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I'm an avid reader and listener of fantasy, sci fi, and anything else that is well written.

Shawnee, OK, United States

  • 2 reviews
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  • 93 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • The Maze Runner: Maze Runner, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By James Dashner
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he's not alone. When the lift's doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade - a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

    Travis says: "1st book is pretty good. Downhill afterward."
    "Apparently, really smart kids are really stupid."

    I was an "exceptionally intelligent" teenager. I imagine my teenage self reading this novel and being grouped in with the characters in this story. I think I would have been horribly insulted. The author must think that all kids are idiots. Yes, teenagers make bad decisions. But they are capable of learning from their mistakes, and figuring out puzzles without someone having to spell it out for them in great detail. He says these kids are smart, but they can't solve problems that kids half their age could easily tackle, if they were "exceptionally intelligent."

    Add on top of that a terribly annoying overuse of made up swear words (I shucking hated that clunk so much that it made me want to go kiss a griever, dude!), a dull protagonist that was basically unsympathetic for most of the novel, teenage kids that frequently act more like 8 year-olds, characters that inexplicably blame each other for things entirely outside their control, change their minds frequently and radically within a single scene, and just generally don't act like real people, and a series of horrifying violent events that the characters only seem to care about for moments, and you have an extremely frustrating novel.

    I forced myself to listen to the end (after all, I spent a credit, right, and surely the author was going to make sense of it all in the conclusion, or at least have the protagonist progress in some way), but I certainly won't waste my time or credits on the sequel.

    53 of 69 people found this review helpful
  • Alcatraz Versus the Scrivener's Bones: Alcatraz, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Ramon De Ocampo

    Brandon Sanderson won instant acclaim with young listeners for the first volume of his humorous and action-packed Alcatraz series, Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians. In his second adventure, Alcatraz has his hands full with a Scrivener’s Bone - a half-human, half-machine assassin - pursuing him. And if that’s not enough, Alcatraz receives word that his father is in mortal danger. Now it’s up to Alcatraz and a quirky band of his relatives to mount a daring rescue.

    Joe says: "The sequel was also quite good!"
    "A lot of fun, definitely worth your time"

    This book wasn't as much fun as the first one, but it was still well worth listening to. The characters are once again zany and fun, the situations crazy and over-the-top but still occasionally touching.

    I'll definitely pick up the next book at some point.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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