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  • The Shadow of What Was Lost

  • The Licanius Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: James Islington
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 25 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,273
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,240

It has been 20 years since the end of the war. The dictatorial Augurs, once thought of almost as gods, were overthrown and wiped out during the conflict, their much-feared powers mysteriously failing them. Those who had ruled under them, men and women with a lesser ability known as the Gift, avoided the Augurs' fate only by submitting themselves to the rebellion's Four Tenets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely a standout in the fantasy genre

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-29-15

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 05-03-18

This book was entertaining and well performed. I am looking forward to the next one.

  • The Power of One

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 21 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,162
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,785
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,799

Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling story lifted higher by the narration

  • By Bob on 05-14-09

You must read this book. Amazing

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-14-18

I absolutely loved it. I couldn't stop listening. What an inspiring story written and performed perfectly.

  • The E-Myth Revisited

  • Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It
  • By: Michael E. Gerber
  • Narrated by: Michael E. Gerber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,473
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,523
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,501

In this audio edition of the totally revised underground best seller, The E-Myth, Michael Gerber dispels the myths surrounding starting your own business and shows how commonplace assumptions can get in the way of running a business. He walks you through the steps in the life of a business, from entrepreneurial infancy, through adolescent growing pains, to the mature entrepreneurial perspective, the guiding light of all businesses that succeed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • E-Myth Revisited Review

  • By Anonymous User on 01-07-10

Business genius.

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

Reviewed: 03-11-17

Facebook could and should change the way you do business. Very astute observations and ideas.

  • Seabiscuit

  • An American Legend
  • By: Laura Hillenbrand
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,750
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,507
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,511

Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad tail.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • See you in the winner's circle

  • By Janice on 06-26-13

Fascinating and wonderful.

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

Reviewed: 07-04-16

Amazing story. Wonderful insight into horseracing. Unbelievable up's and down's for horse, trainer, owner and rider. Very fun.

  • The Last Mile

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,618
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,426
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,396

Following Memory Man, number-one NYT best-selling author David Baldacci returns with his next thriller featuring detective Amos Decker.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • FATE'S LITTLE COUSIN, SERENDIPITY

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 06-30-16

Good characters, entertaining story.

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

Reviewed: 06-25-16

This story drags out the storyline some but it's entertaining and a good read. I like the character Decker and look forward to the next book.

  • Orphan Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Christina Baker Kline
  • Narrated by: Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,343
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,422
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,433

Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moving story of sharing and transformation.

  • By Kathi on 04-03-13

Fun story, good depth and character development

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

Reviewed: 06-07-16

I really enjoyed the story. The way it's laid out going between current times and past times is fun. It's interesting as it describes a real event though using fictional people. My only complaint is the abrupt end.

  • The Alloy of Law

  • A Mistborn Novel
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,819
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,328
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,341

Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is now on the verge of modernity, with railroads to supplement the canals, electric lighting in the streets and the homes of the wealthy, and the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds.Kelsier, Vin, Elend, Sazed, Spook, and the rest are now part of history—or religion. Yet the old magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy continue to play a role in this reborn world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shorter, but very entertaining

  • By Robin on 12-14-11

Great story great character great book.

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

Reviewed: 10-09-15

I've been a Brandon Sanderson fan since I found him. He comes up with very creative magic societies and characters. This book was no exception I loved it. Highly recommended for people of all ages from teens to adults.

  • The Cycle of Arawn

  • The Complete Trilogy
  • By: Edward W. Robertson
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 66 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,533
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,710
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,708

The White Tree (book one): In Mallon the dark magic of the nether has been banned for centuries. Its users have been driven out or killed. Its secrets lost. But the holy book of the nethermancers has just been found by a boy named Dante. As he works to unlock the book's power, he's attacked in the street. The nethermancers aren't gone—and they want their book back. Caught between death cultists and the law, Dante fights for his life, aided by his growing skills and a brash bodyguard named Blays.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and Fun

  • By jazmaan on 09-05-15

Fun story. Very creative. Morally flawed.

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

Reviewed: 09-23-15

Good story complexity and depth. I wish it had more of a moral compass but operated strictly by "the ends justify the means." The audio performance was superb. Characters development was great. A good listen if you have some serious time to kill.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Red Country

  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 19 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,652
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,353
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,338

They burned her home. They stole her brother and sister. But vengeance is following. Shy South hoped to bury her bloody past and ride away smiling, but she'll have to sharpen up some bad old ways to get her family back, and she's not a woman to flinch from what needs doing. She sets off in pursuit with only a pair of oxen and her cowardly old step father Lamb for company. But it turns out Lamb's buried a bloody past of his own. And out in the lawless Far Country the past never stays buried.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Justice can have what's left when I'm done.

  • By Lore on 10-02-13

Entertaining but Crass

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

Reviewed: 06-15-15

I listen to lots of books. The reader was great. The story was crass with few redeeming qualities. I don't need to hear the "F" word every other sentence and who paints a picture of the world that is harsh and bleak. Didn't love it. Won't get more Joe A books.

  • Blood of Innocents

  • The Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, Book 2
  • By: Mitchell Hogan
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 20 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,899
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,481
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,478

Anasoma, jewel of the Mahruse Empire, has fallen. As Caldan and his companions flee the city, horrors from the time of the Shattering begin to close in. With Miranda's mind broken by forbidden sorcery, Caldan is forced to disobey the most sacrosanct laws of the Protectors if he is to have any chance of healing her. But when one of the emperor's warlocks arrives to take control of him, he begins to suspect his burgeoning powers may be more of a curse than a blessing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to Empathize with Main Character

  • By Lenard W Havard on 11-28-16

First book in series was great

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

Reviewed: 03-16-15

Book one was well thought out with complex characters and a good storyline. This book was much less enjoyable. Nearly stopped listening. No moral code for main character just a do "anything" to heal his love which got really old as it justified everything again and again and again.....