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  • Daughter of the Blood

  • Black Jewels, Book 1
  • By: Anne Bishop
  • Narrated by: John Sharian
  • Length: 16 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,405
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,150

Seven hundred years ago, a Black Widow witch saw an ancient prophecy come to life in her web of dreams and visions. Now, the Dark Kingdom readies itself for the arrival of its queen, a witch who will wield more power than even the High Lord of Hell himself. But she is still young, still open to influence - and corruption.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Walk on the Dark Side of Fantasy

  • By Bex on 06-07-10

Too long, convoluted, but creative

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

Reviewed: 07-17-16

Advise you play at 1.25x. Very imaginative; so many characters it's hard to keep track with them all. The witch child is almost too much a goody two-shoes, but still a fascinating character. Story is VERY dark, definitely not YA.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Doomsday Book

  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 26 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,114
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,205
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,229

For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Timely, beautiful, terrible and haunting

  • By mudcelt on 11-02-09

A bit long, but filled with fascinating detail.

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

Reviewed: 07-06-16

A young researcher goes back in time from 2054 to the 14th century, only to find that what historians THOUGHT they knew was often incorrect. Some details were tedious, especially in the present. The bell ringers, and the young lad Colin with his description of everything being "necrotic" were often irritating, but as you will see, played a vital role at the end. Loose ends were neatly tied up. I found it enthralling!

  • The Brotherhood of the Wheel

  • By: R. S. Belcher
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,953
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,835
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,832

In AD 1119, a group of nine crusaders became known as the Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon - a militant monastic order charged with protecting pilgrims and caravans traveling on the roads to and from the Holy Land. In time, the Knights Templar would grow in power and, ultimately, be laid low. But a small offshoot of the Templars endure and have returned to the order's original mission: to defend the roads of the world and guard those who travel on them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Urban Fantasy at its purest!

  • By kara-karina on 04-11-16

One of my favorites!

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

Reviewed: 06-07-16

Bronson Pinchot is an absolutely marvelous narrator. This book will keep you up at night, either listening or with nightmares of shadow people, black-eyed kids, or the Horned God. If you like supernatural tales of good vs. evil, I urge you to give this one a try. I know I will think twice before answering a knock at my door in the future! I can't wait until the next book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hard Magic

  • Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,940
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,984
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,979

Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I thought it was going to be.

  • By Clinton on 08-06-11

Very original and entertaining

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

Reviewed: 10-16-15

First of all: Bronson Pinchot: Best. Narrator. EVER! I will buy more books that he records, for sure! Back to book: think Raymond Chandler-type good vs evil, with magic thrown in. The course of history is changed. For example, the Titanic didn't sink, thanks to a Mage onboard. Since this is set during the depression era, Japan is a super power, run by the Chairman who wants to conquer the world. Only a secret organization called the Grimnoire may be able to stop him, and their numbers are dwindling. There is humor (loved the talking squirrel), romance, lots of rock 'em sock 'em, and did I mention magic?

  • The Accidental Alchemist

  • By: Gigi Pandian
  • Narrated by: Julia Motyka
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,803
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,783

Unpacking her belongings in her new hometown of Portland, Oregon, herbalist and reformed alchemist Zoe Faust can't help but notice she's picked up a stowaway. Dorian Robert-Houdin is a living, breathing three-and-half-foot gargoyle - not to mention a master of French cuisine - and he needs Zoe's expertise to decipher a centuries-old text. Zoe, who's trying to put her old life behind her, isn't so sure she wants to reopen her alchemical past... until the dead man on her porch leaves her no choice.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Seriously?

  • By James on 10-04-15

Too many recipes, not enough substance.

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

Reviewed: 10-05-15

Ever had a vegan cookbook read to you? This book contained more recipes than plot. The premise of an alchemist finding a stowaway gargoyle that is alive, French, and an excellent chef was promising, but most of the characters were not adequately developed. Still, the book was entertaining, although it moved so slowly I actually skipped a few chapters, without missing anything important. I do not believe I would buy anything else from this author. The narrator, however, was excellent and I will look for other books she reads.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Eighth Grave After Dark

  • By: Darynda Jones
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,132
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,931
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,928

With 12 hellhounds after her, pregnant Charley Davidson takes refuge at the only place she thinks they can't get to her: the grounds of an abandoned convent. But after months of being cooped up there, Charley is ready to pop. Both metaphorically and literally, since she is now roughly the size of a beached whale. Fortunately a new case has captured her attention, one that involves a murder on the very grounds the team has taken shelter upon.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love This Series, except...

  • By Eugenia on 06-14-15

Another winner for author Darynda Jones

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

Reviewed: 06-13-15

I would recommend you read the earliest books in this series before tackling this one, which continues the tale of Charley Davidson and her now-husband Reyes Farrell, the hot son of Satan. There is a lot of info in this book about Charley's real origins, so that explains a lot, but I think you will be lost if you start in the middle of the series. The author left us hanging at the end, ensuring more book sales. As if I would not buy the next books anyway!

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    Length: 6 hrs
    350 ratings
    Overall 4.0
  • Drums of Autumn

  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Geraldine James
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 350
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

Cast ashore in the American colonies, the Frasers are faced with a bleak choice: return to a Scotland...

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The book is good, this recording is not

  • By A. L. F. on 07-19-05

Unusually short for a DG novel

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

Reviewed: 04-18-15

I really enjoyed the book, and I just wished I could immerse myself in it for a few hours more. But knowing Herself (DG), there will be much more adventure to come. And now I can immerse myself in the Outlander TV series on STARZ, so I really cannot complain, aye?

  • The Fiery Cross

  • Outlander, Book 5
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 55 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21,694
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,402
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,340

The year is 1771. Claire Randall is still an outlander, out of place and out of time. But now she is linked by love to her only anchor: Jamie Fraser. They have crossed oceans and centuries to build a life together in North Carolina. But tensions, both ancient and recent, threaten members of their clan. Knowing that his wife has the gift of prophecy, James must believe Claire, though he would prefer not to. Claire has shared a dreadful truth: there will, without a doubt, be a war.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Something that had to be gotten through

  • By Anne on 03-08-12

I'm lost in the 18th century!

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

Reviewed: 04-18-15

This was one of the longest audiobooks I have ever attempted, yet it didn't seem so. I was drawn into colonial America along with the Frasers and their kith and kin. The amount of research Dr. Gabaldon did for this book was simply mind boggling, from the everyday preparations of soap, hunting, farming to the rudimentary medical treatments available then. In addition to enjoying the continuing romance of Clare & Jamie, I learned a great deal about herbs, etc. and Davina Porter: I don't know if I can describe just how marvelous her narrative skills are. I will get every Outlander book she narrates. And I will have a "wee bit" of trouble not using a Scottish accent for awhile, aye?

  • Must Love Otters

  • By: Eliza Gordon
  • Narrated by: Romy Nordlinger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 83

Hollie Porter is the chairwoman of Generation Disillusioned: at 25 years old, she's saddled with a job she hates, a boyfriend who's all wrong for her, and a vexing inability to say no. She's already near her breaking point, so she cashes in the Sweethearts' Spa & Stay gift certificate from her dad and heads to Revelation Cove, British Columbia. One caveat: she's going solo.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this amazing funny story!!

  • By T. Stewart on 03-26-15

A lovely romance

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

Reviewed: 03-22-15

Well-written story of a young woman seeking to find herself. While some of the story line is predictable, there is a lot of humor. It also appeals to those of us who love British Columbia, where the story takes place. The narrator is excellent.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Clockwork Princess

  • Infernal Devices, Book 3
  • By: Cassandra Clare
  • Narrated by: Daniel Sharman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,501
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,099
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,116

Don't miss The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, soon to be a major motion picture, in theaters August 2013. Danger intensifies for the Shadowhunters as the New York Times best-selling Infernal Devices trilogy comes to a close. If the only way to save the world was to destroy what you loved most, would you do it? The clock is ticking. Everyone must choose. Passion. Power. Secrets. Enchantment. Danger closes in around the Shadowhunters in the final installment of the best-selling Infernal Devices trilogy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Completely Enjoyed It

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-21-13

Takes awhile, but wow!

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

Reviewed: 03-17-15

In the first half, I thought this was another tedious angst-ridden YA novel, but I am glad I stuck with it. There were some great plot twists and I actually shed a few tears near the end, which is unusual for me.