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  • Mistress of Magic

  • The Mists of Avalon: Book 1
  • By: Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 858
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 513
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 519

In the tradition of T.H. White's The Once and Future King, the author makes use of the prerequisites of the Arthurian legend: Excalibur, the Holy Grail, Lancelet's illicit love for Gwenhwyfar, the destruction of Camelot, but with a twist - she presents the entire panoramic story from the female point of view.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Narration-Frustrating Hatchet Job

  • By leslie on 01-26-10

Get the full book

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1 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 11-25-18

Get the full book, not the parts. Also, be aware Audible may not allow you to return this book if you get the full one.

  • The Skeleton Paints a Picture

  • A Family Skeleton Mystery, Book 4
  • By: Leigh Perry
  • Narrated by: Katina Kalin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

Sid and Georgia make plans for a cozy semester together, and it might have worked out that way if Sid hadn't snuck out in the middle of the night to play in the snow and spotted a crashed car. When he drags Georgia out to investigate, they find the driver behind the wheel, apparently dead from the collision. Initially, police think it's an accident, so Georgia and Sid think that's the end of it - until Georgia finds out the body hits closer to home than she'd realized....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Less use of ridiculous grammar would help story.

  • By Ivy on 09-03-18

Stands skull & scapula above other cozy mysteries!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-14-17

I **really** look forward to each installment of this series as each book is fresh and clever. Dr. Georgia Thackery is the main character and she works as is an adjunct professor which is clever because her career keeps her moving around and the setting fresh. Sid is her partner and just happens to be an animated skeleton. Don’t knock it, it works. I often read the synopsis of paranormal mysteries and am pretty skeptical as to how well it is really going to work and pass on them. In this case, the character of Sid really works well and integral to the storyline. In The Skeleton Paints a Picture, Georgia takes a position at a small art school wherein lays a dead body and students who are having their digital art stolen. The investigation is fun and timely.

I like the audio edition of this book because Katina Kalin does a perfect job of narration. With all the tensions of the real world, the combination of her as a narrator and the adventures of Georgia and Sid is a welcome refuge. I look forward each fall to hearing her read books in The Family Skeleton serious. The downside is I binge listen and have too long a wait for both the next book in the series. Katina Kalin also has narrated some Judith Tarr books including Writing Horses: The Fine Art of Getting It Right which looks pretty interesting. Currently, there is an attractive deal for buying the Kindle and Audible editions.

  • Unbelievable

  • My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History
  • By: Katy Tur
  • Narrated by: Katy Tur
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,683
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,465
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,453

The NBC journalist who covered - and took fire from - Donald Trump on the campaign trail offers an inside look at the most shocking presidential election in American history. Intriguing, disturbing, and powerful, Unbelievable is an unprecedented eyewitness account of the 2016 election from an intelligent, dedicated journalist at the center of it - a thoughtful historical record that offers eye-opening insights and details on our political process, the media, and the mercurial 45th president of the United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ENLIGHTENING WITH MUCH HUMOR -LIKE YOU WERE THERE

  • By v2o777 on 09-18-17

This was a compulsive book.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-16-17

I listened on this on the way to and from work. While was nothing "explosive" in it for anyone who does not live under a rock or is a drinker of orange Kool-Aide, I found her story interesting. I look forward to seeing more of Katy Tur on TV and hope she has time to write or at least narrate other current event books.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A History of Hitler's Empire, 2nd Edition

  • By: Thomas Childers, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Thomas Childers
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338

Know thy enemy. That's what the wisdom of history teaches us. And Adolf Hitler was surely the greatest enemy ever faced by modern civilization. Over half a century later, the horror, fascination, and questions still linger: How could a man like Hitler and a movement like Nazism come to power in 20th-century Germany – an industrially developed country with a highly educated population? How were the Nazis able to establish the foundations of a totalitarian regime in such a short time and hurl all of Europe – and the world – into a devastating war that would consume so many millions of lives? Professor Childers has designed this gripping 12-lecture course to shed light on these and other questions that have plagued generations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Forewarned is Forearmed

  • By Dana Keish on 07-01-14

This would be OK if you know little about Hitler

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-30-16

As a lecturer, Childers has some odd speech patterns that may put people off and I had the feeling his books may be better. I just finished reading the lecture notes which were good at reinforcing the lectures.

Overall, I was not satisfied with the lectures but when I bought them, I thought that could happen as 12 lectures aren't enough for such an important time in history. I learned a little but not a great deal. I have many lectures from The Great Courses and this may be the weakest one I have encountered.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Very First Damned Thing

  • An Author-Read Audio Exclusive
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Jodi Taylor
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,587
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,320
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,309

Jodi Taylor reads the long-awaited prequel in her Chronicles of St Mary’s series, as Dr Bairstow struggles to set up St Mary’s as we know it in a world still scarred by the ravages of civil war. Ever wondered how it all began? It’s two years since the final victory at the Battersea Barricades. The fighting might be finished, but for Dr Bairstow, just now setting up St Mary's, the struggle is only beginning. How will he assemble his team? From where will his funding come?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the story. The narration was ehh...

  • By Krista on 12-09-15

Entertaining story and I liked the narrator

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-30-16

The Very First Damned Thing is an interesting story. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had read or listened to the other books in the series which I plan on doing. I have no idea why others complain about the narrator - she did a fine job. I give Jodi Taylor bonus points for being the author and am disappointed she does not read the entire series.

  • Classical Mythology

  • By: Elizabeth Vandiver, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Vandiver
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,679
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,492
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,480

These 24 lectures are a vibrant introduction to the primary characters and most important stories of classical Greek and Roman mythology. Among those you'll investigate are the accounts of the creation of the world in Hesiod's Theogony and Ovid's Metamorphoses; the gods Zeus, Apollo, Demeter, Persephone, Hermes, Dionysos, and Aphrodite; the Greek heroes, Theseus and Heracles (Hercules in the Roman version); and the most famous of all classical myths, the Trojan War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the Facts behind the Myth

  • By Joshua on 11-05-13

This is a fresh and brilliant set of lectures.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-16

I decided to listen to this set of lectures after reading Jo Walton's The Just City. It had been sitting in my digital library for a couple of years for no reason other than I was waiting for the perfect time to delve into it.

In the back of my mind, I was thinking it would be a set of lectures along the lines of Bullfinch's Mythology. While there were plenty of myths discussed, the strength of this series is the historical context and intriguing analysis Elizabeth Vandiver put forth. Moreover, I was fascinated by her presentation. She has a marvelous handle on the English language and is brilliant. I found myself often surprised by the myths and in particular, the curse of the House of Atreus. I read the lecture notes that came along with the lectures and found them very helpful as I know very little about the classic world.

  • The Greatest Controversies of Early Christian History

  • By: Bart D. Ehrman, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Bart D. Ehrman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376

In this course, an award-winning professor and New York Times best-selling author offers a penetrating investigation of the 24 most pivotal Christian controversies, shedding light on fallacies that obscure an accurate view of the religion and how it evolved into what it is today. In each lecture, you'll delve deeply into a key issue in Christianity's early development. Explore intriguing questions in this unique inquiry into the core of Christian tradition.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A remarkable look at early Christianity.

  • By Kate on 09-11-16

A remarkable look at early Christianity.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-11-16

This is the second set of lectures I have listened to by Professor Bart D. Ehrman. The lectures were excellent. My time was well spent in familiarizing myself with the various controversies such as was Jesus really born in Bethlehem (unlikely) or that contrary to what many modern readers think, the Book of Revelation is not unique and the subject was the Roman Empire.

This book is not for all people - some have no interest in ancient history and for others, their faith may make this too sensitive a topic. Ehrman states early on:

"In these lectures, we will approach controversies of early Christianity not from the perspective of faith but from the perspective of history. We will not deny or affirm Christian belief or the approach to the Bible by faith; instead, we will take the approach of the historian— one who tries to reconstruct what actually happened in the past without assuming any particular faith commitments.

You may or may not feel that the conclusions we reach about controversial issues will have any bearing on your faith. But the fact that so many issues have been in dispute in Christianity from the earliest days of the faith is interesting in itself. What makes Christianity so subject to controversy on so many points? Why have those issues persisted for so long, and why have they so often been divisive? As we look for ways to resolve the disputes that are the subject of this course, we’ll look for answers to those fundamental questions, as well

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Aurora

  • By: Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Narrated by: Ali Ahn
  • Length: 16 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,496
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,313
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,310

A major new novel from one of science fiction's most powerful voices, Aurora tells the incredible story of our first voyage beyond the solar system. Brilliantly imagined and beautifully told, it is the work of a writer at the height of his powers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful

  • By ewreirct on 07-14-15

Refreshing hard sf novel.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-16

Who was your favorite character and why?

The AI was the most interesting character.

Any additional comments?

Aurora is my first exposure to Kim Stanley Robinson's work. For some reason, I had the vague impression he was more fluff than substance. While looking for novels to read for the Hugos, I noticed Auro cropped up on the goodreads Choice Awards, Locus Online's 2015 Locus Recommended Reading List, and the NESFA 2015 Hugo Recommendations list. Figuring that I maybe I had the wrong impression, I decided to get the Audible edition to listen while driving into work.

I found Aurora to be an an extraordinary hard SF novel. There is a great deal of detail in this novel and the central problem concerns the difficulties of planning and executing generational ship travel. I don't want add spoilers and will only say that the plot was refreshing. I particularly like the development of the AI's character.

If Aurora, The Water Knife, and Seveneves make the short list for the Hugos, it is going to be hard for me to decide which one to vote for as number 1. I also have several other books (The Fifth Season, The Just City, Chasing the Phoenix and The Grace of Kings to name a few) I plan on reading this spring as well and suspect my decision will not get any easier.

My only regret is that there was not a better deal so that I could switch between an ebook edition and the audio version. I don't want writers ripped off but there should be some sort of middle ground for people like me who are happiest when switching between formats. I like having something to listen to while I commute but I miss not being able to also read when I am not driving.

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  • Something Wicked This Way Comes

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Kevin Foley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 350
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 283
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 287

Cooger & Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show has come to Green Town, Illinois, to destroy every life touched by its strange and sinister mystery. And two inquisitive boys standing precariously on the brink of adulthood will soon discover the secret of the satanic raree-show's mazes and mirrors, as they learn all too well the heavy cost of wishes and the stuff of nightmares.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Classic Come to Life

  • By Kiran Vakamudi on 12-22-10

Interesting premised ruined by purple prose.

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

Reviewed: 10-22-15

What did you like best about Something Wicked This Way Comes? What did you like least?

The cover art was nice. The narrator was OK.

Would you ever listen to anything by Ray Bradbury again?

Maybe. I have one other of his books in my library but I don't look forward to it.

Which scene was your favorite?

The ending.

Do you think Something Wicked This Way Comes needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No.

Any additional comments?

This is the second Bradbury book I really wanted to like and the basic plot was innovative but I dislike his prose style. This is one of the few examples I can think of where the movie is better than the novel.

  • The Cold Dish

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,563
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,542

Introducing Wyoming's Sheriff Walt Longmire in this riveting novel from the New York Times best-selling author of Dry Bones, the first in the Longmire series, the basis for the hit Netflix original series Longmire. Johnson draws on his deep attachment to the American West to produce a literary mystery of stunning authenticity, full of memorable characters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Your Ordinary Western Novel (Series)

  • By Dataman on 09-12-12

Different from the show - I am a fan of both

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-24-15

Any additional comments?

I found listening to the book to be a more personal experience than watching the TV show. The show is excellent but the book differs enough that listening to it after watching the show still rewarding. The book also has some surprises!