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  • In the Field of Grace

  • By: Tessa Afshar
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16

Without wealth or family, the widow Ruth left her people and followed Naomi, her beloved Hebrew mother-in-law, to rebuild Naomi’s home in Israel. Provisions gone and starvation at the door, Ruth used all that she had left - a strong back and a willing heart - to gather grain in a field, abandoned after the harvest. Tormented by others, Ruth is shocked to find the owner of the field watching her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A 'must read' from Tessa Afshar

  • By Ms. S. St Louis on 09-09-16

So Romantic So Inspirational

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

“Why did I not read this sooner?” is what you’ll be asking yourself and no, having background knowledge of the story does not spoil or take away from the experience of listening to this book - it actually enhances it!!!
This book brings the book of Ruth into a more intimate, realistic setting so that you feel a part of the story, live it through the lives of the characters. It puts into perspective what the characters must have gone through, the pain, the hope, the peace and the joy they encountered. For me, Biblical verses especially from Genesis, Psalms and Joshua were given renewed meaning in the reflection of daily life struggles. I could see aspects of my life story and those of many I know in the story of Ruth and Boaz...and though many parts are fictional, the fictional is the ordinary reality of many lives today. And that’s why this is a lovely book to read, because it’s just a literary way of doing what preachers and we ordinary people do with the stories and words from the Bible - we apply them, find meaning and relevance to our actual life experiences.
This is a tale beautifully written and wonderfully told!!

  • The Masterpiece

  • By: Francine Rivers
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

A successful LA artist, Roman Velasco appears to have everything he could possibly want - money, women, fame. Only Grace Moore, his reluctant, newly hired personal assistant, knows how little he truly has. The demons of Roman's past seem to echo through the halls of his empty mansion and out across his breathtaking Topanga Canyon view. But Grace doesn't know how her boss secretly wrestles with those demons: by tagging buildings as the Bird, a notorious but unidentified graffiti artist - an alter ego that could destroy his career and land him in prison. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • good read

  • By Anonymous User on 19-11-18

A Reflective, Inspiring Piece of Work

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

Wow, there are so many aspects of the story that can bring meaning or are relevant to any reader’s life. Real life issues as well as issues of faith are brought to the fore in such a wonderful tale of pain and overriding love. We’re reminded that no one is too broken or too far gone for God to work through with His love and hope.

  • A Discovery of Witches

  • The All Souls Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,824
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,825

It begins with absence and desire. It begins with blood and fear. It begins with a discovery of witches. Diana Bishop, a young scholar and descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript deep in Oxford's Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld, which she must navigate with a vampire, Matthew Clairmont. This manuscript, Ashmole 782, holds the secrets of their past...and the key to their future. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A surprisingly mature paranormal romance

  • By Caroline Marks on 01-03-11

Good & Entertaining but Lacking Strength

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

An entertaining read about a whirlwind forbidden romance- but lacking depth and strength, especially as regards the supporting characters.

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  • Differently Morphous

  • By: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Narrated by: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,192

A magical serial killer is on the loose, and gelatinous, otherworldly creatures are infesting the English countryside. Which is making life for the Ministry of Occultism difficult, because magic is supposed to be their best kept secret. After centuries in the shadows, the Ministry is forced to unmask, exposing the country's magical history - and magical citizens - to a brave new world of social media, government scrutiny, and public relations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Half Supernatural thriller, half Yes Minister

  • By Anonymous User on 16-03-18

Humorous and Playful

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

It was fine, quite entertaining but a little strange in some places and childish in others. I think apart from bits of bad language, it’s a good read for 12+; perhaps even for use in literature in secondary school insofar as it portrays the modern day problems of political correctness and intervention. But not really my cup of tea.

  • A Veil of Spears

  • By: Bradley Beaulieu
  • Narrated by: Sarah Coomes
  • Length: 26 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

The Night of Endless Swords nearly saw the destruction of Sharakhai, and since then the Kings have come down hard on the rebellious Moonless Host. Hundreds have been murdered or given to the Confessor King for questioning. Hundreds more have fled. Including Çeda, who has discovered that Onur, the King of Sloth, has returned to the desert to raise an army and challenge the remaining kings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant book

  • By Lisa on 29-05-18

Great as usual but starting to drag...

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

Reviewed: 02-05-18

I enjoyed the continuing story but as the author seeks to maintain intrigue and mystery and introduce ingenious twists and turns, there are some characters (like under undisclosed siblings) and storylines that seem unnecessary and even somewhat desperate.....I worry that it’s becoming one of those series where the author is looking to stretch the series as long as possible and add as many side stories to ensure volume in each title.... It’s a pity and as a result, this 3rd instalment is not as good as book two and way below the standard of book one... Hope the author can wrap up the story/series in the next book to the higher standard achieved in the first two books!!

  • The Reign of Magic

  • Pentamuria Saga, Book 1
  • By: Wolf Awert
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124

Pentamuria, the world of five kingdoms, is in a time of change. The power of the nobles and mages is threatened. War is upon them, although they do not know yet when or with whom. Thus, the mages are gathering in their capital, Ringwall, to prepare together against any possible enemy. At this time, the orphan boy Nill is found by the Druids. He possesses considerable magical skills. So he is taken to Ringwall, where he is to be trained in the magical arts alongside his fellow students. Nill, an outsider, shows no respect for the traditions of the magical world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Spellbound

  • By Stuart on 19-01-18

A Promising and Steady Start

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

Reviewed: 24-04-18

This is a story with great potential to be growing success or not. The story begins slow and seems to drag a bit here only because the the author has the burden of both introducing and convincing us of the world of Pentamuria and the order of things on one hand, and the coming of age of boy with mysterious and ancient magic on the other. In the last few chapters, his development and intrinsically important events are rapidly rushed through as if the author realised too late that readers would require a satisfactory ending in order to consider getting the sequel.
The main character, Nil, is at first portrayed as a highly intuitive, intelligent and curious boy with strong yet indiscernible magical powers. Then while enrolled at the capital’s magical centre of learning for nobles with magic, he becomes unimaginably and irritatingly naive, dull and even stupid. Then before we know it, after having stumbled into some archaic scripts and writings in a long forgotten underground caves, he’s able to decipher and grasp an ancient magic and use it to gain rapid power and promotions!!!
That said, given ample time and space to stretch out the next phase of the story, there is hope that the ideas and events will be better distributed and delivered. It’s an unusual story that could so easily become predictable and boring as it can become refreshingly different and captivating. I’m not totally convinced that I should get the whole series, neither am I totally put off.
The narrator is well established and liked and did a superb job, a major factor in enduring some of the tedious, slower paced chapters.
A good read.

  • Dragon's Gift Complete Series: An Urban Fantasy Boxed Set

  • By: Linsey Hall
  • Narrated by: Laurel Schroeder
  • Length: 30 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Cass Clereaux is good at two things: finding treasure and killing demons. Lying low is a close third - but not because she wants to be good at hiding. Cass is a FireSoul, one of the unlucky few to inherit a piece of the dragon's soul. On the surface, the perks are sweet - she has the power to find and steal any type of magical treasure, including the powers of other supernaturals. But it doesn't come without a price - stealing powers requires that she kill, and others would destroy her if they discover what she is.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice attempt at accent but....

  • By Metaroen on 25-10-17

Not Convincing

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

Reviewed: 19-10-17

Full of cheesy phrases, quite shallow and definitely only for the very young sci-fi audience. Often found the story dragging and the main character irritating at times.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wake of Vultures

  • The Shadow, Book 1
  • By: Lila Bowen
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

Nettie Lonesome lives in a land of hard people and hard ground dusted with sand. She's a half breed who dresses like a boy, raised by folks who don't call her a slave but use her like one. She knows of nothing else. That is until the day a stranger attacks her. When nothing, not even a sickle to the eye, can stop him, Nettie stabs him through the heart with a chunk of wood, and he turns into black sand. And just like that, Nettie can see.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing and Distinct

  • By Lulu on 11-10-17

Amazing and Distinct

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

Reviewed: 11-10-17

This was was such an amazing and distinct experience that the book has left a last imprint on my memory! It has the character of and edgy Wild Western story with a touch of red Indian culture and magic!! I absolutely enjoyed this book which by the way is so captivating that you’ll be hard pressed to finish it in one sitting!!

  • The White Tower

  • The Aldoran Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Michael Wisehart
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 25 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61

Magic is outlawed. Those caught wielding it are taken to the White Tower. They are never heard from again. After the chaos of the Wizard Wars a thousand years ago, the people turned their backs on magic. It was deemed evil. Those born with it will stop at nothing to remain hidden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • RANKS WITH THE GREATS

  • By ellen on 28-10-17

A Lot of Patience Required

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

Reviewed: 11-10-17

This is one of those books with great potential but requiring too large an investment in time to get there. It’s not gripping or captivating so far. Several hours in and like a child I keep asking, “when will we get there?” The details while appreciating, get overwhelming then boring at times. The story is also quite predictable in some respects. I do not appreciate the long-winded, detailed torture scenes...
I’m sure the book would have turned out alright in the end - it’s just not engaging or mature enough for me to appreciate.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Orphan X

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,569
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,459
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,457

Do you need my help? It was always the first question he asked. They called him when they had nowhere else to turn. Raised and trained as part of a top-secret programme, he was sent to the worst places in the world to do things his government denied any knowledge of. Then he broke with the programme and disappeared. But now someone's on his tail. Someone who knows he was once known simply as Orphan X.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By Alan on 25-01-17

Blown Away by a Masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 08-09-17

The is a brilliant book, well paced and balance. It's believable, brilliant but not overwhelmed with detail so that you're kept drawn in! To be honest, while I could imagine, well everything playing out before my eyes, all I kept thinking was, "this has got to be a movie - it must've already caught the eye of some movie producer!!" And it has, could star Bradley Cooper....but movies never do justice literary works- I'll always be grateful and honoured to have read such a brilliant book as this!!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful