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  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Book 7

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 21 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 63,695
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 57,663
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 57,425

As he climbs into the sidecar of Hagrid's motorbike and takes to the skies, leaving Privet Drive for the last time, Harry Potter knows that Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters are not far behind. The protective charm that has kept Harry safe until now is broken, but he cannot keep hiding. The Dark Lord is breathing fear into everything Harry loves and to stop him Harry will have to find and destroy the remaining Horcruxes. The final battle must begin - Harry must stand and face his enemy....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm so sad it's over!!

  • By Erin on 05-19-16

All ends are tied up

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

Listening to this after having read it the year it came out, I found so much more pleasure. Jim Dale is an incredible actor/reader. He brings life to each character. I had begun with book 1,(I already had the first six books on audiobook format) and listened all the way through to this. It's incredible how many little details J.K. Rowling wove into the tapestry of these stories. The characters are Unforgettable: Snape, Harry, Ron Hermione, Mr. and Mrs. Weasley, Fred and George, even Percy, Luna and Neville. Certainly Dumbledore is a beloved character, with all his wisdom, secrets and magic.

So I would like to add a few tags: #incredible, #fascinating, #charming, #Magical, and let's not forget #re-readable.

I will add: #tagsgiving and #sweepstakes

  • The Hobbit

  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,992
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,576
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,792

Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally! Thank you Audible!

  • By Bryan J. Peterson on 10-20-12

Welcome Home

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

Reviewed: 08-27-18

For those of you who never read this, or who might have read "THE HOBBIT" at a younger age, welcome home. This book's reader, Rob Inglis, put his heart into the telling of this much-loved classic. He made up melodies for the songs (poems) and his characterizations are easily recognizable, because each is very distinctive. Go ahead, take a journey with Gandalf and Thorin Oakinsheild's band of Dwarves. Discover King Thranduil's secret Elven kingdom, and the great dragon Smaug. It's time for adventure.

  • Death March

  • By: Phil Tucker
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256

I sacrificed everything for my family. It wasn't enough. I lost my mother, and now I'm about to lose my brother. I've got only one thing left to gamble: my life. Which is why I'm willing to play Euphoria Online in Death March mode. If I survive six months in-game against a lethal array of wyverns, ogres, necromancers, and more, I'll earn my brother a pardon. If I lose? Well. I'm done with losing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really great start! Can't wait for more.

  • By superstardrifter on 08-31-18

LIT RPG with real emotions

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

Unlike many new LIT RPG books, this one gets you really hooked into the plight of our hero as he does everything, even risking his life, for his brother. His motivation pushes him into what appears to be a weekend of immersive VR gaming, only to find everything has been shattered, and his plan for quick easy leveling quickly turns into life or death decisions at every step.

Once I started listening to this, I could hardly bare to stop! A really good book, and I'm looking forward to the next in the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Redefining Reality

  • The Intellectual Implications of Modern Science
  • By: Steven Gimbel, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Steven Gimbel
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,715
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,450
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,416

No subject is bigger than reality itself, and nothing is more challenging to understand, since what counts as reality is undergoing continual revision and has been for centuries. The quest to pin down what's real and what's illusory is both philosophical and scientific, a metaphysical search for ultimate reality that goes back to the ancient Greeks. For the last 400 years, this search has been increasingly guided by scientists, who create theories and test them in order to define and redefine reality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • mind = blown

  • By Bailey on 09-13-15

My favorite non-fiction

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

Reviewed: 08-11-17

I have listened to this repeatedly. Professor Gimbel makes every aspect easy to comprehend and retain, without making judgements one way or another. He entertains and enlightens. It is my favorite non-fiction.

  • The Secret Crusade

  • Assassin's Creed, Book 3
  • By: Oliver Bowden
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198

Altaïr embarks on a formidable mission - one that takes him throughout the Holy Land and shows him the true meaning of the Assassin's Creed. To demonstrate his commitment, Altaïr must defeat nine deadly enemies, including Templar leader Robert de Sablé. Here, for the first time, Niccolò Polo, father of Marco, shares Altaïr's remarkable story: his ongoing battle with the Templar conspiracy; a family life that is as tragic as it is shocking; the betrayal of an old friend; and a journey that will ultimately change the course of history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing!

  • By Kevin Cusumano on 07-28-17

For Assassin Creed Lovers

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

Reviewed: 06-16-17

What made the experience of listening to The Secret Crusade the most enjoyable?

This is based on the game, and the game is a fantastic story, thrilling to play. The problem with the book is at many points it seems to summarize rather than tell a story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret Crusade?

Altaïr learns the his Master's secret.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narrator could have used a little more drama, acting in his storytelling.

If you could take any character from The Secret Crusade out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Altaïr

Any additional comments?

Great plot.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Keepers of the Garden

  • By: Dolores Cannon
  • Narrated by: Jane Sellers, Titus Stone
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,005
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 904
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 903

A young man wanting to explore past-life regression discovers this is his first lifetime on Earth. All his other existences were on alien worlds and in other dimensions. As this unique case is explored further, he finds out that his association with extraterrestrials did not cease with these other lives. The interaction with UFOs and aliens has continued during all his present life, although the information was protectively hidden by his subconscious.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • superb

  • By paul on 05-06-15

Fascinating Read

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

Reviewed: 05-11-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Keepers of the Garden to be better than the print version?

I found the book very enjoyable, but I was not thrilled with the female readery, Jane Sellers. The male reader was very good. The story is really intriguing.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Phil D, because he was so willing to go out on a limb to help others.

What didn’t you like about Jane Sellers and Titus Stone ’s performance?

Jane at times sounded like she couldn't see what she was reading and she would read one... word... at... a... time. It was irritating. Titus, was smooth, with a very pleasant voice.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Once Phil went through the door with the 3 spires and remembered what it was.

Any additional comments?

If you have any interest in past lives, this one is a must read/listen.

  • The Crown Tower

  • The Riyria Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,137
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,382
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,380

Michael J. Sullivan garnered critical raves and a massive readership for his Riyria Revelations series. The first book in his highly anticipated Riyria Chronicles series of prequels, The Crown Tower brings together warrior Hadrian Blackwater with thieving assassin Royce Melborn. The two form a less-than-friendly pairing, but the quest before them has a rare prize indeed, and if they can breach the supposedly impregnable walls of the Crown Tower, their names will be legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delicious Icing on a Terrific Cake

  • By Tango on 08-07-13

Heroes you'll love forever

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

Reviewed: 03-19-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book starts off and you think, well, this is a simple story simply written. So wrong! It's a delightfully tangled web of lives, stories and a magical place where even the gods may find joy in the friendship of the men of Riyria.

What other book might you compare The Crown Tower to and why?

I really can't compare them to other books, because the camaraderie in these. Royce and Hadrian, two very different characters with different life-choices lead us on a quest that ends up shaking a kingdom: Yet, this is only the beginning.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene is always at the end where the treads of the story are all pulled together into a beautiful tapestry.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I smiled very often reading this book. There's a lot of humor, due to the interaction of Hadrian and Royce.

Any additional comments?

There's villains an heroes, and sometimes the difference between the two are painted in shades of gray. Very entertaining and you'll find yourself naturally going for all the books in the Riyria series.

  • Tower Lord

  • Raven's Shadow, Book 2
  • By: Anthony Ryan
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 24 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,858
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,198

Vaelin Al Sorna, warrior of the Sixth Order, called Darkblade, called Hope Killer. The greatest warrior of his day, and witness to the greatest defeat of his nation: King Janus' vision of a Greater Unified Realm drowned in the blood of brave men fighting for a cause Vaelin alone knows was forged from a lie. Sick at heart, he comes home, determined to kill no more. Named Tower Lord of the Northern Reaches by King Janus's grateful heir, he can perhaps find peace in a colder, more remote land far from the intrigues of a troubled Realm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Masterpiece from Anthony Ryan. One

  • By Howard on 09-21-14

Stunning

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

Reviewed: 01-25-15

Would you listen to Tower Lord again? Why?

I found myself drawn into the dark world of Vaelin once again, and I enjoyed every moment of it. I can't wait for the next volume.

What other book might you compare Tower Lord to and why?

Blood Song, his first volume in this series, is tremendous.

What about Steven Brand’s performance did you like?

His voice is like smoke, very masculine and perfect for these books.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

He never chose to be a hero.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommended

  • Prince of Fools

  • The Red Queen's War, Book 1
  • By: Mark Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,872
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,680
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,683

The Red Queen is old but the kings of the Broken Empire dread her like no other. For all her reign, she has fought the long war, contested in secret, against the powers that stand behind nations, for higher stakes than land or gold. Her greatest weapon is The Silent Sister - unseen by most and unspoken of by all. The Red Queen's grandson, Prince Jalan Kendeth - drinker, gambler, seducer of women - is one who can see The Silent Sister.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A fantasy odd couple caught up in a bigger game

  • By Lore on 04-10-16

Incredibly entertaining

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

Reviewed: 01-25-15

If you could sum up Prince of Fools in three words, what would they be?

It caught me from the first with it's sense of humor, and kept me going with a delicious lead character and his un-looked-for side-kick. I wish there were more in this series.

What other book might you compare Prince of Fools to and why?

Flashman, very tongue-in-cheek, clever, witty, with a strong plot and interesting settings.

Which scene was your favorite?

There were too many to single one out.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, and I did listen very quickly, and wished there was a volume II.

Any additional comments?

Very unlike his Prince of Thorns.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Atlantis Gene

  • The Origin Mystery, Book 1
  • By: A.G. Riddle
  • Narrated by: Stephen Bel Davies
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,265
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,540
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,561

Seventy thousand years ago, the human race almost went extinct. We survived, but no one knows how.

Until now. The countdown to the next stage of human evolution is about to begin, and humanity might not survive this time. The Immari are good at keeping secrets. For 2,000 years, they've hidden the truth about human evolution. They've also searched for an ancient enemy - a threat that could wipe out the human race. Now the search is over.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully Horrible

  • By Laura Roderick on 07-29-17

Poorly excecuted idea

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

Reviewed: 12-13-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The author wrote this like a comic book. Poor execution of what might have been an interesting theory.

What could A. G. Riddle have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Better characters and motivations.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

He was okay, nothing more or less

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Atlantis Gene?

Not scenes, but stupid lines.

Any additional comments?

I won't be listening to more of this author's titles.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful