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  • The Crimson Crown

  • A Seven Realms Novel, Book 4
  • By: Cinda Williams Chima
  • Narrated by: Carol Monda
  • Length: 17 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 836
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 762
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 765

In this stunning series conclusion, Queen Raisa ana' Marianna is desperately seeking a way to unite her people and keep peace within the Fells. Meanwhile, relations between the wizards and Clan approach a breaking point. Han Alister, now a member of the Wizard Council, learns the thousand-year-old secret that can unite the people of the kingdom - but he may not live long enough to use it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Favorite Book this Year

  • By Rita on 12-07-12

Couldn't finish this one

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

I've so far loved all of the books in the Demon King series so far. I found them compelling and complex. Except this one.

I made it to about chapter 40 before I stopped reading. I saw I still had 20 more chapters and knew I couldn't make it through this bore of a book.

We've gone from gripping adventures of a runaway queen to.... Talking. More talking. Talking. A little action. More talking. Talking. This book is 90% Reisa in her court talking politics with a little adventure from Han but not enough to keep my attention. I feel like the ending is such a cop-out. The castle under seige sounds exciting but there's a chapter of action when it comes to that. And then more.... Talking.

Highly disappointed in how this series ends. I'm just going to look up the final outcome because I can't stand to read another chapter of this boring piece of work.

  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Book 1

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 77,830
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 70,665
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 70,627

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Sad, Sad Confession…

  • By Mike L Lane on 08-08-17

Jim Dale is amazing

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

I'm re-reading the series and I'm blown away by the narrator. He sounds exactly like Hagrid in real life. He does an excellent job with McGonagall too. Simply superb!

  • The Assassin's Blade

  • The Throne of Glass Novellas
  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,799
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,501
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,503

Celaena Sardothien is her kingdom's most feared assassin. Though she works for the powerful and ruthless Assassin's Guild, Celaena yields to no one and trusts only her fellow killer for hire, Sam. When Celaena's scheming master, Arobynn Hamel, dispatches her on missions that take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, she finds herself acting independently of his wishes - and questioning her own allegiance. Along the way, she makes friends and enemies alike, and discovers that she feels far more for Sam than just friendship.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Story, I'm game.

  • By N. ROSS on 08-26-14

Amazing and Breaking (Spoilers ahead)

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

Reviewed: 03-22-17

Having read all the TOG series so far I was very excited to see these novellas. I really wanted to hear the story of Celaena and Sam. Boy, did I get it and it broke me almost as much as it broke Celaena.

The abusive, twisted relationship between her and Arobynn is even more apparent here. It's clearly abusive but Celaena is so starved for love she has nowhere else to then. Then, Sam comes along and Arobynn pulls the "If I can't have you no one can".


The Red Desert story was also one I was dying to hear. The betrayal of Ansel was a great twist even though I knew it was coming. I also love the way the Mute Master was written as a character. Just perfect.


These novellas undid me and I want to read the entire series over again.

  • Empire of Storms

  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
  • Length: 25 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,923
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,368
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,368

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don't. As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Emotional, Stressful and Wonderful

  • By Claudia H on 09-13-16

No words

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

Reviewed: 03-08-17

I honestly have no words. Mind blowing. Earth shattering. How do I describe such a masterpiece?

I need the next book in my life. Need. I need this series in my life.

  • Queen of Shadows

  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
  • Length: 20 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,510
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,013
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,005

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she's at last returned to the empire - for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past.... She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight. She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome... Simply Awesome

  • By LexiLikesLiterature on 09-18-15

Can't wait for the next book!

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

Reviewed: 01-03-17

This book wasn't as good as the previous one but it was still AWESOME and the narrator's performance was great! She's definitely been improving.

SPOILERS AHEAD. MAJOR SPOILERS.

That twist at the end with the King....wow. That is some incredible writing. Sarah managed to make us go from hating a man through four books to feeling sorry for him and wanting him to live in the end (at least for me). I believe the King and I believe that he deserved to live and I'm pretty mad at Dorian for killing him.

One thing I sort of have a problem with is Celaena's (or, Alaena now) romance with Rowan.

Astirin's story hit me hard too. I always knew she had a reason to be so defiant, but what happened to her was very unexpected and makes total sense.

Lastly, Caltane has to be my favorite character of all. In my opinion she is the best written. At first we see this vapid, bitchy classic Queen Bee, and we don't think much of her. Then we get to peer inside her head, bit by bit, learning of her opium addiction, her broken heart that lay inside, then we feel sorry for her...then we fear her, but then we learn she is the strongest warrior of all. She is the ONLY one able to destroy the Valg demon inside her, and not only that, she sacrifices herself to save all those poor witches and Aleed. I am absolutely blown away by her and will miss her, but I realize her sacrifice was necessary.

  • Heir of Fire

  • Throne of Glass, Book 3
  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
  • Length: 20 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,432
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,879
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,881

Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak - but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth - a truth about her heritage that could change her life - and her future - forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shocked

  • By Adam Goudreault on 08-29-16

Wow. Just....wow.

