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  • Incas: A Captivating Guide to the History of the Inca Empire and Civilization

  • By: Captivating History
  • Narrated by: Duke Holm
  • Length: 2 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

One of the most notable ancient cultures of South America is undoubtedly the Inca civilization. They once ruled over the largest empire in South America. Not only that - their empire was also the largest in the world at the time. There are many mysteries surrounding the Incas. Where did the Incas originate? And how did they come to rule over their vast empire that incorporated mountaintops, tropical jungles, and coastal lands? What were the most notable achievements of their great kings?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nice concise summary but many mis-pronunciation

  • By redhedsed on 02-14-19

Nice concise summary but many mis-pronunciation

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

Reviewed: 02-14-19

This is concise review of how the Incas came to power and then lost it 3 generations later through disease, steel (Toledo bade) and Inca family civil war to a small band of hardened Spanish warriors. The speaker has fine tone but is unfamiliar with many many English, Quechua and Spanish words and thus, makes frequent and astonishingly bad pronunciation blunders that detract from the audio. Examples include( with correct pronunciation bracketed): revered ( pronounced reve-ered), Quechua (“Ketch-wa”), Quinoa (“Keen-wa”), Toledo (“To-lay-do”), etc.

  • Video Game Plotline Tester

  • Dark Herbalist Series, Book 1
  • By: Michael Atamanov
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,115

Would you be prepared to work for free? How would you like to bust your hump for a large corporation 60-plus hours a week without a wage or a single day off for the vague promise of some mysterious perks in the distant future? You'd refuse point blank, wouldn't you? But what if the job in question was playing a state-of-the-art fantasy MMORPG game? And what if this was the only thing you're really good at? Especially considering that your in-game partner is someone really special to you - and this person already lives a virtual life?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Different and Good LitRPG

  • By Don Gilbert on 06-15-18

Gripping all the way through for adults as well as teens

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

Reviewed: 07-18-17

Interesting plot line twists and turns! Really gripping- we couldn't wait to get back in the car and listen to it. Can't wait for book 2!

  • Call the Midwife

  • A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times
  • By: Jennifer Worth
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,601
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,587

At the age of 22, Jennifer Worth left her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she met while delivering babies all over London - from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lived to the woman with 24 children who couldn't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side - illuminate a fascinating time in history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best book I've listened to this year

  • By Richard on 06-12-13

Wonderful voice and feeling !

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

Reviewed: 06-27-17

I loved the readers tender voice and it really helped me stick with the more technical / gruesome parts of childbirth

  • Illuminae

  • The Illuminae Files, Book 1
  • By: Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
  • Narrated by: Olivia Taylor Dudley, Lincoln Hoppe, Johnathan McClain
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,040
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,037

Audie Award, Multi-Voiced Performance, 2016. The year is 2575, and two rival mega-corporations are at war over a planet that's little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra - who are barely even talking to each other - are forced to fight their way onto one of the evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Romantic Space Opera

  • By Katherine on 11-30-15

Starts a bit slow but the story builds and twists in unexpected ways

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

Reviewed: 04-11-17

Really fine job to the entire cast- this is a great story but also well acted. I just wish it was a bit faster at the beginning. Other than that- AWESOME.

  • Paris 1919

  • Six Months That Changed the World
  • By: Margaret MacMillan
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 25 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 811
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 804

Winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize, renowned historian Margaret MacMillan's best-selling Paris 1919 is the story of six remarkable months that changed the world. At the close of WWI, between January and July of 1919, delegates from around the world converged on Paris under the auspices of peace. New countries were created, old empires were dissolved, and for six months, Paris was the center of the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent History

  • By Martin on 12-03-05

Too long and waaaaay to much detail

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

Reviewed: 04-04-17

Absolutely terrible! I couldn't make it through it. Got half way and decided Life was too short to for horrible books. This book needs major edits- it has just too many minuscule details that do not add anything to the history. My advise: skip this one!!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Amy and Isabelle

  • A Novel
  • By: Elizabeth Strout
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Roberts
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 269
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 250

With compassion, humor, and striking insight, Amy and Isabelle explores the secrets of sexuality that jeopardize the love between a mother and her daughter. Amy Goodrow, a shy high school student in a small mill town, falls in love with her math teacher, and together they cross the line between understandable fantasy and disturbing reality. When discovered, this emotional and physical trespass brings disgrace to Amy's mother, Isabelle, and intensifies the shame she feels about her own past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Honest, tough and absorbing

  • By Catherine on 11-03-14

Wow. So many intimate life moments captures beautifully

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

Reviewed: 03-21-17

This books stats slow but man, does it build. What an intricate pattern appears. Such a lovely portrait of how much friendship and kindness are needed in this world. A great read

  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,429
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,289

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Had so much promise

  • By Brian G on 09-01-17

Well paced Sci Fi -Interesting 'Til the End

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

Reviewed: 02-20-17

Really enjoyed this well paced book. Narrator is tops and story is interesting on many levels. I wish Sasha's lines didn't included so many two word expletives, but no book is perfect. Wish there was a sequel

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Named of the Dragon

  • By: Susanna Kearsley
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 557
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 509
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 504

The charm of spending the Christmas holidays in South Wales, with its crumbling castles and ancient myths, seems the perfect distraction from the nightmares that have plagued literary agent Lyn Ravenshaw since the loss of her baby five years ago. Instead she meets an emotionally fragile young widow who's convinced that Lyn's recurring dreams have drawn her to Castle Farm for an important purpose - and she's running out of time.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not Kearsley's best

  • By Fuzzy on 06-27-16

Not as good as Winter sea

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

Reviewed: 12-15-16

A nice story but slllloooow to start and not as much description of place as I'd hoped.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Medusa Amulet

  • By: Robert Masello
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 960
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 877
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 873

Benvenuto Cellini, master artisan of Renaissance Italy, once crafted a beautiful amulet prized for its unimaginable power - and untold menace. Now the quest to recover this legendary artifact depends upon one man: David Franco, a brilliant but skeptical young scholar at Chicago's world-renowned Newberry Library.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Gorgon Alert!

  • By Carole T. on 09-18-16

Moves nicely and has a great ending

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

Reviewed: 11-04-16

I'd recommend this book for those that like a Sci-fi /magic mystery. It moves well and the performance is strong. I love the ending - not an obvious one.

  • Half Magic

  • By: Edward Eager
  • Narrated by: Words Take Wing (tm) Repertory Company
  • Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117

Beloved by children (and the parents lucky enough to share it with them) since it was first published in 1954, Half Magic is the uproarious tale of four siblings who discover a charm that grants exactly half of whatever they wish for--with results that are twice as predictable (and hilarious) as you might expect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun read

  • By Armen on 10-19-16

Waaaay to slow and redundant for a family read

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

Reviewed: 08-23-16

This book should be read by a little child, perhaps 6 or 7. Anyone else will be bored stiff by the repetition and snail pace of this book!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful