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  • The Emerald Talisman

  • By: Brenda Pandos
  • Narrated by: Mary Morgan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

To be normal, 16-year-old Julia Parker would shed her empathic gift in a second. Life has been difficult since her mother's mysterious disappearance ten years earlier - an event she witnessed, but can't remember. Julia's situation becomes more complicated after a near death experience from a blood thirsty stalker. As high school students go missing it is clear there is a connection to her own experience - past and present. Someone has to stop the madness....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoy this series

  • By Michelle Huss on 12-04-12

yawn

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

Reviewed: 11-16-18

For a girl that can't stand lying the protagonist sure does a lot of it. And her solution to almost anything is to give up.

I found the story to be so so but the whiny nature of the protagonist just drove me crazy. She really needs to learn patience and how to forgive.

this book could have been so much better if she hadn't constantly noticed "his perfect eyes" or "his sweet breath", etc.

  • A Hymn Before Battle

  • Legacy of the Aldenata
  • By: John Ringo
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,055
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,631
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,631

With Earth in the path of the rapacious Posleen, the Galactic Federation offers help to the backward humans - for a price. You can protect yourself from your enemies, but God save you from your allies!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Definitive Ringo

  • By james on 03-05-09

To much swearing for an otherwise good story.

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

I know that people in the military swear but this is fiction. can't you please give it down a little? the swearing doesn't add to the story and it is very distracting.

Otherwise the story is fun and fast paced.

  • Wicked

  • The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
  • By: Gregory Maguire
  • Narrated by: John McDonough
  • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,170
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,605
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,655

Heralded as an instant classic of fantasy literature, Maguire has written a wonderfully imaginative retelling of The Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch's point of view. More than just a fairy tale for adults, Wicked is a meditation on the nature of good and evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's not easy being green

  • By Kathleen on 07-30-08

the play was great...

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

Reviewed: 10-28-18

but the book was boring, over sexed, and just annoying. stick with the play and don't bother with the book.

  • Ex-Heroes

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,634
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,656

Stealth. Gorgon. Regenerator. Cerberus. Zzzap. The Mighty Dragon. They were heroes. Vigilantes. Crusaders for justice, using their superhuman abilites to make Los Angeles a better place. Then the plague of living death spread around the globe. Despite the best efforts of the superheroes, the police, and the military, the hungry corpses rose up and overwhelmed the country. The population was decimated, heroes fell, and the city of angels was left a desolate zombie wasteland like so many others.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Superheros, Villians & Zombies... mmm heaven

  • By The Zombie Specialist on 08-16-13

please remove the swearing and sexual crap.

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

I thought I bought SciFi and not romance or erotica. I get so tired of the abuse of language and sexuality that does nothing to improve a story. a story that would have been much better without the inappropriate language.

  • Dragonvein: Book Four

  • By: Brian D. Anderson
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,474
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,375
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,372

The Eternal Emperor Shinzan continues to gather his strength. And the power he will unleash is beyond the imaginings of the spirits themselves. No army can stand against him. There is only one who can give Lumnia the freedom she has craved for so long. Only one who can save the world from being consumed by the Emperor's evil. But will it be Ethan who faces him? Or will it be Martok?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • had been a long time between book 4 an book 3

  • By Frank on 01-06-18

Great story but almost ruined by erotic material

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

The story is great. I love the series. But everyone I hear about swelling manhood i want to puke.

I bought a fantasy book not an erotic book. Keep the crap out of the story. It degrades the work and slows down the story.

I get that these people love each other. That is very obvious. But there is no need to get pornographic in your descriptions.

I had thought to let my kids read these stories but now.....

  • Dragonvein: Book Two

  • By: Brian D. Anderson
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,585
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,406
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,407

With new friends and allies fighting by his side, Ethan Dragonvein must find a way to overcome the might of the Eternal Emperor Shinzan. As the voices of the dragons call to him, he is driven to seek them out in the faint hope that they can help him fulfill his destiny and save the people of Lumnia. But he must hurry. Shinzan has not been idle and moves swiftly to crush this fledgling mage before he can become a challenge to his power.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book

  • By PH on 10-19-16

Great part 2

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

Reviewed: 05-26-18

I thought this was an excellent second book except for the large amount of swearing. I was thinking of having my kids read this series but with all the swearing in the volume they will not be reading it for a long time.

The story is well thought out and quite well written. I am anxious to see where it goes. I just hope book 3 has less language. there really is no need for it and it does not help the story at all.

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  • Dominion

  • By: C. S. Friedman
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 2 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1,496
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,316
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1,326

Four hundred years after mankind's arrival on Erna, the undead sorcerer Gerald Tarrant travels north in search of a legend. For it is rumored there is a forest where the fae has become so powerful that it devours all who enter it, and he means to test its power.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Warning, vampires within!

  • By Darcy Conroy on 07-27-12

Way too short and not enough detail.

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

The story read more like a prologue to a different story. It was way too short and never really went anywhere.

It was interesting but I am not sure if I will bother reading any sequels.

  • The Final Spark

  • Michael Vey, Book 7
  • By: Richard Paul Evans
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 988
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 896
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 891

The final book in the Michael Vey series opens with the Electroclan facing a devastating loss: Michael is missing. He made the ultimate sacrifice to save his friends, and now he's gone. What is next for them and the revolution? The battle on the island of Hades ended with a devastating explosion that left the island a smoking ruin and much of Hatch's army dead. However, Hatch survived, and while his plans have certainly suffered a setback, he's more determined than ever to bring the world's governments under his control.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great!!

  • By Richard Fisher on 09-13-17

Sad to see it end.

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

Reviewed: 10-04-17

Good ending to a good series. It was a little rushed, but good and a solid ending.

Sorry to see the series end.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 158,796
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 146,556
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 146,395

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Great story

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

Reviewed: 09-30-17

I watched the movie Amd loved it. So I figured I would read the book. A very good story.

The only thing that would have improved it was to remove to constant swearing. there was no reason for so many F-bombs or most of the other swearing.

I can not, in good conscience, allow my children to read this. And it was not needed to enhance the story. I wish authors would realize this and cut it out.

  • Alcatraz Versus the Scrivener's Bones

  • Alcatraz, Book 2
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Ramon De Ocampo
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,670
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,533
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,537

Brandon Sanderson won instant acclaim with young listeners for the first volume of his humorous and action-packed Alcatraz series, Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians. In his second adventure, Alcatraz has his hands full with a Scrivener’s Bone - a half-human, half-machine assassin - pursuing him. And if that’s not enough, Alcatraz receives word that his father is in mortal danger. Now it’s up to Alcatraz and a quirky band of his relatives to mount a daring rescue.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The sequel was also quite good!

  • By Joe on 07-20-12

Wonderful book. Love this series.

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

Reviewed: 08-28-17

Great story with a well planned twist ending. Again I love how Brandon is able to tell an entertaining story while mocking the craft of writing and do it in a way that hurts my cheeks as I smile through the entire story.