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  • Fool's Quest

  • Book II of the Fitz and the Fool trilogy
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Elliot Hill
  • Length: 33 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,717
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,536
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,518

The harrowing adventures of FitzChivalry Farseer and his enigmatic friend, the Fool, continue in Robin Hobb's triumphant follow-up to Fool's Assassin. But Fool's Quest is more than just a sequel. With the artistry and imagination her fans have come to expect, Hobb builds masterfully on all that has gone before, revealing devastating secrets and shocking conspiracies that cast a dark shadow over the history of Fitz and his world - a shadow that now stretches to darken all future hope.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What's with the Fool's weird accent?

  • By M. Casale on 08-11-15

Robin Hobb just gets better!

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

Reviewed: 08-12-17

Fabulous! and the narration was absolutely the best!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you Robin for continuing the story. This has been a wonderful journey. Now to the last book. It's going to be hard to see it end. Bravo to Robin and the narrator!!!!

  • Slave

  • By: Mende Nazar, Damien Lewis
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 97

Mende Nazer tells the story of her kidnap, at age 12, from an idyllic life with her family in a village in Sudan, and being sold into slavery. Trafficked to Europe and the London home of a diplomat, Nazer escaped - only to find she had to fight for asylum.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartbreaking dose of reality

  • By Sarah on 09-02-09

wow

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

Reviewed: 05-30-16

All I can say it's wow. this is still going on, in modern times, in the info age. It's terrible. Its also necessary to be told.

  • War and Remembrance

  • By: Herman Wouk
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
  • Length: 56 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,254
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,800
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,783

Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II, which begins with The Winds of War and continues here in War and Remembrance, stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What can I say that hasn't already been said??

  • By aaron on 01-31-12

Fabulous

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

Reviewed: 03-23-16

A classic everyone should read, and the facts within, never forgotten.
Narration, excellent.
This is the continuation of Winds of War so listen to that first.

  • H2O

  • By: Irving Belateche
  • Narrated by: Paul Heitsch
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Roy Walker is curious. But in a world where knowledge has disappeared, curiosity will get you killed. Generations ago, the Passim Virus wiped out most of humanity. The survivors banded together to form The Territory and, now, decades later, no one questions why knowledge has disappeared. Why should they? They're lucky to be alive. But Roy doesn't feel so lucky. He's haunted by the murder of his father and he's ostracized by everyone in town.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting take on the dystopian genre

  • By EasyReader on 04-14-15

Fabulous!

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

Reviewed: 03-12-15

Wow this was good.The story starts off moving. No slow boring intro. The way the story is written, its told in action. The memories that fill in the background info are placed perfectly in the context. You dont feel dragged up and back at all. Its smooth and naturally flowing,the way a person would be telling their story. *The story is in first person. There definitely are twist and turns. As the story progresses so does the plot. I listened in one listen. I couldn't stop. This one is a page turner. It has suspense, intrigue, action, emotion, and a touch of scifi. Very well written.
The narration...fabulous too. Perfect narrator. That was a second plus for this story, as some narrators read you the story, this narrator tells you the story. I forgot it wasn't the main character talking. And even better, the other characters were nothing like the main character.It was easy to feel other narrators were doing their parts. The different voices had different tones and different personalities in the voices. It was easy to get taken away in the imagination of the story....it came fully to life.
Superbly written,superbly narrated....the best combo.
I only hope these two come together for a squeal!!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Academy

  • Lost Tales of Power, Book 2
  • By: Vincent Trigili
  • Narrated by: Jack de Golia
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

The Empire had fallen, and the Imperial Navy was disbanded leaving James with nothing but his nightmares to remind him of the role he once played in The Great War. James must now face his new life in a new era where science and technology must share the stage with sorcery and wizardry, and a new ever-present shadow of evil lurks over the remnants of the once great Empire. A new generation of warriors will be needed to fight this battle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Second Book in Series Narrated by Jack

  • By PerryMartinBookReviews on 01-18-15

In love with this series!

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

Reviewed: 01-09-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes! Its perfect for any scifi/fantasy nut. It has a lot of the magic elements this time and the characters are well developed.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Shadow and Flame. Because the two just work. Its a perfect combo. And its not overly done.

Which scene was your favorite?

First time Phoenix gets injured. Didn't see it coming. One of those oh darn, excitement, moments.

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

Yes, as it moves but cant because schedule doesnt allow.

Any additional comments?

Yes!!! I need book 3 and its not on audible. So, I'm jumping over to kindle now!!! :)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Enemy of an Enemy

  • Lost Tales of Power, Book 1
  • By: Vincent Trigili
  • Narrated by: Jack de Golia
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 92

Vydor was on a fast track to the highest-ranking position in the Imperial Navy’s security forces and was recently assigned to the senior staff of the flagship of the Navy, the Dragon Claw. All he wanted to do his entire life was to serve his god, the Emperor, and given his phenomenal performance during his training in the Naval Academy, it seemed he would be able to do just that.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So good i brought it twice!

  • By Lynz on 10-10-14

Fun Listen!

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

Reviewed: 12-30-14

Would you listen to The Enemy of an Enemy again? Why?

Yes! The story isnt boring. You dont have long drawn put parts that make you want to doze off. Its exciting and fun.

What did you like best about this story?

You dont know what the writer is going to toss at you next. This story has everything, scifi, doomsday, magic and fantasy, and love too!

Which character – as performed by Jack de Golia – was your favorite?

The healer!!! I dont know why but between the writing and the narration, I just was drawn to the healer. The aspects of her complex personality come through. She has a soft, caring, gentle, demeanor set by the narrator and yet you know from the story she is tough and determined.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Has it all!!

Any additional comments?

