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  • The Blue Mage Raised by Dragons

  • By: Virlyce
  • Narrated by: Mare Trevathan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,057
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 982
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 987

Blue mages learn skills from beasts. This is the story of one fortunate enough to be taken in by dragons.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • stupid title, great book

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-06-17

A different take on dragons and etc

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

Reviewed: 07-30-18

This story starts out fun. A different take on dragons, demons, faeries and other fantasy characters. In the beginning it was pretty hilarious but by midway, it starts to drag on and on and on. The story seems to be going nowhere. I'm not going to finish listening to this story.

  • Lilac Girls

  • A Novel
  • By: Martha Hall Kelly
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Kathleen Gati, Kathrin Kana, and others
  • Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,932
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,647
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,613

New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline's world is forever changed when Hitler's army invades Poland in September 1939 - and then sets its sights on France. An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The cover is a bit misleading, but...

  • By Joy Easton on 05-18-16

Worth the credit and time invested in listening

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

Reviewed: 06-01-18

After the first hour or so, I was just about to return this book because it just did not hold my attention. I remembered on other review that pretty much stated the same thing about the beginning and also all of the other glowing reviews for this book. So I stuck with it and I am glad I did. Once the story got going it was engaging and I started to get totally sucked in by the story. I've read so many WWII stories that I've become reluctant to read more but in the end this one was worth it.

  • The Black Witch

  • The Black Witch Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Laurie Forest
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 18 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,486
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,389
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,388

A Great Winged One will soon arise and cast his fearsome shadow upon the land. And just as Night slays Day, and Day slays Night, so also shall another Black Witch rise to meet him, her powers vast beyond imagining. So foretells the greatest prophecy of the Gardnerian mages. Carnissa Gardner, the last prophesied Black Witch, drove back the enemy forces and saved her people during the Realm War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The controversy should make you want to read this book!

  • By Raquel on 10-28-17

Worthy of listening to no matter your genre

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

Reviewed: 01-03-18

So there has been controversy over this book.I can see where that is coming from. Not only was thus story well written, well narrated and enjoyable,it has a strong social message for everyone. This story addresses prejudices across the board within each race. Staged in a University setting, this shows how these different races hate each other and how some are learning to work together. Laurie Frost does a great job showing the hate as well as the awakening some of the students and their fears of being discovered for their change of thought among their peers in their own race, Read this book. If you are an individual with an open mind, it may be a reaffirmation of what you believe. If you have issues with other races that make up our humanity, you may be in for an awakening. I hope so.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Killman Creek

  • By: Rachel Caine
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith, Lauren Ezzo, Will Ropp, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,708
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,116

Gwen Proctor won the battle to save her kids from her ex-husband, serial killer Melvin Royal, and his league of psychotic accomplices. But the war isn't over. Not since Melvin broke out of prison. Not since she received a chilling text... You're not safe anywhere now. Her refuge at Stillhouse Lake has be-come a trap. Gwen leaves her children in the protective custody of a fortified, well-armed neighbor. Now, with the help of Sam Cade, brother of one of Melvin's victims, Gwen is going hunting.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Do people really act this stupid?

  • By MCubed on 03-11-18

I have mixed feelings about this book

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

Reviewed: 12-15-17

I'll start with the narration. Overall I'd say the narration was good except the teenage girl angst, always present with Lani was like nails on a chalkboard. Now, this is most likely my feelings about having to listen to teenage girl angst in general - it just drives me nuts and was almost enough to make me want to return the book. Listening to Gwen's anger & fear, constantly monotone got pretty old as well. Now as for the story, it drug on and on and really didn't get exciting until the last two hours. There's a twist and I won't say anything more about it. My overall feelings towards this story was Ho-Hum

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Homegoing

  • A Novel
  • By: Yaa Gyasi
  • Narrated by: Dominic Hoffman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,823
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,383
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,393

Two half sisters, Effia and Esi, unknown to each other, are born into different villages in 18th-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and will live in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle, raising children who will be sent abroad to be educated before returning to the Gold Coast to serve as administrators of the empire. Esi, imprisoned beneath Effia in the castle's women's dungeon and then shipped off on a boat bound for America, will be sold into slavery.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An important story but terribly disjointed

  • By Joy on 12-07-17

An important story but terribly disjointed

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

Reviewed: 12-07-17

Sometimes this story had a wonderful poetic flow.Especially in the beginning with the characters in Africa.My problem with this story was it's overall flow from one character to the next as well as from one continent to another not to mention from one generation to the next. As I think about how this overall flow was so disjointed, I realize that the whole story needed some serious editing and rewriting to get this story to flow better. This could have been an excellent story with more character development and even a more in-depth look at the history of the cultures could have really tied this story together.
I stuck with this story but by the last two hours of this book I was ready to toss in the towel and might have returned the book earlier on if I had not purchased it in a two for one sale.

18 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • Bay of Sighs

  • Guardians Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,865
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,563
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,557

Mermaid Annika is from the sea, and it is there she must return after her quest to find the stars. New to this world, her purity and beauty are nothing less than breathtaking, along with her graceful athleticism, as her five new friends discovered when they retrieved the fire star. Now, through space and time, traveler Sawyer King has brought the guardians to the island of Capri, where the water star is hidden. And as he watches Annika in her element, he finds himself drawn to her joyful spirit.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • New narrator,finally

  • By Raemar3356 on 04-01-17

Ho Hum

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

Reviewed: 12-04-17

I listened to the complete story and if I had not purchased this on a two for one sale, I would have returned it. In a nutshell, Nora Roberts does a good job of keeping the sex on a low porn level but I found the sex talk from the little mermaid - and I can't even remember her name, was so juvenile that I could barely take her banter. Granted, she had very little experience with the human world but having to listen to the same prepubescent blah-blah-blah was really annoying. For me it took away from the story to the point this book became background noise. I will not be buying the third book in the sequel.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,185
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,112

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager - obsessed with music, food, and girls - but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier - a move they think will keep him out of combat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Thing? It Really Happened!

  • By Charles Atkinson on 08-07-17

One of the better WWII books

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

Reviewed: 09-08-17

I didn't realize until the end that this story was based on real characters so in retrospect it's hard to know how much of this story is fiction and what is fact. However, it is a good story that will keep you listening. There are many heartbreaking moments in the book but what can you expect for a wartime story?This book is a good insight into the life of someone who survived the Italian occupation by the Nazis. If the end of the war in Italy is depicted as accurate, the actions of some of the Italians was horrifying although admittedly I can see where they were coming from. Rash decisions can happen after watching your loved ones picked off one by one. Anyway, this book is worth the credit.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Wise Man's Fear

  • (Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2)
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 42 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 51,162
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 46,586
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 46,627

"My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth your time

  • By Robert on 09-08-11

Way to long

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

Reviewed: 08-25-17

This is a true saga and the narrator has made this book tolerable - to a point. Not a fast moving book, lots of characters lots of different adventure but nothing that will make you sit at the end of your seat. I think I have 12 hours left in the story and I am tempted to do the unthinkable and jump to the end or just return it because I am getting pretty tired of the story.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Book of Summer

  • A Novel
  • By: Michelle Gable
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

Physician Bess Codman has returned to her family's Nantucket compound, Cliff House, for the first time in four years. Her great-grandparents built Cliff House almost a century before, but due to erosion, the once-grand home will soon fall into the sea. Though she's purposefully avoided the island, Bess must now pack up the house and deal with her mother, a notorious town rabble-rouser, who refuses to leave.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • boring

  • By Sara Deering on 08-09-17

Slow start good ending

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

Reviewed: 07-31-17

I almost returned this book. I found the first half and maybe more slow and the dialogue just drug on and on. In the end, the last few hours I did begin to enjoy the story and wanted to see it through to the end. I'm still not sure if the story was worth my credit and it won't be one of my books on my 'listen to again list', but it was pleasant enough. One of the reviews said something about bad language. Now that I've made it through the book I can't recall any bad language. Maybe there was but not enough for me to remember. I am tolerant but if there are to many f-bombs, I remember and generally will be turned off by the story. This one was didn't even have enough for me to remember their existence.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • From Sand and Ash

  • By: Amy Harmon
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,500
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,098
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,082

As children, Eva Rosselli and Angelo Bianco were raised like family but divided by circumstance and religion. As the years go by, the two find themselves falling in love. But the church calls to Angelo and, despite his deep feelings for Eva, he chooses the priesthood. Now, more than a decade later, Angelo is a Catholic priest and Eva is a woman with nowhere to turn. With the Gestapo closing in, Angelo hides Eva within the walls of a convent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such beauty in the darkest of times <3

  • By featherlashes on 12-04-16

A lovely story

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

Reviewed: 06-15-17

This was a lovely story of love and endurance but it was slow. Cassandra Campbell is one of my favorite narrators. She did a good job with portraying the various characters. Overall it was a good story and I could have given it higher marks but it just drug on and on.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful