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  • A Colony in a Nation

  • By: Chris Hayes
  • Narrated by: Chris Hayes
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,076
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,069

Emmy Award-winning news anchor and New York Times best-selling author Chris Hayes argues that there are really two Americas: a Colony and a Nation. America likes to tell itself that it inhabits a postracial world, but nearly every empirical measure - wealth, unemployment, incarceration, school segregation - reveals that racial inequality hasn't improved since 1968.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much to this book!

  • By Crystal Broadnax on 04-18-17

Excellent listen!

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

Reviewed: 12-21-17

Chris Hayes does a remarkable job of laying out historical context and making it all relevant to current events. It's interesting and thought-provoking. I agree with his conclusions and highly recommend the book!

He is also a talented narrator and I would listen to something he read again, even in a different genre.

  • Pia Does Hollywood

  • Elder Races
  • By: Thea Harrison
  • Narrated by: Sophie Eastlake
  • Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 480
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482

After making a diplomatic pact with humankind and the other leaders of the Elder Races, Pia Cuelebre, mate to Dragos Cuelebre, Lord of the Wyr, reluctantly heads to Hollywood to spend a week with the Light Fae Queen, Tatiana, before the busy Masque season hits New York in December. Dragos has never let the lack of an invitation stop him from doing anything he wanted. Unwilling to let his mate make the trip without him, he travels to southern California in secret to be with her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • IF YOUR AN ELDER RACES FAN THEN THIS IS A MUST

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 12-19-15

Wow! A must read :)

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

Reviewed: 01-08-16

This is my favorite of the trilogy. I read it first the day it came out, and then I heard Sophie Eastlake read it. She wins, hands down...outstanding performance. I love the entire short little trilogy but this is my favorite of the 3...great plot, hot love scenes, interesting action sequences. I feel like this book is setting up a future full length novel about the fae. More please!!!!

  • The Immortal Who Loved Me

  • An Argeneau Novel
  • By: Lynsay Sands
  • Narrated by: Samantha Quan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 660
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599

A few hours ago, Sherry Carne would have sworn that vampires didn't exist. That's before rogue immortals rampage through her store, leaving bloody chaos (literally) in their wake. The kicker comes when Sherry learns that one of the vamps on the bad guys' trail may be her life mate. Her head says it's impossible. The rest of her takes one look at Basileios Argeneau and has much more interesting ideas.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very good addition to the series. :D

  • By Malinda on 02-28-15

Great new story

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

Reviewed: 03-07-15

I really enjoyed the book. The author seemed to go out of her way to take out bits of plot she's used in the past and tackle things from a new angle. For instance, there's no scene where Basil takes his first bite of food in centuries and rhapsodizes over how good it tastes or how long it's been since he's eaten...and Sherry accepts the reality of vampires with more ease than some of the past heroines. Marguerite didn't even set them up.

The book has some fresh new ideas, interesting twists and plot devices she hasn't used before...but I won't give any spoilers. Great narration. It's a must read for fans of the series!

  • Dead Heat

  • Alpha and Omega, Book 4
  • By: Patricia Briggs
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,635
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,220
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,217

For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles' role as his father's enforcer. This time their trip to Arizona is purely personal, as Charles plans to buy Anna a horse for her birthday. Or at least it starts out that way....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable story, easy listen

  • By Adjustr on 03-05-15

Yay, it's finally here!

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

Reviewed: 03-07-15

I'm such a huge fan of the series, I stayed up all night to get it and I've listened to it twice in four days. I liked seeing Charles and Anna together. They seem more stable as a couple and as individuals than in any of the previous books. Anna finally meets one of Charles old flings who she doesn't kill. You learn a little more about witchcraft, the fae, Charles' past, and meet people he and Brother Wolf have known for decades and like. I don't want to say much about the plot, but it's well paced, has some interesting twists and turns, and an unexpected ending.

My big frustration is that in the previous books, the author started some significant story arcs and has continued to leave them hanging. The Fae have declared themselves independent of the laws of the United States. Samuel wants a child. Asil is acting as a minor enforcer for Bran to scare young wolves into behaving and is maybe interested in Sage? Dead Heat barely moves the wider plots along.

In spite of that, it is an excellent book. If you're a fan, it's a must read.

  • Dragon Stones

  • Dragon Stone Saga, Book 1
  • By: Kristian Alva
  • Narrated by: Adam Chase
  • Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 79

Sequestered deep in the capital, the tyrannical Emperor Vosper weaves a plan to destroy all the dragons. He succeeds in driving them to the very brink of extinction. Only a handful of dragons and riders remain; living in exile in the desert. When young Elias Dorgumir finds a carved dragon stone in the forest, it brings empire soldiers to his doorstep, and puts Elias on the run with a bounty on his head.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fantasy with a gravity to appeal.

  • By DabOfDarkness on 06-09-14

Good series, but...

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

Reviewed: 10-15-14

This feels like a blatant knock-off of several other series, primarily Eragon. Boy finds magic stone in the woods, goes on a quest to elude evil king and get to a rebel kingdom with the help of a wise old man, add dragons and dragon riders, humans, dwarves, elves, parents who may or may not be evil, an ancient language. Substitute Necromancers for Shades. There's the odd dash of Harry Potter (incendio!) in some of the spell casting and in the way relatives have sacrificed themselves to save him. A bit of Tolkien in some of the naming. I'm enjoying listening to this partially because it is a good plot, partially because the narrator is so much better than the guy who read Eragon, and partially because it's become kind of humorous to see how many plot devices from other authors I can pick out.

It seems to be geared towards a younger audience than I expected. The category listed is SciFi: Fantasy: Epic and I think it would be more appropriate under Teens: SciFi. This is not really an adult book, but I'm listening anyway and enjoying it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Descendant

  • Nikki Glass, Book 1
  • By: Jenna Black
  • Narrated by: Sophie Eastlake
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 419
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 380

From the acclaimed author of the Morgan Kingsley, Exorcist books comes the gripping first novel in a new series about a private eye who discovers, to her surprise, that she's an immortal huntress.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Book!! Two thumbs up!!

  • By decembergrit on 01-18-12

Modern novels based on old mythology

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

Reviewed: 09-25-14

I'm really impressed with the series. I've read a lot of paranormal, and the ideas here are very unique. A long, long time ago, before the ancient gods left the earth, they each bestowed immortality on one of their descendants. There's only a limited number of immortal slots available, and the only way to become immortal is to be a descendant of a god and to kill an immortal.

The story focuses on a newly immortal P.I. She didn't know anything about the immortals before she accidentally became one. She's witty and has a great sense of humor, is bold and daring with a lot of style. She has to learn to use some new powers and abilities that don't come with an instruction manual, navigate the politics of the immortal factions, figure out who's a friend and who's an enemy, solve a new case involving immortals, move, and deal with an adopted mortal sister who really wants to know whats going on.

Add three complicated men to the mix and well...it's a hit. No spoilers, but I loved books 2 and 3 and can't wait for the next one to come out.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Shifting Shadows

  • Stories from the World of Mercy Thompson
  • By: Patricia Briggs
  • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese, Lorelei King
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,875
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,648
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,647

Mercy Thompson’s world just got a whole lot bigger... A collection of all-new and previously published short stories featuring Mercy Thompson, “one of the best heroines in the urban fantasy genre today” (Fiction Vixen Book Reviews), and the characters she calls friends...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great compilation of stories from the Mercy-verse

  • By Malinda on 11-02-14

Loved the new content!

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

Reviewed: 09-03-14

Love the new content. It's a tossup which is my favorite...the story about Ben, Kara, or a new vampire, but I won't give any spoilers. The funniest scene in the entire anthology is at the end of Ben's story. (I wish there had been new Charles and Anna content.)

The old content has all been re-performed. I couldn't get very far into Alpha and Omega, always a favorite of mine, because as much as I love Lorelei King, it just seems wrong to have her perform it. They should have re-used the Holter Graham performance because he's the true voice for Charles and Anna. (That's no criticism to the narrator...I think I'd be equally unhappy if Holter Graham read a Mercy book. They each have pronunciations and voices associated with the characters, and it's inconsistent and kind of wrong to switch.)

"In Red with Pearls", the Warren and Kyle story, was also reperformed, still with a male narrator. I liked the way this guy did Spanish accents much better, but mostly he's just too wimpy to be Warren. In the scene in Kyle's office after Kyle has been attacked by the zombie, and Warren uses that dominant werewolf voice to command Kyle to "Stay Still," the original narratorkind of shouts it out, giving the words true power, while Alexander Cedese doesn't alter his tone of voice at all. I think if Alexander was a fan he might have done better with the book, but I really prefer the narration in "Down These Strange Streets" better. I don't remember the name of that narrator but he just nailed Warren.

I don't think I've heard "Star of David" or "Seeing Eye" performed before but they were fabulous. Love those stories.

The whole thing is a Must Listen if you're a Mercy fan.

15 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Hounded

  • The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,948
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,956
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,894

Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the

  • By Chris on 01-02-12

Love this series!!!

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

Reviewed: 02-03-13

I bought the first one on a whim, on sale, and WOW, these are great!!! I couldn't stop listening and quickly bought the rest of the series. Great narration, very interesting characters. I love the whole cast although being a dog lover, I think Oberon is probably my favorite side character (although I really, really like the Morrigan!). There are some freebies worth reading on the author's homepage and he says there are 2 shorts coming this year, plus the next book in June 2013. Can't wait!!!

  • First Grave on the Right

  • Charley Davidson, Book 1
  • By: Darynda Jones
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,480
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,395
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,376

A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper. Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light”. But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great choice for Stephanie, Lorelai or Buffy fans!

  • By Austin gal on 03-07-12

It's a very good book, but...

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

Reviewed: 02-03-13

I keep drawing comparisons to the Mercy Thompson series by the same narrator. They're both paranormal fiction with a strong, snarky female lead. The plots aren't exactly similar (shapeshifting mechanic vs. private investigator grim reaper), but King portrays the female leads in the same voice, same intonations. The secretary is Mercy's mother Margie, her daughter Amber is Jessie, and I've detected Adam and Samuel in some of the police officers. It's distracting if you've listened to the Mercy books.

That said, this is an engaging story. I like the lead character Charlie Davidson, the plot is not predictable or formulaic - there are some unexpected twists in here. It's unique and well written. The narrator does do a very good job with the story. I'm looking forward to listening to the sequels.

  • Heart of Gold

  • By: J.R. Ward
  • Narrated by: Emily Beresford
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 258
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 236
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 235

Archaeologist Carter Wessex is drawn to Farrell Mountain to solve a centuries-old mystery — and to find a fortune in hidden gold. One thing stands in her way: Nick Farrell, a notorious corporate raider with way too much sex appeal and no patience for trespassers on his land. After an explosive introduction, Carter abandons the project... but with Nick in hot pursuit.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not a typical JR Ward book-Terrible naration.

  • By Kindle Customer on 08-04-12

Not her best.

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

Reviewed: 01-06-13

This thing reads like a 1970's romance novel. The "hero" is an insensitive jerk who accuses the heroine of being interested in a minor and of having an affair with a married man. He has had a string of involvements with women he has used and casually discards a girlfriend. He's secretly using the heroine to win brownie points with her father, a potential business partner. The heroine lies about an assault / fails to report to the authorities. Most of the characters aren't very likeable. Bad pacing. No complaints about the narrator, who does a good job with the voices, but I can't bring myself to finish this.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful