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  • Spinning Silver

  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Lisa Flanagan
  • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,573
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,420
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,407

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father's inability to collect his debts has left his family on the edge of poverty - until Miryem takes matters into her own hands. Hardening her heart, the young woman sets out to claim what is owed and soon gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold. When an ill-advised boast draws the attention of the king of the Staryk - grim fey creatures who seem more ice than flesh - Miryem's fate, and that of two kingdoms, will be forever altered. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favorite authors. Only 1 small complaint

  • By R. W. Olsen on 11-30-18

Wow!

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

This is not the first book I’ve listened to by this author. Her dragon series grabs the imagination and creates a world parallel to ours... if dragons existed.
This one... this one is special. I’ve always been a sucker for the old fairy tales. This is both all of the above and not really, rumplestilskin, Persephone, and Beowulf all warped into one, with a little flavoring from Russian fairy tales, without the distasteful elements in those stories. And yet, it is a brand new thing and not a retelling of those stories. It is fresh and new at while being old and familiar. I know that description seems contradictory, just listen, you’ll see what I mean. If you are a fairytale fan like me, you’ll like this.

  • Kill the Queen

  • Crown of Shards Series, Book 1
  • By: Jennifer Estep
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 474
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 452
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449

In a realm where one’s magical power determines one’s worth, Lady Everleigh’s lack of obvious ability relegates her to the shadows of the royal court of Bellona, a kingdom steeped in gladiator tradition. Seventeenth in line for the throne, Evie is nothing more than a ceremonial fixture, overlooked and mostly forgotten. But dark forces are at work inside the palace. When her cousin Vasilia, the crown princess, assassinates her mother the queen and takes the throne by force, Evie is also attacked, along with the rest of the royal family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it.

  • By Kindle Customer on 12-14-18

Pretty good!

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

Reviewed: 11-27-18

It wasn’t a long in depth epic or anything, but it is what I consider “mind candy” it’s a good story with a satisfying conclusion and plenty of room for more to come.

  • Into the Wilderness

  • A Novel
  • By: Sara Donati
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 30 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,356
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,843
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,848

Weaving a vibrant tapestry of fact and fiction, Into the Wilderness sweeps us into another time and place...and into the heart of a forbidden, incandescent affair between a spinster Englishwoman and an American frontiersman. Here is an epic of romance and history that will captivate readers from the start.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful surprise

  • By I like to shop on 04-26-16

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

This book was pretty good and had an engaging story. It was cute how outlander characters made indirect cameos throughout but please don’t think this book is like outlander. If I had to describe it I would say it’s more like the last of the Mohicans meets little house on the prairie? Maybe? It really is its own thing and it is an enjoyable way to spend a credit if you like historical fiction. I think it was also interesting to me personally since I live kind of in the area this is set in, and know a lot of the local history.

  • Firebrand

  • By: Kristen Britain
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 27 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 558
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 557

Zachary Davriel Hillander, High King of Sacoridia, rues how much he has had to give up to lead his realm, including the freedom to live and love as he chooses. When an embassy from Eletia arrives to propose a joint venture between their realms to seek out an old ally in the north, he is dismayed to learn that the one Sacoridian they have in mind to accompany their guide is the woman he truly loves but cannot have: Green Rider Karigan G'ladheon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ellen Archer is great, but has a rough start

  • By Scorch on 04-24-17

Love!

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

I have been following this series forever! It has everything, good fantasy world, strong female character in a world where that is the norm and not the exception, romance that is not the main point, where the characters stay true to themselves (and the traits that we have seen from them since book 1)
I can’t wait for the next book in the series!

  • Storm Glass

  • By: Maria V. Snyder
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 621
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 368
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370

As a glassmaker and a magician-in-training, Opal Cowen understands trial by fire. Now it's time to test her mettle. Someone has sabotaged the Stormdancer clan's glass orbs, killing their most powerful magicians. The Stormdancers--particularly the mysterious and mercurial Kade--require Opal's unique talents to prevent it happening again. But when the mission goes awry, Opal must tap in to a new kind of magic as stunningly potent as it is frightening.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting character, no Gabra

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-16-09

Ah man?!

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

Reviewed: 06-02-18

I’ve only JUST started listening and already it is difficult to get past the narration! It’s sounds like Carrie Fisher (in her older years) channeling the timing and speech patterns of William Shatner! I instantly gave my speaker the stink face. I have been waiting to continue this series but this is going to be a tough one to get through. I am not making comparisons to the previous narrator, this performance is really bad standing on its own. Hopefully it gets better, but the cadence is just all wrong. “Some one.... some....THING!!! is-out-on-the-WING!!” Yeah it’s like that

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Kushiel's Dart

  • By: Jacqueline Carey
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 31 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,587
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,057
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,075

The land of Terre d'Ange is a place of unsurpassing beauty and grace. It is said that angels found the land and saw it was good...and the ensuing race that rose from the seed of angels and men live by one simple rule: Love as thou wilt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Kushiel series in order

  • By Glen Gaines on 10-27-09

Meh

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

Reviewed: 05-16-18

I wanted to like this book, I really did. I’ve heard so many good things about it for years. I tried to read the written book a few times and quickly lost interest. After reading all the glowing reviews here I thought I’d give it another try. Ok so now I’m about 20 chapters in (of 96) and the author still hasn’t given me any reason to care if the main characters live or die. Not off to a good start. I have been listening to exciting and action packed stories lately and after them? This is as dull as watching golf on TV with my grandfather. At this point I don’t care that I wasted a credit on it. I just don’t want to listen anymore. Very disappointing.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Dance with Dragons

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 5
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 48 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,028
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,346
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,312

Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A tale of two publishers:

  • By J. Cano on 07-31-11

Ugh leprechauns

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

Reviewed: 10-13-17

The story is great... having a big problem with the narrator. I've been listening for 5 books! This man... anytime a character is supposed to have an accent, or is female, he turns them into a leprechaun! Like... a caricature of an Irish accent. He does the same thing to Tyrian for some reason. Oh and his "manly" voice... indescribable. But beyond weird. If he was going to do crazy voices I wish he would have just read different characters in his own voice. I've had to stop listening so many times! I want to finish the story but he is driving me insane. I just stopped as "Irish leprechaun Danny" was talking to someone :-/

  • The Space Between

  • An Outlander Novella
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,649
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,368
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,341

Joan MacKimmie is on her way to Paris to take up her vocation as a nun. Yet her decision is less a matter of faith than fear, for Joan is plagued by mysterious voices that speak of the future, and by visions that mark those about to die. The sanctuary of the nunnery promises respite from these unwanted visitations...or so she prays. Her chaperone is Michael Murray, a young widower who, though he still mourns the death of his wife, finds himself powerfully drawn to his charge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Delight!

  • By Kathy on 06-01-14

Novella

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

Reviewed: 01-04-17

It is good...but very short (obviously, it's a novella) it sounds like it would be an amazing beginning to a very cool story. Definitely leaves me wanting more. DG is the best

  • Star Wars: The X-Wing Series, Volume 5: Wraith Squadron

  • By: Aaron Allston
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

It is Wedge Antilles' boldest creation: a covert-action unit of X-wing fighters, its pilots drawn from the dregs of other units, castoffs and rejects given one last chance. But before the new pilots can complete their training, the squadron's base is attacked by former Imperial admiral Trigit, and Wraith Squadron is forced to swing into action, taking over an Imperial warship and impersonating its crew.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Abridgement not successful

  • By Karen on 02-19-11

TOO abridged

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

Reviewed: 12-15-16

I have read this book several times. I understand that they had the need (maybe due to funding?) to abridge it, but they cut out far too much. In this form there is no character development. Also in this book, the way the interpersonal relationships within the squadron formed was hugely important. All of this is not in the audio book. If I were hearing this story for the first time, I would have absolutely zero emotional attachment to the characters or the squadron. When reading the book, these characters became important, almost friends, and it was heartbreaking when they died, in the audio performance, it was a struggle to even recall their name. I can not recommend this audio book. If this story appeals to you I suggest buying the book, in that, you won't be disappointed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Moon Called

  • Mercy Thompson, Book 1
  • By: Patricia Briggs
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,425
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,423

Mercy Thompson's life is not exactly normal. Her next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she's fixing a VW bus for a vampire. But then, Mercy isn't exactly normal herself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A top notch Urban Fantasy heroine!

  • By Kindle Customer on 04-21-12

One of my favorites

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

Reviewed: 07-16-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Moon Called to be better than the print version?

No, maybe I'm just old fashioned, but there is nothing like reading a Patricia Briggs book for the first time.

What did you like best about this story?

How much time do you have? Briggs does a great job at character development (as you will see later in the series) she brings a fresh look to an old idea (werewolf, fae, vampires) the story grabbed my attention from the first chapter until the most recent book.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Sure, but not really necessary since I've read the book about 20 times already