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  • The Rose & the Dagger

  • By: Renée Ahdieh
  • Narrated by: Ariana Delawari
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 319
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband, Khalid, the caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse - one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid's empire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story - bad narration

  • By Christy Kost on 06-13-16

Good story - bad narration

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

Reviewed: 06-13-16

It was overall a good story with a solid plot which helped me get through listening to the entire two books. Honestly, the narration almost turned me off of wanting to finish it. The narrator actually made the story boring. There was little difference in any of the voices, if at all, and she spoke in the same monotone throughout the entire story. I think with the right narrator, the book could really come to life and make it a completely different experience.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Morning Star

  • Book III of the Red Rising Trilogy
  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 21 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28,283
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26,359
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 26,307

Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society's mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It doesn't get much better than this!

  • By Audre on 03-24-16

Good God, Mr. Brown

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

Reviewed: 02-21-16

Holy shit. This mans ability to manipulate emotions through story telling is truly amazing. Pierce Brown has once again created one helluva story! I don't say this lightly, but this has become one of my favorite series ever. His talent for character building is so raw and real, it takes my breath away.
I laughed, I cried, I cursed...this series has everything you could want in a good book! Try it out - you won't be disappointed!

  • Golden Son

  • Book II of the Red Rising Trilogy
  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28,377
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26,255
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,176

Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I felt like the first book was a great Epic story

  • By Dirk on 02-01-18

OMG...I don't know what to do with myself

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

Reviewed: 10-22-15

HOLY SHIT. I haven't been this depressed since the ending of the first Odd Thomas book. Regardless of my depression - WOW. I feel strongly, that if a book, a piece of art, or a song, can stir up emotions that are so strong they affect my mood, then they did their bloody damn job. Talk about emotional derailment!! Pierce, once again, had plot twists right and left which left me stunned and wanting. I felt completely lost for about 6 hours till I learned there was a third book. I can't imagine having read this book a year ago and having to wait for the third. The depth of the characters, the plot - OH HOW IT FUCKING THICKENS - just left me flabbergasted and wowed. The narrator was fantastic and hot damn does this Pierce fella know how to write a story! DAMN. Don't listen to the end while your at work. Wait till you're alone in a dark room where you can wallow and sob in private.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice

  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,515
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,332
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,360

With unforgettable characters, a sweeping backdrop, and passionate storytelling, this is a fantasy debut to rival that of Robert Jordan. Filled with adventure and bloodshed, pageantry and piracy, mystery and menace, Assassin's Apprentice is the story of a royal house and the young man who is destined to chart its course through tempests of change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By Jake on 03-16-10

Really wanted to like it

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

Reviewed: 11-24-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I listened to the entire trilogy, and was met with dissapointment at the end of each book. The story was interesting enough to pull me in, but overall, the main character just made it a doozy. This series had all the makings of a really fantastic story, but I felt like the main character was just victimizing himself the entire time. With each new book, the plot would thicken and I would think "well maybe in this book he'll mature, or his character will grow," but it never happend. The end of the third book ended so abruptly, I felt like the author just got bored with the story and gave up. With how detailed the entire series was, I was expecting a more fantastic ending, but the character, his general attitude throughout the entire series, and how his life turned out was just super depressing. It had all the makings of an exciting main character (so much promise!), but I was just so disatissfied with the main character, that it ruined the whole series for me. :(

Has The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice turned you off from other books in this genre?

It did not. I read the entire series hoping that it would get better with each book. This never happened, and now I am unfortunately turned off from reading other Robin Hobb books.

What about Paul Boehmer’s performance did you like?

Ok....I have to admit, I laughed often through the first few chapters and it took me a while to get used to his voice. He has such a dramatic british accent, and the writing was so detailed, that I couldn't help but narrate everything in my own life in a dramatic british accent for weeks. "As she slowly turned on the stove to fry her eggs, she could not help but notice the varnish on the cast iron was turning a most distuuuurbing rusty brown!!" After I got over the childish hilarity of how he pronouced his vowels, I thought he did a very good job of making the characters distiguishable.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

NO

Any additional comments?

If the main character wasn't such a flop, and the women characters were more badass, this book would have been really good.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful