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  • The Warrior Princess

  • By: K. M. Ashman
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

1135 AD. Wales is a broken land. Many of its true-born rulers are in hiding, or married into noble English families. But, though low and dim, a flame of vengeance still burns... In the southern kingdom of Deheubarth, Gerald of Windsor governs. Firm but fair, he commands the respect of those he reigns over, and the love of Nesta, his wife. But then treachery strikes from the heart of the English ranks and peace and stability are quickly forgotten.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • enjoy

  • By Lilmame on 03-04-18

Excellent example of great historical fiction

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

Reviewed: 01-31-19

Well constructed and robust presentation of 12th century Welsh history. The outcome is not glossed over and adds credibility to the author's appreciation of the facts. (Some may find the accents hard to understand at first. It gets easier.)

  • True Fiction

  • By: Lee Goldberg
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 603
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 522
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 519

When a passenger jet crashes onto the beaches of Waikiki, bestselling thriller writer Ian Ludlow knows the horrific tragedy wasn’t an accident. Years before, the CIA enlisted Ian to dream up terrorism scenarios to prepare the government for nightmares they couldn’t imagine. Now one of those schemes has come true, and Ian is the only person alive who knows how it was done...and who is behind the plot. That makes him too dangerous to live. Ian goes on the run, sweeping up an innocent bystander in his plight - Margo French, a dog walker and aspiring singer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A clever and fun parody of espionage thrillers!

  • By Wayne on 04-07-18

Fun listen on a long ride

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-07-18

Implausible and funny. A new twist on the milquetoast guy vs. James Bond fantasy life.

  • The Professor

  • McMurtrie and Drake Legal, Book 1
  • By: Robert Bailey
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,857
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,568
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,551

Law professor Thomas Jackson McMurtrie literally wrote the book on evidence in the state of Alabama. But when a power-hungry colleague uses a recent run-in between McMurtrie and headstrong student Rick Drake to end his career, he is left unsure what to do next.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Awful? No, but close.... close.

  • By Ted on 08-15-16

Well done, well delivered story; punctuated by courtroom drama

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-08-18

Well developed protagonists and secondary characters. Story is woven together without loose ends. You will root for a positive outcome in the face of a defendant who stops at nothing to assure the multimillion sale of his company.

  • Origin

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,871
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,354
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37,247

In keeping with his trademark style, Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno, interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art, and architecture in this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earthshaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Formula over fiction

  • By Evan M Carlson on 11-01-17

Dan Brown does it again

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

Reviewed: 12-11-17

Nicely done escape fiction in the science v. religion vein. Turns out Winston is the most engaging character. If you have read Dan before you know you will be exposed to more explanations about more things that are tangential to the story but which justify the research he did.

  • A Column of Fire

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 30 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,263
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,446
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,419

In 1558 the ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn apart by religious conflict. As power in England shifts precariously between Catholics and Protestants, high principles clash bloodily with friendship, loyalty, and love. Ned Willard wants nothing more than to marry Margery Fitzgerald. But when the lovers find themselves on opposing sides of the religious divide sweeping across the country, Ned goes to work for Princess Elizabeth. When she becomes queen, all Europe turns against England.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Follett is a Master Storyteller

  • By Charles Atkinson on 10-11-17

Stand alone Kingsbridge novel

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

Reviewed: 11-17-17

Tenuous connection to the first two in this series but enjoyable in its own right. Follett weaves an enjoyable tale.

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  • The World of Tomorrow

  • By: Brendan Mathews
  • Narrated by: Graham Halstead
  • Length: 18 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

June 1939. Francis Dempsey and his shell-shocked brother Michael are on an ocean liner from Ireland bound for their brother Martin's home in New York City, having stolen a small fortune from the IRA. During the week that follows, the lives of these three brothers collide spectacularly with big-band jazz musicians, a talented but fragile heiress, a Jewish street photographer facing a return to Nazi-occupied Prague, a vengeful mob boss, and the ghosts of their own family's revolutionary past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful listening experience!

  • By RobbieBowtie on 10-15-17

Wonderful listening experience!

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

Reviewed: 10-15-17

A terrific story from beginning to end. Beautifully written and presented. A treat for the ears.

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  • Fierce Patriot

  • The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman
  • By: Robert O'Connell
  • Narrated by: Andrew Garman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194

With a unique, witty, and conversational voice historian Robert O'Connell breaks down the often paradoxical, easily caricatured character of General William T. Sherman for the most well-rounded portrait of the man yet written. There were many Shermans, according to O'Connell. Most prominently was Sherman the military strategist (indeed, one of the greatest strategists of all time), who gained an appreciation of geography from early campaigns out west and applied it to his famed Civil War march.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best

  • By robert on 02-21-15

3 books in one

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

Reviewed: 06-13-17

A view of Sherman from three perspectives, each with its singular emphasis on the man and his image.

  • St. Peter's Fair

  • The Fourth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael
  • By: Ellis Peters
  • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230

King Stephen's bloody siege against the town of Shrewsbury has reduced many of its stores and homes to rubble. The townspeople, busy preparing for the annual St. Peter's Fair, complain that the Shrewsbury monks have not shouldered their fair share of the burden. Cadfael, hoping to assuage flaring tempers, is drawn into a worse kind of violence on the eve of the festival.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect listen - outstanding narration

  • By Hedi on 07-30-12

Cadfael continues

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

Reviewed: 03-31-17

A logical continuation with the addition of many new characters. The fair provides a different background for story and character development.

  • Monk's-Hood

  • The Third Chronicle of Brother Cadfael
  • By: Ellis Peters
  • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

Gervase Bonel, with his wife and servants, is a guest of Shrewsbury Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul when he is suddenly taken ill. Luckily, the Abbey boasts the services of clever and kindly Brother Cadfael, a skilled herbalist. Cadfael hurries to the man's bedside, only to be confronted by two very different surprises. In Master Bonel's wife, the good monk recognises Richildis, whom he loved many years ago before he took his vows. And Master Bonel has been fatally poisoned by a dose of deadly monk's-hood oil from Cadfael's herbarium.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Stuff

  • By Milton on 06-11-12

Entertaining escape

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

Reviewed: 03-02-17

Low key approach to well constructed tales of the time with an interesting protagonist, Brother Cadfael.

  • Making the Masters

  • Bobby Jones and the Birth of America's Greatest Golf Tournament
  • By: David Barrett
  • Narrated by: Jerry Whiddon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

The fascinating true story of the origins of fabled Augusta National Golf Club and the creation of America’s most prestigious golf tournament, the Masters.Contested the second weekend in April each year since 1934, the Masters is the world’s most prestigious golf tournament and most-watched tournament on television.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story of the course & The Masters' early yrs

  • By Bob Shinders on 03-18-16

Hard to visualize

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-17

While entertaining in many ways, the level of detail, and even for a golfer, is hard to Visualize in the audio book version.