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Cathie Dalziel

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  • The Ruins of Gorlan

  • Ranger's Apprentice, Book 1
  • By: John Flanagan
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,629
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,633

Will is an orphan and a ward of the castle. He hopes to someday become a great hero. But he is a small boy, and only the biggest and toughest are selected as warriors. He has other talents though, and they catch the attention of the mysterious Ranger Halt. Will soon masters stealth and accuracy with the bow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • YA?

  • By Deborah Buskirk on 10-12-12

Amazing!

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

One of the best fantasy stories I have ever read. John Keating does a wonderful job narrating this novel. I am so looking forward to reading the second in the series.

  • The Memory Trees

  • By: Kali Wallace
  • Narrated by: Kim Mai Guest
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4

For the first eight years of her life, an unusual apple orchard in Vermont is Sorrow Lovegood's whole world. The land has been passed down through generations of brave, resilient women, and while their offbeat habits may be ridiculed by other townspeople - especially their neighbors, the Abrams family - Sorrow and her family take pride in its odd history. Then, one winter night, an unthinkable tragedy changes everything. In the aftermath, Sorrow is sent to Miami to live with her father, away from the only home she's ever known.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful lush storytelling

  • By Cathie Dalziel on 07-21-18

Beautiful lush storytelling

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

Reviewed: 07-21-18

Kali Wallace provides some of the best writing in this slow moving generational story of a story of a family of women living off a parcel of land in Vermont. This story is hauntingly tragic and epic and deep. This will go in my favourite pile along with To Kill a Mockingbird amd The Orchardist.

  • The Magician's Land

  • The Magicians, Book 3
  • By: Lev Grossman
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 16 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,330
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,497
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,493

Quentin Coldwater has been cast out of Fillory, the secret magical land of his childhood dreams. With nothing left to lose he returns to where his story began, the Brakebills Preparatory College of Magic. But he can't hide from his past, and it's not long before it comes looking for him. Along with Plum, a brilliant young undergraduate with a dark secret of her own, Quentin sets out on a crooked path through a magical demimonde of grey magic and desperate characters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A beautiful ending to a great masterpiece

  • By Mor on 09-30-14

So love this series!

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

Reviewed: 07-16-18

I do believe this is my favourite adult fantasy series of all time. This last book in the trilogy did not disappoint. Absolutely magical!

  • Good Behavior

  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Blake Crouch
  • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,833
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,674
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,668

Fresh out of prison and fighting to keep afloat, Letty Dobesh returns to her old tricks burglarizing suites at a luxury hotel. While on the job, she overhears a man hiring a hit man to kill his wife. Letty may not be winning any morality awards, but even she has limits. Unable to go to the police, Letty sets out to derail the job, putting herself on a collision course with the killer that entangles the two of them in a dangerous, seductive relationship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • HE DIDN'T GET ANGRY, HE JUST KILLED PEOPLE

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 08-16-17

Excellent novellas

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

Reviewed: 04-28-18

This is 3 short stories about Letty, an ex-convict, meth addict struggling with past demons and just trying to survive. She's also one damn fine pickpocket and thief. Hold on to your hat; Blake Crouch keeps you on the edge of action all the time.

  • Finnikin of the Rock

  • By: Melina Marchetta
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Cummings
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 209
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 182

At the age of nine, Finnikin is warned by the gods that he must sacrifice a pound of flesh to save his kingdom. He stands on the rock of the three wonders with his friend Prince Balthazar and Balthazar’s cousin, Lucian, and together they mix their blood to safeguard Lumatere. But all safety is shattered during the five days of the unspeakable, when the king and queen and their children are brutally murdered in the palace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply Irresistable!

  • By Jennifer on 04-02-12

Great fantasy read.

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

Reviewed: 04-02-18

Excellent start to a fantasy epic. Very good. This book had a perfect blend of world building, characters that I cared about, adventure and tension.

  • 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 19,164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,342
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,281

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

Detailed account of the German invasion of Italy

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

Reviewed: 01-06-18

This novel will stay with me probably the rest of my life. This is the story of Peno Lella and his heroic actions during the German invasion of Italy in WWII. This novel was so graphic and heart wrenching that I had to put it down for a few days until I could once again pick it back up to continue to know the story. I can't begin to imagine what it was like to be alive and witness daily the horrors of war taking over your city, your country, and your friends and family life. This should be required reading for anyone who has not lived through an active war invasion of their homeland or for any young person who only has glorified imaginations of what war is really like.. This novel is brutal, stark and a testament to the ability to live on when everything has been broken.

  • 29 Gifts

  • How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life
  • By: Cami Walker
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 421
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 372

At age 35, Cami Walker was burdened by a battle with multiple sclerosis, a chronic neurological condition that made it difficult for her to walk, work, or enjoy her life. Seeking a remedy for her depression after being hospitalized, she received an uncommon prescription from an African medicine woman: give to others for 29 days.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Gift

  • By Elizabeth on 11-27-16

Very good book about gifting; not preachy at all

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

Reviewed: 11-28-17

29 Gifts talks about a woman's struggle with her diseases, MS and addiction. She found herself frightened, self-consumed and felt like her life a destined path of going nowhere and that she would never be able to acquire the simple things she wanted from live. Most of all, this woman was full of fear; fear of the unknown, fear of the future, fear of her husband leaving here when he tired from having to caretaking of her physical needs. 20 Gifts is the journey of this woman taking up a challenge presented to her by a friend and spiritual advisor that she practice for 29 days the act of giving something each day to another person. Told with honesty, this is a feel-good story and one that shares with it's readers how to practice the gift of 29 days of giving in their life. It also addresses other "gifting needs", such as why we give, how giving can either drain us or enrich us and the link to our emotional state when we are giving to someone or something. This is a very good, very nice book that charts a way to think communally while not losing sight of one's own needs. This was a gift to me, from me, in a year that has held many changes that haven't been pleasant. At 56, I am searching, once again, for the meaning of my life, my contribution in the world and what makes me happy now. It's been one of those life awareness and life changing years that take place every one in a while in my life. This book was a nice reminder of what core values I have always held about the world and it also helped me flesh out some of my own feelings around receiving and giving gifts. It even helped make clearer the definition of "gift" to me.. This is a good book.

  • We Were the Lucky Ones

  • By: Georgia Hunter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati, Robert Fass
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,506
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,130

An extraordinary, propulsive novel based on the true story of a family of Polish Jews who are separated at the start of the Second World War, determined to survive - and to reunite.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love it but...

  • By Roz on 07-19-17

Bone-chilling historical story of Jewish survivors

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

Reviewed: 11-17-17

4.5 Stars. May we never forget history., or the incredible survival skills of those that had to live through it.

  • The Kitchen House

  • A Novel
  • By: Kathleen Grissom
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,581
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,135

Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a must!

  • By AB on 09-04-10

Terrific story of servitude & the bonds of kin

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

Reviewed: 06-28-17

By far one of the best books I have ever read. This story will stay with me for many years and I will recommend this book to everyone.

  • Inkspell

  • By: Cornelia Funke
  • Narrated by: Brendan Fraser
  • Length: 18 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,300
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 767
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 770

Although a year has passed, not a day goes by without Meggie thinking of Inkheart, the book whose characters became real. But for Dustfinger, the fire-eater brought into being from words, the need to return to the tale has become desperate. When he finds a crooked storyteller with the ability to read him back, Dustfinger leaves behind his young apprentice Farid and plunges into the medieval world of his past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inkspell indeed

  • By Vanessa on 01-21-06

One of my all time favourite series!

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

Reviewed: 05-14-17

Darker and grittier than the first in the series, it's hard to imagine that this is a middle grade book. Great, dark story and thorough world building and an abundance of distinct characters. I shed lots of tears with this book and there wasn't many feel good times; it a great dark fairy tale.