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  • Within the Sanctuary of Wings

  • A Memoir by Lady Trent
  • By: Marie Brennan
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 434
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 414
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 411

After nearly five decades, one might think they were wellacquainted with Lady Isabella Trent - dragon naturalist, scandalous explorer, and perhaps as infamous for her company and feats of daring as she is famous for her discoveries and additions to the scientific field. And yet - after her initial adventure in the mountains of Vystrana and her exploits in the depths of war-torn Eriga, to the high seas aboard the Basilisk and then to the inhospitable deserts of Akhia - Lady Trent has captivated hearts along with fierce minds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THE BEST ENDING TO A SERIES EVER

  • By Heather D on 05-02-17

I am sad it's over!

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

Reviewed: 07-29-17

It was a pleasant surprise to find this story, well written, fun and fresh! I am sad to lose these characters that Kate Reading brought to life so effectively!

  • Area X

  • The Southern Reach Trilogy - Annihilation, Authority, Acceptance
  • By: Jeff VanderMeer
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick, Bronson Pinchot, Xe Sands
  • Length: 26 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,238
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,028
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,043

Dive into the mysteries of Area X, a remote and lush terrain that has inexplicably sequestered itself from civilization. Twelve expeditions have gone in, and not a single member of any of them has remained unchanged by the experience - for better or worse.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Almost Great

  • By clifford on 12-26-15

A little hard to follow sometimes.

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

Reviewed: 07-23-17

I like to listen to stories in the background while I am working on my retail site, paying bills, playing video games, etc. This you really need to listen to, focus on, or it's easy to get confused. The parts of it that I did focus on and follow were great.

  • The Voyage of the Basilisk

  • A Memoir by Lady Trent
  • By: Marie Brennan
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading Narrator
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 423
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418

Six years after her perilous exploits in Eriga, Isabella embarks on her most ambitious expedition yet: a two-year trip around the world to study all manner of dragons in every place they might be found. From feathered serpents sunning themselves in the ruins of a fallen civilization to the mighty sea serpents of the tropics, these creatures are a source of both endless fascination and frequent peril.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this series!!

  • By b.bobo.b on 10-05-18

What a great blend of scientic fantasy...

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

Reviewed: 07-23-17

or maybe it's fantastical science, either way, if science had been this cool when I was young I would have followed a very different path!!! And what a refreshing twist a true classic - Dune!!!

Keep it coming!

  • Tropic of Serpents

  • Memoir by Lady Trent, Book 2
  • By: Marie Brennan
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 691
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 642
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 642

Three years after her fateful journeys through the forbidding mountains of Vystrana, Mrs. Camherst defies family and convention to embark on an expedition to the war-torn continent of Eriga, home of such exotic draconian species as the grass-dwelling snakes of the savannah, arboreal tree snakes, and, most elusive of all, the legendary swamp wyrms of the tropics. The expedition is not an easy one....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like Listening to the Lady Naturalist Herself

  • By Kbozzerelli on 03-25-15

Kate Reading + strong heroin + good story!

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

Reviewed: 07-23-17

There are some transparencies with her writing and she occasionally borrows heavily from classic sci-fi/fantasy stories but she makes it work well. Rather than simply regurgitating an already told tale, she reshapes and refreshes the idea and blends it nicely into her story with her characters.

  • A Natural History of Dragons

  • A Memoir by Lady Trent
  • By: Marie Brennan
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,970
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,963

You, dear listener, continue at your own risk. It is not for the faint of heart - no more so than the study of dragons itself. But such study offers rewards beyond compare: to stand in a dragon's presence, even for the briefest of moments - even at the risk of one's life - is a delight that, once experienced, can never be forgotten….All the world, from Scirland to the farthest reaches of Eriga, know Isabella, Lady Trent, to be the world's preeminent dragon naturalist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Fantastical, Scientific, and Captivating Joy Ride

  • By Abbygail on 03-06-16

Pleasant surprise!

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

Reviewed: 07-23-17

I chose this book for 2 reasons:
1 - Kate Reading is the narrator - even a bad story sounds good when she reads it!
2 - I am a sucker for dragons!

Imagine my surprise to enjoy the story in its own right!

