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  • Jade City

  • The Green Bone Saga, Book 1
  • By: Fonda Lee
  • Narrated by: Andrew Kishino
  • Length: 19 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304

Award-winning author Fonda Lee explodes onto the adult fantasy scene with Jade City, an epic saga reminiscent of The Godfather with magic and kung fu, set in an Asia-inspired fantasy metropolis. Jade is the lifeblood of the island of Kekon. It has been mined, traded, stolen, and killed for - and for centuries, honorable Green Bone warriors like the Kaul family have used it to enhance their magical abilities and defend the island from foreign invasion. Now, the war is over and a new generation of Kauls vies for control of Kekon's bustling capital city.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully realized world, vivid characters; makes you think

  • By Ken Schneyer on 03-24-18

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

One of my favorites lately. I loved the world she created and the characters in it. The gang-like jade families felt traditional and modern at the same time. The pace kept moving forward nicely without fluff that I didn't care about. No romance, though there were relationships. I liked it better than her other books. I'm looking forward to the next one.

  • The Shadow Weave

  • Spell Weaver Series, Book 2
  • By: Annette Marie
  • Narrated by: Melissa Moran, Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

Clio might be a nymph living in exile among humans. And she might possess the rare ability to mimic any magic she sees. And she might have just seriously ticked off the most powerful family of spell weavers in the Underworld. But she is not in love with an incubus. Lyre is the rebellious black sheep of the Weaver family, and he's the only reason she survived her recent Underworld "vacation". He's also the sexiest thing she's ever seen. Together, they have to track down a catastrophically dangerous magic - a magic he created, she sort of stole, and they both lost.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mostly good

  • By Sarah on 06-15-18

Mostly good

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

Reviewed: 06-15-18

Overall, the book is mostly enjoyable. There's lots of action which keeps it interesting. What's really disappointing is the number of times that the main character acts like a dimwit. I can't understand it. There are many times where she's extremely skilled and defeats enemies with ease. Then there's other times that she sounds like a whiny naive child, or just stands there doing nothing while watching things go horribly wrong, or doesn't use the powers we were previously told she possesses. Why can't we get a female character who is consistently smart and capable, especially from a female author? There should be challenges and failures along the way of course, but not because the character acts like a different person. This was portrayed in both the writing and the female narration. It was frustrating to listen to some parts. The whiny parts were the worst.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Pale Horse

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192

When an elderly priest is murdered, the killer searches the victim so roughly that his already ragged cassock is torn in the process. What was the killer looking for? And what had a dying woman confided to the priest on her deathbed only hours earlier? Mark Easterbrook and his sidekick, Ginger Corrigan, are determined to find out. Maybe the three women who run The Pale Horse public house - and who are rumored to practice the "Dark Arts" - can provide some answers....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A tricky one, but very well delivered

  • By rspragg on 07-29-16

One of my favorite Agatha Christie books

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

Reviewed: 03-19-18

This was great, a bit different than her other books in several ways. Nice to have a change from her usual detectives.

  • Alive: Book One of the Generations Trilogy

  • By: Scott Sigler
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,174
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,090
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,085

A teenage girl awakens to find herself trapped in a coffin. She has no idea who she is, where she is, or how she got there. Fighting her way free brings little relief - she discovers only a room lined with caskets and a handful of equally mystified survivors. Beyond their room lies a corridor filled with bones and dust but no people and no answers. She knows only one thing about herself - her name, M. Savage, which was engraved on the foot of her coffin. She finds herself in charge. She is not the biggest among them or the boldest, but for some reason the others trust her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • worth two credits!!!

  • By Spamy Jr. on 07-15-15

Tedious and juvenile

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

Reviewed: 12-31-17

I was really surprised at how bad this was considering all the good reviews. I only lasted a couple hours in and could tell it wasn't getting any better. The writing was simplistic and the characters were not smart. (I've enjoyed many YA novels, so that shouldn't be an issue.) I expected something fast paced and exciting. Instead I got a bunch of teens standing around paralyzed by indecision and admiring their bodies. I didn't enjoy the prolonged descriptions of the tight, too small clothing on their so-called beautiful bodies, their admiration of their grown breasts, their 'firm legs', etc. Way too much time was spent on this to the point of making the author sound creepy. The main character was dumbstruck by a good looking boy while she should have been thinking about breaking out of the catacomb to save her life. It was very tedious to listen to the repetitive and simplistic thoughts of the main character and similar descriptions of the environment. There was no action. The stood in a room, then stood in a hallway, then walked forever. It could have been very gripping if written differently.

  • Hunting Prince Dracula

  • By: Kerri Maniscalco
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 593
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 554
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551

Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper's true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe's best schools of forensic medicine...and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good

  • By dhouses on 10-23-17

Didn't enjoy quite as much as the first one

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

Reviewed: 10-16-17

I remember enjoying the first book more. I think this one was more focused on romance. There was a lot of her thinking that Thomas was trying to control her, she didn't want to be controlled, classmates/teachers not taking her seriously, did she love him, did he love her, etc. But was an ok book to read, especially around Halloween time. The description of the castle, secret passages, tunnels, etc were good.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Berkley Street

  • Berkley Street Series, Book 1
  • By: Ron Ripley
  • Narrated by: Thom Bowers
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 503
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 452
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 452

Shane Ryan returns to Nashua and the childhood memories that drove him to join the Marines. After a prolonged legal battle with his aunt and uncle, Shane has possession of the family home where his parents disappeared over 20 years ago. The house, a monstrous castle filled with ghosts and secrets, is more alive than its inhabitants.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly entertaining!!

  • By tcrow510 on 12-19-16

Lackluster

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

Reviewed: 08-29-17

I was expecting something great based on the reviews, but I didn't get into this at all. I found it dull, not scary. I stopped listening with a couple of hours left. I don't get why so many people liked this.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service

  • A Royal Spyness Mystery, Book 11
  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,822
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,640
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,616

When Darcy runs off on another secret assignment, I am left to figure out how to travel to Italy sans maid and chaperone to help my dear friend Belinda, as she awaits the birth of her baby alone. An opportunity presents itself in a most unexpected way - my cousin the queen is in need of a spy to attend a house party in the Italian lake country. The Prince of Wales and the dreadful Mrs. Simpson have been invited, and Her Majesty is anxious to thwart a possible secret wedding.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Still good fun!

  • By Dylan on 08-03-17

Great, as always

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

Reviewed: 08-29-17

I always enjoy the books in this series. Reminded me a bit of 'Clue'. A fun murder mystery that is not scary. The killer was pretty obvious, but it didn't really bother me. I enjoy hearing about the characters and lifestyle. I was very happy to find there wasn't much of Queenie in this one. Looking forward to the next one.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Tempest

  • Red Winter Series, Book 2
  • By: Annette Marie
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158

In the mesmerizing sequel to Red Winter, Emi can no longer hide within the safety of the shrines. The goddess has charged her with a new task, one that will take her deep into the perilous realm of yokai. Shiro is her guide and protector, yet his confusing, captivating allure is a danger of its own. With the fate of the world in her mortal hands, she cannot falter, but is she strong enough to sacrifice everything - including him?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another whirlwind of fantasy, romance, brilliant plot, and adventure!

  • By kristias on 03-14-18

Loved this!

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

Reviewed: 03-01-17

This second book was better than the first! More action, more interesting characters, etc. The ending was not a cliff hanger, but I can't wait for the next in the series.

  • Ender's Game

  • Special 20th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,531
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,026
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,262

Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Enderverse

  • By Joe on 06-13-05

Surprisingly good

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

Reviewed: 01-08-17

I was a little worried about this book because it looked like it might only be interesting to video game players and boys. I'm neither of those things. But the book was very good, with a lot of continuous action. It was mostly about the young boy who is the chosen one to be a commander against alien forces, but does not focus much on the aliens. Mainly the struggle of him building relationships when he's an outsider, learning to be a leader, solve problems, and overcome challenging situations.

I really enjoyed the book. I anxiously awaited what would happen next for most of the book. There was a side story about his brother and sister, which I didn't really care for, and I could have done without the very ending. I felt it concluded way before the book officially ended, and I didn't care for the last part that didn't seem to fit with the flow of the rest of the book. I don't plan to get the next book because it sounds like it would be more similar to the parts of this book that didn't interest me, but I'm glad I read this one.

  • Red Winter

  • Red Winter, Book 1
  • By: Annette Marie
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 395
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 360

Emi is the kamigakari. In a few short months, her life as a mortal will end, and her new existence as the human host of a goddess will begin. Carefully hidden from those who would destroy her, she has prepared her mind, body, and soul to unite with the goddess - and not once has she doubted her chosen fate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very fun

  • By Sarah on 01-08-17

Very fun

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

Reviewed: 01-08-17

Emi is a kamigakari for Amaterasu. This basically means that she has dedicated her life to be a vessel for a this god-like being to be able to descend and have a presence on the Earth.

The first few hours were less exciting as we hear about how she has been keeping herself pure by hiding away in various shrines, praying, not eating anything exciting, not doing anything risky, not having friends or going near boys, etc.

She has been happy keeping herself pure all of her life, but at some point near the solstice ceremony when the kami will descend into her body, she finds out some information and changes her mind. This is where the story picks up. She starts doing more dangerous things, meeting interesting characters, learning information, and having adventures. She build allies and enemies, has to fight for her life, and has to make tough decisions.

I really enjoyed the book. I loved the characters that were introduced and their magical powers. There are two love interests, but no relationship yet. The main character is relatable (other than her initial purity), and is not making stupid decisions left and right like I have found in a lot of other books. While she’s just 18, I didn’t find her to be too immature either. (I am in my late thirties.)

We are introduced to various gods, beings, and realms from Japanese myth/religion. This was new and interesting to me. It was a little hard to follow all of the names for them because they sound similar, but I followed enough to know most of what was going on. I liked that it was different than typical angels, demons, shape shifters, etc in a lot of books. We didn’t start out knowing the relationship or allies between these beings, but learn things as we go, and it’s not always what was expected.

I really loved the author’s previous series, so I’m not surprised that I enjoyed this book too. Her books are strong in character development, world building, friendships and romance, and enough action to keep things going. The ending left off when I really wanted to keep hearing the story, but at least it wasn’t really a cliff hanger. Now I will wait for the next!

The narrator was good. I've heard her in other books, so wasn't concerned. My only complaint is that some of her male voices in this one sounded a bit like Grover from Sesame Street.

49 of 52 people found this review helpful