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  • The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition

  • By: Margaret Atwood, Valerie Martin - essay
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes, full cast, Margaret Atwood
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,985
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,051
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,985

After a violent coup in the United States overthrows the Constitution and ushers in a new government regime, the Republic of Gilead imposes subservient roles on all women. Offred, now a Handmaid tasked with the singular role of procreation in the childless household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife, can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost everything, even her own name.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT

  • By ambER on 04-20-17

Not my cup of tea

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

I listened to the end because of all the rave reviews, But I just did not like the story line. I found it depressing and horrible.

  • Daughters of the Night Sky

  • By: Aimie K. Runyan
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 930
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 847
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 846

Russia, 1941. Katya Ivanova is a young pilot in a far-flung military academy in the Ural Mountains. From childhood, she's dreamed of taking to the skies to escape her bleak mountain life. With the Nazis on the march across Europe, she is called on to use her wings to serve her country in its darkest hour. Not even the entreaties of her new husband—a sensitive artist who fears for her safety—can dissuade her from doing her part as a proud daughter of Russia.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator sets the scene

  • By Jake's Handler on 02-16-18

All the things I love in historical fiction

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

Reviewed: 08-14-18

Daughters of the Night Sky has all the things I love, that being history, overcoming adversity and educating me.

This book is inspired by the real-life exploits of the female aviators of the Soviet Air Forces. Runyan did a great job with research on what it was like to be a pilot during that era. I read so much WWII historical fiction but this was a new enjoyable topic.

  • The Wild Hunt

  • By: Elizabeth Chadwick
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Strevens
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 54

In the wild, windswept Welsh Marches, a noble young lord rides homewards, embittered, angry and in danger. He is Guyon, Lord of Ledworth, heir to threatened lands, husband-to-be of Judith of Ravenstow. Their union will save his lands - but they have yet to meet...for this is Wales at the turn of the 12th century. Dynasties forge and fight, and behind the precarious throne of William Rufus, political intrigue is raging.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful book!

  • By Linda S. on 11-13-17

For lovers of the medieval world

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

Reviewed: 08-14-18

If you like fiction based in the medieval world, you can't beat Elizabeth Chadwick. I loved her books about William Marshall and Elinor of Aquitaine and this her very first book does not disappoint. Philippa Gregory may have the historical miniseries in her pocket, but if there's any justice, it should be Elizabeth Chadwick's works gracing the small screen.

Please give us the next in the series on Audible.

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  • Age of War

  • The Legends of the First Empire, Book 3
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,392
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,091
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,063

The epic battle between humankind and their godlike rulers finally ignites in the masterful follow-up to Age of Myth and Age of Swords. The alliance of humans and renegade Fhrey is fragile - and about to be tested as never before. As the Fhrey overlords marshal their army and sorcerers to crush the rebellion, old loyalties will be challenged while fresh conspiracies will threaten to undo all that Persephone has accomplished. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The ending was heavy

  • By June C. on 07-09-18

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: 08-03-18

I am loving the Legends of the First Empire as much as the previous series. It is just so hard to wait now for the next book. I was lucky to read all of Riyria one after another. I love your books Michael and can't wait for the next one.

  • Theft of Swords

  • Riyria Revelations, Volume 1
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 22 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,350
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,941
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,920

Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Two books in one - keep listening!!

  • By Magpie on 08-21-12

Do yourself a favour

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

If you have not read any of Michael J Sullivan's books do yourself a favour and start the series. I started with Riyria Revelations 1st as I prefer to read in chronological order and am very pleased that I did. Great great series.

  • Random Harvest

  • By: James Hilton
  • Narrated by: Carter Thompson, Kelly Hennessey, Rachel Hansen, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

Published in 1941, Random Harvest was contemporary to its first audience, and is painted against the backdrop of the gathering storm in Europe. However, it doesn’t focus on military threats or political wrangling. Instead, it tells the very accessible story of a profoundly good man with normal aspirations who consistently put the needs of others first, and as a result, lived a life he never could have imagined.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Read the Book First

  • By Lynn Adamson on 10-27-17

A Pleasant Surprise

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

Reviewed: 06-15-18

My first James Hilton novel that I have read and thoroughly enjoyed.

The book is a beautifully structured story switching between first person and third, to tell the story of a WW1 shell shock victim who loses his memory (twice) and struggles to care about a world full of people who understand even less than he does. The way his life, and losses, are revealed is masterful and the author captures emotion in the most unsentimental yet effective ways. I guarantee the last page twist will make you bite back the tears.

  • The Elven

  • The Saga of the Elven, Book 1
  • By: Bernhard Hennen, James A. Sullivan, Edwin Miles - translator
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 28 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313

A fierce and merciless demon has been unleashed on the world, spreading destruction and bloodshed in both the human and the elven realms. Northlander Jarl Mandred witnesses the ruthless attack on his men, and he seeks vengeance with the help of the elf queen, Emerelle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good read!

  • By james on 01-22-18

An epic adventure

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

Reviewed: 06-15-18

A great book that has adventure spanning over a thousand years. All the characters grew on me, so I ended up liking most of them ,even the horrid ones!

Only 2 books have been translated into English. I hope the others will be too.

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  • Wings of the Wind

  • Out from Egypt, Book 3
  • By: Connilyn Cossette
  • Narrated by: Sarah Mollo-Christensen, Tim Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 105

Motherless and raised alongside her brothers, Alanah, a Canaanite, is no stranger to fighting. When her father and brothers are killed in battle with the Hebrews, she disguises herself and sneaks onto the battlefield to avenge her family. The one thing she never counted on was surviving. Tobiah, a Hebrew warrior, is shocked to find an unconscious woman among the casualties. Compelled to bring her to a healer back at the Hebrew camp, he's unprepared for the consequences of what he intended as an act of compassion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Creative license

  • By Susan K on 10-26-18

A knock-out Christian fiction series

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

Book three of the Out of Egypt series was a wonderful end to the series. This series is amazing! I love the continuity through each book, even though they focus on different characters.

I appreciated the way Connilyn brought the landscape, culture, and Mosaic laws to life. There was of course some writer liberties taken, but on the whole, the spirit of the bible was upheld.

I absolutely love that her books inspire me to read my Bible more!!

  • The Death of Robin Hood

  • By: Angus Donald
  • Narrated by: Mike Rogers
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 143

'I charge you, Sir Alan Dale, with administering my death. At the end of the game, I would rather die by your hand than any other.' England rebels. War rages across the land. In the wake of Magna Carta, King John's treachery is revealed, and the barons rise against him once more. Fighting with them is the Earl of Locksley - the former outlaw Robin Hood - and his right-hand man, Sir Alan Dale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent

  • By AMY on 08-09-18

Last one in a Fantastic series

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

If you've not read this series, now is the perfect time. This is one of my favorite historical fictional series and what a brilliant ending to a wonderful series. Angus Donald is an amazing storyteller and is very adept at weaving his characters into the actual historical events. He has done a remarkable job in bringing the legend of Robin Hood to life.

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  • Outlaw

  • By: Angus Donald
  • Narrated by: Graham Padden
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388

When he's caught stealing, young Alan Dale is forced to leave his family and go to live with a notorious band of outlaws in Sherwood Forest. Their leader is the infamous Robin Hood. A tough, bloodthirsty warrior, Robin is more feared than any man in the county. And he becomes a mentor for Alan; with his fellow outlaws, Robin teaches Alan how to fight - and how to win.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As Fine a "Fictional Saga" as Lonesome Dove!

  • By Mel on 01-13-18

Great Series

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

Reviewed: 05-08-18

I bought the first in the series a while back but didn't get round to reading it. Well I am now half way through this very good series about Robin Hood and his loyal companion Alan Dale and thoroughly enjoy these books. The history of the 1100's and 1200's have always been an interest of mine and combine that with a fresh take on Robin Hood, these books make great reading.