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  • A Discovery of Witches

  • A Novel
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,876
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,372
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,418

Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A most terrific & non-typical treatment of Witches

  • By Neal on 04-17-14

This is Twilight in disguise

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

Reviewed: 07-04-16

Started out pretty interesting for the first few minutes of listening and then turned into Twilight with a quickness.

If you like Twilight, then probably buy this book. As someone who doesn't like Twilight, this book was not for me.

  • Dragonvein, Book One

  • By: Brian D. Anderson
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,878
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,580
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,584

Carentan, France, 1944 - Ethan Martin, a soldier in the 101st Airborne, is fighting for his life. But soon he will learn what peril truly is when he is ripped from his world and transported to a land of magic, swords, and dragons. And though the Nazis are now far, far away, danger is closer than ever.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Story but very light on in details.

  • By Kindle Customer on 07-16-15

This book is basically Eragon

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

Reviewed: 02-16-16

After finishing this book I was left feeling a bit underwhelmed. Everything from the characters to the general story arc reminded me forcefully of books like Eragon.

I have not read any of the followup books in this series, and don't as of now intend to, so it might get better. I wouldn't know.

I would advise skipping this if you have read other books of this genre as you will most likely wind up with the sensation of having re-read an older book.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Blade Itself

  • The First Law: Book One
  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 22 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,351
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,045
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,056

Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Violent, Ironic, and Absorbing Epic Fantasy Noir

  • By Jefferson on 01-30-13

The book/series Game of Thrones could have been

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

Reviewed: 08-05-13

I really feel that this book/series is what Game of Thrones could have been. It has all of the elements I enjoyed from George Martin's series, with none of the things that made me want to never read a book again as long as I live.

Joe Abercrombie does a stellar job of getting you interested in a vibrant world full of colorful characters. None of them are perfect, and all of them are as easy to detest as to love.

If you enjoyed Game of Thrones, or like me you wanted to and just couldn't, then this is the book for you.

  • The Count of Monte Cristo

  • By: Alexandre Dumas
  • Narrated by: Bill Homewood
  • Length: 52 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,406
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,011
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,012

On the eve of his marriage to the beautiful Mercedes, having that very day been made captain of his ship, the young sailor Edmond Dantès is arrested on a charge of treason, trumped up by jealous rivals. Incarcerated for many lonely years in the isolated and terrifying Chateau d'If near Marseille, he meticulously plans his brilliant escape and extraordinary revenge.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This is the one to spend 50 hours listening to!

  • By james on 03-05-13

Excellent classic that everyone should read.

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

Reviewed: 03-19-12

An epic tale of revenge, The Count of Monte Cristo is one of the most fun books I have read in some time.

The narration was skillfully performed, and the narrators voice sold me on this version of the book. HOWEVER by the time I finished the book the sound of his mouth had me squirming. He kept making squishy mouth noises throughout the book, which was likely related in some way to the mic.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful