endearing for all that they aren't perfect. I got very attached to them and it was hard to say goodbye. The story has 'human nature' humor. The emotion was refreshingly REAL, not overdone the way we have become accustomed to seeing on television. If this was turned into a movie it would ruin it - it would lose its simplicity and become a mere moody drama. As a book, it is perfect, and I recommend it to those who don't mind sad parts.

  • Opal Fire

  • A Stacy Justice Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Barbra Annino
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,438
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,275
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,278

Stacy Justice is your average small-town reporter...who just so happens to be a witch. She’s never had the time or patience to mess around with the magic her grandmother and great-aunts are into, even though Grandma says Stacy has a higher calling. Right now, Stacy has stories to cover, her cousin Cinnamon’s bar to help run, and her cute cop boyfriend and flatulent Great Dane to keep her company. But when someone sets Cinnamon’s bar ablaze - almost killing Stacy in the process - the green-eyed redhead will have to embrace her inner witch after all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable mystery with a slight bit of magic

  • By susan on 01-15-13

A Modern Romp in Black & White or

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

Reviewed: 05-28-15

Nancy Drew meets Sabrina the Witch read by FBI agent Frank. Good Story, monotone Narrator.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lost and Found

  • The Taken Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Alan Dean Foster
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 478
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 427
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 431

Not so long ago Marcus Walker was just another young commodities trader in Chicago, working hard and playing harder. But that's all in the past, part of a life half forgotten-a reality that vanished when he was attacked while camping and tossed aboard a starship bound for deep space. Desperately, Walker searches for explanations, only to realize he's trapped in a horrifying nightmare that is all too real. Instead of being a rich hotshot at the top of the food chain, Walker discovers he's just another amusing novelty, part of a cargo of “cute” aliens from primitive planets....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Alien abduction with a twist

  • By Ken on 02-18-12

Beautiful Vocabulary! Great Story!

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

Reviewed: 03-01-15

I really enjoyed this story. It was a great story enhanced by vocabulary so varied and extensive that the 300 standard words used by newspapers compares to baby talk.
I actually checked to see if the narration wasn't done by a team, so unique & consistent were the character voices used by Mr. Wyman.
Philosophical questions such as, 'what is intelligence and how do you measure it?' What constitutes freedom? Friendship? And an illustration of Maslow's hierarchy of needs are explored in a very entertaining story, rife with dry humor and a delightful sense of the absurd. The main protagonist is kidnapped from earth by Ferengi-like aliens and imprisoned in a zoo with other aliens considered to be merchandise. The unique characters this human meets and the ensuing adventures they go through were very entertaining - and occasionally nail-bitingly tense. The light-hearted philosophical undertones added depth to the story.

  • For My Lady's Heart

  • Medieval Hearts, Book 1
  • By: Laura Kinsale
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
  • Length: 17 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 728
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 687
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 685

Pursued by her enemies, flattered and courted for her lands, a powerful, devious princess is desperate to reach refuge. Haunted by the shadow of the young assassin set upon her, Princess Melanthe knows that an ice cold countenance is her only protection. To succumb to love is the greatest danger of all. She can trust only one man amid the lies, the mysterious Green Knight - a true knight who never wavers once he gives his heart; a man who cannot comprehend deceit.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Refreshingly Different

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 11-01-13

One Of The Most Authentic

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

Reviewed: 02-25-15

The author used much of the lingo of the age shortly after the great plagues (©1500's). I have read some of this time period.
I found the story deeply moving, and myself even crying several times.
I don't think I have ever read an historical fiction showing the roots of the Italian Mafia before and so thought it interesting, if horrifying.
This story has castles, princesses, knights, jousts, & court intrigue, love & death - just a good story!
The narrator spoke the Old English smoothly -as if he were accustomed to it all the time.
The story was worthy of a superb narrator, and the narrator was worthy of a talented story.
The author provides a glossary on the authors website to help with the terms, but most of the time I could understand unfamiliar terms by the context or the closeness of the sounds to a modern word, although occasionally that can throw you off. Sometimes a word we use now had a very different meaning back then.
I highly recommend this book and even though it is first in a series, it stands alone nicely.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • An Irish Country Doctor

  • A Novel
  • By: Patrick Taylor
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,598
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,207
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,212

Barry Laverty, M.B., can barely find the village of Ballybucklebo on a map when he first sets out to seek gainful employment there, but already he knows that there is nowhere he would rather live than in the emerald hills and dales of Northern Ireland. The proud owner of a spanking-new medical degree and little else in the way of worldly possessions, Barry jumps at the chance to secure a position as an assistant in a small rural practice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Book

  • By Sara on 10-24-14

All Creatures Great & Small With People Instead

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

Reviewed: 02-23-15

Very similar to James Herriot's book, with a few exceptions - takes place in Ireland instead of Yorkshire and it's biographical about a young medical doctor around the sixties instead of a veterinarian a decade or two earlier. The reader is exceptional with the dialects - I could never have read it to myself and heard those accents in my head.
I find it sad to read about a way of life that no longer exists.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Rider: Spirals of Destiny: Book 1

  • By: Jim Bernheimer
  • Narrated by: Christine Padovan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 390
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 360

A unicorn is not supposed to survive the death of its rider, but Majherri did. Now he is a pariah, mistrusted by the Greater Herd. To reclaim his lost honor and status, he will entrust the remnants of his life to a new human female while unraveling the mystery of his continued existence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Horse Lover's Book-- An Enchanting Fantasy

  • By Ruth on 01-05-13

Better Match Would Have Helped

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

Reviewed: 02-16-15

The book read like someone's first novel, but I think a better narrator/story marriage would have helped this be a five star story. It's hard to separate the two in this story. If my eyesight had permitted, I would have enjoyed this much more if I had read the book instead of listening to it.
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1 of 11 people found this review helpful