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Lori Cheney

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  • Dune: House Harkonnen: House Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson, Brian Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (496)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (333)

    Returning to the vivid universe of Frank Herbert's Dune, this title continues the saga begun in Dune: House Atreides. As Shaddam sits at last on the Golden Lion Throne, Baron Vladimir Harkonnen plots against the new Emperor and House Atreides - and against the mysterious Sisterhood of the Bene Gesserit.

    Robert says: "Maybe better than original Audible production."
    "Go Atreides!"
    Overall

    I absolutely LOVE ALL of the DUNE books, my favorites being The Legend of Dune series. But, it's so interesting to go back and read this trilogy because it reveals so much detail in how the plots and intrigue of the future books were set up, including the mysterious "no-ship" that is a major part of Chapterhouse Dune. This is another series that I can't get enough of, and apparently, Herbert (Frank and Brian) couldn't get enough of writing it either! There are so many branches that take off from the "main" books. I'm actually reading the whole series over again, in order, as much as I can figure out, starting with this Trilogy. I know someday I will go back and read Legends of Dune -- wonderful!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Wise Man's Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10240)
    Performance
    (8537)
    Story
    (8610)

    "My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep...."

    Geoff says: "I dig it."
    "Somewhat boring"
    Overall

    I really do like this Trilogy. Rothfuss is a great writer. However, there are some parts that really, really drag. I tend to get a little bit bored with some of the detailed conversations, descriptions, and plain boring subjects. There is just too much detail in the whole experience with the fairy creature that kills her victims with sex (can't think of her name), and the whole mercenary experience, and more.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Map of All Things: Terra Incognita, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (40)

    After terrible atrocities by both sides, the religious war between Tierra and Uraba has spread and intensified, irreparably dividing the known world. What started as a series of skirmishes has erupted into a full-blown crusade. Now that the Uraban leader, Soldan-Shah Omra, has captured the ruined city of Ishalem, his construction teams discover a priceless ancient map in an underground vault - a map that can guide brave explorers to the mysterious Key to Creation.

    Lori Cheney says: "Rock Opera music, too!"
    "Rock Opera music, too!"
    Overall

    As I've said before I LOVE all of Kevin J. Anderson's sci-fi/fantasy. This new Trilogy - Terra Incognita - has been so much fun. A really interesting change of setting for a sci-fi/fantasy. To sum up it is about two basic storylines in this fantastic world - one is a continuous exploration to find the "key to Terra Vitae(sp?)" and uncover the true map of the world in which they live; second is a religious war between two lines of the same origin. The story goes that Urich and Andan were brothers of the original creator of the world who became "lost" and descendants either followed Andan or Urich and a Holy War started out of an accident that was interpreted as an attack and the war goes on and on through, so far, two generations because of continued acts of violence being carried out in "the name of Andan" or "the name of Urich" without authority to do so and it stirs up more hate and vengence. This is the second book and the violence and hate is escalating. The characters are endearing and Anderson has even created "rock opera CDs" with several well known and respected musicians and artists in the industry (including Mike Welsh(sp?) from Kansas). There's a sample at the end of the audio book - great hard rock - just the way I like it! I look forward to experiencing the music and art in the CDs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Kingdom: The Saxon Chronicles, Book 1

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Jamie Glover
    Overall
    (564)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (248)

    From Bernard Cornwell, the New York Times best-selling author whom the Washington Post calls "perhaps the greatest writer of historical adventure novels today", comes a saga of blood, rage, fidelity, and betrayal. In the 9th and 10th centuries, King Alfred and his heirs fought to secure the survival of the last outpost of Anglo-Saxon culture by battling the ferocious Vikings, whose invading warriors had already captured and occupied three of England's four kingdoms.

    Stephen says: "Great Historical Fiction!"
    "Gritty, warrior stuff"
    Overall

    I had read this book before, but then bought in through audible thinking I hadn't read it then realized when I started into it. I love the historical fiction of this period in history because my lineage is Danish/Swedish/Welch. It is gritty and violent, though, but I really love reading about the warrior character who has integrity, is strong, honest, and fights through the battles with faith in God taking care to be righteous. I have heard a lot about The Pale Horseman which is Cornwell's sequel to this book and I am looking forward to getting into that one, too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10688)
    Performance
    (8143)
    Story
    (8189)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Lore says: "Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!"
    "Fantastic!"
    Overall

    I love Brandon Sanderson's books - such unusual portrayals of humanity similar to, but not quite like our own cultures.. I'm excitedly looking forward to this new series.

    I finished this book and it is fantastic! Sanderson did a lot of work at the beginning to set the background of the story and the foundation of the characters and for a while, it seemed it wasn't going anywhere, but finally the pieces started coming together and it was fantastic! Can't wait for the next one!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sacrifice: The Fey, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    • Narrated By David DeSantos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (381)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (137)

    Defying their Black King in order to rally an attack on the peaceful Blue Isle, warrior-prince Rugar and his fearless daughter, Jewel, do not suspect that the islanders, under young prince Nicholas, have prepared to defend themselves.

    Lori Cheney says: "Bizarre but intriguing"
    "Bizarre but intriguing"
    Overall

    At first I found this book so strange that I had a hard time getting into it, and even trying to figure out what it's all about. The writer has an interesting way of presenting the story by showing both sides of a conflict (war) from the perspective of all the characters (3rd person omniscient), so that the reader begans to care for and appreciate both sides of the conflict. Finally, you get so caught up in the characters that you're definitely guessing as to what they could possibly come up with next and it's difficult to take sides.... It wasn't so good that I want to immediately purchase the next book and start reading it today, but,I will, eventually, get around to reading the rest of the series.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27353)
    Performance
    (21168)
    Story
    (21375)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "Resolution at such a cost"
    Overall

    Suzanne Collins wraps up The Hunger Series with a bang in this, the last book in the trilogy. I'm sad to see the series end, but thoroughly enjoy her writing style and shaping of the characters. The readers are in for some big surprises in this book and we find out how absolutely evil President Snow (and the Capital?) really are. I really appreciate the way it's all told from Katniss' perspective even her perceptions of what is happening to her even when she is practically incoherent are written so well as to pull the reader into her confusion and pain. This book seems a little bit more poetic than the others and definitely more brutal. All the characters are there and some new. Without going on forever about it, I LOVED IT!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4036)
    Performance
    (1847)
    Story
    (1846)

    A Signature Performance: Tim Curry rescues Charles Dickens from the jaws of Disney with his one-of-a-kind performance of the treasured classic. Our listeners loved this version so much that it inspired our whole line of Signature Classics.

    Nanci says: "Superb story and reading!"
    "Never gets old!"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed hearing A Christmas Carol told by Tim Curry. He did an excellent job and, of course, listening to it at Christmas time is so appropriate for remembering human compassion and kindness at this time of year and always. Charles Dickens was a clever, clever writer...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Battle of Evernight: The Bitterbynde, Book 3, Part I

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Cecilia Dart-Thornton
    • Narrated By Kris Faulkner
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Once upon a time, the great Faeran high king, Angavar, became trapped in mortal Erith, along with his twin brother and nemesis, Morragan, "the Raven Prince". It was when the gate to the Faeran Realm was closed on them. Now, many centuries later, the fugitive who calls herself Tahquil has at last discovered the truth. She is being hunted down by the Raven Prince, because she alone can reopen the gate to the Fair Realm, so Morragan plans to use her for his escape from exile.

    Amazon Customer says: "To Be Continued"
    "Seriously?!"
    Overall

    Learning the secret to our main characters demise is a bit of a shock, and somewhat disappointing, and funny and familiar all at the same time. I love the way this series is based on true "fairy tales" and myths of English/Irish/Scottish origins. I think that's why I love these books. The ending was, yeah, like, what happened, exactly? But, I believe Dart-Thornton clears up some of the mystery in her afterword in Part II.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Barrayar: A Vorkosigan Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1164)
    Performance
    (676)
    Story
    (676)

    In the wake of interplanetary war, former commander Cordelia Naismith has deserted her own planet to marry the leader of the defeated enemy, Aral Vorkosigan. On his home planet of Barrayar, two rival factions are eyeing the recently vacated throne, and Aral, recently appointed Regent of Barrayar by the Emperor on his deathbed, must stand between them. Lord and Lady Vorkosigan, Aral and Cordelia struggle to establish stability in a fragile government thrown into confusion by the transition of power.

    Karen S. Coyle says: "Lois Bujold always delivers!"
    "Prequel"
    Overall

    This is like a prequel to the Miles Vorkosigan series. It was enjoyable to get to know Miles parents and what they went through to bring Miles into this world. Their personalities are funny as well as courageous and down-to-earth inspite of their high standing in their world. I read A Civil Campaign first, which is like almost the last one in the Miles Vorkosigan series and then this book. So, now I guess I need to read in between some.... Funny, romantic, dramatic, adventurous -- it's all there.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Skyfall: A Novel of the Skolian Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated By Suzanne Weintraub, Catherine Asaro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (61)

    Skyfall goes back to the very roots of Skolia, showing how a chance meeting on a backwater planet forges a vast interstellar empire. Eldrinson, a provincial ruler on a primitive planet, is plagued by inner demons. But when he meets Roca, a beautiful and mysterious woman from the stars, he whisks her away to his mountain retreat, inadvertently starting a great interstellar war, and birthing the next generation of rulers for the Skolian Empire.

    Karen says: "Historical Background for Skolian Empire"
    "Reminiscent romance"
    Overall

    This book was a fun, easy read, and even though it had a decent plot and storyline, it seemed somewhat simple for my tastes. The romance was reminiscent of Clan of the Cave Bear. Still, I'm glad I read it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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