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  • Storm Warning

  • Valdemar: The Mage Storms, Book 1
  • By: Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by: David Ledoux
  • Length: 17 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 332
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336

With her phenomenal Mage Winds trilogy, bestselling author Mercedes Lackey captivated fans across the country. Now in the first volume of the series sequel, she continues the same storyline, returning readers to a war-torn Valdemar in preparation to confront an ancient Eastern Empire - ruled by a monarch whose magical tactics by be beyond any sorcery known to the western kingdoms.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • disappointing narration

  • By Ephanie on 04-15-15

Story good, narrator meh

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

Reviewed: 01-22-19

I love the Tales of Velgarth! however, this narrator takes getting used to. His characters are strained and he sounds like he has a cold the entire reading...

  • Have a Nice Day

  • By: Billy Crystal, Quinton Peeples
  • Narrated by: Justin Bartha, Annette Bening, Dick Cavett, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,170
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,802
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,705

Tony and Emmy Award-winner Billy Crystal leads an all-star cast including Oscar winner Kevin Kline (President David Murray) and four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening (First Lady Katherine Murray) in a performance of this hilarious and poignant story about a man desperately scrambling to put his affairs in order: to save his presidency, his marriage, his relationship with his daughter – and possibly his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Experience

  • By Stephen R. Grant on 11-05-18

Laughter and Tears

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

Perfection in a reader's theater. Billy Crystal this is a work of triumph. Well read and well produced. Please do more!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Arrow's Flight

  • Heralds of Valdemar series, Book 2
  • By: Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by: Christa Lewis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 267

Talia could scarcely believe that she had finally earned the rank of full Herald. Though this seemed like the fulfillment of all her dreams, it also meant she would face trials far greater than those she had previously survived. For now, Talia must ride forth to patrol the kingdom of Valdemar, dispensing Herald's justice throughout the land. But in this realm beset by dangerous unrest, enforcing her rulings will require all the courage and skill Talia could command - for if she misuses her own special powers, both she and Valdemar will pay the price. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can I give 6 stars?

  • By Amy Lee Milner on 05-27-18

Updated performance - well done!

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

Loved this. I own the first recordings of this fine tale and Christa does an amazing job with accents, phrasing and bringing the characters to life in such a vivid way.

The story of Talia and her journey are the best place to start your reading of the Valdemar books. Listen to these, and hear a genre come to life!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Tom Clancy Under Fire

  • A Jack Ryan Jr. Novel
  • By: Grant Blackwood
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,588
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,158
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,160

On a routine intelligence gathering mission in Tehran, Jack Ryan, Jr., has lunch with his oldest friend, Seth Gregory: an engineer overseeing a transcontinental railway project. As they part, Seth slips Jack a key, along with a perplexing message.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mark Greaney is much better than Grant Blackwood

  • By Wayne on 06-19-15

Not up to par

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

Reviewed: 02-11-16

if you're a tried and true Clancy fan you'll notice a horrible lack of respect for the timbre and tone to the characters in this book. The narrator mispronounces names that have been established in many other books. Overall, combine poor writing and editing with no "legacy keeper" and it spells disaster for this audio performance.