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  • Kings and Sorcerers Bundle (Books 1 and 2)

  • By: Morgan Rice
  • Narrated by: Wayne Farrell
  • Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Here are two bestselling novels which offer a great introduction to the Kings and Sorcerers series. Kings and Sorcerers tells the epic coming of age story of Kyra, 15, who dreams of becoming a famed warrior, like her father, though she is the only girl in a fort of boys. She struggles to understand her special skills and mysterious inner power, and comes to realize she is different than the others.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • awesome

  • By Josue Contreras on 02-11-19

Great story, slow pace

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

Reviewed: 12-20-18

I like this story very much. I only wish it didn’t plod along so slowly. It would be much better if all of the foreshadowing were taken out - that gets tedious. The only way I’ve been able to stick with it to the end is by listening as I go to sleep at night - it’s very good for that. I’ll get the next one though, hoping it will keep me awake. It’s still a great story.

  • Pirate Women

  • The Princesses, Prostitutes, and Privateers Who Ruled the Seven Seas
  • By: Laura Sook Duncombe
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 52

In the first-ever history of the world's female buccaneers, Pirate Women: the Princesses, Prostitutes, and Privateers Who Ruled the Seven Seas tells the story of women, both real and legendary, who through the ages sailed alongside - and sometimes in command of - their male counterparts. These women came from all walks of life but had one thing in common: a desire for freedom.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Don’t waste your time or credit

  • By CJ on 08-06-18

History should always be told as stories

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

Engaging to listen to, with a broad scope and depth - rising and falling, speeding up and slowing down like good fiction. Satisfying in a way that so much factual information rarely is. All that and a call to arms too - I feel inspired! The narrator is also a good match to the text - she adds so much warmth it feels like I’m listening to the storyteller directly.

  • You Belong to the Universe

  • Buckminster Fuller and the Future
  • By: Jonathon Keats
  • Narrated by: Josh Bloomberg
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

A self-professed "comprehensive anticipatory design scientist", the inventor Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) was undoubtedly a visionary. Fuller's creations often bordered on the realm of science fiction, ranging from the freestanding geodesic dome to the three-wheel Dymaxion car to a bathroom requiring neither plumbing nor sewage. Yet in spite of his brilliant mind and lifelong devotion to serving mankind, Fuller's expansive ideas were often dismissed, and have faded from public memory since his death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mythological Bucky Fuller - now I feel like I might have known him

  • By Gael Dalton on 11-11-18

Mythological Bucky Fuller - now I feel like I might have known him

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

Jonathan Keats reveals the man behind the Buckminster Fuller myth. Most important, he provides us with a clear blueprint of where to go from here. We need both the magic from the myth and the determination of the maker to guide us toward a more successful human future. Josh Bloomberg’s narration felt like having Bucky tell the story of Bucky - the combination of Keats and Bloomberg creates an experience that transcends them both - and that’s exactly what I value most in audiobooks.

  • Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

  • By: Carlo Rovelli
  • Narrated by: Carlo Rovelli
  • Length: 1 hr and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 750
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 664
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 664

In seven brief lessons, Italian theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli guides listeners with admirable clarity through the most transformative physics breakthroughs of the 20th and 21st centuries. This playful, entertaining, and mind-bending introduction to modern physics, already a major best seller in Italy, explains general relativity, quantum mechanics, elementary particles, gravity, black holes, the complex architecture of the universe, and the role of humans in the strange world Rovelli describes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book for the scientifically curious

  • By Brad Yeary on 03-25-16

All physics should be presented like this in schools

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

While there’s nothing here I haven’t heard of before, much of it didn’t seem very real, until now. When Carlo Rovelli delivers these physics lessons it’s as engaging as the best sci-fi/fantasy novels I’ve read, and it also rings true - It’s almost compelling enough to go back to university, if only I could believe there would be classes like this. At the least I’ll go deeper into Rovelli’s work - sometimes the best education comes from outside the formal system anyway.

  • The Order of Time

  • By: Carlo Rovelli
  • Narrated by: Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,579
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,447
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,425

In lyric, accessible prose, Carlo Rovelli invites us to consider questions about the nature of time that continue to puzzle physicists and philosophers alike. For most listeners, this is unfamiliar terrain. We all experience time, but the more scientists learn about it, the more mysterious it appears. We think of it as uniform and universal, moving steadily from past to future, measured by clocks. Rovelli tears down these assumptions one by one, revealing a strange universe where, at the most fundamental level, time disappears.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brain Workout With A Great Narrator

  • By Raymond on 05-15-18

Worth listening more than once

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

An excellent description of the quantum view of time. I wish I could say I understood it all, but although I understand the concept, the details are still beyond me. Maybe I’ll get more of it the second time, or maybe I’ll need many years of quantum physics study - the narration is so good I don’t mind starting at the beginning again.

  • The Penelopiad

  • The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus
  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 3 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 303
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 212

In Homer's account in The Odyssey, Penelope - wife of Odysseus and cousin of the beautiful Helen of Troy - is portrayed as the quintessential faithful wife, her story a salutary lesson through the ages. Left alone for 20 years when Odysseus goes off to fight in the Trojan war after the abduction of Helen, Penelope manages, in the face of scandalous rumours, to maintain the kingdom of Ithaca.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Penelopiad

  • By Elizabeth Weingarten on 08-27-08

Chorus was painful

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

The story was good but the chorus part of the narration was quite hard to listen to. I’d recommend reading the book, but not listening to the audiobook

  • Uprooted

  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Julia Emelin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,569
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,278
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,256

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for 10 years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Fairy Tale for Grown-Ups (With Terrifying Trees)

  • By Dave on 09-08-16

Wizard who is called “the dragon” is just a wizard after all

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

I liked the Temeraire series so much I thought this book might suit me too, but it did not. The magic system was interesting but not compelling enough to carry the whole story. More than anything the narrator’s style was so distracting I just couldn’t finish it - her voice was intriguing in the audio sample but after the first hour or so it grated on my nerves so much that I only half-listened, hoping the story would get better. I got to within 2 hours of finishing then gave up. Maybe it’s better reading.

  • Empire of Ivory

  • Temeraire, Book 4
  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,603
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,202

Tragedy has struck His Majesty's Aerial Corps, whose magnificent fleet of fighting dragons and their human captains valiantly defend England's shores against the encroaching armies of Napoleon Bonaparte. An epidemic of unknown origin and no known cure is decimating the noble dragons' ranks, forcing the hopelessly stricken into quarantine. Now, only Temeraire and a pack of newly recruited dragons remain uninfected; they stand as the only means of an airborne defense against France's ever-bolder sorties.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Series

  • By William on 10-27-07

Still a fan of this series

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

Reviewed: 09-27-18

I felt a little let down by the ending of this one - I don’t like to feel forced to buy the next book in a series. I’ve already bought it though so I will believe it wasn’t intended to feel that way. This continues to be an engaging story and I’m more invested than ever in the main characters. I feel certain sometimes that the French Revolution was strongly influenced by the dragons on both sides. That’s good storytelling - history is molded in the shape of the story. The narration is excellent as well. Simon Vance’s voice has receded into the background, giving the impression that the story is telling itself.

  • Throne of Jade

  • Temeraire, Book 2
  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,711
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,708

When Britain intercepted a French ship and its precious cargo, an unhatched dragon's egg, Captain Will Laurence of HMS Reliant unexpectedly became master and commander of the noble dragon he named Temeraire. As new recruits in Britain's Aerial Corps, man and dragon soon proved their mettle. But now China has discovered that its rare gift, intended for Napoleon, has fallen into British hands, and an angry Chinese delegation vows to reclaim the remarkable beast.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • fast forward part 2

  • By Nicholas on 10-22-07

Compelling & entertaining

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

Reviewed: 09-20-18

This second book in the series is every bit as wonderful as the first - not so good for bedtime listening because I can’t drift off from it, but great for listening during a stressful day.

  • His Majesty's Dragon

  • Temeraire, Book 1
  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,629
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,841
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,844

When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes its precious cargo - an unhatched dragon egg - fate sweeps Captain Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future and an unexpected kinship with a most extraordinary creature. Thrust into the rarified world of the Aerial Corps as master of the dragon Temeraire, he will face a crash course in the daring tactics of airborne battle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent AU period fantasy

  • By Melanie on 07-08-10

Even more compelling than before

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

I read this series years ago and enjoyed it very much. Listening to it now with Simon Vance narrating adds another dimension I hadn’t anticipated. The combination of Novik’s writing and Vance’s narration brings the story to life so I feel like I’m there watching it unfold.