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  • Invitation

  • By: Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt, and others
  • Narrated by: Bill Myers, Cherise Boothe, Ali Ahn, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196

Gathering four stories from four best-selling author friends, Invitation is the first collection in the ongoing Harbingers series. In "The Call" by Bill Myers, four strangers are drawn together to help a student at the mysterious Institute for Advanced Psychic Studies. His gifts are supposedly being honed to assist world leaders...but there are some very disturbing strings attached.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • nail biter

  • By Eric S Baker on 11-20-17

Not enough

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

Reviewed: 04-14-19

The idea of four authors writing from four perspectives is a great one. The characters were developing well. However, there was not enough of a story line that resolved to warrant ending the book where it did. I’m not confident that if I continue the series this will change. And anyway the last book in the series ( at least up to this point) wasn’t available on audible for some reason. Too bad.

  • Rise of the Mystics

  • By: Ted Dekker
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213

Rachelle Matthews dreamed and awoke in another world. There she learned she was the 49th Mystic, the prophesied one, tasked with finding five ancient seals before powerful enemies destroy her. If Rachelle succeeds in her quest, peace will reign. If she fails, the world will forever be locked in darkness. In The 49th Mystic, Rachelle found the first three of those five seals through great peril and mind-altering adventure. But two seals remain hidden, and the fate of both worlds hangs in their balance. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intense and illuminating

  • By Ryan T. Pigford on 10-03-18

I don’t understand the reviews

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

Reviewed: 04-05-19

The original series black red and white were great. So I continued on to this. The sheer amount of rambling and repeated lines and concepts made we wonder who the editor was. Under it all was a decent story line but I only made it to the end by putting the last few hours on speed play.

  • Green

  • The Circle, Book 0: The Beginning and the End
  • By: Ted Dekker
  • Narrated by: Tim Gregory
  • Length: 14 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 675
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 502

Four Novels. Two Worlds. One Story. As foretold by ancient prophets, an apocalypse destroyed Earth during the 21st century. But 2,000 years later, Elyon set upon the earth a new Adam. This time, however, He gave humanity an advantage. What was once unseen became seen. It was good and it was called...Green.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love the ending

  • By Rozette on 01-05-10

An entirely unnecessary addition to the series

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

Reviewed: 03-14-19

I enjoyed Black, Red and White of the series and was closing out with Green. My question is, why? Why ruin a great series with a creepy addition featuring seemingly normal nice people suddenly deciding they were destined to be vampires, and a ton of lose ends that don’t get satisfactorily answered. If I had to do it over again I would’ve ended with White.

  • The Last Present

  • By: Wendy Mass
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

In 11 Birthdays, Amanda and her best friend, Leo, stopped speaking to each other for a year. What happened when they started talking again led to the adventure of a lifetime. Now they haven't spoken for another year - and the result is even more bizarre. This time it's not just about them. Their friend's little sister, Grace, has fallen into a strange frozen state on her tenth birthday. Amanda and Leo quickly realize that Angelina D'Angelo - the mysterious old woman behind all of the magical happenings in Willow Falls - is involved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By Ginger Fargo on 12-14-18

Great book

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

Reviewed: 12-14-18

Loved this book I accidentally listened to the last one before this one and I was confused but then I realized what happened overall great-book!

  • 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 14,595
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,649
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,645

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

Gory and flat

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

Remarkably flat characters for a trilogy this long. I never really cared for the characters to obtain their goal because the characters never lifted off the page for me. I kept hoping it would develop (with so many hours to go!) but I learned more about the various gory ways to slaughter people than I did about the main characters. Also, lots of random tidbits I thought would be important later but we’re never mentioned again. I did give it three stars rather than two because it was imaginative which deserves credit.
Perhaps it’s not a terrible story line, it’s just that I’ve heard others that are so much better.

  • The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector's Story

  • By: Hyeonseo Lee, David John
  • Narrated by: Josie Dunn
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,396
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,179
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,174

An extraordinary insight into life under one of the world's most ruthless and secretive dictatorships - and the story of one woman's terrifying struggle to avoid capture/repatriation and guide her family to freedom. As a child growing up in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee was one of millions trapped by a secretive and brutal communist regime. Her home on the border with China gave her some exposure to the world beyond the confines of the Hermit Kingdom....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The grit it must have taken

  • By Lucy on 11-13-17

My kids was shocked how much she liked it

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

Reviewed: 09-20-18

My 13 yr old YA junkie LOVED this book. She kept interrupting the listen to come tell me the story and was moved at how much people can suffer and persevere. Highly recommended for teens as well as adults

  • Prince of Fools

  • The Red Queen's War, Book 1
  • By: Mark Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,902
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,903

The Red Queen is old but the kings of the Broken Empire dread her like no other. For all her reign, she has fought the long war, contested in secret, against the powers that stand behind nations, for higher stakes than land or gold. Her greatest weapon is The Silent Sister - unseen by most and unspoken of by all. The Red Queen's grandson, Prince Jalan Kendeth - drinker, gambler, seducer of women - is one who can see The Silent Sister.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A fantasy odd couple caught up in a bigger game

  • By Lore on 04-10-16

Worst book I've ever listened to

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

Reviewed: 03-12-18

Would you try another book from Mark Lawrence and/or Tim Gerard Reynolds?

I made it to the end of the book for the hope that there was a great punchline at the end and for my sheer love of Tim's narration, but this book made no sense whatsoever. The main character is crass and I simply couldn't figure out his partner. It's possible that things are explained in the next book but I can't bear to spend another credit on that hope after being so disappointed with the first book.

Would you ever listen to anything by Mark Lawrence again?

no

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Tim is an amazing narrator. I wonder if he felt as lost in the story as I did.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

There was one interesting twist that peaked my interest - but I presume will be resolved in another book since the issue was abandoned in this one. Unfortunately, I won't ever find out.

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  • The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter

  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Michael J. Sullivan, Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,941
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,623
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,608

When Gabriel Winter's daughter mysteriously disappears and is presumed dead, the wealthy whiskey baron seeks revenge. Having lived in Colnora during the infamous Year of Fear, he hires the one man he knows can deliver a bloody retribution - the notorious Duster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • By Mar! A brilliant addition to my favorite Chronicle

  • By Gina on 12-30-17

Start with Theft of Swords - then get all the books.

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

Reviewed: 12-27-17

Always masterful in his story weaving, this tale is no less a treat than the others with the perfectly complimentary and yet opposing characters of Royce and Hadrian - probably my all time favorite in this book genre. I will say the narrator (also one of my favorites) seemed a bit off - the audio was patchy and on occasion I wasn't sure which of the characters was talking - a rarity with this exceptional narrator.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Lexicon

  • By: Max Barry
  • Narrated by: Heather Corrigan, Zach Appelman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,601
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,365
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,374

At an exclusive school somewhere outside of Arlington, Virginia, students aren't taught history, geography, or mathematics - at least not in the usual ways. Instead, they are taught to persuade. Here the art of coercion has been raised to a science. Students harness the hidden power of language to manipulate the mind and learn to break down individuals by psychographic markers in order to take control of their thoughts. The very best will graduate as "poets": adept wielders of language who belong to a nameless organization that is as influential as it is secretive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fasten your seat belt...

  • By Tango on 06-22-13

Intriguing. Too many loose ends

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

Reviewed: 11-14-17

The chronological order of the story is probably the most intriguing part of the book. Neat character development but fell a bit flat in the end. Maybe if it had been a series there would have been more time to improve the issue. Too many loose ends and unexplained points for me to give it 5 stars. For a book about words, the authors extreme overuse of the f word is annoying. The generally boring dialogue goes a bit like this:
"Shoot the f- guy."
"I don't want to f- shoot him"
"Do what I f- say or I'll f-shoot you, you dumb f-!""
Male narrator is good, but the female narrator does a lousy Australian accent which is confusing when you're trying to mentally place the scene.

  • The Ends of the World

  • Conspiracy of Us, Book 3
  • By: Maggie Hall
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259

Power balances on a knife's edge. Destiny is uncertain. And love is the most terrifying thing of all. The Circle of Twelve is not who Avery though they were. Neither is Avery. Her mother is dead. Betrayal and attraction and history have tangled the strings that bind her, Jack, and Stellan. And now, Avery and her friends must put aside their own problems and focus on putting a stop to the most dangerous conspiracy of all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Will be following this author.

  • By Kristine on 04-04-19

Who was the targeted audience?

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

Reviewed: 07-23-17

I have to say upfront I'm not sure if what bothered me about this series the most was the narrator or the actual quality of writing.
In full disclosure while I managed to finish the first two books in hopes that the series would get better I couldn't push through to finish this one. The plot was simply too unrealistic and the decisions the characters made made no sense. For example, It would be said about one character that they were extremely loyal and then that character would make the decision to betray everyone they've been loyal to their whole lives because of a week old crush.

I was looking for a good summer read so I really wanted to like this series -adventurous but fun. I was disappointed with the mismatch of the writing style. The characters and the writing style seemed to be more for a young teen audience while the subject matter and message didn't seem appropriate for teens imho.
Between grisly beheadings and The message jumping from guy to guy at the drop of a hat or that making out with a guy you don't even care for can be used as a form of therapy when in mourning, seemed off.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful