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  • Scholar

  • The Fourth Book of the Imager Portfolio
  • By: L. E. Modesitt Jr.
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 19 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 517
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 464

Hundreds of years before the time of Imager, the continent of Lydar is fragmented. Years of war have consolidated five nations into three-Bovaria, Telaryn, and Antiago. Quaeryt is a scholar and friend of Bhayar, the young ruler of Telaryn. Worried about his future and the escalating intrigues in Solis, the capital city, Quaeryt persuades Bhayar to send him to Tilbor.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This is actually the true beginning of the series

  • By Joe on 05-14-12

Great start to the Imager series

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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: 11-10-18

Great characters and thoughtful development of the world of Imagers. I really liked seeing the start of new talents and the foundations of the imagers. An excellent start to the series.

  • The Last Swordmage

  • The Swordmage Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Martin Hengst
  • Narrated by: Alexander Edward Trefethen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 105

As far as bad luck goes, Tiadaria's has been the stuff of legend. After being sold into slavery by her father and accused of a murder she didn't commit, she finds herself facing the executioner. The only thing standing between her neck and the sharp edge of the axe is the village Constable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great beginning - Planning to read the next book!

  • By sslarigo on 10-08-18

Great beginning - Planning to read the next book!

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

I actually got this book simply because of the narrator, Alexander Edward Trefelhen. He also narrated the Changling Blood series by Glynn Stewart and I really like how he uses his voice to bring the characters to life. He did a great job in the Last Swordmage, too, and I enjoyed the story enough to continue reading this series. I've never picked up a book just because of the narrator before, but in this case is was great -- now I have a new series to enjoy!

  • The Stonemason's Tale

  • Oxford Medieval Mystery Series, Book 6
  • By: Ann Swinfen
  • Narrated by: Philip Battley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 61

Oxford, Spring - 1354. When the series of accidents to the building of the chapel at Queen’s College begin, they do not appear a cause for concern, but they grow more serious, and stonemasons are injured. Nicholas Elyot becomes involved after it is discovered that an intruder has reached the college by way of his garden. When Jordain Brinkylsworth’s youngest student goes missing, it seems at first that his disappearance is unconnected, yet he is one of the ‘poor boys’ supported by Queen’s. Surely this serious and studious boy cannot be responsible for the troubles? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • adore

  • By Kate P. on 09-20-18

Another Terrific installment!

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

This is clearly a transitional book, but that doesn't detract from a great story with characters that you can care about. I really love the historical details and feel like a part of the times with all of the Bookseller's tales. I am looking forward to the next book!

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  • Hunter's Oath

  • Changeling Blood Series, Book 2
  • By: Glynn Stewart
  • Narrated by: Alexander Edward Trefethen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

Jason Kilkenny is a quarter-human, vassal of the queen of the Fae, and the neutral arbiter of supernatural affairs around the Fae Court in the Canadian city of Calgary. He has spent half a year building relationships with the existing power structure - but all of that is thrown into chaos when the Fae leadership dictates that Calgary’s Court split into Seelie and Unseelie factions. Backed by the highest authority, the new Lord Andrell is there to build an Unseelie Court from nothing, and he will brook no interference, no challenges.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good follow up to the 1st book

  • By chail on 07-23-18

Great characters - great story

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

This is an excellent installment in a new series. The characters are engaging and the story has plenty of twists and turns. The magic has lots of new facets and the hero, Jason, is someone you can really like. He has many challenges, but manages to overcome with a little help from his friends. This is a terrific series and I'm looking forward to more. The narrator is perfect and adds to the enjoyment of the tale.

  • Mystery Loves Company

  • John Pickett Mysteries, Volume 7
  • By: Sheri Cobb South
  • Narrated by: Joel L Froomkin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 63

Returning to London after his honeymoon (For Deader or Worse), Bow Street Runner John Pickett soon discovers wedded bliss is not without its pitfalls, as he finds it galling to be financially dependent on Julia, his aristocratic bride. When he is summoned to the home of Lady Washbourn, Pickett finds he has something in common with the young countess: like himself, Lady Washbourn has married above her station and now finds herself adrift in a world to which she does not truly belong. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marriage can Mean Murder

  • By Avid Audio Listener on 08-19-18

Excellent installment - just keeps getting better

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

Reviewed: 08-30-18

Excellent follow-up to the last book. There is great character development and hints of new characters to further expand the series. I've thoroughly enjoyed every book in this series. I'm anxiously awaiting some movement in the mystery of John Picket's father. I feel certain he will pop in at some point. In any event, I can't wait for the next book!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Murder in an English Village

  • By: Jessica Ellicott
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,803
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,664
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,656

The year is 1920: Flying in the face of convention, legendary American adventuress Beryl Helliwell never fails to surprise and shock. The last thing her adoring public would expect is that she craves some peace and quiet. The humdrum hamlet of Walmsley Parva in the English countryside seems just the ticket. And, honestly, until America comes to its senses and repeals Prohibition, Beryl has no intention of returning stateside and subjecting herself to bathtub gin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't Wait For Next Book

  • By Sally W. Harris on 05-22-18

Excellent new sleuthing duo

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

Reviewed: 08-27-18

Great start to what I hope is a new series. Really interesting characters and a well written mystery. I am looking forward to the next installment. Love the narrator, Barbara Rosenblat, too.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Shadow Land

  • A Harbinger P.I. Novel, Book 5
  • By: Adam J Wright
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

When a child goes missing, his mother asks me to help. After all, she believes he was taken by a monster and that’s my field of expertise. The search leads to the storm drains of Dearmont; not a good place to be when you’ve seen as many horror movies as I have. Turns out the monstrous kidnapper is also responsible for the mysterious disappearance of a patient from a psychiatric hospital nearby. And as I investigate further, I'm pushed into the waiting arms of an old nemesis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good continuation of the series

  • By hank on 10-22-18

Another engaging installment

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

Reviewed: 07-29-18

I'm thoroughly enjoying this series and this latest book is the best yet. The Arthurian legend angle is advanced and this adds a new and interesting aspect to the story. I like Alec Harbinger because he isn't omnipotent or arrogant. He works things out and not everything is accomplished by magic. The characters are interesting and the story always has twists and turns. The narrator is wonderful, too. I'm really looking forward to the next book.

  • Dawn of Wonder

  • The Wakening, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Renshaw
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 29 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,614
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31,582
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,504

When a high-ranking officer gallops into the quiet Mistyvales, he brings a warning that shakes the countryfolk to their roots. But for Aedan, a scruffy young adventurer with veins full of fire and a head full of ideas, this officer is not what he seems. The events that follow propel Aedan on a journey that only the foolhardy or desperate would risk, leading him to the gates of the nation's royal academy - a whole world of secrets in itself. But this is only the beginning of his discoveries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Instant Favorite

  • By Joe on 03-21-16

Really, really good - can't wait for the next one!

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

Reviewed: 07-17-18

A really great tale with interesting and easy to love or hate characters. I had more than a couple of laugh out loud moments with the banter between the teens. The main character develops slowly, but he is definitely growing and maturing -- I sympathized with one reviewer who felt Aiden was still silly at the end. I disagree, but can sympathize. Aiden still has a lot to learn, but he is on his way. He has a great group of friends/allies and a hard quest in his future. Can't wait for the next installment.

  • Outcasts of Order

  • Saga of Recluce Series, Book 20
  • By: L. E. Modesitt Jr.
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 28 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

Beltur, an Order mage, discovers he possesses frightening powers not seen for hundreds of years. With his new abilities, he survives the war in Elparta and saves the lives of all. However, victory comes with a price. His fellow mages now see him as a threat to be destroyed, and the local merchants want to exploit his power. There's only one way he can remain free and survive - he's going to have to run. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • nothing happened.

  • By Kenneth Jay on 07-27-18

Solid Modesitt - characters you can care about

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

As other reviewers have noted, this book is building up to sequel. But, rather than being disappointing, I rather enjoyed the long, twisted journey and look forward to the next book. In vintage Modesitt fashion, the world and characters are painted in vivid detail. The story rises and falls and the characters stay true to their natures. Modesitt always makes me feel a part of the world and makes me care about the characters - this book is no exception. I hope the next book will come soon.

  • The Black Death: The World's Most Devastating Plague

  • By: Dorsey Armstrong, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Dorsey Armstrong
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,059
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 985
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 989

Many of us know the Black Death as a catastrophic event of the medieval world. But the Black Death was arguably the most significant event in Western history, profoundly affecting every aspect of human life, from the economic and social to the political, religious, and cultural. In its wake the plague left a world that was utterly changed, forever altering the traditional structure of European societies and forcing a rethinking of every single system of Western civilization: food production and trade, the church, political institutions, law, art, and more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • informative, interesting, well organized

  • By Tricia Munter on 06-12-16

Really excellent series!

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

Reviewed: 06-24-18

Well research and presented. Covers unexpected consequences of the Black Death. Most of this was new to me and I feel like I now have a better understanding just how devastating and yet, influential this time was as all civilization.