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  • Thief's Magic

  • By: Trudi Canavan
  • Narrated by: Grant Cartwright, Hannah Norris
  • Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 952
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 886
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 890

In a world where an industrial revolution is powered by magic, Tyen, a student of archaeology, unearths a sentient book called Vella. Once a young sorcerer-bookbinder, Vella was transformed into a useful tool by one of the greatest sorcerers of history. Since then she has been collecting information, including a vital clue to the disaster Tyen’s world faces.Elsewhere, in an land ruled by priests, Rielle the dyer’s daughter has been taught that to use magic is to steal from the Angels.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great!

  • By MissRed on 06-14-14

Great part one

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

Reviewed: 05-19-14

Would you listen to Thief's Magic again? Why?

Great world building and interesting 'origin' stories for two protagonists, i will have to read it again when second part comes out.

What other book might you compare Thief's Magic to and why?

It's hard to tell. Story is original and in style more adult than her previous books. Little steam punk but in feeling closer to Mistborn than steam-punky books.

What does Grant Cartwright and Hannah Norris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Narration is very unobtrusive, clear and enjoyable. nothing feels forced and characters are well defined.

Any additional comments?

It seems like we got new great fantasy series. Just beware, it IS first part of trilogy, not first book in a series with separate stories. After it finishes you get the depressing waiting period till second part comes out.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Love by the Numbers

  • By: Karin Kallmaker
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Roche-Zujko
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 211
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 195

With a relentless TV lawyer and public mob still out for Lillian Linden-Smith's blood for crimes committed by her "American royalty" parents, getting out of the country is her only hope for anonymity. If that means cleaning up and presenting an antisocial know-it-all Ph.D. for bookstores, clubs and lectures, fine. Dr. Hathaway may have succeeded in driving away all the others, but not this time. From their first meeting the sparks fly, and each is thinking: She has no idea who she's dealing with.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Kept Me Interested to the End

  • By Karen on 08-14-13

Very nice read

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

Reviewed: 08-02-13

Where does Love by the Numbers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Its good for what it is, a romance without pretending to be something else. It has no silly story that annoys you by being slapped over the main topic.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Love by the Numbers?

Having the characters working together on tour.

Did Kathleen Roche-Zujko do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

not really, It was bit like telling a story to small kids. Too sweet.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Please don't do it, it's sweet story, but it would be boring as a movie.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Hostage Moon

  • By: A. J. Quinn
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 205
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 193

Everything can change in a heartbeat.Hunter Roswell thought she had left her past behind. But her carefully structured world starts to fall apart when a serial killer connected to her past emerges from the shadows and begins stalking her. Already responsible for the deaths of five women, the killer now has Hunter firmly in his sights. And he’s picked a target date - the night of October’s full moon - also known as the blood moon or hunter’s moon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outsmarting the Serial Killer, Finding Romance

  • By Susie on 12-06-12

Stupid leads

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

Reviewed: 07-31-13

What would have made Hostage Moon better?

If the leads in the book weren't such morons, that you actually want them to get killed

Would you ever listen to anything by A. J. Quinn again?

i might if it is just a romance and isn't about supposedly smart people

Have you listened to any of Bernadette Dunne’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Ii didn't, but it was good

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Hostage Moon?

Every single one with main characters acting like unruly children

Any additional comments?

there is nothing worse than 'smart' characters that every single thing they do or say is wrong.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hard Magic

  • Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,834
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,882
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,877

Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I thought it was going to be.

  • By Clinton on 08-06-11

Worst Narrator ever, good story.

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

Reviewed: 03-23-13

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Better narrator. This one speaks so slow, that it seems like a joke. He has pleasant voice, but makes the book at least few hours longer than it warrants.
It is very distracting, you forget first word of a sentence before the end!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He read the book like he wanted to put us in bed. Slow quiet voice/murmur.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Hard Magic?

The story is just fine.

Any additional comments?

Better read than listen to...

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Kiss the Dead

  • An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel
  • By: Laurell K. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Alexis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,161
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,160

When a 15-year-old girl is abducted by vampires, it’s up to U.S. Marshal Anita Blake to find her. And when she does, she’s faced with something she’s never seen before: a terrifyingly ordinary group of people - kids, grandparents, soccer moms - all recently turned and willing to die to avoid serving a master. And where there’s one martyr, there will be more.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Weak Link in the Anita Blake Series

  • By pewter on 06-07-12

Feels like Abridged

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

Reviewed: 06-06-12

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The story is again very short, like someone cut everything out of the book. The sex scenes feel like it was mandatory to put them every 30% of the book, first time they don't fit. It's like reading abridged book with parts not making sense or feeling flat.

What could Laurell K. Hamilton have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Add a storyline between first part and the second.

What does Kimberly Alexis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I enjoy her narration, hard to say since i never read erotic novels.

Could you see Kiss the Dead being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Honestly it was bad enough for a low budget adult movie.

Any additional comments?

If you must, then listen to it. If you didn't get addicted to 20previous books, then stay away.

25 of 27 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 53,247
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 48,533
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 48,566

"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

Very long, but packed with story.

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

Reviewed: 04-16-11

Unlike many sequels or long books in general, this one stays on course.
While one day somehow took 40hours, we didn't get some unedited work, its material for three good books in some other sagas.

I don't know how long will we wait for next part, maybe again three years, but if the result is of this quality and quantity, then its worth waiting for. Story stays focused, it is surprising, evolving and growing. Surely best time/money audible i have seen thus far.

4 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • A Game of Thrones

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100,490
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86,958
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 86,888

Winter is coming. Such is the stern motto of House Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King's Landing. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert's name. Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse - unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer, but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season. Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Review of First 5 Books

  • By DCinMI on 09-12-13

Good read, bad story.

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

Reviewed: 04-13-11

Its fair to say that the book is a good 33hour spent. Characters are interesting, and their motivations, goals and perspectives are very different from each other.

That being said, the story goes nowhere. We have time passing, but no destination to travel to. While a story does not need a 'good guy', it needs some sort of threat or villain. As it is now, everything can happen with no real impact on the story anymore. Authors' inability to generate a real threat to everyone, leads to consecutive volumes with no beginning or ending.

We can pretend that the threat will finally materialize and all characters will have to somehow interact and reunite to face it, but its 6years late already, and we aren't any closer.
In fact characters grow so apart that they become irrelevant entirely.

Don't get me wrong. If we do get ending in near future, that binds everything together, then its well worth listening to, but as it goes now, its bit like serious character chronicles without particular purpose.

The more you care about characters, the more you get frustrated by their lack of importance to the story itself. One begin to wonder if it was ever meant to have an end to it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful