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  • 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 1,611
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,380
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,389

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

Heartwarming

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

Reviewed: 05-23-19

Good story & well-narrated.
The constant change of POV was a little distracting, making it difficult to figure out who to follow with a consistent thread, and who to sympathize with.
But the story was well thought out & very enjoyable to read.

  • The Merman's Kiss

  • Mates for Monsters, Book 1
  • By: Tamsin Ley
  • Narrated by: Tamsin Ley
  • Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

Zantu has evaded the mate-bond for 35 years, dodging promiscuous mermaids with vile intents. Unlike mermaids, mermen bond for life, and Zantu refuses to accept the heartbreak most mermen die of. That is, until the glint of gold catches his eye, and a simple salvage mission turns to passion. Now he’s bonded to a human.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A lovely fairytale

  • By Kindle Customer on 07-02-19

Great quick read for romantics!

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

Reviewed: 05-19-19

This was a fun fantasy novella that kept this reader's attention throughout.
Looking forward to reading the next book - Merman's Quest!

  • Cleopatra's Daughter

  • A Novel
  • By: Michelle Moran
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 546
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 370

The marriage of Marc Antony and Cleopatra is one of the greatest love stories of all time, a tale of unbridled passion with earth-shaking political consequences. Feared and hunted by the powers in Rome, the lovers choose to die by their own hands as the triumphant armies of Antony's vengeful rival, Octavian, sweep into Egypt. Their three orphaned children are taken in chains to Rome; only two---the 10-year-old twins Selene and Alexander---survive the journey.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A pretty engaging story

  • By Annette on 12-23-09

Accurately portrayed

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

Reviewed: 05-16-19

Very enjoyable story that kept true to history for the most part, altering or embellishing only for the sake of clarity.
Narrator's performance was well done, giving a voice to each unique character.
If you enjoy ancient history with a human connection, this novel is highly recommended.

  • Ghosts of the Titanic

  • By: K.T. Tomb
  • Narrated by: David Doersch
  • Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3

K.T. Tomb takes an infamous page from history and recreates it as a sweeping adventure thriller and undersea treasure hunt in Ghosts of the Titanic. First, she takes listeners back to 1912 and the maiden voyage. Forbidden Russian lovers - Stephan Ivanovich, a peasant farmer, and Darya Nikita, an aristocrat with a dowry of diamonds - board the Titanic so they can elope and enjoy a life together in America.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Quick read

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-10-19

Quick read

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

Reviewed: 02-10-19

Interesting paranormal plot.
Overall, a quick read.
Characters personalities could have been more developed and engaging. Their behavior and responses were sometimes odd and forced.
A little more research needed, too. (i.e. Lusitania sank 3 years After the Titanic, etc.)
Author has potential. Seems like the story was written quickly and could have been fleshed out to be much more entertaining.
Didn't really draw me in to have empathy for the characters, or rivet me to the storyline. It was short, and I made it to the end.

  • All My Love, Detrick

  • By: Roberta Kagan
  • Narrated by: Kevin S. Martin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

Set in Nazi occupied Europe, All My Love, Detrick follows the lives of two families, one Jewish and one German. They are bound together forever by a forbidden love. If you like Historical Sagas, you'll love All My Love, Detrick.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • horrible narrator!!!!

  • By annamaria on 07-22-14

Heart-rendingly beautiful & sad

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

Well written, with engaging characters, this story of war & oppression is both entertaining & thought-provoking, leaving the reader sad, but fulfilled.

  • The Dollmaker

  • Forgotten Files, Book 2
  • By: Mary Burton
  • Narrated by: Christina Traister
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,674
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,490
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,482

Dr. Tessa McGowan had never seen anything quite like it. But the mutilated bodies on her exam table tell a stunningly macabre tale: someone with a twisted mind is kidnapping women and altering their faces to resemble real, life-size dolls. As a forensic pathologist, it's her job to aid the agent leading the case - even if that agent is her estranged husband.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Creepy!

  • By shelley on 11-17-16

Excellent murder mystery!

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

The story keep the reader guessing with engaging characters & plot twists.
Well done & very entertaining!

  • Helen of Sparta, Book 1

  • By: Amalia Carosella
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

Long before she ran away with Paris to Troy, Helen of Sparta was haunted by nightmares of a burning city under siege. These dreams foretold impending war - a war that only Helen has the power to avert. To do so, she must defy her family and betray her betrothed by fleeing the palace in the dead of night. In need of protection, she finds shelter and comfort in the arms of Theseus, son of Poseidon. With Theseus at her side, she believes she can escape her destiny.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • well worth reading

  • By TSingleton on 07-08-16

Cliffhanger

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

This story was entertaining, characters engaging and believable for a mythical tale, but it left the reader in an unfinished place. in my opinion.
Too many unresolved issues and not a good place to end the tale.

  • Calendar Girl: Volume One

  • January, February, March
  • By: Audrey Carlan
  • Narrated by: Summer Morton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215

Mia Saunders needs money. A lot of money. She has one year to pay off the loan shark who has threatened her father's life and is coming after his unpaid gambling debts. One million dollars to be exact. Her mission is simple - serve as a high-priced escort for her aunt's Los Angeles-based company and pay monthly against the debt. Spend a month with a rich man whom she doesn't have to sleep with if she doesn't want to? Easy money. Unlucky in love with a spirit that never gives up, this curvy motorcycle-riding vixen plans to get in, make her money, and get out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very entertaining story.

  • By Svetik on 01-11-18

A fun romp...

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

Reviewed: 06-29-18

A fun romp through the life of a 24 year old with enough emotional baggage for everyone. Great characters and plot twists.

  • I Am Livia

  • By: Phyllis T. Smith
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383

At the tender age of 14, Livia Drusilla overhears her father and fellow aristocrats plotting the assassination of Julius Caesar. Proving herself an astute confidante, she becomes her father’s chief political asset - and reluctantly enters into an advantageous marriage to a prominent military officer. Her mother tells her, "It is possible for a woman to influence public affairs," reminding Livia that - while she possesses a keen sense for the machinations of the Roman senate - she must also remain patient and practical.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you loved I, CLAUDIUS. You'll love this book!

  • By Fun Lovin Lady on 05-08-14

Awesome!

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

Reviewed: 03-02-18

If you love ancient history, this brings to life characters of Rome with a deep, factual story of traditions, rituals and emotions that will keep you enthralled to the end.
The narrator brings individuality to each player with voices of the past that pull you into their lives.
Loved it!

  • Song of Edmon

  • The Fracture Worlds, Book 1
  • By: Adam Burch
  • Narrated by: Adam Burch
  • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 142

The isolated planet of Tao is a house divided: the peaceful Daysiders live in harmony while the pale Nightsiders pursue power and racial purity through the violent ritual of the Combat. Edmon Leontes, the gentle son of a ruthless warrior noble and a proud Daysider, embodies Tao's split nature. The product of diametrically opposed races, Edmon hopes to live a quiet life pursuing the music of his mother's people, but his Nightsider father cruelly forces him to continue in his bloody footsteps to ensure his legacy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very impelling

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-29-17

Well done!

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

Reviewed: 02-07-18

I don't usually read fantasy or sci-fi, but this story held my attention.
Being read by the author, it was obvious that he knew his characters, and his command of unique voices truly enhanced the performance.
The story line, though quite violent, is tempered with an emotional thread that keeps the reader wondering what else could possibly happen to our poor hero - just as the story takes on a new dimension you didn't see coming, and sweeps you into a whole new venue of conflict while remaining true to the initial challenges the hero faces.
The book is written with intelligence & class not usually found in stories of this type.
Very entertaining & I feel comfortable recommending this book to those who might not otherwise give this genre a chance. Well done, Mr. Burch!