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  • The Bear and the Nightingale

  • A Novel
  • By: Katherine Arden
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,949
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,945

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year, and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn't mind - she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse's fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was swept away

  • By Crystal Midkiff on 02-04-17

Good Take on Russian Folklore

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

Reviewed: 12-31-17

While I loved the Russian folklore aspect of this novel, the story itself was somewhat bland. I don't really feel as if it went anywhere. Additionally, I did not like the narrator. I'm still baffled that someone who clearly does not speak Russian was hired to narrate this book. She botched so many of the Russian names that it became embarrassing to listen to. This is definitely a case where I should have read a physical book instead of listened to the audio book.

  • Sixth Watch

  • By: Sergei Lukyanenko, Andrew Bromfield - translator
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179

They live among us. They fight among us. They're the Others, a supernatural race of magicians, shape-shifters, vampires, and healers. Divided into the Light and the Dark, these rival factions have spent a millennium under a reluctant truce. Now, however, both sides must unite against the ultimate enemy. A Light magician and high-ranking member of the Night Watch, Anton Gorodetsky fears nothing. But lately the threats are mounting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The only bad thing is that this is the end.

  • By Tim on 09-07-17

What a great finale!

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

Reviewed: 03-10-17

This book was so amazing--and I was nearly brought to tears by the ending. I can't believe that this is the final book in the series.

  • Fury of the Seventh Son

  • The Last Apprentice, Book 13
  • By: Joseph Delaney, Patrick Arrasmith
  • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361

He's the seventh son of a seventh son. He's the only one who can stop the greatest evil. Tom Ward, the Spook's last apprentice, has everything he needs to vanquish the Fiend, once and for all: the three blades recovered from the dark, the gifts from his witch mother, and the skills he's learned from Master Gregory. And Alice, the one he loves most, is willing to sacrifice herself to fulfill the spell. Or is she? Racing against time, all of Tom's old allies - and old enemies - return. They will clash in a final battle more epic than any he has fought before.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • "What The Frak"

  • By Rickie on 05-19-14

Great conclusion

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

Reviewed: 12-09-16

A very satisfying ending to a great series. I would highly recommend reading all of the books!

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  • The Eyes of the Dragon

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,670
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,279

A tale of archetypal heroes and sweeping adventures, of dragons and princes and evil wizards, here is epic fantasy as only Stephen King could envision it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By Christine on 08-25-10

Wow! Stephen King can write fantasy!!

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

Reviewed: 10-25-15

This was a great story. Plus, if you're a Stephen King fan, there are many subtle nods to several of his most well known characters.

  • The Wise Man's Fear

  • Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 42 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 49,388
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 44,946
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 44,991

"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

How Many Authors Wrote This

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

Reviewed: 10-06-15

This book is tough to rate. I want to give it five stars, but I just can't. It almost seems to me that two different authors took turns writing this book. At times, it borders on absolute genius. At other times, it is shoddy and lazy writing. Overall, it is a great story, and I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

  • The Bad Beginning, A Multi-Voice Recording

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events #1
  • By: Lemony Snicket
  • Narrated by: Tim Curry, Full Cast
  • Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,467
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,716
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,714

Like a car alarm, bagpipe music, or a doorbell ringing in the middle of the night, hearing this all-new audio edition of The Bad Beginning will only upset you. This unique multi-voice recording brings the first book in Lemony Snicket's alarming A Series of Unfortunate Events to such terrible life that no one should really have to experience it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliantly miserable

  • By Lindsey on 06-05-05

Great story, but a terrible production

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

Reviewed: 05-10-15

I really love this story; however, there was far, far too much background noise and voices that were supposed to enhance the experience. It had just the opposite effect and was very distracting.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 157,774
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 145,595
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 145,440

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Wow! Great story!

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

Reviewed: 05-23-14

This book was so much better than I expected. The story was compelling, and the characters were believable. I wish I would have become an astronaut.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • FREE The Human Division, Episode 1: The B-Team

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 800
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 704
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 715

Colonial Union Ambassador Ode Abumwe and her team are used to life on the lower end of the diplomatic ladder. But when a high-profile diplomat goes missing, Abumwe and her team are last minute replacements on a mission critical to the Colonial Union’s future. As the team works to pull off their task, CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson discovers there’s more to the story of the missing diplomats than anyone expected... a secret that could spell war for humanity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Unique & Interesting Way To Read A Book

  • By Hassan on 01-17-13

Great First Episode!

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

Reviewed: 09-17-13

In this short story, John Scalzi is setting up a rather impressive space opera. This story focuses on a low-end diplomatic team that becomes thrust into a high-profile mission when another (high-ranking) diplomat goes missing. While the story reads much like searching for a needle in a haystack, the approach for the search is great.

When I first started reading the story, I was rather annoyed. I don't want to give anything away, so I'll just say that the beginning of the story draws the reader in very quickly--then slaps you in the face. I was irritated, but I'm glad I kept reading. The initial slap turns out to be necessary to set up the rest of the book, and I have forgiven the author for setting me up.

