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  • A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

  • A Song of Ice and Fire
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Harry Lloyd
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,468
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,057

Taking place nearly a century before the events of A Game of Thrones, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms compiles the first three official prequel novellas to George R. R. Martin's ongoing masterwork, A Song of Ice and Fire. Before Tyrion Lannister and Podrick Payne, there were Dunk and Egg. A young, naïve, but ultimately courageous hedge knight, Ser Duncan the Tall towers above his rivals - in stature if not experience. Tagging along is his diminutive squire, a boy called Egg - whose true name (hidden from all he and Dunk encounter) is Aegon Targaryen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Martin is a genius

  • By Celeste Albers on 04-26-16

Delight

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

Reviewed: 10-11-15

Enjoyable detour with the usual well crafted characters and unexpected turns I expect from GRRM.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Nightingale

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Polly Stone
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 45,370
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41,105
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 41,038

Audie Award, Fiction, 2016. From the number-one New York Times bestselling author comes Kristin Hannah’s next novel. It is an epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II. She is the author of twenty-one novels. Her previous novels include Home Front, Night Road, Firefly Lane, Fly Away, and Winter Garden.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heroic & Harrowing Work Of Fiction

  • By Sara on 08-21-15

Plot hole alert

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

Reviewed: 05-13-15

Nicely written dialogue, frequent ham fisted metaphors and God help me, horrible creative writing 101 similes, orbiting around a handful of vaguely sketched characters. But my God, the plot holes. Reckless, rather shortsighted and reactionary 18 year old girl caught my resistance members a few seconds after her first overt act of defiance- defacing Nazi propaganda. Immediately introduced to all members of group, shown hideouts and given risky job of distributing resistance leaflets. Because she's shown how clever she is at not getting (immediately) caught. At this first meeting, they also tell her who's printing said leaflets. I mean, really? There were others, but I just felt insulted by this and couldn't keep reading. Felt like teen lit. Actually, still a better story than Twilight.

21 of 29 people found this review helpful

  • All Joy and No Fun

  • The Paradox of Modern Parenthood
  • By: Jennifer Senior
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Senior
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 711
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 617
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 611

Thousands of books have examined the effects of parents on their children. But almost none have thought to ask: What are the effects of children on their parents? In All Joy and No Fun, award-winning journalist Jennifer Senior tries to tackle this question, isolating and analyzing the many ways in which children reshape their parents' lives, whether it's their marriages, their jobs, their habits, their hobbies, their friendships, or their internal senses of self. She argues that changes in the last half century have radically altered the roles of today's mothers and fathers, making their mandates at once more complex and far less clear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful.

  • By Lauren on 02-18-15

All fun.

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

Reviewed: 08-20-14

If you are a parent, you will thank this book for appreciating your efforts in a way your children never will.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Bird Box

  • A Novel
  • By: Josh Malerman
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,951
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,952

Something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remain, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, Malorie has long dreamed of fleeing to a place where her family might be safe. But the journey ahead will be terrifying: 20 miles downriver in a rowboat blindfolded with nothing to rely on but Malorie's wits and the children's trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. And something is following them....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't look!

  • By Lesley on 05-22-14

Ummmmm, not sure.

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

Reviewed: 08-20-14

Tough premise to pull off. And it manages to do it. But not a home run.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

  • By: Susanna Clarke
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 32 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,570
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,256
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,257

English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hang in there!

  • By D. McMillen on 05-31-05

Treat

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

Reviewed: 08-20-14

A delight. Beautiful prose, unfettered imagination, still manages to create convincing characters. Very long, which for me is a plus. Might not be for you.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Water for Elephants

  • By: Sara Gruen
  • Narrated by: David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,044
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,913
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,995

Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Ho Hum

  • By John Riggs on 05-27-12

Contrived

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

Reviewed: 09-30-13

Also, I am a psychologist and this may be pickety but schizophrenics adnothing like the way they are portrayed in this book. Still, an entertaining read.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • World Made by Hand

  • The World Made by Hand Novels, Book 1
  • By: James Howard Kunstler
  • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 405
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 312

The electricity has flickered out. The automobile age is over. In Union Grove, a little town in upstate New York, the future is nothing like people thought it would be. Life is hard and close to the bone. Transportation is slow and dangerous, so food is grown locally at great expense of time and energy, and the outside world is largely unknown. There may be a president, and he may be in Minneapolis now, but people aren’t sure.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A kind of Amish post-apocalypse

  • By David on 06-27-13

Blah

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

Reviewed: 05-18-13

Just not well executed. Bashes you over the head with "how things used to be" and lots of niggling little issues. For example, how come every professional in this book is assisted by " his wife"? Are there no more female dentists in the future? Not worth the energy to ignore the plot holes.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful