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J. Wilson

yufasa

Franklin, PA United States | Member Since 2014

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  • 25 reviews
  • 133 ratings
  • 751 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2015
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  • The Emperor's Tomb

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1172)
    Performance
    (477)
    Story
    (473)

    The tomb of China’s First Emperor, guarded by an underground army of terra-cotta warriors, has remained sealed for more than 2,000 years. Though it’s regarded as one of the greatest archaeological sites in the world, the Chinese government won’t allow anyone to open it. Why? That question is at the heart of a dilemma faced by former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone, whose life is shattered when he receives an anonymous note carrying an unfamiliar Web address.

    Jackie says: "Fascinating Ride!"
    "Boring, for history buffs..."
    Overall

    I am halfway and that is probably as far as I will go.
    If you are really interested in Chinese dynasties then this will interest you.
    If you expect a thriller, then you will be sorely disappointed. I fell asleep twice listening to this.
    It opened up great, but soon droned on and on and on about Chines history.
    This was my first and last Steve Berry book.

    32 of 45 people found this review helpful
  • Rewire: Change Your Brain to Break Bad Habits, Overcome Addictions, Conquer Self-Destructive Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Richard O'Connor
    • Narrated By Fred Stella
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (76)

    We humans tend to get in our own way time and time again - whether it comes to not speaking up for ourselves, going back to bad romantic partners, our umpteenth diet, or engaging in any of a range of bad habits we just can’t seem to shake. In Rewire, renowned psychotherapist Richard O’Connor, PhD, reveals why our bad habits die so hard. We have two brains - one a thoughtful, conscious, deliberative self, and the other an automatic self that does most of the work without our attention.

    Julie Simiskey says: "Meh"
    "Gave me hope"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Stress is ruining my life and the explanations and exercises explained here gives me hope. One day at a time...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Clockwork Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Dru Pagliassotti
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (44)

    Taya soars over Ondinium on metal wings. She is an icarus - a courier privileged to travel freely across the city’s sectors and mingle indiscriminately among its castes. But even she can’t outfly the web of terrorism, loyalty, murder, and intrigue that snares her after a daring mid-air rescue.

    Eivind says: "Steampunk detecive romance"
    "Could have been good, but performance detracts..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I believe the story could have been so much better if there was more steampunk and less gushy stuff. Adding the performance of Kate to it make it unbearable.
    I have been trying for three months to get through this book now but my ears hurt from all the yelling. Why Kate thinks it is OK to do that in an audiobook is beyond me. There are tons of examples on how to handle situations were the sutuation calls for it.
    A couple of pointers to anyone performing a book: We use ear/headphones to listen. If you change your voice, ie yelling or wispering, it makes it difficult on the ear. There are other methods to handle those situation. Please research them. This is not a perfomance on a stage...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood of Innocents: The Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Mitchell Hogan
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (445)
    Performance
    (403)
    Story
    (407)

    Anasoma, jewel of the Mahruse Empire, has fallen. As Caldan and his companions flee the city, horrors from the time of the Shattering begin to close in. With Miranda's mind broken by forbidden sorcery, Caldan is forced to disobey the most sacrosanct laws of the Protectors if he is to have any chance of healing her. But when one of the emperor's warlocks arrives to take control of him, he begins to suspect his burgeoning powers may be more of a curse than a blessing.

    Joy says: "Ho Hum - this is as far as I go with this series"
    "Too many arcs"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Too many story arcs with not enough progress to keep me interested in the follow up books.

    This will be my last one for this series.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Crucible of Souls: The Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Mitchell Hogan
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (533)
    Performance
    (486)
    Story
    (488)

    When Caldan’s parents are brutally slain, he is raised by monks and taught the arcane mysteries of sorcery. Vowing to discover for himself who his parents really were, and what led to their violent end, he is thrust into the unfamiliar chaos of city life. With nothing to his name but a pair of mysterious heirlooms and a handful of coins, he must prove his talent to earn an apprenticeship with a guild of sorcerers. But he soon learns the world outside the monastery is a darker place than he ever imagined, and his treasured sorcery has disturbing depths. As a shadowed evil manipulates the unwary and forbidden powers are unleashed, Caldan is plunged into an age-old conflict that brings the world to the edge of destruction.

    Isaac says: "Good, but... Something is missing"
    "Great adventure"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Loved the book. Good character building and decent world.
    The magic system is not exactly ground breaking and the story of an orphan getting into his/her powers is very over used these days, but the story (journey) is still well told and an enjoyable journey.

    I am a bit concerned about the multiple story arcs especially since a few are still unconnected by the end of book one

    I cannot stand another WOT series.
    Hopefully things will start to pan out in book two.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Foreigner: Foreigner Sequence 1, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Daniel Thomas May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (480)
    Performance
    (423)
    Story
    (433)

    The first book in C.J.Cherryh's eponymous series, Foreigner begins an epic tale of the survivors of a lost spacecraft who crash-land on a planet inhabited by a hostile, sentient alien race. From its beginnings as a human-alien story of first contact, the Foreigner series has become a true science fiction odyssey, following a civilization from the age of steam through early space flight to confrontations with other alien species in distant sectors of space. It is the masterwork of a truly remarkable author.

    Tango says: "A Sci-Fi Neville Chamberlain"
    "No substance"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Good opening that got the interests raised, but then there is just hour after hour of fluff that adds nothing to the arc. If the author would have dropped a crumb of a clue to the direction the story is going, but it is mostly a monologue about how stupid the protagonist is...
    No thank you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Song: Raven's Shadow, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Anthony Ryan
    • Narrated By Steven Brand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3591)
    Performance
    (3373)
    Story
    (3373)

    The Sixth Order wields the sword of justice and smites the enemies of the Faith and the Realm. Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of 10 when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order. The Brothers of the Sixth Order are devoted to battle, and Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate, and dangerous life of a Warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order.

    Ron says: "Great Epic Fantacy"
    "Thoroughly enjoyable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is adventure in its purest form. If you are looking for enless battles look somewhere else. This journey takes you from a boy "discarded" by his father to an order of warriors to a man that experience everything from bitter training to war to love.

    There is only the semblance of magic in the adventure, but it does not detract from an excelently told tale.

    Steven Brand's performance of the work never detracted from the actual story that unfolds and was very easy on the ear without being boring.

    I don't easily give high praise, but this book does deserve it and I am looking forward to listening to the next installment and I will look for other books performed by Steven.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Persuader

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3422)
    Performance
    (2572)
    Story
    (2561)

    Jack Reacher. The ultimate loner. An elite ex-military cop who left the service years ago, he's moved from place to place...without family...without possessions...without commitments.

    Joanna says: "Child at His Best! A Must Read for Reacher Fans!"
    "Great story with some anoying things"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Typical Jack Reacher - lots of action with a decent story line behind it.
    The one thing that made me rate this lower is the use of "I said nothing".
    It must be used 300 to 400 times in the book, well it felt like it anyway. Someone with the text version can go and count it...
    Takes time to get used to Dick Hill, but now I enjoy his way of telling the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Rising Thunder: Honor Harrington, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (948)
    Performance
    (852)
    Story
    (856)

    Peril and strife strike on a double front for Honor Harrington and company. After a brutal attack on the Manticoran home system, Honor Harrington and the Star Kingdom she serves battle back against a new, technologically powerful, and utterly nefarious enemy. And as if that weren’t task enough, Honor must also face down a centuries-old nemesis in the crumbling, but still mighty, Solarian League.

    Robert L says: "An episode of an on-going soap opera, not a novel"
    "Wish I can have the hours back"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The endless dialogs was taken 5 steps too far in this one...
    Only one thing happens and it is smack in the middle of the book. The rest of the dialog is so far fetched that not even rolling the eyes would do it justice.
    I really don't understand how this book can have such a good rating.
    It even ends abruptly and left me looking for a missing chapter.

    1 of 2 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
    (5663)
    Performance
    (5140)
    Story
    (5205)

    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."
    "Dragged out battle with no end.."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Just finished a marathon listening session...
    I was so looking forward to this book and feel somewhat disappointed in the way this finished, almost like leaving room for yet another book.

    The first half of the book is actually pretty good with the feel of a great epic story coming to an end, but then the battle starts and keeps on going and going and going and going.
    So many hero's die that I start to think that somehow they all will wake from the dream in the end.

    Then the end came suddenly and even though the epilog is almost an hour long things are not wrapped up properly, instead trying to become a massive tear jerker.

    I think a lot of the exhausting battle time could have been used to clean up a lot of the threads that is left untied.

    I know a lot of reviewers will give this book a 5 purely because the series has been that good, but there is no way this book should get anything above a 4.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Fury of Fire: Dragonfury, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Coreene Callahan
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1354)
    Performance
    (1219)
    Story
    (1234)

    A clandestine race of half-dragon, half-humans known as dragon-shifters lives among us. Bastian, leader of the Nightfury dragon clan, is sworn to protect humankind at all costs. For him, honor and duty always come first. When the clan dictates he take a human mate to sire a son, he falters, aware that for a human to birth a dragon-shifter she must die. Myst, the woman given into his care, is the most extraordinary he’s ever met, and though he can’t bear the thought of harming her, he is bound by duty.

    Teresa says: "The good, the bad and the ugly."
    "Juvenile"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Fury of Fire better?

    Better language, maybe I am old fashioned, but using F--k and Sh-t to make up word count puts me off.

    Dumb female character is so 60's...


    What could Coreene Callahan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    See above


    Have you listened to any of Benjamin L. Darcie’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, Benjamin puts in a good performance and made this book almost listenable.


    What character would you cut from Fury of Fire?

    Not so much cut as upgrade. I know the author wants to "set a scene", but most of the work is just sloppy and rely on idiots for it to work.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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