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  • Knitlandia

  • A Knitter Sees the World
  • By: Clara Parkes
  • Narrated by: Clara Parkes
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209

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 22,622
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,656
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,592

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 1,149
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,077
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,079

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 live 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 15,060
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13,413
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,404

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 1,970
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,845
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,839

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 61,458
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 57,663
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,555

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 7,151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,689
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,693

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.

  • An Echo of Things to Come

  • The Licanius Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: James Islington
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 26 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,469
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,075
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,048

In the wake of a devastating attack, an amnesty has been declared for all Augurs - finally allowing them to emerge from hiding and openly oppose the dark forces massing against the land of Andarra. As the Augur Davian and his new allies hurry north toward the ever-weakening Boundary, however, fresh horrors along their path suggest that their reprieve may have come far too late. His ally in the Capital, the new Northwarden, contends with assassins and politicians and uncovers a dangerous political secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Second Book!

  • By Tyler on 08-28-17

LOVE this series and anticipating the 3rd

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

Reviewed: 11-09-17

This is a great continuation of book one. The challenging part to both books one and two is that the story is s convoluted and involved in past present and future that it is hard to keep it all together. I have tried to keep bookmarks (like I would in a book) to highlight certain parts, but in audible when going back to listen it is hard to find one's place again.

IN this aspect it would probably be an easier read in good form. Regardless, I do love the story and am looking forward to the continuation.

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  • The Sisters Brothers

  • A Novel
  • By: Patrick deWitt
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 968
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 848
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 850

Hermann Kermit Warm is going to die. The enigmatic and powerful man known only as the Commodore has ordered it, and his henchmen, Eli and Charlie Sisters, will make sure of it. Though Eli doesn't share his brother's appetite for whiskey and killing, he's never known anything else. But their prey isn't an easy mark, and on the road from Oregon City to Warm's gold-mining claim outside Sacramento, Eli begins to question what he does for a living - and whom he does it for. With The Sisters Brothers, Patrick deWitt pays homage to the classic Western....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful, Absurd & Melancholic Frontier Noir.

  • By Darwin8u on 06-20-12

Interesting and unexpected

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

Reviewed: 11-09-17

I listened to this based on my brother's recommendation--he said it was one of the best books he had ever read. I jumped into listening without any idea of what it was about.

I will say that it was unexpected -- a very well written narrative exploring the lives of some potentially unlikable characters.

This was not a book full of building climax and resolution, but rather a steady path with a justified resolution.

It was not the book I usually trend towards but I enjoyed the journey.

  • The Name of the Wind

  • Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 27 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60,264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54,731
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54,828

This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Joanna on 05-10-11

Hooked- once I caught on to what was going on

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

Reviewed: 08-12-17

It took me w bit into the book to realize that this was predominately back story. I stopped and restartedthis audio book multiple times waiting to get pulled into the story.

Initially I was a bit frustrated bc I was waiting for " the real story" to begin. Current events were not tied into the past history narrative.

Once I really gave it a chance and finally realized that the purpose of this story was the history I was able to settle in and enjoy it. I finished excited for book 2- and was able to start that immediately