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  • Meditations of Marcus Aurelius

  • By: Marcus Aurelius
  • Narrated by: Alan Munro
  • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,044
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 917
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 901

Meditations is former U.S. President Bill Clinton's favorite book. This audio consists of a series of personal writings by Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor 161-180 AD, setting forth his ideas on Stoic philosophy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The reading made it impossible to focus on content

  • By Mark Grebner on 09-02-12

Difficult to listen to

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-28-18

It is impossible to follow the reader making it difficult to understand. I had to go get another version with a different narrator to listen to it.

  • The Towers of the Sunset

  • Saga of Recluce, Book 2
  • By: L. E. Modesitt Jr.
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 18 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 634
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 580
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 582

L.E. Modesitt, Jr.'s latest novel in the Saga of Recluce series tells the story of Creslin, son of a powerful military matriarch, who chooses exile rather than an arranged marriage. Creslin sets out on a search for his true identity as a man, developing his magical talents through constant conflict with the enigmatic white wizards of Candar.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A solid novel but not as good as the first one.

  • By Cliff on 11-25-13

not one of his better books

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-19-16

narrator was great. the story was forced. I really like the authors writing and many of the other books in the series but this one was weak with a plot that seemed forced and hard to follow.

  • Imager's Battalion

  • Imager Portfolio, Book 6
  • By: L. E. Modesitt Jr.
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 18 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316

Given the rank of subcommander by his wife's brother, Lord Bhayar, the ruler of Telaryn, Quaeryt joins an invading army into the hostile land of Bovaria, in retaliation for Bovaria's attempted annexation of Telaryn. But Quaeryt has his own agenda in doing Bhayar's bidding: to legitimize Imagers in the hearts and minds of all men, by demonstrating their value as heroes as he leads his battalion into one costly battle after another.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • More of the same

  • By Lore on 02-23-14

not the best book in the series but good

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-02-16

had the feeling of a middle book but it gives one the story of how or why things were the way things were with the protagonists in earlier books and books to follow.

  • Princeps

  • Imager Portfolio Series, Book 5
  • By: L. E. Modesitt Jr.
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 424
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381

The thrilling follow-up to Scholar - in which, after discovering a coup attempt and preventing a bloody civil war, Quaeryt was appointed princeps of Tilbor - begins a new episode in the young Imager's life. Now second only to the governor, and still hiding his powers as an Imager, Quaeryt is enjoying his new position, as well as his marriage to Lord Bhayar's youngest sister, Vaelora, when a volcanic eruption devastates the old capital of Telaryn. He and his wife are dispatched to Extela, Telaryn's capitol city, to replace the governor killed in the eruption.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Better than Scholar but not great.

  • By Lore on 12-09-12

good book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-29-16

very good book with a good plot line. it really sheds a lot of light on imaging that further develops the whole world.

  • Scholar

  • The Fourth Book of the Imager Portfolio
  • By: L. E. Modesitt Jr.
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 19 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 515
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 457
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462

Hundreds of years before the time of Imager, the continent of Lydar is fragmented. Years of war have consolidated five nations into three-Bovaria, Telaryn, and Antiago. Quaeryt is a scholar and friend of Bhayar, the young ruler of Telaryn. Worried about his future and the escalating intrigues in Solis, the capital city, Quaeryt persuades Bhayar to send him to Tilbor.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This is actually the true beginning of the series

  • By Joe on 05-14-12

Good Series

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-26-16

While it is a great book and a fresh take on the created world as the author is known to do, I do not find it as good as the first three books. that said it is still enjoyable and seeing the ties to the first three books only enhances the story.

  • Imager's Intrigue

  • The Third Book of the Imager Portfolio
  • By: L. E. Modesitt Jr.
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 19 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 752
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 566
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 572

Rhenn's past catches up to him in this third entry in L. E. Modesitt, Jr.'s hit Imager Portfolio series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Finish for this part of the portfolio.

  • By Tom N. on 09-03-10

great last book of a trilogy

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

Reviewed: 05-23-16

the ending was good and keeps one engaged. I would recommend the series to anyone.

  • Imager's Challenge

  • By: L. E. Modesitt Jr.
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 18 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 885
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 658
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 667

Still recovering from injuries received in foiling the plots of the Ferran envoy, Rhenn is preparing to take up his new duties as imager liaison to the Civic Patrol of L'Excelsis. No sooner has he assumed his new position than he discovers two things. First, the commander of the Civic Patrol doesn't want a liaison from the infamous Collegium and soon has Rhenn patrolling the streets of the worst district in the city.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • interesting concepts

  • By Lydia on 11-06-09

great second book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-21-16

This was a great middle book in a series. it advanced the story, built the plot and showed progress to the story. it wasn't the normal second book that leaves one feeling that it was written to just to set up the end of the story.

  • Imager

  • The First Book of the Imager Portfolio
  • By: L. E. Modesitt Jr.
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,083
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 795
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 804

Although Rhennthyl is the son of a leading wool merchant in L'Excelsis, the capital of Solidar, the most powerful nation on Terahnar, he has spent years becoming a journeyman artist and is skilled and diligent enough to be considered for the status of master artisan - in another two years. Then, in a single moment, his entire life is transformed when his master patron is killed in a flash fire and Rhenn discovers he is an imager.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I didn't love it

  • By Timorell on 11-02-10

a great first book in a series

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

Reviewed: 05-15-16

the book is well written and moves along at a great pace. the reader does a great job. I usually don't reread books but this is one that I do

  • The Autumn Republic

  • By: Brian McClellan
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 19 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,534
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,304

Field Marshal Tamas returns to his beloved country to find that for the first time in history, the capital city of Adro lies in the hands of a foreign invader. His son is missing, his allies are indistinguishable from his foes, and reinforcements are several weeks away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Trilogy!!!

  • By Hassan on 02-12-15

great book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-25-16

a great book. this series was a good one. It was a pleasant surprise. I liked the world and charictures.

  • The Crimson Campaign

  • The Powder Mage Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Brian McClellan
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 20 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,600
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,386
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,382

Tamas's invasion of Kez ends in disaster when a Kez counter-offensive leaves him cut off behind enemy lines with only a fraction of his army, no supplies, and no hope of reinforcements. Drastically outnumbered and pursued by the enemy's best, he must lead his men on a reckless march through northern Kez to safety, and back over the mountains so that he can defend his country from an angry god, Kresimir.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Was Extremely Surprised!!

  • By Hassan on 05-15-14

a middle book of a trilogy

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-22-16

the book was good but like most trilogy middle books it is spent building out the story. that is expected but it seemed like some of the story was just drawn out.

it is a good book though. at my age starting up late just doesn't happen but with this book it did.