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  • Hitler's Soldiers

  • The German Army in the Third Reich
  • By: Ben H. Shepherd
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 26 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

For decades after 1945, it was generally believed that the German army, professional and morally decent, had largely stood apart from the SS, Gestapo, and other corps of the Nazi machine. Ben Shepherd draws on a wealth of primary sources and recent scholarship to convey a much darker, more complex picture. For the first time, the German army is examined throughout the Second World War, across all combat theaters and occupied regions, and from multiple perspectives: its battle performance, social composition, relationship with the Nazi state, and involvement in war crimes and occupation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thorough and scholarly

  • By Mary A. on 03-23-18

A mixed bag

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

This audiobook is uneven in its quality. Although the detailed historical accounts of the actions of myriad generals, officers, and enlisted men are superb, the entire work is shot through with the author’s opinions as to their causes. Many of these opinions are without foundation.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Viscount's Christmas Temptation

  • Dukes of War, Book 1
  • By: Erica Ridley
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 1 hr and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 291
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 262

Certain individuals might consider Lady Amelia Pembroke a managing sort of female, but truly most people would be lost without her help. Why, the latest on-dit is that rakish Viscount Sheffield is canceling the fete of the year because he hasn't time for silly soirees. He doesn't need time - he needs her!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the book and the narration..

  • By Trish R. on 11-30-18

What a fabulous quick holiday love story!

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

Reviewed: 11-23-18

Although it is a brief novella, this endearing holiday love story set in Georgian England introduces a limited cast upon the backdrop of a pending Christmas party. Each character is immediately engaging and is the perfect appetizer for the Dukes of War series. I can’t wait to follow along into the series proper, as it promises to be thoughtful, engaging, and romantic with plenty of period details to add it a unique character. Ms. Ridley has a winner in this book, and she has the very perfect narrator in Ms. Zimmerman. Brava to them both!

  • Acre

  • Hospitaller Saga, Book 1
  • By: J. K. Swift
  • Narrated by: Brad Wills
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11

Brother Foulques de Villaret just wants to stay in Acre and perform his sworn duties. Instead, the young Hospitaller Knight of Saint John must undertake a dangerous journey from the Holy Land to a remote village nestled in the Alps, the 'Spine of the World'. His mission: buy 500 peasant boys and return them to Acre to be trained as soldiers of Christ.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Rape Porn

  • By Steven on 07-08-17

Excellent background for the Forest Knights!

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

Reviewed: 11-22-18

This book provides an excellent background to the story of the Forest Knights books that take place in Switzerland. Here we learn of the children’s experience in leaving the mountains of Switzerland for the sunburnt coastal city of Acre in the Holy Land.

  • The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye

  • A Lisbeth Salander Novel, Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series
  • By: David Lagercrantz
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,726
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,225
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,210

Lisbeth Salander, the girl with the dragon tattoo, the brilliant hacker, the obstinate outsider, the volatile seeker of justice for herself and others - even she has never been able to uncover the most telling facts of her traumatic childhood, the secrets that might finally fully explain her to herself. Now, when she sees a chance to uncover them once and for all, she enlists the help of Mikael Blomkvist, the editor of the muckraking investigative journal Millennium. And she will let nothing stop her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not up to par

  • By cristina on 10-03-17

Another masterpiece!

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

I have heard that Steig Larrson's widow does not care for these later adaptations and continuations of the series. If that is true, it's a shame. I believe both of the books, #4 & #5 in the series are every bit as good as the originals and hold true to the themes of the original trilogy.

Both audiobooks have been very enjoyable and I can't wait to hear the next!

  • The Girl in the Spider's Web

  • A Lisbeth Salander Novel, Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series
  • By: David Lagercrantz
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,092
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,324
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18,291

In this adrenaline-charged, up-to-the-moment political thriller, Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist are back. The troubled genius hacker and crusading journalist thrilled the world in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, which have sold more than 80 million copies worldwide.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So thankful we still have Lizbeth!

  • By AudioAddict on 09-04-15

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 07-22-18

This continuation of the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series perfectly captures the feel and pacing of the original books. This audio production is likewise very good and also captures the feel of the original. I can't wait for the next follow up!

  • Fugitive of Magic

  • Dragon's Gift: The Protector, Book 1
  • By: Linsey Hall
  • Narrated by: Laurel Schroeder
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

In the city of Magic's Bend, I protect what's mine. To the world, I'm a feeble Conjurer. To my closest friends, I'm a dangerous Magica with unexplainable powers given to me by a dragon. The downside? If anyone discovers what I am, I'm dead. So I lay low - kicking ass with my weapons, not my magic. Things go to hell when I witness the murder of a powerful vampire ally and become the key suspect. Soon, I'm hunted by the sexiest, strongest supernatural I've ever met. I've got three days to catch the real killer. It will take my forbidden magic to succeed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Worst narrator

  • By Kristie on 11-06-17

Linsey Hall puts "fantastic" into "fantasy" with her new series!

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

Reviewed: 12-10-17

Despite the already vast and ever-expanding realm of fantasy novels, readers continue to be presented with a relatively limited selection of magical practitioners and practices. Regardless of the series, one typically finds little variation among the usual cast of regulars.

"And now for something completely different..." From the very beginning, Linsey puts her own unique stamp on this series. There is a mix of traditional magical beings as well as new creations of hers. She also gives characters new types of abilities, each with their own limitations.

Linsey uses a deft touch in sprinkling the story with a variety of very funny puns, historical remarks, and jokes that seem particularly aimed at roughly the Generation X–vintage readers. I can't begin to count the times I found myself letting.

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  • The Journey

  • By: Isobelle Carmody
  • Narrated by: Isobelle Carmody
  • Length: 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 110

A bonus never-before-released short story by best-selling author Isobelle Carmody. Before the apocolyptic Great White - and the regressive theology that ruled the decimated population in its wake - the city of Uropa is a gleaming metropolis devoted wholly to materialistic consumption.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty Good

  • By Emily on 06-14-18

Fantastic introduction

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

Reviewed: 08-07-17

This brief audiobook is a perfect teaser to this series! I was a bit skeptical at first, but I got hooked.

  • The Plague of Swords

  • The Traitor Son Cycle, Book 4
  • By: Miles Cameron
  • Narrated by: Neil Dickson
  • Length: 21 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 725
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 675
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 672

With one army defeated in a victory that will be remembered through the ages, now the Red Knight must fight again. For every one of his allies, there is a corresponding enemy. Spread across different lands and on sea, it will all come down to one last gamble. And to whether or not the Red Knight has guessed the foe's true intentions. With each throw of the dice, everything could be lost.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • ugh! go back to the original narrator

  • By kayla on 01-07-17

This series just gets better!

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

Reviewed: 07-25-17

While I had felt that the first and second books in this series were terrific, the third seemed a bit brief. There is no such quibble about this book! It recaptures the excitement and drama of the first book.

There is a very broad cast of important characters in the series which are perhaps easier to manage in a written format, since one can merely search back through the pages to clarify a point. Likewise, the names of the various characters, beings, cities, and countries are also clearer in print. There was a several-month gap since I read book 3, so I initially had a little trouble getting back into the flow of this book. Being an audiobook made it a bit harder, but once I was back up to speed I found that I enjoyed listening to this version even more than reading the previous volumes. The narrator is excellent, with wonderful diction as well as a very good ability to render different characters' voices.

My sole complaint with this book was the near unbearable overuse of the term "puissant!" I have no idea why the author became so enamored with it, but any competent editor should have stopped that in its very first draft, let alone allowing this glaring overuse to continue on to the audiobook version. The author should not only chose a different editor in future, but also demand a refund for allowing this embarrassing faux pas to stand!

With that lone criticism in mind, I'm off to purchase the next audiobook in the series immediately. 📚🗣

  • Hand of Mars

  • Starship's Mage, Book 2
  • By: Glynn Stewart
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,405
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,311
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,312

Three years ago, as ship's mage of the starship Blue Jay, Damien Montgomery was pursued to the edge of human space by both the agents and enemies of the mage -king of Mars before being brought in from the cold. Now, trained in new skills by the mage-king himself, Damien has been sent to the planet Ardennes alongside Alaura Stealey, hand of the king. A rebel movement there has destroyed cities fighting a governor seemingly lost to corruption. But not all on Ardennes is as it seems.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Mark Peters on 12-30-15

The story just gets better.

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

Reviewed: 02-04-17

In this sophomore addition to the series, Glynn Stewart follows Damien as he sets of in the company of one of the Hands of Mars as a royal messenger. The mission should have been a relatively simple matter, but it rapidly deteriorates once they arrive at their destination.

What follows is a roller coaster ride as the two become embroiled in the dangerous politics that exist on the planet. Once it starts, there is no stopping as the danger and tension grow to an ultimate world shaking battle. Through it all Damien is challenged at every turn, not just by events, but also by his own conscience. Is he worthy of becoming a Hand to the King of Mars?

As always, Jeffrey Kafer demonstrates why is one of the premier narrators of audiobooks in the world.

I have already purchased the third and fourth books in the series, and I can't wait to listen to the next book as soon as I am finished writing this review.

Listeners who enjoyed this series owe it to themselves to check out Nathan Lowell's series of books chronicling the "golden age of the Solar Clipper." They are all superb.

  • Forever Charmed

  • The Halloween LaVeau Series, Book 1
  • By: Rose Pressey
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 396
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 372

Halloween LaVeau is descended from a long line of witches. Yes, her name is Halloween. The cosmic universe is definitely playing some kind of sick joke on her. She's the ultimate witch cliche, complete with a black cat and spooky house. Thank heavens she's missing the warts and flying broom. When Halloween inherits her great aunt's manor, she decides to put the house to good use as a bed and breakfast. Her first guest is the sinfully good-looking Nicolas Marcos, but he's not here for the continental breakfast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny

  • By Troublemer(tammy hovey) on 06-19-16

An unusual start for a series, but in a good way.

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

Reviewed: 10-30-16

The author has created a world where witches are commonly found living peacefully in society alongside plain old non-magical humans. The lead character is a magically-challenged witch whose best friend is a human. Overall, the story moves along with the feeling of a cosey mystery told with a light, humorous touch.

The narrator is very good; however, she has a very unusual voice that imprints itself so heavily upon the story that it is almost as though it was another character altogether. It is not exactly offensive, but at times I felt that it made listening to the story a bit ponderous, as if one were proceeding through molasses.

Overall, I think that this series is off to a nice, if slow, start. I must admit that it hasn't grabbed me in the same way that many other series (e.g. like those of Karen Chance, Kelly Armstrong, or Kim Harrison) have. Nonetheless, I think it is at least worth giving the next couple of books in the series a try. Finally, I think the series would be fine for young adults, but I'm not sure that it would appeal to them, especially given its slow pacing and that it is geared towards an adult audience.