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  • Rise of Empire

  • Riyria Revelations, Volume 2
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 26 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,070
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,808
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,797

Best-selling author Michael J. Sullivan’s mesmerizing Riyria Revelations series has found a welcome home with fans of magic, clashing swords, and daring heroes. This second volume finds Royce and Hadrian on a quest to enlist the southern Nationalists to aid the ever-weakening kingdom of Melengar. Royce suspects an ancient wizard is manipulating them all, but to find the truth he’ll have to decipher Hadrian’s past—a past Hadrian wants to keep secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great continuation of the first book. Tons of fun!

  • By Adnan on 05-30-12

Loved it.

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

Reviewed: 04-02-19

Sometimes, sequels don't add up to the first of the series. In the case of Mr. Sullivan's "Riyria Revelations", this not so. Volume 2 is just as exciting as is the first volume. The characters are fully fleshed out by now and each has his or her own path in this volume culminating in a great ending. As with the first volume, I look forward to volume 3 and expect an equally exciting story by a great story teller.

  • Theft of Swords

  • Riyria Revelations, Volume 1
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 22 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,800
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,288
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,269

Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A GOOD START TO A SERIES

  • By Randall on 12-24-18

Excellent Story

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

I chose this book on a whim and I was very pleasantly surprised at how good it is. The story is first rate as is the narration. Mr. Sullivan proved to be a master story teller and I believe if we were all sitting around listening to him tell a tale, no one would leave until he was done. Mr. Reynolds' narration is spot on as well. Excellent narration. I'm a fan.

  • War of the Wolf

  • A Novel
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Matt Bates
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,420
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,307
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,304

While Uhtred might have regained his family’s fortress, it seems a peaceful life is not to be - as he is under threat from both an old enemy and a new foe. The old enemy comes from Wessex, where a dynastic struggle will determine who will be the next king. And the new foe is Sköll, a Norseman, whose ambition is to be king of Northumbria and who leads a frightening army of wolf-warriors, men who fight half-crazed in the belief they are indeed wolves. Uhtred, believing he is cursed, must fend off one enemy while he tries to destroy the other. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not the End

  • By Nicole Porter on 10-04-18

Does not disappoint

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

Bernard Cornwell once again proves why he is such a great story teller. The saga of Uhtred of Bebbanburg continues. Uhtred is now 66 years old but still a formidable foe for anyone. While this book doesn't feature as many battles as some did in the past, what is there is a superb tale of Lord Uhtred doing what a Lord must do to preserve his lands and avenge the death of XXXXXX. I don't want to spoil it for you.

Matt Bates' narration is spot on and is believable as Lord Uhtred.

The Saxon Tales is my favorite series by Mr. Cornwell and I often re read the series. The series takes place in Dark Age Britain where not a lot is known as there are very few written records. Mr. Cornwell takes real people (except Lord Uhtred) and real facts as we know them, then masterfully weaves the two into a tale that is exciting and believable. The only bad part is that now I have to wait for the next novel.

  • Ancient Mesopotamia

  • Life in the Cradle of Civilization
  • By: The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Professor Amanda H. Podany PhD
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308

Mesopotamia is the ancient name for the region that is now Iraq, a remarkably advanced civilization that flourished for two-thirds of the time that civilization has existed on Earth. Mesopotamians mastered irrigation agriculture; built the first complex urban societies; developed writing, literature, and law; and united vast regions through warfare and diplomacy. While civilizations like Greece and Rome have an unbroken tradition of written histories, the rich history of Mesopotamia has only been recently rediscovered, thanks to the decipherment of Mesopotamia's cuneiform writing less than 200 years ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Time with a great scholar & fantastic lecturer

  • By John G. Sharp on 07-14-18

Great

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

Before this course, I knew practically nothing about Mesopotamia but always was curious about it. Having listened to this course, I am better informed about it and motivated to learn even more about the history of that area. Dr. Podany's narration was clear and understandable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works

  • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
  • Length: 24 hrs and 53 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 990
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 907
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 889

Over the centuries, orchestral music has given us a category of works that stand apart as transcendent expressions of the human spirit. What are these "greatest of the greats"? Find out in these 32 richly detailed lectures that take you on a sumptuous grand tour of the symphonic pieces that continue to live at the center of our musical culture.These 30 masterworks form an essential foundation for any music collection and a focal point for understanding the orchestral medium and deepening your insight into the communicative power of music.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If they cut off both hands, I will compose music..

  • By Kristi R. on 02-01-15

Wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 07-19-18

What a treat! I love music but am not a student of music. Mr. Greenburg took me on a journey through these works and through the background of the composers themselves. He also set each work in the time of their composition bringing together the composer's lives and political and economic times along with the works themselves. Then he gives a lecture on the components of the pieces. I love all 30 works and now I understand what it is about them that I like. I am still not a student of music, but now I have a greater understanding of these musical masterpieces and look forward to listening to his other course.

  • The Society of the Sword Trilogy

  • By: Duncan M. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 31 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,935
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,595
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,585

When Soren is plucked from the streets and given a place at the prestigious academy of swordsmanship, he thinks his dream of being a great swordsman has become a possibility. However, with great intrigues unfolding all around him, Soren discovers that he is little more than a pawn to the ambitions of others.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Series Overall, but seemed Rushed

  • By Daniel on 10-15-17

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

I wasn't sure I would like this book but after listening to and enjoying the sequel, I thought I'd give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised at how good it is. The story never slowed or became dull but always left me wishing I had more time to listen to it. Mr. Perkins narration was spot on and it was easy to forget it was being narrated at all. His inflections and voice moved with the characters and moment as if there were more than one narrator. My only wish is that there were more books by Mr. Hamilton as I am now a huge fan of his.

  • The Circle of Ceridwen

  • The Circle of Ceridwen Saga, Book 1
  • By: Octavia Randolph
  • Narrated by: Nano Nagle
  • Length: 21 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 705
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 646
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 639

It is the year 871, when England was Angle-Land. Of seven Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, five have fallen to the invading Vikings. No trait is more valued than loyalty, and no possession more precious than one's steel. Across this war-torn landscape travels 15-year-old Ceridwen, now thrust into the lives of the conquerors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I feel like I've waited FOREVER for this day!

  • By bluestategirl on 01-05-17

Could not finish

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

Reviewed: 02-20-18

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I tried to like this book but could not. The narration was delivered in monotone and without performance so I quickly bored with the story. I listened to about 1/3 of it before giving up on it.

  • Great Classic Stories

  • 22 Unabridged Classics
  • By: Alphonse Daudet, Saki, Oscar Wilde
  • Narrated by: Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry, Barbara Leigh-Hunt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 99

A treasure-chest of the written and spoken word, this collection is read by brilliant actors who make this audio anthology a genuine treat for the listener.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable listen

  • By Wendy on 10-22-09

Deliciously good

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

Reviewed: 02-07-18

Would you consider the audio edition of Great Classic Stories to be better than the print version?

Great stories that make you want to listen to them from your easy chair by the fire with a hot beverage and a big bowl of buttered popcorn at hand. Cozy stories from Victorian England thereabouts and narrated by British actors you know. Nigel Hawthorne, Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie for three. Each one is delightful and paints a word picture of life in Olde England.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

They are all second to none.

  • Fools and Mortals

  • A Novel
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Thomas Judd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321

In the heart of Elizabethan England, Richard Shakespeare dreams of a glittering career in one of the London playhouses, a world dominated by his older brother, William. But he is a penniless actor, making ends meet through a combination of a beautiful face, petty theft, and a silver tongue. As William's star rises, Richard's onetime gratitude is souring, and he is sorely tempted to abandon family loyalty.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging

  • By Jean on 02-12-18

Not your typical Bernard Cornwell novel

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

Reviewed: 02-05-18

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I am a huge Bernard Cornwell fan and I wanted to like this novel. But I'm afraid I did not. Now having said that, I didn't like it because it is not his typical novel. I prefer the Saxon Tales and others like it. While I did give this novel a sort of okay review, please do not pass up reading it solely on my review as it is my opinion and not fact.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Blood Debt

  • Wolf of the North, Book 3
  • By: Duncan M. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,429
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,299
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,286

A blade fit for a hero. An army for a tyrant. A reckoning long awaited, and a tale reaching its end. The riveting conclusion to the Wolf of the North trilogy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Most Unsatisfying Ending

  • By Sailfish on 02-01-18

Exellent Series

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

Reviewed: 02-02-18

Where does The Blood Debt rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

While book two was a disappointment in the style it was written, book three returns to the exciting style of the first book.