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  • Fortune's Pawn

  • Paradox Series, Book 1
  • By: Rachel Bach
  • Narrated by: Emily Durante
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 307
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 283
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 282

Devi Morris isn't your average mercenary. She has plans. Big ones. And a ton of ambition. It's a combination that's going to get her killed one day - but not just yet. That is, until she gets a job on a tiny trade ship with a nasty reputation for surprises. The Glorious Fool isn't misnamed; it likes to get into trouble, so much so that one year of security work under its captain is equal to five years everywhere else. With odds like that, Devi knows she's found the perfect way to get the jump on the next part of her plan.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Easily the worst narration I've heard in 90 books

  • By Matthew on 11-05-14

great story! horrible reader choice.

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

wonderful story that i had read and wanted my wife to enjoy. we decided to listen on a long drive and both instantly felt that the reader was was the wrong choice foe the book. she becomes much better through the book, but is a distraction for the first 1/4 of the book.
but love the story of the series!!!!

  • Firebrand

  • By: Kristen Britain
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 27 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 558
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 557

Zachary Davriel Hillander, High King of Sacoridia, rues how much he has had to give up to lead his realm, including the freedom to live and love as he chooses. When an embassy from Eletia arrives to propose a joint venture between their realms to seek out an old ally in the north, he is dismayed to learn that the one Sacoridian they have in mind to accompany their guide is the woman he truly loves but cannot have: Green Rider Karigan G'ladheon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ellen Archer is great, but has a rough start

  • By Scorch on 04-24-17

amazing series, and a great addition to it.

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

Reviewed: 06-29-18

a different experience from many of the earlier books but still a great addition. I'm frustrated that i must wait for the next book to be released and then recorded. but the readers voice is part of this book for me now.

  • Breakthrough

  • By: Michael C. Grumley
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,971
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,742
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,730

Deep in the Caribbean Sea, a nuclear submarine is forced to suddenly abort its mission under mysterious circumstances. Strange facts begin to emerge that lead naval investigator, John Clay, to a small group of marine biologists who are quietly on the verge of making history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AMAZING!!!

  • By FocusedOnTheJourney on 07-22-17

Good sci-fi!

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

Reviewed: 04-15-18

I loved this book. I bought the second one as soon as I finished. Good character development, suspense, twists, makes you think.

  • Born of Vengeance

  • The League: Nemesis Rising
  • By: Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 687
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 621
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 620

Bastien Cabarro survived the brutal slaughter of his entire family only to have his wife pin their murders on him. Made Ravin by The League, he is now a target for their assassins-in-training to hunt and kill. The average life expectancy for such beings is six weeks. But defying the odds is what this Gyron Force officer does best, and Bastien won't rest until he lays his betrayers in their graves.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I WASTED MY CREDIT ON THIS??? 😥😥

  • By Cheri on 02-08-17

Retelling of Past Stories

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

Reviewed: 03-08-17

Not enough new material to justify the price of the book. Also jumped around in time and was confusing. Some BIG issues were never resolved. It left me angry and disappointed.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Freedom (TM)

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,058
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,703
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,727

Daemon is firmly in control, using an expanded network of real-world, dispossessed darknet operatives to tear apart civilization and rebuild it anew. Soon civil war breaks out in the American Midwest, in a brutal wave of violence that becomes known as the Corn Rebellion. Former detective Pete Sebeck, now the Daemon's most powerful - though reluctant - operative, must lead a small band of enlightened humans toward a populist movement designed to protect the new world order. But the private armies of global business are preparing to crush the Daemon once and for all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wow - a must read

  • By James on 07-11-10

great conclusion, very real, partially graphic.

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

Reviewed: 01-27-17

great conclusion, very real, partially graphic due to its realism. but an amazing story of the problem with our world.

  • Born of Legend Part 1

  • The League, Book 9
  • By: Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Hunted. Hated. Betrayed. Dagger Ixur is on the run for his life. As one of the most recognizable members of his royal house, he has a bounty on his head that guarantees him no quarter from any friend or even family. But surrender isn't in him. He will fight to the bitter end. A resolve that is sorely tested when he narrowly escapes a trap that leaves him severely wounded. With what he believes is his dying breath, he saves a boy born to an extinct race from a group out to enslave the kid for his legendary abilities.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Love this Series

  • By TrekScout on 08-01-16

Love this Series

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

Reviewed: 08-01-16

I love this series but it felt to me like she wrote this too fast and her editor didn't pay attention. There were loose ends and constrictions that were confusing. One minute Jullian is near death and the twins are newborns, the next it is years later the kids are walking and talking and Jullian is fine. This seemed to happen with no warning. It was hard to follow. I may have to read it again to see if it was just me or if the story was missing parts.

Also, this story had way, way too much of Jullian repetitively whining about his previous life. Yeah, we need to hear it once or twice, but at times it felt like half the length of the book was repeating the same whine about his abuse, neglect and abandonment. Gah!

That said, if you love the League series, this is a MUST READ! And have to add, LOVE the narrator! He does an awesome job.

  • Daemon

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,910
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,953

When the obituary of legendary computer game architect Matthew Sobol appears online, a previously dormant daemon activates, initiating a chain of events that begins to unravel our interconnected world. This daemon reads news headlines, recruits human followers, and orders assassinations. With Sobol’s secrets buried with him, and as new layers of his daemon are unleashed, it’s up to Detective Peter Sebeck to stop a self-replicating virtual killer before it achieves its ultimate purpose - one that goes far beyond anything Sebeck could have imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Possibly The Best Techno-thriller Ever

  • By Erica on 01-22-09

What a great mind at work.

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

Reviewed: 02-18-16

loved this story. a great mind behind the words.
always reminding you that the future awaits and will be more than we can even imagine.

  • Elantris

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Jack Garrett
  • Length: 27 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,935
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,740
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,792

Once the godlike rulers of the capital of Arelon, the inhabitans of Elantris have been imprisoned within themselves, unable to die after the city's magic failed years ago. But when a new prince falls victim to the curse, he refuses to accept his fate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What if your body could never heal?

  • By Lore on 09-12-13

Tedious

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

Reviewed: 04-19-15

An interesting story marred by long, tedious, repetitive, political and religious rants. There were times that I considered not finishing it. The message was rather preachy also. I felt like I was being manipulated to think a certain way.

The audio production left a lot to be desired too. There were several places were there were odd skips and jumps that felt like some words were missing. I wished I had the book so I could follow along and read what I might have missed.

The production splicing of the audio parts was sloppy and unpleasant. When the narrator would announce the next chapter it was spliced right on the last word of the previous chapter... no pause, no break, no breath, making for an abrupt, awkward transition. This was not the narrator's fault. It was obviously a production error.

This was not the polished, professional audio production that I am accustomed to hearing from Audible and Recorded Books. They should consider re-working it.

I give 3 stars to books that I like and would recommend to friends. I only gave this book 2 starts. I liked this book, but I can't strongly recommend it to friends and put them through the tedium.

  • Thousand Pieces of Gold

  • By: Ruthanne Lum McCunn
  • Narrated by: Emily Zeller
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 237

Lalu Nathoy's father called his thirteen-year-old daughter his treasure, his "thousand pieces of gold," yet when famine strikes northern China in 1871, he is forced to sell her. Polly, as Lalu is later called, is sold to a brothel, sold again to a slave merchant bound for America, auctioned to a saloonkeeper, and offered as a prize in a poker game. This biographical novel is the extraordinary story of one woman's fight for independence and dignity in the American West.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Women's Studies Classic

  • By Susie on 04-28-14

Can't finish

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

Reviewed: 04-03-15

What would have made Thousand Pieces of Gold better?

Got to the part when the hurt the horse. It was a stressful day at Holiday time. I turned off the book and got a "fluff" romance to get the scene out of my mind. Can't seem to get motivated to pick it back up. I don't appreciate graphic violence.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Shadow of What Was Lost

  • The Licanius Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: James Islington
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 25 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,313
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,302

It has been 20 years since the end of the war. The dictatorial Augurs, once thought of almost as gods, were overthrown and wiped out during the conflict, their much-feared powers mysteriously failing them. Those who had ruled under them, men and women with a lesser ability known as the Gift, avoided the Augurs' fate only by submitting themselves to the rebellion's Four Tenets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely a standout in the fantasy genre

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-29-15

Can't wait for book 2!

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

Reviewed: 04-02-15

What made the experience of listening to The Shadow of What Was Lost the most enjoyable?

I love this narrator, Micheal Kramer. Having just listened to the entire Wheel of Time series narrated by him it was fun to hear him bring another author's story to life for me. He changes voices for different characters and puts lots of emotion in all the right places. Very nice performance!

What did you like best about this story?

Good fantasy story. strong female protagonists. Good balance between good and bad. Example: I read for fun and hate to be left completely sad or bummed out. At the end of the book we are left with foreboding but there is hope! (I can't make myself read anymore Game of Thrones because it just makes me mad and sad! Nothing is explained and there is NO HOPE!)

Islington makes you love and care about his characters and become fully invested in their story. I hate to compare, but it does read and feel a lot like Wheel Of Time. Big shoes to fill!I am looking forward tot he next book in the series.

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

No! I like LONG books. I listen while commuting to work, about an hour a day, and then sometimes a home... like while folding laundry.