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  • Written by: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Julia Emelin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for 10 years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Read!

  • By Anonymous User on 2018-09-18

inspired, but uneven

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-05-08

the conception of magic is even more captivating and ingenious than "spinning silver", but it becomes more downplayed as the plot gains unwieldy complexity and becomes hard to understand. the narrator conveys passion and conviction, but also reads with an uneven rhythm that makes some sentences hard to follow. "spinning silver" is more coherent, but this book contains certain passages that achieve transcendence in their vivid, synesthetic description of how magic feels to use.

  • The Silkworm

  • Written by: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 2 times in a row!

  • By carmela on 2017-09-30

Worthy followup

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-03-04

The plot didn't make quite as much sense to me as Cuckoo's Calling, but still a powerful, interesting book with really well drawn characters, and Glenister's best performance yet.

  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • Written by: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent....loved the audio

  • By Catherine on 2019-04-15

The work of a master

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

Reviewed: 2019-02-11

Vivid, interesting characters and an intricate plot. Genuine suspense. The narrator is very talented and inhabits all the characters effectively and affectingly.

  • Adults in the Room

  • My Battle with the European and American Deep Establishment
  • Written by: Yanis Varoufakis
  • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
  • Length: 20 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17

What happens when you take on the establishment? In Adults in the Room, renowned economist and former finance minister of Greece Yanis Varoufakis gives the full, blistering account of his momentous clash with the mightiest economic and political forces on earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Flabbergasting, well written, important

  • By silverquick on 2018-05-15

Flabbergasting, well written, important

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

Reviewed: 2018-05-15

When you feel a little lost about the economics in the middle, stick with it anyway. You will still get the essence of the book, which an uncommonly clear picture of the struggle of our times.