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  • Arianna Kelt and the Wizards of Skyhall

  • By: J. R. King
  • Narrated by: Ron Knowles
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 17

J.R. King's 12-year-old antihero turned hero, Arianna Kelt, is a reformed thief and wizard seer. Now you wouldn't think being a wizard seer would be such a big deal, but it is a big deal to the Wizards of Skyhall. For you see, those particular wizards are sworn to protect the citizens of Earth from all the things they shouldn't know about, namely wizards, warlocks, and all the creatures of the magical realms that no humans should know exist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Way better than expected

  • By Jamie on 06-17-06

Highly entertaining for both kids and adults

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

Reviewed: 02-04-10

I bought this book for a younger listener and ended up listening to it myself. Certainly better written than Paolini's Eragon books and with more heart. The humor throughout the book will have anyone of any age rolling with laughter.

The author understands dry humor and satire too and puts this in with the fast-paced adventures. I also appreciated the prominent featuring of both strong female characters and strong male characters. Very fun to listen to and well produced. The voicing especially. You're going to want to buy the sequel as well.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Introducing Robert Stanek's Ruin Mist

  • Special Edition for 'In the Service of Dragons'
  • By: Robert Stanek
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 9 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 30

Listeners all around the world are discovering Robert Stanek and Ruin Mist. Robert Stanek is the highly-acclaimed author of more than 75 books for young people and adults. Ruin Mist is the fantasy world explored in The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches quartet and in In the Service of Dragons. Listen to this special edition audio and explore the world of Ruin Mist and its characters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nicely done!

  • By Pete on 07-12-08

Interesting introduction to Ruin Mist

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

Reviewed: 07-12-08

As an introduction to Stanek's amazing fantasy world, this is pretty decent. The music throughout adds to the experience. With a running time of about 9 1/2 minutes, it's short enough to hold anyone's interest. As a longtime read of the author's work, I enjoyed learning more about the history of the world and the many languages and peoples.

I think any fan of the author will love it. Those who are new to the author may find it a bit short but hey it's free.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • In the Service of Dragons

  • By: Robert Stanek
  • Narrated by: Karl Fehr
  • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23

Indulge, slip away to Ruin Mist! In the Service of Dragons is the continuation of Robert Stanek's multilayered epic fantasy adventure that began with The Kingdom and the Elves of the Reaches, Books 1-4. In that acclaimed series, Stanek introduced us to the story of Ruin Mist, an extraordinary world of magic, adventure, and intrigue. In this eagerly awaited follow-up, he once again proves himself a wonderful storyteller with a gift for fast pacing and believable storylines.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome!! Read It!!

  • By Jake on 10-09-06

A magical listening experience

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

Reviewed: 06-11-08

"In the Service of Dragons" is a four-book cycle and a follow up to "The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches," also a four-book cycle. For those who have not picked these books up: Find out what all the talk is about, and discover this magical, enchanting world. Adrina, Vilmos, Seth, Xith, Emel and the others are amazing characters, and I loved joining them on their adventures.

While the Kingdoms books predominantly take place in Great Kingdom, the Dragon books take place in many locations around the fantastic world of the author's imaging. I truly enjoyed journeying with Valam to East Reach, traveling with Vilmos, Xith, Adrina and the others as Noman gathered the companions.

With heroes you will love, villians to hate, and many others in between, there's lots to like here. Certainly, I haven't listened to anything this good or anything this enthralling since Lewis's stories of "Narnia." Any Harry Potter, Narnia, or Eragon fan that hasn't read this is missing out big time. Stanek has done a great job in weaving their differing points of view into a highly coherent story.

Plus the story appeals to just about any age-group, which is why I highly recommend this for all readers of fiction. I loved it!

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Eragon

  • Inheritance, Book 1
  • By: Christopher Paolini
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,506
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,356
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,443

Fifteen-year-old Eragon believes he is merely a poor farm boy - until his destiny as a Dragon Rider is revealed. Gifted with only an ancient sword, a loyal dragon, and sage advice from an old storyteller, Eragon is soon swept into a dangerous tapestry of magic, glory, and power. Now, his choices could save - or destroy - the empire. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful and Enjoyable

  • By Mary S. Murray on 02-23-04

Good listen, now on to Eldest

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-08

I'm a huge fan of Robert Stanek's "The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches" and I decided to pick this up to see how it would compare. I'm pleased to say "Eragon" met my expectations. It's a pretty good story and one I would recommend.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Stormjammers

  • The Extraordinary Story of Electronic Warfare Operations in the Gulf War
  • By: Robert Stanek
  • Narrated by: Ron Knowles
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Candid and fast-paced like the best combat memoirs, Stanek focuses on the men and women he flew with, telling their stories as well as his own and creating what is ultimately an inspiring and uplifting story of the human spirit challenged by the agony and terror of war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top Notch book by a Top Notch author

  • By Tammy on 11-14-06
  • Stormjammers
  • The Extraordinary Story of Electronic Warfare Operations in the Gulf War
  • By: Robert Stanek
  • Narrated by: Ron Knowles

A testament to all military flyers

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

Reviewed: 05-01-08

I read this book because it was recommended to me by an air force staff sergeant I was talking to in the book store. After reading this book I see why he recommended it. Stormjammers stands out for it's honesty. There is none of the typical cynicism that characterizes most personal accounts of the war in Iraq nor is there any glorification of violence often seen in other military memoirs.

Instead the book is the account of a normal guy's actions and reactions in combat. Stanek is not the stereotypical alpha-male warrior, but rather an introspective individual whose ability to lead made him a success military flyer. You feel Stanek's horror at the tragedies of war, his exhilaration after successful missions, and his disgust when confronted with incompetence from his seniors. The result is a very believeable personal account of the war.

Stanek did not intend to criticise or support the war nor did he intend to criticise the strategic decisions of commanders. Instead he sought to write about his experiences and his reactions to them. In this he has done a superb job. It really shows what it truly means to serve this country. Highly recommended.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Odd Thomas

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: David Aaron Baker
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,413
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,429

"The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No Doubting Thomas

  • By Denise on 12-11-03

Good story...well written

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

Reviewed: 05-01-08

After reading many of Koontz' efforts, I had a hard time getting started on this one, but once I did it became a page turner and hard to put down. I love the way Koontz can make a common guy a super-hero. Although ALL the characters in this town of Odd's are a little wacky, it adds to the humor of the book rather than straight horror fiction. I was truly sorry to read the last page, wanting to read more! I couldn't wait to get my hands on the 'Odd' sequals!

  • The Lincoln Lawyer

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Adam Grupper
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,850
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,534
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,530

Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense pro who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, to defend clients at the bottom of the legal food chain. It's no wonder that he is despised by cops, prosecutors, and even some of his own clients. But an investigator is murdered for getting too close to the truth and Haller quickly discovers that his search for innocence has taken him face to face with a kind of evil as pure as a flame.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Narration

  • By Vishruth on 06-18-08

Enjoyed it!

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

Reviewed: 07-28-07

I got this book unabridged. I would often listen to it while doing chores around the house or other mundane projects. I loved this book. The pacing was perfect, the characters well-drawn, and the writing style engaging. Mickey Haller, the Lincoln lawyer of the title, and protagonist, is a hustler who works out of the back seat of one of his Lincolns. He gets embroiled in a case that should be a real money maker. The author uses this background to set up a very believable ethical dilemma that makes this novel a very compelling read. This is the first Michael Connelly book I've read, but based on this one, I'm going read more of his books.

  • The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches

  • By: Robert Stanek
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1,110
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 129

After the Great War that divided the peoples, the kingdoms of men plunged into a Dark Age that lasted 500 years. To heal the lands and restore the light, the great kings decreed that magic and all that is magical, be it creature, man, or device, shall be cleansed to dust. The cleansing raged for so long that no human could recall a time without it and it is in this time that the Dark Lord Sathar returned from the dark beyond.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No Wonder it Was a Top BookSense 76 Pick!

  • By Patrick Y. on 04-24-05

Great Book!

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

Reviewed: 11-29-06

I was also looking for a new series to keep me happily reading for the next few months, and this definitely is it. I am very very happy with it. I couldn't wait to get the second one, and you'll be the same way. The author digs deeper into the lives of his characters than many authors ever do, revealing the human side of all of them. His use of point of view is remarkable as is the world that he paints for us. Stanek transforms us from the perfect fantasy world that Tolkien created, into a fresh, more real, new world where no one is really defined as good or evil. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys any sort of fantasy or mystery type fiction. It is, put quite simply, amazing.

Absolutely wonderful. Book 3 is my favorite, but you have to start here. Great for children and adults!

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Blindsided

  • By: Jay Giles
  • Narrated by: Ron Knowles
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 40

Matt Seattle, a Sarasota stockbroker, befriends an older stock enthusiast, Joe Jesso. During one of their weekly Wednesday morning sessions, Joe announces he's gotten married. A week later, Joe dies. Believing Joe may have been the victim of a black widow, Matt hires an investigator to look into Joe's death.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • ridiculous narration

  • By Kathleen on 06-25-06

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 10-27-06

This is an outstanding thriller! Such a great read. Once it gets going, it doesn't stop until the last pages and you won't be able to put it down. I listened to the last hour in one big gulp. The author does a great job of getting you sucked into the crazy events and then keep turning up the heat. If you like suspense, mystery or thrillers, you will love this book!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Robert Stanek Short Story & Novella Collection

  • By: Robert Stanek
  • Narrated by: Karl Fehr, Gary Ryan
  • Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 10

Enter the spell-binding worlds of best-selling author Robert Stanek and dream a new dream. The book contains two novellas, two short stories and a special feature exclusive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Eugene on 08-22-05

What a good listen

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

Reviewed: 10-03-06

I am a long time Audible customer. I purchased this audio book, and enjoyed it greatly which is why I give it strong rating. I've been reading and listening to the works of Robert Stanek for several years now. He has an intelligent pen, and a solid style. This story collection contains an introduction to the author and his works, followed by four well-written, well-voiced stories. Other bonuses include a guide to his world of Ruin Mist, and an sample from The Kingdoms and the Elves books.

What I like most about Stanek's writing is he doesn't let the story get bogged down in too many details, the stories move at a fast pace. The story collection has three different narrators, and the stories cover a wide selection of genres from the contempory and more literary "August Rains" to the coming-of-age fantasy "Journey Beyond the Beyond" to the science fiction stories "Silence is Golden" and "Absolutes." As a fan of Philip K. Dick, the underlying subtext of Stanek's scifi stories was clear to me. I loved these cautionary tales and the alternate futures they create.

As far as the narration, I had no issues with it. The voicing is good, the pacing is sometimes a bit fast, but still good.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful