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  • The Iron Flower

  • Black Witch Chronicles Series, Book 2
  • By: Laurie Forest
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 311

Elloren Gardner and her friends were only seeking to right a few wrongs when they rescued a Selkie and freed a military dragon. The last thing they expected was to be thrust into a realm-wide underground resistance against Gardnerian conquest. While the Resistance struggles to fight back against the harsh rulings of the Mage Council, more and more Gardnerian soldiers descend upon the University…led by none other than Lukas Grey, now commander of the nearby military base. Though Elloren tries to keep him at arm's length, Lukas is determined to tie himself to her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I NEED the next book!!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-23-18

So incredible!

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

Reviewed: 09-20-18

Lots of "on the edge of your seat" suspense and trial for the characters in this book of The Black Witch Chronicles. I was cheering for some of the characters out loud at one point. A few times I was on the verge of tears.
I've gotten so attached to these characters I don't know how I'm going to get by waiting for the next book!
This narrator really does an excellent job portraying emotion and differentiating between so many characters voices.
I highly recommend this seris to anyone who enjoys fantasy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Our Dark Duet

  • By: Victoria Schwab
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278

Nearly six months after Kate and August were first thrown together, the war between the monsters and the humans is a terrifying reality. In Verity, August has become the leader he never wished to be, and in Prosperity, Kate has become the ruthless hunter she knew she could be. When a new monster emerges from the shadows—one who feeds on chaos and brings out its victim’s inner demons—it lures Kate home, where she finds more than she bargained for. She’ll face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Marissa on 06-12-18

Victoria Schwab sucked me in again!

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

Reviewed: 08-24-18

I didn't review Savage Song because I was too eager to start Our Dark Duet.
I'm a fan of Therese Plummer as a narrator and she did a wonderful job for both of those books. Each voice is defined. She builds suspense by narratoring in just the right ways. She's an absolute joy to listen to.

I listened to these two books as much as could to get through them in about 2 1/2 days.
I found myself thinking deep thoughts about what Schwab was saying about her world. There is "church" in these novels but

<spoiler>......
a certain character burns "A" church down in the very beginning of the first book to get her dad's attention to bring her home.

<un-spoiled>

The world Schwab has created came across as a world without forgiveness for "sinners."
Well, I can't go on more without giving away more spoilers.
It's not a religious book in anyway just thought provoking.

A lot of action and on the edge of your seat suspense.

Demon like creatures, and vampire like ones, and creepy scavenger fairies..."oh my!!"
It's worth it 10 x over if this is your genre.

  • Changeling

  • A Novel of Sorcery and Society
  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 957
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 899
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 896

If 14-year-old Cassandra Reed makes it through her first day at Miss Castwell’s Institute for the Magical Instruction of Young Ladies without anyone discovering her secret, maybe, just maybe, she’ll let herself believe that she really does belong at Miss Castwell’s. Except Cassandra Reed’s real name is Sarah Smith and up until now, she lived her whole life in the Warren, serving a magical family, the Winters, as all non-magical “Snipes” are bound by magical Guardian law to do. That is, until one day, Sarah accidentally levitates Mrs. Winter’s favorite vase in the parlor.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Molly Harper + Amanda Ronconi = perfection

  • By Aimee on 08-24-18

cute, magical, & a bit of everything

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

Reviewed: 08-24-18

Very good narration. I always sink into British narrator's like a warm cup of tea.
The book presents so much that you want to say is from other magical books, but puts it together in a unique way that it's hard to compare.
I enjoyed it enough that I'm hoping the next one comes out soon.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Broken Ones

  • By: Danielle L. Jensen
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer, Erin Moon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Below Forsaken Mountain, a plot is being hatched to overthrow the tyrant king of Trollus, and Marc is the right-hand man of its leader. His involvement is information more than one troll would kill to possess, which is why he must keep it a secret from everyone, even the girl he loves. After accidentally ruining her sister's chance to become queen, Pénélope is given one last opportunity by her father, the Duke d'Angoulême, to make herself useful: she must find proof that the boy she's in love with is conspiring against the crown.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A-MAZE-ING!!!!!!!

  • By L. DelPrete on 06-30-17

Sweet and sour

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

The performance was great as usual.
I went through the Malediction Trilogy as fast as I could possibly listen. I just didn't feel that excitement in this book.
The story is great. There is just less action and suspense. It's of course focused mainly on Marc and Penelope.
I think knowing what will eventually happen to a main character soured it a bit for me, but that's a prequel for you!
Overall, knowing the entirety of Marc's backstory with Penelope makes his character so much more real. Hearing how Tristan is really changed by their relationship instead of told second hand in Malediction Trilogy definitely makes a difference.
I really enjoyed it!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Shadow Keeper

  • By: Abi Elphinstone
  • Narrated by: Nicky Diss
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Moll Pecksniff and her friends are living as outlaws in a secret cave by the sea, desperate to stay hidden from the Shadowmasks. But further along the coast lies the Amulet of Truth, the only thing powerful enough to force the Shadowmasks back and contain their dark magic. So, together with Gryff, the wildcat that’s always by her side, and her best friends, Alfie and Sid, Moll must sneak past smugglers, outwit mer creatures and crack secret codes to save the Old Magic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So Original!

