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  • Uprooted

  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Julia Emelin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,414
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,078
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,049

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for 10 years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Narrator?!

  • By D. Hawkins on 07-24-17

Unexpected, a good read

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

Reviewed: 07-12-19

I didn't think I'd like this book but I had run out of good suggestions, and I kept seeing it in my searching so I gave it a try; I'm glad I did.
the narrators accent was distracting at first, but soon lent realism to the main characters and the setting in a really pleasant way.
The book is maybe not written as much for adults as I'm used to, but was thought provoking regardless.
it ended up being a beautiful weaving of magic and myth, like many vines winding up a tall tree.

  • Weaveworld

  • By: Clive Barker
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 21 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,128

Clive Barker has made his mark on modern fiction by exposing all that is surreal and magical in the ordinary world - and exploring the profound and overwhelming terror that results. With its volatile mix of the fantastical and the contemporary, the everyday and the otherworldly, Weaveworld is an epic work of dark fantasy and horror - a tour de force from one of today's most forceful and imaginative artists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ah, but what price Wonderland?

  • By Jason on 04-09-16

it was so good I cried

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

Reviewed: 02-27-19

this is probably my favorite narrator and I got this book because of imajica, by the same author which he also narrated. both stories are so enthralling and emotional and adventurous and unique, and with both I cried both tears of sadness and tears of joy. I am not usually prone to tears, but these have been the best books I think I've ever read.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Isis Orb

  • By: Piers Anthony
  • Narrated by: Brett Barry
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

In Xanth, everyone has a talent. But that doesn't mean everyone loves his talent, and no one understands that better than Hapless. Endowed with the ability to conjure any instrument he wants, Hapless could be an extraordinary musician if only he could play a tune that didn't fall ear-piercingly flat. His one desire is to find an instrument he can play. When the Good Magician hears about Hapless's desperate desire, he sends the young man on a quest to find the elusive Isis Orb, a magical talisman that could fulfill his wish.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Xanth

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-30-18

the narration ruined it for me

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-18-18

I love the xanth series. ogre, ogre was the first novel I ever read, and I've never read a xanth book I didn't love. I hadn't read this one before, and it was like, one of only a couple xanth books on here so I got it, but the voice was so irritating and unlike how I read them that I couldn't get through it at all
I am actually really sad about it I don't mean to bad mouth the narrator I just really couldn't deal with it

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Golem and the Jinni

  • A Novel
  • By: Helene Wecker
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,945
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,926
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,903

Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What does it mean to be human?

  • By Janice on 08-05-13

a wonderfully tied together and thrilling tale

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

this book is an amazing mix of folklore, deep characterization, and surprising turns of events. I would recommend it to anyone, especially those interested in Jewish or middle eastern culture

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Bear and the Nightingale

  • A Novel
  • By: Katherine Arden
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,579
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,295
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,286

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year, and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn't mind - she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse's fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was swept away

  • By Crystal Midkiff on 02-04-17

magical and transporting

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

Reviewed: 02-21-18

fantastic fairy tale, amazing narration, wonderful integration of traditional Russian folklore. one of the best books I've read in a long time

  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog

  • By: Muriel Barbery
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat, Cassandra Morris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,975
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,766
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,790

An enchanting New York Times and international best seller and award-winner about life, art, literature, philosophy, culture, class, privilege, and power, seen through the eyes of a 54-year-old French concierge and a precocious but troubled 12-year-old girl.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It surprised me

  • By Pyles on 04-21-10

a true work of art

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

Reviewed: 04-26-17

was iffy about the narration casting at first, but by the middle of the book I thought it was perfect to how the characters develop. this is a truly inspiring piece of literature, rich in observation and philosophy.