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  • The Kraken King

  • Iron Seas, Book 4
  • By: Meljean Brook
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 20 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108

A former smuggler and thief, Ariq--better known as the Kraken King--doesn't know what to make of the clever, mysterious woman he rescues from an airship besieged by marauders. Unsure if she's a spy or a pawn in someone else's game, Ariq isn't about to let her out of his sight until he finds out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Write yourself out of this one Zenobia Fox.

  • By Teresa on 02-23-15

like a Audiobook version of my favorite movie

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

I love the swashbuckling inkslinging witticisms in this book as much as in one of my all-time favorite movies: The Mummy. I love the hero and heroine, the storyline, the action, the adventure, and the narration. One of my favorites.

  • Shadow's Bane

  • Dorina Basarab Series, Book 4
  • By: Karen Chance
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean
  • Length: 22 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

Dorina Basarab is a dhampir - half-human, half-vampire. As one of the Vampire Senate's newest members, Dory already has a lot on her plate. But then a relative of one of Dory's fey friends goes missing. They fear he's been sold to a slaver who arranges fights - sometimes to the death - between different types of fey. As Dory investigates, she and her friends learn the slavers are into something much bigger than a fight club. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • More than just one cut-off chapter

  • By Ronald G. Overton on 09-13-18

I love Dory and Dorina.

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

like always pure action when she's not laid up in recovery which happens a lot.

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  • Christmas Past

  • A Chronicles of St Mary's Short Story
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 1 hr and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 381
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 380

Max, Leon and Matthew - together at last for Christmas at St Mary's, a time of conspicuous consumption, riotous misbehaviour and the traditional illegal Christmas jump. And this time it's intergenerational. Donning her unfamiliar mother hat, Max takes Matthew back to 19th-century London, where they plan to deliver a parcel of Christmas cheer to his former friends but find themselves confronting the terrifying Old Ma Scrope in the process.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I wish I could give more stars than 5

  • By D on 12-26-17

an Awesome Christmas shortie

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

Reviewed: 12-25-17

far too short of course, but 5000 pages would be too short for me, so what do I know. The usual Christmas jaunt through time. unexpected loveliness in the end where trouble catches up with Max, par for the course.

  • Lies, Damned Lies and History

  • The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 7
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,718
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,565
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,554

I've done some stupid things in my time. I've been reckless. I've broken a few rules. But never before have I ruined so many lives or left such a trail of destruction behind me. As Max would be the first to admit, she's never been one for rules. They tend to happen to other people. But this time she's gone too far, and everyone is paying the price. Grounded until the end of time, how can she ever put things right?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why do her books have to end????

  • By janet on 05-07-16

The latest installment in a wonderful series

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

Reviewed: 05-12-16

loved it. Dr. Barstow is a flat out genius. Leon is the ideal man. And I love both Peterson and Markham. Bot Max TAKES THE CAKE... if it is chocolate.

  • Cast in Sorrow

  • The Chronicles of Elantra, Book 9
  • By: Michelle Sagara
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 776
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 712
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 713

The Barrani would be happy to see her die. So Kaylin Neya is a bit surprised by her safe arrival in the West March. Especially when enemies new and old surround her and those she would call friends are equally dangerous... And then the real trouble starts. Kaylin's assignment is to be a "harmoniste" - one who helps tell the truth behind a Barrani Recitation. But in a land where words are more effective than weapons, Kaylin's duties are deadly.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great performance but slow story

  • By Patrick on 09-21-13

Kaylin heals the Green

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

Reviewed: 06-22-14

What made the experience of listening to Cast in Sorrow the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed the servants assigned to help Kaylin. I enjoyed meeting the Lord of the Green again. I enjoyed the "little Dragon's" adventures.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Cast in Sorrow?

When she lead the Lord of the Green to the rot in the Heart of the Green

What does Khristine Hvam bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her slue of voices. her drama and narration.

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

did and did

Any additional comments?

Just buy them all.

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  • Cast in Peril

  • By: Michelle Sagara
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 898
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 815
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 818

It has been a busy few weeks for Private Kaylin Neva. In between angling for a promotion, sharing her room with the last living female Dragon, and dealing with more refugees than anyone knew what to do with, the unusual egg she'd been given began to hatch. Actually, that turned out to be lucky, because it absorbed the energy from the bomb that went off in her quarters. So now might be the perfect time to leave Elantra and journey to the West March with the Barrani. If not for the disappearances of citizens in the fief of Tiamaris - disappearances traced to the very Barrani Kaylin is about to be traveling with....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By RLP on 10-03-12

Kaylin travels with Teela and Severn

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

Reviewed: 06-22-14

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

Have and will again. the series is wonderful. involving and evolving.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Marcus was only in the beginning. Drat. But Teela is quite funny when she isn't angry.

What about Khristine Hvam’s performance did you like?

I love her performances of the Cast In books. Her continued dramatic performance of Teela is rich and evocative.

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

buy them all.

  • Cast in Ruin

  • Chronicles of Elantra, Book 7
  • By: Michelle Sagara
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 946
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 844
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 848

Seven corpses are discovered in the streets of a Dragon’s fief. All identical, down to their clothing. Kaylin Neya is assigned to discover who they were, who killed them - and why. Is the evil lurking at the borders of Elantra preparing to cross over? At least the investigation delays her meeting with the Dragon Emperor. And as the shadows grow longer over the fiefs, Kaylin must use every skill she’s ever learned to save the people she’s sworn to protect. Sword in hand, dragons in the sky, this time there’s no retreat....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Home Run!

  • By Nina on 01-06-12

Kaylin... - oh just read it!

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

Reviewed: 06-22-14

Where does Cast in Ruin rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

this series is one of my favorites. I have listened to the whole series multiple times. I have re-read it even more times. I will do so again before the next book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Marcus, Sanabalis, Archon, Tiamaris, Severn, Nightshade, ... oh, everyone.

Which character – as performed by Khristine Hvam – was your favorite?

Marcus, As I Keep Repeating.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I do in every one of this series' books

Any additional comments?

Buy them, you won't regret it.

  • Cast in Chaos

  • Chronicles of Elantra, Book 6
  • By: Michelle Sagara
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 933
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 833
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 835

Kaylin Neya is a Hawk, part of the elite force tasked with keeping the City of Elantra safe. Her past is dark, her magic uncontrolled and her allies unpredictable. And nothing has prepared her for what is coming, when the charlatans on Elani Street suddenly grow powerful, the Oracles are thrown into an uproar and the skies rain blood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Book Cant wait for the next one

  • By Ali on 12-25-11

Kaylin continues doing what she does best

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

Reviewed: 06-22-14

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

I would and have done so many times.

What did you like best about this story?

Kaylin stands up for what she believes in.

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

I have all of the Cast In series. I love them.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

both at different times, as always.

Any additional comments?

I love this series. I heartily recommend it to everyone. It is unlike anything else in my 2000+ library. It is unique- serious, funny, scary, mysterious, and intriguing.

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  • Cast in Silence

  • The Chronicles of Elantra, Book 5
  • By: Michelle Sagara
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 17 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 964
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 862
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 863

A member of the elite Hawk force that protects the City of Elantra, Kaylin Neya has sacrificed much to earn the respect of the winged Aerians and immortal Barrani she works alongside. But the mean streets she escaped as a child aren't the ones she's vowed to give her life guarding. Those were much darker....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Never disappoint!

  • By Nina on 12-12-11

Kaylin Walks the long road

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

Reviewed: 06-22-14

What made the experience of listening to Cast in Silence the most enjoyable?

Khristine Hvam's voices. Over the course of the series, her's has become the voices I hear even when turning the pages of the books.

Who was your favorite character and why?

It is a close race between Marcus, Evanton, and the Archon. What can I say? I love the difficult ones.

But Clint has a special place in my heart. He teases, he indulges, he cares. I wish he had a much bigger role, but then he would be hurt or stressed or in danger. He is sweet. so I want him to remain Kaylin's good friend with the Wonderful Voice and the silky soft feathers that he knows she is going to touch because she just HAS to.

What does Khristine Hvam bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

having read the books first, I know that her acting (dramatization), subtle though it is, is the shining star that made me hoard away each book as soon as it becomes available for purchase. I listen to the stories repeatedly ( my favorites are also favorite re-reads/re-listens).

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Just total absorption. I didn't want to go to work and interrupt the story. I wanted to hurry home and continue the story.

  • Cast in Secret

  • Chronicles of Elantra, Book 3
  • By: Michelle Sagara
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,087
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 969
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 970

Still avoiding magic whenever possible, Private Kaylin Neya relished investigating a run-of-the-mill theft. Until she found out the mysterious stolen box had been taken from Elani Street, where the mages and charlatans mingled, and it was sometimes hard to tell the difference between the two. And since the box was ancient, without a keyhole, and held tremendous darkness inside, Kaylin knew unknown forces were again playing with her destiny....and her life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I couldnt stop listening !

  • By Ronnie on 01-23-12

Kaylin Enters the Tha'lani Quarter

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

Reviewed: 06-22-14

What did you love best about Cast in Secret?

We got to explore the Tha'lani people. We get to know the Keeper much better- he is such a mysterious figure that has defined and refined Kaylin. We get to see more of Sanabalis. Kaylin is in her element. Investigating.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love them all. Kaylin is the main character but far from my only favorite in this series. I love the wild uniqueness of each supporting character. I love to hate Nightshade. I love Marcus' rough and tumble love for his adopted kitling. I love Teela (and Tain's) indulgent smugness and love for their little human mascot. I love Sanabalis' inegmatic mentorship of his stubborn student. I love the Hawklord- he is beyond words. I love Clint's love of Kaylin as a true friend and almost little sister. I love Tiamaris' youthful (for an immortal Dragon) enthusiasm and strangely open-mindedness (for an immortal Dragon). I love the crotchety Archon. I love Severn.

What does Khristine Hvam bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Marcus' accent. I never "heard" him as clearly when reading- until I listened to Her Marcus. NOW I hear that Carribean accent even when reading- I love it. I know, Lions don't live in the Carribean. But it fits!! Having lived there, I can just hear that slang-y British drawl coming out of Marcus' mouth.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When she had to take responsibility for the Dragon to enter the Garden.

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