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G. M. T. Schuilling

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  • Valiant

  • A Modern Tale of Faerie
  • By: Holly Black
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179

When 17-year-old Valerie Russell runs away to New York City, she's trying to escape a life that has utterly betrayed her. Sporting a new identity, she takes up with a gang of squatters who live in the city's labyrinthine subway system.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Faeries are everywhere!

  • By Anonymous User on 02-28-08

Wondrous to imagine fantasy in our own setting

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-14-18

Although this book didn’t feature my favorite characters, the link was satisfying too. :) The story was incredibly realistic and wondrous to imagine fantasy in our own setting. And that it can happen to anyone under any conditions.

  • Ironside

  • A Modern Faery's Tale
  • By: Holly Black
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145

In the realm of Faerie, the time has come for Roiben's coronation. Uneasy in the midst of the malevolent Unseelie Court, pixie Kaye is sure of only one thing - her love for Roiben. But when Kaye, drunk on faerie wine, declares herself to Roiben, he sends her on a seemingly impossible quest. Now Kaye can't see or speak to Roiben unless she can find the one thing she knows doesn't exist: a faerie who can tell a lie. Miserable, Kaye decides to tell her mother the truth - that she is a changeling left in place of the human daughter stolen long ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievably enchanting, loved every minute!

  • By G. M. T. Schuilling on 10-12-18

Unbelievably enchanting, loved every minute!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-12-18

I’m so happy to see the characters we know and love come back in this book! Wonderful ending that leaves you sated yet hoping for more. So real, and right now, that it could be real, right now! 😊 Unbelievably enchanting, loved every minute!

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  • A Modern Faerie Tale
  • By: Holly Black
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290

Sixteen-year-old Kaye is a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she travels from city to city with her mother’s rock band until an ominous attack forces Kaye back to her childhood home. There, amid the industrial, blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye soon finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms – a struggle that could very well mean her death.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Pace is hard to follow.

  • By Charmy on 03-05-15

The contemporary setting made it come truly alive for me!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-10-18

I was surprised at how much I liked this story! It’s much shorter than my usual epic fantasies and in a much more modern setting, but that made it truly come alive for me. It may even truly happen in life ;) A delightful read that stays with me long after I’ve finished. I hope there are more books that feature these enchanting characters! More dark knight, please!

  • Muse of Nightmares

  • By: Laini Taylor
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 160
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    5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 153

In the wake of tragedy, neither Lazlo nor Sarai are who they were before. One a god, the other a ghost, they struggle to grasp the new boundaries of their selves as dark-minded Minya holds them hostage, intent on vengeance against Weep. Lazlo faces an unthinkable choice - save the woman he loves, or everyone else? - while Sarai feels more helpless than ever. But is she? Sometimes, only the direst need can teach us our own depths, and Sarai, the muse of nightmares, has not yet discovered what she's capable of.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than the 1st!

  • By Brianna on 10-03-18

A staggering display of plots for readers and authors alike!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-08-18

THIS... A staggering display of plots for readers and authors alike! I can’t even begin to imagine the planning it took to create all these pieces, place them apart and bring them back together. And the way they are laid out in parts with introductions featuring fascinating words and histories are uniquely the luminescent Laini Taylor! Steve West voice takes these magic words through your spirit and places this dream right into your hearts.

  • Strange the Dreamer

  • By: Laini Taylor
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
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    5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around - and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow wow wow

  • By Dreamer on 02-15-18

There is no greater storyteller in all the land...

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-18

There is only one author whose books I don’t dare to purchase until her series is completed... Laini Taylor is that author. And the minute Muse Of Nightmares was released, I began Strange The Dreamer.
From her very first word until well past the last, you will be enthralled in her enchantments, reveling in her exquisitely created worlds and plummeting into love with her realer than life characters. There is no greater storyteller in all the land... and she only entrusts her dreams on a page to the best of best. Steve West dazzles here, directed by my favorite of all time - Khristine Hvam.

  • A Reaper at the Gates

  • An Ember in the Ashes, Book 3
  • By: Sabaa Tahir
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham, Katherine McEwan, Maxwell Caulfield, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 931
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 866
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 863

Beyond the Martial Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger. Helene Aquilla, the Blood Shrike, is desperate to protect her sister's life and the lives of everyone in the Empire. But she knows that danger lurks on all sides: Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable and violent while Keris Veturia, the ruthless Commandant, capitalizes on the Emperor's volatility to grow her own power - regardless of the carnage she leaves in her path.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It was okay

  • By Red Steele on 07-04-18

Mind boggling twists! Fantastic performances!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-02-18

If I thought book 2 had twists, then these were mental hurricanes by Sabah Tahir! I now understand why established authors envy the sheer immensity of her story, plot and world! I am in awe of the raw talent and amazing performances by Fiona Hardingham and Steve West! A must, MUST listen!

  • A Torch Against the Night

  • An Ember in the Ashes, Book 2
  • By: Sabaa Tahir
  • Narrated by: Katharine McEwan, Fiona Hardingham, Steve West
  • Length: 15 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,509
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,321

Elias and Laia are running for their lives. Following the events of the Fourth Trial, an army led by Masks hunts the two fugitives as they escape the city of Serra and journey across the vast lands of the Martial Empire. Laia is determined to break into Kauf - the empire's most secure and dangerous prison - and save her brother, whose knowledge of Serric steel is the key to the Scholars' future. And Elias is determined to stay by Laia's side, even if it means giving up his own chance at freedom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ahhhmazing

  • By DeeAy on 09-25-16

A vast expanse of plot, at sprinting pace!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-30-18

There was never a moment of boredom on any single breath of the narrators. Sometimes I would sigh when the POV shifted to Hel, wanting to know more about Laia or Elias, but the chapter was always worth the insight and unraveling of the vast expanse of plot, at sprinting pace by Sabaa Tahir!

  • An Ember in the Ashes

  • By: Sabaa Tahir
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham, Steve West
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,002
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,712
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,702

Laia is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire's greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fabulous listen!

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-01-15

Unexpectedly delightful, wondrous and worldly!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-26-18

This was an unexpectedly delightful read, wondrous and worldly! The Asian words and names, horror and winding twists within the Roman Empire, performed in British accents came together beautifully orchestrated by Sabaa Tahir. Both Fiona Hardingham and Steve West did fantastic jobs. A great listen!

  • 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 4,749
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,438
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,428

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

I love her fiercely for being so brave to create a protagonist struggling with the same symptoms as her!

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-24-18

Unbelievably detailed heists! Incredibly uncanny twists and turns I could never see coming! Even greater to have me fall in love with Kaz, limping along the same way the author does. Heart breaking to know she has bone death, but I love her fiercely for being so brave to create a protagonist struggling with the same symptoms.
What a wonderful story. So different from what I expected but so full of suspense that I made me forget what I was looking for at all! A fantastic introduction by Leigh Bardugo to anyone not totally immersed in fantasy yet but lovers of fiction!

  • 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 6,803
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,304
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,309

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

For the story of Kaz... I bawled my eyes out...

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-21-18

This was so very different! I felt like I was reading one of my usual espionage novels rather than fantasy. But midway, the story of Kaz... I bawled my eyes out... I have never felt so much for such an unlikely hero. My most heartfelt love to Leigh Bardugo for making the toughest character be the one I empathize with the most. Downloading Crooked Kingdom as I review this!