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  • Renaissance: Assassin's Creed, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Oliver Bowden
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (145)

    Betrayed by the ruling families of Italy, Ezio Auditore embarks upon an epic quest for vengeance. To eradicate corruption and restore his family's honor, he will learn the art of the Assassins. Along the way, Ezio will call upon the wisdom of such great minds as Leonardo da Vinci and Niccolò Machiavelli, knowing that survival is bound to the skills by which he must live.To his allies, he will become a force for change in his fight for freedom and justice.

    Jason says: "Great story, Great Narration."
    "Enjoyable read"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I enjoyed how the video was incorporated into a book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Same as above the story was simple, yet very enjoyable


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

    The various voice and the inflections in his voice bring the story to life.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    It a great book if you enjoyed the video game series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: Hidden Enemy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Pittacus Lore
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews, Johnathan McClain
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    You know we have been betrayed. You must discover why. They have put a plan in motion. They have infiltrated your government. They have already turned some of you. They will do whatever it takes to have your planet. The battle lines have been drawn. Whose side are you on?

    Shane says: "A little weak compared to the other books"
    "A little weak compared to the other books"
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    Would you try another book from Pittacus Lore and/or MacLeod Andrews and Johnathan McClain ?

    Yes


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

    The contents of this book should have been included in the last book of the series. The last book was short and very disappointing in my opinion. The background and content here could have made the last book more complete. Instead we have to buy 2 books to get 1.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed Ray pretending there was a Mog attack to try and jolt number 5 into taking the war more seriously. Number 5 is that high maintenance person that needs constant praise to feel important - unfortunatley for the Lorien it didn't work.


    Could you see I Am Number Four being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I am number Four is a movie, but yes I think the rest of the books should be turned into a movie as well. The original actors should return.


    Any additional comments?

    The Lost Files started as an add-on to bring additional information to the story without turning the books into long novels. However, they are now being used to generate more revenue and the series is suffering because of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadowbred: Forgotten Realms: The Twilight War, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Paul S. Kemp
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    The Lady has spoken to me. It has already begun. Shadows move out of the shrinking desert, south to the rich and arrogant cities of Sembia. "Be brave, little man," says the shadowman, and the boy thinks his voice is surprisingly soft. "Stay with your mother. This will be over soon." The shadows swallow him and he is gone. On the edge of a war that will change the face of Faern, the world will find that not all shadows serve Shade.

    Shane says: "Nice Continuance"
    "Nice Continuance"
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    Where does Shadowbred rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book was very slow to get started, but picked up a little into the story. Therefore, I gave it an average rating since it almost lost me in the beginning.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Paul S. Kemp? Why or why not?

    Yes, so far I have not been disappointed by Paul's writings.


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

    John does well, but he has limited voice inflecions, so some characters sounded the same. It was not too bad, but noticable at times when certain characters spoke to one another.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I like the Forgotten Realm stories. The Drizzt books have been published out of order on Audible, so that series unfortunatley lost it's appeal (it's hard to read a book, then go back). That is why I tried this series and so far I've enjoyed them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mech Zero: The Dominant

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 51 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mirron Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (175)

    Death awaits the curious! Out along the rim of the galaxy hangs a loose configuration of some 60 stars known as the Faustian Chain. This whorl of sparkling suns is rich in planets and occupies an irregular volume of space some 20 light years in diameter. From an external viewpoint, the Chain presents a colorful display of plasma-streams, luminous nebulae and sparkling pinpoints of light.

    Dennis says: "Nice Pre to the Mech saga"
    "Skip this one"
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    Would you try another book from B. V. Larson and/or Mirron Willis?

    Had I not read Steel World first I may not have read anymore B.V. Larson based soley on this novella. The book was short as I expected, but ended abruptly and the narrator could not make reflextions in his voice ruining dialogue.


    Has Mech Zero: The Dominant turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, just the rest of this series.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Yes, the premise was good, but the development was rushed and the narrator struggled. Combine those two items it made for a poor read/listen.


    What character would you cut from Mech Zero: The Dominant?

    I would not have cut anyone, but there needed to be more development. Yes, it is a novella, but it doesn't excuse the struggles this story had.


    Any additional comments?

    As with the Star Force Series, I read the novella first and it helped me decide to buy the rest of the series. In this case, the novella turned me off, so I'd caution the author not to rush through these short stories - they may make or break the rest of the series for people.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steel World: Undying Mercenaries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1380)
    Performance
    (1288)
    Story
    (1294)

    In the 20th century Earth sent probes, transmissions, and welcoming messages to the stars. Unfortunately, someone noticed. The Galactics arrived with their battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined their vast Empire. Swearing allegiance to our distant alien overlords wasn't the only requirement for survival. We also had to have something of value to trade, something that neighboring planets would pay their hard-earned credits to buy. As most of the local worlds were too civilized to have a proper army, the only valuable service Earth could provide came in the form of soldiers....

    D says: "Classic Space Opera"
    "Enjoyable Read"
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    What made the experience of listening to Steel World the most enjoyable?

    The change in human society and how Earth adapted to a superior race forcing mankind to become indentured to a galactic confederation.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There are several characters that I enjoyed throughout the book - each had their own priorities and each went about ensuring their personal success and that of the Legion.


    What about Mark Boyett’s performance did you like?

    Mark did a fine job, good narration makes or breaks an audiobook and I was not disappointed.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I mostly read Fantasy books and was looking for something different - Steel World was suggested by Audible as something I might enjoy. I've not read B.V. Larson before, so this book was a new experience into his world of sci-fi that I really knew nothing about.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Marti Olsen Laney, PsyD
    • Narrated By Tamara Marston
    Overall
    (438)
    Performance
    (385)
    Story
    (380)

    The Introvert Advantage dispels common myths about introverts - they’re not necessarily shy, aloof, or antisocial - and explains how they are hardwired from birth to focus inward, so outside stimulation such as chitchat, phone calls, parties, or office meetings can easily become "too much". Most importantly, it thoroughly refutes many introverts’ belief that something is wrong with them. Instead, it helps them recognize their inner strengths - their analytical skills, ability to think outside the box, and strong powers of concentration.

    Jared says: "Enlightening"
    "Nice Insight on Introverts and Extroverts"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Introvert Advantage the most enjoyable?

    The book puts words to thoughts surrounding the polar opposites of Introvert and Extrovert personalities I've often thought about. The book is written in a familiar tone, making it easy to follow along and the narrator does a nice job carrying that ease of format into her performance.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Introvert Advantage?

    The book has some nice thought provoking moments where you can actually visualize people you know fitting one or more of the examples given to illustrate specific topics.


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

    Tamara has a good voice for books like this - since this is the first book on this topic I have purchased her narration made it easy to follow along.


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

    No, but again it did provoke thought, which is what I had expected it would.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book about a topic often misunderstood.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Fall of Five: Lorien Legacies, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Pittacus Lore
    • Narrated By Neil Kaplan, Marisol Ramirez, Liam Aiken
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (376)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (352)

    "I thought things would change when I found the others. We would stop running. We would fight the Mogadorians. And we would win. But I was wrong. Even though we have come together, we barely escaped from the Mogadorians with our lives. And now we're in hiding, trying to figure out our next move. The six of us are powerful - but we're not yet strong enough to take on their entire army. We haven't discovered the full extent of our Legacies. We haven't learned to work together. And there's still so much that we don't know about the Elders or their plan for us."

    Adedayo Makinde says: "Pretty horrible development"
    "Very Disappointing"
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    Would you try another book from Pittacus Lore and/or the narrators?

    I'm not sure after this short and poorly ended sequel.


    Has The Fall of Five turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The other books were much much better.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    The was very short - the Lost Files seemed longer. It ended poorly in an odd place.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Crystal Shard: Legend of Drizzt: Icewind Dale Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By R. A. Salvatore
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (704)
    Performance
    (657)
    Story
    (658)

    Drizzt Do’Urden has settled in the windswept towns of Icewind Dale. There, he encounters a young barbarian named Wulfgar, captured in a raid and made the ward of a grizzled dwarf name Bruenor. With Drizzt’s help, Wulfgar will grow from a feral child to a man with the heart of a dwarf, the instincts of a savage, and the soul of a hero. But it will take even more than that to defeat the demonic power of Crenshininbon, the fabled Crystal Shard.

    Christopher says: "Another Epic Drizzt Saga"
    "Great Story - well narrated!"
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    Where does The Crystal Shard rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the better books I've read


    What did you like best about this story?

    Constant flow through the story line and not very predictable which helps hold your attention.


    Have you listened to any of Victor Bevine’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I'm usually underwhelmed by narrators, but Victor is an exception. He does a great job in this series.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Read the pre-series before this one and everything will make better sense.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise of Nine

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Pittacus Lore
    • Narrated By Neil Kaplan, Devon Sorvari, Marisol Ramirez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (621)
    Performance
    (564)
    Story
    (572)

    Until the day I met John Smith, Number Four, I'd been on the run alone, hiding and fighting to stay alive. Together, we are much more powerful. But it could only last so long before we had to separate to find the others.... I went to Spain to find Seven, and I found even more, including a tenth member of the Garde who escaped from Lorien alive. Ella is younger than the rest of us, but just as brave. Now we're looking for the others - including John. But so are they....

    Christopher says: "Entertaining Story"
    "Great Sequel"
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    Where does The Rise of Nine rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Audiobooks depend upon the narrator almost as much as the story itself and this series has been spot on with solid performance. The only two other series (Wheel of Time and Eragon) seem to have pulled off a consistant performance of the books I've listened too.


    What other book might you compare The Rise of Nine to and why?

    None


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Great job by all!


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

    Various times, some were predictable, but others were a twist in the story I wasn't expecting. One of the nice things about this series.


    Any additional comments?

    I was surprise by the change in 9's behavior between this book and the 'Lost Legacy'. However, it flowed nicely. I would recommend this series to anyone looking for a little escape literature without all of the 'out of this world' spells and powers some series feel they have to add to be exciting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atlantis: Devil's Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Bob Mayer, Robert Doherty
    • Narrated By Martin Gollery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    What if the Shadow that destroyed Atlantis 10,000 years ago, comes back to threaten our present world? A war beyond time. An enemy beyond space. A thriller beyond your wildest dreams. Three areas on the Earth's surface defy explanation: the Bermuda Triangle, the Devil's Sea of Japan, and a small region of Cambodia. Inside these realms, planes have disappeared, ships have vanished, and, in Cambodia, an entire civilization has been lost leaving behind Angkor Wat....

    AZGUNFAN says: "What happened from one book to the next?"
    "What happened??"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narrator of the first 2 books was hit or miss, but this person was just horrible - very mono-tone.

    There are also errors in the speaking where the narrator corrects himself. Why would these not be edited out?

    Same as in book 2, there are so many specifics already introduced in the first two books I found myself fast forwarding to get to something new.


    What other book might you compare Atlantis: Devil's Sea to and why?

    None


    How could the performance have been better?

    Narrated by someone that could very their voice and less repeats in details already mentioned in the first two books.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment in the Series


    Any additional comments?

    Just that I hope the next book is not put together this poorly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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