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  • Fata Morgana

  • By: Steven R. Boyett, Ken Mitchroney
  • Narrated by: Macleod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,029
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,017

At the height of the air war in Europe, Captain Joe Farley and the baseball-loving, wisecracking crew of the B-17 Flying Fortress Fata Morgana are in the middle of a harrowing bombing mission over East Germany when everything goes sideways. The bombs are still falling, and flak is still exploding all around the 20-ton bomber as it is knocked like a bathtub duck into another world. Suddenly stranded with the final outcasts of a desolated world, Captain Farley navigates a maze of treachery and wonder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book had it all

  • By Magnus on 10-14-17

Not my cup of tea

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

Reviewed: 02-02-19

I like to step out my normal "comfort zone" and try new styles. The reviews for this were great and I decided to give it a try.

I kept waiting for the great story and it never delivered. It was interesting enough to keep me listening and hoping ..but ultimately it did not deliver.

The beginning character development was extended and tedious as much of it did not add to the story. The middle was difficult to listen to with the constant joking banter in what is presumed to be era appropriate slang. (And given their predicament I found it hard to accept they would all remain so lighthearted).

The ending took FOREVER.

The narrator did an OK job with the make voices but all females sounded the same.

  • The Girl Who Lived

  • By: Christopher Greyson
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,301
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,308

10 years ago, four people were brutally murdered. One girl lived.... As the anniversary of the murders approaches, Faith Winters is released from the psychiatric hospital and yanked back to the last spot on earth she wants to be - her hometown where the slayings took place. Finding no solace at the bottom of a bottle, Faith decides to track down her sister’s killer - and then discovers that she’s the one being hunted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who do you trust when you trust no one?

  • By shelley on 12-15-17

Meh

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

Reviewed: 01-23-19

Not great, not awful.

Since it is a suspense novel I won't share plot. By the end I did not love it, but also did not regret the time in listening.

  • The Lake House

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 21 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,751
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,577
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,555

Living on her family’s gorgeous lakeside estate in Cornwall, England, Alice Edevane is a bright, clever, inquisitive, innocent, and precociously talented fourteen-year-old who loves to write stories. But the mysteries she pens are no match for the one her family is about to endure ...One midsummer’s eve, after a beautiful party drawing hundreds of guests to the estate has ended, the Edevanes discover that their youngest son, Theo, has vanished without a trace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BRAVO!!!!!!!

  • By Maria on 10-30-15

Slow burn--worth the time

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

Reviewed: 01-23-19

I started this book multiple times and it did not grab me.
I decided to be patient and let the story develop and I'm glad I finally did.
The story jumps from past to present, each time revealing new parts of the characters and events.

By mid-way through I did not want to stop listening and loved it through to then end.

  • Knitlandia

  • A Knitter Sees the World
  • By: Clara Parkes
  • Narrated by: Clara Parkes
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219

Building on the success of The Yarn Whisperer, Clara Parkes' rich personal essays invite listeners and devoted crafters on excursions to be savored, from a guide who quickly comes to feel like a trusted confidante. In Knitlandia, she takes listeners along on 17 of her most memorable journeys across the globe over the last 15 years, with stories spanning from the fjords of Iceland to a cozy yarn shop in Paris' 13th arrondissement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I expected but even better

  • By Nanciann Nowlen on 09-21-16

Fun collection of essays

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

Reviewed: 03-28-18

This book id chock full of stories of fiber events and the people that organize, teach, and participate as well as stories of personal hopes and aspirations to which we can all relate.

Clara has a smooth, easy voice and it was fun hearing her words in her voice.

Will likely listen again.

  • Hounded

  • The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,639
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,601
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,537

Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the

  • By Chris on 01-02-12

Lighthearted and fun

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

Reviewed: 03-17-18

Overall an easy fun listen.

I may or may not check out other books in the series. I was not intrigued enough by his bits of back story to see where it goes. But if I want some easy entertainment I may check out another one

  • Godsgrave

  • The Nevernight Chronicle, Book 2
  • By: Jay Kristoff
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 19 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,326
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,250
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,249

Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church hierarchy think she's far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she's no closer to ending the men who destroyed her familia; in fact, she's told directly that Consul Scaeva is off limits. But after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia's suspicions about the Red Church's true motives begin to grow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Holy Moly, buckle up Dorothy ...

  • By J. Jarvis on 09-14-17

2nd installment better than the first

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

Reviewed: 03-04-18

I like that this one was better than book one and hope book 3 can bring it all together.

The narrator continued to improve in cadence compared to book one and it was a more enjoyable listen.

I enjoyed in books 1 and 2 the dichotomous situations that the author created

I am happy I continued with the series am am looking forward to #3

  • The Good Girl

  • By: Mary Kubica
  • Narrated by: Lindy Nettleton, Johnny Heller, Tom Taylorson, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15,832
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14,120
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14,110

Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, Colin Thatcher seems at first like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant performances, moving story

  • By Roger on 09-11-14

Had its ups and downs

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

Reviewed: 02-24-18

As a thriller there are a lot of unanswered at were revealed throughout the book. The story is revealed as “before” and “after” with the ending being the big reveal.

I as curious about how the story came together when it started and stayed engaged enough to finish. I did think that the story dragged in parts and found it hard to like a few of the characters. There were outcomes that I pr ducted and others that were unexpected.

I would have rated the story 3.5

  • Nevernight

  • The Nevernight Chronicle, Book 1
  • By: Jay Kristoff
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 20 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,030
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,023

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father's failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father's former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer and a future she never imagined.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Just try it....

  • By Devontay on 10-27-16

Had its ups and downs

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

Reviewed: 02-19-18

This book had one of the most engaging starts in a book I’ve read/listened to in awhile.
And then it fell off for a bit.

In the beginning it tells you this is the story of the making of an assassin

First- what I liked. The characters are very interesting and engaging. There plot is not at all predictable, and even with the issues I had with delivery and some story elements I was engaged until the end and picking up book 2.

I had a hard time with the narrator-especially in the beginning. He has a staccato and somewhat breathy style that chopped up the story. Towards the middle and end he seemed to hit his stride and it wasn’t as chopped.

The author added “historical tidbits” as an aside at various points in the book to explain a topic or event that had been introduced. It seemed at the beginning in order to establish that kind of narrative there was a lot of history that at least by the end of book 1added nothing to the story.

Overall- an original story that I hope continues to grow in subsequent books

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66,032
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 61,978
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61,850

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

Fun listen

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

Reviewed: 01-25-18

This was a really fun listen full of new and old scifi references. It was well written with a fully thought scenario of “what if” consciousness could be digitized and then returned to function. The author did a great job of distinguishing among characters.
I will defiantly listen to the next books in the series.

  • Elantris

  • Tenth Anniversary Special Edition
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Jack Garrett
  • Length: 28 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,693
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,205

In 2005, Brandon Sanderson debuted with Elantris, an epic fantasy unlike any other then on the market. To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Tor is reissuing Elantris in a special edition, a fresh chance to introduce it to the myriad listeners who have since become Sanderson fans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For the superfan or new listener

  • By Christopher on 01-28-16

Can’t go wrong with Sanderson

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

Reviewed: 11-17-17

I read this book years ago after discovering Sanderson through his Hero of Ages trilogy. It was fantastic then and remains so.
The narration is excellent and allowed me to relax into the story. I also enjoyed hearing about the early creative process and learning about deleted chapters (although I agree that the finished product is better without those chapters)

This is a great stand alone story.