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  • Ragnarok

  • I Bring the Fire, Book 6
  • By: C. Gockel
  • Narrated by: Barrie Kreinik
  • Length: 20 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 30

Loki vowed that Asgard would burn. Bohdi Patel, latest incarnation of Chaos, wants nothing to do with Loki's psychotic oath. Stranded on the icy world of Jotunheim with Amy Lewis, his friend Steve Rogers, and an unlikely band of civilians, magical beings, and elite military, Bohdi just wants to keep himself and his friends alive - but when you're Chaos incarnate, even the simplest goals are complicated. If Jotunheim doesn't kill them, Odin will. And if Odin doesn't, the secrets they harbor might.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gockel brilliantly weaves ancient & contemporary

  • By Melinda Sandberg on 04-20-17

Gockel brilliantly weaves ancient & contemporary

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

Reviewed: 04-20-17

Even if you don't know or like Norse mythology the author makes it fascinating as she weaves ancient characters in to contemporary situations. I love Loki as chaos and necessary part of the whole picture of creation.
The author captivates the reader with compelling characters,storyline, philosophy, science, love and adventure better than most attempting science fiction fantasy novels today.
My second read was almost more enjoyable than the first

  • Dawn of Wonder

  • The Wakening, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Renshaw
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 29 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,591
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31,562
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,484

When a high-ranking officer gallops into the quiet Mistyvales, he brings a warning that shakes the countryfolk to their roots. But for Aedan, a scruffy young adventurer with veins full of fire and a head full of ideas, this officer is not what he seems. The events that follow propel Aedan on a journey that only the foolhardy or desperate would risk, leading him to the gates of the nation's royal academy - a whole world of secrets in itself. But this is only the beginning of his discoveries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Instant Favorite

  • By Joe on 03-21-16

Compelling Narrative, Wonderful Characters

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

Reviewed: 12-15-16

I am so thrilled to discover this new saga that is full of adventure, authentic relationship ups and downs, mixed with a supernatural element that seems to enlighten and challenge instead of threaten and condemn as so many of this genre seem to do. Just finished book 1, downloading book2 tonight!

  • The Great Hunt

  • Book Two of The Wheel Of Time
  • By: Robert Jordan
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 26 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,215
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,416
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,433

The Wheel of Time turns and ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the age that gave it birth returns again. For centuries, gleemen have told the tales of The Great Hunt of the Horn. So many tales about each of the Hunters, and so many Hunters to tell of. Now, the Horn itself is found: the Horn of Valere long thought only legend, the Horn which will raise the dead heroes of the ages.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Even better than the first!

  • By So Fain on 04-24-10

Creating a new religion is difficult

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

Reviewed: 09-05-16

Would you try another book from Robert Jordan and/or Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ?

No, not for me. Performances were fine, the author is deep in his own dilemmas and has a morbid outlook about what real religion should be.His conception of female thoughts a feelings is way off. Maybe because I have a much more positive veiw of mankind, its origins and destiny. He has a very love/hate relationship with females.

Has The Great Hunt turned you off from other books in this genre?

Mostly off of Robert Jordon.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Growing disappointment in where the story was going and in the author's work as a result, he says, of studying many of the world's religions.

  • As the Crow Flies

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery, Book 8
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,060
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,679
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,657

Craig Johnson has won multiple awards and earned starred reviews from Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus Reviews for his New York Times best-selling Walt Longmire mysteries. Embarking on his eighth adventure in As the Crow Flies, Sheriff Longmire is searching the Cheyenne Reservation for a site to host his daughter’s wedding, when he sees a woman fall to her death. Teaming up with beautiful tribal chief Lolo Long, Walt sets out to investigate the suspicious death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply one of my favorite series.

  • By B.J. on 07-22-12

Always satisfying and entertaining

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

Reviewed: 12-29-15

Longmire mysteries are filled with authentic color and great story lines. This one gives a lot of insight into Native American culture in a very respectful and insightful way.

  • The Time Is Now

  • By: Julie Rowe
  • Narrated by: Emma Daybell
  • Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

Julie Rowe's first book, A Greater Tomorrow, told of her near-death experience in 2004. During her visit to the Spirit World, she was shown a panorama of the Earth's history and future. In this new volume, Julie focuses on giving additional details about the future events she was shown and how we can best prepare for them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thanks for sharing your experience

  • By SZQZ on 08-18-15

Narration by a young girl reading a Primary lesson

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

Reviewed: 09-12-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Maybe. if you want a very basic outline of what to expect. Monotone young voice is hard for me to listen to.

Would you be willing to try another book from Julie Rowe? Why or why not?

She had a great experience but comes across like a lesson manual.

How could the performance have been better?

A professional narrator may have helped but the text is what it is. Monotone is difficult to listen to. Arrrrrrg!!!

Was The Time Is Now worth the listening time?

Not for me, I have the information from several other sources but it may be that others would relate to her style and manner without a problem.

Any additional comments?

She followed through and did what she was asked and the Lord knew her ability or lack of it, in expressing herself in writing. I am sure she will touch many lives or she wouldn't have been asked to write this.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • What Angels Fear

  • Sebastian St. Cyr, Book 1
  • By: C. S. Harris
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,955
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,819
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,816

It's 1811, and the threat of revolution haunts the upper classes of King George III's England. Then a beautiful young woman is found savagely murdered on the altar steps of an ancient church near Westminster Abbey. A dueling pistol found at the scene and the damning testimony of a witness both point to one man - Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, a brilliant young nobleman shattered by his experience in the Napoleonic Wars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Addictive Series

  • By Bibliophile1963 on 10-17-16

Murder, Mystery, Action & 2D people

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

Reviewed: 08-10-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Not a total waste but I didn't ever really get past the surface of any of the characters. Plenty of action, a little too much about the gory details, but mostly I didn't care about the main character. Yes, he was a nice guy that respected women and could somehow hear and see things others couldn't but over all it is a dark story with a lot of sad lives. I REALLY WANTED to love this book. Ms. Harris is intelligent and talented but maybe not my cup of tea in her choice of protagonists.

Would you be willing to try another book from C. S. Harris? Why or why not?

One more, maybe. More light, more morals more hope and fully fleshed out characters with personalities and purposes I can really engage with. Did I fall asleep when she explains where the golden eyes, night vision and super hearing come from? I need a bit of fantasy mixed in to keep it interesting!

Have you listened to any of Davina Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

YES!! The Outlander series, I followed her to this series and really wanted to love it. She does a fantastic job of character differentiation and the accents are superb. Her Jamie and Claire are beyond compare.

Was What Angels Fear worth the listening time?

Yes. I listen while I clean and organize on weekends. My house looks great. It got me through a lot of routine chores.

Any additional comments?

These are just one readers ideas. Ms. Harris is successful in her chosen fields and I am not a writer, just a lover of good historical fiction and maybe some fantasy mixed in. Davina Porter makes every writers words come to life in extraordinary ways!

34 of 39 people found this review helpful

  • One Second After

  • By: William R. Forstchen
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,278

Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Realistic Worst Nightmare

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 03-02-17

Vital information delivered in a palatable story.

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

Reviewed: 07-12-15

Where does One Second After rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is hard information delivered in a well done novel and narration. We have been warned and the warning has been ignored on every level. Individuals can make up their own mind about the non-exaggerated scenarios presented by the author. The story is believeable and the narration well done. Written more about the subject matter than the characters although the author does a fair job in developing them. It served its purpose.

Would you recommend One Second After to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes. Anyone who cares about their family and their future needs this information and the consequences of not preparing. Listening to the story is a good way to deliver the facts.

Have you listened to any of Joe Barrett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

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

Nope.

Any additional comments?

How about a movie for Cable true to the book and not another FEMA commercial. CERT trained volunteers would benefit from reading this. It would encourage us all to take a refresher course.