I have always had a place in my heart for a good underdog story. In many ways, that is what this book is about. The B-Team is clearly comprised of underdogs. No one expects them to succeed, yet they are full of surprises. I am eager to see where this book series goes and whether the B-Team can continue to surprise.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Returned

  • A Novel
  • By: Jason Mott
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 486
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 443
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 453

Harold and Lucille Hargrave's lives have been both joyful and sorrowful in the decades since their only son, Jacob, died tragically at his eighth birthday party in 1966. In their old age they've settled comfortably into life without him, their wounds healed through the grace of time.... Until one day Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep - flesh and blood, their sweet, precocious child, still eight years old. All over the world people's loved ones are returning from beyond.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • You'd Want to Return It

  • By FanB14 on 09-15-13

The Dead Are No Longer Dead

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

Reviewed: 09-10-13

Imagine a world in which the dead start coming back to life. They have no memories from when they were gone; they simply start appearing all over the globe. This is the premise of Jason Mott's novel, The Returned. Prior to reading this novel, I read the three prequels, so I was very excited to see what the book had to offer. I was not disappointed.

The focus of the novel is on the Hargrave family, Harold and Lucille. Their only son, Jacob, died in 1966 when he was only eight years old. Now, the Hargraves are elderly, and their eight-year-old son has returned. He's still eight, and he has no memory from the time of his death. Harold and Lucille have very different opinions about their son's return. Lucille believes that he is a gift from God. Harold doesn't believe it's really his son. Even so, Harold continues to act as if he were his son.

In addition to the Hargrave family, the book also touches on some of the characters that were introduced in the prequels. My only disappointment with this books (and the only reason that I didn't rate it five stars) is that those other characters' stories are not as closely connected to the novel as I had hoped. I recently learned that this book (and its prequels) has been optioned for a television series. I am hopeful that more of the stories can be told in the television series.

Although the book focuses on the Hargrave family, it also looks at how the returned are affecting others around the globe. In particular, the question of what to do with the increasing number of returned is a critical plot point. The government (in its infinite wisdom) has decided that the returned need to be rounded up and placed in what could only be called concentration camps. The town in which the Hargraves live becomes one such camp. How the returned are treated there introduces a tremendous moral dilemma. Moreover, there is a battle between the returned (and their supporters) and the "true living," who do not believe that the returned are actually living. In a way, there is a type of civil war brought about by the appearance of the returned.

In many ways, this story shook me to my core. I was frequently questioning my own values and beliefs while reading the story. What would I do if one of my own family members were returned from the dead? It was a question that kept going through my head as I was reading. While I do not believe that I will ever have to face that reality, the question is still disarming. Because of my own shaken beliefs--and because of the characters in the story--I was in tears by its end. In my opinion, that is a sign of a great story. I highly recommend this book, and I am looking forward to the television series.

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  • The Choice

  • A Prequel to 'The Returned'
  • By: Jason Mott
  • Narrated by: David Ledoux
  • Length: 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 508
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 447
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 449

Peter Galvin was just 17 when Tracy Whitland - the love of his life - vanished without a trace. In the years after her death, he had finally moved on, gotten married, started a family. He is content with his life now - happy, even - until Tracy suddenly and inexplicably returns.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • My least favorite of the three prequels

  • By AudioAddict on 10-03-13

Third of Three Prequels

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

Reviewed: 09-10-13

Imagine a world in which the dead start coming back to life. They have no memories from when they were gone; they simply start appearing all over the globe. This is the premise of Jason Mott's novel, The Returned. In this third prequel to the novel, another of the returned is introduced. When she was only 17 years old, Tracy Whitmore disappeared. Eventually, her disappearance was ruled a death. Her boyfriend at the time, Peter Galvin, was heartbroken.

Fast forward 20 years, and Tracy has returned. She is still 17 years old, but Peter is not. All she wants is to see Peter again. Unfortunately, in the years since her death, Peter has married someone else and has a daughter. Nevertheless, Peter still loves Tracy very much. His new wife, Samantha, believes that he needs to make a choice between Tracy or her. Eventually, Peter agrees to meet with Tracy--and he makes a very difficult choice.

Out of the three prequels, I enjoyed this one the most. The story was just heart-wrenching, and I couldn't imagine what I would do if I were in this situation. At this point, I really took notice of how intense The Returned would be because I was starting to question my own values and beliefs while reading The Choice. When books can make you questions beliefs to which you have held firm for many years, it's a sign of a great book. I could not wait to read The Returned.

(I also want to make a comment about the low rating I gave the performance. While I had nothing against David Ledoux as the narrator, I thought that his voice was uncharacteristic for the seriousness of the book. If he were reading "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," I think he would be amazing. His voice just didn't have the right tone for this story.)

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