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  • Wheel of Fire

  • The Jasmine Wars, Book 1
  • By: Daniel Jeffries
  • Narrated by: Leanne Yau
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 20

When a Jasmine Revolution sweeps away the brutal Communist regime, China transforms into the world's first AI-driven Direct Democracy, ushering in a golden age of peace and prosperity. From the earliest days of revolutionary fervor to the turbulence of war and rebellion, the powerful Zhang family is at the center of the storm. Now when protests and terrorism bring ultra-nationalism storming back, the nation's favorite son, Colonel Ju-Long, must uncover the traitors in his midst before his beloved country explodes into another civil war.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wheel of fire

  • By Zoe on 06-10-17

Could not finish

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

Reviewed: 04-11-18

I received a free book code for this audiobook via Book Boom for my honest review.

In my rating choice, I had to select a rating as well for Overall and Story in order to leave my comment here on step 3, so I chose middle ground with 3 stars for those choices which is truly unfair to the author since I just could not finish. I've tried several times over the past 3/4 year to continue this book without succeeding. The narrator's cadence was simply too irritating to try and follow. Not her voice, but her rhythm. Tap your finger on the table quickly to the count of 3, then pause and repeat, that will give you an idea of the narration rhythm. She would speak fast, then slow, then loud and then a mumbled whisper, with the slow being a rather quick slow if that makes sense. I thought maybe it was the way she read this book, but after checking samples of other books Yau narrated they're much the same, some less so. I will look to the written form of this book to finish.

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  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 72

Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A 1930's British Mystery

  • By JanBreesmom on 04-14-12

Guilty pleasure for when I need a cheeky smile.

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

Fluff? Sure. But what fun it is to devour! Whenever I need a lift in my spirit or a good laugh I turn to Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, 34th in line for the throne aka Georgie. Her Royal Spyness starts off the series and has everything one needs to chase away the fog, blues or whatever might be ailing you. Katherine Kellgren knocks this out of the park with her narration! There are no deep mysteries, or life changing quotes, etc. Just good spirited fun, a few tongue in cheek characters to add the spice, and one very naive royal.

A little bit of "royal" Nancy Drew mixed with a wee bit of female Sherlock Holmes tossed with a heaping amount of plucky naive innocence entering the cruel real world. Georgie faces each dilemma she encounters with a charm most endearing.

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  • Green

  • By: Jay Lake
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 16 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 342
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 252
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 258

She was born in poverty, in a dusty village under the equatorial sun. She does not remember her mother, she does not remember her own nameher earliest clear memory is of the day her father sold her to the tall pale man. In the Court of the Pomegranate Tree, where she was taught the ways of a courtesanand the skills of an assassinshe was named Emerald, the precious jewel of the Undying Dukes collection of beauties. She calls herself Green.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Gods, Cat People, Female Assassins, Whips--

  • By Jefferson on 02-11-11

NOPE, JUST NO.

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

Reviewed: 08-16-16

Any additional comments?

I made it through about 1/4 maybe it was a 1/3'd of the way, right at the Temple of the Lily goddess. Green is a 12/13 year old girl at this point and is sexually abused. I'm sorry - at that age ANY sexual description - action - writing is ABUSE. I made it through the abominable physical beatings in the first part of the story, becoming less inclined to finish the book and then --- the temple. NOPE, I'm done.

As far as Katherine Kellgren's performance, she read well, too well. The older women of the temple became even more disgusting in their acts of abuse with Green because of the voice given them by Kellgren.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Her Royal Spyness

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,731
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,542
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,511

Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Happy addition to a difficult genre

  • By Alice on 08-16-10

Katherine Kellgren - what more need be said?

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

Reviewed: 03-06-14

Would you listen to Her Royal Spyness again? Why?

Yes!!! This is a fun crazy ride of a story, brought to life even more so because of Katherine Kellgren!Rhys Bowen and Katherine Kellgren - a wickedly grand combo!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Georgiana of course!

Any additional comments?

Katherine Kellgren is my weakness in audiobooks!!! I would adore listening to anything she narrates, be it book or instructions on how to build a toilet. She is a master with timing, voices and bringing enthusiasm into a story. I thoroughly enjoyed Her Royal Spyness when I first read the book. I LOVED the story after listening to the audiobook. Do yourself a favor and check out this or other books which have been narrated by Katherine Kellgren. A little bit of "royal" Nancy Drew mixed with a wee bit of female Sherlock Holmes tossed with a heaping amount of plucky naive innocence entering the cruel real world. Georgie faces each dilemma she encounters with a charm most endearing. A fun read and I can't wait to read more about Georgie and all her escapades!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hard Magic

  • Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,626
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,686
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,683

Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I thought it was going to be.

  • By Clinton on 08-06-11

It's big, it's steampunk, it's alien and crime

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

Reviewed: 03-06-14

Any additional comments?

It took me quite awhile to really get into the story. At first I was scratching my head and even began another audiobook, however, I came back to this because I HATE not completing a book once I have started reading/listening. Upon continuing I am glad I did. I warmed to the story and began enjoying the tale. I almost think this was one of those books I should have "read" first before listening to it. Bronson Pinchot does a grand job narrating.

So much has already been said about this book I cannot add much. Although Jake Sullivan is suppose to be the main character, I think more of the story is about Faye Vierra. She is an unknown factor, a bit simple, has a big heart and cares deeply. There is so much going on in this book, several tales coming together towards the end. It's big, it's supernatural, it's steampunk, it's alien and it is crime. Almost every genre is encompassed within. I will be returning to this some day and "reading" the book.

There's some foul language, not like every other sentence, paragraph or anything. But if that's a put off, then avoid.

  • Slathbog's Gold

  • Adventurers Wanted, Book 1
  • By: M. L. Forman
  • Narrated by: E. B. Stevens
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,408
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,286
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,293

Do you have the courage, the wits, and the skill to claim a dragon's hoard? If so, apply within . . . The sign is small, tucked into the corner of Mr. Clutter's bookshop window: “Adventurers Wanted. Apply Within.” No one but fifteen-year-old Alex Taylor even seems to notice it is there. And for Alex, who has wished for a change in his life, it is an irresistible invitation.Upon entering Mr. Clutter's shop, Alex is swept away on an incredible adventure to a faraway land filled with heroic warriors, mysterious elves, and hard-working dwarves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story!

  • By A on 01-24-14

Almost as fun & adventurous as the written book -

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

Reviewed: 03-06-14

Any additional comments?

I liked the story as narrated by E. B. Stevens. He did a very good job with the many different voices. However, as the narrator in-between the different characters his voice became almost hypnotically soft spoken. This caused me to drift off, think of other things, etc. I am happy I had "read" this book before listening to the audio version. I only wish it were Simon Vance who narrated this series.

The tale is still just as fun, adventurous and epic as before. Honor, friendship, camaraderie, choosing between right and wrong, seeking truth, endangering one's self to rescue another, taking responsibility, enjoying fellowship, learning to overcome fears and learning a good book is always a good friend!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Return to Finkleton

  • Finkleton, Book 2
  • By: K. C. Hilton
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Evans
  • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

When the Finkle children discovered magical secrets in Uncle Harry's shop, they vowed to keep them safe. Two years later Jack, Lizzy, and Robert realized that the perfect weather wasn't the only secret waiting to be discovered in the mysterious shop. Things aren't always what they seem to be! There were people who would stop at nothing to acquire land in Finkleton. Of course, there were also those determined to protect the little village from greedy outsiders. Will selfish desires destroy the village of Finkleton?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The story continues

  • By pdarnold on 03-06-14

The story continues

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

Reviewed: 03-06-14

Any additional comments?

The story continues from book 1 adding more magic, fun and mischief. Robert does a lot of growing up here and finds out many more secrets about Finkleton. Once again, Jonathan Evans does a grand job narrating.Magic, time travel, lightning, book of truths, redeeming ones careless actions, discovery and fun.

  • The Magic of Finkleton

  • By: K. C. Hilton
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Evans
  • Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

Most folks say, "Mother Nature controls the rain." However this is not the case in the village of Finkleton. In the perfect little village of Finkleton, the weather is always perfect. Every farm grows the best, biggest, healthiest crops in the entire world, and everyone is happy. But ever since Uncle Harry's death, the weather has not been cooperating....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • it doesnt work

  • By steve m kuzmer on 02-17-17

A joyful, wonderful, magical tale!

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

Reviewed: 03-06-14

Any additional comments?

Evans narrates and does a great job delivering each character.

A joyful, wonderful, magical tale! I want to move to Finkleton!!! The story is about 3 siblings who move into a deceased uncles home and find a world of magic, wonder, responsibility and learn much about trust.

Magic, pies, weather, books, family, wonder, growing up, hour glasses, community, good and evil intentions, learning to take responsibility for your own actions.

  • Tallow

  • The Curse of the Bond Riders, Book 1
  • By: Karen Brooks
  • Narrated by: Eloise Oxer
  • Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

On the edge of a mystical border called the Limen, close to a beautiful canal-laced city, a humble candlemaker rescues a child, whom he raises as his apprentice. Years pass and the child's unusual talents are revealed, the gentle art of candlemaking slowly transforming into something far more sinister. Lingering in the shadows, enemies watch and wait - a vengeful aristocrat, an exotic queen and the lethal creatures known only as the Morte Whisperers.They hunger after the child's ancient magic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A sad yet hopeful story

  • By pdarnold on 03-06-14

A sad yet hopeful story

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

Reviewed: 03-06-14

Would you listen to Tallow again? Why?

Yes. It left me wanting to know more.

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

Yes!

Any additional comments?

Eloise Oxer did a very good job with this story. I will be looking forward to the other books in this series.

A sad, and yet, hopeful story. Tallow lives with much angst, deception and loneliness. She learns she is of a race which has been hunted for the past several centuries and is the reason she must go about as unnoticed as is possible... as a boy.

Fear of self - being noticed - getting caught - loosing friendships. Dressing and living as the opposite sex, for safety. Learning to use magical abilities, learning self confidence. Selflessness, selfishness, greed, friendship, love, family, adventure, good vs. evil, a city much like Venice, imbuing emotion into wax - happiness - love - comfort - etc, merchants and guilds, mentor, secrets, a boy and a dog.

The tale is left with somewhat of a cliff hanger. If your one who despises this, then have the next book available to read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Sacrifice

  • The Fey, Book 1
  • By: Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • Narrated by: David DeSantos
  • Length: 26 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 426
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 179

Defying their Black King in order to rally an attack on the peaceful Blue Isle, warrior-prince Rugar and his fearless daughter, Jewel, do not suspect that the islanders, under young prince Nicholas, have prepared to defend themselves.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enhanced by great narration

  • By J. HOPPER on 07-07-10

Whew! This was a very long audio book!!!

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

Reviewed: 03-06-14

If you could sum up The Sacrifice in three words, what would they be?

Military - Fey - Acceptance.

Would you be willing to try another book from Kristine Kathryn Rusch? Why or why not?

Yes. Although, I became distracted on several occasions, in the end I did like the book. I am curious as to what come next.

What does David DeSantos bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I'm not really sure, I almost wonder if I would have been better off reading the book before listening.

Any additional comments?

At first, I had a difficult time actually getting into the story. There is a lot of detail about military might and execution, if your into that. I discovered it was rather easy to become distracted, allowing my thoughts to wander while listening and yet had no need to rewind. Normally, when I'm distracted from "listening" to an audiobook, I "must" rewind, because I can't bear to miss out on anything in the story. Not so here. About 2/3 of the way in, the story finally had my full attention, although that could have been the effect of a 5 hour road trip. It wasn't bad, but neither was it great. Maybe this is a book I should have read rather than heard.

Fey, humans, red caps, war, politics, faith and religion, ruthlessness, military, military tactics, island life, magic, visions, shape shifting, doppelganger, the preciousness of life, strife with self and others over choices made, holy water, family, friends and enemies.