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  • Alex Verus Series, Book 1
  • By: Benedict Jacka
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,387
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,964
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,972

Alex Verus is part of a world hidden in plain sight, running a magic shop in London. And while Alex's own powers aren't as showy as some mages, he does have the advantage of foreseeing the possible future-allowing him to pull off operations that have a million-to-one-chance of success. But when Alex is approached by multiple factions to crack open a relic from a long-ago mage war, he knows that whatever's inside must be beyond powerful.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Harry Dresden meets the Temple of Doom

  • By Jessica on 05-15-14

Intriguing

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

Reviewed: 11-26-16

I was referred to this book by a fan of The Dresden Files and I am so glad they did. I should have gone to bed a hour ago but I had to finish it.

I find it interesting how Alex being a diviner and can see the future still does not know everything, he has to study his choices and see what each action leads to. In this world mages tend to specialize in one area Alex can see the future and others can control fire. This makes it interesting because no two mages are the same that you face.

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  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Book 1

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 66,018
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 59,917
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 59,904

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Sad, Sad Confession…

  • By Mike L Lane on 08-08-17

Harry Potter is a classic

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

Reviewed: 11-25-15

So glad this is available now to enjoy. All around great. Did not enjoy some of the narrative like when Hermione says sorry it sounds to whiny but over all great

  • The Sword of Summer

  • Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book One
  • By: Rick Riordan
  • Narrated by: Christopher Guetig
  • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,599
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,158

Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother's mysterious death, he's lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers. One day he's tracked down by an uncle he barely knows - a man his mother claimed was dangerous. Uncle Randolph tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I hope they did not pay for the Narrator.

  • By kstone76 on 02-16-16

Norse Percy

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

Reviewed: 11-24-15

This book has simular characteristics of Percy Jackson, demi God, out of his league and much more. And it goes further into the joint universe. Anabeth is a minor character after all. Norse mythology is very dark yet very interesting.

The narration is great too well done and lots to enjoy

  • Grave Peril

  • The Dresden Files, Book 3
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,778
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,032
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,957

Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden has had a rough couple of weeks. As the only openly practicing professional wizard in the Chicago area, he has squared off against a multitude of supernatural bad guys. Harry has won the day against demons, poltergeists, sorcerers, trolls, vampires, werewolves, and even an evil faerie godmother. You might think nothing could spook him. You would be wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spike makes good

  • By Lakejewel on 03-22-10

Ghosts and worse

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

Reviewed: 12-12-14

By now I noticed that by now the title of the book gives a hint towards the monster of the book.

Harry and a new good guy a Knight of the Christian church have been fighting monsters that have been driven mad by some kind of evil barb wire. Who is stirring up trouble with the ghosts in the Never Never? While they are trying to figure this out Dresden is also invited by the Red Court for Bianca's rise to vampire nobility.

Susan, Murphy, and Dresden are back with new friends and old foes. Will harry be able to help save the day again or will everything be destroyed again.

This series I am plowing though faster and faster. Each book is slightly longer in time but I see how much is left in the book I am surprised how fast I am near the end of my book. sure the books are shorter then most that I listen to but I have gone though almost 3 books in a week. So I will let you decide.

  • Fool Moon

  • The Dresden Files, Book 2
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,552
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,594
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,550

Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is Chicago's only openly practicing wizard. He is also dead broke. His vast knowledge and magical skills are unfortunately matched by his talent for making powerful enemies and alienating friends. With little more than his integrity left, he accepts an offer of work from Lt. Karin Murphy of Chicago's Special Investigations Unit. He wants to redeem himself in Murphy's eyes and make enough money to quiet his rumbling stomach.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best books I've read in a long time!

  • By David Ziegler on 05-06-10

Magic and Monster

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

Reviewed: 12-12-14

The first thing I love about this Jim Butcher book is that the next disaster does not show up a week later but time has passed. The events from before still are in effect. Murphy still is mad but we learn her perspective. Butcher has a great way doing his research into the world of magic and its monsters.

A murder has happened and its a attack by a magical animal, werewolves are now in Chicago and it looks like they may be going after the crime boss. When Harry Dresden asks his friend Bob he learns there are 4 different types. and only one is against the magical law. Dresden is being manipulated and guided from one group to another. All to find the cursed man.

well written and well thought out this book is a great mix of Magic and being a Private Eye. best for the fan of either world

  • The Blood of Olympus

  • The Heroes of Olympus, Book 5
  • By: Rick Riordan
  • Narrated by: Nick Chamian
  • Length: 14 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,497
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,007
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,006

Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen - all of them - and they're stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood - the blood of Olympus - in order to wake.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Why?

  • By B.D. Christopher on 09-14-15

Another finish

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

Reviewed: 11-24-14

Rick Riordan is finishing another great series with our Greek hero and his friends.

we know someone is going to die, do you know who? No one can die, Everyone is important, Yet someone will. but there is hope. can they get what they need before its to late? Also Nico has his own mission now with helping return the Statue of Athena. Will everyone succeed or will they all fail? (lets be honest what book does the hero's fail)

Also there is a mysterious hint to another book he is writing, I had to have my sister clarify it but there is another set of hero's with God powers that will be in this world. I wonder what Riordan is working towards with all these different godlings (demi god, magicians channeling the gods, godly decendants) running around who will they fight?

This book I listened to in only a few short days and it was worth it.

  • You Have to F--king Eat

  • By: Adam Mansbach
  • Narrated by: Bryan Cranston
  • Length: 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,976
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,669
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,644

Emmy Award-winning actor Bryan Cranston ( Breaking Bad, Malcom in the Middle) follows in the exasperated footsteps of Samuel L. Jackson, giving voice to the long-suffering father whose indifferent child will just not eat in this hilarious follow-up to Adam Mansbach's international best seller, Go the F--k to Sleep.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another role that Bryan Cranston plays to a T.

  • By Darren on 11-12-14

Sequel curses

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

Reviewed: 11-21-14

This follow up to me failed to live up to my expectations. Adam Mansbach wrote a beautiful story with Go The F*ck to sleep that shows the parents struggle with putting children to sleep. This novel is about feeding kids and I feel like he had to much pressure put on his shoulders to write a sequel.

Bryan Cranston did a fantastic job reading this novel and it was very entertaining. I much prefer Samuel L Jackson to have done this again but we cant always win.

  • The Shadow Throne

  • Book Two of the Shadow Campaigns
  • By: Django Wexler
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 21 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387

Anyone can plot a coup or fire an assassin's bullet. But in a world of muskets and magic, it takes considerably more to seize the throne. The ailing King of the Vordan lies on his deathbed. When he dies, his daughter, Raesinia Orboan, will become the first Queen Regnant in centuries - and a ripe target for the ambitious men who seek to control her. The most dangerous of these is Duke Orlanko, Minister of Information and master of the secret police.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great book!

  • By Bob-o on 08-01-14

War, now politics

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

Reviewed: 11-16-14

The King is sick, the Last Duke is about to make his move. But the Princess has a trick up her sleeve too. she was used as a pawn by the Last Duke but pawns can fight back too. Winter, Marcus and Janus come back in time to help but they don't know what the princess is doing.

Marcus is in charge of a group of men that have a spy inside it. Winter is on a special mission where she must give up her disguise and be a girl.

As I continue to read this I cant help but get a feeling that there is a something hidden in the story. What is happening with the Thousand Names what is Janus doing? So much mystery to find out.

  • The Thousand Names

  • By: Django Wexler
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 22 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 619
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 626

With this stunning series opener, Django Wexler leaps to the upper echelon of today’s best fantasy authors. The Thousand Names opens his Shadow Campaigns series with a tale of bloody rebellion that will reshape an empire -- and a world. Captain Marcus d’Ivoire and Winter Ihernglass see their fortunes rise under the command of military genius Janus bet Vhalnich. But Janus’ obsession with the supernatural portends a dire fate for the realm.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Military Fantasy

  • By Johnathan W. Hill on 04-24-14

Thousand words

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

Reviewed: 11-16-14

This is a interesting book. Django Wexler has merged the world of magic with the weaponry of colonial age of the Americas. And though there is magic in this novel, not everyone can use it, and everyone that has magic is different.

The clashes are well described in detail but not to much. Musket wars are a tough battle to describe and he has done his research to make sure that they are as realistic sounding as possible.

The story has two points of view Winter and Marcus they are amazing. There is not only the Redeemer army to worry about but also people in their own army as well. new recruits with no training, and old recruits who just ran away must work together to get better.

  • Sabriel

  • By: Garth Nix
  • Narrated by: Tim Curry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,608
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,615

Ever since she was a tiny child, Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the random power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who won't stay dead. But now her father, the Mage Abhorsen, is missing, and to find him Sabriel must cross back into that world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enraptured

  • By T. HICKS on 06-20-09

Duty

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

Reviewed: 11-16-14

I have a tell me to get these book saying I would love them. I bought them a while back but always had a book I wanted to listen to first. Finally I got to this book and started it on Tuesday. Saturday I finished it as soon as I finished doing my home work. Every free minute I had I was listening to this book.

Most books I have read Necromancy is a evil magic, raising the dead and controlling them and making them follow your will. Here Sabriel is trained in the art of Necromancy to put the dead to rest. A interesting twist with the fight to stop the dead.

Tim Curry is the narrator here and he happens to be one of my favorite actors. From Home Alone 2 to Annie. He makes it so this story comes to life. adding to the magic of the world.

I love and recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy.