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  • The Wizards of Once

  • By: Cressida Cowell
  • Narrated by: David Tennant
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 453
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451

Once there were Wizards, who were Magic, and Warriors, who were not. But Xar, son of the King of Wizards, can't cast a single spell. And Wish, daughter of the Warrior Queen, has a banned magical object of her own. When they collide in the wildwood, on the trail of a deadly witch, it's the start of a grand adventure that just might change the fabric of their worlds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome!

  • By Teresa on 11-03-17

Great fun!

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

Thank you C Cowell! You are very talented and a master at entertaining with lots of laughs and lessons.

  • The Tracker

  • Sam Callahan, Book 1
  • By: Chad Zunker
  • Narrated by: Noah Berman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,954
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,738
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,733

Trust no one. Sam Callahan learned this lesson from a childhood spent in abusive foster care, on the streets, and locked in juvie. With the past behind him and his future staked on law school, he is moonlighting as a political tracker, paid to hide in crowds and shadow candidates, recording their missteps for use by their opponents. One night, after an anonymous text tip, Sam witnesses a congressional candidate and a mysterious blonde in a motel indiscretion that ends in murder, recording it all on his phone. Now Sam is a target.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Good!

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-08-17

Lots of life themes

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

Reviewed: 10-20-18

This is a good story. I thought it lost some of the punch/force by going back and forth filling the H's background. I thoroughly enjoyed the background story, but felt it toned down what could have been a more tense story.

  • Lady Fortescue Steps Out

  • The Poor Relation, Book 1
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,674
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,410
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,412

Life is not easy for the poor relations of England’s upper crust, but fate and clever schemes bring them together. Lady Fortescue and Colonel Sandhurst hatch a plan: What if they were to transform her decrepit Bond Street home into a posh hotel, offering their guests the pleasure of being waited upon by nobility? With the help of other down-and-out aristocrats, they do just that, and London’s newest hotel, The Poor Relation, is born. The establishment is an immediate hit with London’s most illustrious citizens, save the Duke of Rowcester....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Charming Regency Fun - Romance & Adventure

  • By Clare on 05-04-12

Great characters

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

This has a cast of great characters. The story is creative and engaging. Since I've enjoyed the whole series I can recommend all of them. Only one not being to my taste, but the author held true to the characters of the book. #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Jane Eyre

  • By: Charlotte Bronte
  • Narrated by: Thandie Newton
  • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,095
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,742
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,733

Following Jane from her childhood as an orphan in Northern England through her experience as a governess at Thornfield Hall, Charlotte Brontë's Gothic classic is an early exploration of women's independence in the mid-19th century and the pervasive societal challenges women had to endure. At Thornfield, Jane meets the complex and mysterious Mr. Rochester, with whom she shares a complicated relationship that ultimately forces her to reconcile the conflicting passions of romantic love and religious piety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-21-16

Great Classic

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

This is a great classic with thought provoking themes. The story takes you down a path and then the next thing you know you are heading in a very different direction. #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Mindspeak

  • By: Heather Sunseri
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 58

Seventeen-year-old Lexi Matthews keeps two secrets from her elite boarding school classmates - she's the daughter of a famous and controversial geneticist, and she can influence people's thoughts. But after new student Jack DeWeese heals her broken arm with an anything-but-simple touch, he forces Lexi to face a new reality - her abilities reach much further than speaking to the minds of others.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • info is slow and a cliffhanger for your trouble

  • By Brenda S on 10-04-18

info is slow and a cliffhanger for your trouble

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

it had my attention at the beginning. Then on and on and on with only tidbits of information here and there. The doling out of information was too slow. several times i almost gave up. You did feel for the girl as she didn't know who to trust. Then when you are on the next to the last chapter information comes. Some information. Then when she figures out who has been after her, it ends. Rather a cliffhanger. #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Wraith

  • By: Helen Harper
  • Narrated by: Ruth Urquhart
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,061
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 991
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 990

Saiya Buchanan is a wraith, able to detach her shadow from her body and send it off to do her bidding. But, unlike most of her kin, Saiya doesn't deal in death. Instead, she trades secrets - and in the goblin besieged city of Stirling in Scotland, they're a highly prized commodity. It might just be, however, that the goblins have been hiding the greatest secret of them all. When Gabriel de Florinville, a Dark Elf, is sent as royal envoy into Stirling and takes her prisoner, Saiya is not only going to uncover the sinister truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book and superb narration!

  • By IamNothingButAll on 04-21-18

Great world building

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

Reviewed: 09-27-18

The Narrator did a fantastic job. The world building was very good. The story was creative. There is some language and one sex scene. It did end rather abruptly. #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • The Player

  • Rockliffe, Volume 3
  • By: Stella Riley
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259

Tragedy drove him into unwilling exile. Death demands his reluctant return. In the decade between, he has answered to many names and amassed a variety of secrets. Now the actor known to Paris as L'Inconnu must resume his real identity and become Francis Adrian Sinclair Devereux, Earl of Sarre...a man he no longer knows how to be and whose name, thanks to the malice of a friend turned enemy, remains tarnished by an old scandal. Revenge, so long avoided, slithers temptingly from the shadows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 4.5 Story & 5+ Narration Stars!

  • By BJ's Reviews on 06-23-16

lovely series

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

I've enjoyed this series very much. I love it that so much is going on. They hero was uniquely and incredibly talented to play all those different people. Plus his card talent seemed extraordinary. Anyway it's a great read and extra kudos for the way Stella Riley handled the romance. Very tasteful.

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  • Pride and Prejudice

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Rosamund Pike
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11,255
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,269
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10,227

One of Jane Austen’s most beloved works, Pride and Prejudice, is vividly brought to life by Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike ( Gone Girl). In her bright and energetic performance of this British classic, she expertly captures Austen’s signature wit and tone. Her attention to detail, her literary background, and her performance in the 2005 feature film version of the novel provide the perfect foundation from which to convey the story of Elizabeth Bennett, her four sisters, and the inimitable Mr. Darcy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect narration of a perfect book

  • By Akela on 12-09-15

great classic

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

This is a great classic that is worth listening to occasionally. I especially like the last chapter as that is omitted in the BBC movie version. #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Changeling

  • A Novel of Sorcery and Society
  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,181
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,107

If 14-year-old Cassandra Reed makes it through her first day at Miss Castwell’s Institute for the Magical Instruction of Young Ladies without anyone discovering her secret, maybe, just maybe, she’ll let herself believe that she really does belong at Miss Castwell’s. Except Cassandra Reed’s real name is Sarah Smith and up until now, she lived her whole life in the Warren, serving a magical family, the Winters, as all non-magical “Snipes” are bound by magical Guardian law to do. That is, until one day, Sarah accidentally levitates Mrs. Winter’s favorite vase in the parlor.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Molly Harper + Amanda Ronconi = perfection

  • By Aimee on 08-24-18

Looking forward to the next book.

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

Good foundation into this magical world. Tension, intrigue, power plays and magic all to keep your interest. Recommend. #tagsgiving #sweepstake

  • Inspector Hobbes and the Blood

  • Unhuman, Book 1
  • By: Wilkie Martin
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 645
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 596
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 596

Set in a small Cotswold town, Inspector Hobbes and the Blood is a fast-paced comedy cozy mystery fantasy about the adventures of Andy, an incompetent reporter, when he is reluctantly working with Inspector Hobbes, a police detective with a reputation. Andy soon finds himself immersed in a world where not everyone is human, and a late-night visit to a churchyard nearly results in grave consequences, and a ghoulish outcome. An accidental fire leads to Andy having to doss in Hobbes's spare room.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A more realistic and mundane supernatural story

  • By Ravin on 01-20-18

Interesting/different

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

I did enjoy the humor, but found it to be more of the dry, subtle kind.

The characters were great. The main character kinda reminded me of Mr. Bean in that his bumbling leads to saving the day - or part of the day. I loved that the story never lets on to the exact identification of Mr. Hobbs. At least with Hobbs you have an idea, (no spoiler) but the author was being very stingy on clues to Mrs. Goodfellow.

The mystery part of the book...hmmmm. I'm not sure why I felt it took second place to the characters. It was almost like it was something that happened on the side. I felt like the book was more about getting to know the characters and the world and the author used them to make the mystery. Or that the mystery was just something that happened along side. I enjoyed it though. #tagsgiving #sweepstakes