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  • To Kill a Kingdom

  • By: Alexandra Christo
  • Narrated by: Jacob York, Stephanie Willis
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 835
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 784
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 783

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of 17 princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most - a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian's heart to the Sea Queen and or remain a human forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fun fantasy ride

  • By R. Havens on 04-17-18

not a great story

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

The performance was the best it could be for the story. The characters were not very developed. The plot was shallow, juvenile and predictable. There was very little drama, conflict or any reason to feel anything for the characters. I was not able to finish this book. #defiantteen #mermaid #MythologyInspired #Nostalgic #adventure #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Crooked Kingdom

  • By: Leigh Bardugo
  • Narrated by: Roger Clark, Jay Snyder, Elizabeth Evans, and others
  • Length: 17 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,896
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,575
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,566

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn't think they'd survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they're right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz's cunning and test the team's fragile loyalties.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Storytelling at its finest! L.Bardugo is a master

  • By Michelle E on 10-09-16

loved it

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

good story. after Six of Crows I had to get this one to finish the story. this book ends at a place you could stop or go on. easy to listen to. great story and characters. dont miss it!

  • Six of Crows

  • By: Leigh Bardugo
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder, Brandon Rubin, Fred Berman, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,964
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,450
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,453

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price - and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is everything!

  • By Steele Reviews on 07-21-16

good story and great readers.

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

Reviewed: 09-27-18

This book was great and as soon as I was finished, I grabbed the next book. The story ended at a place I could not let go. I had to find out what happened to the group next. I fell into the characters and felt part of their group as they plotted their heist. It was realistic, yet with just a hint of really? I really enjoyed it. worth my credit for sure. highly recommend. #fantasy #Nostalgic #betrayal #TorturedHero #revenge #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Fool's Errand

  • Tawny Man, Book 1
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 25 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,319
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,036
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,038

For fifteen years FitzChivalry Farseer has lived in self-imposed exile, assumed to be dead by almost all who once cared about him. But now, into his isolated life, visitors begin to arrive: Fitz's mentor from his assassin days; a hedge-witch who foresees the return of a long-lost love; and the Fool, the former White Prophet, who beckons Fitz to fulfill his destiny. Then comes the summons he cannot ignore. Prince Dutiful, the young heir to the Farseer throne, has vanished.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A solid fantasy story in first person

  • By Kevin Stokes on 08-31-14

too long.

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

it was a good story.but dragged on sometimes. I didn't like it as much as some of the earlier ones.

  • Slave, Book 1

  • By: Laura Frances
  • Narrated by: Stacey Glemboski
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

There is no sun. There is no moon. There is only gray - the smog belched from coal-fueled factories. The Workers silently shuffle to their assigned posts. The Outcasts watch from the alley walls. On every corner, a Watcher stands stone-faced, a rifle in hand. This is the only life that exists. Beyond the mountains is a dream. But dreams are foolish in a place like this. Hannah has spent 19 years dodging Watchers and doing as she is told. When she wakes to the valley exploding in revolution, Hannah is forced onto a dangerous path, where nothing is what she believed.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not quite there....

  • By Robin on 10-12-17

pretty good

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

Reviewed: 05-17-18

this book was somewhat predictable from time to time but it kept moving along at a pretty good pace. The narrator did a good job. the ending didn't make me want to read the next one.

  • Daughters of the Storm

  • By: Kim Wilkins
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Lying in a magic-induced coma, the King of Thyrsland is on the brink of death: if his enemies knew, chaos would reign. In fear for his life and his kingdom, his five daughters set out on a perilous journey to try to save him, their only hope an aunt they have yet to meet, a shadowy practitioner of undermagic who lives on the wild northern borders. No one can stand before the fierce tattooed soldier and eldest daughter, Bluebell, an army commander who is rumoured to be unkillable....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • just ok

  • By kathy Marquard on 05-13-18

just ok

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

Reviewed: 05-13-18

I thought the plot was a bit thin. there was some conflict but while it seemed drawn out in some places, the end seemed rushed and incomplete. the performance was pretty good and the story was okay.

  • The Assassins of Altis

  • The Pillars of Reality, Book 3
  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,962
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,956

Trapped within the dead city of Marandur, Master Mechanic Mari and Mage Alain must escape both merciless barbarians and the pitiless Imperial Legion. Beyond those dangers lie the mightiest and most unforgiving powers in the world of Dematr: the Great Guilds that rule the world with iron fists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great addition to a great series

  • By Marcela - The Bookaholic Cat on 08-07-15

story continues

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

Reviewed: 03-05-18

no big surprises or plot twist story continues a little more revealed about the history of the planet and the Mages and the mechanics

  • Dragon Haven

  • Rain Wilds Chronicles, Volume 2
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 19 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,196
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,001
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 999

The dragon keepers and the fledgling dragons are forging a passage up the treacherous Rain Wild River. They are in search of the mythical Elderling city of Kelsingra and are accompanied by the liveship Tarman, its captain, Leftrin, and a group of hunters who must search the forests for game with which to keep the dragons fed. With them are Alise, who has escaped her cold marriage to the cruel libertine Hest Finbok in order to continue her study of dragons, and Hest's amanuensis, Bingtown dandy Sedric.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A very LITTLE better than the first book

  • By Joe on 05-13-10

not so bad

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

Reviewed: 01-01-18

I listen to the first one in spite of several not so good reviews and it was good enough to make me want to read the next one to see if they make it. Not sure I'm going to read the third one.

  • Nightblade

  • By: Ryan Kirk
  • Narrated by: Andrew Tell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,227
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,056
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,058

A quiet child, Moriko is forced into a monastic system she despises. Torn from her family and the forest she grew up in, she must fight to learn the skills she'll need to survive her tutelage under the realm's most dangerous assassin. Young, beautiful, and broke, Takako is sold to pay for her father's debts. Thrust into a world she doesn't understand and battles she didn't ask for, she must decide where her loyalties lie. When their lives crash together in a kingdom on the brink of war, the decisions they make will change both their lives and their kingdom forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a Fantastic Hidden Gem

  • By Michelle @ In Libris Veritas on 12-21-15

uanble to finish

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

Reviewed: 12-07-17

What would have made Nightblade better?

the book was slow and long. There didn't seem to be a clear goal for the characters and there was little conflict that helped the story along. Not a good plot, or it was difficult to follow. Did not finish and had I not been driving, I likely would have given up sooner.

  • Falling Kingdoms

  • Falling Kingdoms, Book 1
  • By: Morgan Rhodes
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 646
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 608
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 611

In a land where magic has been forgotten but peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest is simmering. Three kingdoms grapple for power - brutally transforming their subjects' lives in the process. Amidst betrayals, bargains, and battles, four young people find their fates forever intertwined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly good!

  • By Sarah Turner on 12-13-12

pretty good

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

Reviewed: 10-17-17

I liked the story. it was easy to listen to and held my interest. it was somewhat predictable. the narrator takes a deep audible breath at the beginning of most sentences which was annoying but his reading was good. It was good enough that I want to listen to the next one.