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  • The Hills Have Spies

  • Valdemar: Family Spies, Book 1
  • By: Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 209

In this new series, set in the bestselling world of Valdemar, Heralds Mags and Amily must continue to protect the realm of Valdemar while raising their children and preparing them to follow in their footsteps.

Mags, Herald Spy of Valdemar, and his wife, Amily, the King’s Own Herald, are happily married with three kids. The oldest, Peregrine, has the Gift of Animal Mindspeech—he can talk to animals and persuade them to act as he wishes. Perry's dream is to follow in his father's footsteps as a Herald Spy, but he has yet to be Chosen by a Companion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • enjoyable

  • By Tammie Patrick on 06-07-18

The tale of Herald Mags Book 9

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

Reviewed: 06-14-18

Nick Podehl once again does a marvelous job bringing to life the world of the Heralds of Vademar. In this book, Misty weaves a tale of the trials of what it means to be a parent, and to be a Herald. To have two jobs of great importance that whose duties may conflict, and how a man who was once a mine slave and raised without real parents handles being a father.

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  • The Princess Bride

  • By: William Goldman
  • Narrated by: Rob Reiner
  • Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,829
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,545
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,547

This adventure story has everything you could want: the good guy, some bad guys, the girl, sword fighting, revenge, romance, of course a happy ending, and rodents of unusual size. Join Westley the plucky farm boy, Buttercup the beautiful young maiden, Inigo Montoya the driven, embittered swordsman, and many other strange and unusual characters in this swashbuckling tale of good-natured silliness. It is read by Rob Reiner, who directed the motion picture based on this classic tale.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Reservedly recommended

  • By J. Herndon on 06-10-07

Only one way it should be better. Maybe two.

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

The instant classic, the book that inspired a movie that contains the greatest sword fight in modern times.
If you have seen the movie first, read or listen to "As You Wish" by Cary Elwes before reading or listening to this.
The only real way this production could be better is if it was read by the surviving members of the movie cast.
Director Rob Reiner does an excellent job of dusting of his acting chops as he voices the beloved characters.
The only other way it could be better is if it dropped the pretenses of being an abridged version of a story by a fictional author.

  • As You Wish

  • Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride
  • By: Cary Elwes, Joe Layden, Rob Reiner (foreword)
  • Narrated by: Cary Elwes, Christopher Guest, Carol Kane, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,719
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,085
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,038

From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Warm-hearted retelling

  • By Thomas Allen on 10-19-14

The secrets of everyone's favorite movie revealed.

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

Beautiful and insightful telling how everyone's favorite movie was made.
Cary Elwes and cast members reveal as only they can the secrets and behind the scenes information of how this movie almost didn't get made.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 199,045
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 185,852
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185,454

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Best Story I have heard or read in a long time.

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

Reviewed: 05-04-17

Maybe it is the constant 80's and video game culture references, maybe it is just for the scene where Narrator Wil Wheaton has to refer to himself in the third person as a geezer. Either way, this is the best story I have heard or read in a long time. It reminds me of my own obsessions, and aside from the nearly total economic collapse of the global economy it would be a dream come true for me if this book became reality. The Oasis is the electronic interface we tech geeks have been dreaming of since we each turned on our first computer.

I decided to get Ready Player One after it was endorsed by Destin, the host of Smarter Every Day. It is so good, I am going to be spending my next few book credits on Ernest Cline's other works.