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  • Arrows of the Queen

  • Heralds of Valdemar Series, Book 1
  • By: Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by: Christa Lewis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 297

Chosen by the Companion Rolan, a mystical horse-like being with powers beyond imagining, Talia, once a runaway, has now become a trainee Herald, destined to become one of the Queen's own elite guard. For Talia has certain awakening talents of the mind that only a Companion like Rolan can truly sense. But as Talia struggles to master her unique abilities, time is running out. For conspiracy is brewing in Valdemar, a deadly treason that could destroy Queen and kingdom. Opposed by unknown enemies capable of both diabolical magic and treacherous assassination, the Queen must turn to Talia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • absolutely brillant

  • By Mark Taylor on 04-07-18

An Amazing Narrator on a Fun Fluff Story

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

Mercedes Lackey will never write high literature, and indeed her success has worked against her - her work has recently had a tendency to be released with only a passing acquaintance with an editor.

And yet. Even as I know these books are not well written, there’s something of the classic storyteller in her. When I read a Mercedes Lackey, it doesn’t matter if there’s typos, clichés, or the occasional overly predictable plot point. I’m always hooked anyway.

The Arrows trilogy is I think some of her earliest work, and one of her best (and less prone to later editing issues). So I already knew I liked these stories, and that I return to them again and again.

But the narrator was wonderful! This book was so very well read, with distinct characters without any becoming caricatures. I loved it even more than I did when I reading the books, even more than when I spent a day reading one on a cold, hard stone bench because I wasn’t allowed to take it out of the library...

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  • The Houseguest

  • A Pride and Prejudice Vagary
  • By: Elizabeth Adams
  • Narrated by: Brigid Lohrey
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

When Georgiana Darcy comes to Netherfield to visit her brother, she becomes friends with a neighbor, Elizabeth Bennet. After Miss Darcy has returned to London, she invites her new friend to stay with her at the Darcy home in town, unbeknownst to Mr. Darcy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Maidens and Matrons

  • By Blake H. Gilbert on 12-21-16

Long Road to Nowhere

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

Reviewed: 04-08-18

The conflict is hinted at, starts... and then is immediately solved. And then there’s more chapters, where nothing happens. And then there’s an unbelievably long epilogue in which every single character is given a brief “and then they went on to...” like a bad documentary’s ending text scroll. Only longer.

  • Sandry's Book

  • Circle of Magic, Book 1
  • By: Tamora Pierce
  • Narrated by: Tamora Pierce, the Full Cast Family
  • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 726
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 487

When four strange, and strangely talented, youngsters are brought to Winding Circle by master sorcerer Niko they find themselves drawn together in a Circle of Magic - a circle that binds them despite their differences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent production of a great book

  • By Got My Book on 11-20-03

Great Story, Well Performed

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

Reviewed: 11-06-17

The Circle of Magic is still just as enjoyable to me as an adult as it was when I first found it as a teenager, and as usual, Full Cast Audio has done a good job presenting it. I think it's really cool that Tamora Pierce herself is the narrator - and there's a bonus: the last 5 minutes are her talking about where the ideas for the series came from!

  • Death by Drowning

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Joan Hickson
  • Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144

In The Thumbmark of St Peter Miss Marple tells how she was able to help her niece when the poor girl was accused of poisoning her husband. In The Herb of Death foxglove leaves are picked with sage for the dinner with disastrous results, and a burglary at a riverside bungalow sets off an unusual chain of events in The Affair at the Bungalow. In the final story, Sir Henry Clithering, ex-commissioner of Scotland Yard, is staying with his friends Colonel and Mrs Bantry, when news arrives that the village innkeeper's daughter has met her 'death by drowning.'

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hickson ! Hickson !

  • By Sherrie Lindley on 02-15-16

Obviously an excerpt; poorly organized

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

Reviewed: 06-20-16

There are 4 stories here - though only 2 tracks, with 2 stories squished together on each. It also rather obviously starts in the middle of the frame story that connects these shorts, without even a summary to introduce it. However... I love Miss Marple, and I love Joan Hickson as Miss Marple. Just be aware of what you're getting.

  • The Snow Queen

  • By: Hans Christian Andersen
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9,636
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8,474
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8,548

This classic tale is a fantastical fable of two dear friends - one of whom goes astray and is literally lost to the north woods, while the other undertakes an epic journey to rescue him. This charming, strange, and wonderful story is a timeless allegory about growing up and the challenges of staying true to one's self, and it served as the wintry inspiration for the blockbuster hit Frozen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Strange & Fascinating

  • By Sara on 12-19-14

Morality Tale

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

Reviewed: 09-25-15

JRR Tolkien wrote about hating allegories, and how authors should never impose meaning on the story, but rather the readers should find their own relevancies. This story is exactly why. It's cute enough, and I really have no problem with its religious morals. I even agree with them... And yet, I couldn't help but feel I was being repeatedly slapped in the face with an evangelist's pamphlet.
Still, I'm glad to now know the original Snow Queen (having already read various loose retellings). And the narrator's very good. It will make a good audio to fall asleep to.

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  • The Serpent's Shadow

  • Elemental Masters
  • By: Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by: Michelle Ford
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,028
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 851
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 865

From the magical mysteries of India to the gaslit streets of Victorian London, Mercedes Lackey's unique departure from her Valdemar series follows a young woman doctor as she searches for the secret behind the sorcery in her blood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable

  • By CatBookMom on 04-27-10

Great Narrator, Good Fluff reading

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

Reviewed: 09-01-15

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

Possibly, if I knew they liked or thought they would like Mercedes Lackey. This is one of my favorites of hers, but she's a guilty pleasure - an author I feel I shouldn't enjoy as much as I do, and cannot really defend when someone criticizes the writing. But I enjoyed the narrator, and it's always fun to see new retellings of fairy tales, which is what the Elemental Masters series is.

Would you recommend The Serpent's Shadow to your friends? Why or why not?

Hmm.... well, see above. Although I am perhaps slightly more likely to recommend the book, as it allows for skimming sections that might not hold interest.

Which scene was your favorite?

That's actually a hard question to answer, as there's little moments all through... but I suppose, I enjoy Nory's healing. And the bit where a random man in the street tells someone else off for not respecting the doctor. Actually, every bit where one of the people whose respect she's earned demonstrates that respect. And her first encounter with Miss Smith is amusing. And knocking out... but perhaps I shouldn't give that away.

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

I suppose that depends entirely on what else was on offer. Did I enjoy listening, with no particular desire to stop? Yes. Was I particularly annoyed if interrupted? Only when the interruption was blaring football commentary.

Any additional comments?

I had forgotten just how much time Mercedes Lackey tends to give her villains' perspectives. It adds tension in a first read, but in subsequent reads I usually skim or entirely skip their parts. That's harder to do in an audiobook. It wasn't particularly overdone in this one, I suppose, although I still found myself skipping forward through Shivanni's first section. Which, admittedly, did set up plot details, but as I already knew the story I felt no desire to spend so much time on them. Also, this one does seem particularly outraged/preachy, in an odd way. I hadn't realized just how much of the text dwelt on how unfair ancient (to me) attitudes and marriage laws were... not that it's wrong that they were unfair, but I certainly hope it no longer has to be said today? At least not these particular wrongs in this particular context? And there is no attempt to relate it to anything outside of its own particular context, so... Anyway, when I read it, having Maya as part of the suffragette movement was just one more fun bit about the character, and her friend Amelia's enthusiasm a part of her character, but listening I realized that I must have been skimming - or at least speed-reading - bits of that too without realizing.

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  • Street Magic

  • The Circle Opens
  • By: Tamora Pierce
  • Narrated by: Bruce Coville, the Full Cast Family
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 429
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 314

Briar and Rosethorn are in ancient Chammur, where Briar gets involved in a war between street gangs at the same time that he ends up trying to train a young stone mage he has discovered. Intrigue, adventure, humor, nastiness, all set against a fascinating culture, this is classic Tamora Pierce.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
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  • By C.A on 10-13-08

I always like full cast audio

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

Reviewed: 06-03-15

I was a little disappointed that it wasn't Tamora Pierce herself narrating this time, but Bruce Coville did a good job too, and the voice actors were great, as usual.

I love almost everything Tamora Pierce has written, both Tortall and Emelan, and enjoy their translation to full cast audio books.

  • Songs of Innocence and Experience

  • By: William Blake
  • Narrated by: Brian Murray, Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

This collection is narrated by distinguished Broadway performers Brian Murray and Suzanne Toren. It contains all 45 poems from two famous works, revealing a child's unspoiled view of human nature and the corruption and disillusionment awaiting the innocent. Included are such favorites as "The Lamb", "The Tyger", and "The Sick Rose".

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Static hiss

  • By Michele on 03-23-15

Static hiss

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

Reviewed: 03-23-15

I've always enjoyed Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience, but this audio is nothing special. The narrators are okay, but no more than that, and there is a constant static hiss in the background - a poor quality recording

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Classic Love Poems

  • By: William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,021
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,649
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,518

For anyone who's in love - or hopes to be - what greater celebration could there be than to hear the world's greatest love poetry read lovingly by Richard Armitage? With 13 poems by William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and more, Classic Love Poems is a listening treat for Valentine's Day - or any day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful recitation by Richard Armitage

  • By vc on 02-09-15

Runs Together

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

Reviewed: 03-05-15

I do wish he'd pause between poems, just a little. I need ten more words to submit? That's really weird...

0 of 1 people found this review helpful