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Trudy Nelson

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  • Crown of Vengeance

  • The Dragon Prophecy, Book 1
  • By: Mercedes Lackey, James Mallory
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd, Christopher Lane
  • Length: 23 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 323
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 296

She does not have a thousand lifetimes. She has just one - and time is running out. For the prophecy spoke not just of her, but of a great Darkness that would destroy the elven kingdoms. A Darkness that is coming ever closer. She is Vieliessar Farcarinon and she must save her people. Even if she must shatter custom and destroy the world she was born to rule.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I was sorry I bought this one at first, but not now.

  • By A Snider on 01-14-17

A disappointing Lackey.

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

Reviewed: 03-04-16

What would have made Crown of Vengeance better?

A real story line and less of a made up foriegn language!

What was most disappointing about Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory ’s story?

The names of the characters and prolonged, difficult to follow geography and political opponents made the story line VERY difficult to follow.

What didn’t you like about Kate Rudd and Christopher Lane ’s performance?

Chris was okay. Kate had a very difficult job, doing well with name pronouncements, but all the characters either sounded the same or were always angry/shouting in their narratives.

What character would you cut from Crown of Vengeance?

Not even sure- I'm not even sure who the characters were. Their names all sounded like the geography.

Any additional comments?

It is not often that I run across a Lackey book that I don't like. I am suprised that I even finished listening to the book. The names of the characters and the geography were much too long, and much too complicated tongue twisters for me to stay focused on the story line or character development. I have to give it to the readers- they did the best they could with the material they had to read. I would steer away from this tome, and will not even pick up another book that might follow.

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  • Crown of Renewal

  • Paladin's Legacy, Book 5
  • By: Elizabeth Moon
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 21 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380

The mysterious reappearance of magery throughout the land has been met with suspicion, fear, and violence. In the kingdom of Lyonya, Kieri, the half-elven, half-human king, struggles to balance the competing demands of his heritage while fighting a deadly threat to his rule: evil elves linked in some way to the rebirth of magic. Meanwhile, in the neighboring kingdom of Tsaia, a set of ancient artifacts recovered by the former mercenary Dorrin Verrakai may hold the answer to the riddle of magery’s return.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Soooo.... that's it?

  • By Anita on 06-05-14

The end left me wanting more.

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

Reviewed: 06-10-15

Would you listen to Crown of Renewal again? Why?

Yes- easy listen and I am devoted to the characters.

What did you like best about this story?

The way this episode wrapped up all of the loose threads made it a satisfying end.

Which character – as performed by Susan Ericksen – was your favorite?

Duke Veriki.

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

A story that leaves you wanting even more.

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  • Limits of Power

  • Paladin's Legacy, Book 4
  • By: Elizabeth Moon
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 20 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 478
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 433
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434

The unthinkable has occurred in the kingdom of Lyonya. The queen of the Elves - known as the Lady - is dead, murdered by former elves twisted by dark powers. Now the Lady’s half-elven grandson must heal the mistrust between elf and human before their enemies strike again. Yet as he struggles to make ready for an attack, an even greater threat looms across the Eight Kingdoms.Throughout the north, magic is reappearing after centuries of absence, emerging without warning in family after family - rich and poor alike.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • good story but cant stand the narrator

  • By James Ellis on 06-23-13

Story good- reader not so good

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

Reviewed: 05-18-15

What made the experience of listening to Limits of Power the most enjoyable?

The story line and characters.

What did you like best about this story?

Continuity of the story line and characters. E. Moon always tells an enjoyable tale for me.

How could the performance have been better?

I have thoroughly enjoyed this series, and have always liked E.Moon. This was the first audio book I have bought that was difficult for me to complete listening to the end. I had read a previous review that said "read the book", and I now know why. The story is great, but it was a very difficult listen. The voices kept changing, and not always the same voice with the same character. It got a little better toward the end. The pronunciation of some of the characters and places took me awhile to connect with the other 3 books.

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  • Tell Me No Lies

  • By: Elizabeth Lowell
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 74

Lindsay Danner. Her worldwide reputation as an expert in ancient treasures and her knowledge of the international art market make her the perfect pawn in a deadly game. But she needs protection. Jacob MacArthur Catlin. A renegade ex-CIA agent whose name is still whispered in tones of hatred and admiration throughout Southeast Asia. Now it is his job to make sure Lindsay Danner succeeds . .and lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Love the book, not thrilled with the audiobook

  • By Tonja Davis on 11-21-16

Archaeology and James Bond Meet.

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

Reviewed: 05-19-12

Would you consider the audio edition of Tell Me No Lies to be better than the print version?

I have not read the printed version.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Both the male and female protagonists. The ying and yang of their characters complimented each other perfectly.

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

No.

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

Even though this is a shorter 'read' than I usually endeavor, this book fascinated me with its description of how some archealogical artifacts could be dated and could be used as a political tool. The two main protagonists characters appear initially to be polars apart in their ethics and history, yet as the story progressed, the Eastern philosophical context of the ying and the yang being necessary to create and heal a whole fairly jumps out at the reader, without even having to think on it. The story line flows well, showing the intricasies of truth in dating artifacts as interwoven as the espionage of politcal jockeying. There is action aplenty and thought provocking twists and turns throughout.

The reader was consistant in her portrayal of characters as well as interesting in her inflections. Even the 'boring' portions of the archaeological explainations was made easier to attend. Overall, this was a 'can't wait to get in the car and listen' kind of book.

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