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  • Last Dragon Standing

  • Heartstrikers, Book 5
  • By: Rachel Aaron
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,495
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,353
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,349

There is no way to write a blurb for this final book without spoiling all of the others. Suffice it to say, mysteries resolve, dragons war, pigeons abound, and Julius must risk himself in ways he never dreamed possible as Bob's grand plan finally comes to fruition.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Finish

  • By Smudge on 03-12-18

Aaron and Adam -- A great combination

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

If you could sum up Last Dragon Standing in three words, what would they be?

Imagination with class.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Last Dragon Standing?

Although there were many memorable moments, I think the most memorable for me was finding out about Chelsie, the Emperor, F-clutch and how they were freed was most memorable.

What about Vikas Adam’s performance did you like?

He was incredible. He kept each character's voice the same from book to book and I could recognize them. I especially love his voices for Bob, Amelia, the Black Reach, and Frederick. These characters were so unique and he nailed it by choosing voices that made the rest harmonize into the song that was the story of the Heartstrikers.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Each one was; but not the whole series.

Any additional comments?

I love these books. I love the story line that brought new colors to an old plot. I love the characters that were both just characters and symbols of many messages used only if you wanted to read them. Ms. Aaron did not hit me over the head with tolerance or finding new ways of compromise or that the past does not have to rule the future but can be a source of learning how to change to make a better future.But I also just plain love dragons and Ms. Aaron has brought new visuals of beautiful dragons with flames of many colors, with feathers, with scales, and with hearts and souls of fire. She describes an earth that is full of spirit and spirits who watch over all its life and keep it balanced unless something (usually man) interferes. Her descriptions are inspired and imaginative and paint such incredible portraits, landscapes, bas reliefs, murals in my mind that I can just flow with the characters and see where I'm going.

Mr. Adams takes all that Ms. Aaron has written and gives it voice, perfect voice for each character, for each spirit, for the narration, for each description. His timing is impeccable.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • First Lensman

  • Lensman Series
  • By: E. E. 'Doc' Smith
  • Narrated by: Reed McColm
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 472
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 282
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 281

In the not-too-distant future, while fleets of commercial space ships travel between the planets of numerous solar systems, a traveler named Virgil Samms visits the planet Arisia. There, he becomes the first wearer of the Lens, the almost-living symbol of the forces of law and order. As the first Lensman, Samms helps to form the Galactic Patrol, a battalion of Lensmen who are larger-than-life heroes. These soldiers are the best of the best, with incredible skill, stealth, and drive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lensman Series is Still Fun

  • By DJM on 03-18-09

Confusing

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-04-08

I was lost in the first paragraph and never found my "feet." I listened for about 30 minutes and gave up trying to follow the plot. I didn't care about any of the characters nor what happened to them. Language is very stilted and "square." Wish there was a way to return it and get my money back, so to speak.

2 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Religion

  • A Novel
  • By: Tim Willocks
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 25 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 313
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161

May 1565. Suleiman the Magnificent, emperor of the Ottomans, has declared a jihad against the Knights of Saint John the Baptist. The largest armada of all time approaches the Knights' Christian stronghold on the island of Malta. The Turks know the Knights as the "The Hounds of Hell." The Knights call themselves "The Religion".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This captured me

  • By Bonnie on 07-03-07

Rich Tapestry

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-09-07

Rich tapestry is a much used phrase, maybe overused; however The Religion is definitely a rich tapestry. The characters are alive. I cared about them. They wove themselves and their situations into my waking hours -- and some of my dreams. Vivid! Alive! The story was whole, a tale, a spoken ballad to be sung again and again. Unlike many books who tell a story to get to the end - the climax; this book lives, has a past, present, and future. It allows for a full range of emotions to be experienced and treasured. Thank you, Tim.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Egyptologist

  • By: Arthur Phillips
  • Narrated by: Gianfranco Negroponte, Simon Prebble, Gerard Doyle, and others
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 217
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 58

Howard Carter has just made one of the great discoveries of all time, the unveiling of Tutankhamun's tomb. At the same time, Egyptologist Ralph Trilipush finds himself in a slightly less spectacular position. He has staked everything on a scrap of hieroglyphic pornography. Halfway around the world, an Australian detective sets off on a globetrotting quest to find a murderer. Or two. Or three. These events, seemingly unrelated, are about to collide in a spectacular yet utterly unpredictable fashion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I gave it another chance and WOW.

  • By Lea on 05-27-05

Really Boring -- Couldn't finish

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-05-04

The only good thing I can say about the 30 minutes of this book that I managed to get through is that the readers had wonderful voices and the accents were great. The story was boring and there was nothing to keep me interested. I found myself not really caring what happened to anyone. I just wanted another book. I usually manage to finish at least one part but I just couldn't make myself listen to this anymore. I certainly wouldn't recommend it to anyone unless you really like wordy, Victorian-style novels.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful