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  • The Fairy Godmother

  • Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, Book 1
  • By: Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,012
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 901
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 918

Elena Klovis was supposed to be her kingdom's Cinderella - until an accident of fate left her with a completely inappropriate prince! Determined not to remain with her stepfamily, Elena set out to get a new job - and ended up becoming the Fairy Godmother for the land. But "Breaking with Tradition" was no easy matter. True, she didn't have to sleep in the chimney, but she had to deal with arrogant, stuffed-shirt princes who kept trying to rise above their place in the tale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent start to a new series

  • By Captain Skurvy on 01-16-13

Too much romance for me.

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

Reviewed: 12-09-13

This book is fine if you prefer a book that really is a romance novel. But if, like me, you like the romance to be secondary to the plot, then you may find this is just too fluffy.

  • Helen & Troy's Epic Road Quest

  • By: A. Lee Martinez
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 532
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 498

Witness the epic battle of the cyclops! Visit the endangered dragon preserve! Please, no slaying. Solve the mystery of The Mystery Cottage, if you dare! Buy some knickknacks from The Fates! They might come in handy later. On a road trip across an enchanted America, Helen and Troy will discover all this and more. If the curse placed upon them by an ancient god doesn't kill them or the pack of reluctant orc assassins don't catch up to them, Helen and Troy might reach the end their journey in one piece, where they might just end up destroying the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A little twee but very funny.

  • By Charlene on 09-27-13

Fun as always!

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

Reviewed: 12-09-13

I've read a few A. Lee Martinez, and this one did not disappoint. Lightweight and silly, they are definitely worth listening to if you like humor. There are better books out there that will really have you rolling on the floor laughing, with characters and a plot you can sink your teeth into. However, if you are out of those to read, Martinez will get you through until you find something better.

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  • City of Bones

  • The Mortal Instruments, Book 1
  • By: Cassandra Clare
  • Narrated by: Ari Graynor
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,885
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,652
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,696

When 15-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing, not even a smear of blood, to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • 2 Stars because it actually gets worse....

  • By Theodore on 01-31-14

Maybe you need to be a teenager….

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

Reviewed: 12-09-13

I read a lot of young adult, even though I am definitely not one anymore! But this story seemed like a teen romance novel to me, and not a very good one at that. The characters are terribly flat and predictable, and the dialogue!!!! Don't even get me started. NO ONE TALKS LIKE THAT!!

The narrator was also gratingly typical in her reading. I did finish it as I was away from a wireless and had nothing else to listen to, but after about 1/4 of the book I kept thinking, "I should return this…"

  • Vanity, Vengeance and a Weekend In Vegas

  • A Sophie Katz Mystery
  • By: Kyra Davis
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 845
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 733
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 731

Sophie Katz, bestselling mystery writer and amateur sleuth, has just discovered that Anatoly, her sexy Russian P.I boyfriend of six years is actually married to the daughter of a Russian mafia boss. Devastated by his betrayal, Sophie banishes him from their beautiful San Francisco Victorian home. Desperate to distract their friend and pull her out of her depression, Dena and Marcus spirit Sophie away to Vegas for a "fun filled weekend" at a Sex Toy Trade Show. But bigger trouble awaits in Vegas. Anatoly is there; his beautiful Russian wife is there; and so is a dead body stuffed into a closet

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Light, fun mystery with a hint of romance

  • By AudioAddict on 06-05-14

Best. Chick Lit Books. Ever.

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

Reviewed: 12-09-13

I just LOVE this series! I'm a very picky chick lit reader as too often the stories are so sweet, unbelievable and predictable that I can't stand it. But these books… these books are FUN. The characters are fantastic, the writing crisp, the plots complex and hilarious. Kyra Davis shows how great chick lit can be.

  • A Modern Witch

  • A Modern Witch, Book 1
  • By: Debora Geary
  • Narrated by: Martha Harmon Pardee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,534
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,379
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,403

Lauren is downtown Chicago's youngest elite realtor. She's also a witch. She must be - the fetching spell for Witches' Chat isn't supposed to make mistakes. So says the woman who coded the spell, at least. The tall, dark, and handsome guy sent to assess her is a witch too (and no, that doesn't end the way you might think). What he finds in Lauren will change lives, mess with a perfectly good career, and require lots of ice cream therapy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect antidote for vampire & zombie overdoses

  • By ShySusan on 08-05-13

Awful. Pure fluff.

