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  • The Key

  • By: Kathryn Hughes
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281

1956. It's Ellen Crosby's first day as a student nurse at Ambergate Hospital. When she meets a young woman admitted by her father, little does Ellen know that a choice she will make is to change both their lives for ever...2006. Sarah is drawn to the now abandoned Ambergate. Whilst exploring the old corridors she discovers a suitcase belonging to a female patient who entered Ambergate fifty years earlier. The shocking contents, untouched for half a century, will lead Sarah to unravel a forgotten story of tragedy and lost love, and the chance to make an old wrong right.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Different

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-09-18

<br />Wonderful storytelling

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

Reviewed: 04-21-18

This is my most favorite kind of books! A story that holds your interest from the beginning! Sara's need and desire to research an old insane asylum, brings to light the stories of horror and kindness. Worth a credit!!

  • Rise of the Ranger

  • Echoes of Fate, Book 1
  • By: Philip C. Quaintrell
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 874
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 821
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 821

Mankind has lorded over the land of Illian for a thousand years, enjoying what was left to them by the elves, as if it were their birthright. A thousand years is a long time for an immortal race to see the error of their ways and realize a truth that has remained unsaid for a millennia - elves are superior! They are faster, stronger, and connected to the magical world in a way that man could never grasp. Illian is their birthright. The six kingdoms of man are fractured, unallied and always clawing at each other's doors for more power.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it

  • By Ali on 03-24-18

Hfofate to say it, but read the book instead

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

Reviewed: 04-05-18

I think I liked this. But, I should have taken heed of other's reviews. Steven Brand has the perfect voice for this story, but 2/3 of the content was lost on me! Could not tell who was saying what. The story changed to a different POV, and 3 minutes would have gone by before I understood this. I think this could have been "one of the greats", but I was way too confused about whom was speaking, where they were, and could barely keep track of the main storyline!
I think it could've been easier to follow had a companion guide been given. Having said this, I am willing to give the next book a try. And, I do hope Mr Brand will narrarate. Maybe the book will have the kinks worked out!?,

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Uncertain Season

  • By: Ann Howard Creel
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115

Nineteen-year-old Grace's golden age is just beginning. She and her mother live a privileged life. Beautiful and talented, Grace is looking forward to a pleasant summer celebrating her engagement to a wealthy young gentleman. But when her lovely, charming, and disgraced cousin Etta arrives, Grace finds her place in society - and in her mother's heart - threatened.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely simply lovely

  • By Rose Anna Kurowski on 09-18-17

Engaging story

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

Reviewed: 03-29-18

This was not at all what I thought it was going to be. A sweet frivolous story, it was not. Grace and Etta, are two cousins from different circumstances. Etta comes to stay in Galveston with her aunt, and Grace, for the summer. At first, they are consumed with an excitement for the coming summer, new gowns, and fancy society parties. But, a quasi-tragedy happens while at one of these events that changes everything.
Ms. Creel, wrote about how jealousy, and unguarded words can cause devastation. She also wrote about how forgiveness and grace could have, and did, change lives. I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would! It is a book that contains an underlying moral to it. Very enjoyable

  • The Rithmatist

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,734
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,159

More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings - merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beware of the chalk!

  • By Brandon on 05-17-13

Great story!

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

Reviewed: 03-18-18

Fun story about Joel, who wants to be an "arithmitist", essentially a warrior who uses magic chalk drawings to fight with, mor than anything. His determination and amazing aptitude for math, make him extremely useful to the staff at the school he goes to when children start missing

  • The Blade Itself

  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 22 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,334
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,861
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,842

Logen Ninefingers, infamous barbarian, has finally run out of luck. Caught in one feud too many, he's on the verge of becoming a dead barbarian - leaving nothing behind him but bad songs, dead friends, and a lot of happy enemies. Nobleman, dashing officer, and paragon of selfishness, Captain Jezal dan Luthar has nothing more dangerous in mind than fleecing his friends at cards and dreaming of glory in the fencing circle. But war is brewing, and on the battlefields of the frozen North they fight by altogether bloodier rules.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Characters drive the story. The Narrator rocks!

  • By Brian Alsobrook on 11-01-16

Extremely slow, but still enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 03-04-18

Having finished the book, I have to say that even had I wanted to, I could give no spoilers. The story is exactly what the summary says, and that's all. You become well acquainted with each character, each one is faulted. Yet, by the end, if not likeable, you understand their own drives and even care about them. I will be getting the next book, although I can't say it is because I am anxious to find out what happens next. It seems as though my own reasons for enjoying the book are almost an enigma!
Incredible performance by Steven Pacey! And I am someone who is easily put of by a book by a sub-par narrator. He makes the book!
This book is worth a credit. It is definitely an engaging story, done by an amazing performer!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl from Rawblood

  • A Novel
  • By: Catriona Ward
  • Narrated by: Liz Pearce, Steven Crossley, John Keating, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

