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  • Fire & Blood

  • 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones (A Targaryen History)
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 26 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,369
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,095
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,091

Centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones, House Targaryen - the only family of dragonlords to survive the Doom of Valyria - took up residence on Dragonstone. Fire & Blood begins their tale with the legendary Aegon the Conqueror, creator of the Iron Throne, and goes on to recount the generations of Targaryens who fought to hold that iconic seat, all the way up to the civil war that nearly tore their dynasty apart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Casuals readers beware!

  • By Ricardo on 12-24-18

the R.R. stands for Arrrgh!

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

Reviewed: 01-19-19

a good story; certainly entertaining. but only george could end a history on a cliffhanger!

  • The Song of Achilles

  • A Novel
  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Frazer Douglas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,995
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,502
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,486

Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. “The best of all the Greeks”—strong, beautiful, and the child of a goddess—Achilles is everything the shamed Patroclus is not. Yet despite their differences, the boys become steadfast companions. Their bond deepens as they grow into young men and become skilled in the arts of war and medicine—much to the displeasure and the fury of Achilles’ mother, Thetis, a cruel sea goddess with a hatred of mortals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wasn't Expecting to Like It- BOY! was I wrong!!

  • By susan on 06-11-14

brokeback mount olympus

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

picked this as Circe scored high in new releases promos; figured i should check this one out first. Meh. very much a gay love story, if you like that kind of work. only gets to the trojan war at the end if you, like me, were looking for something more historical. caveat emptor--oops, that's latin.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Warlock Holmes: My Grave Ritual

  • By: G. S. Denning
  • Narrated by: Robert Garson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172

Warlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson find themselves inconvenienced by a variety of eldritch beings, and the fact that one of them has goat legs. Christmas brings a goose that doesn't let being cooked slow him down, then they meet an electricity demon and discover why being a redhead is even trickier than one might imagine, and Holmes attempts an Irish accent. And naturally Moriarty is hanging around in some form or other. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Egads, this series is capital!

  • By Kris W. on 08-06-18

christopher moore-like silliness

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

fir s t, i can never hear watson's voice if its not robert garson. having consumed stephen frey's excellent complete holmes tales, dennings hilarious spin is sublime. always makes me smile.

  • Dead People Suck

  • A Guide for Survivors of the Newly Departed
  • By: Laurie Kilmartin
  • Narrated by: Laurie Kilmartin
  • Length: 3 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 132

Death is not for the faint of heart, and sometimes the best way to cope is through humor. No one knows this better than comedian Laurie Kilmartin. She made headlines by live-tweeting her father's time in hospice and her grieving process after he passed and channeled her experience into a comedy special, 45 Jokes About My Dead Dad. Dead People Suck is her hilarious guide to surviving (sometimes) death, dying, and grief without losing your mind.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • you'll laugh and cry a lot

  • By Janet on 02-15-18

you'll laugh and cry a lot

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

Reviewed: 02-15-18

my dad died to pancreatic cancer six months ago. i thought i had come to terms with it, but listening to laurie, i realized i was still depressed, just suppressing it. many memories flooded back and i cried a lot--something i didn't do much after the funeral. thanks for the release and tips. my own tip-- learn and practice the Rosary

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • A Natural History of Dragons

  • A Memoir by Lady Trent
  • By: Marie Brennan
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,064
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,933
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,926

You, dear listener, continue at your own risk. It is not for the faint of heart - no more so than the study of dragons itself. But such study offers rewards beyond compare: to stand in a dragon's presence, even for the briefest of moments - even at the risk of one's life - is a delight that, once experienced, can never be forgotten….All the world, from Scirland to the farthest reaches of Eriga, know Isabella, Lady Trent, to be the world's preeminent dragon naturalist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Fantastical, Scientific, and Captivating Joy Ride

  • By Abbygail on 03-06-16

near-lethal boredom

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-27-18

this may be the worst book I've ever consumed on audible. it was beyond tedious--like reading the most boring woman in the worlds journal. a bad imitation of elizabeth peters with zero humor or little dragons. i used to play a game with my kids--dragonology. i thought this was going to be something along the lines of prof. ernest drakes encounters with the latter. it was only an encounter with awfulness😞

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Her Royal Spyness

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,665
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,483
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,451

Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’ve Been Charmed

  • By Em on 06-11-12

enjoyable<br /><br /><br />

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

Reviewed: 01-27-18

funny, witty and thoroughly enjoyable; looking forward to the next installment in the spy series

  • Endurance

  • Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
  • By: Alfred Lansing
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,620
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,610

In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb in so many ways

  • By David on 01-19-14

takes endurance to listen

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-30-17

shackeltons epic survival is fantastic to the point of a tall tale, so worth hearing just from an educational/inspirational perspective. but it reads like a 50s history book with the author many times purposely conveying the tedium or constant problems to the point of boredom

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 206,555
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 192,842
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192,436

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

lame ending

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

Reviewed: 12-21-17

having been a teen in t h e '80s i loved all the nested references, but had that not been the case, it was very self indulgent and over thr top. ending super lame. author apparently still 12 years old

  • A Column of Fire

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 30 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,842
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,071
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,045

In 1558 the ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn apart by religious conflict. As power in England shifts precariously between Catholics and Protestants, high principles clash bloodily with friendship, loyalty, and love. Ned Willard wants nothing more than to marry Margery Fitzgerald. But when the lovers find themselves on opposing sides of the religious divide sweeping across the country, Ned goes to work for Princess Elizabeth. When she becomes queen, all Europe turns against England.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Follett is a Master Storyteller

  • By Charles Atkinson on 10-11-17

formulaic

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-14-17

very predictable. his ww2 series much better. will likely skipnthe next installment on the pilgrims

  • A Legacy of Spies

  • A Novel
  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Tom Hollander
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,735
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,603
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,592

Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus, is living out his old age on the family farmstead on the south coast of Brittany when a letter from his old service summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him. Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London, and involved such characters as Alec Leamas, Jim Prideaux, George Smiley, and Peter Guillam himself, are to be scrutinized by a generation with no memory of the Cold War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A long slow conclusion to the Smiley series

  • By Chris Marlowe on 09-21-17

riveting cold war stuff with a modern update

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

Reviewed: 10-01-17

very good. having recently traveled to east berlin, it helped me really appreciate what happened duringbthe cold war