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  • Thendara House

  • By: Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 20 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Jaelle has been raised in the harsh patriarchal environment of the Dry Towns. Her mother Mellora is a Comyn woman who has been kidnapped in order to breed laran-gifted offspring for her barbarian "husband". But when a desperate, pregnant Mellora dies in childbirth following a daring escape aided by a band of Renunciates, the still young Jaelle is adopted into the Guild, and becomes the Free Amazon Jaelle n'ha Mellora, a woman who has never known kindness from a man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!

  • By Patti on 10-08-18

Wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

This is one of the best books in the series and it was read perfectly.
But listen to Shattered Chain first.

  • Stars Uncharted

  • By: S. K. Dunstall
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

Captain Hammond Roystan is a simple cargo runner who has stumbled across the find of a lifetime: the Hassim, a disabled exploration ship - and its valuable record of unexplored worlds. His junior engineer, Josune Arriola, said her last assignment was in the uncharted rim. A renowned body-modification artist, Nika Rik Terri has run afoul of clients who will not take no for an answer, and she is dragging along a rookie modder. Together this mismatched crew will end up on one ship, hurtling through the lawless reaches of deep space with Roystan at the helm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hoping for more set in this universe!

  • By Alex on 08-19-18

Slow start but great ending

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

Reviewed: 08-19-18

I enjoyed Stars Uncharted and hope there's a sequel. But, for me, it had a rough beginning. The story begins with Nika and a long extremely detailed description of body modding including all the different ingredients and equipment and how and when they're used. If I hadn't loved the Linesman series so much I might have quit listening. I'm glad I didn't because as soon as the story got to the starship and Josune and Captain Roystan were introduced I was hooked. The character development was great. I did like Nika, the other body modder and the rest of the crew. Their backstories were well developed and interesting. The action and intensity just kept building to a very satisfying conclusion.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Renegade Star

  • By: JN Chaney
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 521
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 490
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 487

Jace Hughes is a Renegade. That means taking almost any job that comes his way, no matter the situation. So long as he can keep his ship floating, he's free to live the life he wants. But that all changes when he meets Abigail Pryar, a nun looking for safe passage out of the system. Too bad there's something off about the cargo she's carrying. Jace knows he shouldn't ask too many questions, but when strange sounds start coming from inside the large, metal box, he can't help but check it out. Big mistake. To make matters worse, he's being pursued by unknown ships - who want that cargo.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great book to get lost in for the weekend

  • By Anonymous User on 04-02-18

Fun and Action Packed

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

A great space opera with an exciting story, interesting characters and lots of action. I will definitely get the next in the series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Marked by Power

  • By: Cece Rose, G. Bailey
  • Narrated by: Billie Fulford-Brown, Joe Jameson, Jack Hawkins, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177

When Mackenzie's 17th birthday comes around, she plans to spend a few years at the school for the marked learning about her new powers and then leaving and living her life. But nothing goes as planned when she attends the marking ceremony and all 12 marks appear. Kenzie lives in a world where being marked with six powers is normal, being marked with seven or more is rare. But being marked with 12? Well, that's unheard of.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • marked by power

  • By Kimberlee A. Powell on 06-25-18

Too much foul language

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

Reviewed: 06-21-18

I'm returning this one. There was a little bad language in first chapters but when the story began from the guys point of view, the "f" word was being used twice in one sentence. The narrators were good.

5 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Betrayed by Magic

  • The Baine Chronicles, Book 5
  • By: Jasmine Walt
  • Narrated by: Laurel Schroeder
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155

For most women, being newly engaged to the love of your life is a time of celebration. But Sunaya's happiness is overshadowed by loss. Her friends have not returned from their quest to bring back Noria, and though the Resistance has been beaten back, they are far from vanquished.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Go Sunaya

  • By Beatrice on 03-18-17

Great series

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

Reviewed: 03-22-17

Another fun and exciting edition to the series. I was afraid that since Sunaya and Iannis had gotten together in the last book that the series would devolve into all sex all the time. But that didn't happen. The plot and the overall story arc stayed tight and the sex scenes were tasteful and fit into the flow of the story.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • A Ghost of a Chance

  • Witch Woods Funeral Home, Book 1
  • By: Morgana Best
  • Narrated by: Laura Holloway
  • Length: 4 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

Nobody knows that Laurel Bay can see and talk to ghosts. When she inherits a funeral home, she is forced to return from the city to the small town of Witch Woods to breathe life into the business. It is a grave responsibility, but Laurel is determined that this will be no dead-end job.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mom really?????

  • By Troublemer on 02-19-17

Couldn't even finish

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

Reviewed: 02-16-17

If you're idea of a fun cozy is a vindictive, spiteful, religious zealot for a Mom that berates and walks all over the daughter over and over again. Then this is your book. I quit after about 2.5 hours. I hoped that the mother's part would diminish and the fun mystery would start but it hadn't happened at that point. I should have gone to Amazon and read the reviews there before buying.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Breath of Fire

  • The Kingmaker Chronicles, Book 2
  • By: Amanda Bouchet
  • Narrated by: Mia Barron
  • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 483
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 441
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443

Catalia "Cat" Fisa has been running from her destiny since she could crawl. But now her newfound loved ones are caught between the shadow of Cat's tortured past and the threat of her world-shattering future. So what's a girl to do when she knows it's her fate to be the harbinger of doom? Everything in her power.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Very disappointed.

  • By Patti on 02-03-17

Very disappointed.

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

Reviewed: 02-03-17

I loved the first book in this series, so much that I read the book and then later bought the audiobook version, and I preordered this book as soon as I saw it was available. But this book is nothing like A Promise of Fire. It begins with Griffin cursing and berating Cat as she cowers naked in the corner thinking how easily he could kill her. He leaves her feeling worthless then 15 minutes further on in the audiobook he comes back sorry for how he treated her and he really didn't mean it. She just so grateful that he still loves her, even though he is so much better than her. Then they have sex for the next 10 minutes of the book. This is abuse and to have such a strong female protagonist from the fist book accept this treatment as her due is disgusting. I hoped that would be it and the story and plot would go on to be more like the first book but it didn't. They continue having sex about every other chapter in the book and it's not even well written or enticing, just boring. So is the trip they take into the Ice Lands with team beta. I kept quitting the book and then I'd try again later hoping it would get better but I finally just gave up about halfway through and I'm returning the book.

13 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • After the Crown

  • The Indranan War, Book 2
  • By: K. B. Wagers
  • Narrated by: Angèle Masters
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

Former gunrunner-turned-Empress Hail Bristol was dragged back to her home planet to fill her rightful position in the palace. With her sisters and parents murdered, the Indranan Empire is on the brink of war. Hail must quickly make alliances with nearby worlds if she has any hope of surviving her rule. When peace talks turn violent and Hail realizes she's been betrayed, she must rely on her old gunrunning ways to get out of trouble.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Sequel

  • By Patti on 12-25-16

Great Sequel

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

Reviewed: 12-25-16

There's more action in this sequel than in the first book. Especially in the last half when they leave the planet and we meet Hail's friends from her gun running days. But it still has all the heart and political intrigue of Behind the Throne. Empress Hail and her bodyguards are getting closer. The dialog back and forth between them adds little touches of humor.

The narration by Angele Masters just keeps getting better too. She handles all the action as well as the dialog smoothly and brings the story to life.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Struck

  • Phoebe Meadows, Book 1
  • By: Amanda Carlson
  • Narrated by: Emma Wilder
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 84

When Phoebe Meadows gets struck by a strange light in the stock room of Macy's, life as she knows it flies out the window. As if being hit by lightning isn't bad enough, she's accosted in the subway by a man with a missing hand, gets home to find a raven in her kitchen, and her neighbor Ingrid shows up dressed like a gladiator, hell-bent on protecting her. Before Ingrid can get her to safety, Phoebe is kidnapped and tossed into one of the Nine Worlds, where she's forced to come to terms with what she is: a Valkyrie.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Action-packed

  • By Patti on 12-09-16

Action-packed

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

Reviewed: 12-09-16

Since the Norse mythology is new to me I felt this was a fresh and different urban fantasy. It had a lot of action and great characters. Emma Wilder did a great job with the voices. I'll be getting book 2 next.
I think I'm suppose to state that I won the audible copy of this book in a contest. I joined the contest because I loved the Jessica McClain books and have all the ones available at audible.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Honor's Flight

  • Fallen Empire, Book 2
  • By: Lindsay Buroker
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197

After spending four years fighting for the Alliance, fighter pilot Alisa Marchenko wants only one thing: to reunite with her young daughter. But this involves a journey to her former home world, which has become the last imperial stronghold. Since the imperials have a lot of reasons to loathe members of the Alliance right now, just getting down to the planet will be a challenge, and it doesn't help that her passengers are stirring up trouble of their own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Space Opera at its Best

  • By Patti on 11-19-16

Space Opera at its Best

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

Reviewed: 11-19-16

No sophomore slump here. Everything I loved from the first book is still here and just keeps building and getting better. The characters are getting more fleshed out as well as their interactions with the rest of the crew. The same for the story line, more threads are being introduced and woven into the plot. Rescuing her daughter is getting more and more complicated for Captain Marchenko. Kate Reading' narration is as awesome as always.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful