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  • Crooked Kingdom

  • By: Leigh Bardugo
  • Narrated by: Roger Clark, Jay Snyder, Elizabeth Evans, and others
  • Length: 17 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,585
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,216

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn't think they'd survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they're right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz's cunning and test the team's fragile loyalties.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Storytelling at its finest! L.Bardugo is a master

  • By Michelle E on 10-09-16

A Rollicking Ride

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

Reviewed: 09-05-17

Leigh Bardugo leveled up when she wrote this book. Can't complain. A fun ride. This isn't a masterpiece or anything, but you will enjoy yourself!

  • The Hundredth Queen

  • By: Emily R. King
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,939
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,726
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,723

As an orphan ward of the Sisterhood in the ancient Tarachand Empire, eighteen-year-old Kalinda is destined for nothing more than a life of seclusion and prayer. Plagued by fevers, she's an unlikely candidate for even a servant's position, let alone a courtesan or wife. Her sole dream is to continue living in peace in the Sisterhood's mountain temple. But a visit from the tyrant Rajah Tarek disrupts Kalinda's life. Within hours, she is ripped from the comfort of her home.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A mix of religion, politics, and magic

  • By LexiLikesLiterature on 07-11-17

Predictable, flat, totally underdeveloped.

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

Reviewed: 08-20-17

This book contains elements and plot points that could be interesting, but all of it is woefully underdeveloped in favor of a stupid, childish completely flat romance. In the span of a few chapters, the main character goes from never having seen a man in her life, to being completely and totally conventionally in love. It seems like most of the story exists as an elaborate casing for a stupid romantic fantasy. I was hoping for a lot more based on the description. What I got was a trussed-up romance novel that delivers on none of it's fantastical elements. The narrator is not great either; she often bumbles pronunciations of character names even halfway through the book. Avoid this one.

29 of 30 people found this review helpful

  • Blood of Elves

  • By: Andrzej Sapkowski
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,005
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,429
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,411

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

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 04-06-17

Ths is a well-written, well-translated, and well-performed story. The prose was actually better than many fantasy stories originally written in English. Where it fell short was the plot and the characters. The story was simply unengaging, and a little scattered. The characters were not really likeable or entertaining, and had vaguely oxymoronic personalities.

On the whole it wasn't bad, but I guess I just expected more based on the rating.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Promise of Blood

  • By: Brian McClellan
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 19 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,751
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,446
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,444

Stretched to his limit, Tamas is relying heavily on his few remaining powder mages, including the embittered Taniel, a brilliant marksman who also happens to be his estranged son, and Adamat, a retired police inspector whose loyalty is being tested by blackmail. But when gods are involved.... Now, as attacks batter them from within and without, the credulous are whispering about omens of death and destruction. Just old peasant legends about the gods waking to walk the earth. No modern educated man believes that sort of thing. But they should....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Promise of Awesome!

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-08-13

A Three-Star Book Bumped Up by a Compelling Finish

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

Reviewed: 12-13-16

There are some interesting worldbuilding aspects in this book, alongside a compelling character or two, but I thought the vast majority of it was rather "meh." I had a hard time caring about the characters, and most of them were not particularly nuanced in any way that made them interesting. That being said, the book ends with a devil of a cliffhanger that promises some fun stuff in the future, so I'll probably go for book two.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

  • By: Susanna Clarke
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 32 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,894
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,559
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,561

English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hang in there!

  • By D. McMillen on 05-31-05

Favorite Book This Year

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

Reviewed: 11-21-16

There are not words to do justice to how much I loved this book. Charming and quaint and humorous and eerie by turns, it is a slow burn that is well worth the wait. In many ways, the wait is every bit as enjoyable as what for that which you are waiting. Clarke has a captivating style that reminds me of a contemporary P.G. Wodehouse. I truly can't sing the praises of this book enough.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Children of Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Simon Vance
  • Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,637
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,613
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,626

The sand-blasted world of Arrakis has become green, watered, and fertile. Old Paul Atreides, who led the desert Fremen to political and religious domination of the galaxy, is gone. But for the children of Dune, the very blossoming of their land contains the seeds of its own destruction. The altered climate is destroying the giant sandworms, and this in turn is disastrous for the planet's economy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but operatic in flavor

  • By Joel D Offenberg on 11-25-09

Last 20' change this from a 3-star book to 4 stars

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

Reviewed: 10-19-16

Although 'Children of Dune' represents a much weaker entry in the Dune universe than its predecessors, the last 20' of the book elevated it from a 3-star literary jumble to an intriguing--albeit still flawed--story that demands a follow-up. It is still enjoyable for its Herbert-esque examination of philosophy and ethics, but seems much more aimless and trope-laden than Dune especially, but even Dune Messiah. It is honestly a different beast from Dune; I continue to read because Herbert finds a way of making me curious as to what comes next. I would not call this a 'must-read,' but it sets up what I imagine to be a very creative next-entry in the Dune saga.

  • Dune Messiah

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Katherine Kellgren, Euan Morton, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,604
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,621

The second Dune installment explores new developments on the planet Arrakis, with its intricate social order and strange, threatening environment. Dune Messiah picks up the story of the man known as Muad'Dib, heir to a power unimaginable, bringing to fruition an ambition of unparalleled scale: the centuries-old scheme to create a superbeing who reigns not in the heavens but among men. But the question is: DO all paths of glory lead to the grave?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A nice continuation

  • By Andrew on 01-06-09

A lot of philosophy and mysticism, not much else

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

Reviewed: 09-30-16

An enjoyable follow-up to Dune, to be sure, but not much actually *happens*. There is a lot of prophesying and introspection and philosophy going around, and not so much a narrative plot. I enjoyed all of it, but in many ways it was VASTLY different from its predecessor. Still, at the end of it, I want to continue on in the series, so in that respect it is a successful sequel.

  • Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
  • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,297
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,360
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,422

Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book!

  • By Scott on 04-10-08

A Classic. Do Not Skip This One.

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

Reviewed: 09-22-16

I waited far too long to read this book, and I regret mightily that I did not pick it up sooner. It is the perfect blend of sci-fi and fantasy, philosophy and religion, action and dialogue. It manages to somehow be both strange and utterly relatable at once. My only critique would be the audiobook narration. It's not BAD, but the book alternates from having an ensemble cast perform dialogue for small sections to having Simon Vance singularly voice the narration and dialogue for all characters for vast swathes -- and then switches back without warning to the ensemble cast. A little weird and jarring, but it does not subtract from the overall majesty of the book.

  • Six of Crows

  • By: Leigh Bardugo
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder, Brandon Rubin, Fred Berman, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,870
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,289
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,291

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price - and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is everything!

  • By Steele Reviews on 07-21-16

Entertaining but lacking complexity

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

Reviewed: 09-10-16

If you're looking to be entertained, look no further: this book is quick-paced with a fairly linear main storyline. The characters are all fairly likeable though all pretty classically "damaged, outwardly brusque anti-hero with a soft interior" in demeanor. Predictable and not really innovative, but that doesn't mean you won't enjoy it. I will say that it does seem like 30-40% of this book is devoted to character-building flashbacks; like it's all just build up for a later story. The main plot itself, too, is uncomplicated and not-particularly-enthralling-gang-of-gentlemanly-thieves-pull-off-a-crazy-heist, but the characters carry it well enough.

All in all, this is well-trod territory this story exists in, but I was entertained enough to want to read its sequel.

  • The Mists of Avalon

  • By: Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 50 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,467
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,075
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,085

A posthumous recipient of the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement, Marion Zimmer Bradley reinvented - and rejuvenated - the King Arthur mythos with her extraordinary Mists of Avalon series. In this epic work, Bradley follows the arc of the timeless tale from the perspective of its previously marginalized female characters: Celtic priestess Morgaine, Gwenhwyfar, and High Priestess Viviane.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Davina Porter brings an old favorite back to life!

  • By Carolina on 07-13-12

A Long Slog, But The Ending is GORGEOUS

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

Reviewed: 08-31-16

At close to 900 pages and 51 hours, this book is something of a daunting endeavor, but I can assure you the ending makes it worth it. Indeed, the ending has as much power as it does BECAUSE so much time and space is devoting to constructing Arthur's Britain. I highly recommend this book. Truly a seminal piece of work in feminist fantasy, but also in Arthurian adaptions.

18 of 19 people found this review helpful