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C. S. Bender

Salisbury, NC USA
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  • The Villa

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 16 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,572
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,196

Sophia Giambelli has never worried about competition. As a savvy businesswoman, she knows she must be prepared for anything...but she isn't prepared for Tyler MacMillan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By LeftyMom on 09-20-08

An unexpected pleasure

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

Reviewed: 03-23-19

I really enjoyed this book, much more than I thought I would. The ending had a great plot twist. Once more Nora has a winner!

  • The Liar

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,028
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,798
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,798

Shelby Foxworth lost her husband. Then she lost her illusions.... The man who took her from Tennessee to an exclusive Philadelphia suburb left her in crippling debt. He was an adulterer and a liar, and when Shelby tracks down his safe-deposit box, she finds multiple IDs. The man she loved wasn't just dead. He never really existed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By MaxineSap on 06-07-15

Happy ever after

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

Reviewed: 02-10-19

I really enjoyed this book, it was just so well done. It made you want to belong to the family and to love where they lived. You could see the beauty of the landscape as well as the beauty they brought to the inside of their homes. Also to realize the value of friendship and what you have that you take for granted! Congrats Nora, I still remember and cherish meeting you with my sister Annette, for drinks on my 50th birthday in Nashville the same year you turned 50. Thanks for sharing your talent with us all these years!

  • The Wicked King

  • The Folk of the Air, Book 2
  • By: Holly Black
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,236
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,145
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,142

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked King Cardan to her and made herself the power behind the throne. When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You're Killing Me, Holly!

  • By Kristal Torpey on 01-12-19

Really enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 01-27-19

Any book that I finish that has me trying to find out when the next one is coming out definitely has my vote. Theses books not only have a really good narrator, but a compelling and interesting story. I usually do not like fantasy stories that bring in fairy tale type scenarios, but Ms Black’s approach is really well done. I recommend these books.

  • The Cruel Prince

  • By: Holly Black
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,903
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,893

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King. To win a place at the Court, she must defy him - and face the consequences.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed feelings . . .

  • By S. E. on 03-09-18

Very clever.

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

Reviewed: 01-23-19

A very well thought out story. An original and thought provoking story line. A good narrator.

  • City of Fallen Angels

  • The Mortal Instruments, Book 4
  • By: Cassandra Clare
  • Narrated by: Ed Westwick, Molly C. Quinn
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,458
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,642
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,685

City of Fallen Angels take up where City of Glass left off. With Valentine out of the way, Clary thought she and Jace could finally be together--but when someone starts murdering the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine's Circle and leaving their bodies around New York City in a manner designed to destroy the new peace between Downworlders and Shadowhunters, she realizes the past can never be left entirely behind.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The narrators!

  • By Melissa on 04-06-11

What happened?

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

Have loved all the other books so far, but the narrators for this book were totally wrong. Ed was extremely hard to understand at times, and how strange it was to suddenly have a British accent. I lived in England for over 3 yrs and still had trouble. Molly was better, but still not as good as the original. If it had been the first book I would had traded it back without finishing it, but once I forced myself to just concentrate on the story, it was another great book.

  • The Hidden Masters of Marandur

  • The Pillars of Reality, Book 2
  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,959
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,946

Someone wants to kill Mari, a young steam mechanic in the guild that controls all technology. She has learned that her world of Dematr is headed for a catastrophe that will destroy civilization and that mages really can alter reality for short periods. Someone also wants to kill Alain, a young mage who has learned that mechanics are not frauds, as his guild teaches, and that mechanic Mari is the only person who can prevent the oncoming disaster.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I enjoyed it even more so then the first!

  • By Pabkins on 03-29-15

Finding a new author!

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

Reviewed: 03-01-18

It is always a joy to discover a new author, new as in one I haven’t read before, even if it leaves you wondering how he got passed by to begin with. I am really enjoying this series and the narrator is wonderful. The story is refreshingly original. Thanks Jack Campbell!

  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Book 3

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 48,033
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 44,070
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 43,998

When the Knight Bus crashes through the darkness and screeches to a halt in front of him, it's the start of another far from ordinary year at Hogwarts for Harry Potter. Sirius Black, escaped mass-murderer and follower of Lord Voldemort, is on the run - and they say he is coming after Harry. In his first ever Divination class, Professor Trelawney sees an omen of death in Harry's tea leaves.... But perhaps most terrifying of all are the Dementors patrolling the school grounds, with their soul-sucking kiss....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jim Dale at his best

  • By rottndachs on 01-12-16

Series continues well

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

Reviewed: 08-24-16

Really like this series of books. They are planned well and hold the readers attention. The narrator is also good.

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  • Winds of Change

  • Valdemar: The Mage Winds, Book 2
  • By: Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 19 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340

Arrows of the Queen introduced listeners to the remarkable land of Valdemar, the kingdom protected by its Heralds - men and women gifted with extraordinary mind powers - aided and served by their mysterious Companions - horselike beings who know the many secrets of Valdemar's magical heritage. None but the Companions remember the long-ago age when high magic was lost to Valdemar as the last Herald-Mage gave his life to protect his kingdom from destruction by dark sorceries.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Much improved

  • By Linda on 01-30-14

I have been there.

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

Reviewed: 04-03-16

Mercedes Lackey has created such a rich tapestry of a world you could live there!

  • Paladin

  • By: Sally Slater
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 272

Brash, cocky, and unbeatable with a sword (well, almost), Sam of Haywood is the most promising Paladin trainee in the kingdom of Thule. The only problem is that Sam is really Lady Samantha, daughter of the 17th duke of Haywood, and if her father has his way, she'll be marrying a Paladin, not becoming one. But Sam has never held much interest in playing damsel in distress, and so she rescues herself from a lifetime of boredom and matrimonial drudgery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Epic Fantasy with Strong Female Lead

  • By CAP on 12-30-15

Sam or Samantha?

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

Reviewed: 12-30-15

This is a story about a young woman who comes of age during a turbulent time in her land. She is born into certain responsibilities but her heart is calling her to another path.

This is a good, enjoyable adventure and the narrator is easy to listen to.

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