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  • The First Book of Swords

  • By: Fred Saberhagen
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 554
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 502
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 500

For a game, the gods have given the world 12 Swords of Power so that they might be amused as the nations battle for their possession. But Vulcan the Smith has had his own little joke: the Swords can kill the gods themselves. What started out as Divine Jest has become all too serious as the gods fight to recover the Swords, and mortals discover that the mantle of power is more delicious and more terrible than anything they could have imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stands the test of time

  • By Natalie Ryan on 03-14-13

Couldn't do it!!!

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

Reviewed: 01-30-18

Never having read anything by Saberhagen but knowing the name, I ask a number of fantasy readers if starting with "Book of Swords" {seeing as there seems to be a dozen or so}would be logical. Mostly I got mixed reviews. This series simply moved to slow and had way to much rambling for me to enjoy.

  • The House of the Four Winds

  • One Dozen Daughters, Book 1
  • By: Mercedes Lackey, James Mallory
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 303
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 269

The rulers of tiny, impoverished Swansgaard have twelve daughters and one son. While the prince’s future is assured, his twelve sisters must find their own fortunes. Disguising herself as Clarence, Princess Clarice intends to sail to the New World. When the crew rebels, Clarice/Clarence, an expert with rapier and dagger, sides with the handsome navigator, Dominick, and kills the cruel captain. Dominick leads the now - outlawed crew in search of treasure in the secret pirate haven known as The House of the Four Winds.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Solid story, but this one is popcorn

  • By Phillip on 09-19-14

Where's Book 2?

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

Reviewed: 07-15-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely!!! Fresh story with interesting characters. It held my interest and wet my appetite for more.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I enjoyed each of the characters and felt that just the right amount of background information was given so that I was able to form a picture of them in my head.

Have you listened to any of Emily Sutton-Smith’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No

Any additional comments?

I truly hope this series continues - there's so much material here to develop.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fevre Dream

  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Ron Donachie
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,080
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,081

When struggling riverboat captain Abner Marsh receives an offer of partnership from a wealthy aristocrat, he suspects something’s amiss. But when he meets the hauntingly pale, steely-eyed Joshua York, he is certain. For York doesn’t care that the icy winter of 1857 has wiped out all but one of Marsh’s dilapidated fleet. Nor does he care that he won’t earn back his investment in a decade. York has his own reasons for wanting to traverse the powerful Mississippi. And they are to be none of Marsh’s concern - no matter how bizarre, arbitrary, or capricious his actions may prove.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vampires, the Mississippi, and George R. R. Martin

  • By Carol on 10-21-12

I DARE YOU TO READ THIS!!!

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

Reviewed: 03-16-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Any one who enjoys an old theme with a new and unexpected twist will enjoy this book 10 times over. For there are at least as many twists as that, with charactors you'll love to hate, hate to love, and some that are truly revolting.

What did you like best about this story?

One thing I can promise you is that you will NEVER forget this book or it's charactors.

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

As a narrator, Ron Donachie, ranks among one of the best I have listened to. He brings you through this awesome story feeling as if you could reach out and touch not only the charactors but the world in which they live.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful