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Rob

Dallas | Member Since 2010

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  • The Emperor's Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Angela Lin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (794)
    Performance
    (725)
    Story
    (732)

    New York Times best-selling author Brandon Sanderson is widely celebrated for his Mistborn Trilogy and contribution to the final three books of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. In The Emperor's Soul, a Forger named Shai can copy and re-create any item by using magic to rewrite its history. After being condemned to death for attempting to steal the emperor's scepter, Shai is given one final chance. She' ll be allowed to live if she can create a new soul for the emperor, who hovers near death.

    debbie says: "A Great Short Novella that is Long in Story"
    "I wanted to love it"
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    If you could sum up The Emperor's Soul in three words, what would they be?

    'twas almost amazing


    If you’ve listened to books by Brandon Sanderson before, how does this one compare?

    This wasn't Sanderson's best work. I felt like the story was too constrained and limited with boring scenery and what amounted to a brief description of a different magic system. I felt as though there was more story in Legion, although this is significantly longer. It was definitely a good story... it was just lacking compared to Sanderson's other works, which I consider to be stellar.


    Any additional comments?

    It's worth the credit and the listen, but pales in comparison to Sanderson's other novels.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The First Confessor: The Legend of Magda Searus

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Kellie Fitzgerald
    Overall
    (598)
    Performance
    (556)
    Story
    (555)

    In the time before the Confessors, when the world is a dark and dangerous place, where treason and treachery are the rule of the day, comes one heroic woman, Magda Searus, who has just lost her husband and her way in life.

    Kurt says: "Hold on, we are going for a wild ride"
    "Great book, lousy performance"
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    What did you love best about The First Confessor?

    This was Terry Goodkind at his best. It's a fairly well written book, on par with the rest of The Sword of Truth series, and does a great job giving a glimpse into the distant past of the world he has created for us over the last many years. There were a few points it was pretty easy to guess what happened next, and I suspect he has a formula he uses for his books in some regard, but if you enjoyed the other Sword of Truth books, you'll enjoy this one just as well.


    What other book might you compare The First Confessor to and why?

    I would compare this to New Spring by Robert Jordan. It's a shorter prequel that helps explain why so many things happen the way they do. It's a prequel designed to be read after all the other books and one that gives very valuable history.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Kellie Fitzgerald phoned in this performance. Sentences regularly had odd pauses that threw off the meaning and different characters were not voiced consistently. It was often difficult to tell who was speaking when a two-person conversation was happening. I do not know if this was an off performance or if her style is just vastly different than what I expect, but it was not my cup of tea.


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

    You would not want to sit for over 16 hours, so no - you would not want to listen to this in one sitting. Unlike some books I've listened to regularly, I was not in a hurry to listen to this one at every opportunity.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is worth the credit, as the story is great and it really fills in some gaps from the main series. It is unfortunate it was not well narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4304)
    Performance
    (3867)
    Story
    (3942)

    The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume in the trilogy, tells of the fateful power of the One Ring. It begins a magnificent tale of adventure that will plunge the members of the Fellowship of the Ring into a perilous quest and set the stage for the ultimate clash between the powers of good and evil.

    Ellen says: "At last - The Definitive Recording!"
    "Epic Fantasy's Heritage"
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    I should start off by saying I am a huge fan of epic fantasy. The longer, and more epic, the better. And I believe The Lord of the Rings really gave birth to the genre.

    If you are a fan of any fantasy genre, you should read or listen to these books. I hadn't until they were recently released on Audible, and must say I have mixed feelings. It was quite interesting to see some proto-forms of tools modern authors employ frequently, and this gives me better insight into how the modern authors work.

    The story, to me, was a bit boring and too full of songs. The narrator does an excellent job singing the songs and reciting the poetry, and overall does a quite good job with the books.

    I am glad the series is finally available on Audible so we can see where it all started with ease. I think anybody who enjoys Fantasy Novels should listen to The Lord of the Rings books - just don't expect them to blow you away.

    Worth the credits? Absolutely. Worth the time? Probably. Best books ever? Unfortunately, no.

    0 of 0 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
    (4795)
    Performance
    (4361)
    Story
    (4408)

    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."
    "Neither beginnings nor endings to the turning..."
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    There are neither beginnings nor endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time. But it was an ending...

    Brandon Sanderson and the deceased Robert Jordan did an admiral job completing the Wheel of Time saga. I have never been taken in by a series of books so completely as these books. There were certainly ups and downs... but the ups carried me far past any slow parts of the series. If you are a fan of Epic Fantasy, you're missing out if you haven't read or listened to this series.

    This book cannot stand by itself. You must read the entire series - a lofty proposition - before reaching the climactic ending. It is a faced paced, yet long, book. It is some of Sanderson's best work and on par with Jordan's best writing.

    Kate Reading and Michael Kramer, as always, did an amazing job narrating this book. They have consistently narrated the entire series and haven't let their listeners down yet. They portray characters clearly enough many readers will identify who is speaking before Sanderson has identified them.

    Be wary... Sanderson and Jordan's widow have stated there won't be any more Wheel of Time books. I, personally, hold out hope they will change their minds and produce a few short novels in the future between Sanderson's other amazing works, but all indications are this will not be the case.

    You will get drawn in and will mourn for the losses and dream for those who survive. As with all good things... it had to come to an end eventually, and this ending was absolutely amazing.

    This book is well worth the purchase in whatever medium you prefer. Enjoy...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11349)
    Performance
    (9049)
    Story
    (9156)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Excellent Epic Fantasy Novel"
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    What did you love best about The Name of the Wind?

    The story was amazing. I can't wait for more sequels in this relatively new series. Patrick Rothfuss does an excellent job weaving a story you will find very easy to immerse yourself in. I enjoyed the "rules" of the magic and think it will lead to a progressively better story.


    What other book might you compare The Name of the Wind to and why?

    Some parts of it remind me of some of Brandon Sanderson's work, with a unique take on magic and an imaginative, yet familiar, world setting.


    What about Nick Podehl’s performance did you like?

    He was very easy to listen to and understand, and had very consistent pronunciation and voices for different characters. Midway through the book, I was easily able to identify the speaker before they were identified.


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

    I don't think this would adapt well to a movie; a long running TV series, perhaps, but the story is too large to fit on a 2 hour DVD.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book to those looking for more epic fantasy after you've run out of Sanderson and Jordan books.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • METAtropolis Free Story: 'In the Forests of the Night'

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jay Lake
    • Narrated By Michael Hogan
    Overall
    (1383)
    Performance
    (497)
    Story
    (510)

    “In the Forests of the Night” is from the Hugo and Audie Award-nominated METAtropolis, an intelligent and stunning creation of five cutting-edge science-fiction writers, performed by an amazing cast of elite narrators and stars from TV’s Battlestar Galactica. METAtropolis takes place in a future where cities have transformed or died, and technologists, eco-survivalists, and civilization itself vie for continued existence.

    Robert says: "Great writer-narrator combination"
    "An academic exercise in obfuscated writing?"
    Overall

    The story was vague, leaving you to guess at several details relating to the story. The author instead decided to seem to be as descriptive as possible about the most random pieces of the story. It ended up being a confusingly written story that would have raised as many questions as it answered, if it evoked enough thought to try and read in to the story... which it did not for me. Perhaps the other METAtropolis stories would have filled in enough details to explain the word this story was set in... but I won't find out and wouldn't expect many other readers/listeners to find out, either.

    9 of 14 people found this review helpful

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