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  • Dane's Storm

  • By: Mia Sheridan
  • Narrated by: Lance Greenfield, Erin Mallon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,424
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,304

Dane was her first kiss and the only man she ever loved...until their marriage crashed and burned. Now Audra has built a quiet life for herself running a flower shop she's put her whole heart into. But Audra is left reeling when an unexpected circumstance brings Dane back into her world. He's still as breathtaking as he ever was, and he still affects her more than any man she's ever known. Yet learning to trust him again could be a matter of life and death....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A true second chance

  • By Listening is Reading on 04-03-18

All the feels

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

Reviewed: 11-25-18

I suspect this story will sit with me a long, long time. It was beautiful, yes, but more than that, it felt real. I understood what broke up this couple, despite their love for each other. Mia Sheridan created two remarkable character who really earned their HEA. I had tears streaming down my face a lot of the time.

I initially felt that the male narrator was a tad too dramatic, but as I got swept up in the story, both narrators were perfect and enhanced the story with their performances.

This is a book I can recommend with my whole heart.

  • The Mists of Avalon

  • By: Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 50 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,850
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,862

A posthumous recipient of the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement, Marion Zimmer Bradley reinvented - and rejuvenated - the King Arthur mythos with her extraordinary Mists of Avalon series. In this epic work, Bradley follows the arc of the timeless tale from the perspective of its previously marginalized female characters: Celtic priestess Morgaine, Gwenhwyfar, and High Priestess Viviane.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Davina Porter brings an old favorite back to life!

  • By Carolina on 07-13-12

Definitly in my Top 10 All Time Favorites

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

Reviewed: 04-04-18

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, not only is this a very thoughtful and thought-provoking book, beautifully written, but it is narrated by the incomparable Davina Porter.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Mists of Avalon?

This was not a book with stand-out moments. It didn't make me laugh or cry, but it resonated very deeply with me. I particularly loved that the story is told from the perspective of women. None of the characters were entirely good, or entirely bad. They were flawed, but pursued that which they fervently believed in with passion, even while making poor decisions and stumbling along the way.

Have you listened to any of Davina Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listened to her narration of the Outlander series many times and she is as accomplished in this. She truly is a master of her craft.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Given the length, it took me 5 days!

Any additional comments?

Listen to this book!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dust and Glory

  • By: Evan Green
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 22 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

The world's toughest car race. Twenty-one days of searing heat and rock-hard desert tracks; of blowouts and breakdowns; of subterfuge and sabotage. Ten thousand miles of dust and glory. Driving at breakneck speed over Australia's roughest roads and through the most appalling conditions imaginable, six competitors break free from the pack and fight for the lead, gradually finding themselves entangled in a web of deceit, betrayal and danger. Dust and Glory is best-selling author Evan Green's stirring account of the most grueling race of them all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great adventure!

  • By Boysmom on 07-21-15

Thoroughly enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 02-09-18

Any additional comments?

As much as I wanted to know what happened at the end, I didn't want this book to end. It was a very enjoyable listening experience. I fully intend to use some of Gelignite Jack's colourful expressions! What a character!

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 457
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 428
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’ll miss Eleanor

  • By MISS LAURA K HARRINGTON on 03-27-18

A new favorite!

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

Reviewed: 01-24-18

Any additional comments?

I loved this book with my whole heart. Maybe because in many ways I identifield with Eleanor Oliphant. I understood her and empathized with her. Yes, she made me cringe a little from time to time, but she was an extraordinary well-written character with an amazing journey of self-actualization. This was a triumphant debut by Gail Honeyman and I can't wait to see what she writes next.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Host

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephenie Meyer
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 23 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,733
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,060
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,105

Earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. But Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unique Perspective, Awesome job.

  • By Mighty_Cranium on 12-29-09

Unexpected Delight

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

Reviewed: 01-24-18

Any additional comments?

I have never read anything by Stephenie Meyer - Twilight is definitely not my thing - so I was very hesitant to give The Host a try. It was well worth it though. Loved the characters and the story, especially the growth in certain characters. The ending satisfied me completely. I will definitely look out from other non-Twilight offerings from this author.

Kate Reading was superb, as usual.

  • The Silver Thief

  • The Cycle of Galand, Book 2
  • By: Edward W. Robertson
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,260
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,704
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,671

Dante Galand has cured the sickness that trapped him on the Plagued Islands. Now it's time to leave. And kill a priest. The target is Gladdic of Bressel. Gladdic, who executed Dante's friend, the pirate Captain Twill. Who all but enslaved the Plagued Islands. And whose visions of empire are far from over. But Gladdic is trained in both ether and nether - and a darker magic than Dante has ever known. He's the most dangerous foe Dante has faced. And if Dante falls, so will an entire kingdom.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Please Listen To CYCLE OF ARAWN First...

  • By Captain Spanky Of Nazareth on 01-22-17

It dragged a bit

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

Reviewed: 05-24-17

Any additional comments?

Having worked my way through all three volumes of The Cycle of Arawn and then the first volume of The Cycle of Galand in a short period of time, I have to admit that this one was a bit of a disappointment for me. It just felt long and drawn out, and I don't relish the fact that I have to listen to another book with the same antagonist - who I found very flat and one-dimensional - to get to the end of the story. I don't seem to care that much anymore. It was still good, but I think I will wait while before tackling the next one.Dante and Blays are still great and the narration is first-rate.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Alas, Babylon

  • By: Pat Frank
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,337
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,888
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,885

This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazingly contemporary

  • By SomervilleWhereElse on 12-25-10

Kept me on the edge of my seat

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

Reviewed: 05-24-17

Any additional comments?

It made me think about the things we value in our society and how useless most of it is. I have to admit, I would probably not make it in a post-apocalyptic world.

  • The Way of Kings

  • The Stormlight Archive
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 45 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,974
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,860
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,857

According to mythology mankind used to live in The Tranquiline Halls. Heaven. But then the Voidbringers assaulted and captured heaven, casting out God and men. Men took root on Roshar, the world of storms, but the Voidbringers followed. The Almighty gave men powerful suits of armor and mystical weapons, the Shardblades. Led by ten angelic Heralds and ten orders of knights known as Radiants, mankind finally won (or so the legends say).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-22-11

This may be my new favorite book ever

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

Reviewed: 05-24-17

What did you love best about The Way of Kings?

There is so much to love about The Way of Kings.

The world building is deep and extensive - this is no ordinary world with a few added extras like magic, elves and monsters. It's a really different world with varied customs, diverse ethnicity, unique fauna and flora and the most badass swords of all times. I was so intrigued!

Likewise, the characters are very engaging.

I can't wait to see where this story goes...

Who was your favorite character and why?

How to choose? The three main viewpoint characters are flawed human beings, with prejudices, unrealistic expectations and dark secrets, yet they are each exceptional in their own way. I was very intrigued by Szeth, fell in love with Syl and enjoyed the growing relationship between Kaladin and the various members of Bridge Four. Dalinar should be played by Liam Neeson.

Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading – was your favorite?

Shallon.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I blew through this one in record time.

Any additional comments?

I almost returned the book after the first half-hour, but started over and fell in love as soon as I got past the prelude and prologue. Now it all makes better sense, of course. I have a feeling that I will listen to this book again and again and pick up on a ton of things I missed the first time. I can't think of a better way to spend my time.

  • The Red Sea

  • The Cycle of Galand, Book 1
  • By: Edward W. Robertson
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,043
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,440
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,406

When Dante Galand was just a boy, his father, Larsin, sailed away to make his fortune. And never returned. Since then, Dante has become a great sorcerer. A ruler. A destroyer of kings. And he's just learned that his father is living on a forbidden island at the edge of the known world. Where he's dying of a mysterious plague. In the company of his friend, the swordsman Blays, Dante travels to the island. There, his magic can do nothing for his father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Sequel to The Cycle of Arawn!

  • By CaptainKhaotik on 02-28-16

It's like meeting up with old friends again

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

Reviewed: 05-08-17

Any additional comments?

A very good story, with great characters. I like how Dante continues to develop his skills.

  • Best Served Cold

  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 26 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 562
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 511
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 507

Springtime in Styria. And that means war. There have been nineteen years of blood. The ruthless Grand Duke Orso is locked in a vicious struggle with the squabbling League of Eight, and between them they have bled the land white. While armies march, heads roll and cities burn, behind the scenes bankers, priests and older, darker powers play a deadly game to choose who will be king.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun and Twisted

  • By Zati on 04-28-14

Another Winner

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

Reviewed: 05-08-17

Any additional comments?

Joe Abercrombie delivered again. I really enjoyed this book. The twist at the end left me quite surprised. Great characters, great narration. Well worth your time.