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Hickory, NC, United States
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  • Classic Love Poems

  • By: William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,928
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,558
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,430

For anyone who's in love - or hopes to be - what greater celebration could there be than to hear the world's greatest love poetry read lovingly by Richard Armitage? With 13 poems by William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and more, Classic Love Poems is a listening treat for Valentine's Day - or any day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful recitation by Richard Armitage

  • By vc on 02-09-15

perfect narration of classic love poems

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

Reviewed: 08-07-17

I could listen to Richard Armitage reading the phone book and I'd probably swoon. Listening to him read the immortal and yearning poetic best of romantic masters was divine.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Magic Rises

  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,684
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,465
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,471

Mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate, Curran, the Beast Lord, are struggling to solve a heartbreaking crisis. Unable to control their beasts, many of the Pack’s shape-shifting children fail to survive to adulthood. While there is a medicine that can help, the secret to its making is closely guarded by the European packs, and there’s little available in Atlanta. Kate can’t bear to watch innocents suffer, but the solution she and Curran have found threatens to be even more painful. The European shape-shifters who once outmaneuvered the Beast Lord have asked him to arbitrate a dispute - and they’ll pay him in medicine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Vinity on 07-31-13

Heart pounding UF

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

Reviewed: 07-14-17

Ilona Andrews does it again. Another great installment in a spectatacular series. They just keep getting better.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • One Salt Sea

  • An October Daye Novel, Book 5
  • By: Seanan McGuire
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 954
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 873
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 873

October “Toby” Daye is finally doing all right. She’s settling into her new role as the Countess of Goldengreen; she’s actually dating again; she’s even agreed to take on Quentin as her official squire. Life is looking up all around - and that inevitably means it’s time for things to take a turn for the worse. Someone has kidnapped the sons of Duchess Dianda Lorden, regent of the Undersea Duchy of Saltmist. To prevent a war between land and sea, Toby must not only find the missing boys, but also prove that the Queen of the Mists was not behind their abduction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best October Daye book so far

  • By a on 11-11-11

Fantastic story telling and narration

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

Reviewed: 07-29-16

Ms. McGuire's world building is so rich and imaginative that this series is one of my favorites. The characters are delightfully quirky.

I have loved the stories in print, but Mary Robinette Kowal does a masterful job of bringing the characters to life.

Simply fantastic.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Local Habitation

  • An October Daye Novel
  • By: Seanan McGuire
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 994
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 996

October “Toby” Daye is a changeling, the daughter of Amandine of the fae and a mortal man. Like her mother, she is gifted in blood magic, able to read what has happened to a person through a mere taste of blood. Half-human, half-fae, outsiders from birth, most changelings are second-class children of Faerie spending their lives fighting for the respect of their immortal relations. Toby is the only changeling who has earned knighthood, and she re-earns that position every day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a fantastic book!

  • By Marci on 04-10-10

excellent urban fantasy

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

Reviewed: 03-11-16

This is the second book of the October Daye series. Where the first book was good, this book is excellent. Seanan McGuire builds upon the world she created in Rosemary and Rue, and delves deeper into subplots and the mystique of that world.

Similar to the first book, this book is both urban fantasy as well as a story of mystery and suspense. Toby is an investigator after all. In this book she is investigating mysterious deaths in the Fae knowe of Tamed Lightning.

There is a bit of brilliance in how McGuire combines magic and tech in this book. The two don't seem to blend. However, in this book it feels natural. Meanwhile, Toby and her Scooby gang continue to develop and mature.

As for the narration, Mary Robinette Kowal not only captures the practical tones that suit Toby's character, but she breathes life into the entire cast of characters making them distinct and memorable.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Three-Body Problem

  • By: Cixin Liu
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,923
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,150

Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hard science fiction

  • By DarthVal on 03-11-16

Hard science fiction

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

Reviewed: 03-11-16

This is one of those science fiction stories for which the SCIENCE should be capitalized. It is definitely hard science fiction. In fact, the science can bog the story down at times, just a bit, but not enough to detract from what is an amazing story.

19 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • Written in Red

  • A Novel of the Others
  • By: Anne Bishop
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Harris
  • Length: 18 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,886
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,892

As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut - a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg's Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard - a business district operated by the Others. Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW!!!!! JUST WOW!

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-16-13

Simply fantastic

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

Reviewed: 03-11-16

This book kicks off a new a refreshing urban fantasy series. In this fantastical alternate reality, humans live in balance with the Terre Indigene, creatures that are fierce and native to the earth. Their kind include vampires, shifters, and elementals.

Meg is a special class of human known as a blood prophet. She escapes her "protective" captivity and finds herself seeking refuge among the Terre Indigene. She has been beyond sheltered her whole life, so everything is new to her, which in a way, makes the shifters less strange to her than they might be to a normal human.

