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  • The Robert Stanek Short Story & Novella Collection

  • By: Robert Stanek
  • Narrated by: Karl Fehr, Gary Ryan
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 10

Enter the spell-binding worlds of best-selling author Robert Stanek and dream a new dream. The book contains two novellas, two short stories and a special feature exclusive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Eugene on 08-22-05

Such an amazing story to tell

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-21-05

Having just finished The Narnian I couldn't help comparing the experiences of Lewis and Tolkien to Stanek. Stanek has such an amazing story to tell and this highly interesting book provides so many insights not to mention four very good stories. I enjoyed learning more about this magnificent author and travelling the Kingdoms.

3 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Narnian

  • The Life and Imagination of C.S. Lewis
  • By: Alan Jacobs
  • Narrated by: Alan Jacobs
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

The White Witch, Aslan, fauns and talking beasts, centaurs and epic battles between good and evil: these have become a part of our collective imagination through the classic volumes of The Chronicles of Narnia. Yet who was the man who created this world? This audiobook attempts to unearth the making of the first Narnian, C. S. Lewis himself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • C.S. Lewis, lover of fairy tales

  • By RoamingChile on 01-20-06

The Narnian

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-21-05

C.S Lewis is a theologian and Christian writer. He was good friends with fellow writer and academic J.R.R. Tolkien. Both Lewis and Tolkien were members of the Inklings, a writers group that met regularly during the time Lewis was writing The Chronicles of Narnia and Tolkien was writing The Lord of the Rings. The Narnian is the story of C.S Lewis from his childhood in Ireland to his experiences in WWI to his highly interesting association with Tolkien.

The most amazing part of this to me is how the experiences of up-and-comers Lewis and Tolkien in the twentieth century parallels that of the experiences of up-and-coming authors in the twenty-first century and most notably, my favorite author.

16 of 33 people found this review helpful

  • The Da Vinci Code

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 16 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,830
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,293
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,349

While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating.

  • By Marco on 01-05-04

Uh....

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-20-05

I don't quite get the appeal of this book. It isn't horrible, but it's not that entertaining either. Perhaps better if you haven't listened to good mystery in a while.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Pieces of the Puzzle

  • By: Robert Stanek
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 13

With The Pieces of the Puzzle, Robert Stanek masterfully creates an intelligent thriller that weaves the excitement and intrigue of a sophisticated mystery with the fascinating secret world of international espionage. The leader of a special operations unit returns home after a mission gone terribly wrong to find himself a wanted man.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • BAD, BAD

  • By Randall on 11-12-06

It IS better than DaVinci Code

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-20-05

DaVinci Code didn't really resonate with me, I couldn't get into it. This however I get into it's fast and fun. If you are looking for entertainment this is it.

1 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches Book IV

  • By: Robert Stanek
  • Narrated by: Karl Fehr
  • Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 335
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 43

To turn back the tides of war, Queen Mother sent her most trusted warriors on a perilous journey across the Great Sea. But the elves were betrayed by one of their own. Only a handful survived the ambush that followed, only two reached the far shores. But they did not find quick allies. They found a kingdom under siege and a shattered alliance. The elves proved themselves to the men that defended Quashan'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Add this to your must read list!

  • By Joseph on 06-07-05

The Dragon King Awaits!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-18-05

Just when I was thinking it couldn't get any better, the author delivers the grand finale of a terrific series! Our family loves these books, and by far the best series we've listened to on Audible. I recommend these books to anyone, from any age group, that likes fantasy, mystery and far away worlds. If you don't like such things, well, you will after you finish reading this one!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches Book III

  • By: Robert Stanek
  • Narrated by: Karl Fehr
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 369
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 45

Adrina, Emel, Vilmos, Galan, and Seth face even greater challenges as their world is transformed. Vilmos, in his quest to become the first human magus in a thousand years, must control the darkness within him. Adrina must accept her place and work together with Emel to help the elves make their plea to Great Kingdom's council. What happens will amaze you.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The VERY BEST

  • By Henry on 06-05-05

High Adventure and Mystery Await!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-18-05

This incredible series only improves as it goes along! The external speakers we bought for our iPod was our best investment so far as our whole family gathers to listen to the stories. These stories are one of the all time classics for all ages. We've enjoyed watching Adrina grow into a more mature young woman, Vilmos accept who he is and go on great adventures, Seth battle the elements and unseen foes, and Xith at the center of it all.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches Book II

  • By: Robert Stanek
  • Narrated by: Karl Fehr
  • Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 566
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 64

The epic adventure continues! Unleash the power of your imagination and enter a world you've never dreamed existed. Best-selling author Robert Stanek delivers an epic fantasy adventure that will open your mind and your heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Awesome!

  • By Amy on 04-23-05

The best we've listened to on Audible

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-18-05

Our whole family listened and enjoyed this. This second book continues the adventures of Adrina, Vilmos and Seth. This is an incredible series that we simply can't get enough of. These books have just about everything - heroes, scoundrels, mystery, action, drama, magic.

Book two gets you deeper and deeper into the story, and it gets better and better. Well worth the price and time. The reading is excellent. Once again, I enjoyed every minute.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches

  • By: Robert Stanek
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1,112
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 131

After the Great War that divided the peoples, the kingdoms of men plunged into a Dark Age that lasted 500 years. To heal the lands and restore the light, the great kings decreed that magic and all that is magical, be it creature, man, or device, shall be cleansed to dust. The cleansing raged for so long that no human could recall a time without it and it is in this time that the Dark Lord Sathar returned from the dark beyond.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No Wonder it Was a Top BookSense 76 Pick!

  • By Patrick Y. on 04-24-05

Great start!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-26-05

Our whole family listened and enoyed this. This is the start of an incredible series! The story starts with Adrina's story. Adrina wishes for change but when it comes it's not what she expected. There's also has the story of others like Vilmos and Seth.

These books have just about everything - heroes, scoundrels, mystery, action, drama, magic. Book one is just the beginning, and even though I think this ones 5-stars, the other ones are much better. You get deeper and deeper into the story, and it gets better and better.

Well worth the price and time. The reading is excellent. I enjoyed every minute.

13 of 16 people found this review helpful