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  • The Fire Queen

  • The Hundredth Queen, Book 2
  • By: Emily R. King
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo, Scott Merriman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 855
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 761
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 762

Though the tyrant rajah she was forced to marry is dead, Kalinda's troubles are far from over. A warlord has invaded the imperial city, and now she's in exile. But she isn't alone. Kalinda has the allegiance of Captain Deven Naik, her guard and beloved, imprisoned for treason and stripped of command. With the empire at war, their best hope is to find Prince Ashwin, the rajah's son, who has promised Deven's freedom on one condition: that Kalinda will fight and defeat three formidable opponents.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fire queen audio issues

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-10-18

Impressive

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

I love how they added two points of view to this book. I really feel it was needed. My only constructive criticism is that you didn't really get much of one perspective. That perspective could have also been polished a little more in my opinion too. That's the only real problem I had with this book. Other than that, I enjoyed it just as much as I did the first and look forward to reading the last two books in the series. I fully recommend this book. Please read first book first.

  • Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques

  • By: James Hynes, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: James Hynes
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,479
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,149

From evoking a scene to charting a plot to revising your drafts, Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques offers a master class in storytelling. Taught by award-winning novelist James Hynes, a former visiting professor at the famed Iowa Writers' Workshop, these 24 insightful lectures show you the ins and outs of the fiction writer's craft.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Theory AND Practice

  • By Madeleine on 11-19-15

Beneficial

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

I really do plan to become a published writer/author one day. I found this very helpful. I'd like to go back and listen to the lectures again as if I was actually taking the class. I'd like to read the referenced reading material and do the writing projects. They seem like they will be a lot of fun. I feel more confident about writing because of this. I'm tempted to recommend it to a lot of people. Not because their writing is bad, but because I feel they could use the confidence too. Fully recommend this for writers!

  • The Hundredth Queen

  • By: Emily R. King
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,799
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,599
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,595

As an orphan ward of the Sisterhood in the ancient Tarachand Empire, eighteen-year-old Kalinda is destined for nothing more than a life of seclusion and prayer. Plagued by fevers, she's an unlikely candidate for even a servant's position, let alone a courtesan or wife. Her sole dream is to continue living in peace in the Sisterhood's mountain temple. But a visit from the tyrant Rajah Tarek disrupts Kalinda's life. Within hours, she is ripped from the comfort of her home.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A mix of religion, politics, and magic

  • By LexiLikesLiterature on 07-11-17

Wow!

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

Kalinda has got to be one of my most favorite characters of all times. Yes she lacks courage and confidence, but with how she was brought up, I understand it. She was so selfless and humble through the whole book. She'd make a great leader because she has the right ideas and values in mind. I adore her. I can't wait to read the rest of this series! Fully recommend!

  • The Great Ideas of Psychology

  • By: Daniel N. Robinson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Daniel N. Robinson
  • Length: 23 hrs and 27 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 676
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 588
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 574

If you’ve ever wanted to delve more deeply into the mysteries of human emotion, perception, and cognition, and of why we do what we do, these 48 lectures offer a superb place to start. With them, you’ll see the entire history of psychology unfold. In the hands of Professor Robinson, these lectures encompass ideas, speculations, and point-blank moral questions that might just dismantle and rebuild everything you once thought you knew about psychology.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How did Psychology come to be what it is now?

  • By Carrie on 05-10-14

Great!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-03-18

I love the Great Courses brand! I have many different audiobooks from them. This is my third or fourth that I've listened to so far and all of them have been great. I have learned a lot from listening to them. This particular one was one of my favorites. This lecturer made all his lectures relatable and understandable. He was even humorous. He managed to keep my attention through the whole thing! I fully recommend this and other courses by Great Courses!

  • Japanese Fairy Tales

  • By: Yei Theodora Ozaki - translator
  • Narrated by: Leslie Bellair
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 151

Here are 22 charming Japanese Fairy Tales, translated by Yei Theodora Ozaki, including "My Lord Bag of Rice", "The Tongue-Cut Sparrow", "The Story of Urashima Taro, the Fisher Lad", "The Farmer and the Badger", "The Shinansha, or the South Pointing Carriage", "The Adventures of Kintaro, the Golden Boy", "The Story of Princess Hase", "The Story of the Man Who Did Not Wish to Die", "The Bamboo-Cutter and the Moonchild", "The Mirror of Matsuyama", and more.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice book, wish the narrator spoke Japanese better

  • By Ben on 01-31-17

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 11-29-18

I've been wanting to read this book for a long time but never seemed to have gotten the time to. I'm glad I finally got the time now. I actually knew two of these stories. Some of my family lived in Japan for a time and they brought back books for my siblings and I. One of them was because my birthday is in it. Either way, they were great stories and I fully recommend them. I loved the morals in most, if not all, of these.

  • The Plastic Magician

  • A Paper Magician Novel
  • By: Charlie N. Holmberg
  • Narrated by: Sarah Zimmerman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 735
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 669
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 667

Alvie Brechenmacher has arrived in London to begin her training in Polymaking - the magical discipline of bespelling plastic. Polymaking is the newest form of magic, and in a field where there is so much left to learn, every Polymaker dreams of making the next big discovery. Even though she is only an apprentice, Alvie is an inventor at heart, and she is determined to make as many discoveries - in as short a time frame - as she can. Luckily for her, she’s studying under the world-renowned magician Marion Praff, who is just as dedicated as Alvie is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By lowell on 08-21-18

LOVED IT!

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

Reviewed: 11-25-18

When I first discovered that this was a spin off and not actually the same characters of the first three, I was a little bit disappointed. I almost didn't continue with the book. I'm glad I did though. The characters were great and the mystery behind the story was even greater. I hope there are two more books for this set! Fully recommend!

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  • Empire Falls

  • By: Richard Russo
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
  • Length: 20 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 689
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 632
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633

Dexter County, Maine, and specifically the town of Empire Falls, has seen better days, and for decades, in fact, only a succession from bad to worse. One by one, its logging and textile enterprises have gone belly-up, and the once vast holdings of the Whiting clan (presided over by the last scion’s widow) now mostly amount to decrepit real estate. The working classes, meanwhile, continue to eke out whatever meager promise isn’t already boarded up. Miles Roby gazes over this ruined kingdom from the Empire Grill, an opportunity of his youth that has become the albatross of his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hugely Enjoyable

  • By margaret on 01-23-12

Whoa

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

Reviewed: 11-25-18

This book was pretty awesome. It was full of intrigue and drama. It was also full of wit and humor. It was a very wonderful thought provoking book. I'm glad I got the chance to read it and I fully recommend it!

  • Persistence of Vision

  • Interchron, Book 1
  • By: Liesel K. Hill
  • Narrated by: Robin Wasser
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

It began with a hallucination. A time loss. A mistake. A strange man reaching out to her. All part of a tourist trap, Maggie is sure, and she's lucky it wasn't worse. Yet something about her life changed that day, and she can't put her finger on what. She forces herself to move on but can never shake the inexplicable emptiness she feels. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable read

  • By Roger & Jean Fauble on 12-03-18

GIMME MORE!!!!!

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

I am insanely in love with this book. The characters were amazing. The story keeps you hanging on and begging for more. And that's not evening mentioning how completely captivating and gorgeous this cover is! I'm so in love with it and can't wait to read the rest of the series. One of the biggest thing I want to compliment is the fact that it didn't really over sexualize a certain relationship that was in this book. Do not get me wrong. Sex in books is fine. In some cases, it even enhances the story. But there are many books that make it so overbearing that it's hard to actually focus on the actual point of the story. This was not one of those cases. I enjoyed this story a lot. I could gush on and on about it all day, but I don't want to take too much of everybody's time. I fully encourage anybody who is into time travel and fantasy stories to give this book a try. I'm so glad I did. I can't wait to read the rest of this series!

  • Colton

  • Wild Men, Book 1
  • By: Melissa Belle
  • Narrated by: Jeremy York, Lacy Laurel
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

Colton Wild isn’t just the famous football player everyone sees on their television screen. I met Colton one summer vacation when we lined up on opposite sides of a flag football field. He was the cocky kid with clear blue eyes and a constant smirk. When he picked me up over his shoulder and ran with me the length of the field, I wanted to hate him. But somehow we were the last two left around the campfire that night. We talked for hours under the stars. And when he kissed me, I didn’t want him to stop. The next morning, I left. I thought I’d never see him again. And for ten years, I didn’t.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story line

  • By Joan on 10-27-18

Promising

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

Reviewed: 10-20-18

Colton and Skyler had a connection that was amazing but Skyler was scared and ran away. Ten years later, fate seems to bring them together again. Skyler is still scared, but she also can't deny that she is drawn to Colton. I really enjoyed this story. It was very amazing and adorable. I connected to Skyler on a very deep and personal level. I feel like more of these types of books should be out there. I feel like they encourage abuse victims to talk about their stories. There were some not so realistic touches in this book that made me a bit leery of giving it the full five-star rating it deserves. Most of the things are just me being rather nit picky. Either way, it was a great read. It was very uplifting and inspirational. I am glad that I didn't let my judgment about the cover get the better of me. This book is a perfect example of why they say don't judge a book entirely by the cover. Fully recommend.

  • To Boldly Go

  • By: Em Stevens
  • Narrated by: Missy Cambridge
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Taryn's trip of a lifetime is finally happening. She's saved money, researched, planned, and created an itinerary that will allow her to travel Italy...and finally tell her best friend that she's in love with her. But those plans are ruined when she wakes up alone, her crush gone. Her plans did not include being alone and stranded in Milan. Now Taryn's dream vacation is a nightmare. Enter Holly, a fellow traveler: young, full of life, and comfortable traipsing off the beaten path. Holly feels a connection with Taryn and wants to salvage her trip.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • my first f/f story

  • By Rebecca Azizov on 07-11-18

I'm In Love

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

This is one of the most beautiful stories I have ever listened to. And not just because the narrator was fantastic and very engaging. Though she was. I can't lie about that at all. It's a very inspirational story that just kept me wanting to read more and more. So much so that I practically listened to the whole thing in one sitting! I would have had I not gotten up to take breaks now and then. The only critique I have about this book is that I feel that it should have started at a scene or two of the best friend and her together before the best friend left. Just so you could get a feel for exactly what happened. Her point of view was great, but sometimes seeing it as it actually happens gives a whole new meaning to things. I fully enjoyed this book. It had some heat, but it wasn't overbearing like some stories can be. In fact the heat actually accented the story. Which is a refreshing change. I loved it. I loved the two main characters. I fully recommend this book. I do want to stress warning of homosexuality and sexual situations.

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