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E. Crawford

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  • Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By John Elder Robison
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (407)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (156)

    Ever since he was small, John Robison had longed to connect with other people, but by the time he was a teenager, his odd habits, an inclination to blurt out non sequiturs, avoid eye contact, dismantle radios, and dig five-foot holes, had earned him the label "social deviant". No guidance came from his mother or his father. It was no wonder he gravitated to machines, which could, at least, be counted on.

    Anne says: "Refreshing!"
    "Wow! What a great story. I was left speechless!"
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    John Elder Robison has not only told a story of his life, but has also provide a work of inspiration. The human will to survive and prosper was clearly represented in this tale of hardship, hilarity, rejection, and acceptance. This book is a must read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Matthew Dicks
    • Narrated By Matthew Brown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (238)

    Budo is lucky as imaginary friends go. He's been alive for more than five years, which is positively ancient in the world of imaginary friends. But Budo feels his age, and thinks constantly of the day when eight-year-old Max Delaney will stop believing in him. When that happens, Budo will disappear. Max is different from other children. Some people say that he has Asperger’s Syndrome, but most just say he’s "on the spectrum". None of this matters to Budo, who loves Max and is charged with protecting him from the class bully, from awkward situations in the cafeteria, and even in the bathroom stalls. But he can’t protect Max from everyone.

    Taryn says: "A Brilliant Book"
    "A Childlike Approach to an Adult Book"
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    I picked this book as I have an interest in Asperger's Syndrome and I used to be a teacher, so I was drawn to the idea of the book. One of the things I really enjoyed about this book was the point of view through the eyes of the imaginary friend. However, his perspective is rather childlike and it often seems as if the book was written for children. On the other hand, the primary theme of this book is accepting death and our inevitable mortality. The exploration of this subject makes this a very adult themed book. It was uncomfortable to me to have this childlike perspective and deep themes of death enmeshed together. Perhaps this was the author's intent. Overall, I really enjoyed the book and found it very thought provoking.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amber Magic, Sky Magic, and Shadow Magic: Haven Series, Books 1, 2, and 3

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (54)

    In Amber Magic, the humans have no magic and are hunted for sport, but that is about to change. War is coming. The Sun Dragon spawned nine lesser dragons which devoured their parent for the power the elder possessed. These young dragons fought for choice bits of the Sun Dragon, but each only managed to eat a portion, thus giving them specific powers. Over time, these foul dragons were hunted down and slain by heroes of old. When each body rotted away, nothing remained save for nine Jewels--each the lens of a dragon's left eye.

    E. Crawford says: "An Interesting Twist on the Fey"
    "An Interesting Twist on the Fey"
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    I really enjoyed the Haven Series. The author painted a vivid description of a quaint village nestled on the Berrywine river. His depiction of the inhabitants of this village spurred my imagination and drew me into the story. His portrayal of the fey drove home the point of their inhumaness in the clashes between the human and fey ethical beliefs and actions. I both loved and loathed aspects of the characters both human and fey, making them more real to me. The reason why I didn't give it five stars is the audio production was poor in that the whispering/whispery voices were difficult to hear. If you adjust the volume for the whispering, then the booming voices are too loud. It was rather annoying to keep adjusting the volume while driving in the car. Overall, this was definitely a solidly enjoyable story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon Rule: Age of Fire, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By E. E. Knight
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (67)

    Scattered across a continent, three dragon siblings are among the last of a dying breed. Wistala, sister to the Copper who is now Emperor of the Upper World, has long thought humans the equal of dragons. She leads the Firemaids, fierce female fighting dragons who support the Hominids of Hypatia.

    E. Crawford says: "Not unlike reading a story about the Roman empire."
    "Not unlike reading a story about the Roman empire."
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    This was a good story. My opinion from the last book of dragons being a little scatter brained has been put aside. The intrigue, plotting, and politicking of the various clans kept me wanting to read more. The Performance in this book is out standing. I honestly believe David Drummond is a key factor in making these audio books a success.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon Strike: Age of Fire, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By E. E. Knight
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (75)

    Scattered across a continent and scarred by their harsh experiences on the path to adulthood, the three dragon siblings are among the last of a dying breed---the final hope for their species' survival. After being separated by dwarf slave traders who found their nest, the brothers and sister---Auron, the rare scaleless gray; Wistala, the green female; and Copper, the embittered cripple---are reunited. But their reunion is not a happy one, since the three find themselves at odds over the coming human war.

    E. Crawford says: "Scatter brained dragons, cause for scattered story"
    "Scatter brained dragons, cause for scattered story"
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    Although this book is a good listen, when I compare it to the previous books I am left with a little disappointment. Weather the author intended it or not, the characters came across to me as a little scatter brained or ditsy. My initial view of dragons was one of a being that is very intelligent, and driven by instinct. To me this book portrays them as that and as beings that cant make up their mind on what side to take.

    The story a good one, I feel that it just needs better character development at this stage.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon Outcast: Age of Fire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By E. E. Knight
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (82)

    Dragon Outcast continues E. E. Knight's thrilling fantasy series about a brood of young dragon siblings - each unique, each powerful, and each fated to battle the other to the end. Here, the darkest of the dragons is introduced as he strives to make himself the strongest - and the last - of his brethren.

    Delton says: "Outcast shows heart."
    "A great tale of a under dog, er.. under dragon"
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    Perfect story on why you should not judge unless you have walked a mile in the same shoes. This is my favorite book of the series. As always the narration is great. The story pulled me in and made me cheer for every win the Copper achieved.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon Avenger: Age of Fire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By E. E. Knight
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (105)

    "I am Wistala. Wistala the great dragon huntress, a silent green avenger, dropping from the clouds...." Such is the mettle of young Wistala, one of four dragons born high in the mountains, as she breaks free of her shell. The last of a dying breed, the siblings learn of their legacy from their devoted mother and protective father - until the fateful day when their dark sanctuary is invaded by a group of slave-trading dwarves.

    Adryan says: "Very Enjoyable"
    "Its not safe to anger a female dragon. Yikes!"
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    I was excited to continue the story. I was even more excited to when I heard the story from a different perspective. E. E. Knight does a great job or telling the same story but keeping his readers in tune by changing the perspective. As always the narration by David Drummond was excellent.

    A great read to see how vengeance is best served with choice organ meats that have been slow roasted with dragon fire.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon Champion: Age of Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By E. E. Knight
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    Overall
    (394)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (214)

    High in the mountains, deep in the safety of a cave, a brood of dragons is born. The four young ones are among the last of a dying breed---the final hope for dragons' survival. But hope shatters when a murderous group of slave-trading dwarves breaks into the cave, leaving death and destruction in its wake. Only young Auron, a rare scaleless gray dragon, manages to escape.

    Andy says: "Dragon lover of old. . . .reborn"
    "Refreshing perspective to the dragon story."
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    Any additional comments?

    This book was fun to listen to. I stayed entertained throughout the story. The narration was excellent. The characters were intriguing. If you are looking for a different take on a dragon story, this book is for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon Fate: Age of Fire, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By E. E. Knight
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (51)

    Scattered across a continent, three dragon siblings are among the last of a dying breed -the final hope for their species' survival. After fighting a war that cost each of them kingdom and land, friends and family, honor and glory, they have removed themselves from the troubles of the world. But the order they fought to establish is falling apart. Ancient sorceries have been awakened. Dragons battle dragons. And men are taking up arms against their winged overlords. The author of the national best-selling Vampire Earth series presents the fiery conclusion to his epic dragon saga.

    Robin says: "A disappointing ending to a pretty good series."
    "Left questions unanswered, but in a bad way."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I enjoyed the story and felt the characters brought out love, hate, and all the shades of gray in between. I was looking forward to this book answering some of the questions that have been growing throughout the series. This book did not do that for me. I finished the book with a let down feeling. I enjoyed the narration of the book as I did with all the books in this series.


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

    David is very skilled at portraying each of the characters. I had no issues telling them apart and was amazed at the different accents and inflections that each character has.


    Could you see Dragon Fate being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No movie potential.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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