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  • 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 1,112
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 131

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

Could have been better

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

Reviewed: 04-14-19

I have listened to hundreds of books and find the narration on this to be the worst yet. The narrator didn't pause between scene changes, paragraphs, and in some cases even sentences. This distracted so much from the story, I eventually gave up listening.

  • The Retreat Series

  • Books 1-3
  • By: Craig DiLouie, Stephen Knight, Joe McKinney
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,057
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 991
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 985

This set includes the first three audiobooks from the Retreat series: Pandemic, Slaughterhouse, and Die Laughing

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Frighteningly Not Funny Clowns

  • By John on 07-23-18

Heavy on action

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

Reviewed: 08-31-18

Military detail seemed good and lots of action, but was mostly action and light on plot.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Soul of America

  • The Battle for Our Better Angels
  • By: Jon Meacham
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders, Jon Meacham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,320
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,957
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,936

Our current climate of partisan fury is not new, and in The Soul of America Meacham shows us how what Abraham Lincoln called the “better angels of our nature” have repeatedly won the day. Painting surprising portraits of Lincoln and other presidents, including Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, and LBJ, and illuminating the courage of influential citizen activists and civil rights pioneers, Meacham brings vividly to life turning points in American history. Each of these dramatic hours have been shaped by the contest to lead the country to look forward rather than back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He takes the long view, displays pattern,Hopeful

  • By zachary on 07-04-18

Good Historical Perspective

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

Reviewed: 06-17-18

This book gives us a hopeful view in what we see as a troubled time by showing we have had many troubled times and we can work our way through them.

  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

  • By: Scott Lynch
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 21 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,597
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,059
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,032

An orphan's life is harsh---and often short---in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains---a man who is neither blind nor a priest. A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected "family" of orphans---a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stupendous, but be warned.

  • By Luke A. Reynolds on 11-30-09

A Geat Listen

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

Reviewed: 03-30-17

This was a fun listen. The author's use of humor in his story telling kept us engaged and smiling. The narration was equally outstanding.

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 126,064
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 116,637
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 116,085

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I didn’t hate it

  • By MerBear1981 on 04-18-19

Amazing Story

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

Reviewed: 12-22-16

A retelling of a young man's story of growing up in a difficult time and place. Yet, he did more than survive. Very well told. A good reading.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Daemon

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,682
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,252
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,295

When the obituary of legendary computer game architect Matthew Sobol appears online, a previously dormant daemon activates, initiating a chain of events that begins to unravel our interconnected world. This daemon reads news headlines, recruits human followers, and orders assassinations. With Sobol’s secrets buried with him, and as new layers of his daemon are unleashed, it’s up to Detective Peter Sebeck to stop a self-replicating virtual killer before it achieves its ultimate purpose - one that goes far beyond anything Sebeck could have imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Possibly The Best Techno-thriller Ever

  • By Erica on 01-22-09

Well written and engaging.

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

Reviewed: 02-26-16

This is a very well written story. The characters are believable and the story keeps pulling you along to its conclusion. Perhaps some of the tech is a little far fetched, but never so much that you think that it will soon be impossible.

  • The Count of Monte Cristo

  • By: Alexandre Dumas
  • Narrated by: Alan Munro
  • Length: 57 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 382
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350

An adventure story primarily concerned with themes of hope, justice, vengeance, mercy, and forgiveness, it focuses on a man who is wrongfully imprisoned, escapes from jail, acquires a fortune and sets about getting revenge on those responsible for his imprisonment. However, his plans have devastating consequences for the innocent as well as the guilty.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely awful narrator!

  • By Janneke on 02-22-13

A distracting performance for a good story

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

Reviewed: 04-26-13

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator had unnatural pauses and a cadence which was totally distracting. Perhaps that is why this version was only about two dollars.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Memory of Earth

  • Homecoming, Volume 1
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,088
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,476
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,487

High above the planet Harmony, the Oversoul watches. Its task, programmed so many millennia ago, is to guard the human settlement on this planet, to protect this fragile remnant of Earth from all threats...to protect them, most of all, from themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than I remember it

  • By Sam on 01-14-10

An engaging story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-28-08

The story is an easy listen. The author does a good job in developing the characters and engaging the listener in the story. This book compares very favorably with other stories by Mr Card where he develops a believable society, and then spins a story with depth. Once the story is completely told, it may deserve five stars.

13 of 16 people found this review helpful