If you want to run away into a place and time of space, aliens, wizards, and battles, this is the story!! Its pure fantasy and its scifi. The best of both worlds in one. :)
The narration is done well. Characters are easy to distinguish and their personalities come through. The writer did well with character development and in mixing the fun of fantasy with futuristic scifi concepts.
The only bad part was that it ended. But there's more in book 2. The nice side is your not left with a cliffhanger and yet there is more and thats the best part! You can listen to this as a stand alone but as they say, the battle may be over but the war goes on. ;)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Night of the Grizzlies

  • By: Jack Olsen
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295

Jack Olsen's true account, traces the causes of the tragic night in August 1967 when two separate and unrelated campers, a distance apart, were savagely mangled and killed by enraged bears.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The night the bears lost their fear of humans

  • By Michael on 12-19-14

Wow!

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

Reviewed: 12-24-14

I have never been out west. I entered this story clueless.The writing and narration did a fabulous job of taking me into this territory I have never experienced. I could place myself in the descriptions of the areas. It was beautiful and fascinating!
And this is a tragic story. The way the writer brought the reality to the pages really hit the heart. The narrator didnt falter taking you through the horrors of that night. I cried. Wow unimaginable. So sad.
This is a true and gut wrenching story, eloquently told and superbly written.
This is my honest review via a promotion.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Interstellar Age: The Complete Trilogy

  • The Interstellar Age, Book 4
  • By: Valmore Daniels
  • Narrated by: Dave Wright
  • Length: 31 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 77

Forbidden the Stars At the end of the 21st century, a catastrophic accident in the asteroid belt has left two surveyors dead. There is no trace of their young son, Alex Manez, or of the asteroid itself. On the outer edge of the solar system, the first manned mission to Pluto, led by the youngest female astronaut in NASA history, has led to an historic discovery: there is a marker left there by an alien race for humankind to find. We are not alone!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good series, and priced right

  • By Gary on 05-08-15

Why did it have to end?

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

Reviewed: 12-19-14

OMG this story is fabulous! Its a page turner, never a dull moment. I just wish it never had to end. Its going to be hard now to find another audible to listen to after this fun and exciting ride.
The plots, both main and background are intriguing and unique. Character development was great. You come to know and care about the characters. The settings were different and full of imagination. This is total high fantasy scifi. This story was unexpectedly better than I had hoped. It moves and keeps you on the edge of your seat!
Now the narrator. The narrative parts were done perfectly. The voices of the characters wasn't bad or good. Just mediocre. I've listened to worse and better. I dont see any reason to pass on such a fanatically written piece of work. I honestly feel passing on this story because of one bad review would be a loss. Its just to good!!! An average narrator in respect to the just the characters voices isn't enough to hurt the listen.
The ride is great!!! This is my honest review via a promotion.
Now I have to go to my library and hope I find a listen that wont bore me after this exciting one!
*I cheered at the end. Did not expect that! :)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Elfkind

  • By: Catherine Cruzan
  • Narrated by: Andrea Emmes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Lariel lived a life of privilege as the daughter of King Tallen and heir to the Tallen throne, until the captain of the king's guard betrayed their family, murdered her father and claimed the throne for himself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A female in the lead

  • By med c on 11-23-14

Fun and pleasurable listen.

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

Reviewed: 11-02-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Elfkind to be better than the print version?

I didn't read the book. If I did I don't think it would of been as good since the story was a little rushed and lacked in character development but the narration made up for the stories short comings.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Of course the main character since she was the one with the trials and tribulations to experience.

Have you listened to any of Andrea Emmes’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

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

I could of easily listened in one sitting since the story was easy to follow.

Any additional comments?

This was a fun listen being able to escape into an awesome fantasy land. The ending surprised me as I didn't see it coming. It was a very good ending to me because I love the unexpected. The book could of been a lot more involved and a trilogy. There's a lot here that could of grown more than it is. The story is good, maybe to good for one book since it leaves me wishing for a much larger story. :)
The narration was superb and brought the story to life. The best part was how the narrator changed the sound when the elves were thinking to each other. That surprised me and made it easy to know when they were speaking or thinking to each other. It also made the thinking to each other very realistic. I could imagine it sounding exactly the way the narrator did it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Vika's Avenger

  • By: Lawrence Watt-Evans
  • Narrated by: Paul Licameli
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Twelve thousand years in the future, on a planet far, far away, a country boy named Tulzik Ambroz tracks the man who killed his sister Vika, following him across the poisonous crater that is all that remains of the planet's starport, into the great city of Ragbaan. Ragbaan - site of the planet's original settlement, heart of a civilization that has repeatedly risen to astonishing heights of power and technological prowess, only to fall, every time, back into barbarism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story took me three days

  • By Daniel Rogers on 06-27-15

Fun listen!

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

Reviewed: 10-15-14

What made the experience of listening to Vika's Avenger the most enjoyable?

The narration, the characters, the fabulous imaginative world. as the story went on it got better and better.

What did you like best about this story?

Everything! I thought at first how can this story be different from the zillion other revenge based story lines, well, its totally unique all the way through.

Which scene was your favorite?

Every scene with the crested creature in it. The description of what it looked like, its mysterious ways, and the narrators interpretation of its voice made every scene with it totally
engulfing.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It was pure fun!! I enjoyed every minute of it. It kept me wanting more as it kept building and changing with new characters.

Any additional comments?

The story was exciting and suspenseful. The world was wonderfully imaginative. Character development was very well done. I truly enjoyed following this adventure. It's Scifi and high fantasy rolled into one!
The narration was fabulous!!! I loved the voice of the crested creature!! It was so cool.
All the characters voices were done well and easy to tell apart.
I am glad I had the pleasure of giving this story a listen via a promotion.
I recommend this one 100% :)