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  • Reign of Serpents

  • Blood of Gods and Royals, Book 3
  • By: Eleanor Herman
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Grace, Graham Halstead
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Prince Alexander's mind has been touched by an incomprehensible evil, even as his betrothed travels from afar to unite their kingdoms against a terrible darkness that threatens both realms: the Spirit Eaters. From the distant shores of Illyria to a small deserted island, the deadly consequences of Smoke Blood magic loom, and lost civilizations emerge to reveal the existence of a weapon that may do the impossible - kill the last living god.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another hit!

  • By Leslie on 06-26-18

The action and adventure continues!

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

Reviewed: 07-03-17

If you've listened to the first two books in the series, you will not be disappointed. So good.I started listening and did not want to stop. A great YA fantasy for the young and old. Strong heroes and heroines. Just enough romance for those who like a little romance. Non stop action. Fun listen. Looking forward to the next and last book in series.

  • Walk on Earth a Stranger

  • By: Rae Carson
  • Narrated by: Erin Mallon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283

Lee Westfall has a strong, loving family. She has a home she loves and a loyal steed. She has a best friend - who might want to be something more. She also has a secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than expected

  • By elenne on 10-11-15

Better than expected

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

Reviewed: 10-11-15

I hesitated on spending my credit . A girl disguised as a boy and the western theme is not a story I would normally want to read. But I loved Rae Carson Fire and Thorns series so I had to give this a try. Wow, Rae Carson does it again! Well written, with another strong and likeable heroine. The detail and vivid description made the story so real. Who knew wagons traveling to California could be so interesting. Once I started listening, I could not stop. Engaging story and one of the best narration I''ve heard. Great start to a series, book #2 is going to be even better.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Queen of Shadows

  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
  • Length: 20 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,283
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,802
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,797

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she's at last returned to the empire - for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past.... She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight. She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome... Simply Awesome

  • By LexiLikesLiterature on 09-18-15

disappointed

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

Reviewed: 09-05-15

Any additional comments?

What I dislike about this book are how the main characters have become a shell of who they were in the first 3 books, strangers to one another now. And yet enemies from the past suddenly become best friends over night. I don't get it. I prefer Calaena to Aelin. Where Calaena had warmth, Aelin is pure arrogance. And the relationship between Aelin and Rowan, I also don't get. Besides the fact that Rowan is 300+ years old, he acted much more older and mature than Aelin to be more like an older brother. The only saving grace in this book was Manon, her growth and strength in this books reminded me of the qualiities that I liked in Celaena. This book did not leave me anxiously anticipating the next book or thinking about the story and characters for days like I did in the previous books. Sad.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Court of Thorns and Roses

  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 16 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,452
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,462

When 19-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin - one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining!

  • By kathrine on 06-19-15

Slow start, last 5 hours worth the wait

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

Reviewed: 06-08-15

If you could sum up A Court of Thorns and Roses in three words, what would they be?

I love Sarah J Maas Throne of Glass series and was disappointed with the beginning of this book. But the story got better and better, action picked up. I'm reminded a bit of The Hunger Games, a strong heroine and expert archer, facing a life and death trial to save her love. Romantic. A good fairy tale fantasy with memorable characters.

1st 1/3 of book= 3 stars. 2nd 1/3 book= 4 stars Last 3rd of book= 5 stars

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Crimson Bound

  • By: Rosamund Hodge
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 202

When Rachelle was 15, she was good - apprenticed to her aunt and in training to protect her village from dark magic. But she was also reckless - straying from the forest path in search of a way to free her world from the threat of eternal darkness. After an illicit meeting goes dreadfully wrong, Rachelle is forced to make a terrible choice that binds her to the very evil she had hoped to defeat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than a LRRH Retelling

  • By mcallisterjd on 07-02-15

A well written fantasy and fairy tale for adults

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

Reviewed: 06-04-15

What did you love best about Crimson Bound?

Wow, the story had many layers, a story within a story. Inspired by Little Red Riding Hood, it had a dark element to it but also written with wit and humor. I love the dialogues between Rachelle/ Erec and Rachelle/ Armand. .The story and characters really pulled me in. Worth using my 1 credit.

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

Elizabeth did a superb job narrating the book, she is now one of my favorite narrators. I love her english accent.The tone and accent she gave to each character was perfect. She really brought the book to life.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I could listen to this book in one sitting. It was non stop action and intrigue. The writing was beautiful and original.

Any additional comments?

This is a book that older teen and adult will enjoy. It had all the elements in a book I like in fantasy book: well written, good storyline and plot, strong heroine (Rachelle is deadly with a sword), memorable characters and a little romance. This is definitely one of the best written YA fantasy books I've read/listened to so far. Rachelle reminds me of Katsa in Graceling.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A More Beautiful Question

  • The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas
  • By: Warren Berger
  • Narrated by: Michael Quinlan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,048
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,783
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,761

In this groundbreaking book, journalist and innovation expert Warren Berger shows that one of the most powerful forces for igniting change in business and in our daily lives is a simple, underappreciated tool - one that has been available to us since childhood. Questioning - deeply, imaginatively, "beautifully" - can help us identify and solve problems, come up with game-changing ideas, and pursue fresh opportunities. So why are we often reluctant to ask "Why?"

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A More Ordinary Reply

  • By Pietro on 03-30-15

inspiring and enlightning

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

Reviewed: 03-26-15

This is one of those audible books I wanted to listen to in one sitting. Well written with interesting stories. I would say it really helped me to question and think more deeply before making any decisions now. It's so easy to think we know the answers but often we are so wrong in our assumptions. This books helps us to take a step back, ask questions and see things from a broader perspective before going forward. A book worth listening to.

28 of 29 people found this review helpful

  • Serve to Be Great

  • Leadership Lessons from a Prison, a Monastery, and a Boardroom
  • By: Matt Tenney
  • Narrated by: Rex Anderson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

This three-part book begins with Matt’s story of going from selfish to servant while on his journey from prisoner to monk to social entrepreneur. The book shows leaders the connection between superior long-term results and serving their people and community. Matt Tenney cites numerous business case studies and research that demonstrate how servant leadership results in attracting top talent, increased employee engagement, and lower turnover, as well as a more innovative culture, better customer service, and a better ROI on marketing efforts.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Nice BUT!

  • By Rahman Latif on 02-19-15

more than a leadership book

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

Reviewed: 06-10-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Serve to Be Great to be better than the print version?

This audio exceeded my expectations. I pretty much listened to this in one sitting.Was not planning on that. Lots of great stories about leaders and companies whose success stems from not only serving the needs of their customers but also their employees. Some of the companies mentioned are Google,Southwest airline, Next Jump,Life is Good,Zappos and Ritz Carlton. Ritz Carlton allows their employees to spent up to $2000 per customer! Pretty amazing what these companies will do for their customers and employees, not because they have to but they want to.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Matt Tenney was a US Marine, spent 5 1/2 years in military prison trying to defraud the US government of $2.7 million. During his confinement, he learned mindfulness practice and almost became a monk after leaving prison. He made a really bad decision and paid for it. And ultimately found his success by serving others.

Have you listened to any of Rex Anderson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Rex has a pleasant voice and I would listen to him again. A couple of words he pronounced sounded odd but other than that he did a great job.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Inspiring story of success that could be achieved through serving others. A book that everyone should read. It's about thinking less of yourself,your needs and more about how you can help others, creating a win/win situation for everyone involved.

Any additional comments?

I'm also getting the print version to share with others. If you enjoyed books by Malcolm Gladwell and Daniel Pink, you will like this book. My other 2 favorite audiobooks that are 5 stars and I listened to in the last 3 months are 10% Happier by Dan Harris and Promise of a Pencil by Adam Braun.

  • The Promise of a Pencil

  • How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change
  • By: Adam Braun
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404

Adam Braun began working summers at hedge funds when he was just 16 years old, sprinting down the path to a successful Wall Street career. But while traveling as a college student, he met a young boy begging on the streets of India. When Braun asked the boy what he wanted most in the world, he simply answered, "A pencil." This small request became the inspiration for Pencils of Promise, the organization Braun would leave a prestigious job at Bain & Company to start with just $25 at the age of 24.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore negative reviews

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-04-16

a must read/listen for everyone

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

Reviewed: 03-29-14

Where does The Promise of a Pencil rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of my favorite audiobook so far. Very inspiring , well told and I could not stop listening to Adam's story. Combines 3 subjects I love: children, charity and travel. I am also getting a book version to give to my 15 year old niece to read. A book that all young people should read. Follow your dreams, believe in yourself and do good in the world. Walking away from the promise of a bright future and money to the uncertainty of the future. Believing in yourself and following your dreams of helping others. Powerful.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I had never heard of Adam Braun or his organization, Pencils of Promise before this audio. But I am definitely a fan of Adam and POP. I even went online to donate money for POP. And it is great that all proceeds from the book sales will go towards the charity!

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

So many but Adam dedicating his first school opening to his grandmother(a holocaust survivor) and that she was his inspiration.

Any additional comments?

Kirby did a great job with the narration. The tone and voice was perfect! One of the best I've heard . After listening to this, you will ask yourself the following: Are you living your life with purpose, passion and meaning? And if not what's stopping you ? 30 chapters, each a mantra, a story to provide a road map, inspired to help start and turn anyone's dreams into reality.