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  • Radiance

  • Wraith Kings, Volume 1
  • By: Grace Draven
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Baker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,899
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,782
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,789

Brishen Khaskem, prince of the Kai, has lived content as the nonessential spare heir to a throne secured many times over. A trade and political alliance between the human kingdom of Gaur and the Kai kingdom of Bast-Haradis requires that he marry a Gauri woman to seal the treaty. Always a dutiful son, Brishen agrees to the marriage and discovers his bride is as ugly as he expected and more beautiful than he could have imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An unexpected and awesome surprise!!!!

  • By Sharon on 06-17-15

not the usual love story

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

loved this book. it is not the formula story of arranged marriage. it was lovely and the narrator did a wonderful job. her accent was perfect for the setting and story. not sure if there is another one but I hope there is.

  • The Girl Who Dared to Think 3: The Girl Who Dared to Descend

  • By: Bella Forrest
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Leigh
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480

Return to the Tower and reunite with Liana Castell in the breath-stealing third book of The Girl Who Dared to Think series. Beware of spoilers in the reviews that are without spoiler alerts.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I like it

  • By heather hanscom on 03-12-18

more of the same

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

the disappointing part of this book is that it is short and could have been included with book 3 for a complete listen. Again, it ends on a cliffhanger but I am not going to listen to the next one because it is pretty predictable what will happen. It was an ok listen, entertaining but a bit immature and predictable.

  • The Girl Who Dared to Think 2: The Girl Who Dared to Stand

  • By: Bella Forrest
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Leigh
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 643
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 600
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 594

After stumbling upon an ancient, dusty office sealed away from the rest of the Tower, Liana makes a shocking discovery. Her first instinct is to flee - until she realizes all is not what it seems. The room has been hidden for a reason. It holds secrets about the Tower's past and answers that could be key to her people's future. But with this knowledge comes grave danger, as Liana will quickly discover....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another thrilling segment of the story!

  • By Christi L Grammer on 12-13-17

a little better

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

Reviewed: 12-29-18

#2 was a little better than the first one. better interactions between characters. fewer slow spots. ready for #3.

  • The Girl Who Dared to Think

  • By: Bella Forrest
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Leigh
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 889
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 818
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 819

How do you fight an enemy when they're inside your mind? A gargantuan glass-walled tower looms over a deadly wilderness. They say it's all that's left. The Tower's survival is humanity's survival, and each must serve it faithfully.... Twenty-year-old Liana Castell must be careful what she thinks. Her life is defined by the number on her wristband - a rating out of 10 awarded based on her usefulness and loyalty to the Tower, and monitored by a device in her skull. A device that reports forbidden thoughts.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator killed it for me

  • By wesw woods on 10-30-17

liked it...mostly

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

Reviewed: 12-19-18

I liked it overall but there are a couple of disappointments. the characters are ok and the story is fairly predictable. the biggest complaint is that the main character and her best friend are supposed to be 20 years old but talk to each other more like they are 15. leaves off at a point where you want to read more to find out some important details and end the story. I will read book 2.

  • Shaman's Crossing, Book One of the Soldier Son Trilogy

  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 24 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 806
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 618
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 622

Hugo and Nebula Award finalist Robin Hobb crafts intricate fantasy tales featuring larger-than-life characters and exotic landscapes. Nevare Burvelle was born to be a soldier in the Gernian army. But as Nevare's career takes off, his worldview alters considerably. Corruption and nepotism reign, and now Nevare questions his own ideals, wondering why he continues fighting for the empire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Epic. Need I say more?

  • By Jaime on 08-25-11

a little strange

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

the story was different but no big surprises. some parts were a little slow. overall a good listen.

  • To Kill a Kingdom

  • By: Alexandra Christo
  • Narrated by: Jacob York, Stephanie Willis
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 949
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 885
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 883

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A bit predictable ...

  • By Shawscribbles on 05-15-18

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 5,199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,858
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,849

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 7,394
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,848
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,850

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 3,390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,101

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 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 69

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.