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  • The Warded Man

  • By: Peter V. Brett
  • Narrated by: Pete Bradbury
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,931
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,755
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,778

Peter V. Brett has won accolades from critics, fans and fellow authors alike for this riveting debut novel. The Warded Man features a world where demons stalk the night, hunting humans who have long forgotten the magic of their ancestors. But all is not lost, as some hold out hope that a savior will release humanity from the demons' terrifying reign.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Meloney | The Interverted Extravert on 12-18-09

Flippin’ Phenomenal

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

Reviewed: 01-31-19

This is the beginning of a great epic story. Like many series books, we learn about the main characters from childhood to early adulthood and we get a good sense of the world building involved. The writing is excellent as is the pacing. There was never a dull moment or lag in the story, as I was kept interested in Arlen, Leesha, and Rojer’s stories. I can tell that this book has only scratched the surface of the story arc and I eagerly wish to devour the entire series. I have been told by several friends that it only gets better. And Pete Bradbury does an fantastic job with the narration.

  • Ash Princess

  • By: Laura Sebastian
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 532
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 495

Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes. On that day, the Kaiser took Theodosia's family, her land, and her name. Theo was crowned Ash Princess - a title of shame to bear in her new life as a prisoner. For 10 years, Theo has been a captive in her own palace. She's endured the relentless abuse and ridicule of the Kaiser and his court. She is powerless, surviving in her new world only by burying the girl she was deep inside.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I expected, but still very good.

  • By M. Addison on 06-27-18

Better than the average Fantasy

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It is not your average Fantasy novel. First of all the characters are not all good or bad. There is some grey area. Theo/Thora witnessed her Queen Mother’s death when she was little, and has been “kept” by her captor, the Kaizoran, and tortured and humiliated for 10 years. She is not behind bars, but lives among the usurpers who look at her with distain. She is whipped for no reason except at the Kaisoran’s whim. She is watched and followed 24/7. And she is befriended by Cresentia, her Mother’s killer’s (the Theyn) daughter. But this friendship has strings. Thora is more Cres’s pet than true friend, and Thora/Theo knows it. How can a girl like this be anything but vengeful and full of hate, AND near hopeless. This colors her dark world and she cannot trust anyone.

While listening to the audiobook, I am reminded of 2 other series: The Cruel Prince and The Queen of the Tearling. The story reads much like TCP in scope and story telling, and I loved this series, but the writing is an echo of TQotT, and I loved this series as well. So I have high hopes for Lady Smoke which is soon to be released. So I highly recommend The Ash Princess if you like low fantasy with a little bit of romance and if you loved TCP. I also thought the narrator did a really good job with this book. She was a good fit.

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  • The Hobbit

  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,469
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,850
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,068

Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally! Thank you Audible!

  • By Bryan J. Peterson on 10-20-12

Just not for me

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

I know there are a lot of LotR fanatics and diehards out there and I’m sure the accolades are well earned for JRR Tolkien. But it was just meh for me. I like Fantasy, just not this fantasy. I read this with a small group of friends, 2 of which love Tolkien. My favorite chapter was Flies and Spiders, as creepy as it was. I’ve been told this is a children’s story, for the most part, that takes place in the LotR’s world and that LotR is more character driven and epic in scope. I hope that is the case. I’ve only watched LotR movies in snippets, and always the same scenes. I think I could have done without The Hobbit, for the most part. Also, I do not think I’ll listen to LotR on audiobook. I did not care for the narrator at all. It’s disconcerting to hear each intake of breath, swallow, voice crack, and hesitation. Tho I blame production for that, as I rarely hear this in other produced audiobooks. Mr Inglis is good enough of a narrator, he just wasn’t my cup of tea, much like the story. Perhaps that has colored my perseption a bit. But it annoyed me so much that I only listened to about 10-15% of the audiobook, and ended up reading the book from a borrowed library ebook. I will attempt to read The Fellowship of the Ring with my friends....on my kindle.

  • The Wicked King

  • The Folk of the Air, Book 2
  • By: Holly Black
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,006
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 935
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 931

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked King Cardan to her and made herself the power behind the throne. When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You're Killing Me, Holly!

  • By Kristal Torpey on 01-12-19

Urban Low Fantasy done right

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

I think Holly Black has become one of my favorite authors. I’ve read Spiderwick Chronicles to my kids many years ago and loved it, but didn’t think much beyond that. Then I read Cruel Prince and really really liked it. The Wicked Prince is even better! I LOVED it. The plot twists and character development are well done, as is the writing. It’s mature without pretense, and light without being fluffy. I cannot put my finger on how she does it, as opposed to other authors I’ve read from the same genre. Holly just does it right. Her characters are not all good or bad. There is a LOT of grey area. You don’t quite know if you like them or not, specifically, Jude and Carden. I like that I haven’t quite figured them out yet. I like the grey and dark areas, it leaves more to the imagination. I simply cannot wait for The Queen of Nothing. In the meantime, I think I’ll dive into some more of Holly’s other books. And the narrator was pretty good as well. I’ve heard her before and she is a great fit for this book.

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  • Crooked Kingdom

  • By: Leigh Bardugo
  • Narrated by: Roger Clark, Jay Snyder, Elizabeth Evans, and others
  • Length: 17 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,385
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,037
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,027

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn't think they'd survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they're right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz's cunning and test the team's fragile loyalties.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Storytelling at its finest! L.Bardugo is a master

  • By Michelle E on 10-09-16

Better than the first, but don’t get the hype.

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

I liked this much better than Six of Crows. It took me 2 tries to read Six of Crows and I wasn’t head over heels for it. Maybe Bardugo and I don’t completely mesh, but it didn’t grab me like it did others. So sue me. But it was good. Good writing, good storyline, good character development. So why didn’t I love it? I don’t know. I just didn’t. So far V.E. Schwab doesn’t do it for me either. But Laini Taylor grew on me very slowly. Maybe its the style of writing??? I just don’t know. So take what I say with a grain of salt. It wasn’t bad at all, it just wasn’t for me. I give it 3.5/5. I also do not like multiple narrators, and there are several in this series. It did improve from SOC, but there are usually some inconsistencies between narrators.

  • Fallen Heir

  • By: Erin Watt
  • Narrated by: Zachary Webber
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262

Easton Royal has it all: looks, money, intelligence. His goal in life is to have as much fun as possible. He never thinks about the consequences because he doesn’t have to. Until Hartley Wright appears, shaking up his easy life. She’s the one girl who’s said no, despite being attracted to him. Easton can’t figure her out and that makes her all the more irresistible. Hartley doesn’t want him. She says he needs to grow up. She might be right. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not a Complete Story

  • By B.A. Wilson on 01-01-19

Better than the first 3

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

Reviewed: 12-25-18

For some reason, I think I liked this book better then the first 3. I find Easton a bit more interesting. It’s been a long stretch between book 3 and 4 for me, only because after reading the first 3, I was “meh”. I didn’t feel like continuing. But its the end of the year and I wanted to up my “Read” count quickly. And this fit the bill AND it became available on audio as well. Easy read for my commute to work.

Not a lot goes on in the first half or so. Easton is pursuing Hartley and she wants nothing to do with him. Easton cannot understand how anyone could resist him, ‘cause everybody wants him. “You are nothing but trouble, Easton”, and he is. What I like about THIS story vs the previous 3, is the “entitlement” and selfish nature of Easton and how Hartley calls him on it. Easton berates the girls of Aster for being entitled bitches, but what about him? Everything Easton does is for Easton, not anyone else. Easton begins to think about this but still makes stupid selfish decisions that hurt others. By the end of the book, we have a cliff hanger. I can guess what happens next, as I’ve read enough of this genre to see the freight train coming, but I’ll dive into book 5. I need to see how this turns out.

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  • The King's Men

  • All For the Game Series, Book 3
  • By: Nora Sakavic
  • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 60

Neil Josten is out of time. He knew when he came to PSU he wouldn't survive the year, but with his death right around the corner he's got more reasons than ever to live. Befriending the Foxes was inadvisable. Kissing one is unthinkable. Neil should know better than to get involved with anyone this close to the end, but Andrew's never been the easiest person to walk away from. If they both say it doesn't mean anything, maybe Neil won't regret losing it, but the one person Neil can't lie to is himself.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great series

  • By Denise on 12-25-18

Great series

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

Reviewed: 12-25-18

I really loved this series. It isn’t so much about a sport but about the team. Individuals coming together as one. This is a character study but you won’t find all the answers given to you. These are damaged kids and they aren’t magically healed. They are and will always be damaged. They are simply learning how to be a team, and to a degree, trust. There are so few books that I would reread, but this is definitely one of them. I thought the narrator was good with male voices, but NOT with female voices. I had to cringe whenever “the girls” spoke. I think I’ll reread my print version next time.

  • Cracked Kingdom

  • By: Erin Watt
  • Narrated by: Angela Goethals, Zachary Webber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265

Ever since Hartley Wright met Easton Royal, her life hasn’t been the same. When tragedy strikes and steals her memories, she can’t trust anyone, not even the blue-eyed boy who promises her everything will be all right. While Hartley’s memory is full of gaps, her instincts tell her Easton is dangerous. Easton wants her to remember. Hartley thinks it’s better to forget. She might be right. Tragedy. Treachery. Trust. Hartley has to face the facts - in this world, you can’t escape the Royals. Either you live by their rules or you die by them.  

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Let down

  • By K. Schams on 01-25-19

Interesting, but not provoking

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

Reviewed: 12-25-18

This was ok. I thought the ending was a bit rushed. 45 minutes to the end and I kept thinking “is this going to be a trilogy? Or will the author pull a fast one and tie up all the knots quickly?” It’s the latter. Tied up too quickly, and a bit unbelievably. I am not a fan of this kind of easy ending. Overall the story was interesting, but not memorable. I am not a fan of the epilogue either. It felt disjointed, or done for the sake of adding a few more easy pages. I felt Fallen Heir was so much better and it made me glad I continued the series after the first 3. With Cracked Kingdom, all I could smell was a book coming for the twins and Hartley’s little sister. I’ll pass.

Narrators. I always enjoy Zachary Webber. He has the right tone for this profession. Great voice. One scene had me dying with laughter because it was all Zachary, interpreting a line. All I’ll say is Ella, Sebastian, and a Cowgirl position reference! I had a harder time with Angela Goethals voice. It was too slow and .....odd. I used 1.25x speed and that seemed to help.

  • Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

  • By: Becky Albertalli
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,340
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,031
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,035

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: If he doesn't play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone's business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he's been emailing with, will be compromised.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Crouch should be getting another award

  • By T. N. Taylor on 03-15-18

Read the book, don’t watch the movie

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

Reviewed: 12-15-18

I made the mistake of reading this book, then immediately watched the movie. The movie was soooo bad. Corny and over glossed on a serious subject. Narrator was good as well. I enjoyed the book.

  • Carry On

  • By: Rainbow Rowell
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,631
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,460
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,466

Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who's ever been chosen. That's what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he's probably right. Half the time Simon can't even make his wand work, and the other half he starts something on fire. His mentor's avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there's a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon's face.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So glad I stumbled into this

  • By JM on 10-11-15

Better than Fangirl

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

That was fun and I think my favorite read from Rowell. I liked it better than Fangirl. Carry On is very Harry Potteresque. Substitute The Mage for Dumbledore but make him suspect, Penny for Hermione, Simon the Chosen One whose inept for Harry, Watford for Hogwarts, Baz for Draco except Baz and Simon are gay. You get the idea. But wait, there is fanfic about Harry and Draco together! Haha that’s funny cause this is fictional fanfic...... anyway, thoroughly enjoyed. Well written.

The narrator was excellent as well. His "woman/girl" voice was convincing without the shifting to a higher pitched voice. That is my biggest pet peeve with narrators. Each voice was distinct. Sometimes I forgot it was the same narrators voice. I became engrossed by the story and I think the narrator, Euan, helped let the story shine thru. Highly recommend.