In 1910, 11-year-old Iris Villarca lives with her father at Rawblood, a lonely house on Dartmoor. Iris and her father are the last of their name. The Villarcas always die young, bloodily. Iris knows it's because of a congenital disease that means she must be strictly isolated. Papa told her so. Forbidden to speak to other children or the servants, denied her one friend, Iris grows up in solitude. But she reads books. And one sunlit autumn day, beside her mother's grave, she forces the truth from her father. The disease is biologically impossible. A lie to cover a darker secret.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bizarre, terrible, and wonderful

  • By Christina t on 02-18-18

Bizarre, terrible, and wonderful

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

Reviewed: 02-18-18

Iris, the central figure in this odd but utterly captivating story, is a much cherished only daughter of a sad, and seemingly broken man. These two people, are the sole remaining survivors of two rich,but cursed great lines. Just as you think you understand the plot, it throws you, again and again. More haunting of a story would be hard to find. This is not a fairy tale, nor even a happy story. But, the plot and its twists kept me from doing anything else! Completely engrossing , and yet despite the disturbing occurences, I finished the story without the "yucky" feeling that so often seems to accompany these sorts of tales.
The writing was amazing, and the performance could not have been better! Definitely worth the credit!

  • A Secret History of Witches

  • By: Louisa Morgan
  • Narrated by: Polly Lee
  • Length: 17 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 872
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 803
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 798

After Grand-mere Ursule gives her life to save her family, their magic seems to die with her. Even so, the Orchires fight to keep the old ways alive, practicing half-remembered spells and arcane rites in hopes of a revival. And when their youngest daughter comes of age, magic flows anew. The lineage continues, though new generations struggle not only to master their power, but also to keep it hidden. But when World War II looms on the horizon, magic is needed more urgently than ever.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Such Beautiful Writing, Such Terrible Characters

  • By Katie M on 11-26-17

Fun white witch story

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

Reviewed: 12-02-17

This story is told through the matriarchal line, going back 5 generations. I loved the mysticism, and magic. Not everyone from every generation was good. Their power is not always used in an altruistic, or even a moral fashion. But, the story held just the right elements to bring about a "witchy" story, without it being frightening, or one that leaves a "bad taste in your mouth".
The narrator did a fantastic job! She brought to life all the different characters, and I believe she did a fantastic job at creating the different nuances of all the main characters!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Winter Garden

  • A Novel
  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,017
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,292

Meredith and Nina Whitson are as different as sisters can be. One stayed at home to raise her children and manage the family apple orchard: the other followed a dream and traveled the world to become a famous photojournalist. But when their beloved father fails ill, Meredith and Nina find themselves together again, standing alongside their cold, disapproving mother, Anya, who even now, offers no comfort to her daughters

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I thought I made a mistake

  • By A. Musser on 11-29-17

A great story about love and forgiveness

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

Reviewed: 10-30-17

This is not as good as the Nightingale, but it resonated with me fairly similar to it.
The story is of a mother who has not been able to show her daughters love. She grew up in Leningrad during Stalin's reign of terror,and the 2nd world war. Through a "fairy tale" she is able to tell her tale.
Extremely poignant. And a great story about love, in all it's forms.

  • The Wildling Sisters

  • By: Eve Chase
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Emilia Fox
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

When 15-year-old Margot and her three sisters arrive at Applecote Manor in June 1959, they expect a quiet English country summer. Instead they find their aunt and uncle still reeling from the disappearance of their daughter, Audrey, five years before. As the sisters become divided by new tensions when two handsome neighbors drop by, Margot finds herself drawn into the life Audrey left behind. When the summer takes a deadly turn, the girls must unite behind an unthinkable choice or find themselves torn apart forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely literary mystery/historical fiction

  • By Louise Marley on 03-15-18

Great storytelling

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

Reviewed: 10-08-17

Really good. I love stories. I love stories that characters are relatable to. Flawed, but still not giving up. This story carries with it the prevalence of sisterhood, in the way that sister's are flawed. But, yet still trying!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Society of the Sword Trilogy

  • By: Duncan M. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 31 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,904
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,624
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,620

When Soren is plucked from the streets and given a place at the prestigious academy of swordsmanship, he thinks his dream of being a great swordsman has become a possibility. However, with great intrigues unfolding all around him, Soren discovers that he is little more than a pawn to the ambitions of others.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • So many threads cut short!

  • By Scott on 10-15-17

Fun, not too heavy, fantasy epic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-17-17

Derek Perkins gave a fantastic performance to this trilogy. Soren, the protagonist, and his story was captivating mostly by the character 's development. There were a few points that the author did not fully expound on. Whether this was oversight, or something that will lead to answering in perhaps a continuation, this listener is unsure, but hoping for the latter. A great way to spend a credit on!

4 of 6 people found this review helpful