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  • The Wretched of Muirwood

  • Legends of Muirwood, Book 1
  • By: Jeff Wheeler
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,567
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,286

The Wretched of Muirwood, the opening novel in the Muirwood Trilogy, is the tale of the orphan Lia - who is part of a pariah caste known only as the "wretched", a people unloved, unwanted, and destined to a life of servitude. Forbidden to read or write, and forced to slave away in the Abbey kitchen, Lia is all but resigned to her fate. But when an injured squire named Colvin is abandoned at the Abbey kitchen, opportunity arises, and Lia conspires to hide Colvin and change her life forever.…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An unexpected gem

  • By Dylan on 04-17-14

so many things right about this book!

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

I've taken to reading the books that my grandchildren read as well as read books I think they'd like. I've bought this series for my granddaughters.
I love the female lead who shows great courage at the age if 14. She knows her mind and does not become bitter when she is betrayed and looked down upon by others. She learns that love can come from an non-traditional family and the value of hard work.
A young reader can learn much from this book and subsequent series including honesty, integrity, actions vs. consequences, holding on to dreams even when the odds are stacked against you and that far-reaching concept of "it begins with a thought"...thoughts that can bring about good or evil. I highly recommend this book and series for any age.
The narrator is very good. within the first chapter of the book I was convinced the male characters were male.

  • How to Train Your Dragon: How to Twist a Dragon's Tale

  • By: Cressida Cowell
  • Narrated by: David Tennant
  • Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 405
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 375
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367

In the fifth adventure in the How to Train Your Dragon series, someone has stolen the Fire-Stone. Now the volcano on Volcano Island has become active and the tremors are hatching the eggs of the Exterminator dragons! Can Hiccup return the Fire-Stone to the Volcano, stop the Volcano from erupting, and save the Tribes from being wiped out by the terrible sword-claws of the Exterminators?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Excellent Audiobook.

  • By Teresa on 12-15-14

Laogh out loud fun!

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

Reviewed: 04-06-17

What I love: David Tennat has always been a favorite actor of mine. Now he is a favorite narrator! He is brilliant at making this story come alive and fun.
What I don't care for: I would give the whole series an unresounding 5 stars. but I don't like the voice used for toothlwas and the music between chapters can be irritating (although with each subsequent book it seems to improve.