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  • A History of the Middle Ages

  • By: Crane Brinton, John Christopher, Robert Wolff
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 19 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 736
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 312
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 305

A History of the Middle Ages is the amazing story of European man in transition. It is a dramatic chronicle of 1,000 years of political, social, and economic transformation beginning with the dissolution of the classical Mediterranean civilization and ending with the first flowering of the Renaissance. It is also the story of two new religions, Christianity and Islam, both of which were destined to dominate the mind of every person in those new civilizations arising in their wake.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magnificent

  • By Aaron on 12-04-04

Excellent Survey of Middle Ages

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-15-09

The Middle Ages are so much more varied than most people realize. This overview is an excellent one! No single book can adequately go into the diversity of the societies at conflict during that time, but this one comes very close.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Ties Book One

  • The Turning
  • By: Jennifer Armintrout
  • Narrated by: Elenna Stauffer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,104
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 431
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 438

I'm no coward. I want to make that perfectly clear. But after my life turned into a horror movie, I take fear a lot more seriously now. I finally became Dr. Carrie Ames just eight months ago. Then I was attacked in the hospital morgue by a vampire. Just my luck.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Meh

  • By David on 07-18-06

Vampire Romance For the Horror Fan

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-20-06

This is not a book for the reader looking for a plain old romance. The characters pull you in despite being less than sympathetic. Conceit wars with empathy and love in this novel. It is about the ego each person has. Mistakes are made because of overconfidence. People die, people are hurt.

I found myself wanting to know when the next book would be available. This isn't quite up to earlier Charlaine Harris or Tanya Huff's early vampire novels, but it is well worth listening to and shows promise from a new author. I will be watching for her future books.

I am still relatively new to the "Chick Lit" and "Romance" markets - but must say that the literary quality is right up there with what is produced in other genres, including general fiction.

I have to agree that the narrator could have differentiated the voices more - some characters sounded alike when they should not have. I, however, think she did a more than adequate job of reading this audiobook.

Harlequin, please release more on Audible.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Thunderbird Falls

  • The Walker Papers, Book 2
  • By: C. E. Murphy
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 926
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 678
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 675

For all the bodies she's encountering, you'd think beat cop Joanne Walker works in Homicide. But no, Joanne's a reluctant shaman who last saved mankind three months ago; surely she deserves more of a break! Yet, incredibly, "Armageddon, Take Two" is mere days away.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hhmm... I'm disappointed.

  • By Isaac on 08-17-12

Thunderbird Falls

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-20-06

This is a book worth a listen. I do agree that the first narrator is better for this particular series - but I don't agree that Gabra Zackman is too cynical. She is a talented storyteller and she is a narrator I look for now.

This stories continues where Urba Shaman left off. It is all about growing up inside of a skill or talent - and the wrong turns that one can take. It is not cynical - it is about choices the character makes that don't always fit. Granted, there are times you want to holler at her, but, we have all made stupid choices and the reader/listener can recognize herself quite easily.

Please Harlequin, put more Luna books on Audible!

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Urban Shaman

  • The Walker Papers, Book 1
  • By: C. E. Murphy
  • Narrated by: Christine Carroll
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,568
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,087
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,094

Joanne Walker has three days to learn to use her shamanic powers and save the world from the unleashed Wild Hunt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Urban Shaman - Light Fantasy

  • By Melissa on 10-20-06

Urban Shaman - Light Fantasy

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-20-06

In response to the reviewer who complained this was a "Harlequin-like" novel - well Luna is the new fantasy line from Harlequin. The books are supposed to be about strong female characters in fantasy settings. Harlequin novels are good novels more often than some would like to admit. And this novel is no exception.

Urban Shaman follows a mechanic who becomes a cop due to her particular circumstances. It is also about coping with dual - but similar heritages. Something a lot of people don't realize is that the Cherokee and Scots-Irish melded so well in Appalachia because their cultural beliefs were so similar! (I'm talking about first wave settlers.)

This book is exactly what it claims to be - an urban fantasy from Luna. And it is well-worth listening to. I do enjoy the narrator and wish she had come back for the second book, but, Gabra Zackman is also an excellent storyteller.

31 of 32 people found this review helpful

  • Magic Study

  • By: Maria V. Snyder
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,516
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,509
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,521

With her greatest enemy dead, and on her way to be reunited with the family she'd been stolen from long ago, Yelena should be pleased. But though she has gained her freedom, she can't help feeling isolated in Sitia. Her Ixian background has changed her in many ways, and her newfound friends and relatives don't think it's for the better....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magic Study

  • By Arnold on 03-07-08

Just Finished and Wanting NEXT book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-20-06

Gabra Zackman's narration, plus Maria Snyder's characters of Yalena, Valek, Irys, and more pull you into a web of intrigue, deception, murder, and magic. I listened to this book in 2 days. I want all of the Luna books on audiobook so I can knit, clean, etc. while listening.

Upon finishing my listen, I immediately went to the author's website to find out plans for more books. There is so much room for the author to expand even though she wraps up all the major plot points within the book. This is a rare gift in fantasy books today and Harlequin / Luna is to be commended for having series like this one coming from them.

Please, Harlequin, put more out on Audible!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Poison Study

  • By: Maria V. Snyder
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,655
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,302
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,313

About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace, and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia. And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantasy, with a touch of romance.

  • By A on 12-03-05

Could NOT Stop Listening

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-20-06

I found Gabra Zackman brings Maria Snyder's Poison Study to life. I hadn't even finished this book before wanting the next book, Magic Study. I am loving the Luna line of audiobooks and am anxious for Harlequin to put more of them out.

This story is not exactly what you would expect. The author does not fall into just any formula with her story. You want to know more about Yalena and Valek. These characters - perhaps not the most likeable at first - become very sympathetic.

Listen to this book! (And Harlequin, PLEASE put more of the Luna series on audio!)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Hat Full of Sky: Discworld Childrens, Book 3

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,071
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,279
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,280

Tiffany Aching, the boldest heroine ever to swing a frying pan against the forces of evil, is beginning her apprenticeship in magic. She expects to work hard, learn spells, and become a witch. She doesn't expect to find herself doing chores, caring for the careless, and trying to outthink an ill-tempered nanny goat. There must be more to witchcraft than this!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Crivens!

  • By Joyce on 01-11-05

A Book For Young Girls Tired of Silly Romance

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-26-05

Too many of the Fantasy novels aimed at the younger audience is geared towards boys or adolescent fantasies of girls. This, on the other hand, is about how a young girl must be very practical - well, as practical as you can be in Discworld. Don't just listen to this for yourself - buy a copy for any young girls who love SF/F - it will be a welcome change from the run of the mill novels. (Same is true for Wee Free Men.)

Stephen Briggs brings all the characters alive with their own unique voice complementing the strong writing of Terry Pratchett. This is a audiobook worth adding to any fantasy lovers library.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Wee Free Men: Discworld Childrens, Book 2

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,575
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,662
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,661

Armed only with a frying pan and her common sense, Tiffany Aching, a young witch-to-be, is all that stands between the monsters of Fairyland and the warm, green Chalk country that is her home. Forced into Fairyland to seek her kidnapped brother, Tiffany allies herself with the Chalk's local Nac Mac Feegle, aka the Wee Free Men, a clan of sheep-stealing, sword-wielding, six-inch-high blue men who are as fierce as they are funny.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First Sight and Second Thoughts

  • By Richard on 02-21-05

Wonderful Wee Free Men

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-26-05

Rarely do I read books that have young female characters as delightfully thoughtful as Tiffany. No foolish young maid in it for love - no this is a book where a girl is a girl, the way many girls are before they discover boys. And the way many a girl is even after discovering silly boys. Stephen Briggs is a delight to listen to as he brings to life all of the characters. A wonderful complement Mr. Pratchett and Mr. Briggs - I will be looking for other books where they have teamed up.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful