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  • Champions of Time

  • The After Cilmeri Series, Book 15
  • By: Sarah Woodbury
  • Narrated by: Laurel Schroeder
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 29

April 1294. With David returned from Ireland and Anna from Avalon, the time has come to confront the traitors who sought to assassinate David and take his throne. But before that can happen, David is tested yet again by his inability to account for everything or everyone in his life - and especially the magic that surrounds him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Between two Universes another wild ride!

  • By Mary Johnston on 07-11-18

stunning and entertaining

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

as always laurel narrates Sarah's story beautifully. I didn't want to stop listening! I was in the car for almost the entire length of the book, and sat in the parking garage just to finish the last chapter. it was so well written and read. probably by far one of the most intriguing stories for David this series has produced. we see how much he has grown into the authority of being king. his acceptance of that fact and what has to be done to secure not only his future but that of all his people. I was thrown for a loop on what had happened in Avalon though. I'm thinking Chad might not be who he says he is. I dunno. we'll just have to wait and see how that plays out.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The God Thief

  • The Master Thief, Book 3
  • By: Ben Hale
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 838
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 785
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 781

Now infamous for his exploits, Jack Myst is a master thief. As a member of the Thieves Guild, he has fought assassins, reavers, and even a devil - but now he faces his greatest challenge yet, the rank of guildmaster. Ascending to the office after defeating Skorn at Margauth, he launches a daring plan, one to steal what cannot be stolen. A god. But Skorn has retrieved the fragments of an ancient artifact, and has begun construction on the Necrolith, the beacon of ending. He issues a king's bounty on Jack's head, turning governments and guilds against him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't wait for more

  • By Dargon's Dragonkeep on 08-21-17

Wonderful Jack

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

Reviewed: 10-29-17

I love hearing Jack's backstory. Although I do have to say the twist to this one surprised me, even for Jack that was pretty bold! Excellent books!

  • Shades of Time (The After Cilmeri Series) (Volume 12)

  • By: Sarah Woodbury
  • Narrated by: Laurel Schroeder
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 33

With David and Llywelyn in Ireland, the rule of Wales and England has fallen to Math and Anna. Unbeknownst to them, however, rebellious barons have tried to assassinate David and thrown Ireland into civil war. When the treachery reaches across the sea and touches Anna, she finds herself at the center of a conspiracy that stretches from Dublin to Edinburgh - and only her actions and choices stand between her family and the destruction of everything they've worked so hard to build.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing ride - need more!

  • By Brianna on 10-29-17

Amazing ride - need more!

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

Reviewed: 10-29-17

I'm so thrilled that we got to journey with Anna this time. The past few books has left her kind of off doing her own thing (which is fine) but it's nice that she's definitely not relegated to "supporting cast" only and is actually a part of the whole. From the moment this book started playing last night, I couldn't stop listening to it. I paused a few times to make dinner (ah the joys of adulthood), but aside from that I was up until 3am just listening. It was that captivating. I'd actually started listening to it a week ago at work, but of course I couldn't pay much attention to it, yeah yeah I know, so since it was Saturday night and I didn't work Sunday - I figured it was time. So worth it.

Laurel's narrations are as excellent as always to go along with Sarah's amazing stories. Granted there were a few times I was wondering if she dropped out of "character" so to speak and just read because the story was getting into some juicy bits. Could have just been my perception though.

The ending leaves you hoping the next book is delivered soon. Like you know, now? ;) At the very least, can we have some spoilers?! Come on!

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  • The Fallen Princess

  • The Gareth & Gwen Medieval Mysteries, Book 4
  • By: Sarah Woodbury
  • Narrated by: Laurel Schroeder
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 22

Hallowmas 1144. With the harvest festival approaching, Gareth has returned from fighting in the south, hoping for a few months of peace with Gwen before the birth of their first child. But when an innocent foray to the beach turns up the murdered body of Prince Hywel's long lost cousin, a woman thought to have run away with a Dane five years earlier, it is Gareth and Gwen who are charged with discovering her killer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Haven't read the book but the audio was great

  • By Brianna on 11-12-16

Haven't read the book but the audio was great

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

Reviewed: 11-12-16

Would you listen to The Fallen Princess again? Why?

Absolutely. It's a great story and of course, Laura is excellent with the reading of it.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Some parts did. I'm not usually a fan of the crime drama genre but these are pretty interesting. Might be the setting more than the genre though.

Have you listened to any of Laurel Schroeder’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Excellent like all the others. She's read all of Sarah's books, which of course I have :).

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Why can't it keep the one from the book description? I like it. It suits. Plus the word Hallowmas is kinda awesome.

Any additional comments?

These are really good books while I'm waiting for book 11 of the the After Cilmeri series *grins*. Plus they really help make work go faster.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Outlander

  • Outlander, Book 1
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 32 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50,947
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,069

Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Time Travel VS Romance Quandary

  • By Sara on 09-10-14

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 08-05-16

First of all, I started out watching the show so while some might say that may have clouded my judgement - trust me it didn't. I found the book an absolute delight to both listen to, and read when I couldn't listen to it (yes I bought both versions). I do enjoy the show immensely for it's own reasons and feel like it keeps fairly well to the book insofar as it doesn't miss the main plot points that are necessary to the heart of the story (which sooo many script writers miss, so thank goodness for that). I do wish some of the more humorous points could have made it into the show, but you know you take what you can get. The book itself though, absolutely amazing. I loved it from beginning to end. I do wish the narrator would have gotten some of the words a little more on point with the show as you hear her say one thing and the actors say another so it's a bit confusing. Other than that small bit which really doesn't have anything to do with anything other than a personal preference, she did an amazing job with the story. Absolutely wonderful. I can't wait to listen to the rest - and of course watch the next season when it airs. *grins*

  • Elseerian

  • The Chronicles of Lumineia, Book 1
  • By: Ben Hale
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 667
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 620
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 620

The assassination of heroes was once a warning... for an invasion that nearly destroyed the world. Nations were slaughtered, cities were erased from existence, and defending armies were crushed into oblivion. In weeks, all life stood on the verge of extinction. But the end did not come. Instead the black horde vanished, leaving terrified survivors... and rumors. As the centuries passed the holocaust faded into legend, and finally myth. Across the southern sea a gifted young man is completing his training.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Adolescent novel?

  • By Colin on 04-26-14

Still excellent

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

Reviewed: 07-11-16

Okay so getting used to the narrator took a few chapters, but that aside the book itself is still as excellent as when I read it. Mr. Hale writes a story that reads more like an action movie instead of a book. It's awesome. However, the accent of the narrator after knowing the writer is American just - yeah that took a little bit of adjustment for my brain. Once I was past that and sucked back into the story though, it didn't really matter on the accent.

I'd still recommend listening to The List Unseen first though as it gives insight to things going on in this trilogy so it would make more sense. I mean you could read/listen to it after the trilogy, but you'd still have a lot of questions. Just my opinion there though.


I do have one slight complaint on the narration though. Just a small one that really doesn't detract from the story. The voices of the characters could have been better. Most sound so similar it's hard to tell which is talking or not. Also some younger characters sound much much older and some older characters sound much younger. This is more just my own personal preference for narration and nothing to do with the quality.

  • The Fourth Horseman

  • A Gareth and Gwen Medieval Mystery, Book 3
  • By: Sarah Woodbury
  • Narrated by: Laurel Schroeder
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

May 1144. Newly wedded, Gareth and Gwen travel across the border into England on a diplomatic mission with Prince Hywel of Wales. Within moments of their arrival, however, the mission goes awry and a murder case drops (literally) at their feet. Hindered at every turn by a climate of civil war and constantly shifting political alliances, Gareth and Gwen race to solve the murder and expose a plot that threatens not only their lives, but the life of the future king of England himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • quite enjoyable

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-30-16

Interesting as with all the others

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

Reviewed: 06-27-16

Now I confess, I do know quite a bit about the whole Stephen/Maud civil war, and about the people themselves. Hearing a tale woven into that timeline, with just a few of the main participants of the era thrown in here and there was quite fascinating. I always enjoy Sarah's stories of course, and this one was no exception. It was nicely wrapped in layers of fact and fiction.

Technical wise, no jerks or weird stops usually associated with dropping signal or internet connections. No bouncing back to a chapter I've already listened to either. It was a good flow. Ms. Schroeder did a lovely job as always.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Uninvited Guest

  • A Gareth and Gwen Medieval Mystery, Book 2
  • By: Sarah Woodbury
  • Narrated by: Laurel Schroeder
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

It is the winter of 1143 and all is not well in the court of Owain, King of North Wales: His future in-laws are untrustworthy; the Norman lords on his eastern border are restless; and among his wedding guests lurks a cold-blooded killer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Haven't read the book but the audio was great

  • By Brianna on 06-26-16

Haven't read the book but the audio was great

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

Reviewed: 06-26-16

Where does The Uninvited Guest rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I'd give it a top 12 at least ;). It's really good.

What other book might you compare The Uninvited Guest to and why?

Well considering I'm not usually fond of murder mysteries I don't really have a comparison to it, but I do like historical novels. So I'd say probably anything by Phillipa Gregory in terms of research potential and historical fact mixed with artistic liberties wrapped around fictional events.

Which character – as performed by Laurel Schroeder – was your favorite?

Oddly? Christina. That heifer amuses me to no end.

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

I wanted to listen to all of them in one sitting, but unfortunately life and work prevent that. I did listen to it as fast as I possible though.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Good Knight

  • The Gareth & Gwen Medieval Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Sarah Woodbury
  • Narrated by: Laurel Schroeder
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 92

The year is 1143, and King Owain seeks to unite his daughter in marriage with an allied king. But when the groom is murdered on the way to his wedding, the bride's brother tasks his two best detectives - Gareth, a knight, and Gwen, the daughter of the court bard - with bringing the killer to justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Good Knight

  • By Nicole on 11-02-16

Just as good as the book.

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

Reviewed: 06-26-16

I've read the book for this one, and just like the After Cilmeri series it follows along quite well. There weren't any stops or weird pauses except when my phone decided to be weird about playback. I did notice a few times where the voices sounded far too similar to each other so it was a little difficult to tell which character was speaking, but aside from that Ms. Schroeder did an exceptional job.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Masters of Time

  • After Cilmeri, Book 10
  • By: Sarah Woodbury
  • Narrated by: Laurel Schroeder
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 106

King David of England and King Philip of France face a holy war neither man wants to fight....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story!

  • By Melody A. Zomonski on 02-15-17

Let's just bring in the whole family! :)

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

Reviewed: 06-12-16

This one was slightly different from any of the others because it wasn't the established main characters doing the traveling. That twist was both a shock and yet not surprising at the same time.

I do like the England/France co-op in this book though. Historically relations between the two countries have always been strained, but Sarah wrapped a beautiful story around the strains that were presented in the previous books.

I can't wait to see how the new addition to the family will fair in the world David and his family have created in the next book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful