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  • The Pharaoh Key

  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: David W. Collins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,209
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,108
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,105

Gideon Crew - brilliant scientist, master thief, intrepid adventurer - is shocked when his former employer, Eli Glinn, vanishes without a trace, and Glinn's high-tech lab Effective Engineering Solutions shuts down seemingly overnight. Fresh off a diagnosis that gives him only months to live, Crew is contacted by one of his former coworkers at EES, Manuel Garza, who has a bead on one final treasure hinted at in EES's final case, the long-awaited translation of a centuries-old stone tablet of a previously undiscovered civilization: The Phaistos Disc.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I wanted to love it...

  • By Steve Manke on 06-15-18

Not nearly worth the attempt

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

I love Gideon Crew and the way Preston & Child can put together a story, but this edition of the Gideon Crew saga fails to meet the standards of what has come before. It almost seems as though the felt they had to do something and rushed to get something out there. There are some good moments, but the story got so tedious for me that as hard as I tried, I couldn't finish the listen. It probably would have helped with a better narrator, but I don't think even that would have saved this story for me. Hopefully the future has better in store.

  • The House of Secrets

  • By: Brad Meltzer, Tod Goldberg
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, January LaVoy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,462
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,329
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,329

When Hazel Nash was six years old, her father taught her: Mysteries need to be solved. He should know. Hazel's father is Jack Nash, the host of America's favorite conspiracy TV show, The House of Secrets. Even as a child, she loved hearing her dad's tall tales, especially the one about a leather book belonging to Benedict Arnold that was hidden in a corpse. Now, years later, Hazel wakes up in the hospital and remembers nothing, not even her own name. She's told she's been in a car accident that killed her father and injured her brother.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not worth the time

  • By Plainari on 06-16-16

Guess I'm not a Meltzer fan

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

This is the second Brad Meltzer book I have read and unfortunately I didn't really like this one either. The narration was good, but to me, at least, the character development was inconsistent and at times repetitive. The concept was great and the story line was OK, but it just didn't develop well enough to keep me interested and I simply could not find a character I really liked enough to be able to recommend the book to others. But, apparently many other people love Meltzer and this book, so perhaps it will work for you.

  • Harpist in The Wind

  • Riddle-Master Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Patricia A. McKillip
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268

In the midst of conflict and unrest the Prince of Hed solves the puzzle of his future when he learns to harp the wind, discovers who the shape changers are, and understands his own relationship to Deth, harpist of the wizard Ohm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunningly good

  • By Scott A. Minar on 03-05-12

Great end to a great story

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

Reviewed: 06-15-18

The Harpist in the Wind is the final book in this series and focuses again on Morgon, Prince of Hed, and Deth, the High One's harpist. As Morgon searches for Deth, he learns more about his lineage and his powers and struggles to avoid where they are leading him. McKillip does a wonderful job of leading up to and developing the climax of this story and it was a joy reading again, 40+ years after I had first done so.

  • Heir of Sea and Fire

  • Riddle-Master Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Patricia A. McKillip
  • Narrated by: Fiona Walsh
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281

By the vow of her father and her own desire, Raederle was pledged to Morgon, Riddle-Master of Hed. But a year had passed since Morgon disappeared on his search for the High One at Erlenstar Mountain, and rumors claimed he was dead. Raederle set out to learn the truth for herself, though her small gift of magic seemed too slight for the perils she must face. The quest led through strange lands and dangerous adventures. Only her growing powers enabled her at last to reach Erlenstar Mountain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Series I've Ever Read! Terrible narrator!

  • By Daniel on 03-22-11

Book 2 not as good (narration)

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

Reviewed: 06-15-18

The sequel to The RIddle Master of Hed by Patricia McKillip is a great story, this time focusing on Raederle, the woman pledged to become Morgon's wife, and her search for the man she loves and is destined to marry. I love the way McKillip develops the story and I keep going back to when I read it as a young man. My only complaint is that Fiona Walsh's narration is not as good this time - her pronunciations and narration is not as smooth and not how I would prefer it read. Still a great story and the narration is still good. Enjoy.

  • Openness Unhindered

  • Further Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert on Sexual Identity and Union with Christ
  • By: Rosaria Champagne Butterfield
  • Narrated by: Rosaria Champagne Butterfield
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 139

Before you can resolve the issues of our day, you must be able to clarify them. Terms like same-sex marriage, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gay Christian are parts of daily discourse, yet enormous controversy surrounds them. They are the stuff of news headlines and vitriolic social media posts. But they also reflect stirrings of the heart in real people with real questions and concerns.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read.

  • By Anonymous User on 08-05-15

Follow-up to An Unlikely Convert

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

Reviewed: 06-15-18

This book follows up Butterfield's previous book, An Unlikely Convert. It addresses the challenges of those who experience non-traditional sexual attraction (gay, bi-sexual, etc.) as they deal with these feelings/attractions as a Christian follower. There is a lot of talk out there and people on all sides wonder both how to do this while be faithful to the Bible and glorify and honor God. She calls out both sides and provides good insight to this issue. It appears to be written more to women and comes from a definitely reformed Christian tradition. But even with these qualifications, this is a good book which should be read by anyone interested in this dynamic.

  • The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert

  • An English Professor's Journey into Christian Faith
  • By: Rosaria Champagne Butterfield
  • Narrated by: Rosaria Champagne Butterfield
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 617
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 554
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553

In her late 30's, Rosaria encountered something that turned her world upside down - the idea that Christianity, a religion she had regarded as problematic, might be right about who God was. That idea seemed to fly in the face of the people and causes that she most loved. What follows is a story of what she describes as a train wreck at the hand of the supernatural. These are her secret thoughts about those events, written as only a reflective English professor could.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love!

  • By Thomas on 10-18-15

Story of a gay woman's conversion to Christianity

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

Reviewed: 06-15-18

Not quite sure what I was expecting when I read this book, but it turned out to be very good. Many people have heard of Rosaria Butterfield as she is one of the more prominent, well known converts today. She grew up in a nominal Catholic home and while in college conformed to her culture and became both liberal (far left feminist), post-modern and lesbian. After graduating and getting her post-graduate degrees, she became a professor at Syracuse in the English/Literature department and very involved in the gay/lesbian lifestyle and political movement. The story then moves to what led to her conversion to Christianity: an opinion piece in the local paper about a Promise Keeper conference -> response letter from a local pastor -> relationship with that pastor and his wife -> and so on. A good story with a good reflection and analysis on what led to her conversion. Whether you like and agree with her or not, this brings to light how one person felt touched and led by Christ and the local Christian community to accept Jesus as Lord of her life.

  • Immeasurable

  • Reflections on the Soul of Ministry in the Age of Church, Inc.
  • By: Skye Jethani
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

"In my first seminary class, we were asked to introduce ourselves and say why we enrolled. I'll never forget what one student said: 'My denomination wants me to have an M.Div., but once they see I can grow a big church, I don't think they'll make me finish the program.'" The priorities of this future pastor were startling, but he's not alone in them. In the years since that class, author and minister Skye Jethani has seen more and more pastors swallowed by the celebrity syndrome. Immeasurable will help ministers recognize the forces shaping their view of the calling.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good perspective on Church in America

  • By David on 06-13-18

Good perspective on Church in America

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

The Western Church (read, church in America), has, to a large extent, almost become a business (hence the Church, Inc.) reference. Skye Jethani is a young pastor who wants to see things change and become both more real and more relational/personal. I says many things said elsewhere (reach Church 3.0 by Neil Cole which I reviewed as well) but he offers an younger perspective on what is going on and how his generation feels about it. My only issue was the performance - I think a better narrator than Adam Verner (or a better producer/director) could have made the listen much more enjoyable.

  • The City of Mirrors

  • The Passage Trilogy, Book Three
  • By: Justin Cronin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 29 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,098
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,548
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,536

The Twelve have been destroyed, and the 100-year reign of darkness that descended upon the world has ended. The survivors are stepping outside their walls, determined to build society anew - and daring to dream of a hopeful future.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ends the series with a whimper.

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-03-16

The end of the story

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

The City of Mirrors is the final installment in The Passage Trilogy. Although well performed by Scott Brick, I think Justin Cronin would have been better served placing about 4 chapters in the first book instead of this one. It sort of seemed like he was missing something and decided it needed to be filled in somewhere. The material is foundational to the whole series, so it was definitely needed, but would have been better in Book 1. Regardless, this culmination of The Passage Trilogy brings resolution to man's mistake (which almost eliminated mankind in the process) and allows a new beginning. Great book, excellent series and wonderful story. Justin Cronin is a great story teller and shows it in this trilogy. Enjoy.

  • The Twelve: A Novel

  • The Passage Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Justin Cronin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 26 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,491
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,661
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,659

In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as "Last Stand in Denver", has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A pale,disjointed sequel to"The Passage".

  • By Michael on 08-22-18

The saga continues

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

In this installment, Justin Cronin continues the story begun in The Passage. Here we see characters and relationships develop and mature, a plan put into place and acted upon in an attempt to resolve what has happened to mankind and the seeming success of that plan's action. The Twelve is a great continuation and lays the groundwork for the final book in the series. Scott Brick again does a great job and Cronin is masterful in his story development. Continue the fun.

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  • The Passage

  • The Passage Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Justin Cronin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
  • Length: 36 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15,499
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,271
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,259

First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A new type of vampire

  • By Randall on 06-29-18

Beginning of an Epic Saga

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

Narrated primarily by Scott Brick, The Passage is the first book in The Passage Trilogy. The whole trilogy presents the story of what happens when man, well intention-ed or not, decides to try to play God. In this installment, Justin Cronin lays the background (some of it) and foundation for the series, introduces the main characters, takes them through the process of understanding how things began and begins the process of resolving the problem and writes a wonderful, entertaining and grand story about what happens when things don't go the way man intends. This is a great beginning to a wonderful, well written and wonderfully performed trilogy. You can't help rooting for the protagonists and feeling sorry and sad for the antagonists in this story. Sit back, listen and enjoy.

0 of 8 people found this review helpful