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  • A Warrior's Path

  • The Castes and the OutCastes Book 1
  • By: Davis Ashura
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 17 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,035
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,721
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,704

Sweeping from the majestic city of Ashoka to the perilous Wildness beyond her borders, enter a world where Caste determines mystical Talents, the purity of Jivatma expresses worth, and dharma may be based on a lie.Rukh Shektan has always understood duty. As a member of Caste Kumma, the warrior Caste, nothing else is acceptable. He is expected to take part in the deadly Trials, to journey the Wildness and protect the caravans linking Humanity's far-flung cities. Though the mission is dangerous, Rukh's hope and optimism are undaunted. Karma, however, is a fickle fiend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book and promising start to a new series.

  • By Lawrence on 09-18-15

People don't act like this

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

Reviewed: 02-03-19

You don't spend hours talking about how stratified and bigoted a society is only to have them instantly accept new and contrary beliefs and/or forget/remember their biases when it is convenient to the plot. Characters should be able to overcome their biases and cultural mores but it should take time and/or great need.
While the world building is good if feels like the plot is moving at 100 mph which utterly wastes the atmosphere and causes the characters to dance on hot coals to keep up. Bomb shell after bomb shell dropped until I wondered why they bothered to build any world at all. Characters make whimsical decisions, plot holes abound, and too many things happen for no apparent reason all in the name of plot. It feels like the author planned a trilogy for these events and was told "No, you need to fit this into one book."
You don't have to go Wheel of Time slow but please, there is a lot here to play with and no need to force the plot and characters to change so quickly.

  • Ordination

  • The Paladin Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Daniel M. Ford
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 18 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,180
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,120

Allystaire Coldbourne travels a treacherous path toward his Ordination as a holy knight of legend, a Paladin, a savior of the people. But to fulfill this role, he - and the unexpected allies he finds along the way - must face the demonic, sorcerous evil that stalks the land, the wrath of gods and men, and his own dark past.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great writing with a simple story.

  • By Christopher M. Hall on 09-08-17

Really?

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

Reviewed: 02-03-19

It just ends on a cliff hanger without a climax? No attempt to tie everything up? It is so sudden it feels like the author met their chapter quota and just cut it and said "there is book 1", or this was part of a larger book but was cut up and sold as a trilogy without any rewriting to cover up the slice...
Other than that it was a pretty good book.

  • French Leave

  • By: Sheri Cobb South
  • Narrated by: Noah Michael Levine
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

Forced by bankruptcy and scandal into exile in France, Lord Waverly expects never to return to his homeland until, staggering home from a gaming hell in the wee hours of the morning, he encounters a young novice escaping from a convent. When she asks him to take her to England, promising him that her English grandfather will reward him handsomely for her safe conveyance, Waverly reluctantly agrees. Alas, Waverly soon realizes the enormity of his task.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lord Waverly redeemed

  • By Felicia J on 03-01-18

Too close to Georgette Heyer characters

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

The characters and first part of the book are too close to Georgette Heyer's classic 'These Old Shades', which is far and above a much better book: the character's appearances, names of the relatives, how the heroine and hero talk, nicknames he calls her, and others. It's been a long time since I read 'These Old Shades', so I can't spell out details, but too many cropped up in my mind. I hope it was subconscious suggestion or coincidences.

I didn't like it either way. Too many things happened that were too far beyond reality. I can only take so much suspension of disbelief.

  • Brighton Honeymoon

  • By: Sheri Cobb South
  • Narrated by: Noah Michael Levine
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150

Sir Aubrey Tabor began with the most altruistic of motives. When the Brundys' seaside wedding trip is interrupted by a young woman claiming to be Mr. Brundy's sister, Sir Aubrey promises to do what he can in order to relieve his friend of an imposter whose presence poses a threat to marital bliss. But golden-haired Polly proves to be more than a match for Sir Aubrey, and with each encounter, he finds himself thinking less of his friend's honeymoon, and more about having one of his own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sir Aubrey’s tale & more of the Bundys!

  • By Loves2Read on 02-23-18

Too many implausibilities

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

Too many actions taken by characters are so implausible that it makes the story difficult to believe. I only finished it because I was on a road trip. Most obvious example: taking in and aiding in adventuress who claims to be your non-existent sister? That's the main plot and we are expected to accept it. Give me a break. I wish I could've given it a 1.5 star.

  • The Family Trade

  • By: Charles Stross
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 499
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 449

Miriam Beckstein is happy in her life as a successful reporter. When she gets iron-clad evidence of a money-laundering scheme, Miriam thinks she's found the story of the year. But when she takes it to her editor, she's fired on the spot and gets a death threat from the criminals she's uncovered. Before the day is over, she's received a locket left by the mother she never knew - the mother who was murdered when she was an infant. The knotwork pattern within has a hypnotic effect on her.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Stross' dry humor nowhere to be seen

  • By Julie W. Capell on 02-04-18

Series worsened as it went on

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

Reviewed: 10-24-18

The first book had a very intriguing premise. The story had some inconsistencies, but I put up with them for the sake of the mystery. However, the second book was boring; the characters tedious. It was in a different setting from the first one, so you any expectations you have from the first aren't fulfilled. My son, who listens to the audio books I buy, got to the third one first. He told me not to read it, so I didn't.

  • Age of Swords

  • The Legends of the First Empire, Book 2
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 20 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,124
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,623
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,596

Raithe, the God Killer, may have started the rebellion by killing a Fhrey, but longstanding enmities dividing the Rhune make it all but impossible to unite against the common foe. And even if the clans can join forces, how will they defeat an enemy whose magical prowess renders them indistinguishable from gods? The answer lies across the sea in a faraway land populated by a reclusive and dour race who feel nothing but disdain for both Fhrey and mankind.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too slow paced

  • By A. Bunting on 07-28-17

Absolutely Livid

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

I listen to books for entertainment. This book’s ending had me literally ranting into a mirror with fury. Everything goes from bad to worse and nothing gets done that makes all the stuff that happens worth it. I refuse to buy the last book because this is unacceptable.
The narrator was good but the editing had a way of cutting off the start of sentences occasionally, losing a syllable or two, which is poor form.

Now the reason I am so angry:
------------Complete and Total Spoiler Alert from here onwards--------------------


You don’t kill the dog (wolf). #1 rule. They could have killed half of the other main characters and I wouldn’t have cared half as much but they had to kill the one and only dog.
But what did the author do? They didn’t just kill the dog, they murdered the dog. Reminisced about it when it was a cute fluffy puppy. Brought the dog back using magic with the suggestion that it might become a new and interesting character. Murdered it AGAIN. And finally revealed that the whole purpose they scarified the dog to in the first place was futile, meaning it died (TWICE) for no result! And someone thought THAT would make an entertaining story?
My life would be better if I hadn’t listened to this book. I'm going to be angry about this for a very long time.

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  • The Royal Wulff Murders

  • By: Keith McCafferty
  • Narrated by: Rick Holmes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 411
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 400

A local fisherman lands more than he bargained for when he pulls a dead body out of Montana’s Madison River. Sheriff Martha Ettinger takes on the case and soon comes into the company of reclusive artist, Montana newcomer, and ex-PI Sean Stranahan. After teaming up to investigate, Martha and Sean soon uncover evidence that the murder has ties to one of the state’s biggest industries: fly fishing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Murder, Montana & Fly Fishing

  • By Sara on 07-25-16

Couldn't finish it

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

Reviewed: 12-03-17

You really have to LOVE fly fishing to read this. The novel wasn't interspersed with references to fishing so much as this is a book about fly fishing interspersed with a mystery. The flashbacks for the back-story overloaded the beginning of the novel also.
Maybe it got better, since it received a great review in a magazine I read. You will have to judge for yourself.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Jury Master

  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 946
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 794
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 793

David Sloane is the best wrongful death attorney in San Francisco. He's a lawyer who can make juries do anything. But despite his professional success, he's plagued by a nightmare of a childhood he cannot consciously remember. When he receives a package from a White House confidant who then turns up dead by apparent suicide, the contents reveal a history he never could have imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Storytelling

  • By Eddie Renz on 05-19-15

Excellent. Great premise

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

Reviewed: 12-03-17

I love the premise where a lawyer can practically mesmerize a jury with his closing statement and therefore never loses. I was very interested in how it conflicted with his conscience. Unfortunately, from what I have read in the next couple books, this premise wasn't really continued, but I haven't read all of them yet. Even without that premise, I found this was a suspenseful and enjoyable read. The characters were well drawn and sympathetic.

  • A Plague on Both Your Houses

  • The First Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew
  • By: Susanna Gregory
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 84

Matthew Bartholomew, unorthodox but effective physician to Michaelhouse college in medieval Cambridge, is as worried as anyone about the pestilence that is ravaging Europe and seems to be approaching England. But he is distracted by the sudden and inexplicable death of the Master of Michaelhouse - a death the University authorities do not want investigated.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • By Derk on 04-26-17

Couldn't finish it

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

Reviewed: 12-03-17

I had read a Bartholomew novel from later in the series, so decided to read this one. I assume the author learned a lot about writing mysteries between this one and the later one. The mystery was boring; the characters very superficial, and the plague episodes were more of an interference than interesting.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Day of the Dead

  • By: J. A. Jance
  • Narrated by: Tim Jerome
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

Brandon Walker, once the sheriff of Pima County, Arizona, no longer feels he has purpose. A reluctant retiree living in the long shadow of his wife, Diana Ladd, a successful author of true-crime books, he is bored with life. Salvation comes with an invitation to join The Last Chance, an exclusive fraternity of former cops and forensic experts who look into unsolved murders.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Satisfying Read

  • By Howard on 08-25-04

Very supenseful cold case mystery

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

Reviewed: 12-03-17

I thoroughly enjoyed this; it kept my interest throughout. The characters were all interesting and sympathetic (well except for the 2 psychopaths) with fully drawn back-story, even the relatively minor characters. I like cold case mysteries and this one did a good job continuing into the present day.

The only down side was the prelude to each chapter. It was a continuing native tribal myth/story. I never recognized what it had to to with the novel, but maybe I didn't pay enough attention to the ending. Either way, it was more annoying than useful.