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  • Queen of Sorcery

  • The Belgariad, Book 2
  • By: David Eddings
  • Narrated by: Cameron Beierle
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,337
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,574
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,601

Legends tell of the evil god Torak coveting the power of the Orb of Aldur. Prophecy also speaks of a time when he will again awaken to seek dominance over all the world. Now the Orb has been stolen by a priest of Torak, and that time is at hand. Belgarath the Sorcerer and his daughter, Polgara the arch-Sorceress, are on the trail of the Orb, seeking to regain it before the final disaster. With them goes Garion, a simple farm boy only months before, but now the focus of the struggle.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Love the Story Not the Reader

  • By grik on 09-02-07

Perfect Audio Rendition

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

I love this series enough to have read it through close to ten times now. With that, I have been incredibly pleased by the audio versions. The performance adds quite a bit to the story and really does a wonderful job with each character.

I’d love to listen to other performances by this reader and fully intend to listen to the rest of the Eddings series.

  • Pawn of Prophecy

  • The Belgariad, Book 1
  • By: David Eddings
  • Narrated by: Cameron Beierle
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,503
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,512
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,540

Long ago, so the Storyteller claimed, the evil god Torak sought dominion and drove men and Gods to war. But Belgrath the Sorcerer led men to reclaim the Orb that protected the West. So long as it lay at Riva, the prophecy went, men would be safe. That was only a story, and Garion did not believe in magic dooms, even though the man without a shadow had haunted him for years.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • My literary "comfort food"

  • By Michael on 07-27-09

Absolutely perfect

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

Knowing this is a 5 book coming of age story my parents introduced me to this series when I was about 10 years old. Since then I’ve loved and appreciated it even more after re-reading every few years. Even so, there is a special extra magic to this audio book. I LOVED hearing the voices and pronunciations. I’d highly recommend this book for family road trips or anyone who appreciates fantasy.

  • The Final Empire

  • Mistborn Book 1
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 24 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,251
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,051
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,055

For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A GREAT TRILOGY!!!

  • By Don Gilbert on 11-12-09

Stunning

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

Reviewed: 12-28-17

This is the most captivating book I have encountered since my childhood. Absolutely thrilling with excellent performances and an engaging story.

  • The Engagements

  • By: J. Courtney Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 16 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 175

Evelyn has been married to her husband for 40 years - 40 years since he slipped off her first wedding ring and put his own in its place. Delphine has seen both sides of love - the ecstatic, glorious highs of seduction, and the bitter, spiteful fury that descends when it’s over. James, a paramedic who works the night shift, knows his wife’s family thinks she could have done better; while Kate, partnered with Dan for a decade, has seen every kind of wedding - beach weddings, backyard weddings, castle weddings - and has vowed never, ever, to have one of her own.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This story required some brain exercise.

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-15-14

Needs a Full Cast Production

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

Reviewed: 09-28-15

Would you listen to The Engagements again? Why?

This book is really difficult to rate with solid stars. I think it was a really solid 3.5 star rating.

The story of Francis and the DER was engaging, and if historically accurate, wonderful. The other stories were engaging and tied together really well (same DER).

I liked the characters, but struggled a bit in the beginning to tell them apart (audiobook). Overall, I WOULD recommend this book to a girl who is excited about weddings and engagement. It is a generational piece about marriage and love. It focuses on the "scandals" of multiple time periods and income demographics. I think it could have gone into more detail; but overall, for a quick read it was very enjoyable.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Francis. She's wonderful, empowering, and dynamic.

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

No. I actually enjoyed breaking between persons to keep them straight.

Any additional comments?

Should use different voices for each character to assist with distinction.

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  • Faithful Place

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,943
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,050
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,051

New York Times best-selling author Tana French has won the prestigious Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards. As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, 19-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves Dublin without her—thinking never to return.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-19-10

Couldn't be more impressed

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

Reviewed: 06-30-15

Tana French has done it again. While I wasn't as captivated by this book as In the Woods and The Likeness, this book was definitely spectacular.

Tana French writes with eloquence and prose I've been sincerely missing in the current popular novels. I actually appreciate that she expects the reader to have a level of intelligence and an ability to draw their own conclusions when handed evidence. She sometimes leaves endings open for interpretation, but that makes the story seem more realistic to me.

This story itself was another example of the versatility in French's characters. Coming from Ryan, to Cassie, to Frank Mackey brought a wide variety of character personalization and development I rarely see. Mackey's story was laced with a complicated family history, but all the same I appreciated the complexity to familial relationships. It was definitely relatable and more realistic than other novels.

Also, I really love that these books can be read in any order the reader sees fit. I'm looking forward to the next two novels.

  • Abundance

  • The Future Is Better Than You Think
  • By: Steven Kotler, Peter H. Diamandis
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,646
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,128

We will soon be able to meet and exceed the basic needs of every man, woman, and child on the planet. Abundance for all is within our grasp. This bold, contrarian view, backed up by exhaustive research, introduces our near-term future, where exponentially growing technologies and three other powerful forces are conspiring to better the lives of billions of people. This book is an antidote to pessimism by tech-entrepreneur-turned-philanthropist Peter H. Diamandis and award-winning science writer Steven Kotler.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hope with Confidence

  • By Dan on 07-25-12

Great Optimistic Book

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

Reviewed: 06-09-15

The book is wonderful, but I feel like it's more of a textbook than a story. I really enjoyed listening, but at times I wanted to take notes of have a hard copy in front of me.