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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 1,478
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,356
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,353

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 150 years of Westeros history

  • By Kingsley on 11-22-18

Not what I expected.

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

Reviewed: 11-27-18

I have read or listened to all 5 books in the series. The writing style of Fire and Blood is more of a fictional history lesson or documentary. I found it hard to get attached to most of the characters, and the dragons seemed to have more personality. Tried very hard to finish, but kept falling asleep or getting disinterested. It also seemed to be repetitive.. Sorry gotta return this one.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Where the Crawdads Sing

  • By: Delia Owens
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 20,570
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,891
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,810

For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life - until the unthinkable happens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Seattle blues on 08-17-18

One of the best

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18

This book is so well written and touches the reader on so many levels. It is on my favorites list.

  • Saving Grace

  • By: Julie Garwood
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,365
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,142

When Lady Johanna learned that she was a widow, she vowed she would never marry again. Only sixteen, already she possessed a strength of will that impressed all who looked past her golden-haired beauty. Yet when King John demanded that she remarry - and selected a bridegroom for her - it seemed she must acquiesce, until her beloved foster brother suggested she wed his friend, the handsome Scottish warrior Gabriel MacBain.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully Written Highland Tale

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 06-30-13

Not something I would call Historical Fiction

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

Reviewed: 08-14-18

So predictable and should be in the Romance category, not historical fiction. Maybe there should be a new category called Hysterical fiction. :)

  • Don Quixote

  • Translated by Edith Grossman
  • By: Miguel de Cervantes, Edith Grossman (translator)
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 39 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,826
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,651
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,642

Sixteenth-century Spanish gentleman Don Quixote, fed by his own delusional fantasies, takes to the road in search of chivalrous adventures. But his quest leads to more trouble than triumph. At once humorous, romantic, and sad, Don Quixote is a literary landmark. This fresh edition, by award-winning translator Edith Grossman, brings the tale to life as never before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book ever written?

  • By Erika on 03-12-13

I really tried

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

Reviewed: 05-13-18

I really tried to like this book, but I just cannot finish it. I get the humor and double entendre but It seems so antique in its interpretation in comparison to some of the other older novels I have read. Just not for me.

  • Strange the Dreamer

  • By: Laini Taylor
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,789
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,599
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,593

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around - and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old, he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great until the ending

  • By Shane A. McGarry on 10-23-17

Great read

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

Reviewed: 04-07-17

What did you love best about Strange the Dreamer?

Wonderful storytelling, beautiful descriptive writing, and characters to wrap your mind around. Have read several of Laini Taylor's books in the past and have a hard time categorizing her as a "teen" fiction writer. I am far from being a teen and would definitely read the next in this series. Great to listen and escape to while gardening, cooking or doing housework, etc. Highly recommend.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Nest

  • A Thriller
  • By: Terry Goodkind
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,558
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,436
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,428

Kate Bishop is in a world of trouble. In the wake of several inexplicable and brutal murders, Kate is thrust into a police inquiry that reveals shocking family secrets. Suddenly exposed to a shadowy network of global evil, her life takes a dramatic turn with the arrival of Jack Raines, an author with a mysterious past who says he has the answers to her questions. What's more, he suggests that Kate herself might be the solution.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible

  • By AC Ward on 02-14-17

Good read

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

Reviewed: 11-29-16

Would you listen to Nest again? Why?

No. It wasn't too difficult to guess what would happen when they reached NYC, in general, a good read though.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Nest?

Don't want to spoil it for others

Which scene was your favorite?

Don't want to spoil it for others

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"The Eyes Have It"

  • The Weaver

  • By: Emmi Itäranta
  • Narrated by: Aysha Kala
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 11

Eliana is a model citizen of the island, a weaver in the prestigious House of Webs. She also harbors a dangerous secret: She can dream, an ability forbidden by the island's elusive council of elders. No one talks about the dreamers, the undesirables ostracized from society. But the web of protection Eliana has woven around herself begins to unravel when a young girl is found lying unconscious in a pool of blood on the stones outside the house. Robbed of speech by her attackers, the only clue to her identity is one word tattooed in invisible ink across her palm: Eliana.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I Says, She Says, He Says

  • By kulagirl on 11-10-16

I Says, She Says, He Says

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

Reviewed: 11-10-16

Would you try another book from Emmi Itäranta and/or Aysha Kala?

Yes, I do like her writing style.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Not what I would have expected, disappointing as the message came down to the last few lines, even though you could tell where things were going. However I do like her writing style.

Would you be willing to try another one of Aysha Kala’s performances?

Yes, possibly. I think she needs to speed it up a little.

Did The Weaver inspire you to do anything?

Check reviews first. Unfortunately I took a chance on this, as no reviews were posted yet.

Any additional comments?

The narrator had a pleasant voice, just a little too slow and much too many unnecessary " I says, she says, he says", made it very hard to listen to. The voice of the "prophet" was just too much. Maybe this if for adolescents, definitely not for me.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Cold Dish

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,706
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,148
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,125

Introducing Wyoming's Sheriff Walt Longmire in this riveting novel from the New York Times best-selling author of Dry Bones, the first in the Longmire series, the basis for the hit Netflix original series Longmire. Johnson draws on his deep attachment to the American West to produce a literary mystery of stunning authenticity, full of memorable characters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Your Ordinary Western Novel (Series)

  • By Dataman on 09-12-12

One of the best book I have read.

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

Reviewed: 10-07-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it has everything.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Longmire, read it and you will see

Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but will read the whole series now.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, wish I could have, but good things should alway be taken in small pieces.

Any additional comments?

Read this book!

  • Six of Crows

  • By: Leigh Bardugo
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder, Brandon Rubin, Fred Berman, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,631
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,632

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price - and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is everything!

  • By Steele Reviews on 07-21-16

Not what I expected and too many narrators!

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

Reviewed: 09-19-16

Would you try another book from Leigh Bardugo and/or the narrators?

I returned another audiobook I did not care for (another author) and got this audiobook with the replacement credit. I was tempted to return this one too. It started off mature and suspenseful but slowly developed into something I feel is for a younger audience. Also very unnecessarily wordy, in my opinion.I kept wanting to fast forward. The multiple narrators were just too much. Should have stuck with one, two at the most.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Nothing resolved, just a lead for book 2.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bending the Boyne

  • A Novel of Ancient Ireland
  • By: J. S. Dunn
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

Circa 2200 BCE: Changes rocking the Continent reach Eire with the dawning Bronze Age. Well before any Celts, marauders invade the island seeking copper and gold. The young astronomer Boann and the enigmatic Cian need all their wits and courage to save their people and their great Boyne mounds, when long bronze knives challenge the peaceful native starwatchers. Banished to far coasts, Cian discovers how to outwit the invaders at their own game. Tensions on Eire between new and old cultures and between Boann, Elcmar, and her son Aengus, ultimately explode.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bending the Boyne

  • By Gail on 10-25-15

Great Historical Fiction

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

Reviewed: 08-15-15

Any additional comments?

Great historical fiction that gives us a look at a world so distant from what we have today. A glimpse of what we have lost when we are not in tune with the natural and spiritual world.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful