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  • Iron and Magic

  • Iron Covenant, Book 1
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,052
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,907
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,906

Hugh d'Ambray, Preceptor of the Iron Dogs, Warlord of the Builder of Towers, served only one man. Now his immortal, nearly omnipotent master has cast him aside. Hugh is a shadow of the warrior he was, but when he learns that the Iron Dogs, soldiers who would follow him anywhere, are being hunted down and murdered, he must make a choice: to fade away or to be the leader he was born to be. Hugh knows he must carve a new place for himself and his people, but they have no money, no shelter, and no food, and the necromancers are coming. Fast. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hugh recreating his life

  • By IreneMBBT on 07-27-18

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I liked Hugh in the Kate Daniels books even if he was a jerk but this story really redeemed him. I like how it explains a little further the blood bond and I liked seeing Andrea, Raphael, and Ascanio. The couple in this story seems to fit together really well even if they don't particularily like each other.

  • Forensic History: Crimes, Frauds, and Scandals

  • By: Elizabeth A. Murray, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth A. Murray
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,227
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,093
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,093

Modern history is filled with terrible crimes, baffling hoaxes, and seedy scandals. The infamous Jack the Ripper slayings. The alleged survival of Anastasia Romanov, the youngest daughter of the murdered Tsar. Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong's public fall from grace. The Chicago Tylenol poisonings and the copycat crimes that followed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • History of tabloid crimes - very little science

  • By Jouko on 05-29-15

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 07-14-16

I really enjoyed this lecture. It was full of interesting case studies on a wide variety of topics, some I had heard of before but some I had not. It interested me in perhaps looking up some more in depth books about a few of these cases. I had a hard time spacing out the lectures and not listening to them one after the other because I thought they were so interesting. The lecturer's voice was quite pleasant to listen to and she seemed to know a lot about the topic. I think I might listen to this one again sometime in the future.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Fall of Shane MacKade

  • The MacKade Brothers, Book 4
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,049
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 942
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 937

Shane MacKade enjoyed everything about women - the look of them, the smell of them, the taste of them. So the last thing he expected was to become a one-woman man. And even more surprising is that it's the Ph.D.-toting academic Rebecca McKnight who has him headed for a fall. Could Shane's days as a bachelor be coming to an end?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not the best

  • By Lit Chick on 07-29-14

Lackluster conclusion to quartet

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

Reviewed: 01-15-15

While I really enjoyed the first three books in this quartet this one was only so so. I really didn't care for the main female character, Rebecca, and I tried. I liked Shane and seeing glimpses of the lives of the couples in the first three books but I couldn't see why he liked Rebecca. The voice the narrator uses for Rebecca was also horrible. It was hard to get through. The first three books he narrated were much better.

  • The Fault in Our Stars

  • By: John Green
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,324
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,252
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,353

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Poignant Story

  • By AudioAddict on 04-25-13

Stays with you

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

Reviewed: 01-17-14

I guess I'm a bit like Hazel, I want to know what happens to the characters after the end of the book. I thought this book was wonderful. I cried copious amounts of tears for the last two hours of the book, but then, I expected to cry so it didn't really bother me but I hadn't expected to laugh as much as I did. I had a hard time sleeping last night because I laid awake wondering what happened next? I can make some assumptions but as I really liked the characters I would be happier knowing. The book was well written and seemed very honest. I've never known a young person with cancer so I can't say from experience but they seemed very real to me. I'll probably listen to this book again in a few months or so to pick up the things I just didn't catch. I highly recommend this and I'm going to listen to more of his books. This was my first of John Green's. Kate Rudd did a great job as narrator.

  • Heirs and Graces

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,969
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,629
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,610

As 35th in line for the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch may not be the most sophisticated young woman, but she knows her table manners. It's forks on the left, knives on the right - not in His Majesty's back….

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of My Favourites in the Series

  • By Dylan on 03-14-16

Nice Entry in Series

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

Reviewed: 08-09-13

I'm really fond of this series. I love Georgie and Darcy and the mysteries they solve. Overall, this wasn't one of my favorite entries but it was still enjoyable. There was a brief cameo by Georgie's grandfather that felt like it was shoehorned in only to be able to see him in the book and Belinda really didn't add much to the story. The mystery itself felt a bit rushed though I did understand the motivations of the killer. I liked seeing so much of Georgie and Darcy together and it's nice that Georgie probably has someone to stay for a while. Jack was a fun character and I hope that he shows up more in the future. Katherine Kellgren did a good job narrating, though sometimes her delivery was a bit over the top. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Biting Bad

  • Chicagoland Vampires Series, Book 8
  • By: Chloe Neill
  • Narrated by: Sophie Eastlake
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,115

Merit has been a vampire for only a short while, but she's already seen a lifetime's worth of trouble. Anti-vampire riots are erupting all over town, striking vampires where it hurts the most. A splinter group armed with Molotov cocktails and deep-seated hate is intent on clearing the fanged from the Windy City come hell or high water. Merit and her allies rush to figure out who's behind the attacks, who will be targeted next, and whether there's any way to stop the wanton destruction. The battle for Chicago is just beginning, and Merit is running out of time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Biting Bad/Tastes and Sounds Delicious

  • By The Elf in the Kitchen on 08-12-13

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 08-07-13

I think this might have been my favorite entry in the series. There was a lot of action, a lot of romance, and many appearances by the characters we've come to know throughout the whole series. It's nice to see the continued rehabilitation of Mallory and the apparent end of one of the arcs that's been going on over the last several books. The book does end on a bit of a cliffhanger and I can't wait until the next one comes out. Sophie Eastlake as narrator did a fantastic job.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hex Appeal

  • By: Jim Butcher, Carrie Vaughn, Ilona Andrews, and others
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck, Marc Vietor, Gayle Hendrix, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 539
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 469
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 476

Fall under the intoxicating spell of their hex appeal…In the magical world that lies hidden beneath our own, witches and conjurers play deadly games. They know just the right spell to kill a man with one kiss—or raise him back again. And they’re not afraid to exact sweet revenge on those who dare to cross them. But what if you’re the unlucky soul who falls victim to a conjurer’s curse? And if you had the power to cast a magic spell of your own, would you use it?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Format, Good Stories

  • By Shay H. on 01-17-13

Overall Quite Fun

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

Reviewed: 08-03-13

I enjoyed most of the stories in this anthology immensely. It's added some series of books to my to read list. I really enjoyed the story Holly's Balm that revisited characters from Strange Brew. The narrators did a good job and I did like the fact that all the stories weren't read by the same person. I think I'll probably be re-listening to this anthology at some point because I do love short stories.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Winning Season

  • By: Alison Packard
  • Narrated by: Jane Pfitsch
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144

Kelly Maxwell has finally landed her dream job as publicist for the San Francisco Blaze. But the team's newest member, handsome bad boy catcher Matt Scanlon, is refusing every interview. She's got to get him to open up before the season ends, or she may not be back next year. And after everything she overcame to achieve her dream, Kelly's not about to let that happen. Matt Scanlon just wants to be left alone to rebuild his life and his career. After a year of masking the pain of a recent loss with hard partying and fast women, he finally hit rock bottom and was traded to a team he's loathed his entire life - a team with little to no chance at the post-season.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Second in series...

  • By Beckymmoe on 02-15-16

Very Fun Second Book in a Series

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

Reviewed: 08-03-13

This is the second book in this series, though you don't really have to have read the first one to enjoy this one. I bought the first one in one of the surprise $4.95 library sales and when I got around to listening to it, I completely enjoyed it. This one is just as enjoyable with a completely different storyline. The storyline was believable and seemed real and I really liked the characters. It was nice to see some of the characters in the first book briefly. The narrator was good though I could hear her breathing and swallowing occasionally. She isn't one who I would go seek out other books read by her but I would definitely listen to her again.

  • Magic Rises

  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,877
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,637
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,645

Mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate, Curran, the Beast Lord, are struggling to solve a heartbreaking crisis. Unable to control their beasts, many of the Pack’s shape-shifting children fail to survive to adulthood. While there is a medicine that can help, the secret to its making is closely guarded by the European packs, and there’s little available in Atlanta. Kate can’t bear to watch innocents suffer, but the solution she and Curran have found threatens to be even more painful. The European shape-shifters who once outmaneuvered the Beast Lord have asked him to arbitrate a dispute - and they’ll pay him in medicine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great addition to the story

  • By Melissa on 07-31-13

Widens the World

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

Reviewed: 07-31-13

This book really seems to have moved the storyline forward. It was very cool to see all the familiar characters in an unfamiliar setting, it was nice to get them out of Atlanta. It was also interesting to see how another part of the world is dealing with the world shift toward magic. I love how Kate seems to grow in her magic and her personality with every book. She learns how to do something by trial and error, not just a giant leap. The storyline with the bodyguarding reminds a bit of the earlier books but I love how Kate is in charge because she is the one with the experience. I'll miss the character who didn't make it through the book but I can't wait to see what happens next with this. It'll seem like a long time before the next book comes out. Renee Raudman did a fantastic job as usual. Her voices were consistent with the previous books and she manages to make every character sound distinct.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Midnight Riot

  • Peter Grant, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,832
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,428
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,419

Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I LOVE this Book!

  • By Nancy J on 02-26-13

Starts a Little Slow

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

Reviewed: 07-20-13

I really enjoyed this book although it started really slowly. I had to push myself to keep with it and I'm very glad that I did. I didn't see the twist coming and the look at London wth supernatural elements was very fun. I much enjoyed the British slang though sometimes I wasn't quite sure what was meant. The narrator did a fabulous job and I very much liked the sound of his voice.