The result is a tale of innocence, discovery, and danger. The world is brilliantly depicted and the characters are rich and colorful.

As if that weren't enough, the narration is fantastic for this series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Murder of Crows

  • A Novel of the Others, Book 2
  • By: Anne Bishop
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Harris
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,860
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,863

After winning the trust of the terra indigene residing in the Lakeside Courtyard, Meg Corbyn has had trouble figuring out what it means to live among them. As a human, Meg should be barely tolerated prey, but her abilities as a cassandra sangue make her something more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Follow up!

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-22-14

Enchanting combination of innocence and ferocity

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

Reviewed: 03-11-16

Written in Red was a delightful and refreshing surprise in the urban fantasy scene. Murder of Crows fulfills every bit of the promise set forth in the first book. The world building continues to amaze.

What I love best about this series is the innocence in contrast to the harsh and deadly lives of the Terre Indigene. In this book, the story gets deeper and world head toward an even more precarious balance.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hard Day's Knight

  • Black Knight Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: John G. Hartness
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 724
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 663
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 666

This is not your ordinary fall weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina. Vampire private detectives Jimmy Black and Greg Knightwood have been hired to save a client from being cursed for all eternity, but end up in a bigger mess than they ever imagined. Suddenly trapped in the middle of a serial kidnapping case, Jimmy and Greg uncover a plot to bring forth an ancient evil. Soon, they've enlisted the help of a police detective, a priest, a witch, a fallen angel, and a strip club proprietor to save the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hard row to hoe, but well done!

  • By Author Tonia Brown on 03-17-15

Dorky vampires that definitely don't sparkle

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

Reviewed: 12-15-15

Detectives? Good. Vampire detectives? Even better. And, they are kind of dorks? Count me in!

I tried this on my Kindle reader as a lark, partly because of the bargain price. What I found was a sardonic page turner that was worth more than I've paid for many novels throughout the years.

While Hartness made it clear that this was to be the first in a series, he still provided a complete story that can stand on its own. Kudos to him for that. Even though I did not need to rely on the next book to finish the story, I was glad to know there would be more. I could not wait to see what the characters would get into next.

Fans of Joss Whedon....I think you will enjoy this one.


9/8/15 - I did a re-read of this one. Well, I revisited it on audiobook anyway. I still really enjoyed the heck out of the story and the narration is good. So, if you are an audio addict like me, hurray that it has finally made it to Audible!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Source

  • Witching Savannah, Book 2
  • By: J. D. Horn
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,646
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,459
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,456

Savannah resident Mercy Taylor may now be in control of the South’s most powerful family of witches, but she’s struggling to master her newfound magic. Pregnant with her first child and still reeling from a heartbreaking betrayal, she just wants to be able to use her supernatural abilities without accidentally destroying dishes or blasting the doors off buildings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hold on, it's a rip roaring ride!

  • By MrsT on 06-05-14

Disappointing follow up book

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

Reviewed: 12-15-15

This one was a bit disappointing. It is still far superior to some other crap out there, but I just expected better after the first book. My main sticking points are . . .

1. The heroine did not seem to learn ANYTHING from the first book. Through most of the book, she goes about trusting just about everyone that she should know better than to trust. This type of plot device is SO annoying.

2. There were several way too convenient parlor scenes. I was ready for someone to bust out with the, "if it weren't for you meddling kids" mantra.

3. Some plot turns just did not make sense. Trust me on this.

4. The romance was way less than romantic. I am just not a fan of love for no reason. You will see what I mean should you decide to listen.


On the positive side . . .

1. There is at least a plot. Yes, it takes some silliness to move it along, but it is a true plot, with action and build up, rather than just random scenes stitched together (*cough* I'm looking at you Discovery of Witches).

2. While I found it annoying, I give credit for consistency of Mercy's character. She remains gullible, willfully clueless, and ridiculously rebellious, but at least she is consistent.

3. I still love the Savannah setting. It is one of my favorite cities. I'm am headed there is a few weeks.

4. The book felt like a complete story. Well, kind of, mostly. It at least got to a decent stopping point and resolved several plot threads.


I will read the final book and hope this one was just a sophomore slump.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • FREE: Mitosis: A Reckoners Story

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,552
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,123
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,147

Epics still plague Newcago, but David and the Reckoners have vowed to fight back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He is back!

  • By Thomas on 10-09-14

An excellent series related novella

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

Reviewed: 12-15-15

Brandon Sanderson, I have a huge reader crush on you. I have yet to read anything you've written that I have not loved.

This is a GREAT story. Of course, be sure to read book 1 of the Reckoners, Steelheart, first. This is a solidly written, action-based story set in that world. Truly a fun read and whets the appetite for more Sanderson.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful