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John Storbeck

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  • The Bear and the Nightingale

  • A Novel
  • By: Katherine Arden
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,066
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,815
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,810

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year, and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn't mind - she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse's fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was swept away

  • By Crystal Midkiff on 02-04-17

Most excellent

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

Reviewed: 03-03-17

Mt Grandparents were from Russia
I grew up with tales of Baba Yaga
And her revolving chicken footed house... as an Almost Adult I TOTALLY appreciated this story..
Would love to hear more❤❤😜

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pharaoh

  • A Novel of Ancient Egypt
  • By: Wilbur Smith
  • Narrated by: Mike Grady
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 178

Taita, the pharaoh's advisor and hero of Desert God and River God, once again finds himself caught up in a whirlpool of ruthless intrigue that threatens the very foundations of the beloved empire he has pledged his life to protect. Plunged into dangerous and deadly waters more treacherous than the Nile, he must use his intelligence, alchemy, and cunning to protect his pharaoh and keep safe all he loves.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • HUGE Disappointment

  • By aliciab on 11-03-16

Wilbur Smith

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

Reviewed: 10-29-16

Started out Sloow.. but finally picked up.!! Has a few slow spots .. but overall OK

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Cycle of Arawn

  • The Complete Trilogy
  • By: Edward W. Robertson
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 65 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,636
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,686
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,682

The White Tree (book one): In Mallon the dark magic of the nether has been banned for centuries. Its users have been driven out or killed. Its secrets lost. But the holy book of the nethermancers has just been found by a boy named Dante. As he works to unlock the book's power, he's attacked in the street. The nethermancers aren't gone—and they want their book back. Caught between death cultists and the law, Dante fights for his life, aided by his growing skills and a brash bodyguard named Blays.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In Response to the Criticism from Other Reviewers

  • By Jonah on 06-11-17

Excellent Trilogy

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

Reviewed: 02-10-16

Great storyline
Robertson paints pictures with words and weaves great adventures and interesting characters

Consistent narration!!

  • The Glassblower of Murano

  • By: Marina Fiorato
  • Narrated by: Cristian Solimeno, Kate Magowan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 95

The keys to the future lie in the past - a compelling story of love and intrigue spanning three centuries, three countries - and one miraculous talent....Nora Manin decides to leave her fractured life in London to start again in Venice, and there begins to unravel the story of her ancestor, Corradino Manin, the greatest artist of glass that the island of Murano ever produced.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is why we love historical fiction...

  • By S on 03-15-10

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 04-07-15

I am a Glassblower -Marina captured the essence of the 'feeling' of the Crystal.
Hated the Muzak between the chapters!


2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • KIYA: Hope of the Pharaoh

  • KIYA Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Katie Hamstead
  • Narrated by: Dara Rosenberg
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 131

When Naomi’s sisters are snatched up to be taken to be wives of the erratic Pharaoh, Akhenaten, she knows they won’t survive the palace, so she offers herself in their place. The fearsome Commander Horemheb sees her courage, and knows she is exactly what he is looking for… The Great Queen Nefertiti despises Naomi instantly, and strips her of her Hebrew lineage, including her name, which is changed to Kiya. Kiya allies herself with Horemheb, who pushes her to greatness and encourages her to make the Pharaoh fall in love with her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating and engaging

  • By Sharon Bayliss on 05-25-14

Don't waste your time

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

Reviewed: 01-15-15

Book was written for 7th grade level..

Narrator made me want to shoot my phone..

It horrid waste of time

9 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Khu: A Tale of Ancient Egypt

  • By: Jocelyn Murray
  • Narrated by: Michael Troughton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

In a land steeped in myth and superstition, a raid on a small village leaves a young boy, Khu, its only survivor. Fate paves a strange and mystical path through dark and uncertain times, when the split powers of Upper and Lower Egypt compete for sovereignty over a realm plagued by instability, rebellion, and fear. Two kings and their kingdoms battle over one dream - a dream threatened by shifting allegiances and foreign invasion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story telling

  • By Bill on 09-10-14

Great Adjectives!

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

Reviewed: 01-09-15

The descriptive adjectives Ms. Murray employs.. Are to die for.. As an artist I listen to audio books as I work.. Her words painted an amazing story ...

I hope to hear more from her!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful