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Joshua

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  • 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
    (10200)
    Performance
    (7974)
    Story
    (8073)

    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!"
    "Best Fantasy Read Since Mistborn"
    Overall

    Though I mention this is the best fantasy book since Mistborn, it is nothing like mistborn and that's what makes it so great. The book revolves around an inn keeper (living in hiding) having the memoirs of his life taken down by a scribe. It follows the first 15 years of his life. From tragedy that sends him to living on the streets to his attending university. This is the first book in the series and at the end you are left with more questions than answers but somehow you are still left satisfied while eagrly awaiting book 2 due out in December. The author creates these amazing adventures for the young protagonist whilst slipping in litle details that slowly forms a picture of much larger forces at work in the background. The book also focuses alot on descriptions of music, arts, and magic. I must truly say that this author decsriptions are like painting pictures of these things in your mind. For comparison, if you've read "Eragon" the descriptions of magic are very logical and explanatory, while in the book, the description magic are like poetry. This made the book new and refreshing. What can I say about the narration but "Bravo!". If u like Eragon, Harry Potter, Mistborn give this book a try. If you don't like the afore mentioned books, I'd still recommend that you give this book a try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gideon's Sword

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (983)
    Performance
    (581)
    Story
    (577)

    At 12, Gideon Crew witnessed his father, a world-class mathematician, accused of treason and gunned down. At 24, summoned to his dying mother's bedside, Gideon learned the truth: His father was framed and deliberately slaughtered. With her last breath, she begged her son to avenge him. Now, with a new purpose in his life, Gideon crafts a one-time mission of vengeance, aimed at the perpetrator of his father's destruction. His plan is meticulous, spectacular, and successful.But from the shadows, someone is watching. A very powerful someone, who is impressed by Gideon's special skills.

    k. says: "Pendergast fans beware"
    "Feels like you are reading a screen play"
    Overall

    I'll just start of with that I don't think I've ever given less than 4 stars to and Preston and Child book I've previously read. I knew that this would be a new series so I was not expecting another Pendergast type novel but what I did expect was story with well developed characters, plot twist, and atmosphere. This book just did not deliver. Most of the characters are never really developed, other than Gideon, most characters only show up for 2 - 3 dispersed chapters and you never really get to know them. As for Gideon, he has a well developed back story but you never really get to the point where you really care about him or what's happening to him. Your always hoping that there is something special about Gideon, his wit, his strength, something... but at the end of the book, it feels like it was just dumb luck that carries him along. It really feels like a screen play, some of the scenes are so cookie cutter that you know the next chapter is gonna have an explosion, Gideon making some obvious statement about what he needs to do next, and some line that will tell you that the villain is a really bad guy. The dialog pretty much tells you what to think, even if that goes against all common sense. You really need to use your suspension of belief during this book. The main "trick" that Gideon used to deal with situations in the book is just so unbelievable, that it seems ridiculous... and he uses that same "trick" so many times that you really just get sick of it. Halfway through the book you have hope that it will still get better to make it to the end you really got to slog through it. The one thing that was done well in the book was the atmosphere of NY city. The places they described and the detail used really put you into Manhattan. Its just too bad that you don't really care about what the characters are doing.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Day by Day Armageddon: Beyond Exile

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By J. L. Bourne
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2112)
    Performance
    (1446)
    Story
    (1444)

    The first book of Day by Day Armageddon took us deep into the mind of a military officer and survivor as he made a New Year's resolution to start keeping a journal. The man kept his resolution and brought to us the fall of humanity, day by day. We see the man transition from the life that you and I live to the prospect of fighting for his very survival against the overwhelming hordes of the dead. We see him bleed, we see him make mistakes, we witness him evolve.

    R. Huskey says: "For Zombie Lovers"
    "Fun new story direction"
    Overall

    So this book is the sequel to "Day by Day Armageddon". The story explained in the format of the main character reading back his diary. The book picks up the day after the events at the end of the previous book. The book takes quit a few twist and turns, introduces new friends, new groups with unknown allegiances, and deeper explanation of what is going on with the undead. Although for every question that this book answered, it brought up two more. The one thing this book has that I thought was missing from the story is a "long trek to safety while scanvanging for items'. This is also the first time that our protagonist is actually all alone for a time. That one section was truly masterful. I generally enjoy these books for fun, and that one section is the only place that actually gave me a chill. If you like book one, there is no reason I can think of that you wouldn't like book 2. Jay Snyder is a great reader. He does the voices with ease, even when he has to use a accent. I think zombies + great story + great reader = a good time. I hope book 3 will be written and released on audible soon. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • The War After Armageddon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ralph Peters
    • Narrated By Michael Warner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (42)

    Shocking scenes of battle, unforgettable soldiers, heartbreaking betrayals. In this stunning, fast-paced novel, a ruthless future war unfolds in a 21st century nightmare: Los Angeles is a radioactive ruin; Europe lies bleeding; and Israel has been destroyed with millions slaughtered. A furious America fights to reclaim the devastated Holy Land. The Marines storm ashore; the U.S. Army does battle in a Biblical landscape.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Not an easy listen, but well worth it"
    "Harry Turtledove, this is not."
    Overall

    This book is written as a memoir of a war. As you've probably read in the the publication summary you've seen that this seems to be a "hot button" type of book. What I found instead is a story of a future war that due to jamming technology is fought very much like the Korean War or Vietnam. The style of writing is similar to authors like John Ringo or David Weber. What I most enjoyed was that while this story uses some uses a very "delicate" setting, after listening you come away with that it was only a story. You don't feel like you just read a political manifesto or preachy sermon in disguise as a book. The battle scenes are quite action packed without being over the top. The narration was fine and the narrator does a good job of changes voices when changes characters as the war is described from the vantage point of multiple characters. I think after this book, I will put in content request for more of Ralph Peters works. If you like John Ringo, David Weber, Travis S. Taylor, Jack Campbell, John Scalazi military fiction then you will probably enjoy this book. Harry Turtledove this is not.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4684)
    Performance
    (2726)
    Story
    (2748)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Andy Spooner says: "A page-turner, no doubt, but..."
    "Jericho with less action"
    Overall

    If you watched the Jericho TV series, you would have a good idea of what this book is a about. The book is focused on one particular family and their struggle to survive after the USA attacked by an EMP pulse. I really enjoyed the family drama that was created by the situation and the book does have a good bit of action, not much, but decent. "The Road" this book is not, but it does well in its own right.

    BTW-What is it with people writing such rude reviews. If you don't like a book, explain why, but don't insult it or others who enjoyed reading it. Comments like written for Sub-GED readers is just uncalled for or calling it Right Wing propaganda is just rude. Whether you like it or not you can at least be courteous to the author and fellow audible members.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Blood of Ambrose

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By James Enge
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Centuries after the death of Uthar the Great, the throne of the Ontilian Empire lies vacant. The late Emperor's brother-in-law and murderer, Lord Urdhven, appoints himself Protector to his nephew, young King Lathmar VII and sets out to kill anyone who stands between himself and mastery of the Empire, including (if he can manage it) the King himself and his ancient but still formidable ancestress, Ambrosia Viviana.

    Louis says: "Jay Snyder Nails It"
    "Dazed and Confused"
    Overall

    To me this book had all the makings of great fantasy. Interesting characters, plot, and action but I just kept getting lost. I'am used to reading quite a bit of fantasy - Tolkien, Jordan, Sanderson, even Christopher Paulinni, and loved all their books but with this book I just kept getting lost. I knew what the characters were doing but not where or why. Even time would seem to pass in strange intervals. To give an example without spoiling the story. If you read the summary it talks about the Kings Protector. In one seen he is sitting next to the king at the parade grounds as a trial ends and then he walks back to the palace and has a long discussion which seems to indicate that hours had passed, then he sends his soldiers back to kill the king who is still at the parade ground in the middle of the night. I assume its night since the soldiers carried torches and it was dark, but I can't figure out why the king was there at the parade grounds. Did he just sit there for the whole afternoon? I just can't make sense of it.

    I don't mean to offend anyone who enjoyed this book because it seems that many people do, but imho I just did not enjoy this book because half the time it felt like I was watching a indie foreign movie without subtitles. Thats how dazed and confused I felt.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Edge of the World: Terra Incognita, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (51)

    In a world of sea monsters, mermaids and lost islands, ghost ships, leviathans and weather witches, only the impetuous, the brave or the mad seek adventure at sea. . . After generations of friction, the leaders of two lands meet in the holy city of Ishalem to bring an end to the bloodshed and to divide the world between them.

    Krista says: "Epic"
    "A Fantasy similar to the time of Columbus"
    Overall

    This Story takes place in world not unlike that of the late 1400's. Exploration and mapping of the world is not yet complete, and fantasy creatures like sea-serpents exist (Except in this world they are not magical but natural creatures). The Story focuses around two nations one resembling 1400 Spain and the other a Middle Eastern Empire of around the same year. Now put Spain where America is and the Middle Eastern Empire where Europe is and connect the land by a small isthmus and you have the known world set out in the book.

    This Book takes place of about 30 years or so and introduces at least a dozen main characters on both sides. The characters are all well developed and their individual stories which in turn affect the greater world are extremely interesting. In addition the book develops both political and religious plots between the kingdoms which in turn brings them to war and as part of the cycle, the war affects each character in turn. All the plots are well developed and while it seems like the world of the 1400's you are continually surprised at how much originality the author creates.

    As regards Narration, its Scott Brick, what else needs to be said.

    This book is very hard to review because it is so different from anything else I have read. If this helps, I would liken it to the original Dune but put into a non-scifi context, but even that falls short of describing this book.

    I purchased this book on a whim and and thoroughly enjoyed it. I hope my rambling, long-winded review helps you in some small way to decide if this is a book for you.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Seeker: Book One of the Noble Warriors

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By William Nicholson
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    On the rocky island of Anacrea, in a garden within the great castle-monastery called the Nom, lives the All and Only, the god who made all things. He is protected by an elite band of fighter monks. These are the Nomana, the Noble Warriors. Seeker, who lives on the island, is now 16, at last old enough to follow his brother into the ranks of the Nomana. Far away, Morning Star, also just sixteen, is leaving home to achieve her lifelong wish to join the Nomana.

    Joshua says: "A little to soft for Fantasy"
    "A little to soft for Fantasy"
    Overall

    This book did not read like I expected it to, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. The story focuses around three young individuals looking to become Warrior Monks. Each have their own reasons for joining and these reasons are quite different from each other. Along the way their paths intertwine and they end up on a mission to save the very Order of Monks they wish to join.
    As you start the book you are kinda just thrown into the lives of the characters without much explanation. In regards to the world itself, don't expect anything to Epic with flesh out worlds and histories like "Lord of the Rings" or the "Swords of Truth" Series. It is a bit more like the "Wizard of Earthsea" novels, but even those novels have more history given. This is a deduction for me because I prefer books where the world is explained like "Eragon" or " Wheel of Time".

    Also the characters were a bit to eccentric for my taste. For example the character known as "Wildman" will regularly yell his phrases "Do you love me brothers, Do you love me?" and "Do you want me to slit your throat?". After a while this gets be quite annoying to listen to. On a separate note the Narrator does a great job playing out the eccentricities of the characters while spouting their lines.

    In regards to story development, the solutions to many of the problems they face are a bit cookie-cutter. Its hard to explain this without giving away any spoilers. Let me just say that it feels like there is no depth to the issues they face and the solutions appear out of thin air.

    All in all, I would say this book would be for younger readers, not young adults, but maybe audible kids. I mean no disrespect to the author but if you want to read a good fantasy novel, this is probably not for you. If you want to read a good fantasy novel to your eight year old child, this would probably work.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ender in Exile

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, David Birney, Cassandra Campbell, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1976)
    Performance
    (917)
    Story
    (922)

    Andrew Wiggin is told that he can no longer live on Earth, and he realizes that this is the truth. He has become far more than just a boy who won a game: he is the Savior of Earth, a hero, a military genius whose allegiance is sought by every nation of the newly shattered Earth Hegemony. He is offered the choice of living in isolation on Eros, at one of the Hegemony's training facilities, but instead the 12-year-old chooses to leave his home world and begin the long relativistic journey out to the colonies.

    Joshua says: "A Change of Perspective"
    "A Change of Perspective"
    Overall

    First off, I pretty much read anything by OSC from books, essays, etc. The Ender & Shadow Series have always been my favorites.

    "Ender in Exile" covers from the ending of the formic wars, all through the Shadows Series books (to date) and comes to a completion prior to "Speaker for the Dead". While the book has many underlying themes such as "How Ender deals with the knowledge that he killed the formics" the book feels more like collection of short stories than one cohesive narrative. Many of OSC books are written this way (Folk of the Fringe) and are made all the better for it. This is not neccesarily a bad thing. Though it can leave you wanting more if you expected one specific storyline.

    The book expounds on many of the details left at the end of Ender's Game. Details as to how the actual decision to send him away from earth comes about and his actions after arriving at Shakespear Colony. It even completes some storylines from the Shadow Series. On these merits alone, anyone who is a fan of Ender or Shadow Series should read this book.

    In my humble opinion, here is my one issue with the book. At the end of Ender's Game details are not given and a lot of information is left for the reader to imagine on their own. In my case it was how ender and valentine once again cultivate a brother and sister relationship. I'm sure it will be different for each reader, but "Ender in Exile" gives those details so the way you expected things to happen may be challenged by this book. I wouldn't call this a shortcoming but does call for a change of perspective at times.

    All in all, I enjoyed this and would recommend it to all Ender fans. I would suggest that you read throught the Shadow Series before starting this book.

    Note: There are some chronological problems between this book and the other books in the series. OSC discusses and resovles this in the Author's Note.

    42 of 42 people found this review helpful

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