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sojourner

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  • The Blacksmith's Son: Mageborn, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael G. Manning
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (101)

    Mordecai's simple life as the son of a blacksmith is transformed by the discovery of his magical birthright. As he journeys to understand the power within him he is drawn into a dangerous plot to destroy the Duke of Lancaster and undermine the Kingdom of Lothion. Love and treachery combine to embroil him in events he was never prepared to face. What he uncovers will change his understanding of the past, and alter the future of those around him.

    nell says: "GREAT BOOK"
    "Too little content"
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    What would have made The Blacksmith's Son better?

    Needs more content designed at driving the plot. There is a ton of missused space in this novel. It is one of those books were you read the whole thing and are still waiting for the book to begin. There are whole chapters that really don't add to the plot at all and the book basically goes nowhere but to build some basic characters and some plot lines.


    What could Michael G. Manning have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Create more interplay between the characters.
    Describe the world more. Basically you only have 2 points of interest in this book. The house where the main character grew up and the castle he gets invited to. There is not a dynamic environment in this book at all and that is a character on its own in epic fantasy.


    What about Todd McLaren’s performance did you like?

    He was clear and his voices were not bad. Good pace as well.


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

    melancholy


    Any additional comments?

    The book was not terrible but I think people are overrating it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Off to Be the Wizard

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Scott Meyer
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (471)
    Performance
    (447)
    Story
    (448)

    It's a simple story. Boy finds proof that reality is a computer program. Boy uses program to manipulate time and space. Boy gets in trouble. Boy flees back in time to Medieval England to live as a wizard while he tries to think of a way to fix things. Boy gets in more trouble. Oh, and boy meets girl at some point.

    Charles says: "Fantastic"
    "«╢:D Fantabulistastic!"
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    If you could sum up Off to Be the Wizard in three words, what would they be?

    Fun. Inventive. Witty.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Off to Be the Wizard?

    I can't tell you that or else I would ruin the story!


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

    Performance is off the chart! Some people complained that Mr. Daniels yelled too loud in certain parts but honestly it wasn't an issue if you didn't have the audio blasting. I tried to imagine those parts with him speaking in a normal tone and it just would have been terrible.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Because reality bytes...


    Any additional comments?

    Just get the audio and listen... so good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job and Your Dream Job

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jon Acuff
    • Narrated By Jon Acuff
    Overall
    (455)
    Performance
    (412)
    Story
    (412)

    "Have you ever felt caught between the tension of a day job and a dream job? That gap between what you have to do and what you’d love to do? I have. At first I thought I was the only one who felt that way, but then I started to talk to people and realized we’re becoming the “I’m, but” generation. When we talk about what we do for a living we inevitably say, 'I’m a teacher, but I want to be an artist.'"

    Mike says: "It passed the time, but lacked what I was seeking"
    "Above the Rest"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Quitter to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print.


    What other book might you compare Quitter to and why?

    Think and Grow Rich. Both have some of the greatest insights on following dreams and visions. Probably the 2 best books on the subject although, the latter is probably one of the best literary works of the 20th century.


    What three words best describe Jon Acuff’s performance?

    Honest. Clean. Plain.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Quitter?

    Formulating a plan and following the key "steps to take." Not comparing my dream with others success. Continually push forward and see work as part of life and who I am. I took a ton of notes of things to work on.


    Any additional comments?

    The self-help sector of the publishing world is seen as the cash cow for many authors. It is probably the largest sector of sales for books in general. This being said there is an overwhelming amount of worthless books in this genre. This is not one of them. A very concise description of the path and issues faced when chasing your dreams. This book actually has a contrary view to a lot of self-help books with the same subject. It is not going to fluff you up with a bunch of non-sense but give you a clear understanding of the issues that may arise when chasing your dream. It is a breath of fresh air and a sobering of the mind. The subjects covered will give you a solid foundation to launch your dreams off of.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spell or High Water: Magic 2.0

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Scott Meyer
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (171)

    A month has passed since Martin helped to defeat the evil programmer Jimmy, and things couldn't be going better. Except for his love life, that is. Feeling distant and lost, Gwen has journeyed to Atlantis, a tolerant and benevolent kingdom governed by the Sorceresses, and a place known to be a safe haven to all female time-travelers.

    Charles says: "Fantastic: 2.0"
    "Great story and narration!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Total geek-fest and great characters. Good humor and an inventive story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Witty humor.


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

    Philip


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

    Some good laughs were had.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Fleet: Dauntless

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4621)
    Performance
    (3149)
    Story
    (3181)

    Captain John "Black Jack" Geary's legendary exploits are known to every schoolchild. Revered for his heroic "last stand" in the early days of the war, he was presumed dead. But a century later, Geary miraculously returns from survival hibernation and reluctantly takes command of the Alliance fleet as it faces annihilation by the Syndics.

    Appalled by the hero-worship around him, Geary is nevertheless a man who will do his duty. And he knows that bringing the stolen Syndic hypernet key safely home is the Alliance's one chance to win the war. But to do that, Geary will have to live up to the impossibly heroic "Black Jack" legend.

    AudioAddict says: "A hero with a sexy voice!"
    "A Dauntless waste of time."
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    Any additional comments?

    There is not much to say about this book. Everyone has read a book like this, which has characters with no depth. The dialogue is simply words on a page with little energy or emotional attachment. The entire contents of this book could have been produced in a few chapters by a better writter. I got to the end of the book still waiting for the book to start. I am not impressed. I think in the entire book there are maybe 2-3 fights between the hero and the antagonists. There were very few moments of actual intrest. There was very little in the area of universe development and very little character development. The main character only goes through 1 point of development (determining to be the leader that everyone else expects him to be.) The Main character in the last chapter is basically the same as in the first chapter. This is poorly executed. The author doesn't even understand basic story telling, conflict drives character>character drives plot> plot drives story. There really isn't a story here. When the characters in your book are still dealing with the same quandry in the last chapter as in the first, you have a bad story.I would recommend the StarFleet series if you are looking for more entertaining space epics.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Swarm: Star Force, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3400)
    Performance
    (3113)
    Story
    (3118)

    Kyle Riggs is snatched by an alien spacecraft sometime after midnight. The ship is testing everyone it catches and murdering the weak. The good news is that Kyle keeps passing tests and staying alive. The bad news is the aliens who sent this ship are the nicest ones out there.

    Lamonica Johnson says: "If Micheal Bay Wrote a Sci-Fi Novel..."
    "Great Idea, decent read, light on action."
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    What did you love best about Swarm?

    I like the concept.


    What other book might you compare Swarm to and why?

    I don't know of any books like this one. Other than the rest in the series.


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

    Very funny in some of the satire.


    Any additional comments?

    I listend to all the books in this series. It is a very good series with a lot of humor and good characters. I only point out 3 things that make the books a litle less than amazing.
    1. The author builds into his story a loophole that allows him to manipulate any plot conflict without any restraints. While the entire series hindges on this one loophole. I applaud the creative idea behind it but it leaves no challange in creating smart resolutions to conflicts. Your plot just uses the loophole to solve every problem.
    2. The characters while using and adhearing to a military complex of honor would not necessarily react as they do in the books to many of the situations that happen. I found myself getting pissed off at the main characters quite frequently. For example: Someone is going to try to assasinate a main character and the main character does nothing about it but try to make nice.... that would never happen in a military or political situation.
    3. Much of the books could be condensed or use the pages to elaborate on the main plot archs.

    This all being said. The book series is still a great read and a ton of fun.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond the Shadows: Night Angel Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1603)
    Performance
    (1018)
    Story
    (1045)

    Logan Gyre is king of Cenaria, a country under siege, with a threadbare army and little hope. He has one chance---a desperate gamble, but one that could destroy his kingdom. In the north, the new Godking has a plan. If it comes to fruition, no one will have the power to stop him. Kylar Stern has no choice. To save his friends---and perhaps his enemies---he must accomplish the impossible: assassinate a goddess.

    Kenya says: "let down"
    "Good ending to the series."
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    Any additional comments?

    This book wrapped up the series well. Seemed a bit like a bit too much was crammed into this book trying to tie up story archs. Overall a solid read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow's Edge: Night Angel Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1762)
    Performance
    (1133)
    Story
    (1146)

    Kylar Stern has rejected the assassin's life. The Godking's successful coup has left Kylar's master, Durzo, and his best friend, Logan, dead. He is starting over---new city, new friends, and new profession. But when he learns that Logan might actually be alive and in hiding, Kylar is faced with an agonizing choice: will he give up the way of shadows forever and live in peace with his new family, or will he risk everything by taking on the ultimate hit?

    Brooke says: "Not his best, and NOT a great reader!"
    "A great continuation to the story."
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    Which character – as performed by Paul Boehmer – was your favorite?

    He performs all characters with amazing skill.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is probably the slowest of the series. I kept wanting to reach through the pages and smack Kylar in the back of the head. I think this book takes way to long to develop the character arch for Kylar. He really wouldn't have taken months to make the decisions he made.

    The book is still good but I think the character arch for Kylar got a bit out of whack.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Shadows: Night Angel Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2430)
    Performance
    (1563)
    Story
    (1574)

    For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art---and he is the city's most accomplished artist, his talents required from alleyway to courtly boudoir. For Azoth, survival is precarious, something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he's grown up in the slums and learned to judge people quickly---and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint. But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name.

    Ethan M. says: "A good grim fantasy series, with caveats"
    "Typical to genre but a great read."
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    What did you love best about The Way of Shadows?

    Just a really great flowing story.


    Which character – as performed by Paul Boehmer – was your favorite?

    All of them. He does an amazing job!


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

    Laughing it caused at moments.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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