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  • Bassam and the Seven Secret Scrolls

  • Bassam, Book 1
  • By: Paul B. Skousen
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 17 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 511
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 464
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 467

This is the story of the last holder of the scrolls, an old chief named Zafir. Worried that his life was nearly spent, Zafir chose young Bassam to be his heir to the scrolls. Was Bassam ready? To prove the young man Zafir took him on a caravan trek with the intent of teaching him the scrolls. And then, partway into the trip, a startling surprise changed everything. The scrolls are timeless.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I couldn't get out of my car

  • By Freedom on 12-04-14

Great book

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

Reviewed: 09-05-15

When is book 2 coming, can't wait to here to here how the rest of the trip goes! All teenagers should read it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 200,000 Miles aboard the Destroyer Cotten

  • By: C. Snelling Robinson
  • Narrated by: James Killavey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 548
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 512
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 507

In mid-1943, Snelling Robinson joined the crew of the Fletcher class destroyer USS Cotten as a newly commissioned ensign. The Cotten sailed to Pearl Harbor in time to join the Fifth Fleet. Under the command of Admiral Raymond Spruance, the Fifth Fleet participated in the invasions of Tarawa and Iwo Jima and several naval battles in the Philippine Sea and the Leyte Gulf.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Book and Recording. Five Stars.

  • By Martin on 12-27-14

Narrator

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

Reviewed: 09-05-15

It seems to be a good book but the narration is stilted. I hope I can make it to the end. Needs a narrator that can bring it to life, makes you want to listen.

3 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • The Hare with Amber Eyes

  • A Hidden Inheritance
  • By: Edmund de Waal
  • Narrated by: Michael Maloney
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

Winner of the 2010 COSTA Biography Award. A total of 264 wood and ivory carvings, none of them larger than a matchbox: potter Edmund de Waal was entranced when he first encountered the collection in the Tokyo apartment of his Great Uncle Iggie. Later, when Edmund inherited the ‘netsuke’, they unlocked a story far larger than he could ever have imagined.…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Masterpiece

  • By Neil Chisholm on 10-12-12

Slow start but gets much better as it goes on.

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

Reviewed: 08-13-12

Almost gave this up but it did improve and I am glad I persevered.
The book is historical, it introduced me to 'netsuke' and led on to do some research on these delightful carvings. The authors descriptions of buildings makes one look at buildings in a different way.
. Very interesting interview with author at end.

  • Small Gods

  • Discworld, Book 13
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Tony Robinson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 13 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Religion is a controversial business in the Discworld. Everyone has their own opinion, and indeed their own gods - who come in all shapes and sizes. In such a competitive environment, there is a pressing need to make one's presence felt. And it's certainly not remotely helpful to be reduced to be appearing in the form of a tortoise, a manifestation far below god-like status in anyone's book. In such instances, you need an acolyte, and fast - preferably one who won't ask too many questions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Prefer Stephen Briggs as the reader

  • By Colleen on 12-28-11

Prefer Stephen Briggs as the reader

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

Reviewed: 12-28-11

Time team comes to mind when I hear Tony, and Stephen does a much better 'Death'. character.

  • Inheritance: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 4

  • By: Christopher Paolini
  • Narrated by: Gerrard Doyle
  • Length: 31 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

Not so very long ago, Eragon-Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider, was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders. Long months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Could Have Been Better

  • By teves09 on 11-28-11

Great except for

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

Reviewed: 11-28-11

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. But there is a glitch in about the last 15-20 minutes, they repeat the segment after the dwarfs meet them, hope this can be fixed, it mucks up the flow of the ending.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Ill-Made Mute

  • The Bitterbynde, Book 1
  • By: Cecilia Dart-Thornton
  • Narrated by: Kris Faulkner
  • Length: 18 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

The Stormriders land their splendid winged stallions on the airy battlements of Isse Tower. Far below, the superstitious servants who dwell in the fortress' lower depths tell ghastly tales of evil creatures inhabiting the world outside, a world they have only glimpsed. Yet it is the least of the lowly, a mute, scarred, and utterly despised foundling, who dares to scale the Tower, sneak aboard a Windship, and then dive from the sky.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listening

  • By Colleen on 06-11-08

Great listening

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-08

Having already physically read this book and all her others I had looked forward to listening to it. I was not disappointed, I found the reader easy to listen to, I was also eager to hear how some of the words used were pronounced. I think Cecilia has put a lot of research into her storyline and takes the reader on a fascinating journey. Her descriptions may be long and boring to some but I find they enable me to picture in my mind what she is describing. They also put you there in the story. I hope that we will have all her books available on audible soon.
Audible I hope you will get the 3rd book in this series and also her Crowthistle Chronicles. Pure escapism for me.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful