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  • The Winter of the Witch

  • A Novel
  • By: Katherine Arden
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 551
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 520
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 520

The Winternight Trilogy introduced an unforgettable heroine, Vasilisa Petrovna, a girl determined to forge her own path in a world that would rather lock her away. Her gifts and her courage have drawn the attention of Morozko, the winter-king, but it is too soon to know if this connection will prove a blessing or a curse. Now, Moscow has been struck by disaster. Its people are searching for answers - and for someone to blame.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing conclusion!

  • By Katherine on 01-11-19

first third of book a struggle

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

the author seemed to struggle with her previous fluid style, and the first third is all over the place and hard to follow. Finally it begins to pull together. At the end of the 2nd book she explains that this series is written as an analogy to Russian turmoil of long ago; and it read as if she tried to take on too much

  • The Alchemist's Illusion

  • By: Gigi Pandian
  • Narrated by: Julia Motyka
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209

Centuries-old alchemist Zoe Faust is tired of running from her past. She's finally got her life on track in Portland, Oregon, gardening and cooking in her fixer-upper house with her mischievous best friend, Dorian the gargoyle chef. It seems like the perfect life for Zoe, until she discovers that her old mentor Nicolas Flamel, who she thought had abandoned her, has been imprisoned. A local artist holds the secret that could lead Zoe to her mentor, but the artist is murdered and the painting containing the hidden clue is stolen. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • enjoyable 4th book

  • By LCNanny on 02-01-19

enjoyable 4th book

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

Wonderful introduction to new characters thought gone, great to learn of Dorians heath, but needs better editing. When an author/editor choses to repeat information, I often wonder if it is because they discount the reader, or their writing isn't cohesive. Either way it is annoying. At this point we know how the alchemist survived, we know she has a heightened sense of smell, so why repeat it over and over in the series and again multiple times in this book. This probably should be 3 to 3.5 overall and for the story; but I like the series and appreciated how the story engaged the many characters I've come to enjoy so the ratings are a bit stretched.

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  • The Autumn Throne

  • Eleanor of Aquitaine, Book 3
  • By: Elizabeth Chadwick
  • Narrated by: Katie Scarfe
  • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321

England, 1176. Imprisoned by her husband, King Henry II, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Queen of England, refuses to let her powerful husband bully her into submission, even as he forces her away from her children and her birthright. Freed only by Henry's death, Eleanor becomes dowager Queen of England. But the competition for land and power that Henry stirred up among his sons has intensified to a dangerous rivalry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful story in the vein of Braveheart

  • By Reademandweep on 09-17-16

Redundant and repeated information and monotone vo

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

Reviewed: 01-19-19

Redundant and repeated information, and monotone narration do not help this book. The history is rich, but pleased the series is finished.

  • Day 4: Be The Light

  • Meditation
  • By: Aaptiv
  • Narrated by: Jess Ray
  • Length: 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

After you find a comfortable place to meditate, focus on increasing your self-awareness and activating your inner light.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Strange music

  • By Cameron on 01-06-19

Breathe Instructions

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

Day 4 is all about breathing and it was easy to follow the narration in a peaceful manner (no added thinking or questioning what the narrator was conveying and no time to wander between pauses). Not really meditation, more breathe instruction.

As part of the new year I am trying to devote more time to meditation, and an easy place to start was with this series. Meditation isn't a new practice for me, but I haven't meditated every day, ever. That said, I was hoping to be gently led down a meditation path where I could build in 10 minutes of meaningful meditation a day and at the end of the 21 days in this series have a good enough anchor to do more. This has not been my experience so far as each day doesn't seem to build on the previous experience and each session has had unexpected challenges (confusing instructions, too much dialog..). The titles are confusing and the message (narration) takes up all the "space". So at day 4, I'm not sure what to expect next but have committed to this series and enjoyed todays breathing exercises.

  • Day 3: Patience Is Key

  • Meditation
  • By: Aaptiv
  • Narrated by: Jess Ray
  • Length: 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

On the third day of this program, you'll explore concepts like patience, commitment, and devotion to inspire introspection and inner-peace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank you

  • By Mia on 01-05-19

a lot to process in ten-minutes

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

The issues presented for contemplation are related (devoted & committed, patience, faithful & to have trust), but it felt like a lot to process in ten-minutes.

  • Day 2: Hold Tight

  • Meditation
  • By: Aaptiv
  • Narrated by: Jess Ray
  • Length: 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

You'll practice breathing techniques, stilling your body, and quieting your mind and in this short meditation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good

  • By Chesty LaRou on 01-01-19

confusing

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

At about the mid point I had to stop and really think about the instructions because I wasn't sure about what to do with the instructions to "become a witness". It deterred from the experience; however, because one is somewhat relaxed, it was easy to not do anything but listen and by the end I understood what the narrator intended. It was not a cohesive experience with regard to meditating and learning to meditate.

  • Day 1: Deep Release

  • Meditation
  • By: Aaptiv
  • Narrated by: Jess Ray
  • Length: 12 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 63

In the first meditation of this program, you'll focus on practicing the basics and relaxing into accepting the things in life that you cannot control.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A positive first meditation experience

  • By Henrik on 03-14-19

creating space

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18

Finished the first of 21 ten-minute meditations and enjoyed the narration, pace and message (except for the first 2 minutes which was a sales message). The narrators voice is gentle and present for most of the meditation, instructing and moving you forward through the ten-minutes; “creating space”.

  • The Raven in the Foregate

  • The Twelfth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael
  • By: Ellis Peters
  • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135

After years of studying with the Bishop, young Father Ailnoth has come to take over the parish of Holy Cross. But soon Ailnoth's true nature surfaces - harsh, cold-hearted, and merciless - and someone lures him from his home and murders him. Who in Shrewsbury would kill a priest on Christmas Day?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • awful over "acting" by narrator

  • By akinco on 12-20-18

Slow start and similar to previous stories

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

I've listened/read this series in order, and this one had an awkward start as it was difficult to understand the narrator (clearly) for the first 30 minutes?? Not sure what that is about. After that the narration matched that of previous books. The story is too closely knit to previous books in this series for this one to stand out.

  • Feeding the Dragon

  • By: Sharon Washington
  • Narrated by: Sharon Washington
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,489
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,459

Sharon Washington’s autobiographical one-woman play, Feeding the Dragon, delighted audiences off-Broadway and is now available exclusively on Audible. The one-act play invites listeners into Sharon’s unorthodox childhood, growing up in an apartment on the top floor of the St. Agnes Branch of the New York Public Library, where her father served as the building’s custodian. A love of literature and boundless imagination helped the playwright as a young woman persevere over dragons of all forms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story!

  • By Imara Walker on 09-07-18

Wonderfully Written, Honest Cultural Perspective

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

Picked this up because it presented as an Original about how library books enriched and shaped the authors life, and I liked the title. My Bad. Its short on book influences, big on characters (mostly family) evoking emotions from childhood experiences; and I still don’t understand how the title relates to the author.

The author shares an authentic perspective into her culture and family; both sharp and poignant. She has a wonderful voice with the misses being areas where emotions were accentuated or pushed into the story, when more wasn’t necessary (except maybe to honor a memory?). For its short length, it’s beautifully written. There are brief glimpses of how family dynamics were impacted by the intense social climate of the period, with much deeper undertones of how sanctioned racism impacted behavior and choices. Much appreciated perspective.

  • Once Upon a Haunted Moor

  • The Tyack & Frayne Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Harper Fox
  • Narrated by: Tim Gilbert
  • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,006
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 926
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 931

Gideon Frayne has spent his whole working life as a policeman in the village of Dark on Bodmin Moor. His first missing-child case is eating him alive. When his own boss sends in a psychic to help with the case, he's gutted - he's a level-headed copper who doesn't believe in such things, and he can't help but think that the arrival of clairvoyant Lee Tyack is a comment on his failure to find the little girl. But Lee is hard to hate, no matter how Gideon tries. At first Lee's insights into the case make no sense, but he seems to have a window straight into Gideon's heart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent start, terrific narration

  • By Annika on 01-26-18

Unexpected, will read book 2

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Overall the 3 ratings should get an extra 0.5.
I've not read about passions between men, but it did not deter my interest in the story which is about murder, abduction, betrayal and obviously the main character unexpectedly finding love. The characters seemed interesting, but the short length of the book did not lend to much character development; which would have made the book a solid 5. And that is the dilemma, not enough to sell one on the series. Maybe it's the norm to make all the dynamic scenes about sex; but I thought if some of that excitement were added into other areas it would have helped the pace. Both Tyack & Frayne seem like they have enough potential to really be interesting if the writing levels out.