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  • The Firebird

  • By: Susanna Kearsley
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,573
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,243

Nicola Marter was born with a gift. When she touches an object, she sometimes glimpses those who have owned it before. When a woman arrives with a small wooden carving at the gallery Nicola works at, she can see the object’s history and knows that it was named after the Firebird - the mythical creature from an old Russian fable. Compelled to know more, Nicola follows a young girl named Anna who leads her into the past on a quest through the glittering backdrops of the Jacobites and Russian courts, unearthing a tale of love, courage, and redemption.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful Historical Fiction

  • By Katie - Audible on 06-06-13

An unbelievable ride!!!

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

Reviewed: 11-08-16

excellent narration and story with so many twists and turns and surprises, it takes your breathe away!

  • Dragondrums

  • Harper Hall Trilogy, Volume 3
  • By: Anne McCaffrey
  • Narrated by: Sally Darling
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,731
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,349
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,369

When the voice of Piemur, an apprentice at Harper Hall, changes, he has to leave the companionship of Master Shonagar behind. But his disappointment is soon replaced by a new challenge. He is to enter the service of the Master Harper himself as a rider of dragons. Soon, he embarks on a dangerous mission to the Southern Hold. The future of Pern hangs on his success.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enthralling story

  • By Thomas Aaron Vansant on 10-31-15

Excellent story and narration

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

Reviewed: 11-02-16

This trilogy (Harper) is my favorite of the Pern books and also Sally Darling is my favorite of the Pern narrators for the audio versions.

  • Dragonsong: Harper Hall Trilogy, Volume 1

  • By: Anne McCaffrey
  • Narrated by: Sally Darling
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,899
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,248

Dragonsong is the spellbinding tale of Menolly of Half Circle Hold, a brave young girl who flees her seaside village and discovers the legendary fire lizards of Pern. All her life, Menolly has longed to learn the ancient secrets of the Harpers, the master musicians of Harper Hall. When her stern father denies her the chance to make her dream come true, Menolly runs away from home. Hiding in a cave by the sea, she finds nine magical fire lizards who join her on a breathtaking journey to Harper Hall.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Grandma tells a story

  • By Trisandra Lunanova on 07-22-16

I love the performance

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

Reviewed: 10-28-16

I can't understand why people don't like this narration. if you think it's too slow, listen at 1.2x speed. But honestly it's the other guy who narrates most of the other Pern books that I have trouble with. He just keeps droning on without pausing and makes it difficult for me to follow what's going on. Sally fits this story perfectly and brings it to life.

  • Mrs. Pollifax Unveiled

  • By: Dorothy Gilman
  • Narrated by: Sharon Williams
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 352
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349

Seven weeks ago, a young American woman, Amanda Pym, faced down hijackers on board a flight to the Middle East and saved the lives of more than two hundred passengers. In a blaze of celebrity, she stepped off the plane in Damascus and was whisked away in a waiting car. Since then, NOTHING. The CIA believes she was kidnapped and murdered. Whose plans has the apparently ordinary young woman interfered with? The machinations of the mukhabarat, Syria's dreaded police?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not the performance we are used to hearing.

  • By Lucille 1978 on 02-24-15

why switch narrators!?

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

Reviewed: 07-14-16

while this narrator does a fair job, this is not the voice of Mrs Pollifax! All the other characters and accents are wrong too when you're used to Rosenblatt's performance. I almost disliked this enough to quit listening and return the audiobook. Searching the internet, I do see that Recorded Books does have an audio version performed by Barbara Rosenblatt. Why not get that version for Audible?

  • Clash of Eagles

  • By: Alan Smale
  • Narrated by: Kevin Orton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 114

Set in a world in which the Roman Empire never fell, Clash of Eagles finds Praetor Gaius Marcellinus leading his 33rd Legion into Nova Hesperia. But there his conception of the world is challenged by encounters with the Powhatani, Iroqua, and Cahokiani tribes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Rome invades the United States!

  • By Paul Vasquez on 12-04-18

Interesting concept, captivating story, poor end

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

Reviewed: 07-02-16

Interesting concept, captivating story, but unlikely elements and outrageous and disappointing ending.
I realize it's set up for a sequel, but the ending was so destructive as to destroy any desire to read more. I may attempt the second just to see how he can resurrect the storyline, and because this book ends on such a sour note.

spoilers:

The unlikely elements are flying machines (make it fun though) and Greek fire used by cohkians. Also that their enemies would have been able to capture viking longboats, learn to sail them and the take them all the way from Chesapeake Bay--down around Florida and then up the Mississippi to Illinois in 2 years and build and use siege equipment without Roman/Viking aid and training. That our Roman hero was able to accomplish so many advancements was unlikely enough.

The ending: the good guys army and city were nearly completely destroyed. All of their technological advancements were destroyed and their Roman weapons and armor stolen.
Their defense of the city was pitiful. And Marcelinus ran around ineffectually and ended up a near invalid.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Of Noble Family

  • By: Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi, Robin Miles, Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Length: 15 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141

Jane and Vincent have finally gotten some much-needed rest after their adventures in Italy - then Vincent receives word that his estranged father has passed away on one of his properties in the West Indies. His brother, who manages the estate, is overwhelmed, and no one else in his family can go. Grudgingly, out of filial duty, the couple decide to go.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Masterpiece!

  • By Benjamin on 05-20-15

Excellent save for male narrator's voice

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

Reviewed: 03-17-16

When I first started listening I almost stopped because the male narrator was so distracting, awkward and out of place with the rest of the audio series.
I stuck it out because all previous books had been so excellent. I was eventually able to overlook the disappointing casting choice and ended up quite satisfied despite the fact that I still find his voice ill-suited to the role. Mary Kowal does wonderful as usual. The other woman's voice was superb as well. Story was very well told, captivating, and emitted powerful emotion.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Slow Regard of Silent Things

  • Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2.5
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,027
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,460
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,472

Deep below the University, there is a dark place. Few people know of it: a broken web of ancient passageways and abandoned rooms. A young woman lives there, tucked among the sprawling tunnels of the Underthing, snug in the heart of this forgotten place. Her name is Auri, and she is full of mysteries. The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a brief, bittersweet glimpse of Auri’s life, a small adventure all her own. At once joyous and haunting, this story offers a chance to see the world through Auri’s eyes. And it gives the reader a chance to learn things that only Auri knows.... In this book, Patrick Rothfuss brings us into the world of one of The Kingkiller Chronicle’s most enigmatic characters. Full of secrets and mysteries, The Slow Regard of Silent Things is the story of a broken girl trying to live in a broken world.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Ruined Ari for me

  • By Andrey Barsukov on 06-03-18

Strange and full of wonder

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

Reviewed: 03-07-16

Unfortunately, I had expected the 3rd installment of the King killer Chronicles. but this was a fun surprise. A bittersweet tale of a delightful young woman who's both more wise than all the world and completely insane.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Wise Man's Fear

  • (Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2)
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 42 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 53,296
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 48,578
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 48,612

"My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth your time

  • By Robert on 09-08-11

Fantastic, but we moved to an R rating (erotic)

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

Reviewed: 03-06-16

This book was every bit as well written and entertaining as the last, but where the 1st book would have received a PG or PG-13 rating, this book moved beyond R with many explicit scenes, extended discussions of sexual topics and more and and stronger cursing throughout.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Shadow of What Was Lost

  • The Licanius Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: James Islington
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 25 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,414
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,435
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,399

It has been 20 years since the end of the war. The dictatorial Augurs, once thought of almost as gods, were overthrown and wiped out during the conflict, their much-feared powers mysteriously failing them. Those who had ruled under them, men and women with a lesser ability known as the Gift, avoided the Augurs' fate only by submitting themselves to the rebellion's Four Tenets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely a standout in the fantasy genre

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-29-15

On par with the Epics of Jordan & Sanderson

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

Reviewed: 05-30-15

if you liked Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series or Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn and Stormlight series, this book is for you. Action and Adventure, Complex myths, legends, histories, religions, politics, etc. Layer upon layer of intrigues and suspense. Can't wait to read the next book in the series! Glad I took a chance on this one.