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  • Firelight

  • By: Sophie Jordan
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 877
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 771
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 778

Marked as special at an early age, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. But she longs for freedom to make her own choices. When she breaks the most sacred tenet among her kind, she nearly pays with her life. Until a beautiful stranger saves her. A stranger who was sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a drakia descendant of dragons whose greatest defense is her secret ability to shift into human form.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • GREAT STORY! READ THE ABRIDGED VERSION THOUGH

  • By Jennifer on 05-19-11

How many ways can we tell the same story?

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

Reviewed: 03-15-19

Twilight, Buffy, Anita Blake, V Academy, Sunshine (McKinley) etc Like Legos, just mix the brix and assemble. Not a bad story; fun if you like it. It sort of blends in with the crowd for me. If you haven't read the others, reading this first may be just as good a place to start as the others.

  • Range of Ghosts

  • The Eternal Sky, Book 1
  • By: Elizabeth Bear
  • Narrated by: Celeste Ciulla
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 53

Multiple Hugo Award winner Elizabeth Bear enthralls fans with this compelling first book in the Eternal Sky series. In a world where wizards are unable to procreate, Temur, heir to his empire’s throne, flees to avoid assassination. Once-Princess Samarkar, formerly heir to her own empire’s throne, gives up everything to seek the wizards’ magical power. Drawn together by fate, Temur and the Once-Princess must stand against a cult inciting strife and civil war in all the empires.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bite down solid fantasy.

  • By Christa on 08-31-12

If you need another world, try this

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

World-building: can be enthralling (Tolkien), can be overwhelming (D. Eddings), can be mundane (Bear). This book has a few recognizable names, but most elements are unique to the story so the reader has to really pay attention; except that one could just read the parallel narratives and ignore how they fit together. Maybe on the second reading I can figure out the sky thing. The writing style seeks the older audience - for example, a lot more adjectives than necessary. The details accorded to cloth, clothing, food and disembowelment definitely make this a girls book. YA readers enthralled by the early lesson on what a girl should do on the first date will be disappointed in finding no follow-up lessons (well, there is a flashing scene). It is the rare narrator who can voice multiple characters, particularly of the other gender; Ciulla is fine.

  • Red Queen

  • By: Victoria Aveyard
  • Narrated by: Amanda Dolan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,874
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,705
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,722

Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood--those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own--an ability she didn't know she had.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Same Story, Better Writing

  • By FanB14 on 09-04-15

Good, but it seems somehow familiar

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

Reviewed: 02-24-19

The story glides along swiftly, the air is charged with electricity; and she can hear it. Important detail, that last point. The story is a meld of common themes, coupled with the modern fascination with post-apocalyptic dystopian society, terrorism, oppression, prejudice, and the guilt of the finger pointers. It all seems vaguely familiar. I'll probably continue the series, especially if they go on sale. The first person narrative does allow the betrayal twist to jump out without warning, but as a reader I feel let down. Maybe if I listen again I will discover clues that I missed, perhaps ones more subtle than the hum of security cameras.

  • Suldrun’s Garden

  • Lyonesse: Book 1
  • By: Jack Vance
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 18 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 232
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 184

The Elder Isles, located in what is now the Bay of Biscay off the coast of Old Gaul, are made up of 10 contending kingdoms, all vying with each other for control. At the centre of much of the intrigue is Casmir, the ruthless and ambitious king of Lyonnesse. His beautiful but otherworldly daughter, Suldrun, is part of his plans. He intends to cement an alliance or two by marrying her well. But Suldrun is as determined as he and defies him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SCI-FI/FANTASY WRITER LIKE NO OTHER

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-06-14

Boring

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

Reviewed: 02-20-19

Too much like a history lesson. So many words, so little action. Maybe I’ll come back later to see if anyone is rescued.

  • Carry On

  • By: Rainbow Rowell
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,689
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,514
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,520

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

I'll Move on to Elsewhere

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

Reviewed: 02-20-19

Slow to catch on to the fact that the book is about snogging. Thought it was a parody, and indeed there is that. But then woke up when kept stumbling into the F--- word. Genre shift! So, I'm out of here. Not returning the book as that would be interpreted as a political move; but not finishing it either.

  • The Summer Tree

  • The Fionavar Tapestry, Book 1
  • By: Guy Gavriel Kay
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 813
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 640

The Summer Tree is the first novel of Guy Gavriel Kay's critically acclaimed fantasy trilogy, The Fionavar Tapestry. Five university students embark on a journey of self-discovery when they enter a realm of wizards and warriors, gods and mythical creatures - and good and evil...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Obviously the first book of three

  • By Nissa on 06-14-10

I was surprised how much i enjoyed 2nd reading

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

Reviewed: 02-19-19

I had completely forgotten story line so had to reread book 1 before I could make sense of the second book. Some books make no sense without a geography map; this one is baffling if you don't have a memory map of people, objects, back stories, although not necessary until after your first reading. That is, the stories of the 5 are good-reads as stand-alones, but of course they will converge.
The novel features 5 adults, not kids, so one might expect a bit more reality. Never-the-less, they perform nearly impossible physical tasks and with incredible linguistic skill and cultural savvy, much like any mid-teen superhero. No culture shock; no learning curve. The only difference seems to be the frequent bed-sharing arrangements.
Apparently Fionavar, as interpreted by Vance, sounds a lot like an island off the coast of Europe.

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  • The Shadow Catcher

  • Daughters of Eden Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Michelle Paver
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Madeleine is left to bring up her younger sister in a remote cottage on the west coast of Scotland after her mother, Rose, has died in childbirth. Tainted by the discovery that she is illegitimate, Madeleine is plunged into poverty in London before marrying out of desperation a wealthy cousin of her father’s, who does not know her true identity. And thus she comes to live at the old family estate of Eden in the hills of Jamaica.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • choring listen

  • By connie on 01-29-12

In celebration of gothic betrayal

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

Reviewed: 02-17-19

Prospective readers must pledge: 1 that you have or will reread Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights; 2 a long opening scene of death in childbirth is your cup of tea; and 3 you will try to figure out why the title is about the shadow catcher. Story has the requisite gothic themes (thunder, dungeons, family secrets) linked with the ever-popular evil christian dude and virtuous outcasts of society. I might or might not seek out rest of trilogy - ambivalent. I rate the story on its literary quality, not my interest.

  • Dividing Eden

  • By: Joelle Charbonneau
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

Twins Carys and Andreus were never destined to rule Eden. With their older brother next in line to inherit the throne, the future of the kingdom was secure. But appearances - and rivals - can be deceiving. When Eden's king and crown prince are killed by assassins, Eden desperately needs a monarch, but the line of succession is no longer clear. With a ruling council scheming to gain power, Carys and Andreus are faced with only one option - to take part in a Trial of Succession.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent! Loved it.

  • By M. Knight on 07-08-17

Waiting for next book, but not desperately

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

Reviewed: 02-16-19

The storyline in intriguing. Father dies and mother is a basket case. Emotionally, supportively bonded twins suddenly separate because the womanizing brother suddenly gains an attitude, a polar personality flip. (I did wonder at the time if the abruptness of the change will be revealed as some kind of drugging). And the sister has to save the day - and will likely do it in the next book; unless the ambiguously motived second players all turn out to be sinister. Narrator Fortgang tries to give us vocal clues about who is bad and good, but actually I did not like that. I thought making wind both the alternative technology that the brother tinkers with and the magical element that the sister is embued with, with the great reveal at the end, was interesting.

  • Rowan of the Bukshah

  • Rowan of Rin, Book 5
  • By: Emily Rodda
  • Narrated by: Rachael Blake
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

When the bitter winter ceases to end, Rowan must make the dangerous journey up the mountain to find the source of the unending cold. The witch Sheba has spoken, and Rowan knows he has no choice but to obey. The coldest winter in living memory is destroying the people of Rin, and he must do what he can to save them. But Sheba's mysterious rhyme speaks of sacrifice, and Rowan is very afraid as he sets out on the most terrifying quest of his life, her final words ringing in his ears.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Free range grazing saves the day

  • By Bruce on 02-10-19

Free range grazing saves the day

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

Reviewed: 02-10-19

In this eco-parable, our hero figures out the witch’s guidance to save the village. Let the bear (in its wisdom) eat the honeycomb ( so to speak) and the folly of the human fences can be undone and the village saved. If only things would be so resolve-able in the world outside.

  • Rowan of Rin

  • Rowan of Rin, Book 1
  • By: Emily Rodda
  • Narrated by: Rachael Blake
  • Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Bravest heart will carry on when sleep is death and hope is gone. Rowan doesn't believe he has a brave heart. But when the river that supports his village of Rin runs dry, he must join a dangerous journey to its source in the forbidden Mountain. To save Rin, Rowan and his companions must conquer not only the Mountain's many tricks but also the fierce dragon that lives at its peak.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not a page-turner series, but worth the time spent

  • By Bruce on 02-08-19

Not a page-turner series, but worth the time spent

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

Reviewed: 02-08-19

Rowan's story begins slow in the first couple books. More contemplative, introspective filled with self-doubt. Quite unlike Deltora stories. Despite being hailed a hero by the end of book 1, he will continually face dismissal by the people. The series does not push us to a conclusion - we must hang on to find out where the story is going. Kinda like real-life growing up, except few of us are as insightful under pressure as young Rowan.