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Stephen M. Fitzgerald

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  • A Game of Thrones

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102,767
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89,038
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 88,957

Winter is coming. Such is the stern motto of House Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King's Landing. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert's name. Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse - unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer, but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season. Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Review of First 5 Books

  • By DCinMI on 09-12-13

Don't Settle

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-22-19

Don't settle just to watch the HBO series. The books which gave it life have so much more adventure, excitement and details to offer. I have read the books several times, watched the series several times and have now enjoyed listening to the story. All very satisfying and different. Don't be cheated, this tale is well worth it.

  • Tombland

  • By: C.J. Sansom
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 37 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140

The nominal king, Edward VI, is 11 years old. His uncle, Edward Seymour, Lord Hertford, rules as Edward's regent and Protector. In the kingdom, radical Protestants are driving the old religion into extinction, while the Protector's prolonged war with Scotland has led to hyperinflation and economic collapse. Rebellion is stirring among the peasantry. Matthew Shardlake has been working as a lawyer in the service of Henry's younger daughter, the lady Elizabeth. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book- download in parts

  • By Oh Good Grief on 02-11-19

Another great tale

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

Reviewed: 02-16-19

Another fine story richly blended with history and some of the most memorable and beloved characters we have come to know in this series. I can only hope that we may get another.

  • Doctor Who: Scratchman

  • 4th Doctor Novel
  • By: Tom Baker
  • Narrated by: Tom Baker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237

In his first-ever Doctor Who novel, Tom Baker’s incredible imagination is given free rein. A story so epic it was originally intended for the big screen, Scratchman is a gripping, white-knuckle thriller almost 40 years in the making. The Doctor, Harry and Sarah Jane Smith arrive at a remote Scottish island when their holiday is cut short by the appearance of strange creatures - hideous scarecrows who are preying on the local population. The islanders are living in fear, and the Doctor vows to save them all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrated and Written by THE (4th) Doctor!!

  • By NM on 01-31-19

Thank you Tom Baker

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-19

Thank you Tom Baker for giving us a story worthy of the Doctor! Note to the BBC, Fire all your #Scrachmans and give us back a worthy Dr. Who for series 12!

  • Enchanters' End Game

  • The Belgariad, Book 5
  • By: David Eddings
  • Narrated by: Cameron Beierle
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,789
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,195

The quest was over. The Orb of Aldur was restored. And once again, with the crowning of Garion, there was a descendant of Riva Iron-grip to rule as Overlord of the West. And yet the prophecy was unfulfilled. In the east, the evil god Torak was about to awaken and seek dominion. Somehow, Garion had to face the god, to kill or be killed. On the outcome of that dread duel rested the destiny of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite Fantasy Series

  • By Kindle Customer on 12-24-11

Book 5

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-13-19

The best part to the end of this story is that there are Five more stories to read,. Into the Mallorean!

  • Poseidon's Gold

  • The Marcus Didius Falco Mysteries, Book 5
  • By: Lindsey Davis
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

After six months in wild Germania, imperial gumshoe Marcus Didius Falco is back in Rome sweet Rome - but his apartment has been ransacked. And although he desperately needs 400,000 sesterces in order to marry his aristocratic love, Helena, his only client is his mother, who insists that he find out whether the scandalous claims against his dead brother, Festus, are true. Then the chief tarnisher of Festus' good name is murdered, and Marcus becomes the prime suspect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great Falco Adventure!

  • By Stephen M. Fitzgerald on 12-18-18

Another Great Falco Adventure!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-18-18

Falcon and family at their best! This is a fun read that makes you want to purchase the next one to keep the action coming.

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  • The House of Silk

  • A Sherlock Holmes Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,062
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,773
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,778

Sherlock Holmes is the greatest detective in literary history. For the first time since the death of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a new Holmes story has been sanctioned by his estate, whetting the appetites of fans everywhere. Information about the book will be revealed as deliberately as Holmes himself would unravel a knotty case, but bestselling novelist and Holmes expert Anthony Horowitz is sure to bring a compelling, atmospheric story to life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • PLEASE tell me there are MORE !

  • By Debra J Pekin on 01-17-12

House of Silk

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-24-18

I read this book when it was first written and is one of my favorite SHolmes stories. But having it read by Derek Jacobi enhanced the experience ten fold.

  • I, Claudius

  • By: Robert Graves
  • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148

The politics of empire-building and the hypocrisies, back-stabbings, and corruptions of Rome's first family come to light. First published in 1934, the book retains a marvelously modern and often comic tone, and is written in the form of Claudius' autobiography. This is gripping stuff, read by one of our finest actors, who also starred as Claudius in the classic television series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Derek Jacobi IS Claudius

  • By T on 09-15-09

I, Claudius

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-28-18

The real shame here is that this is a abridged story. Derek Jcobi gives an excellent and delightful reading.

  • Nemesis

  • By: Lindsey Davis
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

In the high summer of 77 AD, Roman informer Marcus Didius Falco is beset by personal problems. A middle-aged couple who supplied statues to his father have disappeared. They had an old feud with a bunch of notorious freedmen, the Claudii, who terrorize the neighborhood. When a mutilated corpse turns up, Falco and his friend Petronius investigate. But just as they are making progress, the Chief Spy, Anacrites, snatches the case away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everyman's Rome

  • By Jeanette Beth Means on 12-13-10

Nemisis

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-02-18

The worst thing about this story is that it is the last Falco adventure. Lindsey Davis did an excellent job tieing up the loose ends that will propel Falco into his new phase of life. The baton is set up to be passed to his adopted daughter who will now become the family Informer. To say I will miss Falco is an unerstatement. His character offered us great adventure and allowed us a glimpse of Roman life with all its ups and downs. Through it all he persevered and many times gave us pause to consider the many twists and curves confronting him. I really hope that someday, someone will bring him to life in a mini series or movie. Falco is a hero and nowadays a hero we all can relate to.


  • Magic Kingdom for Sale - Sold!

  • Magic Kingdom of Landover, Book 1
  • By: Terry Brooks
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,822
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,330

Landover was a genuine magic kingdom, with fairy folk and wizardry, just as the advertisement promised. But after he purchased it, Ben Holiday learned that there were a few details the ad had failed to mention.

The kingdom was in ruin. The Barons refused to recognize the king, and the peasants were without hope.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you're looking for Tolkein....

  • By Al on 12-05-09

Great story worth reading!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-18-18

Great story worth reading! Characters come to life and there are plenty of unexpected things that take place.

  • Belgarath the Sorcerer

  • By: David Eddings, Leigh Eddings
  • Narrated by: Cameron Beierle
  • Length: 32 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 539
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 501
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 499

Best-selling authors David and Leigh Eddings welcome fans back to the time before The Belgariad and The Malloreon series. Join them as they chronicle that fateful conflict between two mortally opposed Destinies, in a monumental war of men and kings and gods.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cameron Beierle the Best Narrator

  • By Jackie on 02-22-17

Belgarath the Sorcerer

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-07-17

The hardest part is saying goodbye to these great characters whose lives and struggles we got to share. For now at least, there is one more story left to hear. So onto Polgara !