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  • Holy Sister

  • By: Mark Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Heather O'Neill
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,098
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,022
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,022

In this third book in the thrilling and epic Book of the Ancestor trilogy from international best-selling author Mark Lawrence, powerful novice Nona Grey must fight to survive in "a fantastic world in which religion and politics are dark and sharp as swords, with magic and might held in the hands of wonderful and dangerous women".  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good ending

  • By David Christopher Conklin on 04-20-19

Mark Lawrence is fast becoming a favorite of mine

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

Reviewed: 06-10-19

Do yourself a favor and read this trilogy. it has everything you want in a story

  • Aching God

  • Iconoclasts, Book 1
  • By: Mike Shel
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169

The days of adventure are passed for Auric Manteo. Retired to the countryside and isolated with his scars and riches, he no longer delves into forbidden ruins seeking dark wisdom and treasure. But just as old nightmares begin plaguing his sleep, he receives an urgent summons back to that old life. To save his only daughter, he must return to the place of his greatest trauma: the haunted Barrowlands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Does the author play Darkest Dungeon?

  • By Erik on 10-29-18

Incredible story, characters, and pacing

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

Reviewed: 03-14-19

Fantasy and Horror written and performed like never before. Do yourself a favor and read this book!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 12 Rules for Life

  • An Antidote to Chaos
  • By: Jordan B. Peterson, Norman Doidge MD - foreword
  • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,723
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,372

What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson's answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research. Humorous, surprising, and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Your Average 'Self Help' Book

  • By TheBookie on 06-04-18

Change the way you look at things.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-19

Peterson's earnest reading lends emphasis and empathy to this excellent book on self improvement. He brings perspective that is relevant to the plight of people loving in the modern first world.

Rule #2 is most meaningful to me, but all of them are applicable in ways great and small.

  • Skin Game

  • A Novel of the Dresden Files, Book 15
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 20,659
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,272
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19,194

Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day.… Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful. He doesn’t know the half of it… Mab has just traded Harry’s skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help a group of supernatural villains - led by one of Harry’s most dreaded and despised enemies, Nicodemus Archleone - to break into the highest-security vault in town, so that they can then access the highest-security vault in the Nevernever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hold onto your staff; Harry’s back.

  • By Don Gilbert on 05-29-14

one of the greats

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

James Marsters is the perfect narrator for Dresden Files and Jim Butcher is in top form here. Glad to see Harry having long term plans and I've been waiting to see team-ups and character arcs like this. Can't wait for the next one!

  • Grey Sister

  • By: Mark Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Heather O'Neill
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,362
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,197

Behind its walls, the Convent of Sweet Mercy has trained young girls to hone their skills for centuries. In Mystic Class, Novice Nona Grey has begun to learn the secrets of the universe. But so often even the deepest truths just make our choices harder. Before she leaves the convent, Nona must choose which order to dedicate herself to - and whether her path will lead to a life of prayer and service or one of the blade and the fist. All that stands between her and these choices are the pride of a thwarted assassin, the designs of a would-be empress wielding the Inquisition like a knife, and the vengeance of the empire's richest lord.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Middle child

  • By Ethan on 04-04-18

The Nuns Go To War

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

I loved the first installment in "The Book of The Anscestor" Red Sister. Gray sister doesn't, dissapoint. Following on the heels of red sister (2 years? might have passed), Mark Lawrence does a wonderful job weaving a narrative that's well planned out and lots of fun.

Where red sister was Hogwarts, this feel much more dark with less hope. The book focuses on the loss of the ship heart, and the search for it's location.

  • Red Sister

  • First Book of the Ancestor
  • By: Mark Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Heather O'Neill
  • Length: 19 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,841
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,840

From the international best-selling author of the Broken Empire Trilogy comes the first in a brilliant new breakout fantasy series. A searing novel set in a brand-new world, this series follows a young girl who enters a convent where girls are selected to train in religion, combat, or magic. Nona is selected to learn combat and finds herself at the center of an epic battle for empire on the outer reaches of a dying universe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story supported by great narration

  • By jdykes33 on 04-15-17

Lawrence Makes a Hero

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

Reviewed: 07-30-18

Red Sister is a dark and gritty novel that does so many things right and lets the more straight forward elements of the plot play out.

There are many stories worth telling, and the story of Nona is worth the price of admission. Written in a similar style (fallen future technology, many thousands of years past; now in a medieval type setting) as the fallen empire I loved the shift in prospective from a bad ass noble (Broken Empire), or a foppish prince (Red Queens War) ...to a peasent girl who has nothing and owns even less.

She is a strong well written character, with a good voice that allows you to see into her without giving away all the puzzle pieces. There are lots of really good hooks that you don't get to see the resolution to right away. They also don't over step the character boundaries to much. She isn't invincible. She's a kid. Overall Mark leaves many thngs to be discovered or explored at a later time and place while keeping the narative teight and on target.

my one line review is "Nona goes to Ninja Hogworts".

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  • Dead Beat

  • The Dresden Files, Book 7
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18,927
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,712
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16,631

When a killer vampire threatens to destroy head of Special Investigations Karrin Murphy's reputation, unless Harry delivers the powerful Word of Kemmler to her, he has no choice. Now Harry is in a race against time to find the Word before Chicago experiences a Halloween night to wake the dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I wish it was about 20 hours longer

  • By Dan on 04-18-12

Minor League Dresden

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

Reviewed: 01-24-18

The narration of James Marsters is wonderful and really helps make this audiobook lots of fun.

That being said, I find the overall book to be lacking in depth. Previous offerings, such as the Summer Knight were much stronger. I felt like this would have been better served as a short story to cut out many of the details that did not add value to the plot nor move the character of Dresden forward. I will continue to read these books because I find them to be enjoyable Leisure reading but do not find them to be much more than simple urban fantasy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Turn Coat

  • The Dresden Files, Book 11
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17,231
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,105
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,074

The Warden Morgan has been accused of treason against the Wizards of the White Council - and there's only one, final punishment for that crime. He's on the run, wants his name cleared, and needs someone with a knack for backing the underdog. Someone like Harry Dresden....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worthy Addition To The Series

  • By Lisa on 05-06-09

Everything on the line, win and lose

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

Reviewed: 10-25-17

Harry gets roped into a multi-sided battle against super natural heavyweights. Alliances shift and secret enemies lurk in a helter-skelter race against time as Harry tries desperately to prove his oldest enemy innocent. This is the sort of book I read for.

  • Storm Front

  • The Dresden Files, Book 1
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,916
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,002
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,959

A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt. Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters to vampires....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • ZERO STARS FOR THE NARRATOR !

  • By Randall on 03-05-19

Wizard Noir

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

Reviewed: 09-17-17

A witty and fun magical Noir flavored detective story. I enjoyed this take on modern magic. I'm sure much more much more eloquent words have been spoken about Harry Dresden, but I feel as though this story is fairly straightforward and just absolutely fun. I would totally recommend this book to anyone willing to spend a short amount of time and wants to hear about Wizarding duels demons and Magic.

  • Farthing

  • Small Change, Book 1
  • By: Jo Walton
  • Narrated by: John Keating, Bianca Amato
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 781
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 674
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 687

One summer weekend in 1949 - but not our 1949 - the well-connected "Farthing set", a group of upper-crust English families, enjoy a country retreat. Lucy is a minor daughter in one of those families; her parents were both leading figures in the group that overthrew Churchill and negotiated peace with Herr Hitler eight years before....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It Couldn't Happen Here, Right? RIGHT?

  • By Nancy J on 05-29-13

A gripping mystery in an alternative universe.

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

Reviewed: 04-21-17

I really enjoyed this book and found it easy to finish. The alternative history found throughout would not be as interesting to those not familiar with WW1 and WW2.

I would say this book is an interesting piece of speculative historical fiction.