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  • 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 3,243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,964
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,967

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 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 62

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 4,208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,923
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,917

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 1,154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 961
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 959

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 2,211
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,040
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,042

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 628
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 590
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 594

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.

  • Sister

  • A Novel
  • By: Rosamund Lupton
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 200
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 195

When Beatrice learns her sister Tess is missing, she goes to London to join the search. And when everyone else gives up, only Beatrice soldiers on—determined to cut through the dark secrets and learn the truth behind her sister’s disappearance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deliciously Dark Literary Thriller

  • By Susianna on 10-22-12

Good story but ...

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

Reviewed: 10-08-17

the story was great and the bad guy a surprise but I didn't like the end. I like endings that the it up. this one left you hanging just a little. definitely recommend!

  • As the Crow Flies

  • By: Damien Boyd
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,041
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 921
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 912

Rock climbers can't afford to make careless mistakes. But Detective Inspector Nick Dixon's former climbing partner, Jake Fayter, died doing just that. Or so it seems. Dixon suspects foul play, but his only leads are unreliable accounts of something odd happening in Cheddar Gorge seconds before Jake fell.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful New Detective Series

  • By David I. Williams on 06-03-15

good story

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

Reviewed: 08-29-17

I'm not good at guessing who dunnit so I'm not a good judge. but this was a good one.

  • Gilded Cage

  • Dark Gifts, Book 1
  • By: Vic James
  • Narrated by: Avita Jay
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 92

For readers and listeners of Victoria Aveyard and Susanna Clarke comes a darkly fantastical debut set in a modern England where magically gifted aristocrats rule - and commoners are doomed to serve. But behind the gates of England's grandest estate lies a power that could break the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • characters surrounded by damn good writing

  • By N. H. on 05-26-17

great story

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

Reviewed: 08-23-17

Where does Gilded Cage rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

this was a good story with great characters and a few twists. I loved it....but....where is book 2???

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