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  • A Discovery of Witches

  • A Novel
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,533
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,666
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,698

Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Started out intriguing, devolved into Twilight 2.0

  • By Elina on 11-13-17

Great story, great story teller

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

Reviewed: 05-23-17

Jennifer Ikeda is an amazing story teller and made an engaging story even more real.

  • The Book of Life

  • All Souls, Book 3
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,713
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,420
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,372

In The Book of Life, Diana and Matthew time travel back from Elizabethan London to make a dramatic return to the present - facing new crises and old enemies. At Matthew’s ancestral home, Sept-Tours, they reunite with the beloved cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches - with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.  

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hopes Dashed

  • By Elkay on 08-01-14

Great book, great story teller

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

Reviewed: 07-29-16

Jennifer Ikeda is an amazing story teller, who seems to embody each character she plays. Deborah Harkness has written an engaging trilogy with hues of reality interwoven with fantasy. It has been heart warming and exciting to delve into the world of vampires, witches and demons

  • The Song of Bernadette

  • By: Franz Werfel
  • Narrated by: Johanna Ward
  • Length: 18 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

Considered one of the greatest novels of simple and triumphant religious faith to be published in the 20th century, how the The Song of Bernadette came to be written is an inspirational - even miraculous - story in its own right. In June 1940, famed Austrian author Franz Werfel and his beautiful wife, Alma Mahler, were on a desperate flight across France, seeking to escape certain death at the hands of the Nazi invaders. Franz had written many articles and given many radio speeches denouncing their tyranny.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marvelous!

  • By Purple Wizard on 10-26-03

Saint Bernadette and her family come to life!

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

Reviewed: 04-29-15

A moving tribute to this reluctant saint, excellently performed by Ms. Ward. It was a pleasure to listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Autobiography of Saint Therese of Lisieux

  • The Story of a Soul
  • By: Therese Martin O.Carm., John Beevers (translator)
  • Narrated by: Sherry Kennedy Brownrigg
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 563
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479

Sharing memories from early childhood through her life as a Carmelite nun, Therese opens her heart to us. This bride of Christ reveals her passion and longing for union with God. Her simplicity is charming and we begin to believe that we can travel the path to salvation that she points out to us.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Lion of Lisieux

  • By Jonathan M. on 02-24-14

insightful and inspiring

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

Reviewed: 04-16-15

How humbling it is to hear the words of one so on fire for God.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Storm Warning

  • Valdemar: The Mage Storms, Book 1
  • By: Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by: David Ledoux
  • Length: 17 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 332
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336

With her phenomenal Mage Winds trilogy, bestselling author Mercedes Lackey captivated fans across the country. Now in the first volume of the series sequel, she continues the same storyline, returning readers to a war-torn Valdemar in preparation to confront an ancient Eastern Empire - ruled by a monarch whose magical tactics by be beyond any sorcery known to the western kingdoms.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • disappointing narration

  • By Ephanie on 04-15-15

disappointing narration

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

Reviewed: 04-15-15

It was hard to listen to the narrator, who had a cold. Also his character voices were lame, and he even mispronounced key terms in the story...Very disappointing.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • A Memory of Light

  • Wheel of Time, Book 14
  • By: Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 41 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 20,160
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18,424
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 18,437

Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally we have closure!

  • By Cliff on 08-29-13

An exciting and bitter-sweet ending to the series

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

Reviewed: 01-19-15

As always, Michael Kramer and Kate Reading deliver an unsurpassed performance narrating this book. This story came alive as Mr. Kramer and Ms. Reading gave a unique voice to each character. I cannot choose a most memorable moment since I love the entire series. Brandon Sanderson brilliantly wove Robert Jordan's notes together seamlessly, and the last book reads as though Mr. Jordan finished the book himself. The Wheel of Time series is a must read for fantasy lovers everywhere.

  • Towers of Midnight

  • Wheel of Time, Book 13
  • By: Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 38 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16,851
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,646
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,661

The Last Battle has started. The seals on the Dark One’s prison are crumbling. The Pattern itself is unraveling, and the armies of the Shadow have begun to boil out of the Blight. The sun has begun to set upon the Third Age. Perrin Aybara is now hunted by specters from his past: Whitecloaks, a slayer of wolves, and the responsibilities of leadership. All the while, an unseen foe is slowly pulling a noose tight around his neck....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!

  • By Corey on 11-09-10

An engaging and exciting listen!

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

Reviewed: 01-01-15

My favorite moment was when Perrin forged the power wrought hammer and accepted the role of leadership.

  • To Light a Candle

  • The Obsidian Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Mercedes Lackey, James Mallory
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 34 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 925
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 729
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 734

To his own surprise, young Kellen, once the disappointing son of the great Mage who leads the City’s Mage Council, has become a powerful Knight-Mage. Valued for his bravery and his skills as both wizard and warrior, Kellen joins the Elves' war councils. Yet he cannot convince the City of his birth that it is in terrible danger. Kellen’s sister Idalia, a Wild Mage with great healing ability, has pledged her heart to Jermayan, a proud Elven warrior.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Listen!

  • By Mary Bjornskov on 06-29-10

An enthalling listen!

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

Reviewed: 03-11-13

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

Absolutely! The story is engrossing and the narrator brings the excitement to life.

What was one of the most memorable moments of To Light a Candle?

I can't pick one, because I love the WHOLE BOOK!

What does Susan Ericksen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Susan Ericksen really brought the story to life. She is the consumate story teller. She told the story in a believable and exciting way.

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

The relationship between Kellen and Edalia is sweet and multi-layered. Edalia is his sister but in many ways she is also in a mother role. Kellen loves his sister but is also struggling with his own manhood.

Any additional comments?

You need to get all three books in this trilogy, an exciting, moving and satisfying listen!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful