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  • The War of the Worlds

  • By: H. G. Wells
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,407
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,230
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,235

First published by H. G. Wells in 1898, The War of the Worlds is the granddaddy of all alien invasion stories. The novel begins ominously, as the lone voice of a narrator intones, "No one would have believed in the last years of the 19th century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ants

  • By Janice on 03-30-14

There IS a reason this is a classic.

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

Reviewed: 02-20-18

The Martians Are Coming! That may seem silly today, but if you put that aside you will find a compelling and emersive story told honestly through the recollection of the main character. The science is dated, but if you can put yourself in that time period, it's Sci-Fi at it's best. This is not my first time reading it. It is, however, my first time listening. Simon Vance does a marvelous job. He injects just the right amount of emotion. I recommend his version, definitely.

  • The Tower of Swallows

  • By: Andrzej Sapkowski
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 16 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,352
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,086
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,074

The world has fallen into war. Ciri, the child of prophecy, has vanished. Hunted by friends and foes alike, she has taken on the guise of a petty bandit and lives free for the first time in her life. But the net around her is closing. Geralt, the Witcher, has assembled a group of allies determined to rescue her. Both sides of the war have sent brutal mercenaries to hunt her down. Her crimes have made her famous.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sapkowski does it again

  • By Trent Magnuson on 05-21-16

There's more to Ciri than the games even hint at.

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

Reviewed: 01-10-18

Cori is a much more thought out and alive character than the games have ever gotten into. These books have made the games a far better experience. A richer Witcher, if you will.

  • A Life in Parts

  • By: Bryan Cranston
  • Narrated by: Bryan Cranston
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,283
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,960
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,936

Bryan Cranston landed his first role at seven, when his father, a struggling actor and director, cast him in a United Way commercial. Soon Bryan was haunting the local movie theater, memorizing and reenacting favorite scenes with his older brother. Acting was clearly the boy's destiny - until one day his father disappeared. Suddenly destiny took a backseat to survival. Seeking something more stable, perhaps subconsciously trying to distance himself from his absent father, Cranston decided on a career in law enforcement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • They're all good parts.

  • By kelli mcgourty on 10-23-16

The Most Interesting Man In the REAL world.

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

Reviewed: 09-14-17

Bryan Cranston has led quite a life. He lays out the facts of that life coloring it with his own point of view. He expresses his emotions and philosophies, both in the present and at the time events took place, flawlessly.
Any time an autobiography is narrated by the author/subject of the book, it becomes much more personal and compelling for the listener. This case is no different. It's a bit like sitting down with Uncle Bryan, and him saying, "All right. How about I tell you how things were back when I was your age," and letting him talk all night. Loved it!

  • The Tournament at Gorlan

  • Ranger's Apprentice: Early Years, Book 1
  • By: John A. Flanagan
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 817
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 744
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 740

When Halt and Crowley discover that the ambitious Morgarath has been infiltrating the Rangers in order to corrupt the Corps, the young Rangers travel north to find Prince Duncan, seeking a royal warrant to stop Morgarath before it is too late. By weakening the Rangers, the most powerful force in support of the King, Morgarath plans to steal the throne.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great Book!

  • By Harry on 10-11-15

Great Prequel, good story.

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

Reviewed: 04-20-17

As a stand alone story, this is as good as any. Flanagan is good at bringing life to characters you can instantly like through of their interactions with each other. On the other hand, if you've made your way here through the first twelve books, it is a joyous thrill as characters you already love enter the story for the first time, especially when someone is fumbling his way through the first meeting with the person that we know will be the love of his life.

I've said it before... I don't care what age they are supposed to be written for. At almost 47 long years old, I love these books.

  • The Battle of Hackham Heath

  • Ranger's Apprentice: The Early Years
  • By: John A. Flanagan
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 584
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 539
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 538

When the former Baron Morgarath escaped to avoid punishment for treason, an uneasy peace fell on Araluen. But Morgarath, now in hiding, is already planning his next move, recruiting an army of savage, overpowering beasts known as Wargals. Newly crowned King Duncan knows he must assemble his troops for battle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marvelous

  • By sal on 04-16-17

Where The Ranger's Apprentice(s) Really Began.

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

Reviewed: 02-08-17

Being 46 yrs old, and not caring what age these books are supposed to be written for, I can say it was an absolute delight hearing the story of the still new king with the brand new daughter, Halt and Gillen's first meeting, and how much Halt was really involved with Will's life before he became 'The Ranger's Apprentice'. Through the original series you learn to love these characters, so seeing them become what you know them as is a real treat. The epilogue, shoot, maybe even the last line of the entire book, may well be my favorite part.

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  • Blood of Elves

  • By: Andrzej Sapkowski
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,976
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,401
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,383

For over a century, humans, dwarves, gnomes, and elves have lived together in relative peace. But times have changed, the uneasy peace is over, and now the races are fighting once again. The only good elf, it seems, is a dead elf. Geralt of Rivia, the cunning assassin known as The Witcher, has been waiting for the birth of a prophesied child. This child has the power to change the world - for good, or for evil.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great start to a Promising Series

  • By Joe Chad on 06-07-15

A gamer that reads.

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

Reviewed: 01-23-17

These books have totally changed how I play the games. I enjoy the characters even more, and I try that much harder to keep Geralt as the author has done.