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  • Deryni Rising

  • Chronicles of the Deryni, Book 1
  • By: Katherine Kurtz
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 277
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194

In the kingdom of Gwynedd, the mysterious forces of magic and the superior power of the Church combine to challenge the rule of young Kelson. Now the fate of the Deryni -- a quasi-mortal race of sorcerers -- and, indeed, the fate of all the Eleven Kingdoms, rests on Kelson's ability to quash the rebellion by any means necessary...including the prescribed use of magic!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WONDERFUL! Thank you Audible!

  • By S. Greene on 06-16-09

Audio version of an old favorite

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

Reviewed: 02-19-19

The Deryni books are a long time favorite of mine. As young Kelson takes the throne after his father's untimely death, unforeseen forces bar the way. Written in high fantasy style yet very approachable, this story begins a long series of excellent books. I was very happy to find it in audio format. The performance by Jeff Woodman is excellent, lending support to an already well-loved story.

  • Three Mages and a Margarita

  • The Guild Codex: Spellbound Series, Book 1
  • By: Annette Marie
  • Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,052
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 976
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 974

Broke, almost homeless, and recently fired. Those are my official reasons for answering a wanted ad for a skeevy-looking bartender gig. It went downhill the moment they asked me to do a trial shift instead of an interview - to see if I'd mesh with their "special" clientele. I think that part went great. Their customers were complete dickheads, and I was an asshole right back. That's the definition of fitting in, right? I expected to get thrown out on my ass. Instead, they...offered me the job? It turns out this place isn't a bar. It's a guild. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable and fun

  • By Roz Hans on 10-18-18

Totally Amazing Listen!!!

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

This could be my new favorite book. First, it has great characters. The protagonist is spunky, resourceful and independent without the obligatory big sword and leather pants. She's feminine and likes guys without getting all swoony or fixated. She isn't perfect, but her imperfections are things that anyone who has ever waited tables, taught class, or been a receptionist can relate to. There's magic -- both the wave your hands and make stuff happen and the Really Good Story, don't want to stop listening kind. The plotline and structure, there's a guild, a set of rules, and a subculture that is hidden from the mainstream culture, feels sort of like a fantasy role-playing game, but without all the awkward dice rolling stuff. The reader was Great! Exactly the right interpretation for the characters, nice voice differentiation without getting noticeable about it, excitement without over-doing it. You are there, listening to Tory (the lead) telling her story in first-person. The only problem I have with it is that it was just TOO SHORT! The story was beautifully brought to the perfect conclusion, but I truly want more. Good thing there is a sequel!

  • Diamond Fire

  • A Hidden Legacy Novella
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman, Emily Rankin
  • Length: 3 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 793
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 736
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 736

Catalina Baylor is looking forward to wearing her maid of honor dress and watching her older sister walk down the aisle. Then the wedding planner gets escorted off the premises, the bride’s priceless tiara disappears, and Rogan's extensive family overruns his mother’s home. Someone is cheating, someone is lying, and someone is plotting murder. To make this wedding happen, Catalina will have to do the thing she fears most: use her magic. But she’s a Baylor, and there’s nothing she wouldn't do for her sister's happiness. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A bit more please

  • By Pamela Taylor on 11-06-18

Beautiful wedding for an excellent series

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

This fourth book in the hidden legacy series is told from second sister's point of view. In keeping with the other three books, when Nevada scares off the wedding planners, Catalina and Arabella take over. Planning a large wedding that will be attended by Houston's magical elite is sufficiently difficult all by itself, but it is complicated by the discovery that Rogan, although an only child, has a whole raft of uncles, aunts, and cousins on his mother's side of the family.

The novella is a charming and enlightening view of the Baylor family, and we learn a great deal more about Catalina and her talents. Readers are advised to read the other three Hidden Legacy novels before reading this novella. It could stand alone, but it is more meaningful as the capstone for Nevada and Conner Rogan's romance. The small mystery, a missing tiara traditionally worn by the brides in Conner Rogan's mother's family, comes to an enchanting and rather touching conclusion, even though some of the revelations along the way are a bit more grim.

  • 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 24,052
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,995
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,931

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

It grows on you.

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

Reviewed: 06-14-18

I didn't like this book the first time I listened to it, but after listening to it three more times I began to appreciate the craft, and the characters. I originally thought the protagonist was ex optionally over powered, and it was not until I listened to the third sequel that I really began to like the series. Now it is a favorite.

  • Wildfire

  • A Hidden Legacy Novel
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,020
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,894
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,888

Nevada Baylor can't decide which is more frustrating - harnessing her truthseeker abilities or dealing with Connor "Mad" Rogan and their evolving relationship. Yes, the billionaire Prime is helping her navigate the complex magical world in which she's become a crucial player - and sometimes a pawn - but she also has to deal with his ex-fiancée, whose husband has disappeared and whose damsel-in-distress act is wearing very, very thin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just as wonderful as Daniels world and Innkeeper.

  • By Michael Harmon on 08-25-17

Superb trilogy wrap

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

Reviewed: 03-25-18

Nevada Baylor is the strong-minded investigative detective of Baylor Investigations, and the oldest daughter of the Baylor household. As head of the agency, she investigates the disappearance of Rogan's former fiancé. As the story unfolds, she is pitted against her paternal grandmother, creatures pulled from Somewhere, and conniving, back-stabbing Primes. Fast paced plot work, believable characters who prove that super powers don't solve everything, and steamy sex scenes with the Scourge of Mexico combine to make a book that has a little something for everyone -- including those who have pets and gardens. A nice wrap for the trilogy, but also an open-ended set up for possible sequels.

  • Omnitopia Dawn

  • Omnitopia #1
  • By: Diane Duane
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 123

In an increasingly wired and computer-friendly world, massive multiplayer online games have become the ultimate form of entertainment. And the most popular gaming universe of all is Omnitopia, created by genius programmer Dev Logan. For millions of people around the world, Omnitopia is an obsession, a passionate pastime, almost a way of life. But there's a secret to Omnitopia, one that Dev would give his life to protect: the game isn't just a program or a piece of code.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I hope I live to experience this first hand.

  • By Solace on 05-18-14

Duane does it again

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-04-17

I love Diane Duane's books and this one is no exception. At first, the reader is led through a few bites of the life of gaming company tycoon. But as the story progresses, added characters are introduced. By the time the science fiction/fantasy elements are introduced the reader is ready to accept them as a logical part of the world. I did not want to stop reading especially in the second half.

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  • How Great Science Fiction Works

  • By: Gary K. Wolfe, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Gary K. Wolfe
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,753
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,574
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,541

Robots, spaceships, futuristic megacities, planets orbiting distant stars. These icons of science fiction are now in our daily news. Science fiction, once maligned as mere pulp, has motivated cutting-edge scientific research, inspired new technologies, and changed how we view everyday life - and its themes and questions permeate popular culture. Take an unparalleled look at the influence, history, and greatest works of science fiction with illuminating insights and fascinating facts about this wide-ranging genre.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deserves a Hugo of Its Own

  • By Carol on 02-01-16

A Hundred Years of Great Science Fiction

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

Reviewed: 01-29-17

If you could sum up How Great Science Fiction Works in three words, what would they be?

All I wanted to know.

Who was your favorite character and why?

This isn't exactly the sort of book where you pick out a favorite character. I enjoyed hearing about authors I have read, and learning about authors that are new to me.

Have you listened to any of Professor Gary K. Wolfe’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was my first listen of Professor Wolfe.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, it's not that kind of book. I did talk to it, and argue with it. Often, I agreed with the opinions given, but not always.

Any additional comments?

This is a great book for learning about the development of a literary genre -- and a great way to learn about authors to read.

  • Bryony and Roses

  • By: T. Kingfisher
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

Bryony and her sisters have come down in the world. Their merchant father died trying to reclaim his fortune and left them to eke out a living in a village far from their home in the city. But when Bryony is caught in a snowstorm and takes refuge in an abandoned manor, she stumbles into a house full of dark enchantments. Is the Beast that lives there her captor or a fellow prisoner? Is the house her enemy or her ally? And why are roses blooming out of season in the courtyard?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not AT ALL the Right Voice for this Wonderful Book

  • By Morro Schreiber on 06-17-16

A Different Tale of the Beast

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

Reviewed: 01-29-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys reinvention of traditional stories.

What other book might you compare Bryony and Roses to and why?

Ella Enchanted would be a good comparison book for Bryony and Roses.

What about Justine Eyre’s performance did you like?

Love that British accent. Justine Eyre reads with a cultured accent that is a perfect fit for this story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, this was a book that I wanted to listen to for a bit and then digest a bit. There is a lot of imagery and mystery involved. Sometimes I had to go back and relisten to parts of it.

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  • Captain's Share

  • A Trader's Tale from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper, Book 5
  • By: Nathan Lowell
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 399
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 377
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 374

A good captain protects his crew. Who protects the captain? A shuffling of cabins puts Ishmael Horatio Wang in command of the worst ship in the fleet. He learns that being captain doesn't make you infallible and that life in the captain's cabin is filled with new kinds of challenges as he tries to keep the ship moving, the crew out of trouble, and turn a profit to earn his Captain's Share. In a ship where the officers outnumber the crew, can he keep everybody happy? Welcome to the SC Agamemnon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nathan Lowell !

  • By Tracy McMahon on 10-24-16

Sailors and Wives

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

Reviewed: 01-29-17

If you could sum up Captain's Share in three words, what would they be?

Ish got married? Oh, my!

What did you like best about this story?

Captain's share shows young Ishmael cleaning up another disaster ship. Meanwhile, however, he has problems at home -- a wife who doesn't really like being married to a spacer. We see a man having to make choices between his obligations as a married man and his obligations as a ship's captain -- to his crew and to the company that expects him to make money.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene is with the lawyer and the shoe. You'll see why if you read the book. Although the shoes are foreshadowed with the shirt (no, I'll not tell you more), that scene is both funny and touching at the same time.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. It is really hard to put these aside.

Any additional comments?

Captain's Share shows Ishmael successfully running a ship as captain. Again, he has a dysfunctional crew that he has to reshape into a smooth operation. Interestingly, we discover that some of the bad actors from the Tinker had a hand in creating the chaos aboard the Agamemnon. As always, Ishmael steadily solves problems using common sense, humor, and understanding of human nature.

  • Double Share

  • A Trader's Tale from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper, Book 4
  • By: Nathan Lowell
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370

In his first assignment as an officer, Ishmael Horatio Wang finds himself fresh out of school, wet behind the ears, and way out of his depth. Aboard the William Tinker the senior officers are derelict and abusive, the crew demoralized and undisciplined, and change unwelcomed and dangerous. Can Ishmael use what he learned aboard the Lois McKendrick to help the crew find the ship's heart? Or will he discover that bucking the system may come at too high a price?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Creditworthy

  • By Linda Luella on 09-20-16

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

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

Reviewed: 01-29-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Double Share picks up the story of Ishmael Wang as he leaves four years of officer training. With the ink scarcely dry on his certificate, he is signed on as third mate of the William Tinker. The Lois McKendrick was a nurturing home for those who sailed on her, but the Billy Tinker is an example of how a negligent captain and a bullying first mate can make a dangerous environment for the crew on board. I would recommend this book to anyone who is planning to take a position of responsibility anywhere.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Double Share?

Like many of the books by Nathan Lowell, the plot builds from the beginning. To mention the most memorable moment would involve spoilers. What I will say is that the most poignant moment is the one in which Ishmael and his friends aboard the Tinker realize there are some things beyond their control, but the climactic event pulls them together to correct the dangerous situation on board.

Have you listened to any of Jeffrey Kafer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is the third performance by Jeffrey Kafer to which I have listened. He just keeps getting better -- and he was good in the beginning.

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

Yes, and some that made me feel angry and then relieved when they were resolved. You'll have to read to find out -- it truly would ruin the book to relate them here.

Any additional comments?

Check out that ending. Lowell is truly building toward something here, as we learn more about Ishmael's character.