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  • War of the Wolf

  • A Novel
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Matt Bates
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 710
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 651
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 647

While Uhtred might have regained his family’s fortress, it seems a peaceful life is not to be - as he is under threat from both an old enemy and a new foe. The old enemy comes from Wessex, where a dynastic struggle will determine who will be the next king. And the new foe is Sköll, a Norseman, whose ambition is to be king of Northumbria and who leads a frightening army of wolf-warriors, men who fight half-crazed in the belief they are indeed wolves. Uhtred, believing he is cursed, must fend off one enemy while he tries to destroy the other. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not the End

  • By Nicole Porter on 10-04-18

Go Uhtred Go

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

Reviewed: 11-16-18

Sort of a break in the action - a kind of in between adventure but highly entertaining. This is a great series and I hope it goes in forever! Bravo!

  • Elevation

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King
  • Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,019
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 929
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 925

Although Scott Carey doesn’t look any different, he’s been steadily losing weight. There are a couple of other odd things, too. He weighs the same in his clothes and out of them, no matter how heavy they are. Scott doesn’t want to be poked and prodded. He mostly just wants someone else to know, and he trusts Doctor Bob Ellis. In the small town of Castle Rock, the setting of many of King’s most iconic stories, Scott is engaged in a low-grade - but escalating - battle with the lesbians next door whose dog regularly drops his business on Scott’s lawn. One of the women is friendly; the other, cold as ice.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Mr King, please DO NOT read your own books!

  • By Trish Vidal on 11-09-18

Could’ve been longer

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

A full credit for two Short Stories. I dunno. Good though could’ve been longer. It’s kinda neat to hear Mr. King’s voice, but a professional narrator he ain’t.

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  • Flashman and the Angel of the Lord

  • By: George MacDonald Fraser
  • Narrated by: David Case
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

If only Flashman had got on with his dinner and ignored the handkerchief dropped by a flirtatious hussy in a Calcutta hotel... well, American history might have been different, a disastrous civil war might have been avoided, and Flash Harry himself would have been spared one of the most hair-raising adventures of his misspent life. If only... but alas, the arch-rotter of the Victorian age could never resist the lure of a pretty foot.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • David Case reads excellent as Flashman

  • By Rusty G SATX on 03-22-12

Flashman & the Angel of the Lord

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

I can only wish these books went on forever. Hilarious, entertaining & quite informative- BRAVO
Mr Fraser

  • Flash for Freedom

  • Flashman, Book 3
  • By: George MacDonald Fraser
  • Narrated by: David Case
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174

A game of cards leads Flashman from the jungle death-house of Dahomey to the slave state of Mississippi as he dabbles in the slave trade in Volume III of the Flashman Papers. When Flashman was inveigled into a game of pontoon with Disraeli and Lord George Bentinck, he was making an unconscious choice about his own future - would it lie in the House of Commons or the West African slave trade? Was there, for that matter, very much difference? Once again Flashman's charm, cowardice, treachery, lechery, and fleetness of foot see the lovable rogue triumph by the skin of his chattering teeth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect for History Lovers

  • By K.D. Keenan on 07-03-13

FLASH FOR FREEDOM

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

What a great series of books. They don’t write em like this anymore. Can’t wait for the next one - if it wasn’t so damn funny I’d be offended

  • Autumn Princess, Dragon Child

  • The Tale of the Shikanoko, Book 2
  • By: Lian Hearn
  • Narrated by: Neil Shah
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

An ambitious lord leaves his nephew for dead and seizes his lands. A stubborn father forces his son to give up his wife to his older brother. A powerful priest meddles in the succession to the Lotus Throne. A woman of the Old People seeks five fathers for her five children, who will go on to found the Spider Tribe and direct the fate of the country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lian Hearn

  • By teejay spina on 05-23-18

Lian Hearn

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

Reviewed: 05-23-18

......in a bit more of the fantasy vein than the OTORI TALES, yet still well worth the read. I’m super happy Hearn decided to write this series.

  • Lord of the Darkwood

  • The Tale of Shikanoko, Book 3
  • By: Lian Hearn
  • Narrated by: Neil Shah
  • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

A self-assured warrior stumbles into a game of Go that turns fatal. An ambitious lord leaves his nephew for dead and seizes his lands. A stubborn father forces his son to give up his wife to his older brother. A powerful priest meddles in the succession to the Lotus Throne. A woman of the Old People seeks five fathers for her five children, who will go on to found the Spider Tribe and direct the fate of the country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lian Hearn

  • By teejay spina on 05-23-18

Lian Hearn

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

Reviewed: 05-23-18

Although these books don’t come close to the OTORI TALES I still really enjoy them.

  • Galilee

  • By: Clive Barker
  • Narrated by: Paul Hecht
  • Length: 23 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 169

The Barbarossa family’s roots are far more ancient and ethereal, but they are bound to the Gearys by a shared history of murder, insanity, and adultery. When Rachel Geary and Galilee, the seductive prince of the Barbarossa clan, fall in love, they unleash powerful enmities that could destroy both dynasties. Shorter and more conventional than some of Barker’s other work, this novel is especially rich with complex, passionate, three-dimensional characters, lush settings, and elegant language.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Audiophile's Dream

  • By Joseph on 09-01-11

GALILEE

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

Reviewed: 05-23-18

What an interesting idea. I have to say I really enjoyed this book (even more than IMAGICA). It really held my interest.

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  • The Tengu's Game of Go

  • The Tale of Shikanoko, Book 4
  • By: Lian Hearn
  • Narrated by: Neil Shah
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

The rightful emperor is lost to the world, further from the throne than ever before. The lord of the usurper clan has fallen ill, and further unrest looms. Shikanoko has withdrawn to the farthest reaches of the country, leaving his allies stranded and the Spider Tribe unchecked. Lakes are drying up, rivers receding - have the powers of Heaven abandoned the Eight Islands?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Liam Hearn

  • By teejay spina on 05-23-18

Liam Hearn

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

Reviewed: 05-23-18

Wonderful - wish she’d write more. I also love the period in Japan’s history represented here.

  • The Sea Peoples

  • By: S. M. Stirling
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 158

The spirit of Prince John, the brother of Crown Princess Orlaith, has fallen captive to the power of the Yelolow Raja and his servant, the Pallid Mask. Prince John's motley band of friends and followers, led by Captain Pip of Townsville and Deor Godulfson, the bard and master of magic, must lead a quest through realms of shadow and dream to rescue Prince John from a threat far worse than death. Meanwhile, Reiko and Orlaith muster their kingdoms for war, making common cause with the reborn Kingdom of Hawaii.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • It is becoming Soooo painful - - -

  • By Lyle on 11-24-17

EMBEVERSE

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

Reviewed: 05-23-18

Even though this series might be getting a bit thin I still love it and read all the books.

  • Imajica

  • By: Clive Barker
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 37 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,065
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,072

Imajica is an epic beyond compare: vast in conception, obsessively detailed in execution, and apocalyptic in its resolution. At its heart lies the sensualist and master art forger Gentle, whose life unravels when he encounters Judith Odell, whose power to influence the destinies of men is vaster than she knows, and Pie "oh" pah, an alien assassin who comes from a hidden dimension.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Full Imajica

  • By Mimi-chan on 05-23-15

IMAGICA

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

Reviewed: 05-23-18

Great book - I very much enjoy Barker’s stories and imagery. There was a lot more romantic veins traced thru this story than I personally care for. I like his more horrific tales. It also was kinda long & because of this I got a touch bored but only at times. I trudged thru the slower parts for the sake of a totally original idea and a highly imaginative well written story! Well worth the AUDIBLE CREDIT. It just wasn’t one of my favorite Barker tales.