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  • Fool's Assassin

  • Book One of the Fitz and the Fool Trilogy
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Elliot Hill
  • Length: 27 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,341
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,071
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,065

FitzChivalry - royal bastard and former king’s assassin - has left his life of intrigue behind. As far as the rest of the world knows, FitzChivalry Farseer is dead and buried. Masquerading as Tom Badgerlock, Fitz is now married to his childhood sweetheart, Molly, and leading the quiet life of a country squire. Though Fitz is haunted by the disappearance of the Fool, who did so much to shape Fitz into the man he has become, such private hurts are put aside in the business of daily life, at least until the appearance of menacing, pale-skinned strangers casts a sinister shadow over Fitz’s past...and his future.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Please Audible for Eda & El change the narrator!!!

  • By Andre Alvarez on 01-09-15

Great Book; Disappointing Narration

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

Reviewed: 04-16-19

I have loved Robin Hobb's books in Audible. However, this is the third narrator in the series of Fitz books, and the poorest. He seems not to have listened at all to the previous narrations, read the previous trilogies, nor paid attention to the internal logic of the books. He gives the Fool a pseudo-Russian accent that is hissing and terrible to endure hearing, despite the fact that the Fool spent most of his life in Buck duchy, and was never marked as having an accent anywhere in the text, only looking unusual. Plainspoken, simple, Queen Kettricken gets a pompous voice reminiscent of Lewis Carroll's Red Queen. It does not suit her personality at all. If not for wanting to be able to listen to the books while driving, I would return this annoying narration and stick to the Kindle version.

  • Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen

  • The Miles Vorkosigan Adventures, Book 17
  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,319
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,225
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,222

Future imperfect: Three years after her famous husband's death, Cordelia Vorkosigan, widowed vicereine of Sergyar, stands ready to spin her life in a new direction. Oliver Jole, admiral, Sergyar Fleet, finds himself caught up in her web of plans in ways he'd never imagined, bringing him to an unexpected crossroads in his life. Meanwhile, Miles Vorkosigan, one of Emperor Gregor's key investigators, this time dispatches himself on a mission of inquiry into a mystery he never anticipated - his own mother.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Back to Barrayar

  • By Don Gilbert on 02-04-16

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 01-24-19

I wanted to love this book. I love Bujold's other books. I own all of them, most in both Kindle and Audible editions. I enjoy her combination of humor, creative world building, enjoyable and memorable characters, and gripping plots. She keeps me going with all the energy. And that's just the trouble. This book has no action and no plot to speak of. Zero energy. It also suffers from focus on a relationship between Jole and Arral that is not even hinted at in previous books in the series. I had read and listened to the earlier books multiple times, and didn't even remember Jole. Just another aide. This book is just a lot of rambling thoughts strung together, and I just couldn't make myself care. I generally read and re-read her books without wanting to stop and take a break. This one, I got eight chapters in and didn't want to finish. I have finished it, and it has its moments, but so much of what could have been interesting action takes place off stage, and is only discussed . Not up to her usual standards. If she's finished wirh fhe Vorkosigans, I wish she had wound up the series in some definirive tour de force. This book feels like a whimpering escape.

  • The Dovekeepers

  • A Novel
  • By: Alice Hoffman, Heather Lind
  • Narrated by: Aya Cash, Jessica Hecht, Tovah Feldshuh
  • Length: 19 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,864
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,589
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,585

Over five years in the writing, Alice Hoffman’s most ambitious and mesmerizing work ever, a triumph of imagination and research set in ancient Israel. The author of such iconic bestsellers as Illumination Night, Practical Magic, Fortune’s Daughter, and Oprah’s Book Club selection Here on Earth, Alice Hoffman is one of the most popular and memorable writers of her generation. Now, in The Dovekeepers, Hoffman delivers her most masterful work yet - one that draws on her passion for mythology, magic, and archaeology and her inimitable understanding of women.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Draining story - but beautifully written/told

  • By Kate on 10-14-11

Sad and Beautiful

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

Reviewed: 04-06-18

A reimagining of the lives of women at Masada. Wise, poetic, and free. The lamguage is beautiful as the story is haunting. Well written, and well told.

  • How to Talk to Anyone

  • 92 Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships
  • By: Leil Lowndes
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean, Leil Lowndes
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,343
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,462
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,434

What is that magic quality that makes some people instantly loved and respected? Everyone wants to be their friend (or, if single, their lover!) In business, they rise swiftly to the top of the corporate ladder. What is their "Midas touch?"

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good info, but painful to listen to

  • By Scott on 09-19-16

Little Manipulative Tricks

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

Reviewed: 01-17-18

How about sincerely listening? And genuinely giving a rip? These tricks are just ways to avoid actually engaging with others while pretending you are. Disappointed.

  • The Invasion of the Tearling

  • A Novel
  • By: Erika Johansen
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 18 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,708
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,569
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,558

With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is growing into her new responsibilities as queen of the Tearling. By stopping the shipments of slaves to the neighboring kingdom of Mortmesne, she crossed the Red Queen, a brutal ruler whose power derives from dark magic, who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what is hers. And nothing can stop the invasion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing followup to Queen of the Tearling

  • By Canadian eReader on 06-13-15

Interesting World

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

Reviewed: 12-06-16

So much unfolds in this second book in ways barely hinted at in the first that it feels jarring. But a fascinating world and a good tale.

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  • Survivor in Death

  • In Death, Book 20
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,693
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,248
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,241

No affairs. No criminal connections. No DNA. No clues. Eve Dallas may be the best cop in the city - not to mention having the lavish resources of her husband Roarke at her disposal - but the Swisher case has her baffled. The family members were murdered in their beds with brutal, military precision.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rocks!

  • By Cherita on 09-06-09

One of the Best

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

Reviewed: 10-22-16

I have the whole series, and enjoy them, but Survivor in Death is one of my favorites. Nixie is a strong and believable child, and plays well against Eve. This one is worth multiple listens.

  • To Light a Candle

  • The Obsidian Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Mercedes Lackey, James Mallory
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 34 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 925
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 729
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 734

To his own surprise, young Kellen, once the disappointing son of the great Mage who leads the City’s Mage Council, has become a powerful Knight-Mage. Valued for his bravery and his skills as both wizard and warrior, Kellen joins the Elves' war councils. Yet he cannot convince the City of his birth that it is in terrible danger. Kellen’s sister Idalia, a Wild Mage with great healing ability, has pledged her heart to Jermayan, a proud Elven warrior.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Listen!

  • By Mary Bjornskov on 06-29-10

Good Read

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

Reviewed: 06-06-16

I slammed the first volume of this trilogy because of the whiny main character, Kellen. Well, he blossoms in this second volume, and the whine vanishes. without it, he is much more likeable character. This is a rare occasion where the second volume in a series outstrips the first. Now I actually want to read the third.

  • The Outstretched Shadow

  • The Obsidian Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Mercedes Lackey, James Mallory
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 30 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 880
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 883

Kellen Tavadon, son of the Arch-Mage Lycaelon, thought he knew the way the world worked. His father, leading the wise and benevolent Council of Mages, protected and guided the citizens of the Golden City of the Bells. Young Mages in training---all men, for women were unfit to practice magic---memorized the intricate details of High Magic and aspired to seats on the council.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Long, but enjoyable

  • By AvidReader91 on 07-13-15

Kellen thevWhiner

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

Reviewed: 06-02-16

A typical coming of age fantasy set in an interesting world, but unfortunately marred by repetitive expressions of angst from the main character that have no basis and are extremely tedious.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Falcon at the Portal

  • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 11
  • By: Elizabeth Peters
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 15 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,223
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 929
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 929

Join spunky Amelia and her charming family for a thrilling new archaeological adventure in Edwardian Egypt. Even on the joyous occasion of the marriage of their Egyptian "son" David to their beloved niece Lia, trouble finds Amelia and hunky hubby Emerson. And this time it is personal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perhaps Best of Series

  • By Kermit on 12-21-05

Series takes a left turn

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

Reviewed: 04-14-16

Earlier books were tongue in cheek, and light-hearted. Suddenly this one is dark and depressing.

The Listener's Bible NIV
    The Complete Bible, Genesis to Revelation
    
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    Length: 75 hrs and 13 mins
    1,188 ratings
    Overall 4.2
  • The Listener's Bible NIV

  • The Complete Bible, Genesis to Revelation
  • By: Fellowship for the Performing Arts
  • Narrated by: Max McLean
  • Length: 75 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 816
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 810

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's All There - And It's Wonderful

  • By Barbara Thompson on 02-27-12

Buy a Different Recording

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

Reviewed: 03-21-16

The narrator reads in a monotone with any variation. His voice is deep and sonorous, but he sounds like he is reading the telephone book. It was impossible to keep my attention on what he was reading. It is just terrible to do this to a collection of some of the greatest stories ever told.