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  • Age of War

  • The Legends of the First Empire, Book 3
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,732
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,468
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,441

The epic battle between humankind and their godlike rulers finally ignites in the masterful follow-up to Age of Myth and Age of Swords. The alliance of humans and renegade Fhrey is fragile - and about to be tested as never before. As the Fhrey overlords marshal their army and sorcerers to crush the rebellion, old loyalties will be challenged while fresh conspiracies will threaten to undo all that Persephone has accomplished. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The ending was heavy

  • By June C. on 07-09-18

Really enjoy the writing and story development.

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

Really enjoy the writing and story development. The characters are well-established and the narration is brilliant.

  • High Mage

  • By: Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 21 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,864
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,559
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,534

 Things were starting to look up for Magelord Minalan the Spellmonger: The magic mountain in his domain not only made him a wealthy man and the most powerful mage in history, it also produced a lode of magical gemstones with unique properties - properties the Alka Alon, the masters of magic on Callidore, are fascinated by. When Minalan gets his chance to trade some of his magic rocks for irionite, he finds himself in a position to raise hundreds more magi with the stones...making them High Magi. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this series can not wait for the next

  • By Joseph on 05-22-18

Great Series!

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

I enjoy the characters and their development in the books. A must read, I just hope that Audible will finish the complete the entire collection!

  • Anansi Boys

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Lenny Henry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,830
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,011
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,007

Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully narrated

  • By A. Hawley on 11-23-07

A must read for anyone that loves Neil Gaiman!

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

Reviewed: 03-05-18

This is an awesome story by an awesome Storyteller enjoy . Just a touch slow at the beginning but great character building. A must read for anyone that loves Neil Gaiman!

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56,767
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52,946
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52,800

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ferrari with no motor

  • By will on 11-18-17

Not sure I can finish the book

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

Reviewed: 12-04-17

What did you like about this audiobook?

The narration is awesome. Really enjoy Rosario Dawson performance!

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

Yes, the book is technical in a good way.

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

I think the story setting is great the background is good. The story itself is weak.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

The narration is awesome. Really enjoyed Rosario Dawson!

Do you have any additional comments?

Disappointed that this is the follow-up to the Martian. A small contained city, a smaller number of EVA specialists. A small number of welders and a huge crime. Virtually no cameras at key areas of the vulnerable city...but where Bashara enters from her dastardly work there is seeming nothing. To be caught by Dale who will cover up her crime that could kill everyone on the moon so Bashara will be his friend? The suspected master villain is in communication with Bashara in barely cryptic and trackable emails. Really, this is the story? I am not even done with chapter seven, just do not know how much longer I can hang with Andy on this one. I like Bashara and the Narration...the story and plot are just hard to get lost in.

  • Desolate

  • The Complete Trilogy
  • By: Robert Brumm
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Howard Bell thought he hit rock bottom the day he returned to his former employer with a loaded gun. Instead of putting a scare into his ex-boss as he intended, things quickly get out of hand, and he kills five people. Howard is sentenced to life at an experimental prison camp off the coast of Antarctica, and he soon learns the true definition of "rock bottom." Prison life at the remote island involves back-breaking work in the illegal mine run by the corrupt warden and his abusive guards.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Over-all, good story, enjoyed the characters

  • By mfriend93 on 10-02-17

Over-all, good story, enjoyed the characters

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

Reviewed: 10-02-17

Over-all, good story, enjoyed the characters, author lost me with the spaceships captains actions, just made no sense. Like I said, good read .

  • Good Omens

  • By: Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,565
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,591

The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You'll laugh yourself silly

  • By goddess_of_pipework on 11-28-15

Super fun book

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

Reviewed: 06-11-17

Super interesting characters, thought provoking and fun story. Can't help but love Adam and Crowley.

  • Cephrael's Hand

  • A Pattern of Shadow and Light, Book 1
  • By: Melissa McPhail
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 32 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,717
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,540
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,535

In Alorin...300 years after the genocidal Adept Wars, the realm is dying, and the blessed Adept race dies with it. One man holds the secret to reverting this decline: Bjorn van Gelderan, a dangerous and enigmatic man whose shocking betrayal three centuries past earned him a traitor's brand. It is the Adept Vestal Raine D'Lacourte's mission to learn what Bjorn knows in the hope of salvaging his race. But first he'll have to find him....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Start to a new series

  • By Michael Harbison on 09-08-16

Melissa McPhail...Amazing! A Must listen too!

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

Reviewed: 12-17-16

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

Absolutely, I recommend this series! Melissa isn't just the best female author I have read, she is... period the best author I have ever read. This first book took a little bit to get moving, but hang in there once the characters are in place and you grasp the nuances, of Melissa's writing, you cannot let it go. The chapters and hours flew by. I am on book 3, the story and characters are amazing. I cannot wait to see how this wraps up.

What did you like best about this story?

Really enjoy the characters, their powers and their stories. The characters just keep getting richer and richer. Even the villains are very well done.

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

The narrator is amazing. The voices that Nick brings to life is suburb! Without Nick, the story would not take on a life of its own. After Listening to two of the books, I can't wait to listen to the next chapter.

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

How one book ends and the other begins. The story picks right back up and then Mellisa throws in a couple of twists that I just didn't see coming.

  • One Man's Wilderness

  • An Alaskan Odyssey
  • By: Sam Keith, Richard Proenneke
  • Narrated by: Norman Dietz
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 644
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 575
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 579

To live in a pristine land unchanged by man... to roam a wilderness through which few other humans have passed... to choose an idyllic site, cut trees and build a log cabin... to be a self-sufficient craftsman, making what is needed from materials available... to be not at odds with the world but content with one's own thoughts and company. Thousands have had such dreams, but Richard Proenneke lived them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Alaskan Read!

  • By Pamela M. on 10-10-14

interesting story

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

Reviewed: 05-22-16

Just a good story of the day to day accounts of living alone in Alaska. Listened on Audible, never would have made the read.

  • World Without End

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 45 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,144
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,121

In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 40 hours too short ...

  • By Henrik on 11-03-07

Very well written, but similar to the first book

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

Reviewed: 10-06-14

Would you consider the audio edition of World Without End to be better than the print version?

I don't have time to sit and read large volume books, so 95% of my books are audio. World Without End is a great listen.

What other book might you compare World Without End to and why?

The Pillars of the Earth - the characters between the two books are almost identical. Good brother, bad brother. Good priest, bad priest. Good monk/bad monk. Good builder, bad builder. Good builder gets slighted and goes away to Europe, come back and makes bad builder look bad. Stone quarry issues in both books. etc.

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

Very good story teller, easy to listen too. 1.25 speed is great

Any additional comments?

I read a similar rating earlier between The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End so I took my time to listen to World Without End. No need to listen to Pillars of the Earth first, only vague references are made to earlier characters. Ken Follett, is a great writer and there are nice twists to the story. I do recomend World Without End.

  • The Gray Man

  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,458
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,436

Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A real life superhero

  • By Terri on 03-09-12

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 04-02-14

Would you try another book from Mark Greaney and/or Jay Snyder?

I would not get another Mark Greaney book any time soon. The story had a good start, but I was bothered by the over the top action scenes, Mark, you had a good story and just ruined it with action that was so unbelievable and just when you thought you had reached the apex of unbelievable...It got very predictable and absurd. I know it is not to be real life, but honestly might as well put a cape and tights on the Gray Man.

What about Jay Snyder’s performance did you like?

Jay did a good job his range is good and he kept me in the book.

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