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  • Spinning Silver

  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Lisa Flanagan
  • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,541
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,388
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,375

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father's inability to collect his debts has left his family on the edge of poverty - until Miryem takes matters into her own hands. Hardening her heart, the young woman sets out to claim what is owed and soon gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold. When an ill-advised boast draws the attention of the king of the Staryk - grim fey creatures who seem more ice than flesh - Miryem's fate, and that of two kingdoms, will be forever altered. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favorite authors. Only 1 small complaint

  • By R. W. Olsen on 11-30-18

Another fantastic book from Novak

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

Reviewed: 07-31-18

Naomi Novik is so brilliant. Her characters and plots are human and hopeful in a way that few do well. This book was a joy to listen to. Lisa Flanagan’s reading was superb. Each character’s voice had nuance and was recognizable but the differences were subtle enough to not break the rhythm of the book. Loved it.

  • Tricked

  • The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 4
  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,656
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,841
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,809

Druid Atticus O’Sullivan hasn’t stayed alive for more than two millennia without a fair bit of Celtic cunning. So when vengeful thunder gods come Norse by Southwest looking for payback, Atticus, with a little help from the Navajo trickster god Coyote, lets them think that they’ve chopped up his body in the Arizona desert. But the mischievous Coyote is not above a little sleight of paw, and Atticus soon finds that he’s been duped into battling bloodthirsty desert shape-shifters called skinwalkers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hooked in an Instant

  • By Nicholas on 04-24-12

A fun but lack luster installment in a good series

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

Reviewed: 05-12-12

I enjoyed listening to this, but the plot doesn't make a lot of sense. If I was a 2000 year old druid, I think I could come up with better plans than the ones Atticus does in this book. I don't demand a lot of logic from fantasy novels (they are about magic after all), but Hearne doesn't even try to be consistent in this book. Atticus travel for centuries throughout the America's before Columbus but he can't understand when the Dine people speak. Really? He has a perfect memory for everything else. The plot is riddled with holes and seemed directionless.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Gates of Sleep

  • Elemental Masters
  • By: Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by: Kayla Fell
  • Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343

In the tradition of her acclaimed fairy-tale-inspired novel, The Serpent's Shadow, best-selling author Mercedes Lackey re-imagines Sleeping Beauty-as a dark and enchanting Edwardian fantasy.Marina is the cherished daughter of the wealthy Roeswood family, practioners of Elemental Magic. But evil portents have warned her parents that Marina will be killed before her 18th birthday-by the hand of her own aunt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic and compelling!

  • By Kaylon on 11-11-12

So boring I couldn't finish it

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

Reviewed: 05-12-12

Most of the Elemental Masters series read like Young Adult fantasies. Sweet, not complicated bits of fantasy fluff that can be enjoyable if listened to with the right perspective. This one was just bad, bad, bad. Seriously the most boring thing I have tried to listen to. Obvious plot, ridiculously stupid characters, and uninspired narration. Yuck. Save your credits or money.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Redemption in Indigo

  • By: Karen Lord
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 131

This fascinating debut by Karen Lord - a retelling of a Senegalese folktale - earned starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist and won the Frank Collymore Award. When Paama finally leaves her gluttonous husband, she attracts the attention of the undying spirit Patience, who gives her Chance’s Chaos Stick as a gift. But Chance insists that only he should wield the stick’s powers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An unusual and entertaining book

  • By Jeph2005 on 07-30-11

An unusual and entertaining book

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-30-11

This book is a refreshing change from many standard fantasy story lines. Thoroughly enjoyable.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 37,808
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,684
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,697

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

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

  • By Jan on 12-02-09

A wonderful novel

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-30-11

This is one of the best Audiobooks I have listened to this year. The main characters are fantastic: warm, funny, brave and vulnerable. I normally hate when the narration of a book is divided between multiple people, but with this book it was a brilliant choice. The writer and narrators' skills combined to create characters that I felt like I was truly getting to know and love.

The back drop of the segregated South and the subtle and overt dangers the main character's faced created a tension that kept me engrossed in the story. I have no experience with which to judge if the portrayal of the humiliations, hatred, affections, bigotry and fear are accurate for that time in the South. It felt real and balanced though.

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  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: John Glover
  • Length: 17 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,617
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,630
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,632

When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not the best audio book in the series

  • By Bill on 08-31-11

A solid installment in a fun series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-30-11

People need to get over the fact that James Marsters wasn't available to read the book. Too many of the reviews sound like they were written by petulant children. I loved how he read the other books and would have preferred him as the narrator. However, John Glover does a fine job as well.

The novel itself is very much in line with the other books in the series. Similar humor, adventure, and guilt ridden angst. At points, it does seem to be a bit more like a bridge between the story arch of the last book and what ever is coming next than its own novel -- sort of a method for rapid advancement of the other characters. It is compelling though and kept me interested until the very end.

4 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • A Discovery of Witches

  • A Novel
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,443
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,483

Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A feast for the mind and imagination

  • By Barbara on 02-21-11

A bit long, a bit predictable, but ok

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-11

I can see why this book is getting such mixed reviews. I think it needed a better editor to shorten up the plot line a bit. I got tired of listening to it several times but persevered through it to an enjoyable end. The plot lines are completely stolen from better books though - nothing original.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Hounded

  • The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,636
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,598
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,534

Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the

  • By Chris on 01-02-12

Great fun

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-11

A fun, easy read. Atticus is a great fellow to follow and he is surrounded by amusing characters. You won't find any deep meanings in the text, but if you want a fun urban fantasy you won't be disappointed by this book.

If you enjoy Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden novels, you will enjoy this book.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Against All Things Ending

  • The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Book 3
  • By: Stephen R. Donaldson
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 33 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 213
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 188

Award-winning author Stephen R. Donaldson’s Thomas Covenant books have sold more than 10 million copies. In the third volume of this trilogy, Linden Avery confronts the consequences of using magical power sufficient to wake the Worm, which is capable of destroying the Land. And although the only hope may rest with Linden’s son, the boy could also bring disaster upon everyone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful language

  • By Jeph2005 on 06-11-11

Beautiful language

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-11

A fantastic book! Enjoyed reading it in print and was excited to see it on Audible. Lots of action and angst. As usual Mr. Donaldson's use of language is beautiful and flowing. He creates complex characters who are filled with despair but fight for beauty and truth. Unlike many fantasy novels which are just a fun read, Mr. Donaldson's books offer unique perspectives that are thought provoking.

I regret that Scott Brick did not read this version because I think he is perfect for the series. Tim Gerard Reynolds does a nice job, but it seems strange to me that some of the characters sound like they have a vaguely Scottish accent.

If you have never read one of the Thomas Covenant books before, DO NOT READ THIS ONE FIRST. You really have to read the entire series - preferably the two series before it as well. This book starts with a "what has gone before" introduction, but trust me it will not make any sense. I am perplexed that only 2 of the 3 books in the current series are available on Audible.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful