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  • The Tattooed Duchess

  • A Fire Beneath the Skin, Book 2
  • By: Victor Gischler
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,014
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,014

Rina Veraiin has youth, beauty, and strength. She is a born warrior, able to outride any man, deal death with her fierce blade, and command awesome and mysterious forces granted to her by a set of magical tattoos. Now as the newly minted duchess of Klaar, Rina confronts a menace that threatens her world in a divine conflict that will push her newfound abilities to their limits.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • This is not a novel

  • By Mark on 11-27-15

Better than the first

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

Reviewed: 01-21-17

I was torn by the time I finished the first book but I'm glad I read the second. Not fully in love with the series but I believe I will see it to the end.

  • Ink Mage

  • A Fire Beneath the Skin, Book 1
  • By: Victor Gischler
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,017
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,025

In the first installment of the A Fire Beneath the Skin trilogy, the city of Klaar has never fallen. No enemy has ever made it across the Long Bridge or penetrated the city's mighty walls. Even when a powerful invading army shows up at the gates, the duke and his daughter, Rina Veraiin, are certain that it poses little threat. But they are cruelly betrayed from within and, in a horrific spasm of violence, the city is brought to its knees.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Chars, Weak Story

  • By Jenny on 01-12-16

Half In - Half Out

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

Reviewed: 01-14-17

I finished the book but I wasn't sure that I would. The concept was interesting and the characters are likeable but the paced was a bit off for me while at the same time it appeared that the consequences are still left to be felt for all that occurred. It is likely that I will give book 2 a try and decide from there.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Queen of Fire

  • A Raven's Shadow Novel
  • By: Anthony Ryan
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 26 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,795
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,800

After fighting back from the brink of death, Queen Lyrna is determined to repel the invading Volarian army and regain the independence of the Unified Realm. Except to accomplish her goals, she must do more than rally her loyal supporters. She must align herself with forces she once found repugnant - those who possess the strange and varied gifts of the Dark - and take the war to her enemy's doorstep. Victory rests on the shoulders of Vaelin Al Sorna, now named battle lord of the realm. However, his path is riddled with difficulties.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The Completion of the Collapse of Potential

  • By Joe Chad on 07-14-15

Lost its sails

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

Reviewed: 08-05-15

On the third book, stories lost the cohesion that they shared during Blood Song. I still prefer the narration from each of the main characters point of view since the Vailin's narration in the first book was not my favorite.

It is an end to the book but it seems more disorganized and with less essence or significance than in the first book. No real rhyme or reason why the events of the second book happen except for making Vailin depend on others instead of just making a finish himself.

  • The Beautiful Ashes

  • Broken Destiny, Book 1
  • By: Jeaniene Frost
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,592
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,488
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,483

Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been gripped by visions of strange realms just beyond her own. But when her sister goes missing, Ivy discovers the truth is far worse - her hallucinations are real, and her sister is trapped in a parallel realm. And the one person who believes her is the dangerously attractive guy who's bound by an ancient legacy to betray her. Adrian might have turned his back on those who raised him, but that doesn't mean he can change his fate, no matter how strong a pull he feels toward Ivy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It Was A Good Read!!

  • By Hassan on 08-28-14

Love Jeanine Frost and Tavia Gilbert not the book

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

Reviewed: 01-07-15

I must confess that I can't listen to Tavia Gilbert without thinking of the night huntress series. My major sticking point with the story is the religious aspect which I typically like to stay away when reading for fun. So although I got thru the story quickly and overall I enjoyed it and will not pursue the rest of the series. I'll stick with the night huntress series.

The Dragon's Path
    Dagger and Coin, Book 1
    
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        Pete Bradbury
    
    


    
    Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
    2,347 ratings
    Overall 4.0
  • The Dragon's Path

  • Dagger and Coin, Book 1
  • By: Daniel Abraham
  • Narrated by: Pete Bradbury
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,146
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,157

Popular author Daniel Abraham’s works have been nominated for the Hugo Award and the World Fantasy Award. In The Dragon’s Path, former soldier Marcus is now a mercenary—but he wants nothing to do with the coming war. So instead of fighting, he elects to guard a caravan carrying the wealth of a nation out of the war zone—with the assistance of an unusual orphan girl named Cithrin.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly enjoyable

  • By JoR on 02-23-12

Great performance but the story is not for me!

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

Reviewed: 12-17-14

This book was not my cup of tea. I couldn't identify with the characters (didn't care for any of them), it took me a while to get used to the jumping around and I can already see where it leads to more political intrigue, corruption, religion all topics that I stay away from while reading for fun. I will not pursue the story any further - I want magic, adventure, thrill... I have enough drama and politics at work.

  • Skin Game

  • A Novel of the Dresden Files, Book 15
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 20,214
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18,848
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 18,773

Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day.… Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful. He doesn’t know the half of it… Mab has just traded Harry’s skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help a group of supernatural villains - led by one of Harry’s most dreaded and despised enemies, Nicodemus Archleone - to break into the highest-security vault in town, so that they can then access the highest-security vault in the Nevernever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hold onto your staff; Harry’s back.

  • By Don Gilbert on 05-29-14

Unexpected Roles - Next book Please

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

Reviewed: 09-28-14

Although I'm not particularly crazy about the first two dresden files book I have to admit that I love skin game. It further developed many of the main characters, it didn't fail to captivate with its action and ending and it expanded the story more than I could have imagined. I'm sorry I have to now wait for the next one but reading all the books was a lot of fun that I will re-read in the near future.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Perilous Sea

  • The Elemental Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Sherry Thomas
  • Narrated by: Philip Battley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378

After spending the summer away from each other, Titus and Iolanthe (still disguised as Archer Fairfax) are eager to return to Eton College to resume their training to fight the Bane. Although no longer bound to Titus by blood oath, Iolanthe is more committed than ever to fulfilling her destiny - especially with the agents of Atlantis quickly closing in. Soon after arriving at school, though, Titus makes a shocking discovery, one that throws into question everything he believed about their mission.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pleasant for those who enjoy the genre

  • By Katrina on 08-11-16

Light Hearted and Fun - Need More Spunk

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

Reviewed: 09-28-14

I was anxiously awaiting this sequel. It took me quiet a bit to get into the back and forward flow of the book and although it was somewhat predictable it was no less enjoyable. There were nice surprises, characters coming into their elements and some twists to the story. Book was lighthearted, fun and entertaining. Not sure that I could go through the flashing forward and back again.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

  • By: Washington Irving
  • Narrated by: Tom Mison
  • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,850
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,845

In the secluded Dutch territory of Sleepy Hollow, nebbish schoolmaster Ichabod Crane competes with the town hero for the hand of Katrina Van Tassel, the 18-year-old daughter and sole child of a wealthy farmer. As Crane leaves a party at the Van Tassel's farm one autumn evening, he is pursued by the Headless Horseman, an apparition said to be the ghost of a Hessian trooper snuffed out by a stray cannonball.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Treasures Of Jolly Autumn

  • By Sara on 10-31-14

Enthralling Narration

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

Reviewed: 09-28-14

I was enthralled by the narration by Tom Mison. I felt like I was in a period movie and a gentlemen was gracing me by reading a story. With Halloween approaching it was fun to read the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, although is a lot less scary now that I'm all grown up.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Heir of Fire

  • Throne of Glass, Book 3
  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
  • Length: 20 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,455
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,901
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,903

Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak - but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth - a truth about her heritage that could change her life - and her future - forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shocked

  • By Adam Goudreault on 08-29-16

A stepping stone to the final confrontation!

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

Reviewed: 09-16-14

Heir of Fire is the continuation of the throne of glass series. I started the book thinking this was the final episode and was surprised to find that it is not. This was a beautiful story about forgiveness, growth, loyalty and friendship, empathy ... About acknowledging your mistakes and owing up to the consequences of your actions - and finally about the power of choice and hope to rebuild, remake your story and make yourself the type of person you want to become one choice at a time. The story was enthralling, fast paced and entertaining and now I'm just sad about the wait until we meet again.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Firebird

  • By: Susanna Kearsley
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,597
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,266

Nicola Marter was born with a gift. When she touches an object, she sometimes glimpses those who have owned it before. When a woman arrives with a small wooden carving at the gallery Nicola works at, she can see the object’s history and knows that it was named after the Firebird - the mythical creature from an old Russian fable. Compelled to know more, Nicola follows a young girl named Anna who leads her into the past on a quest through the glittering backdrops of the Jacobites and Russian courts, unearthing a tale of love, courage, and redemption.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful Historical Fiction

  • By Katie - Audible on 06-06-13

Enthralling - whispersync ensured my understanding

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

Reviewed: 12-05-13

As with most books this days I listen to them while at work and when a book is interesting enough I read on my kindle app at home. I'm thankful for the feature because it allowed me to understand and correctly pronounced the Scottish /Irish chat. The performance immersed me in a different time and place; understanding that this is touched by actual historical characters and places makes the story even more magical. The characters are easy to like and you keep coming back so you can find out what happens with both of our heroines, Ana (from the past) and Nicola (present). The story transported me to lands and places I wish to yet explore and I can't help but realize how different the world is nowadays - less trusting, more isolated but still growing and fascinating.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful