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Melissa D.

Lathrup Village, MI USA
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  • A Tale of Two Gardens

  • Sentinels of Creation, Volume 2
  • By: Robert W. Ross
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 157

It's been slightly over a year since Kellan Thorne first accepted the Sentinel's mantel, and its power was renewed in him. He thought destroying an Arch Demon and banishing his Chaotic opposite would have brought him more respite than it did. Now Creation itself is under threat, by a Cabal of Angels and Demons who have found a way to shatter the foundational pillars of Time itself. This dire warning is brought to the young Sentinel by an unlikely messenger, who risks all to enlist the aid of God's unchecked hand on the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Never stops being exciting.

  • By Gary on 06-03-18

great story and narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

I enjoyed the second book as much as the first book and I can't wait to read all the books in this series. the offers rapid fire way of providing a lot of pop culture and a couple of great Easter eggs I've never heard before an urban fantasy is amazing.

I don't do a lot of reviews but when there's this great five stars doesn't seem to be enough.

these are some interesting characters that you want to root for and the introduction to new characters is just as rewarding.

  • A Power Renewed

  • Sentinels of Creation, Volume 1
  • By: Robert W. Ross
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241

Out of the smoldering ruins of the war in heaven, the Archangels Raphael and Michael cannot believe the agreement made between God and his Morning Star, Lucifer. Unwilling to either destroy the fallen angel or leave him with a free hand upon the world, God sets in motion a struggle that will span the millennia from creation to present day. Two Sentinels are invested with the ability to bend the laws of creation to their will and each represents the primal forces of Order and Chaos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 STARS WELL EARNED

  • By alex on 04-24-17

A good pop culture book. I love all the references

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

it was a really swell paste books first one in series can't wait to read the other one and of course the performance of Nick podehl is always excellent.

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  • Every Day I'm Hustling

  • By: Vivica A. Fox, Kevin Carr O'Leary
  • Narrated by: Vivica A. Fox
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244

Vivica A. Fox is a dynamo who has created a lasting career on her own, through sheer, roll-up-your-sleeves DIY hustle. Every Day I'm Hustling is a personal book with a message Fox passionately believes in: that you make your own luck, that you never ever wake up in the morning thinking somebody's going to call you and offer you that part or ask you out on that date that's going to change your life, that you have to wake up and put on your longest eyelashes and fiercest heels and go out and make your life happen yourself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By colette on 04-09-18

Nice listen from a woman who knows.

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

Reviewed: 04-20-18

Dripping in a lot of good wisdom for all women. Sista Girl Vivica has a life well lived with ups and downs. great candor and super smart.

  • The Wise Man's Fear

  • Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 42 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 50,006
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 45,516
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 45,556

"My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth your time

  • By Robert on 09-08-11

it was a long way around but ended really good.

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

Reviewed: 12-02-17

I wanted more of the original story he went on several Adventures it almost seemed like there were three books in one.

I am very interested to see where it goes from here.

  • Lusam

  • The Dragon Mage Wars, Books 1-2
  • By: Dean Cadman
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,682
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,587
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,577

Lusam grew up in the relative safety of the Elveen mountains with his grandmother. She taught him the basics of magic and discovered, quite by accident, that he possessed a unique skill never seen before: the ability to hide his magical aura from the mage-sight of others. Dark secrets surround Lusam's origins, and the dark agents of the Empire will stop at nothing to kill Lusam.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Needs work, but has potential

  • By Skipper on 12-12-17

Narrator took some getting used to. Good story

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

Reviewed: 06-25-17

The story started out pretty strong then it can slowed in the middle and then picked up a little steam at the end. Looking forward to listening to the next installment.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I Can't Make This Up

  • Life Lessons
  • By: Neil Strauss - contributor, Kevin Hart
  • Narrated by: Kevin Hart
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,533
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30,652
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,493

Superstar comedian and Hollywood box-office star Kevin Hart turns his immense talent to the written word by writing some words. Some of those words include: the, a, for, above, and even even. Put them together and you have the funniest, most heartfelt, and most inspirational memoir on survival, success, and the importance of believing in yourself since Old Yeller.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Audiobook I Ever Listened To

  • By Sam Clear on 07-13-17

Entertaining.

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

Reviewed: 06-21-17

Hopefully folks will get what the true core of this book. life of hards knocks can be overcome with hard work and humor.

  • Thinspired

  • How I Lost 90 Pounds: My Plan for Lasting Weight Loss and Self-acceptance
  • By: Mara Schiavocampo
  • Narrated by: Robin Eller
  • Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

Like so many people, Mara Schiavocampo had struggled with weight for most of her life. She tried every diet on the planet, suffered a debilitating eating disorder, joined a bizarre food cult, took dangerous pills, worked out for insane amounts of time - and still tipped the scales at nearly 230 pounds. But more than reaching a healthy weight, Mara wanted peace and freedom from the constant mental torment brought on by food. A healthy and effortless way of life - for the rest of her life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and Realistic

  • By Carolyn M. Kell on 08-07-15

great tight book.

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

Reviewed: 03-27-17

very good information in right sized chunks. very inspirational and one of the few tell it like it is weight loss books for real people

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 101,619
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 94,142
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 93,706

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I started with very high expectations, got bored multiple times during the story

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-16-18

riveting and thoughful

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

Reviewed: 11-26-16

This is such a love letter to Trevor's mother and it was a great historical perspective on what's it like to be a child of Apartheid

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  • Reign of Madness

  • King's Dark Tidings, Book 2
  • By: Kel Kade
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 19 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15,260
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,317
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14,282

Equipped with skills far beyond those of the outworlders, Rezkin has been suddenly thrust into a foreign world. The young warrior clings to his only known purpose as he continues his search for any information about his identity and the reason for his existence. While the hardened warrior scorns both dueling and tournaments, he believes some of the answers he seeks may be found at the King's Tournament, the greatest dueling championship in all of the kingdoms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, very WELL DONE!

  • By Lorraine on 10-05-16

Great second installment of a fun story.

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

Reviewed: 11-04-16

Hats off to Nick P. for an amazing performance. he is a gold standard. great story and I am glad to find out about the author now so that way I don't have to wait too long for book 3.

  • Free the Darkness

  • King's Dark Tidings, Book 1
  • By: Kel Kade
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,470
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,961
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,937

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

Master Narrator!

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

Reviewed: 11-01-16

Great story and a fun listen. I rate Nick up there with Jim Dale, amazing Narrator who brought all the characters to life.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful