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  • Free the Darkness

  • King's Dark Tidings, Book 1
  • By: Kel Kade
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 16 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,918
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,430
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,408

Raised and trained in seclusion at a secret fortress on the edge of the northern wilds of the Kingdom of Ashai, a young warrior called Rezkin is unexpectedly thrust into the outworld when a terrible battle destroys all that he knows. With no understanding of his life’s purpose and armed with masterful weapons mysteriously bestowed upon him by a dead king, Rezkin must travel across Ashai to find the one man who may hold the clues to his very existence.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • What the heck people?

  • By Mbot on 03-12-17

A compelling and unique story.

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18





This book is great, the characters are likable and the premise is interesting. There is a lot of violence and it is not for kids.

  • The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England

  • A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century
  • By: Ian Mortimer
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,023
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,018

Imagine you could travel back to the 14th century. What would you see? What would you smell? More to the point, where are you going to stay? And what are you going to eat? Ian Mortimer shows us that the past is not just something to be studied; it is also something to be lived. He sets out to explain what life was like in the most immediate way, through taking you to the Middle Ages. The result is the most astonishing social history book you are ever likely to read: evolutionary in its concept, informative and entertaining in its detail.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Detailed, Interesting and Entertaining

  • By Marc-Andr? on 05-13-10

Fascinating!

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

Reviewed: 10-10-17

Fascinating look at how Medieval people lived at all levels of society. This book provides a detailed look at daily life in Midieval England.

  • Guerrillas, Unionists, and Violence on the Confederate Home Front

  • By: Daniel E. Sutherland
  • Narrated by: Kevin Moriarty
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Until recently, this localized violence was largely ignored, scholars focusing instead on large-scale operations of the war - the decisions and actions of generals and presidents. But as Daniel Sutherland reminds us, the impact of battles and elections cannot be properly understood without an examination of the struggle for survival on the home front, of lives lived in the atmosphere created by war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating look American Guerilla warfare.

  • By New Parent on 01-22-17

Fascinating look American Guerilla warfare.

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

Reviewed: 01-22-17

This book examines how and why, violence and guerrilla warfare divided local communities in the American Civil War era.

  • The Waking Fire

  • The Draconis Memoria, Book 1
  • By: Anthony Ryan
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 22 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,683
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,577
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,573

Throughout the vast lands controlled by the Ironship Trading Syndicate, nothing is more prized than the blood of drakes. Harvested from captive or hunted Reds, Greens, Blues, and Blacks, it can be distilled into elixirs that bestow fearsome powers on the rare men and women known as the Blood-blessed. But not many know the truth: that the lines of drakes are weakening. If they fail, war with the neighboring Corvantine Empire will follow swiftly.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Decent Start to a New Series

  • By Joshua on 09-21-16

Great book with a eunique premise.

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

Reviewed: 08-16-16

This book is a nice departure from the usual story line. I recommend this to anyone looking for something a little different, but not too different.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Anathem

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman, Tavia Gilbert, William Dufris, and others
  • Length: 32 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,963
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,712
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,720

In celebration of the week-long, once-in-a-decade rite of Apert, the fras and suurs prepare to venture outside the concent's gates - opening them wide at the same time to welcome the curious "extras" in. During his first Apert as a fra, Erasmus eagerly anticipates reconnecting with the landmarks and family he hasn't seen since he was "collected". But before the week is out, both the existence he abandoned and the one he embraced will stand poised on the perilous brink of cataclysmic change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • well imagined, absorbing

  • By Josh on 11-10-08

Fantastic, but not an easy read.

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

Reviewed: 07-27-16

This will make you think and it is well worth your time. However, it is slow moving. Otherwise it is one of my favorite books.

  • Rufus M.

  • By: Eleanor Estes
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

Rufus Moffat, a very lively and creative boy, stars in this charming tale set in the 1910s. Rufus is seven and he has two older sisters and one older brother. Rufus has many adventures. During one adventure he gets a library card all by himself, even before he can read! Other days, Rufus plays baseball with his sister. Rufus loves baseball, but he also hopes the team will take lots of breaks for cookies and punch.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Reading of a really charming story

  • By Mitchell on 03-24-07

Great story from interesting time period.

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

Reviewed: 10-21-15

This book is written from the point of view of an adventurous little boy. One of the things that makes this book unique is that the story takes place during World War One.

  • Seveneves

  • A Novel
  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal, Will Damron
  • Length: 31 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,084
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,934
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14,926

A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So Much Potential

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 06-08-17

Great Story, good characters and lots of depth.

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

Reviewed: 10-15-15

This book is wonderful, I was completely engulfed in the listening experience. I felt as if the characters were real people. The various themes and topics of the book are fascinating, but don't weigh the book down. It moves a little slow at some points in the book, but the payoff is huge. Listen to this book if would like explore space travel, science and politics through the eyes of a rich set of characters.

  • One, Two, Three

  • Absolutely Elementary Mathematics
  • By: David Berlinski
  • Narrated by: Byron Wagner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 32

In his latest foray into mathematics, David Berlinski takes on the simplest questions that can be asked: What is a number? How do addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division actually work? What are geometry and logic? As he delves into these subjects, he discovers and lucidly describes the beauty and complexity behind their seemingly simple exteriors, making clear how and why these mercurial, often slippery concepts are essential to who we are.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A combination of banal, confusing, and dull

  • By Mr. Anonymous on 08-13-11

Lots of Potential, but very little substance.

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

Reviewed: 08-23-15

What would have made One, Two, Three better?

The author should have spent more time on the subject and less time trying to sound witty. I could almost here the author laughing at his own jokes behind the scenes. I was hoping for something like Zero - A biography of a dangerous idea.

Has One, Two, Three turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, but I don't plan to read or listen to any of the authors other works.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator neither added nor detracted from the book.

What character would you cut from One, Two, Three?

The books supposed characters, the numbers 1, 2, 3, are already absent. Thus, there are no characters to cut.

Any additional comments?

This author took a fascinating subject and made it really boring.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful