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  • The Red Lion

  • Highland Warriors of Munro, Book 1
  • By: Kathryn Le Veque
  • Narrated by: Brad Wills
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148

Big and burly, with a crown of vibrant red hair, as the son of the chief of Clan Munro, Jamison's path in life was more unconventional than those of his clansmen. Fostered in England and France, Jamison learned the ways of his adversaries before returning home to take his place at his father's side. But his father is a progressive thinker, knowing that in order to survive, his clan must become allies with the English. He knows that isolation will only bring destruction to his clan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Red Lion 🐱

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 03-30-17

Wanted to give it more stars but...

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

Reviewed: 04-08-17

The story line is very good. Le Veque is a very talented historical fiction writer. Brad Wills is also very good-at voicing the male characters, but his choices for female characters are often just short of nails on a chalkboard. His high pitched, rushed dialog makes them all seem angry, frightened and on verge of attack. Many other male voice actors manage to credibly portray female characters and Wills needs to really work on this. I'm hesitant to purchase any other of Le Veque's titles that he has narrated.

  • The Ghostfaces

  • The Brotherband Chronicles, Book 6
  • By: John A. Flanagan
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 664
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 627
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 622

When the Brotherband crew are caught in a massive storm at sea, they're blown far off course and wash up on the shores of a land so far west that Hal can't recognize it from any of his maps. Eerily, the locals are nowhere in sight, yet the Herons have a creeping feeling they are being watched.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Natural Progression

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-22-16

Please write faster Mr. Flanagan!

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

Reviewed: 06-17-16

John Flanagan is one of those writers that can transport his readers on the adventure with his characters. He has chosen well in his narrator John Keating. He enhances the story with a unique voice for each character. My students love these books; all the way through high school and they keep reading them in college, and I love them as an adult. He is one of those small group of authors that can appeal across generational lines because he focuses on a good story with strong characters. It is so hard to wait for his next book!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Ranger's Apprentice, Book 8: Kings of Clonmel

  • By: John Flanagan
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,343
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,175
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,176

Mankind puts its faith in many things - gods, kings, money - anything for protection from the worlds many dangers. When a cult springs up in neighboring Clonmel, promising to quell the recent attacks by lawless marauders, people flock to offer gold in exchange for protection. But this particular group, with which Halt is all too familiar, has a less than charitable agenda. Secrets will be unveiled and battles fought to the death as Will and Horace help Halt in ridding the land of a dangerous enemy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very gripping like the earlier books!

  • By K. Shah on 01-11-16

Worthy of Rereading!

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

Reviewed: 07-01-15

The Ranger's Apprentice series is only the second book series I have ever reread. I'm doing that now, and enjoying them as much, if not more, than the first time. Flanagan is a great writing talent.

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  • The Ruins of Gorlan

  • Ranger's Apprentice, Book 1
  • By: John Flanagan
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,654
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,659

Will is an orphan and a ward of the castle. He hopes to someday become a great hero. But he is a small boy, and only the biggest and toughest are selected as warriors. He has other talents though, and they catch the attention of the mysterious Ranger Halt. Will soon masters stealth and accuracy with the bow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • YA?

  • By Deborah Buskirk on 10-12-12

This is an Amazing series with an amazing narrator!

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

Reviewed: 06-14-15

Don't miss out on reading and enjoying this wonderfully written series! Team Flanagan & Keating are the best!!!

  • Orphan Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Christina Baker Kline
  • Narrated by: Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,372
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,360
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,372

Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moving story of sharing and transformation.

  • By Kathi on 04-03-13

Wonderful Story!

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

Reviewed: 05-20-15

This is not Little House on the Prairie, but it is a well told story based on real history. It also reflects the woeful state of the current foster care system, Kline does a great job weaving the stories of the two main characters together, and the narration is well done!

  • Rise of the Defender

  • By: Kathryn Le Veque
  • Narrated by: Brian J. Gill
  • Length: 32 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351

AD 1192 - Sir Christopher de Lohr is Richard the Lion Heart's champion, a man the Muslims nicknamed "The Lion's Claw". Blond, battle scarred, and powerful, he is what all men fear. After the fall of Acre, Christopher makes a promise at the deathbed of a dying comrade to marry the man's incorrigible but wealthy daughter. Christopher returns home to marry the woman, but the only thing he is interested in is her substantial dowry. He has no use for a wife and resents being forced into the marriage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shame on Audible for not checking the producer's wk

  • By Cam on 08-19-15

My 1st Le Veque novel, but definitely not my last!

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

Reviewed: 05-09-15

So glad to have discovered this author! As irritating as men's attitudes and treatment of women could be in this time period, I'm glad Le Veque didn't apply current beliefs and behaviors to medieval men and women. I loved the development of the characters as the story progressed, she is a wonderful storyteller. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a well told, fully fleshed out story. The narrator brought the characters to life with wonderful changes of voice and tone.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Providence of Fire

  • By: Brian Staveley
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 24 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,519
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,117

Having learned the identity of her father's assassin, Adare flees the Dawn Palace in search of allies to challenge the coup against her family. Few trust her, but when she is believed to be touched by Intarra, patron goddess of the empire, the people rally to help her retake the capital city. As armies prepare to clash, the threat of invasion from barbarian hordes compels the rival forces to unite against their common enemy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I'm trying really hard to like this series.

  • By Mike on 02-09-15

Would have liked to give it more but-

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

Reviewed: 04-12-15

When an author falls back on the constant use of profanity, in Staveley's case the F word ad nauseum, it indicates a real lack of effort at creativity. He makes this fascinating world, a very creative storyline, then keeps hurling us back into public middle school in America with his dialogue. If you're going to make the effort of several religions, involvement of superhuman beings, etc then extend that creativity to their language. Definitely took it out of 4 or 5 star level. Would like to know how it ends with Bk 3, but it's so annoying I probably won't waste the Audible credit on it. The narrator is exceptional!

  • An Irish Country Doctor

  • A Novel
  • By: Patrick Taylor
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,616
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,222
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,227

Barry Laverty, M.B., can barely find the village of Ballybucklebo on a map when he first sets out to seek gainful employment there, but already he knows that there is nowhere he would rather live than in the emerald hills and dales of Northern Ireland. The proud owner of a spanking-new medical degree and little else in the way of worldly possessions, Barry jumps at the chance to secure a position as an assistant in a small rural practice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Book

  • By Sara on 10-24-14

When You're in the Mood for a Good Story

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

Reviewed: 03-16-15

I was not familiar with Patrick Taylor's writing and was very pleased I chose this book.
There isn't heart stopping action or wild romance, and it's thankfully devoid of zombies and vampires. Taylor is a storyteller and he draws you into mid 20th century Ireland with grace and charm. It doesn't take long to begin to care for the characters and enjoy their development and the story's as well. Now I want to read the earlier novels as well as the next to find out what happens to everyone. The narration is superb!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • PathFinder

  • TodHunter Moon, Book 1
  • By: Angie Sage
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351

When Alice TodHunter Moon was five years old, she saw a beautiful golden Dragon Boat fly over her PathFinder village. She knew at once that the boat was Magykal. That was years ago, before her mother died, her father disappeared at sea, and the Garmin took her best friend, Ferdie. Now it's up to Tod and Ferdie's brother Oskar to rescue Ferdie from the Garmins' keeper, the malevolent Lady.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gerard Doyle would have been better

  • By Caley on 03-26-16

Great start to Sage's offshoot series, but!

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

Reviewed: 03-08-15

If you could sum up PathFinder in three words, what would they be?

Continues storyline well!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Alice "Tod" Todhunter Moon--who can resist a young, female character finding her inner warrior?

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Nicola Barber is a fine narrator, and I enjoyed her development of the new characters. However, my question is why would there be a change of narrators? I would get it if this wasn't an offshoot series that involves several characters already well established and identifiable, but even with a female lead, Gerard Doyle should have continued as the narrator. He has given so many of the characters their audio personalities and the change of narration is jarring and detracts from Sage's great new storyline to widen and enrich the world of Septimus Heap she has created.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Angie Sage incorporates humor, tender moments, romance, danger and plenty of action which allows the reader a scope of emotions. This keeps you reading and/or listening!

Any additional comments?

Bring back Gerard Doyle! This does not mean Barber isn't also a great narrator, I just want the real characters from the original series back.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Fairest

  • The Lunar Chronicles - Levana's Story
  • By: Marissa Meyer
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,946
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,769
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,766

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all? Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her "glamour" to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story - a story that has never been told - until now. Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as sexual as other reviews imply

  • By Claudia H on 07-02-15

How disappointed I am in you Ms Meyer

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

Reviewed: 02-28-15

As in the The first three books, then narration was very good. However, this is a series that appeals to middle and high school girls. While this book is appropriate for adults, there are many aspects that are too intense and motivated by a level of evil and cunning that, in my opinion, is not appropriate for middle schoolers. This series is on our Accelerated Reading lists, but this book I can't put on the middle school list.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful