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  • The Hundredth Queen

  • By: Emily R. King
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,844
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,640
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,636

As an orphan ward of the Sisterhood in the ancient Tarachand Empire, eighteen-year-old Kalinda is destined for nothing more than a life of seclusion and prayer. Plagued by fevers, she's an unlikely candidate for even a servant's position, let alone a courtesan or wife. Her sole dream is to continue living in peace in the Sisterhood's mountain temple. But a visit from the tyrant Rajah Tarek disrupts Kalinda's life. Within hours, she is ripped from the comfort of her home.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A mix of religion, politics, and magic

  • By LexiLikesLiterature on 07-11-17

Good narrator and story!

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

Reviewed: 03-01-18

I really love this narrator. She adds to the story. Some narrators are difficult to listen to. Bravo for selecting this one ( I cant remember your name) and I hope she narrates book 2 which I just got. The story is a new one i think as the first one wrapped up well. I liked the story very much too!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Journey

  • Sunfall, Book 1
  • By: D. Gideon
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce, Becket Royce
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 659
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 614
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 614

Ripley's a tomboy at heart who has never met a stranger. Her plans were to finish her veterinary studies and take her family to the country, where life wouldn't be such a struggle. She thought the worst she'd have to deal with at the University of Maryland were the unwelcome advances and attitudes of affluent students, and the occasional East Coast hurricane. She never expected the sun to fall down.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Decent start to a YA disaster series

  • By Marcus on 05-02-17

Boring!

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

I was excited to listen to this book but have tried it several times and it is just boring! The people are boring, the events are nothing new. It needs to get into some drama and adventure. It may happen later but I just can’t hang on long enough. Oh and the narrators sound so old. So doesn’t fit the college students. Sigh. Moving on for good.

  • A Life in Parts

  • By: Bryan Cranston
  • Narrated by: Bryan Cranston
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,097
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,783
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,759

Bryan Cranston landed his first role at seven, when his father, a struggling actor and director, cast him in a United Way commercial. Soon Bryan was haunting the local movie theater, memorizing and reenacting favorite scenes with his older brother. Acting was clearly the boy's destiny - until one day his father disappeared. Suddenly destiny took a backseat to survival. Seeking something more stable, perhaps subconsciously trying to distance himself from his absent father, Cranston decided on a career in law enforcement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • They're all good parts.

  • By kelli mcgourty on 10-23-16

Excellent book and Performance!

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

Reviewed: 12-14-17

This is read by the author and he had a very fascinating life, coming from nothing and doing so many things on his way to being one of the best actors in the world. His story is truly compelling. I highly recommend it.

  • All the Stars in the Sky

  • Until the End of the World, Book 3
  • By: Sarah Lyons Fleming
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,986
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,846
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,840

Cassie Forrest has sworn she'll never let the world get the best of her again. She's chosen to believe everything will be all right. But on a journey filled with heartbreak and madness and zombies, Cassie and her friends must struggle to stay alive - and it's hard to believe in a future when survival seems unlikely.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best zombie apocalypse fiction out there!

  • By Natalie Harris on 05-20-15

Love this story!

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

Reviewed: 04-14-17

I have read this and listened to it twice. The narrator is particularly good and the story is really a love story. The characters are well defined and the zombies are definitely obstacles and many close friends are lost on their way to finding a refuge and sometimes even the refuge comes under attack, either by zombies or greedy men. I loved the way this ended too. All in all a very satisfying story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Numbers Game

  • Numbers Game Saga Book 1
  • By: Rebecca Rode
  • Narrated by: Stacey Glemboski
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 643
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 586
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 588

Treena is nervous for Rating Day. A single number will brand her forever - a valuable citizen, or a pathetic waste of space. Her top-Rated boyfriend is confident their scores will coincide so they can attend the academy together. But when the big day arrives, her true number shocks everyone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • YA Cookie Cutter

  • By Book Lover on 06-12-16

Good dystopian with female lead

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

Reviewed: 07-25-16

Amitrine lives in A society where everyone goes through a rating ceremony. They are given a number based on their studies, their conformance in society, even their parents contributions and conformance. Trina has always followed the rules. She has gotten good grades and is hoping for a high grade that will be near what her boyfriend since childhood, Dresden gets, so they can be together.

This sets up the story that will take you along with Trina on her journey and discoveries.

  • The 5th Wave

  • By: Rick Yancey
  • Narrated by: Brandon Espinoza, Phoebe Strole
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,929
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,210

After the first wave, only darkness remains. After the second, only the lucky escape. And after the third, only the unlucky survive. After the fourth wave, only one rule applies: Trust no one. Now, it's the dawn of the fifth wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie's only hope for rescuing her brother - or even saving herself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not Your Typical YA Dystopian Fare

  • By FanB14 on 05-21-13

The Wave

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

Reviewed: 07-15-16

I enjoyed this story, my second time listening to it. Good narration. One for Cassie and one for Ben. I liked both characters but maybe was into Ben more. I relistened to this because two more books in this series are out and I had to refresh my mind since it has been so long since I listened before. Now I have to wait for a copy is available at the library. I did like this story better the second time. Cassie seems very immature at the start but she grows on you.

  • Kitty Genovese

  • A True Account of a Public Murder and its Private Consequences
  • By: Catherine Pelonero
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 217
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 220

Written in a flowing narrative style, Kitty Genovese: A True Account of a Public Murder and its Private Consequences presents the story of the horrific and infamous murder of Kitty Genovese, a young woman stalked and stabbed on the street where she lived in Queens, New York in 1964. The case sparked national outrage when the New York Times revealed that dozens of witnesses had seen or heard the attacks on Kitty Genovese and her struggle to reach safety but had failed to come to her aid or even call police until after the killer had fled.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wow, read this only if details does not annoy you.

  • By Wanda on 04-08-14

Excellent story of the infamous murder of Kitty Genovese

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

Reviewed: 04-12-16

Excellent story of the stabbing, rape and murder of Catherine Genovese in 1964 and the 38 people in surrounding apartments who either saw or heard or both and did not call police or try to help. This was the event that started the national conversation about the apathy of people and then the start of the national 911 emergency response number to reach emergency responders. The author told the story remarkably well, of the woman Kitty Genovese was, her friends and life, as well as the life and character of the man who murdered her. If you have a memory of or have of this murder before I think you will be surprised at the information revealed in this book.
The narrator was excellent as well.

  • Cold Fear

  • By: Rick Mofina
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 786
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 689
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 688

In the remote, rugged corner of Montana’s Glacier National Park known as the Devil’s Grasp, little Paige Baker of San Francisco disappears with her dog, Kobee, while on a camping trip with her family; or so her mother and father have told authorities. A multiagency task force launches a massive search as Paige fights to survive in the wilderness. Time hammers against her, and soon the nation is gripped by the life-and-death drama.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Circumstances and the sin of omission

  • By Annette Mitchell on 12-21-16

Exciting story of a missing child

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

Reviewed: 04-03-16

A girl goes missing from her family's campsite. Her parents had been arguing and not watching her.
A man is on death row for the murder of another girl many years prior.
The story unfolds and we don't know who did what.
Well written and well narrated. I will look for more by this author and narrator.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Even In Death

  • The Starborn Uprising - Book Three
  • By: Jason D. Morrow
  • Narrated by: Em Eldridge
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

Nineteen-year-old Mora is haunted by the flashing red light that pronounces her doom. Now she knows she only has about twenty-four hours to defeat Jeremiah and finish the revolution she has started, before the greyskin virus claims her life. To do this, she must lead the other Starborns through the war-torn streets of Screven. But Jeremiah has a secret power that will test Mora in ways she could have never imagined.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good conclusion for the Starborns

  • By Donna on 03-18-16

Good conclusion for the Starborns

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

Reviewed: 03-18-16

I enjoyed this series. This last book was a bit predictable. After all, it is mainly about how to kill Jeremiah. But it was a satisfying end.

  • Already Gone

  • By: John Rector
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 110

Jake Reese is a writing teacher at an American university. He lives in a small brick Tudor close to campus with his art-buyer wife, Diane. His life is quiet - ordinary even. And he likes it that way. But it wasn’t always quiet. Jake’s distant past was a life on the streets, inflicting damage and suffering on more people than he can count. And now someone from his past, it seems, has come looking for him.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • My time is already gone!

  • By T.D. on 07-11-12

A good story about a stupid guy

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

Reviewed: 01-31-16

This guy seemed all the way through to be naive and obsessed with his wife. I have to say I did not believe the ending. I did not like the ending, what he did to his longtime father figure who had done everything to help him. Maybe this is the expected response. This story seemed predictable a lot of the time but had some twists to make it interesting.