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  • Phoenix Unrisen

  • By: Kathleen Nance
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Cook
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

Face down a crazed hermit with a shotgun? No problem. Sneak into a satanic cult ritual? Been there. Took the video. Get wrapped in a voodoo priestess's boa constrictor? Loved the feel. As a reporter for NONE, New Orleans News Eyes, Natalie Severin specialized in the stories no one else would believe. But on a fog-shrouded night in the bayou, she stumbled across something even she found incredible: veterinarian Ram Montgomery.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just okay

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 07-20-12

Cheesy Romance Novel

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-12-11

This was basically a romance novel with some "magic" thrown in. The author did not create any kind of world within the story, nor did she really explain how the magic works. The story was boring.

  • The Summer Tree

  • The Fionavar Tapestry, Book 1
  • By: Guy Gavriel Kay
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 779
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 611

The Summer Tree is the first novel of Guy Gavriel Kay's critically acclaimed fantasy trilogy, The Fionavar Tapestry. Five university students embark on a journey of self-discovery when they enter a realm of wizards and warriors, gods and mythical creatures - and good and evil...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Obviously the first book of three

  • By Nissa on 06-14-10

Boring, Drones On

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-27-11

This is the worst kind of pretentious fantasy that makes everyday people really dislike fantasy. The plot doesn't grab me, I can't relate to the characters and it literally makes me fall asleep. I was hoping for more. I didn't receive it.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Reckoning

  • Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #11
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,003
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,625
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,597

With her knack for being in trouble's way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte's, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. Sookie suspects otherwise, but her attention is divided when she realizes that her lover, Eric Northman, and his "child", Pam, are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, Sookie is drawn into the plot - which is much more complicated than she knows.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Antiques RoadShow, Burned Hair & Elvis

  • By BRANDON on 05-14-11

SO MUCH better than the last book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-11

Yes, Harris does tend to get bogged down in the mundane details of Sookie's life. As many reviews have noted-- she spends a lot of this book cleaning, for some inexplicable reason.

However, this was a VAST improvement on the last book. The characters are evolving, and we have to let them do so. Eric and Sookie are NOT going to have the same chemistry and lust for eachother that they had in the earlier books. Their situation has changed, the world has moved on. It can be disappointing for people looking for the exact same thing, but I think its a fair decision on the author's part.

This installment seemed more of a wrap-up and correction of the last novel. There were some new developments that I'm looking forward to, but mostly, I think the author was regaining her footing. In my opnion, she did.

Johanna Parker, the narrator, is AMAZING, as usual. Seriously, that woman is "Sookie," in my opinion. I'd love to see her have a bit part on the show. I'm even tempted to buy more of the books that she narrates, even if they're not my style/ genre.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Subtle Knife

  • His Dark Materials, Book 2
  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Philip Pullman, full cast
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,765
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,884
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,895

In this stunning sequel to The Golden Compass, the intrepid Lyra finds herself in a shimmering, haunted otherworld, Cittagazze, where soul-eating Specters stalk the streets and wingbeats of distant angels sound against the sky. But she is not without allies: 12-year-old Will Parry, fleeing for his life after taking another's, has also stumbled into this strange new realm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story

  • By Graham S. Stafford on 03-10-08

2nd Book in a Trilogy is Seldom Good

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-29-11

This was just the typical second book in a trilogy. It dragged. It was all exposition: seemed like the characters just sat around and talked for a majority of the book. But the action (when it occurred), was good. Loved the first book and looking forward to the third.

  • Ombria in Shadow

  • By: Patricia A. McKillip
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

Ombria. It is a city that echoes with the footfalls of sapphire-heeled shoes...that holds its breath as a straw-haired apparition glides through its streets...that sees its dreams-and nightmares-take shape in the drawings of a bastard-heir. It is an enchanted time and place envisioned by World Fantasy Award winner Patricia A. McKillip, acclaimed author of The Tower at Stony Wood....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very fairy tale :)

  • By Pie on 03-11-11

Too Simplistic

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-20-11

Reviewers compliment McKillip's "fairytale style," but I found it to be overboard, as if written for a child-- not in the new, edgy YA fashion of fantasy, but in literally a bedtime story for a 6-year old. I kept thinking I had dazed out and missed something. I didn't. It was just that simple.

2 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • I Shall Wear Midnight

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,175
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,653
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,667

Tiffany Aching has spent years studying with senior witches, and now she is on her own. As the witch of the Chalk, she performs the bits of witchcraft that aren't sparkly, aren't fun, don't involve any kind of wand, and that people seldom ever hear about: She does the unglamorous work of caring for the needy. But someone - or something - is igniting fear, inculcating dark thoughts and angry murmurs against witches.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Treasured Pratchett

  • By Rebecca on 12-11-10

Character, Not Plot-Driven

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-23-11

If you love Terry Pratchett already, you'll love this book. He has a rambling kind of social commentary that is indeed very clever. The narration is great and the characters are well-developed. But there's not a strong plot. I just came off reading Garth Nix (who has the opposite problem) and I found this book to be a bit TOO light. I kept waiting for key developments, then I realized it's about the journey through the characters lives. I don't dislike the book, but it wasn't quite what I was looking for.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Boneshaker

  • By: Cherie Priest
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton, Kate Reading
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,728
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,350
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,354

In the early days of the Civil War, rumors of gold in the frozen Klondike brought hordes of newcomers to the Pacific Northwest. Anxious to compete, Russian prospectors commissioned inventor Leviticus Blue to create a great machine that could mine through Alaska’s ice. Thus was Dr. Blue’s Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine born.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Doesn't live up to potential

  • By Tracey on 02-14-13

Clunky and Slow

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-11

This book read clunky and slow, much like the gadgetry within it. I wanted to like it, due to a strong female lead character, but this book was simply a cut-and-paste of trendy subjects-- ooh steampunk! zombies! Seattle! These themes don't work in isolation and unfortunately, this book doesn't work at all. There was too much dialogue, not a strong plotline and very little imagination. Good cure for insomnia, though.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful