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  • Star Wars Join the Resistance: Books 1-3

  • The Star Wars Join the Resistance Series, Books 1-3
  • By: Ben Acker, Ben Blacker
  • Narrated by: Bradford Hastings
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

Follow the heroic adventures of Mattis Banz, Lorica, AG-90, Dec, Jo, and the rest of the squadron as they battle against the evil First Order in this three-book collection of Star Wars Join the Resistance series. This collection includes Join the Resistance, Escape from Voldran, and Attack on Starkiller Base.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad at all.

  • By brian on 12-09-18

Not bad at all.

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

Not a bad part of the new SW cannon. Narration's alright, though more sound effects could make things more interesting, not to mention music.

  • Jacob T. Marley

  • By: R. William Bennett
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,586
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,419
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,401

"Marley was dead to begin with...." These chillingly familiar words begin the classic Christmas tale of remorse and redemption in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Now R. William Bennett rewinds the story and focuses the spotlight on Scrooge’s miserly business partner, Jacob T. Marley, who was allowed to return as a ghost to warn Scrooge away from his ill-fated path. Why was Marley allowed to return? And why hadn’t he been given the same chance as Ebenezer Scrooge? Or had he?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is my favorite book! I listen to it all year

  • By Lyle K Holden on 08-07-17

Could've easily been written by the man himself.

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

A great backstory for Marley, and some for Scrooge as well. Might have been written by Dickens, while not his style, very well done. A great prequel to A Christmas Carol.

  • Tom Clancy Oath of Office

  • Jack Ryan Novel Series, Book 19
  • By: Marc Cameron
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283

Freedom may have finally arrived in Iran. As protests break out across the country, the media rejoices over the so-called Persian Spring. Western leaders are ecstatic. Members of Congress and the Cabinet clamor to back the rebels. Only President Jack Ryan remains wary. Meanwhile, he has plenty to handle at home. A deadly strain of flu is ravaging the United States as spring floods decimate the Southeast. An unethical senator wants to bring down the Ryan presidency and is willing to lean on fabricated bot-planted stories to do it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great espionage thriller!

  • By Wayne on 11-28-18

Clancy's legacy continues.

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

Reviewed: 11-27-18

The new author to take over from the late Tom Clancy does a fine job, the narration is also excellent. A compelling storyline, with an idea that is unlikely, and yet possible. 10/10.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Rise of the Isle of the Lost

  • By: Melissa de la Cruz
  • Narrated by: Sofia Carson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197

In this follow-up to New York Times best sellers The Isle of the Lost and Return to the Isle of the Lost, Mal, Evie, Carlos, and Jay face their biggest challenge yet as a rotten villain from their past returns. They'll have to do everything in their power - good and evil - to keep Auradon safe.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Uma!

  • By Megan R Fike on 11-07-17

A fine effort, with great narration.

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

Reviewed: 11-26-18

An excellent prequel, with an excellent narrator, being one of the main cast. Her slightly raspy sounding voice works rather well as a narrator. hope more books are added to this series, and she narrates more of them.

  • William Shakespeare's The Force Doth Awaken

  • Star Wars Part the Seventh
  • By: Ian Doescher
  • Narrated by: Jessica Almasy, Daniel Davis, Jonathan Davis, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 135

Experience The Force Awakens as a Shakespeare play, complete with Elizabethan verse, Shakespearian monologues, and theatrical stage directions! As the noble Resistance clashes with the vile First Order, Rey, Finn, Poe Damaron, Kylo Ren, and BB-8 are pulled into a galaxy-wide drama - in iambic pentameter! Star Wars fans and Shakespeare enthusiasts alike will enjoy the authentic meter, reimagined movie scenes and dialogue, and hidden Easter eggs throughout.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent addition to the series.

  • By Bryan L on 10-04-17

Ian does it again.

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

Reviewed: 11-26-18

A brilliant adaptation of The Force Awakens. Hoping more films are adapted into Shakespeare's style, and I'm sure more will be. Hope Ian can write more of these for other films.

  • A Rare Recording of J. R. R. Tolkien

  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Length: 42 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135

J. R. R. Tolkien was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor best known as the author of fantasy works like "The Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings." Listen as Tolkien reads "The Adventures of Tom Bombadil," "The Hoard," "Perry-The-Winkle," and "The Man in the Moon Came Down Too Soon." Also included is a reading of "A Elbereth Gilthoniel" in Elvish and "The Road Goes Ever on," sung by William Elvin with music by Donald Swann.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not all Tolkien - wish I'd noticed that

  • By Tracet on 04-21-15

A collection of poems of Middle Earth.

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

Reviewed: 11-21-18

Impressive to hear Tolkien's own voice narrate these poems, some of which are featured in Lord of the Rings in some form or another, the songs as well. Quite the collection. A wide range of subjects, of battles, characters and more.

  • 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 1,055
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 968
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 965

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

GRRM does it again.

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

Reviewed: 11-20-18

I love how it goes into more detail then what's covered in The World of Ice and Fire. More volumes to come, and the last two ASOIAF books as well. Hope he's able to get to them as soon as he can. Simon Vance does an excellent job at taking over from the late Roy Dotrice. A must-have for any ASOIAF fans.

19 of 30 people found this review helpful

  • When the World Seemed New

  • George H. W. Bush and the End of the Cold War
  • By: Jeffrey A. Engel
  • Narrated by: Bob Souer
  • Length: 20 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 18

The end of the Cold War was the greatest shock to international affairs since World War II. In that perilous moment, Saddam Hussein chose to invade Kuwait, China cracked down on its own pro-democracy protesters, and regimes throughout Eastern Europe teetered between democratic change and new authoritarians. Not since FDR in 1945 had a US president faced such opportunities and challenges. As the presidential historian Jeffrey Engel reveals in this hard-to-pause history, behind closed doors, George H. W. Bush rose to the occasion brilliantly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New info on the end of the Cold War.

  • By brian on 11-19-18

New info on the end of the Cold War.

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

An interesting take on the Cold War's end, with new information that myself, and others probably hadn't heard about before. A very well researched story.

  • All the Kremlin's Men

  • Inside the Court of Vladimir Putin
  • By: Mikhail Zygar
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

All the Kremlin's Men is a gripping narrative of an accidental king and a court out of control. Based on an unprecedented series of interviews with Vladimir Putin's inner circle, this book presents a radically different view of power and politics in Russia. The image of Putin as a strongman is dissolved. In its place is a weary figurehead buffeted - if not controlled - by the men who at once advise and deceive him. The regional governors and bureaucratic leaders are immovable objects, far more powerful in their fiefdoms than the president himself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pass the weak sauce

  • By A. M. on 01-29-18

Information not easy to get, that's for sure.

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

An interesting behind the scenes look at many figures past and present who have worked with the current Russian leader, outlining information about them many in the west haven't heard before.

  • Disney Descendants: School of Secrets

  • The School of Secrets Series, Books 2 and 3
  • By: Disney Press, Jessica Brody
  • Narrated by: Kyla Garcia
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

This two-book bundle contains Freddie's Shadow Cards and Ally's Mad Mystery. In Freddie's Shadow Cards, Freddie, the daughter of Dr. Facilier, got voodoo in her blood, a deck of Shadow Cards in her hands, and a song in her villain kid heart. Ally is the daughter of Alice in Wonderland. She's quirky, she's funny, and she loves solving a tricky mystery in Ally's Mad Mystery.  

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting stuff here.

  • By brian on 11-19-18

Interesting stuff here.

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

Great for Descendants fans, even those who may not be Wicked World fans.
The narrator is excellent, accents and all.
Many Disney fans might find it interesting for sure.