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  • Iron and Magic

  • Iron Covenant, Book 1
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,361
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,279

Hugh d'Ambray, Preceptor of the Iron Dogs, Warlord of the Builder of Towers, served only one man. Now his immortal, nearly omnipotent master has cast him aside. Hugh is a shadow of the warrior he was, but when he learns that the Iron Dogs, soldiers who would follow him anywhere, are being hunted down and murdered, he must make a choice: to fade away or to be the leader he was born to be. Hugh knows he must carve a new place for himself and his people, but they have no money, no shelter, and no food, and the necromancers are coming. Fast. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Is it just me or did he just give Andrea an accent?

  • By Cathline on 07-25-18

Can't wait for more of Hugh's story!

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

Just finished listening and I think I've found a new favorite among the stories Ilona Andrews relates! I won't give away plot points, but Hugh's transformation from antagonist's henchman to leading protagonist is handled beautifully, his POV of events in the Kate Daniel's series providing believable insights into the humanity he managed to hold on to despite being Roland's slave. Only thing that could have been better would have been if Mr. West had listened to Ms. Raudman's handling of the KD characters. His take on Hugh is fabulous, though.

  • Morningwood: Everybody Loves Large Chests (Vol.1)

  • By: Neven Iliev
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,295
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,127

Large chests are said to encompass all manner of hopes and dreams. Men covet them. Women envy them. But one fact holds true - everyone wants to get their hands on some big ones. The same holds true for one intrepid adventurer - a strapping young lad by the name of Himmel. Armed with his grandfather's trusty longsword and the dream of being the strongest, he sets out on the journey of a lifetime!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really Entertaining

  • By HeatherY on 11-23-17

Very Nearly 5 Stars

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

Reviewed: 07-16-18

I laughed, I chortled, I snerked, and I sympathy-flinched-and-groaned while reading this. Then I bought the Audible edition and enjoyed it all over again, with the narrator's timing and intonation adding in a few moments of choking-on-my-drink-startled-hilarity. The only thing holding me back from giving this title a perfect 5 is the vulgarity. If you're comfortable with profane language and lewd descriptions, this is a laugh your @$$ off read. If you aren't, well, the lewd depictions can usually be forwarded through in 10s or so without losing important story points. By the by, that's NOT a complaint - the story and the style it's told in are a great pairing. The lewdness is both character- and plot- appropriate. Just, preview it before sharing with the teenager crowd.

  • Illidan: World of Warcraft

  • By: William King
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,717
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,343
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,330

Illidan Stormrage is one of the most powerful beings ever to walk the lands of Azeroth. He is also one of the least understood. Behind his legend, beneath his enigmatic mission, lies a brilliant mind whose machinations are comprehended by few - and trusted by even fewer. Illidan's righteous reign of justice and vengeance has begun.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good lore and unaccounted events explained

  • By Federico on 04-13-16

Good - In Context

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

Reviewed: 06-27-18

This may be the first WoW Lore book available in an Audible format, but it is far from the first of the World of Warcraft Lore books. If you don't play the game, don't start here. If you do play WoW, the in-game lore should give you enough context to appreciate the points that get glossed over -- like who Malfurion and Tyrande are and why they even get a mention in this book.

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Techniques for Retraining Your Brain
  • By: Jason M. Satterfield, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Jason M. Satterfield
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,858
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,837

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a well-tested collection of practical techniques for managing moods and modifying undesirable behaviors through self-awareness, critical analysis, and goal-oriented change. CBT illuminates the links between thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and physical health and uses those connections to develop concrete plans for self-improvement. In 24 engaging half-hour lectures, you'll build a robust and effective self-improvement toolkit with the expert guidance of Professor Satterfield of the University of California, San Francisco.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great addition to my counseling practice

  • By Stephanie-Samantha on 01-09-16

Great Introduction

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

Reviewed: 05-18-18

First and foremost, addressing the negative reviewers: It's twelve hours and it covers how CBT is used in various applications. It is not blanket therapy. Do not expect *personalized* guidance to better mental health. If you are seeking some kind of therapy, whether formal or informal, the last lecture is worth spending a credit for as he directly addresses how to separate the "smoke and mirrors" idiocy from substantive information.

If you're trying to figure out, "Is this the approach you want to take?" then this is an excellent overview of what to expect from a CBT therapist. Dr. Satterfield presents the core concept of CBT - the interaction of cognition (thoughts & expectations), emotions, and behaviors - in very clear, direct language. He doesn't throw jargon around, doesn't obscure what he's saying in technobabble, and does provide examples of what the therapy sessions he runs look like.

  • Agatha H and the Airship City

  • Girl Genius #1
  • By: Phil Foglio, Kaja Foglio
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 696
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 612

The Industrial Revolution has escalated into all-out warfare. Sixteen years have passed since the Heterodyne Boys, benevolent adventurers and inventors, disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Today, Europe is ruled by the Sparks, dynasties of mad scientists ruling over - and terrorizing - the hapless population with their bizarre inventions and unchecked power, while the downtrodden dream of the Heterodynes’ return. At Transylvania Polygnostic University, a pretty, young student named Agatha Clay seems to have nothing but bad luck.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ever wanted visuals while audio book listening?

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-11-13

love the extras

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

Reviewed: 01-11-17

the book is based on the Web comic series, and manages to capture most of the mad cap illustrations of the comic while providing details that the comic format is not suited to showcasing. the comic is at girlgenius.com. there are some minor continuity conflicts between the comics and this novelization, but minor enough that you can page through the comic while listening to the book.

  • Give Us the Ballot

  • The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America
  • By: Ari Berman
  • Narrated by: Tom Zingarelli
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229

The adoption of the landmark Voting Rights Act in 1965 enfranchised millions of Americans and is widely regarded as the crowning achievement of the civil rights movement. Yet fifty years later, we are still fighting heated battles over race, representation, and political power - over the right to vote, the central pillar of our democracy. A groundbreaking narrative history of voting rights since 1965, Give Us the Ballot tells the story of what happened after the act was passed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • In-Depth Blow by Blow Account of the VRA

  • By Gillian on 10-25-16

Well told history of voting rights activism

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

Reviewed: 10-31-16

There's a lot of information in here, but Berman keeps it grounded in the story of the people working to expand voting access. There were some dense parts to the material being covered, but that's one of the things that makes for a good non-fiction piece -- when you have to stop and really consider what you're reading/hearing in the moment.

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  • Agent to the Stars

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,689
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,725
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,715

The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hollywood Agent Represents Stinky Aliens

  • By Bryan on 04-22-11

well worth full price

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

Reviewed: 03-27-16

This was a truly enjoyable listen, an experience more than the sum of its parts.

  • Visions of Heat

  • Psy-Changeling Series, Book 2
  • By: Nalini Singh
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,833
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,593
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,586

Hailed as a major talent in paranormal romance, Nalini Singh takes us deeper into the world of the Psy and the changelings in her latest extraordinary novel, where a gifted woman sees passion in her future---a passion that is absolutely forbidden by her kind. In danger from the Psy, Faith NightStar's fragile sanity will be tested by an all-consuming passion for a changeling who can take the form of man or jaguar.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Things are heating up.

  • By Bex on 10-12-14

Start with this book, then listen to the first one

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

Reviewed: 01-01-16

When writing fantasy, Ms. Singh does a great job of creating heroines you can really root for. Some are bad ass fighters and some simply possess the kind of internal strength that lets them meet the challenges they face with dignity and resolution. Faith doesn't have to be a kick ass super star fighter to face down the scary stuff. She does it with smarts and the support of her mate.

Having listened to the second book now, the first book, "Slave to Sensation", is more enjoyable. My biggest gripe was with the concept of a group of psychics choosing to become emotionally neutered. Human consciousness is emotion with a patter of reasoning wrapped around it. Deny the emotions and of course you're going to have serious mental breakdowns.

This book provides more insight into what drove that decision and the very serious consequences it's having in the story's larger world. It's the set up that the first book didn't get to.

There's a slight bit of spoiler in the second book if you haven't read the first, but clearing up that bit of world building made a huge impact on how much more I was able to enjoy the first book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Rock Addiction

  • Rock Kiss, Book 1
  • By: Nalini Singh
  • Narrated by: Justine O. Keef
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 870
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 783
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 784

Molly Webster has always followed the rules. After an ugly scandal tore apart her childhood and made her the focus of the media's harsh spotlight, she vowed to live an ordinary life. No fame. No impropriety. No pain. Then she meets Zachary Fox, a tattooed bad-boy rocker with a voice like whiskey and sin and a touch that could become an addiction.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • really disappointing

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-10-16

Meh.

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

Reviewed: 11-15-15

I'm 3 hours in and unimpressed. It's got good sex scenes and starts them early, but in between there ain't much plot. The story is set in New Zealand with New Zealanders among the main characters, but so far there has been one, exactly one, person read with a New Zealand accent, and that was an unnamed neighbor with maybe two lines of dialog.

Hero: aggressive male, a few issues, mundane trope.
Heroine: major issues, timid, and rather pathetic.

Bored and moving on. Hoping Ms Singh gets bored and returns to writing about angels that make vampires and the people who get to play catch with runaway vamps. At least those characters all have backbones.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Burn for Me

  • A Hidden Legacy, Book 1
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,217
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,049
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,045

Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career - a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile situation. Nevada isn't sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire. Then she's kidnapped by Connor "Mad" Rogan - a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVED LOVED LOVED THIS BOOK

  • By Owned By Fizz on 07-29-15

Different

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

Reviewed: 11-15-15

This book sets the stage for a new series focused on the two main characters, and while the heroine is an enjoyable scrapper, the hero is more of an anti-hero, with hints lightly poking through the story that he might, possibly, maybe not be a complete psychopath. I await further character development in the books yet to come.

The universe is brand new --- ish. Magic is introduced into humanity during the 1860s, so most of the political set up is the same, but the similarities between real life places and institutions show that the alternate history angle wasn't pushed as hard as it could have been.

Iliona Andrews is one of my favorite authors because she writes compelling stories, and this definitely matched her prior books for drawing me through the story. Renee Raudman is my favorite dramatic narrator, and she delivers a great listen yet again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful