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  • A Man Rides Through

  • Volume II of Mordant's Need
  • By: Stephen R. Donaldson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 29 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269

Aided by the powerful magic of Vagel, the evil Arch-Imager, the merciless armies are marching against the kingdom of Mordant. In its hour of greatest need, two unlikely champions emerge. One is Geraden, whose inability to master the simplest skills of Imagery has made him a laughingstock. The other is Terisa Morgan, transferred to Mordant from a Manhattan apartment by Geraden’s faulty magic. Together, Geraden and Terisa discover undreamed-of talents within themselves—talents that make them more than a match for any Imager... including Vagel himself. Unfortunately, those talents also mark them for death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story...great ending to a two part story..

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-12-13

A Good Listen

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-18

I've loved the Mordant's Need series since they were first written. This second book resolves all the angst and confusion of the first one, with the happiest of happy endings.

Scott Brick has overall been a tougher sell for me, I've heard him read a number of things that left me a little underwhelmed. But he did excellently here, really created distinctive voices for many of the characters in a very memorable and entertaining way. The Tor came to life! Great job.

  • The Mirror of Her Dreams

  • Volume I of Mordant's Need
  • By: Stephen R. Donaldson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 28 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 359
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 321

The daughter of rich but neglectful parents, Terisa Morgan lives alone in a New York City apartment, a young woman who has grown to doubt her own existence. Surrounded by the flat reassurance of mirrors, she leads an unfulfilled life - until the night a strange man named Geraden comes crashing through one of her mirrors, on a quest to find a champion to save his kingdom of Mordant from a pervasive evil that threatens the land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scott Brick+Donaldson=Winning Combination

  • By C. Lunde on 05-18-12

creative and original

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-29-18

I like Steven Donaldson's novels. The worlds he creates are original and compelling. Convincingly performed.

  • Salt to the Sea

  • By: Ruta Sepetys
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie, Will Damron, Cassandra Morris, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,981
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,821
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,817

In 1945, World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia, and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, almost all of them with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer to safety.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Haunting Historical YA Fiction

  • By FanB14 on 02-19-16

Really remarkable seldom-heard history

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-14-18

I am amazed that in all the historical novels or non-fiction accounts I've read about the 2nd World War, I was never aware of this sad chapter. I guess it speaks to the fact that the common, powerless people on the losing side in a conflict, during its whimpering end stage, lose the interest of history.

So this is a true gift of a book. The fact it is written for a young adult audience keeps it clear and simple and clean. The performancrs are lovely. Each narrator brings thei individual character truly alive. I am soglad I found this book!

  • Inkheart

  • By: Cornelia Funke
  • Narrated by: Lynn Redgrave
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,000
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,742
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,738

Imagine it were possible to bring the characters from a book to life. Not like when you listen to an audiobook with such enchantment that the characters seem to jump off the pages and into your bedroom...but for real. Imagine they could actually climb out of the pages and into our world. Then imagine if those characters brought their world into ours.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • EXCELLENT!!

  • By Cynthia Lee Reneau on 04-27-04

magnificent!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-02-18

so rare to find such a truly original fantasy story. And also deliciously performed. BRAVA! Can barely wait to continue with book two!

  • Theatre of the Imagination, Volume 1

  • By: Clarissa Pinkola Estes
  • Narrated by: Clarissa Pinkola Estes
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 200

Come to the stage between two worlds - come to the Theatre of the Imagination. On this six-part live performance series, bestselling author and beloved cantadora (keeper of the old stories), Clarissa Pinkola Estes shares the work of her lifetime: myths, tales and poetry with the power to nourish and heal. Contained within the audio for Theater of the Imagination are the great univeral themes - tales of loss and ressurection, of love and sacrifice; of the courage to survive- yet it is if Dr. Estes is speaking only to you.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wisdom and beauty

  • By Bernie on 06-17-09

outstanding storytelling

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-18

I love this author's work and her performance. incredible insights into human nature. will re-read!

  • The Return of the King

  • Book Three in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 18 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,032
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,963
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,066

The Return of the King is the towering climax to J. R. R. Tolkien’s trilogy that tells the saga of the hobbits of Middle-earth and the great War of the Rings. In this concluding volume, Frodo and Sam make a terrible journey to the heart of the Land of the Shadow in a final reckoning with the power of Sauron. In addition to narrating the prose passages, Rob Inglis sings the trilogy’s songs and poems a capella, using melodies composed by Inglis and Claudia Howard, the Recorded Books studio director.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rob Inglis and JRR Tolkien in Perfect Partnership

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-05-14

am old favorite beautifully performed.

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

Reviewed: 06-23-18

I think JRR Tolkein would have loved Inglis's choice to sing all the songs in the text, instead of merely reading lyrics.Fun! Will be re-listening in years to come.

  • Braving the Wilderness

  • The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone
  • By: Brené Brown
  • Narrated by: Brené Brown
  • Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,477
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,670
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,574

"True belonging doesn't require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are." Social scientist Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives - experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy. In Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Actual Step-By-Step To Authenticity!

  • By Gillian on 09-14-17

The most inspiring work by this author yet.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-01-18

Healing, reassuring, motivating. Will be listening to it again soon! I'm glad she self-narrated. Bravo!

  • David and Goliath

  • Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,385
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,377

In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Art of (Unconventional) War

  • By Cynthia on 10-04-13

Wonderful.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-08-18

Great data. Great reading voice. Gives hope for struggling people. Love this book. More, please!

  • A Little Princess (AmazonClassics Edition)

  • By: Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

To prepare his daughter, Sara, for society, wealthy widower Captain Ralph Crewe enrolls her in Miss Minchin's Select Seminary for Young Ladies. Unspoiled and genial, Sara is given all the luxuries her father can afford - and the obsequious Miss Minchin is happy to indulge. But when her father dies and his fortune is lost, Sara is forced into servitude, stripped of her privileges and possessions, and subjected to Miss Minchin's true cruel nature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the Books Ever read

  • By Nath G. on 03-17-18

very well done!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-18

Sara is wonderful. Her loved ones are wondeŕful. An excellent view of conditions as theý wère 100 years or more ago. And excellently performed as well! Bravo!

  • The Two Princesses of Bamarre

  • By: Gail Carson Levine
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

The two princesses of Bamarre couldn't be more different. Princess Addie is fearful and shy. Her deepest wish is for safety. Princess Meryl is bold and brave. Her deepest wish is to save the kingdom of Bamarre. They are sisters, and they mean the world to each other. Then disaster strikes, and Addie - terrified and unprepared - sets out on a perilous quest. In her path are monsters of Bamarre: ogres, specters, gryphons, and dragons.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of My all-time favorite rereads

  • By Britt on 07-10-18

lovely story of a timid young woman turning brave

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-15-18

This is an old favorite for me. January LeVoy did it nicely.

I especially liked her voice for the dragon Vollys. Very cool. I can imagine kids really loving this narration!