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

Reviewed: 12-22-16

Words cannot even describe the roller coaster of emotion and mystery in this book.

Rarely does a book make me cry. This one did. Celaena's transformation and story moved me. It was so good I found myself making excuses to listen to it more...whether it was doing some extra chores, taking the long way home or running an extra errand, you name it. This book took over my life.

Warning: spoilers ahead.

The performance of the narrator had improved drastically. She uses a deeper voice for the male characters, soft accents for the Valg princes, other accents for the other Fey characters. It doesn't seem as harsh as it used to be or maybe I'm getting used to it.

I feel extremely sorry for all the naysayers who dropped this book series in the first round. They missed out on this true work of art, to this day, one of the best books I have ever read in my life. And I've read a lot of books.

Well done, Sarah J Maas. Well done.

  • Crown of Midnight

  • A Throne of Glass Novel
  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,875
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,316
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,313

After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king's contest to become the new royal assassin. But Calaena is far from loyal to the crown. Keeping up the charade - while pretending to do the king's bidding - will test her skills in an entirely new way. And it certainly isn't the only point of confusion for the young girl. Because though she's made her choice between Dorian and Chaol, the ways of the heart are never simple...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An addictive sequel

  • By The Reading Date on 02-05-14

Even better than the first!

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

Reviewed: 12-12-16

The first book was good but not super great. THIS was something else. Teeth-grittingly suspenseful. Raw. Real. I couldn't stop listening.

Here we REALLY see the true assassin we've all been waiting for. We also see a damaged, broken, changed girl. All of the characters in fact go through major emotional and mental changes as the stakes increase and the events grow more daunting.

There is far more mystery and intrigue here. We finally discover what is really going on with the King, but it also leads to more questions. We find out Celaena's true power. And we get to see the big picture of everything that is going on.

There is a final plot twist at the end which I find delicious.

Some flaws: maybe a little TOO MUCH is revealed in this book, for example in Harry Potter it took a full 7 books to learn everything about Voldemort'a true power and what happened the night he tried to kill Harry, well that all happened in the entire second half of the book here. So I'm curious to see where this goes and what the author can come up with to keep me as engaged as I have been.

Some perks: gone is the silly romance and love triangle that put a weird taste in people's mouths for the first book. Here, the real stuff starts to happen. If had to sum up this book in one phrase: Sh** gets real.

  • Throne of Glass

  • A Throne of Glass Novel
  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,667
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,025
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,048

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The World's Most Powerful Assassin is a Sap.

  • By Fil on 11-18-13

Relatable and engaging

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

Reviewed: 11-29-16

I'll be honest. I was a little skeptical about listening to this because of all the nasty reviews saying how the main character was unrealistic, etc etc but I decided to give it a chance, and I'm SUPER glad I did.

I think what the other reviewers failed to realize is that yes she is the most notorious assassin, but she is also just a teenage girl and I feel like the author did a great job of striking the balance between "hardcore assassin" and "teenage girl". I found Celaena very relatable and human. She's not perfect - FAR from it actually - and we sympathize with her.

As far as performance by the narrator, it definitely could have been better but it's good enough. She sounds a little harsh most of the time. She doesn't do a great job of voicing other characters, and hiring other people to voice the different characters when we change points of view would have been really helpful. Sometimes when the characters murmur it's hard or hear what they're saying and I find myself hitting the rewind button whenever that happens. But the story itself is engaging enough to keep my attention despite the mediocre performance.

I say to all of the negative reviewers: give the book and Celaena a chance and don't try to force her into a box.

To anyone else wondering if they should use their credit: if you're a big fan of fantasy (I'm a Harry Potter, LOTR and Game of Thrones junkie) then this is worth the credit!

  • The Beauty of Darkness

  • The Remnant Chronicles, Book 3
  • By: Mary E. Pearson
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, full cast
  • Length: 18 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,361
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,245

Lia and Rafe have escaped Venda, and the path before them is winding and dangerous - what will happen now? This third and final book in The Remnant Chronicles is not to be missed. Best-selling author Mary E. Pearson's combination of intrigue, suspense, romance, and action makes this a riveting listen for teens.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story and LOVED the narrators

  • By Dawn Danner on 04-23-18

WOW!!

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

Reviewed: 11-02-16

A hard hitting ending to an amazing series. I truly enjoyed this and all the other books and I am so sad they're done. I lost myself in this world and coukdnt tear myself away. Truly a work of art.

  • The Heart of Betrayal

  • The Remnant Chronicles
  • By: Mary E. Pearson
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Ann Marie Lee, Ryan Gesell, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,437
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,324

Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape...and even less of being together. Desperate to save her life, Lia's erstwhile assassin, Kaden, has told the Vendan Komisar that she has a magical gift, and the Komisar's interest in Lia is greater than either Kaden or Lia foresaw.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, can't wait for book 3!

  • By Sweet T on 07-29-15

Another fantastic novel!

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

Reviewed: 09-01-16

Pearson does not disappoint! The second installment is so much better than the first and again the voice performances were superb. This story keeps me holding on with every chapter, giving me white knuckles at times! There's so many great things happening in this book and I'm so glad I found this series.