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

Reviewed: 12-09-13

Sickly sweet and completely predictable. I've read lots of this genre, and I know a lot of it is just romance books with a twist, but still. This book is definitely NOT worth the time to listen to… just awful.

  • All Men of Genius

  • By: Lev AC Rosen
  • Narrated by: Emily Gray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 103

Set in a steampunk version of Victorian England, Lev AC Rosen’s acclaimed debut novel, All Men of Genius, follows the fantastical adventures of Violet Adams. Determined to attend the prestigious Illyria College, Violet gains entrance by masquerading as her twin brother Ashton. But continuing the scheme turns out to be difficult - especially when “Ashton” is faced with blackmail, killer automata, and possible romance with a young duke.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed story, for the most part.

  • By Bryan Doman on 12-10-14

Light-hearted, steampunk romance.

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

Reviewed: 03-18-13

I have listened to several books that feature the female protagonist disguised as a man, and this one was no different, although I was a little bemused at the gushingly romantic, storybook ending. I'm not sure if this is young-adult, but it seems to be, and fits that genre well. Whimsical, with highly likable characters, and an inventive plot, but nothing ground-breaking. And the narrator makes it an easy listen, too.

  • Scarlet

  • The Lunar Chronicles, Book 2
  • By: Marissa Meyer
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,598
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,947
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,956

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the best-selling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison - even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not sure if fault lies in performance or story

  • By Jennifer on 02-08-13

A great, imaginiative story!

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

Reviewed: 03-18-13

While not as gripping or engrossing as the first book, 'Cinder', this was still an enjoyable listen. Some of the characters introduced were less than believable, and there are so many characters and the story seen from so many perspectives that this book doesn't seem to have the depth of the first. But I am looking forward to seeing how the next installment develops!

  • Ship of Destiny

  • The Liveship Traders, Book 3
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 33 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,550
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,309
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,309

As Bingtown slides toward disaster, clan matriarch Ronica Vestrit, branded a traitor, searches for a way to bring the city's inhabitants together against the Chalcedean threat. Meanwhile, Althea Vestrit, unaware of what has befallen Bingtown and her family, continues her perilous quest to track down and recover her liveship Vivacia from the ruthless pirate Kennit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Something altogether new

  • By Lorena on 06-06-12

Much shorter, but a great story!

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

Reviewed: 03-04-13

This is another installment in this engrossing story... I thought it was the final of 3 books, but it's certainly not the end of the story, so I look forward to the next book? Trilogy? Still can't stand the narrator.

  • Dragon Keeper

  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 20 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,319
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,096
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,098

After many years, dragons have hatched again outside the ancient city of Cassarick. But something is wrong with the creatures; each is inferior or weak in some way, and many die. Tending these stunted dragons has left the people of the surrounding area weary. The Traders Council, the city's leadership, fears that if the Rain Wilders stop providing for the young dragons, the hungry and neglected creatures will rampage and destroy Cassarick.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read Live Ships first!

  • By Deborah on 05-01-13

Love the story... but the narrator!

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

Reviewed: 02-21-13

A great continuation of this series. The narrator is why it's a 4/5 - even after over 100 hours of listening over 5 books, she drives me bonkers. The story is worth it though.

  • Assassin's Quest

  • The Farseer Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 37 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,394
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,411

King Shrewd is dead at the hands of his son Regal. As is Fitz - or so his enemies and friends believe. But with the help of his allies and his beast magic, he emerges from the grave, deeply scarred in body and soul. The kingdom also teeters toward ruin: Regal has plundered and abandoned the capital, while the rightful heir, Prince Verity, is lost to his mad quest - perhaps to death. Only Verity's return - or the heir his princess carries - can save the Six Duchies.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I Weary of a Stupid Hero

  • By Holly Helscher on 11-04-13

Definitely enjoyed it.

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

Reviewed: 11-20-12

It's rare to find books this long that are actually interesting the entire time. After so many hours of having the such rich, well developed characters around, I really missed them when the book was over! I'm not a big fantasy fan, but I found this series to be different and quite unique in some of the concepts used... although that is maybe a neophyte's opinion! The ending was somewhat unsatisfying, but the rest of the book was great. I was sad when it was over.

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