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  • Spinning Silver

  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Lisa Flanagan
  • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,421
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,200

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father's inability to collect his debts has left his family on the edge of poverty - until Miryem takes matters into her own hands. Hardening her heart, the young woman sets out to claim what is owed and soon gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold. When an ill-advised boast draws the attention of the king of the Staryk - grim fey creatures who seem more ice than flesh - Miryem's fate, and that of two kingdoms, will be forever altered. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favorite authors. Only 1 small complaint

  • By R. W. Olsen on 11-30-18

amazing

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

excellent story, excellent narration. one of my favorites for this year. highly recommend this book

  • Mavericks

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 6
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,631
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,748
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,706

The remnants of the Expeditionary Force stranded on the alien-controlled planet "Paradise" get a chance to prove themselves, in a simple off-world training mission with a ship full of teenage alien cadets. When the mission goes horribly wrong and the survival of everyone on Paradise is at risk, the Merry Band of Pirates may have to come to the rescue. Unless they get killed first.... 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Alanson teases, and then pulls a 3.5

  • By Andrew on 09-26-18

Filler Book

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

This book could have been 4 chapters long. Mostly filler that doesn't advance the plot.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Blue Mage Raised by Dragons

  • By: Virlyce
  • Narrated by: Mare Trevathan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,072
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,077

Blue mages learn skills from beasts. This is the story of one fortunate enough to be taken in by dragons.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious

  • By Joshua Stevens on 12-09-17

Bad writing

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

Reviewed: 07-16-18

I narrowed my eyes and furrowed my brow as repetitive, derivative, and unsophisticated prose caused me to think an otherwise enjoyable plot was poorly told.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Space Knight

  • By: Michael-Scott Earle
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,085
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,082

In a universe where technology and magic co-exist, Nicholas Lyons desires one thing: to serve his queen as a Space Knight in the Royal Trident Forces. But when his final mission as an Academy cadet goes horribly wrong, Nicholas discovers he possesses illegal magical abilities that grant him power far beyond that of a normal man, knight, or mage. When a clandestine assignment lands Nicholas on the worst starship in the kingdom’s fleet, he finds a motley crew of warriors hiding their own terrible secret. Death and betrayal lurk around every corner.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • MSE writes another almost, pretty good book.

  • By Christopher on 08-21-18

Pulpy garbage

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

Sci-fi Pulp with weak characterization and bad writing. Bounces from one unrealistic combat scene to the next.

22 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • The Sergeant's Apprentice

  • Schooled in Magic, Book 11
  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 701
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 664
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 662

The necromancers have finally resumed their assault on the Allied Lands, sending a mighty army across the Desert of Death and into the Kingdom of Tarsier. Countless farms, villages, and towns have already been destroyed as the host makes its way northwards, striking deep into the kingdom's most vulnerable lands. Hundreds of thousands have been killed, thousands more will be killed when they are sacrificed for power. If the necromancers win the coming battle, it may be the beginning of the end.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bitter Experience

  • By JT on 03-03-18

Bitter Experience

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

Reviewed: 03-03-18

Bitter experience and cold logic lead me to believe that I will continue with this series, despite the chill running up my spine caused by the grim knowledge that the writing is repetitive and hackneyed.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Schooled in Magic

  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,978
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,834
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,834

Emily is a teenage girl pulled from our world into a world of magic and mystery by a necromancer who intends to sacrifice her to the dark gods. Rescued in the nick of time by an enigmatic sorcerer, she discovers that she possesses magical powers and must go to Whitehall School to learn how to master them. There, she learns that the locals believe she is a "Child of Destiny" - someone whose choices might save or damn their world, a title that earns her both friends and enemies.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Neurotic Heroine

  • By Charles Grayson on 11-26-16

Entertaining but derivative

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

An entertaining, if unoriginal, story told a bit clumsily. The author should never be allowed to use the phrases 'bitter experience' or 'grim ______' or 'cold logic' ever again.

  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,410
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,320
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,272

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Had so much promise

  • By Brian G on 09-01-17

trippy and suspensful

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

A weird, suspenseful scientific mystery that steadily builds tension. One of Clines best.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Discovery of Witches

  • A Novel
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,422
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,561
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,593

Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Started out intriguing, devolved into Twilight 2.0

  • By Elina on 11-13-17

Meh

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

Reviewed: 11-18-17

The books is well written and well performed, but a great deal of the plot relies on the characters (supposedly friendly to one another) refusing to share information. Also, this is marketed as a story of suspense and discovery, but most of it is about the romance between the possessive, brooding vampire and the manic pixie dream witch. The main character is also (for a supposedly smart woman) remarkably stupid regarding her personal safety. She insists that she can take care of herself, but falls to pieces when stressed.

  • Spellmonger

  • Spellmonger, Book 1
  • By: Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,485
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,955
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,931

Minalan gave up a promising career as a professional warmage to live the quiet life of a village spellmonger in the remote mountain valley of Boval. It was a peaceful, beautiful little fief, far from the dangerous feudal petty squabbles of the Five Duchies, on the world of Callidore. There were cows. Lots of cows. And cheese. For six months things went well. Then one night Minalan is forced to pick up his mageblade again to defend his adopted home from the vanguard of an army of goblins bent on a genocidal crusade against all mankind. And that was the good news.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific Book! A great adult fantasy series.

  • By Eric on 07-27-17

meh

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

Reviewed: 11-15-17

The story is ok, but the casual misogyny of the narrative and main character is off putting

1 of 2 people found this review helpful