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joshua

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  • The FREE Prologue & 5-Chapter Sampler of Steelheart

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 33 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    Overall
    (836)
    Performance
    (738)
    Story
    (744)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    AudioAddict says: "So I'm definitely getting the book now..."
    "excellent teaser cannot wait to hear or read more"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes its bring a new modern fantasy to life. love the mix of super power villains and gangster era/future setting.


    What other book might you compare The FREE Prologue & 5-Chapter Sampler of Steelheart to and why?

    Its style is new but it flows well id compare it to robert jordans wheel of time series. The main character doesn't just jump in his role and he doesn't just go with his role which is similar to the wheel of time series


    What about Macleod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    he reads well and I would enjoy listening to more of his reads in the future.


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

    Made me think. If such an event happened the results would be likely the same.


    Any additional comments?

    Cannot wait to finish this book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Queen of Stars: The Starfolk, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Dave Duncan
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Rigel has found a new home and new love in the Starlands, the magical realm responsible for his half-human, half-elfin heritage. But despite ridding the kingdom of horrific monsters and using his unequaled swordsmanship to help a new queen ascend to the throne, he has no time to savor these early victories.

    Matthew says: "A Satisfying End to the Duology, With a Caveat"
    "excellant audio book"
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    Where does Queen of Stars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    in my top 10


    What other book might you compare Queen of Stars to and why?

    its definitely it own but if i had to relate it to another book series it would be The Woods Out Back.


    What about Nick Podehl’s performance did you like?

    He stepped out of the box and took fantasy to a new direction.


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

    The Queen of Stars it was a perfect title and should stay the title.


    Any additional comments?

    a must read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadhouse Gates: Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Steven Erikson
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    Overall
    (563)
    Performance
    (500)
    Story
    (511)

    In the vast dominion of Seven Cities, in the Holy Desert Raraku, the seer Sha’ik and her followers prepare for the long-prophesied uprising known as the Whirlwind. Unprecedented in size and savagery, this maelstrom of fanaticism and bloodlust will embroil the Malazan Empire in one of the bloodiest conflicts it has ever known, shaping destinies and giving birth to legends.....

    Joshua says: "An Epic Tale of War and Tragedy"
    "Great book with alot of detail"
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    What made the experience of listening to Deadhouse Gates the most enjoyable?

    The characters are well developed and the author vividly set the stage


    What other book might you compare Deadhouse Gates to and why?

    brent weeks shadow assassin series. The details and settings are deep in detail often overly vivid i detail.


    What about Ralph Lister’s performance did you like?

    great reader sets the mood well.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes but impossible


    Any additional comments?

    great read

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Memory of Light: Wheel of Time, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4838)
    Performance
    (4399)
    Story
    (4447)

    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.

    Amazon Customer says: "End of one of my favorite fantasy series ever."
    "One of the best stories I have heard"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This entire series is amazing with two readers you feel the characters come to life. Read book 1 i bet you too with find yourself reading this book too.


    What other book might you compare A Memory of Light to and why?

    Well I think that Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson did an awesome job closing this series and if i had to compare it i think i would go with Brent Weeks Shadow trilogy as it too has the main character adjusting to his role and becoming what he needs to become.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Kramer and Kate Reading ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have heard all 13 of the books prior to this in the series and they do an awesome job they really make you involved with the story.


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

    Too many i often found myself laughing do to a comment or action in the book (sorry no spoilers)


    Any additional comments?

    RIP ROBERT JORDAN - You left an amazing story behind I will certainly share this with friends and family.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gardens of the Moon: The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Steven Erikson
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1270)
    Performance
    (1136)
    Story
    (1140)

    The Malazan Empire simmers with discontent, bled dry by interminable warfare, bitter infighting, and bloody confrontations with ancient and implacable sorcerers. Even the imperial legions, long inured to the bloodshed, yearn for some respite. Yet Empress Laseen’s rule remains absolute, enforced by her dreaded Claw assassins. For Sergeant Whiskeyjack and his squad of Bridgeburners, and for Tattersail, their lone surviving mage, the aftermath of the siege of Pale should have been a time to mourn the many dead. But Darujhistan, last of the Free Cities, yet holds out.

    Adnan says: "An engrossing yet demanding high epic"
    "Hard to follow"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The story is good if you can understand what is going on however it seems to skip around and follows too many characters without piecing them together. All in all if you have the time to listen and re listen to the book a few times it is a good story the reader was very good i have the book in paper form as well and it is also hard to follow.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was good and it leads you to the next book in the series


    What does Ralph Lister bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    he give the characters depth and is very creative with distinguishing each character


    Could you see Gardens of the Moon being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    it would make a good series but not a movie it has too many different roles and i am unsure who to put in what role.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow Rising: Book Four of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5084)
    Performance
    (2863)
    Story
    (2895)

    The seals of Shayol Ghul are weak now, and the Dark One reaches out in The Shadow Rising, book four of the Wheel of Time, as The Shadow is rising to cover humankind. In the Stone of Tear, the Lord Dragon considers his next move. It will be something no one expects, not the Black Ajah, not Tairen nobles, not Aes Sedai, not Egwene or Elayne or Nynaeve. Against the Shadow rising stands the Dragon Reborn.

    Mica says: "The BEST of the Wheel of Time"
    "A truely perfect fantasy it has it all"
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    Where does The Shadow Rising rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This continuation of the wheel of time series is perfect it pull at you makes you wish you were part of robert jordans tale.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Perren Ebara (likely not spelled correct) His fight between what he is who he loves and what he needs to become truely makes you think.


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

    The readers played all of the character great even giving them their own accents excellent work


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    impossible you need to sleep sometime however yes.


    Any additional comments?

    looking forward to the next book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Hunt: Book Two of The Wheel Of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6233)
    Performance
    (3480)
    Story
    (3505)

    The Wheel of Time turns and ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the age that gave it birth returns again. For centuries, gleemen have told the tales of The Great Hunt of the Horn. So many tales about each of the Hunters, and so many Hunters to tell of. Now, the Horn itself is found: the Horn of Valere long thought only legend, the Horn which will raise the dead heroes of the ages.

    Tony Deleeuw says: "Great Series, Great Readers"
    "excellant continuation of a great story"
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    Would you listen to The Great Hunt again? Why?

    yes because its an addiction after reading book one.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    i dont normally choose the main character however rand is most certainly my favorite.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    they do a great job reading it even their voices dramatize the story


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

    The hope of the world rests with three boys


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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