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  • Free the Darkness

  • King's Dark Tidings, Book 1
  • By: Kel Kade
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,405
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,850
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,821

Raised and trained in seclusion at a secret fortress on the edge of the northern wilds of the Kingdom of Ashai, a young warrior called Rezkin is unexpectedly thrust into the outworld when a terrible battle destroys all that he knows. With no understanding of his life’s purpose and armed with masterful weapons mysteriously bestowed upon him by a dead king, Rezkin must travel across Ashai to find the one man who may hold the clues to his very existence.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • What the heck people?

  • By Mbot on 03-12-17

Really love it!

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

Reviewed: 10-07-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Free the Darkness to be better than the print version?

Not since Patrick Rothfuss have I enjoyed a book so much. In fact I Googled Kel Kade to find a picture to make sure Rothfuss didn't have a wickedly great twin. Kade is better than Rothfuss because he isn't stringing his fan base along for years on end. Whoever he is, THANK YOU!

Who was your favorite character and why?

All of the characters are well developed. Of course I wish I could be Rezkin's friend too!

Which character – as performed by Nick Podehl – was your favorite?

I could listen to Nick Podehl read a telephone book, but then no one knows what a telephone book is these days...suffice it to say I could listen to this voice artist read anything!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Perfection

Any additional comments?

I hope Kade finds a great babysitter so he can continue to write. Thank you for plowing through the hard work and not giving up!

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Glassblower

  • The Glassblower Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Petra Durst-Benning, Samuel Willcocks (translator)
  • Narrated by: Kristin Watson Heintz
  • Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,555
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,332
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,342

In the village of Lauscha in Germany, things have been done the same way for centuries. The men blow the glass, and the women decorate and pack it. But when Joost Steinmann passes away unexpectedly one September night, his three daughters must learn to fend for themselves. While feisty Johanna takes a practical approach to looking for work, Ruth follows her heart, aiming to catch the eye of a handsome young villager.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Boring, Boring. I listened to the 1st five hours.

  • By Mary on 03-15-15

Women Rule the Roost!

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

Reviewed: 04-23-16

This story was an enjoyable experience and I look forward to hearing the rest of the trilogy. I wonder if the people who gave it low scores did so because of the simplicity of the story which for me was its beauty. The story was an unfolding narrative and while I wanted to see some of the characters develop more fully I took pleasure in the authentic pace the author allowed the sisters to emerge. Granted, I listened to the story as a break from intense academic research, but the charming characters offered a respite from the social media driven world that inspired my academic research. Read/listen to the Glassblower if your spirit needs a breath of fresh air and hope.

  • Dubh-Linn

  • A Novel of Viking Age Ireland - Norsemen Saga Series #2
  • By: James L. Nelson
  • Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244

Eager to return to his native Norway, Thorgrim agrees to participate in one last raid under the command of a man he does not trust. But the Northmen, he finds, are no longer simply invaders on foreign soil. They have become a part of the Irish kings' ongoing struggle for power, and, far from securing a means to return home, Thorgrim and his men are plunged into a battle for the throne of Tara - a battle that will test their strength and loyalty as none has before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As good as Bernard Cornwell

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-13-17

Great Fun

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-02-16

The first book was great too. It took a while to get into the narrator's style but I hung in there for the story. I'm going to Ireland soon and look forward to seeing Dubh-Linn

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Dragonvein: Book Two

  • By: Brian D. Anderson
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,619
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,438
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,440

With new friends and allies fighting by his side, Ethan Dragonvein must find a way to overcome the might of the Eternal Emperor Shinzan. As the voices of the dragons call to him, he is driven to seek them out in the faint hope that they can help him fulfill his destiny and save the people of Lumnia. But he must hurry. Shinzan has not been idle and moves swiftly to crush this fledgling mage before he can become a challenge to his power.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book

  • By PH on 10-19-16

Enjoyable series

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

Reviewed: 01-10-16

The Dragonvein series is an an enjoyable story thus far. There are parts of the story that feel rushed and at times I think I have missed a part of the story only to realize it just skips to the next scene. Derek Perkins is so amazing he could probably read a recipe book and I would still listen to it. These books come out fairly quickly and after waiting years on end for Patrick Rothfus to give us The Stone Door, I've come to appreciate the thousands of authors like Anderson who write a thrilling trilogy in a timely manner.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • 1916

  • A Novel of the Irish Rebellion
  • By: Morgan Llywelyn
  • Narrated by: Fiacre Douglas
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

The Easter Rising of 1916 was a major turning point in Irish history. Peopled by patriots and poets, fueled by a desperate desire for freedom, and played out in the historic streets of Dublin against the background of World War I, the rebellion is a story of tremendous power and unique poignancy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • more than the year 1916

  • By connie on 04-13-09

A powerful look at the Irish history

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

Reviewed: 11-22-15

This audio book really needs a companion written version to keep track of all of the dates, names and events. I will use the information I gathered from this historical perspective on my References for my research paper on the IRA.

  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

  • By: Ransom Riggs
  • Narrated by: Jesse Bernstein
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,378
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13,858
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,869

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets 16-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It might be better to actually read this.

  • By Ariel on 07-25-11

2nd Listening

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

Reviewed: 09-27-15

This is a great adventure story. I just finished my 2nd listen in order to remember the story before listening to the next two. I hope they are as fun as this one has been.

  • The Gates of Evangeline

  • By: Hester Young
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 147

When New York journalist and recently bereaved mother Charlotte "Charlie" Cates begins to experience vivid dreams about children she's sure that she's lost her mind. Yet these are not the nightmares of a grieving parent, she soon realizes. They are messages and warnings that will help Charlie and the children she sees, if only she can make sense of them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I enjoyed listening to this audiobook.

  • By Julianna C. Sanchez on 09-30-15

Great Fun

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

Reviewed: 09-14-15

This was a great listen and fun adventure. I liked the narrator and the story was sweet and suspenseful.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Children of God

  • A Novel
  • By: Mary Doria Russell
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 671
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 577
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 580

The only member of the original mission to the planet Rakhat to return to Earth, Father Emilio Sandoz has barely begun to recover from his ordeal when the Society of Jesus calls upon him for help in preparing for another mission to Alpha Centauri. Despite his objections and fear, he cannot escape his past or the future.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A weaker, but worthwhile sequel

  • By Ryan on 05-08-13

Nice conclusion

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

Reviewed: 09-11-15

This was a nice conclusion to the Sparrow, which needed nothing to make it a masterpiece. I struggled with the accents but managed to hang in there.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Survivor

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,817
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,311
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,292

Nate Overbay, a former soldier suffering from PTSD and ALS, goes to an 11th-floor bank and climbs out the bathroom window onto the ledge, ready to end it all. But as he’s steeling himself to jump, a crew of gunmen bursts into the bank and begins viciously shooting employees and customers. With nothing to lose, Nate climbs back inside, confronts the robbers, and with his military training, starts taking them out, one by one. The last man standing leaves Nate with a cryptic warning: “He will make you pay in ways you can’t imagine.” Soon enough, Nate learns what this means.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shakes you to your very core.

  • By T.D. on 09-23-12

Fast paced thriller

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

Reviewed: 04-05-15

Great story and nice character development. At first I was annoyed by the overview narrative style but the storyline kept my interest. Nice break from the 25 hour epics I usually listen to. I will watch for more from this author and really enjoyed it.

  • Before They Are Hanged

  • The First Law: Book Two
  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 22 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,894
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,849
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,859

Bitter and merciless war is coming to the frozen north. It's bloody and dangerous and the Union army, split by politics and hamstrung by incompetence, is unprepared for the slaughter that's coming. Lacking experience, training, and in some cases even weapons, the army is scarcely equipped to repel Bethod's scouts, let alone his elite forces. In the heat-ravaged south, the Gurkish are massing to assault the city of Dagoska, defended by Inquisitor Glokta.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, excellent narration

  • By Marcheta on 09-21-10

Third time around and still awesome

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

Reviewed: 04-19-14

I love this series. The characters are well developed and I've yet to find a character like Glockter (spelling?) in stories or real life. Fast paced and worth coming back to again and again.