  • The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter

  • By: Theodora Goss
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,948
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,935

Mary Jekyll, alone and penniless following her parents' deaths, is curious about the secrets of her father's mysterious past. One clue in particular hints that Edward Hyde, her father's former friend and a murderer, may be nearby, and there is a reward for information leading to his capture...a reward that would solve all of her immediate financial woes. But her hunt leads her to Hyde's daughter, Diana, a feral child left to be raised by nuns.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Cute, erratic, sloppy but not without charm

  • By Rachel on 07-07-17

Fun story, AWESOME narrator!!!!

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

Reviewed: 07-15-17

I will listen to just about anything narrated by Kate Reading or her husband, Michael Kramer! The story would have to be pretty bad for me not to. And that is totally not the case here!

This story is fun, imaginative and well constructed! Since it uses quite a few well known literary characters for classic story it could have gone very wrong, but it doesn't.

I am only disappointed that there was not a second book waiting for me when this finished!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Lady of the Lake

  • By: Andrzej Sapkowski
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 20 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,567
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,372
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,365

After walking through the portal in the Tower of Swallows while narrowly escaping death, Ciri finds herself in a completely different world...an Elven world. She is trapped, with no way out. Time does not seem to exist, and there are no obvious borders or portals to cross back into her home world. But this is Ciri, the child of prophecy, and she will not be defeated. She knows she must escape to finally rejoin the Witcher, Geralt, and his companions - and also to try to conquer her worst nightmare.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I constantly find myself saying poor Ciri!

  • By Mr. Bobinski on 08-08-17

Really fun listen if you play Witcher 3!

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

Reviewed: 06-10-17

Jumps around a lot and the author make Ciri a complete brat that has no backbone and that is not the Ciri from Witcher 3! but it is still a fun listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Weight of Honor

  • Kings and Sorcerers, Book 3
  • By: Morgan Rice
  • Narrated by: Wayne Farrell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139

In The Weight of Honor, Kyra finally meets her cryptic uncle, and is shocked to discover he is not the man she expected. She embarks on a period of training which will test her stamina and her frustration, as she soon encounters the limits of her power. Unable to summon her dragon, unable to search deep within, and feeling an urgency to help in her father's wars, Kyra doubts if she will ever become the warrior she thought she was.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I hope there's more...

  • By Gilbert on 10-31-15

Have loved this series so far but WTDuece?

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

Reviewed: 06-10-17

SPOILER ALERT - DO NOT READ IF YOU DON'T WANT A HINT



This is a really good series, been following it primarily so I can find out what Kyra really is and this one seemed like we were going to get some answers. But we don't cuz the kids in this series are much like millennials - they think they know best and do whatever they want! But, serious, Morgan, all of the Escalon characters are dead, including the main character! Where are you going with this? Unfortunately I can't download the next one because Audible says that it is not available...but then it says this one is not available but I just got through listening to it!

  • Tesser: A Dragon Among Us

  • A Reemergence Novel, Book 1
  • By: Chris Philbrook
  • Narrated by: James Foster
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,749
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,546
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,544

Imagine for a moment that you are a Dragon. A creature of unimaginable power, unending intelligence and strength, and you've just woken from 10,000 years of slumber. Worse yet, you've awoken underneath a city: Boston, an alien and strange place that defies everything you've ever known. Your last memories are of primordial forests, erupting volcanoes sculpting a developing world, faeries, witches, vampires, krakens, and monsters that feared where you turned your eyes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth a credit and your time!

  • By Kelleefornia on 02-17-16

An absolutely wonderful Dragon story!

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

Reviewed: 03-13-17

I have been enthralled with dragons all my life, never buying into the evil wyrm image. This is how a Dragon should majestic, proud, eternal, fair. If I can't be a Dragonrider on Pern, then let me be a friend to one of the Seven!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Mycroft Holmes

  • By: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Anna Waterhouse
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,908
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,706
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,698

"When I say, therefore, that [my brother] has better powers of observation than I...I am speaking the exact and literal truth." (Sherlock Holmes). This story occurs when Mycroft, an athletic Cambridge graduate, assists the secretary of State. He becomes embroiled in a mystery in Trinidad based on actual history. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a huge Holmesian, seven-foot-two tall, basketball's all-time leading scorer, and a US cultural ambassador. Anna Waterhouse is a professional screenwriter and script consultant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally a good Mycroft story!

  • By Sherlock Fan on 09-28-15

Absolutely wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 01-29-17

I was pleasantly surprised with this book. Good, though sad, premise, stayed true to Mycroft core characterization - did a really good job!