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  • Highland Raven

  • The Celtic Blood Series, Book 1
  • By: Melanie Karsak
  • Narrated by: Lesley Parkin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 129

Scotland, 1026 - Gruoch, descendant of the line of MacAlpin, should have been born into a life of ease. But fate is fickle. Her father's untimely death, rumored to have been plotted by King Malcolm, leaves her future uncertain and stained by the prophecy that she will avenge her family line. Escaping to one of the last strongholds of the old Celtic gods, Gruoch becomes an adept in arcane craft. Her encounters with the otherworld, however, suggest that magic runs stronger in Scotland than she ever imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Hit by Karsak

  • By Michelle @ In Libris Veritas on 08-25-16

Boring and not enough action

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

Reviewed: 11-15-17

Story is too slow. Narrator is good. The most detailed part of the story is the sexual events between two female characters, which was too much information for me. Couldn't finish story, because I didn't really care. I think this should come with a warning of explicit sexual encounters with same sex characters for those who may be put off by this.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ceridwen of Kilton

  • The Circle of Ceridwen Saga, Book 2
  • By: Octavia Randolph
  • Narrated by: Nano Nagle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294

Ninth-century Saxon England crumbles under the onslaught of a relentless foe - the Danish Vikings. Ceridwen, a young woman with divided loyalties, watches as the peace and plenty she enjoys at the Saxon stronghold of Kilton gives way to wary watchfulness. Her dearest friend, Ælfwyn, sold in marriage to a Dane in a desperate bid for peace, travels to Kilton and recounts the events that befell the fortress of Four Stones in captured Lindisse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect continuation...

  • By Dennise on 03-23-17

I liked the historical story

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

Reviewed: 08-04-17

Would you listen to Ceridwen of Kilton again? Why?

Yes. I always like stories that are historical, and a woman's viewpoint is interesting. It is a good story with good historical detail.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ceridwen of Kilton?

Her journey to Kilton with her blind husband.

Which character – as performed by Nano Nagle – was your favorite?

Ceridwen

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It was a violent time, but some of the cruelties are difficult to read.

  • Spellmonger

  • Spellmonger, Book 1
  • By: Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,741
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,728

Minalan gave up a promising career as a professional warmage to live the quiet life of a village spellmonger in the remote mountain valley of Boval. It was a peaceful, beautiful little fief, far from the dangerous feudal petty squabbles of the Five Duchies, on the world of Callidore. There were cows. Lots of cows. And cheese. For six months things went well. Then one night Minalan is forced to pick up his mageblade again to defend his adopted home from the vanguard of an army of goblins bent on a genocidal crusade against all mankind. And that was the good news.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific Book! A great adult fantasy series.

  • By Eric on 07-27-17

Too much about his sexual prowess

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

Reviewed: 08-04-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

More about his magic and and the war and less about his sexual exploits, Please.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I won't be reading book 2.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Characters personal sexual conquests slowed the story down.

  • Candidate

  • The Black Mage, Book 3
  • By: Rachel E. Carter
  • Narrated by: Patrice Gambardella
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 91

Twenty-year-old Ryiah is a black mage of combat, but she is not the Black Mage. Yet. She's had her eyes on the legendary robe for as long as she can remember, and in just one year she will have a chance at her country's prestigious - and only - tourney for mages. Too bad she is going up against a certain non-heir. The one person she has yet to beat.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, but...

  • By Kindle Customer on 05-06-17

Narration is stilted and detracts from the story

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

Reviewed: 04-11-17

Where does Candidate rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Good story with a good heroine! There are interesting twists and turns. I want to hear what happens next and I feel it is certainly above average. Just change the narrator.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Candidate?

The heroine's determination to become the top mage.

What didn’t you like about Patrice Gambardella’s performance?

Unfortunately, the narrator sounded like a 5th grader reading. It was stilted and lacked emotion to the narration. She even mispronounced several words, which throws me out of the story.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Discovering her brother was a rebel and dying.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Wolf and Iron

  • By: Gordon R. Dickson
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 19 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 111

After the collapse of civilization, when the social fabric of America has come apart in bloody rags, when every man's hand is raised against another, and only the strong survive. "Jeebee" Walther was a scientist, a student of human behavior, who saw the Collapse of the world economy coming, but could do nothing to stop it. Now he must make his way across a violent and lawless America, in search of a refuge where he can keep the spark of knowledge alive in the coming Dark Age.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Decent idea that gets bogged down quickly.

  • By Brad B. on 02-14-15

I enjoyed the story until about half-way through.

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

Reviewed: 01-27-17

Would you try another book from Gordon R. Dickson and/or Kevin T. Collins?

Probably not

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

It was very good until half-way through, then it became tedious description. It started with an injury from a bear attack and when almost healed a twisted ankle. Then it went into making a cave a home. The amount of repetition and description of his process slowed the story immensely. Very little character feelings or relationship to the wolf or Mary and their developing relationship when he found her. Just back to making things to survive which can be interesting if not so repetitious and overly detailed.

Which character – as performed by Kevin T. Collins – was your favorite?

GB

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

Maybe, needs more about people and remove the second injury.

Any additional comments?

At the beginning narrator was slow and overly enunciated the wording, made me feel like I was listening to my first grade teacher reading to class. He felt unconnected to the story until a couple of chapters in, then he speeded up and I felt like he was GB. Beginning could be improved by redoing after narrator connected with the story.

  • The Last One

  • A Novel
  • By: Alexandra Oliva
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain, Nicol Zanzarella
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 236
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 220
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 221

She wanted an adventure. She never imagined it would go this far. It begins with a reality TV show. Twelve contestants are sent into the woods to face challenges that will test the limits of their endurance. While they are out there, something terrible happens - but how widespread is the destruction, and has it occurred naturally or is it man-made? Cut off from society, the contestants know nothing of it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I had to finish it and finish it fast.

  • By Howard on 07-16-16

Good premise, but frustrating heroine

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

Reviewed: 08-04-16

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

Fairly well-spent.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The reality show premise with a pandemic happening during filming.

Have you listened to any of Mike Chamberlain and Nicol Zanzarella ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. Good narrators.

Did The Last One inspire you to do anything?

Make myself finish the story, though the heroine was overly dramatic and almost hysterical and in denial about what she saw. Her refusal to accept reality was frustrating to me, because it made the book overly long.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cast in Shadow

  • Chronicles of Elantra, Book 1
  • By: Michelle Sagara
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,887
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,879

Seven years ago Kaylin fled the crime-riddled streets of Nightshade, knowing that something was after her. Children were being murdered— and all had the same odd markings that mysteriously appeared on her own skin….Since then, she's learned to read, she's learned to fight and she's become one of the vaunted Hawks who patrol and police the City of Elantra. Alongside the winged Aerians and the immortal Barrani, she's made a place for herself, far from the mean streets of her birth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Addicted to the series, but leaves you hanging...

  • By Amanda on 04-11-12

This was an interesting story.

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

Reviewed: 08-26-12

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes, but I had to listen to the beginning 3 times, because the discription of the characters is so thin. For instance: The flight wings on Clint, are they a part of him or does he look like a human and have wings attached? Does he have a bird face? I did get into the book and enjoyed it. I like female heroines and Kaylin had a humorous personality which didn't make the story all dark and dangerous all the time. There were good elements to Kaylin's magic such as her healing ability as well as the dark parts of the magic.

What could Michelle Sagara have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Better description of the characters, especially Avian.

Which character – as performed by Khristine Hvam – was your favorite?

Kaylin