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  • Out of Oz

  • The Wicked Years, Volume 4
  • By: Gregory Maguire
  • Narrated by: John McDonough
  • Length: 28 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 830
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 739
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 742

Gregory Maguire's Wicked Years series became national best sellers and the basis for a hit Tony-winning Broadway musical. Now, Maguire returns with the final installment in his transformative work, a thrilling and compulsively readable saga in which the fate of Oz is decided at last.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth the Wait!

  • By Kathleen on 11-11-11

How how's it Rain

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

Reviewed: 06-02-18

What a life! I laughed and I was saddened, I knew what was next & then I didn't.... I loved the play on words and the meaning behind them. This was a very good story to get "OUT OF OZ"! Mr. Maguire your imagination is truly a gift. Thank you for sharing your talent with us. Mr. McDonough thank you again for the narration of this volume. Listening to your voice and how you made each character so different made this audible awesome.

  • A Lion Among Men

  • The Wicked Years, Volume 3
  • By: Gregory Maguire
  • Narrated by: John McDonough
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 854
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 587
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 593

While civil war looms in Oz, a tetchy oracle named Yackle prepares for death. Before her final hour, a figure known as Brrr - the Cowardly Lion - arrives searching for information about Elphaba Thropp, the Wicked Witch of the West. Abandoned as a cub, his path from infancy is no Yellow Brick Road. In the wake of laws that oppress talking Animals, he avoids a jail sentence by agreeing to serve as a lackey to the warmongering Emperor of Oz.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gregory and John Together Again

  • By Michael on 01-14-10

Oh Burr

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

Reviewed: 06-02-18

Once again what a story. The life of an animal living among humans and how humans treat animals.... Thank you John McDonough for telling to story, I love listening to you.

  • Anna Karenina

  • By: Leo Tolstoy
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 36 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 856
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 476

This is the story of the unhappy family of Anna Karenina. The novel contains much concerning Tolstoy's spiritual crisis and his search for the meaning of life. But it is also chiefly about marriage, and the growth and death of love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wonderful translation & reader

  • By Eileen on 09-08-09

To be so insecure

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

Reviewed: 06-02-18

I was looking for something different to listen to and came across this book. It is a classic and being I have done much reading in my life I thought it would be a good one to experience. I had not read anything about the Russian life so it was interesting to learn this. It is sad the Anna couldn't be happy with the new love. And sad that she left life in the way she did. I realized that a man wrote the book & there is a lot of different people who narrates this story and I liked Davina Porter's voice the best. Maybe because I've listened to all of the "Outlander" series...

  • Sidroc the Dane: A Circle of Ceridwen Saga Story

  • By: Octavia Randolph
  • Narrated by: Nano Nagle
  • Length: 16 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177

A discarded child fated to become a powerful Jarl - here is the story of Sidroc. Fate guides the path of his father, Hrald, to his meeting with the woman whose son would help change the face of ninth-century Angle-land. An ever-growing rivalry between Sidroc and his cousin Toki defines the boys' early years. Their young uncle, Yrling, knows success as a raider in far-off Angle-land, and trains his nephews in the ways of the warrior. Ahead of them is the perilous crossing of the North Sea, which stands between them and the plunder they seek.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don’t end!

  • By Aberdeen on 05-08-18

What a man!

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

Reviewed: 06-02-18

I love Sidroc in the other books. Now to hear his story from childhood on was wonderful, Funny how different upbrings makes people handle life different. To be treated badly by a stepmother & to grow to be a loving man. And Nano Nagle narrated beautiful as usual.

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  • Rebecca

  • By: Daphne du Maurier
  • Narrated by: Anna Massey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,786
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,488
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,480

The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady's maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives - resenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favourite novels, ever

  • By Calliope on 11-24-14

Selfish

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

Reviewed: 06-02-18

WOW what a story. Rebecca was a true user, all the way past her life! And oh my, the ending. I was blown away.

  • Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia

  • By: Michael Korda
  • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221

Michael Korda's Hero is the story of an epic life on a grand scale: a revealing, in-depth, and gripping biography of the extraordinary, mysterious, and dynamic Englishman whose daring exploits and romantic profile, including his blond, sun-burnished good looks and flowing white robes, made him an object of intense fascination, still famous the world over as "Lawrence of Arabia".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book and narration

  • By Ron L. Caldwell on 12-11-10

Yes, Lawrence

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

Reviewed: 06-02-18

I loved the movie, but this book told so much of Lawrence that one didn't know. He knew what HE wanted and tried his best to get it.

  • Lady Macbeth

  • A Novel
  • By: Susan Fraser King
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

Lady Macbeth takes listeners into the heart of 11th-century Scotland, painting a vivid picture of Gruadh, the last female descendent of the country's most royal line. Married, pregnant, then quickly widowed, she is forced to wed her husband's murderer, the warlord Macbeth. Determined to protect her interests and those of her infant son, she vows to preserve her family's legacy at any cost.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • boring

  • By Lanlady on 11-27-09

Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 11-04-17

The story was amazing, totally held your interest...Lady MacBeth was a true warrior & MacBeth was too. I can just imagine his thought about LADY!
And Wanda McCaddon was a wonderful narrator. Loved listening to the book. She gave it life!

  • Tindr

  • Book Five of The Circle of Ceridwen Saga
  • By: Octavia Randolph
  • Narrated by: Nano Nagle
  • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205

Tindr is handsome, kind, and the best hunter in 9th century Gotland. He possesses a deep empathy with animals, which powers his reverence towards the game he takes to survive. But he is also deaf, which closes him off from the society that surrounds him - and seemingly, from finding love. Devoted parents and friends can't protect young Tindr from the bully who taunts him, from jealousy that turns murderous, or from the threat of surrender to the allure of the Lady of the Forest, who might destroy him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not All About Tindr

  • By Danestra on 03-11-18

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 08-13-17

Oh my, the story of Tindr was sooo good. Love it. Going to listen again!

  • The Circle of Ceridwen

  • The Circle of Ceridwen Saga, Book 1
  • By: Octavia Randolph
  • Narrated by: Nano Nagle
  • Length: 21 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 705
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 646
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 639

It is the year 871, when England was Angle-Land. Of seven Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, five have fallen to the invading Vikings. No trait is more valued than loyalty, and no possession more precious than one's steel. Across this war-torn landscape travels 15-year-old Ceridwen, now thrust into the lives of the conquerors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I feel like I've waited FOREVER for this day!

  • By bluestategirl on 01-05-17

Oh my a child

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

Reviewed: 04-01-17

If you could sum up The Circle of Ceridwen in three words, what would they be?

she is young

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Circle of Ceridwen?

Meeting her mother and not getting excited about it.... Then recusing Gyric and not thinking about what to do next.... How do you plan life!

Which character – as performed by Nano Nagle – was your favorite?

Gyric

If you could rename The Circle of Ceridwen, what would you call it?

Mmm not good on names.....

Any additional comments?

I'm listening to Book 2 now....

  • The Lady of the Rivers

  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
  • Length: 19 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,738
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,731

Jacquetta always has had the gift of second sight. As a child visiting her uncle, she met his prisoner, Joan of Arc, and saw her own power reflected in the young woman accused of witchcraft. They share the mystery of the tarot card of the wheel of fortune before Joan is taken to a horrific death. Jacquetta understands the danger for a woman who dares to dream. Jacquetta is married to the Duke of Bedford, English regent of France, and he introduces her to a mysterious world of learning and alchemy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Philippa back on track

  • By Bonnie-Ann on 11-26-11

A wonderful journey

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

Reviewed: 03-19-17

Enjoyed the journey of the 1400-65 court... love, war & which side do you choose???