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  • The Night of the Swarm

  • Chathrand Voyage Series, Book 4
  • By: Robert V. S. Redick
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 30 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 107

The evil sorcerer Arunis is dead, yet the danger has not ended. For as he fell, beheaded by the young warrior-woman Thasha Isiq, Arunis summoned the Swarm of Night, a demonic entity that feasts on death and grows like a plague. If the Swarm is not destroyed, the world of Alifros will become a vast graveyard. Now Thasha and her comrades - the tarboy Pazel Pathkendle and the mysterious wizard Ramachni - begin a quest that seems all but impossible. Yet there is hope: One person has the power to stand against the Swarm: the great mage Erithusmé.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A sweeping story comes to an amazing ending!

  • By Kathryn on 03-25-13

Riveting!! Non-stop adventure. Can we have more?

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

Reviewed: 03-05-13

Where does The Night of the Swarm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

since I've listened to over 1250 audio books and mostly in fantasy, I would rank Redick's Chathrand series as in my top ten percent.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Night of the Swarm?

so many, probably the dialogue, love and committment of the two young lovers

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

Yes and as usual, he was superb

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

the end, I hated it. I was so disappointed. Made feel meloncholy. But hey, it was only fiction.

Any additional comments?

I'm a sap, what can I say. I wanted a sappy ending not a tragedy of a kind.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ever After

  • The Hollows, Book 11
  • By: Kim Harrison
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 18 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,972
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,683
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,695

The ever after, the demonic realm that parallels our own, is shrinking, and if it disappears, so does all magic. It’s up to witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan to fix the ever-after before the fragile balance between magic users and humans fails. Of course, there’s also the small fact that she caused the ley line to rip in the first place, and her life is forfeit unless she can fix it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best book yet!!!!

  • By Hassan on 01-24-13

Another Tantalyzing adventure

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

Reviewed: 03-01-13

If you could sum up Ever After in three words, what would they be?

non stop action

What did you like best about this story?

Her continuous search for her limits of magical abilities and whether or not romance is in store

What about Marguerite Gavin’s performance did you like?

Ms. Gavin is so talented that you can individually detail each character.

Any additional comments?

Can't wait for the next one

  • A Memory of Light

  • Wheel of Time, Book 14
  • By: Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 41 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17,575
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,024
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16,040

Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • End of one of my favorite fantasy series ever.

  • By Magikarp Salad on 06-02-13

Brilliant series

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

Reviewed: 02-06-13

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

Yes, If they have a few months of time. Once you get started, no way can you stop

Who was your favorite character and why?

Matt, I loved the way the author brought humor to this character.

Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading – was your favorite?

Egwayne and Perrin Ybarra

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

The Dragon Reborn

  • Cast in Peril

  • By: Michelle Sagara
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 889
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 807
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 810

It has been a busy few weeks for Private Kaylin Neva. In between angling for a promotion, sharing her room with the last living female Dragon, and dealing with more refugees than anyone knew what to do with, the unusual egg she'd been given began to hatch. Actually, that turned out to be lucky, because it absorbed the energy from the bomb that went off in her quarters. So now might be the perfect time to leave Elantra and journey to the West March with the Barrani. If not for the disappearances of citizens in the fief of Tiamaris - disappearances traced to the very Barrani Kaylin is about to be traveling with....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By RLP on 10-03-12

Entertaining but the same story line

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

Reviewed: 10-07-12

Would you consider the audio edition of Cast in Peril to be better than the print version?

yes

Would you be willing to try another book from Michelle Sagara? Why or why not?

yes, but hopefully it will have some different twist to the character

What about Khristine Hvam’s performance did you like?

yes, She did well as usual

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

No

Any additional comments?

I'm beginning to wonder if our main character will ever decide to have a romance with Severen or Nightshade or just keep us in suspense for ever

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Heir of Novron

  • Riyria Revelations, Volume 3
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 31 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15,937
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,853
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14,866

On the holiday of Wintertide, the New Empire plans to burn the Witch of Melengar and force the Empress into a marriage of their own design. But they didn’t account for Royce and Hadrian finally locating the Heir of Novron—or the pair’s desire to wreak havoc on the New Empire’s carefully crafted scheme.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spectacular fantasy series

  • By Ron on 01-03-13

Outstanding!!

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

Reviewed: 08-13-12

What made the experience of listening to Heir of Novron the most enjoyable?

The gambit of emotions touched sadness, humor, and joy with every book in the series. What a wonderful ending for a great series. I didn't want it to end.

What did you like best about this story?

The relationship and hardships endured by both Royce and Adrian.

What does Tim Gerard Reynolds bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He captivated my attention with every sentence. Many audio books make you have to go back and recap. Not this one. He did an excellent job.

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

It was well done and yes, I shed a few tears of sadness and joy

Any additional comments?

best audio book since the Wheel of Time series.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • 11-22-63

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47,236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,879
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,800

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Owe Stephen King An Apology

  • By Kelly on 04-16-12

Wow!! Not at all what I expected.

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

Reviewed: 12-24-11

If you could sum up 11-22-63 in three words, what would they be?

Fantastic story plot!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mr. A and Sadie

What about Craig Wasson’s performance did you like?

He was great. Couldn't think anyone could have done better.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not any one part. One of my favorite King novels

  • A Blight of Mages

  • By: Karen Miller
  • Narrated by: Eileen Stevens
  • Length: 25 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

Hundreds of years before the great Mage War, a land lies, unknowing, on the edge of catastrophe.... Barl is young and impulsive, but she has a power within that calls to her. In her city, however, only those of noble blood and with the right connections learn the ways of the arcane. Barl is desperate to learn - but her eagerness to use her power leads her astray and she is banned from ever learning the mystic arts.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • boring

  • By Robert Harris on 08-26-18

entertaining listening that breaks down

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-21-11

I really enjoyed the first half of the book. Ms Miller does a great job of setting the story plot regarding two people who have been misunderstood and fighting to overcome odds. The narrator is great. They meet, fall in love, all that. Where the story turns completely is when the man, goes crazy and now we enter the realm of the "Mad Scientist" who chases everyone including his lover to extinction. It becomes more of a B movie horror flick. The man changes people into giant armored plated vicious bugs. Then it abruptly ends. He of course is doomed. It looks like the girl is probably doomed as well as her interesting altruistic brother who gets it at the end. It reminds me of a soap opera where they kill off characters you grew an attachment with and now you are wondering if the author will let them go or bring them back. In the sequel we are waiting on someone new to rescue the world. I'll buy the next and hope it gets better.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: John Glover
  • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,563
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,582
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,581

When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not the best audio book in the series

  • By Bill on 08-31-11

not bad, not great

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-29-11

A lot has been said about the narrator and even I thought at first it would be dissapointing. Though after an hour, I felt like Mr. Glover did a good job. The story didn't enthrall me like his last book. Perhaps this feeble mind could not grasp all this ectoplasma and when he could fight and when he was unable in his spirit form. All in all it wasn't a wasted credit. Expecting great things when his winter knight role comes to play.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Pillars of the Earth

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 40 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,682
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,302

The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame...and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic story to be read by all!

  • By Gina on 07-25-09

Historical fictional masterpiece

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-26-11

Hate it when an audiobook won't allow me to sleep. It was so good that I had to keep listening. His historical references of that time were extraordinarily researched. I was skeptical about the story plot. I thought, why would I care about a building of a cathedral but it was riveting from the beginning. Kudos to Narrator John Lee. His voice made it easy to visualize.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13 - Free First Chapter

  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: John Glover
  • Length: 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 515
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304

When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends-and his own soul-Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beyond disappointed

  • By Lifelong Reader on 07-22-11

uh I don't think so

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-22-11

I'm sorry, the narration is far too different. I picture a short bald man with glasses instead of our tall, lanky, super wizard.

10 of 13 people found this review helpful