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Melissa

Woodland, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Initiate Brother: The Initiate Brother Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Sean Russell
    • Narrated By Elijah Alexander
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (125)

    Plague and warfare have swept across the Orient, ravaging the ancient kingdom of Wa, devastating the royal line, and leaving a new dynasty on the throne—a new emperor, Akantsu, filled with fear of all who might seek to wrest the empire from his grasp. Among those out of favor with the new liege is the Order of the Botahist Monks, whose mystical powers have enabled them to hold positions as spiritual advisors to the imperial court for nearly ten centuries.

    JPaladin says: "Good book; interesting characters, plot, and arc"
    "Too Much, Too Fast"
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    I think I'm going to have to read this book in print before listening to it again. The narrator seems to read fairly quickly, which isn't a problem, per se, except that it gives everything a breathless urgency which doesn't quite seem to fit the first chapter that I listened to.

    The other problem for me are the names. With as quickly as the narrator goes, it's difficult for me to keep the names straight, especially since, sadly, they run together, being unfamiliar.

    The story itself seems interesting, but there was an odd jump from the first chapter to the second (which was as far as I listened), that left me confused.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Weapons of Choice: Axis of Time, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John Birmingham
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (157)

    History is rewritten in an instant as the future smashes into the past, and high-tech hardware goes head to head with World War Two technology. In the chaos that ensues, thousands are killed, but the maelstrom has only just begun. The veterans of Pearl Harbor have never seen a helicopter, or a cruise missile - let alone nanotechnology, ceramic bullets, and F22 Raptor stealth jetfighters. Allied and Axis forces are then caught in a desperate struggle to gain the upper hand.

    Nelson says: "Superb!"
    "Weapons of Confusion"
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    Having grown up reading Tom Clancy novels, I'm used to novels that jump around during action scenes, giving different points of view on the same moment. However, and this could just be me, I find that novels that have audio-versions are very difficult to follow, and this one was no exception. While I think the plot had promise and the narrator did a great job distinguishing characters, this is one audiobook I won't return to until after I read the text copy for myself first so I don't find myself getting lost. There was just too much happening for me to be able to listen to and enjoy.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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