  • By Stephanie on 08-16-18

So Original!

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

I'm an adult listening to this wonderful children's series. More like a series for the kids in middle school, at least 10 and up.
I'm continuously surprised by all the fresh ideas that make this story so appealing.
So often in adult or children's stories you will pick up on an idea or theme that has been used times before, but an author is presenting in a new way.
That is in no way the case in The Shadow Keeper or it's predecessor in this series.
Nicky Diss, the narrator, does a perfect job for all of the voices with great success. A great character with lisp and an excellent job of narrating a wild cat with all of the right sounds.
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for some edge of there seat fantasy excitement without getting into R rated material.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • An Enchantment of Ravens

  • By: Margaret Rogerson
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 374

Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel's paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron - Rook, the autumn prince - she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes - a weakness that could cost him his life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • For fans of Sarah J Maas and Holly Black

  • By TNH on 12-20-17

i hope there is more

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

I really enjoyed this book. I held it forever thinking it was going to be too "mushy" but really there is a great balance of action, character building, and romance.
Really interesting characters and the Fae are right on target for my taste. Totally inhuman, cruel, and tricky.
The world building descriptions where beautiful and it was similar to other Fae stores but unique to this story as well.
I enjoyed the narrator with the vast array of voices performed.
I really was hooked right away.
I do hope there is more from this author in this world.

Yes, there is a skip in the recording.

If you like Fae stories that get a little dark this one is worth it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Carnelian Crow

  • Stoker & Holmes, Book 4
  • By: Colleen Gleason
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 47

Ever since the debacle of the Chess Queen Enigma, Mina Holmes and Evaline Stoker have laid low, trying to settle back into their quiet lives as young ladies of London. But the Holmesian deductive abilities won't remain dormant for long, and when Mina receives a strange package from a winged, midnight visitor, she is catapulted into a new, mysterious adventure: the search for the Carnelian Crow. Meanwhile, Evaline has received some very disturbing news - news that will change her life forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • even been than previous

  • By bharblin on 10-20-18

Noooo! How long till the next?

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I adore Janye Entwistle's voice for several narrator roles and this seris introduced me to her. She's very versatile and perfect for the time period.
This book in the seris really leaves me wanting to know what's going to happen next!
So many loose threads to tie up and big ones.
Excellent storytelling , keeps us wanting more but " blooming Pete!" how long till we find out what's next!?

  • Spinning Silver

  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Lisa Flanagan
  • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,180
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,105

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father's inability to collect his debts has left his family on the edge of poverty - until Miryem takes matters into her own hands. Hardening her heart, the young woman sets out to claim what is owed and soon gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold. When an ill-advised boast draws the attention of the king of the Staryk - grim fey creatures who seem more ice than flesh - Miryem's fate, and that of two kingdoms, will be forever altered. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Her best! For me, anyway.

  • By Episteme on 08-09-18

keep listening , its worth it

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

Reviewed: 07-17-18

There is character background building in the beginning. Take it all in and know that it will soon become "un-put-downable."

The narrator is really stellar and shows her colors throughout the book. The fire demon voice is maniacal and inhuman. It gets under your skin a bit too, so perfect fire demon voice.
Another favorite voice is the young boy Steffàn.

Steffàn's point of view is quite original and well written.

I kept thinking that "Oh no! they're done for" then everything is ok once more. This book definitely keeps you on the edge of your seat and up late!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Time Jumpers

  • Five Kingdoms, Book 5
  • By: Brandon Mull
  • Narrated by: Keith Nobbs
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 896
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 828
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 826

Trapped in a world where magic is powerful and dreams are real, Cole's epic adventure comes to a close in book five of the New York Times best-selling "fanciful, action-packed adventure" series (Publishers Weekly), from the author of the Fablehaven and Beyonders series. Cole and his friends are pushed to the limit in this finale to the best-selling Five Kingdoms series. Will they finally be able to restore magic to the world of the Outskirts and find their way back home?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Talent

  • By Taunia on 06-27-18

Another great ending by Mull!

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

Reviewed: 03-20-18

Such a great series!!! The narrator does some awesome voices to separate characters, and really define their personality.
The ending was, to me, just right. At first I was melancholy about how the story was tying up.
Then it ultimately left me smiling.
You can't go wrong with the Time Jumper Series.

  • The Physiognomy

  • The Well-Built City Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Jeffrey Ford
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19

Humorless and drug addicted, physiognomist Cley is ordered by the Master of the Well-Built City to investigate a theft in a remote mining town. Well-versed in serving justice, arrogant Cley sets out to determine the identity of the thief using the pseudo-science of judging people by their features, but becomes distracted from his task by a beautiful girl from town.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • stomach-churning and beautiful

  • By Stephanie on 02-04-18

stomach-churning and beautiful

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

Reviewed: 02-04-18

There is never a dull moment in this characters personal narrative. It's unlike anything I've ever read/heard. The narrator does a fantastic job with the read and is great at each characters separate voice.
It's really hard to compare it to anything else. It's got characters you'll love to hate and some gruesomeness. I wasn't sure at first but easy to see why it won the Nebula and World Fantasy Awards.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful