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  • A Crown of Swords

  • Book Seven of The Wheel of Time
  • By: Robert Jordan
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 30 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,689
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,980
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,962

In this volume, Elayne, Aviendha, and Mat come ever closer to the bowl ter'angreal that may reverse the world's endless heat wave and restore natural weather. Egwene begins to gather all manner of women who can channel: Sea Folk, Windfinders, Wise Ones, and some surprising others. And above all, Rand faces the dread Forsaken Sammael, in the shadows of Shadar Logoth, where the blood-hungry mist, Mashadar, waits for prey.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid performance, and a good book.

  • By D. Jenne on 11-30-12

Point A to Point B

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

Reviewed: 01-14-19

There is a lot of waiting in this book and a lot of frustration with not making progress. Mat gets a taste of his own medicine. Aviendha and Elayne get to know each other much better. Nynaeve gets a surprise. Egwene continues to play the innocent newbie. Rand hunts Sammael.

This is the first book I've really enjoyed start to finish. There was so much interplay between the different characters and we finally get a section that is from Aviendha's viewpoint. This is also the first book where it feels like the characters are gelling and starting to appreciate one another's strengths. There is a huge sense of frustration that they are not finding the ter'angreal they are searching for. Things start to come together when they finally start to coordinate and act like a team!

The narration is really good to me. I enjoy both Kate and Michael's narration and character voices. They both feel so familiar now that I barely notice when one takes over from the other! I do listen on 1.25 speed.

  • Lord of Chaos

  • Book Six of The Wheel of Time
  • By: Robert Jordan
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 41 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,178
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,208

As the Wheel turns, the winds of fate roil across the land. Rand al 'Thor struggles to unite the nations for the Last Battle when the Dark One will break free into the world to spring the snares laid by the immortal Forsaken for unwary humankind. The White Tower in Tar Valon, under the Amyrlin Elaida, has decided that Rand must be controlled immediately.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally here!

  • By Elias on 08-14-05

Travelin' Rand

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

Rand has learned how to travel and this will continue to get him into trouble for the rest of the series. He also finds many other men who can channel and grants them amnesty. Nynaeve and Elayne begin a hunt for a ter'angreal that can help with the weather accompanied by Matt. Perrin must finally face his in laws and Min travels to Rand. Elaida decides that Rand will be brought to her immediately, bound, beaten and submissive. Egwynne trysts with Gawyn and realizes love while Morgase is completely captivated by Gaebril.

There is much action in this listen and when it ends few in the story will be the same people they were when the book began.

I noticed an irritating trend with the narration in this listen. The characters randomly and inconsistently develop English accents. It was most distracting. I listened on 1.25 speed

  • The Fires of Heaven

  • Book Five of The Wheel of Time
  • By: Robert Jordan
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 36 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,842
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,215

In this sequel to the phenomenal New York Times best seller The Shadow Rising, Robert Jordan again plunges us into his extraordinarily rich, totally unforgettable world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The fires of Heaven

  • By Jeff on 05-28-05

The Wheel Weaves

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

...and we wait for the story to continue...

There is much backstory and character development in this book and you might think the story is not worth it and stop reading the series. DON'T! The next two books (as far as I've gotten) are fantastic and much happens that will make this one worth slogging through. There are things in this book that will serve you for knowing later. Keep going. Don't give up!

  • Souls of the Never

  • Book One of the Tales of the Neverwar Series
  • By: CJ Rutherford
  • Narrated by: Katie Welburn
  • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

Katheryne thinks she's just a normal 20-year-old, until her dreams descend into terror and pain. At the edge of the universe, an ancient evil awakens. It wants into our world; and it's coming through her. As the dreams become reality, Katheryne is pitched into a battle that has raged for thousands of years. The fate of all reality rests in her hands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An amazing fantasy!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 12-27-15

OK YA

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

Katherine's dreams are getting darker and darker and she feels like she has to keep them buried deep to save herself and everything she knows. Before long, she has teamed up with and old friend and a couple of new ones, including her soul mate. A man she has dreamed about for a long time but never thought she would meet in person. Before you know it, he is snatched away from her and this gives her the incentive to learn all she can and fight the evil threatening to take over all realities.

This was a very YA book and not deep enough with interesting, strong characters to keep my attention for long. All of the relationship angst felt overdone and it took Katherine way too long to get over indecision and grasp her destiny. In the end, the story was just OK for me. Not really enough to want me to keep going to see what else happens in the series.

The narration confused me. Katherine is obviously supposed to be Irish but the narrator doesn't give her an Irish accent. Yet other characters are given accents. It distracted from the story for me and I don't think I could get past it.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

  • Rendezvous with Rama

  • By: Sir Arthur C. Clarke
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim, Robert J. Sawyer - introduction
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,243
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,085
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,102

At first, only a few things are known about the celestial object that astronomers dub Rama. It is huge, weighing more than ten trillion tons. And it is hurtling through the solar system at inconceivable speed. Then a space probe confirms the unthinkable: Rama is no natural object. It is, incredibly, an interstellar spacecraft. Space explorers and planet-bound scientists alike prepare for mankind's first encounter with alien intelligence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed in the narrator

  • By Brent on 06-01-12

Keep It Going...

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

Don't stop at the first in the series! Make the next audiobook and release it soon!!

I am an avid scifi reader. I had never heard of this series before but heard about it on a Fade to Black episode and looked for the audiobook. I was happy to see it was an audiobook and I bought it to listen to. What I didn't know was that only the first in the series was recorded...such disappointment. As a busy working mother who has little time for holding a book and reading, audiobooks literally saved my reading time! And now, to discover a not even halfway finished series...

This was such a phenomenol story. From the first introduction of the object in the night sky this book had me hooked. Clarke wrote in such an engaging style that it was hard to stop listening after my commute each day. I found myself sneaking in a few minutes whenever I could and listening at work. Earth and the solar system have changed much and most planets are colonized and have developed somewhat autonomous societies by virtue of necessity and climate. I found the search of the ship fascinating and am probably going to purchase the books so I can continue the series.

The narration, while a bit monotone wasn't the complete distraction it appeared to be for many. I was so caught up in the words that the delivery was an afterthought, if anything.

  • True Tales from the Edgar Cayce Archives

  • Lives Touched and Lessons Learned from the Sleeping Prophet
  • By: Sidney Kirkpatrick, Nancy Kirkpatrick
  • Narrated by: Scott R. Pollak
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104

There is perhaps no modern psychic more fascinating than Edgar Cayce and no better authors to explore the intricate details and eye-opening stories of the people who received his readings than Sidney and Nancy Kirkpatrick. The Kirkpatricks, with decades of experience and research, take us on a journey into the archives and history of these psychic passages, finding the most interesting case studies and exploring the most astounding results of the Cayce work in so many people's lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You will believe in Cayce if you don't already

  • By Larry on 09-18-16

Enlightening

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

At first, I thought this book was a rehash of There Is A River by Thomas Sugrue, but about halfway through it became very interesting and unique. There are more readings in this volume. And there is a more balanced backward view of what went wrong with the first hospital. And also, more detail into Cayce's life after he embraced his psychic abilities. He had many interesting encounters throughout his life that were left out of the Sugrue's book. There is also a more in depth look at what exactly the readings told Cayce to do in order to keep his health up and more detail around the times he ignored his own readings.

It was obvious Cayce put his own health in peril because he felt so compelled to help as many others as he possibly could. He sounds like a wonderful human being and a truly gentle soul who wanted to do his best for others in his time here. In fact, I want to learn more about him and his work and, after reading another reviewer's comments, joined the A.R.E.

Scott Pollak does an excellent narration of great material and I enjoyed listening to this audiobook.

  • The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer (Twin Peaks)

  • By: Jennifer Lynch
  • Narrated by: Sheryl Lee
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 664
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 626
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 621

Lifeless and wrapped in plastic. This is how Sheryl Lee was first introduced as "Laura Palmer" in the cult television classic, Twin Peaks. Now, Sheryl returns to voice Laura's darkest secrets in the audiobook event that fans of the show have long awaited.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wrapped in plastic

  • By Phillip Frangules on 05-08-17

Hooked Newbie

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

Reviewed: 08-15-18

I am probably very close to the age Laura Palmer was and would be today if she had made different choices. I got married very young, though, and was too busy to watch the new sensational show Twin Peaks. This is the first I've read or seen about the show. Now I need to go back and watch the whole thing and watch the movie and then listen to this again! I'm sure I'll get much more out of it then I did this first time.

This was a really well done narration by Sheryl Lee. Yes, there is whispering which is hard to hear if you're commuting in a car (when I mostly listen to audiobooks) but her performance outshines any small defects. Her voice, tone, inflection and cadence are all spot on for the material. Her voice goes from a seemingly happy 12 year old who gets the best gift in the world for her birthday to a strung out prostitute whose life is coming unraveled. And then there's Bob. Her voice for Bob is incredibly creepy and she goes back and forth quickly and seamlessly as Bob and Laura have their conversations.

Can't wait to find out more.

  • 3 Lies

  • Masters CIA Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Helen Hanson
  • Narrated by: Patrick Nolan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

Can kidnapping a sick woman alter the course of a nation? After stepping off the corporate treadmill, Clint finds love to last a lifetime in Beth, who is recovering from kidney failure. When she blows off their date and misses her dialysis session, Clint suspects she's been kidnapped. In spite of the mounting evidence, her family refuses to call the police. They have their reasons, but without routine dialysis, Beth won't survive. While Clint pursues every lead to find her. Beth's dilemma draws the attention of spy trackers at the CIA investigating a computer system breach.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn’t Finish It

  • By Ronald Kibler on 12-10-18

Determined

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

Clint is determined to stay off the grid. He doesn't want contact with anyone at the company he helped build, his soon to be ex-wife or anyone else besides the beautiful woman he met two months ago. When she doesn't answer the door for a promised breakfast, Clint knows something is wrong. He begins a search that will lead him much further than he ever imagined and draws back into a world he just wants to leave behind.

I enjoyed this book. Beth and the other women captives were a light spot in an otherwise dark story of kidnapping, manipulation and betrayals at all levels. Just when you think you have it figured out, another twist happens and you don't quite know who Clint can trust.

The narration was good if a little slow. I sped up to 1.25 speed. Nolan did a good job with most of the voices and he was able to keep the feel of the writing flowing throughout the listen. Some of the female voices could use some work but other than it was a really enjoyable listen.

I received this audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review.

  • There is a River

  • The Story of Edgar Cayce
  • By: Thomas Sugrue
  • Narrated by: Mitch Horowitz
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

Edgar Cayce (1877-1945) is known to millions today as the grandfather of the new age. A medical clairvoyant, psychic, and Christian mystic, Cayce provided medical, psychological, and spiritual advice to thousands of people who swore by the effectiveness of his trance-based readings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Facinating

  • By imjin on 07-16-16

Insightful

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

Great starting point to learn Edgar Cayce's background. This book pretty much takes you from his birth to death with many of his readings detailed. There was much doubt in Mr. Cayce but it's clear his faith helped him through all of the many rough patches in his life.

He was uneducated but far from stupid. He was a principled man who refused to profit from his gift. The only thing I wish was more clearly explained was why the hospital failed. If all the players and Cayce's intentions lined up according to the readings then why could it not survive the Depression? It was never explained. Other than that, this was a wonderful listen that really detailed Cayce's early life and his relationships as well as the struggles he faced and the doubts he went through in order to give as many people the benefit of his gifts as he could.

I will be reading more on this gentle, humble man.

  • Smith

  • By: Sam B Miller II
  • Narrated by: John Pirhalla
  • Length: 4 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

 

Every once and a while the voice that's in and out of our hero's head assures, “Fear not, for I am with you”. That voice is what will be called Smith, a voice from ancient and potent times. That voice - at once droll, clever, mercurial, and deliciously brutal - is one of the many highlights of this lively adventure.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hopefully just an intro

  • By Michelle on 09-05-18

Ring of Power with Attitude

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

Reviewed: 07-31-18

Jake is a lonely boy fending mostly for himself in the streets of the middle east. HIs mother died and his archaeologist father alternately doesn't have time for his son or willfully refuses to understand the dangers he faces. Jake does have one friend and, together, they begin exploring the forbidden tunnels of his father's recent dig. Jake soon finds a ring and puts it on his finger. The ring will not come off...for any reason. Then it starts talking to him...soon Jake is in much more danger than anything he has ever known.

This was an entertaining listen. Smith is smart, sassy and brutal to the point insanity. When he can't convince Jake, he cajoles him and when he can't push Jake into doing what he wants he resorts to threats. Jake soon meets Nava, the woman of his dreams, and once he does, he has to battle everyone he knows and more to keep her safe. Will Jake learn the nature of Smith before it's too late? Will Nava ever see him as anything other than an eighteen year old boy and competition for her job?

I would have like for it to be a little longer with more background and more fleshed out characters. Jake's learning of the ways of the ring could have been more developed as well. The story could have easily been seven to ten hours which is a decent length for an audiobook and often worth the credit.

I received this audiobook for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.