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  • Frostblood

  • By: Elly Blake
  • Narrated by: Jennifer English
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has concealed her powers of heat and flame from the cruel Frostblood ruling class her entire life. But when her mother is killed trying to protect her, and rebel Frostbloods demand her help to overthrow their bloodthirsty king, she agrees to come out of hiding, desperate to have her revenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this book

  • By dennis wright on 02-05-17

Did not want to stop listening

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

Reviewed: 03-20-17

Well written fantasy. Likeable heroine, action packed with a little romance. Looking forward to book #2.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Like a River Glorious

  • By: Rae Carson
  • Narrated by: Erin Mallon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175

After her harrowing journey west to California, Lee Westfall has finally found a new home - one rich in gold, thanks to her magical power, a power that seems to be changing every day. But this home is rich in other ways, too: with friends who are searching for a place to be themselves, just as she is, and with love. Jefferson - her longtime best friend - hasn't stopped trying to win her heart. And Lee is more and more tempted to say yes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Golden sequel!

  • By A. Cooper on 10-06-16

So good

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

Reviewed: 09-30-16

Who was your favorite character and why?

Rae Carson writes the best female characters. Lee is intelligent and strong. A leader that others look up to. And I love her and Jefferson together. Their friendship that is blossoming into love is adorable.

Any additional comments?

The action picks up where book 1 ended,once I started listening, I did not want to stop. Rae Carson is such a great story teller, there was not a boring moment, I got pulled right into the story. There is heartache, love, new friendship and stronger bonds that grow between the group. Uncle Hiram is creepy. Lee discovers another dimension to her magic with gold. A bit of an emotional roller coaster, especially how unfairly American Indians were treated. Heart breaking. But a satifying ending. Overall, if you enjoyed book 1, you will not be disappointed. It will be interesting to see what happens in book #3.

  • Mindful Work

  • How Meditation Is Changing Business From the Inside Out
  • By: David Gelles
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

For the past few years, mindfulness has begun to transform the American workplace. Many of our largest companies, such as General Mills, Ford, Target, and Google, have built extensive programs to foster mindful practices among their workers. Mindful Work is the first audiobook to explain how all sorts of businesses and any kind of worker can benefit from meditation, yoga, and other mindful techniques.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • timely reminder of need for mindful practice

  • By rc on 03-29-15

Easy listen and practical, not just for work

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

Reviewed: 09-27-16

What did you love best about Mindful Work?

I expected book to be a little dry and booring but it was not! I like his no nonsense approach as a reporter. He is an experienced meditator and I found his insights about mindfulness very helpful. Well written, I felt like I was traveling with him as he visited and interviewed people exploring the world of mindfulness. Fun and worthwhile journey! A good companion to 10% Happier by Dan Harris.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Golden Rules

  • 10 Steps to World-Class Excellence in Your Life and Work
  • By: Bob Bowman, Charles Butler
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

Bob Bowman, best known as the coach for the record-breaking run of Michael Phelps, is one of the most successful coaches in Olympic history. He is lauded for his intense personality, his incredible dedication to his athletes, and his ability to nurture talent in athletes who have the heart and drive to win. This is his motivational book about winning in all walks of life and what you have to do to get there. He presents 10 key concepts that all people should live by.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great listen and wonderful insight

  • By Amitabh hajela on 06-12-16

Great book, quick listen

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

Reviewed: 08-22-16

This book is so much better than what the title suggests. I did not want to stop listening. Loved the stories about Michael Phelps . Bowman telling MP family to start planning and preparing for the future because MP, at 11 y.o was going be an Olympic champion was going to do things that no other swimmer can do . Inspiring story. By following his rules, he shows the rest of us how to succeed in our goals. Great examples and explanations.

  • Big Magic

  • Creative Living Beyond Fear
  • By: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,556
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,758
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,675

Readers and listeners of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert's books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Biggest Inspiration In a Long Time

  • By Gillian on 09-23-15

Inspiring, funny and heart warming

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

Reviewed: 08-01-16

Loved it! Quick and fun listen. Her travel companion, Jeff is hilarious. Wish it was longer.

  • Empire of Dust

  • Blood of Gods and Royals, Book 2
  • By: Eleanor Herman
  • Narrated by: Graham Halstead, Jennifer Grace
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

After winning his first battle, Prince Alexander fights to become the ruler his kingdom demands - but the line between leader and tyrant blurs with each new threat. Meanwhile Hephaestion, cast aside by Alexander for killing the wrong man, must conceal the devastating secret of a divine prophecy from Katerina even as the two of them are thrust together on a dangerous mission to Egypt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book 2: Addicting and intriguing YA fantasy

  • By lisse on 07-13-16

Book 2: Addicting and intriguing YA fantasy

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

Reviewed: 07-13-16

Did Graham Halstead and Jennifer Grace do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Jennifer Grace did a much better job narrating book 2 than book 1.

Any additional comments?

I listened to Legacy of Kings and Empire of Dust back to back on my free time and did not want it to end. A great continuation of series, gets better,more revelations and surprises. Beginning development of some romantic relationships .Characters harnessing their magical powers and political intrigue.The author's does a great job blending actual history, fact and fantasy together to create a magical and likeable Alexander the Great. The different POV did not distract from the story but added more spice to it. Wow, the ending of book 2 promises a lot in book 3. Leaves open a lot of potential with characters development, relationships and exitement! Well writen YA fantasy,definitely a series worth listening to if you like fantasy, magic, action and a touch of romance. Strong female characters who can wield a sword/KSA and swoon-worthy heroes.

  • The Sleeping Prince

  • The Sin Eater’s Daughter, Book 2
  • By: Melinda Salisbury
  • Narrated by: Amy Shiels
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248

Ever since her brother Lief disappeared, Errin's life has gone from bad to worse. Not only must she care for her sick mother, she has to scrape together rent money by selling illegal herbal cures. But none of that compares to the threat of the vengeful Sleeping Prince, whom the Queen just awoke from his enchanted sleep.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator is my favorite

  • By annybody on 07-15-16

WOW! Worth the credit

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

Reviewed: 06-08-16

What did you love best about The Sleeping Prince?

I love everything about this book, the narration, story and characters. Rich, deep and infused with fairy tale. This is book 2 of series ,a thread that continues from book 1 with completely new leading characters,and can be considered a stand alone book.The story got better and better and I could not stop listening. This book is pretty perfect, high fantasy, mystery, twist and turns.The absolutely love the interaction between Errin and Silas, romantic and sweet yet there was very little romance. Beautiful writing. Looking forward to book #3.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Great Hunt

  • By: Wendy Higgins
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 141

When a monstrous beast attacks in Eurona, desperate measures must be taken. The king sends a proclamation to the best and bravest hunters: Whoever kills the creature will win the hand of his daughter, Princess Aerity, as a reward. The princess recognizes her duty but cannot bear the idea of marrying a stranger - she was meant to marry for love - until a brooding local hunter, Paxton Seabolt, catches her attention.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • alright

  • By Regina on 03-18-16

Brother Grimm inspired YA fairy tale fantasy

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

Reviewed: 03-10-16

Could not stop listening once I started. Aerity is a likeable and strong heroine. Great cast of characters and good storyline. Really enjoyed the interactions between Aerity and Paxton. They had great chemistry but circumstances and secrets keep them apart. I found myself laughing at times and also shed a fear tears. If you like high fantasy with princesses, hunters, monsters and magic, it will be worth a credit. Had action and suspense. This is a duology, book 1 of 2. Well written and excellent narration.

Other YA fairy tale re-telling worth a listen

Winter by Marissa Meyer
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sara J Maas
Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Sword and Verse

  • By: Kathy MacMillan
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

Raisa was just a child when she was sold into slavery in the kingdom of Qilara. Before she was taken away, her father had been adamant that she learn to read and write. But where she now lives, literacy is a capital offense for all but the nobility. The written language is closely protected, and only the king, prince, tutor, and tutor-in-training are allowed to learn its very highest form.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hormonal Teenagers in the middle of a Slave Revolt

  • By Natalie C on 01-21-16

Beautifully written

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

Reviewed: 01-25-16

Story inspired by author's interest in ancient libraries and the power of words. Once I started listening, I didn't want to stop. I love the relationship between Raisa and Prince Mati. At times not sure how their romance would progress. Fused with mythology and political intrigue. A well written YA book that an adult reader can enjoy. Overall, good story with a strong and brave heroine . Great narration.