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  • Thrall

  • Daniel Black Series, Book 4
  • By: E. William Brown
  • Narrated by: Guy Williams
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 213

Without royal leadership, Kozalin's defenders are falling into turmoil, but mortal problems pale into insignificance when the Gods themselves take an interest in Daniel. With new enemies appearing everywhere he looks, and far too many secrets to keep, can even Daniel's magic save the day? Well, you know what they say. If you can't get results with violence, you aren't being violent enough... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I really enjoy this series

  • By trentjewell246 on 01-11-19

Where am I?

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

Reviewed: 01-14-19

I really like this series and am willing to give the author one break before giving up. I waited breathlessly for this 4th book to find the author went off with an almost non-existent character in the last book for nearly the entire story! Yes, the story stayed on track but I was terribly disappointed.

PLEASE go back to advancing the storyline with characters you've actually fleshed out for your readers. I can sorta cope with the author's insistence on Daniel as almost being a manwhore while insisting he's really keeping to the coven rules for taking on another woman but it's very disingenuous from a female's POV.

  • The Empire of Bones Saga, Volume 1

  • By: Terry Mixon
  • Narrated by: Veronica Giguere
  • Length: 26 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154

Looking for military science fiction and grand adventure on a galaxy-spanning scale? If dead empires, galactic exploration, civilization-threatening war, and the battle for the future of humanity sounds interesting, this is the series for you! This box set omnibus edition includes the first three books in The Empire of Bones Saga plus a bonus story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cannot wait to read the rest of this epic saga!

  • By Steven L. Lindauer on 06-21-18

Enh!

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

Reviewed: 01-14-19

It was okay when I couldn't find anything else I wanted to listen to. The narrator was TERRIBLE, though. Breathy throughout and I had to turn off some of my enjoyment to block the practice.

  • The Christmas Hirelings

  • By: Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,701
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,667

Sir John Penlyon is planning to spend Christmas at his estate with his niece and his friend Danby, the closest thing he has to family since disowning his daughter years ago. (She eloped with the parson, who was, of course, penniless.) Danby suggests that at Christmastime the estate needs the presence of small children, and offers to find some - the “hirelings” - despite Sir John’s skepticism. Three children duly arrive, and the youngest, precocious four year-old Moppet, quickly endears herself to Sir John. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A warm and lovely Christmas story

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 12-13-18

Trite

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

Reviewed: 12-19-18

The narrator earned the second star and saved the story from being a total loss. Unmemorable characters in a trite story. Now to get it out of my library!

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Blue Howl

  • Blue Wolf Series, Book 3
  • By: Brad Magnarella
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

With Jason Wolfe’s ragtag team of monster hunters hardening into a lethal unit, they’re ready to roll. And not a moment too soon. In the wilds of northern Canada, something is stalking humans and leaving a trail of scattered remains. The team arrives, armed for mayhem. But how do they handle an arrogant client, not to mention a killer that can’t be tracked? Meanwhile, Jason faces an inner test. His wolf nature, awakened by the vast, rugged landscape, yearns to break from the human mind tethering it. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The thrill of the hunt is calling!

  • By Brian on 12-06-18

Fun series

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

I decided to try this series because it reminded me of Anne Bishop's Others Series and the werewolf writer's (Alan Wolfguard?)books for teen shifters. Not, of course, the 5 star read I would expect from Mr. Wolfguard but a solid, fun read deserving of 4 stars for the story IMO.

I am usually not terribly picky about the narration, and it didn't ruin the story for me but I was not impressed with the narration.

All in all, I will likely continue to follow Jason Wolf's story for a few more books but it's not a "gotta get the next book" series for me. Furthermore, not so great that I want to get the Professor Croft series by this author.

  • Fernix

  • Harmony War, Book 4
  • By: Michael Chatfield
  • Narrated by: Joel Richards
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Mark and Tyler Victor have fought Harmony from Masoul to Osdal. They've lost friends, shed blood and tears, and now, they're headed for one of Harmony's strongholds: Fernix. Osdal left Mark a changed man, a man not just looking to keep his people alive, but a man looking to avenge the only woman who cared for him. He has nothing to lose but his life, something he would gladly give to destroy Harmony.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good solid series so far.

  • By Linda Luella on 12-02-18

A good solid series so far.

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

I picked up the second book in this series just looking for a decent sci-fi series now that all my favorites seem to be finished or stalled. Happy I did! It's not Honor Harrington or the Vorkosigan series but it's a good solid read when I just want comfort sci-fi. Helps that the narrator is quite good.

  • A Wish Upon the Stars

  • Tales from Verania
  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Michael Lesley
  • Length: 18 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 248

Nearly a year ago, blinded by grief and betrayal, Sam of Wilds made a desperate decision to follow the Great White into the Dark Woods. Now, he emerges to a world changed. The City of Lockes is a prison. The King has been locked away in the dungeons. The Kingdom of Verania has fallen, and the Dark wizard Myrin sits on the throne. But soon after his return, Sam learns of a resistance fighting in his name, led by a courageous knight, a defiant prince, a pissed-off unicorn, and a half-giant who wants to smash everything in sight. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best series ever. Seriously.

  • By Jen on 11-29-18

Duuhh!

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18

Returning this book as too stupid to be real. Seven chapters into it I still can't figure out what exactly the story is other than some gay hero dissing about who knows what. I can enjoy a good dissing but this is just a self-centered rant. Narration isn't horrible but it's hard to rate with such a horrible attempt at a story.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Etiquette & Espionage

  • Finishing School, Book 1
  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: Moira Quirk
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,060
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,792
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,800

Fourteen-year old Sophronia is the bane of her mother's existence. More interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper etiquette at tea - and god forbid anyone see her atrocious curtsy - Mrs. Temminnick is desperate her daughter become a proper lady. She enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

But little do Sophronia or her mother know that this is a school where ingenious young girls learn to finish all right - but it's a different kind of finishing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Light, Fun YA Steampunk Novel

  • By Rebecca on 02-11-13

Wonderfully Fun But BEWARE BUYING IT TWICE!

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

Reviewed: 11-25-18

I thought I had purchased this in the current sale and thoroughly enjoyed the book. I give the book 5 stars and enjoyed it even more than her prior books.

BEWARE, however, DO NOT BUY TWO VERSIONS. I apparently Purchased 2 versions of the same book! One was on sale and another version was not. The site doesn't tell you that you already have the book in your library, as it considers them different books.....they're not. Audible has started selling multiples of the same book without warning the consumer. I am returning the "upgraded version" and keeping the original.

  • Etiquette & Espionage

  • Booktrack Edition
  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: Moira Quirk
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13

Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is a great trial to her poor mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners - and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. So she enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality. But Sophronia soon realizes the school is not quite what her mother might have hoped.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully Fun.

  • By Linda Luella on 11-25-18

Wonderfully Fun.

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

Reviewed: 11-25-18

This series by Ms. Carriger is as good or better than her Parasol Protectorate series. I enjoyed it enough that I purchased more credits and got the other 3 books in the series available at this time.

Glad I stumbled upon this first in the Finishing School series on the Thanksgiving sale. I had purchased Prudence in the last sale and was less than impressed with that continuation of her Parasol Protectorate world.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ghostly Paws

  • Mystic Notch Cozy Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Leighann Dobbs
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,016
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 884
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 883

Middle age can be murder.... At least that's how it seems to former crime journalist Wilhelmina Chance, whose near-fatal accident has given her a strange side effect: She sees ghosts. After a messy divorce sends her fleeing back to her hometown of Mystic Notch, nestled in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Willa finds herself haunted by the tenacious ghost of the town librarian, who insists Willa solve her murder.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A fun cozy with ghosts and cats

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 01-15-16

Could have been good....

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

I am returning this purchase as a terrible attempt to write a fun storyline others have already written with much better quality. The author needs to get a better story outline before attempting another book. I have enjoyed books with nearly the same storyline (e.g. Ilona Andrews Clean Sweep books) but this was a very poor attempt at creating a much loved genre.

  • Alpha Class

  • The Etheric Academy, Book 1
  • By: T S Paul, Michael Anderle
  • Narrated by: Emily Beresford
  • Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

Follow us as we have the people in the Etheric Empire setting up a special academy to train the first set of teens on a leadership track. They are supposed to learn about the different groups in the Etheric Empire. Unfortunately, some of the members of those teaching teams tapped to train the kids don't realize how...adventurous...the teens can be.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book 1

  • By Book Junkie on 01-22-18

More a Short Story

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

I am not a Kurtherian Gambit addict but I tried the original now that Honor Harrington is infrequent and my favorite Bujold is semi-retired. Definitely not up to those standards but it's a bit like the Omega Force books I like. So I've read the series but the spin offs are flat.

This spin off is the worst. The entire story could have been done as a short story, it's kinda teen material not appealing to old folks like me, and I literally got nothing from the story. Like literally I can barely remember more than team BMW screwing up again. Think I'll pass on these books.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful