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  • Black Rose

  • By: K.L. Bone
  • Narrated by: Sara Dunham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Six hundred years ago, the Muir Court was wiped from existence, destroyed by an elite group known as the Black Rose Guard. Their Captain, Mara, has a reputation of being a harsh woman who leads the guard with a fierce formality. During her long years, she has known pain, loss, heartache...and one great love. Edward was the Captain of the Royal Guard. He loved her once. However, it was a love that faded the day he met young Liza, the Princess who stole the heart he had once sworn belonged to Mara alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful, dark and very romantic.

  • By Michelle West Stutsman on 12-05-17

Storytelling with the classic telling of folklore!

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

I met this author at a convention in Portland. I skimmed the book, but it only took a few paragraphs for me to decide it was something I wanted to read. I bought a hard copy, something I never do, and added it to my list of books to read. With a hectic life, I could not find the time to get through my list very quickly.

With little time available, even though I had only read a few paragraphs, I was still intrigued. I decided to listen to Black Rose on Audible in what little spare time I had, it was a small book it would be a smooth listening experience. I was wrong.

The story itself is a beautiful piece of writing by K.L. Bone. It tells a story spanning hundreds of years, and with every word, I wanted more. The fight scenes are well written; you'll find yourself seeing the fight instead of trying to use your imagination to figure out what is going on.

Be prepared to feel anger, sorrow, and an array of other emotions. This book will capture your soul and leave you wanting more of the writer's works.

Sara Dunham's ability to present this epic story vocally was the magic weaving of storytelling. Her pacing of the book is somewhat slower than most books, but that's what makes it so entrancing. I found myself sitting in my car, in a parking lot, just listening to Ms. Dunham's reading of this wonderful fantasy story.

The nine-plus hour book with my crazy schedule should have lasted atleast a week, but I found I went through it in less than three days.

  • Time's Convert

  • A Novel
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,591
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,415
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,407

On the battlefields of the American Revolution, Matthew de Clermont meets Marcus MacNeil, a young surgeon from Massachusetts, during a moment of political awakening when it seems that the world is on the brink of a brighter future. When Matthew offers him a chance at immortality and a new life, free from the restraints of his puritanical upbringing, Marcus seizes the opportunity to become a vampire.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Distracting and disappointing narration

  • By LKF on 09-19-18

Great story.

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

Story a little more rushed but solid New narrator is good but I missed June Ikeda.

  • Side Jobs

  • Stories from the Dresden Files
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,408
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,828
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,817

Here, together for the first time, are the shorter works of best-selling author Jim Butcher - a compendium of cases that Harry and his cadre of allies managed to close in record time. The tales range from the deadly serious to the absurdly hilarious.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dresden Short Story Collection

  • By Teahouse Fox on 11-01-10

Nice fill-in book...

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

Reviewed: 10-01-12

If you could sum up Side Jobs in three words, what would they be?

It was making me dizzy trying to figure out what book I was going to have to buy to just read all of the novella and short story books for this series. This book was perfected and filled in alot of storyline holes.

What did you like best about this story?

Everything about Butcher's books are great.

Which character – as performed by James Marsters – was your favorite?

All of them. I was very disappointed when I found out that Marsters did not do Ghost Story. The book was not the same. James Marsters is Harry Dresden.

If you could take any character from Side Jobs out to dinner, who would it be and why?

That is too hard a questions to answer. Karrin Murphy is just so cool so if I was forced to make a decision it would be her....of course only after Harry Dresden.

Any additional comments?

James Marsters should always be the writer for these books.

  • A Discovery of Witches

  • A Novel
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,445
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,485

Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A feast for the mind and imagination

  • By Barbara on 02-21-11

Well worrth the listen!

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

Reviewed: 07-09-12

What made the experience of listening to A Discovery of Witches the most enjoyable?

Jennifer Ikeda did a wonderful job. Her ability to convey each voice and personality of characters made teh book much more interesting than just reading the book.

Which character – as performed by Jennifer Ikeda – was your favorite?

Yseabeau (Yes it is spelled that way in the book!)

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

I have listened to the book three times since September 2011.

Any additional comments?

Can't wait for the sequel!

  • Turn Coat

  • The Dresden Files, Book 11
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16,316
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,251
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14,225

The Warden Morgan has been accused of treason against the Wizards of the White Council - and there's only one, final punishment for that crime. He's on the run, wants his name cleared, and needs someone with a knack for backing the underdog. Someone like Harry Dresden....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worthy Addition To The Series

  • By Lisa on 05-06-09

The reason to get audio books

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-21-09

I've been a Jim Butcher fan for a long time, and have read the previous Harry Dresden books at least twice each. Listening to James Marster put his immersive spin on these familiar characters adds a completely new and compelling aspect to these books and for me the reason to get these on audio. If Audible can get all the previous Dresden books read by Marster, I would buy them all, and see it as another yet new opportunity to get into the Dresden stories.

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