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Ron

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  • The Living God: Part Four of A Handful of Men

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dave Duncan
    • Narrated By Mil Nicholson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (35)

    The sorcerer Zinixo had declared himself the Almighty. Now goblin hordes ravish the Impire. Dragons incinerate entire legions. And the slave-sorcerers of the Covin practice whatever barbarities Zinixo requires. It is only a matter of time before the mad Zinixo is almighty in fact as well as name - unless Rap of Krasnegar can conjure up a miracle.

    Ryan M. Kelley says: "I love it when a plan comes together!"
    "Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant, ................."
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Each character in this series is dynamic. Everyone's story is exciting, not to mention the overall story. No waiting for the book to get back to an interesting character they were all interesting. Great writing plus awesome narration.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Kinshield Legacy: The Kinshield Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By K.C. May
    • Narrated By Lee Alan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    All warrant knight Gavin Kinshield really wants is a letter written 200 years ago by his ancestor, champion to King Arek, confessing the truth of how the king perished - a letter he must earn by tracking down a common thief. But when Gavin saves a woman's life, what should have been a simple task draws him face-to-face with his nightmarish past... and the shocking truth of King Arek's demise.

    Ron says: "Good Story, but lose the dramatic production."
    "Good Story, but lose the dramatic production."
    Overall
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    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The voice was good, but the dramatic (sound effects, background music) production was annoying. Once I got use to it, I could follow the story.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was actually pretty interesting. It took a new angle albeit with a common theme (the unwilling protagonist). I would advise the author to lose the dramatic production on the following books in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Crucible of Souls: The Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Mitchell Hogan
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (204)

    When Caldan’s parents are brutally slain, he is raised by monks and taught the arcane mysteries of sorcery. Vowing to discover for himself who his parents really were, and what led to their violent end, he is thrust into the unfamiliar chaos of city life. With nothing to his name but a pair of mysterious heirlooms and a handful of coins, he must prove his talent to earn an apprenticeship with a guild of sorcerers. But he soon learns the world outside the monastery is a darker place than he ever imagined, and his treasured sorcery has disturbing depths. As a shadowed evil manipulates the unwary and forbidden powers are unleashed, Caldan is plunged into an age-old conflict that brings the world to the edge of destruction.

    moniakatarina villasenor says: "Rich characters, exciting and very well written!"
    "Pretty Good Coming of Age Story"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The story kept moving,


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

    He did a great job, the characters were easily distinguishable. This makes it easy to just relax and enjoy the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I tried this book hoping it would be at least OK, but from the very beginning I knew I was in for a pleasant surprise. Good story and great narration.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • City of Golden Shadow: Otherland, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Tad Williams
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    Surrounded by secrecy, it is home to the wildest dreams and darkest nightmares. Incredible amounts of money have been lavished on it. The best minds of two generations have labored to build it. And somehow, bit by bit, it is claiming the Earth's most valuable resource - its children.

    Amanda Halsdorff says: "Finally!"
    "Not for the impatient, even if you like unabriged."
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    If you want a long story to burn time, it works.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Spend more time on each story line before switching to the next, it took too long to figure out what was going on.


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

    He did a good job.


    Do you think City of Golden Shadow needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    The follow up is the same. I will likely finish the series due to having spent so much time on the first two books, I have an escalating commitment to doing so.


    Any additional comments?

    It starts off confusing because it jumps back and forth between a couple of stories without ever really investing enough into any one story to give you a main thread to follow.

    You will start to get it about 5 hours in and then it will take about 6 hour intervals for you to grasp the story bit by bit. Not a bad story, but it jumps around too much and keep growing in complexity.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Koban: Rise of the Kobani: Koban, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Stephen W. Bennett
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (179)

    The Kobani use captured Krall ships to return to Human Space. They seek expert training for their genetically modified fighters, modern weapons and new medical technology. There's a possible block to this help in the form of death penalty laws of the Planetary Union, prohibiting gene modifications of humans. A holdover from the Gene War, which nearly extinguished humanity. A perilous descent through a war torn planet's space defenses is a first step.

    Ron says: "Human genetic upgrades galore, Good Book"
    "Human genetic upgrades galore, Good Book"
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    Any additional comments?

    The book is a great continuation of the other books. The pace was good and the author did not stray from the theme of the other books. The characters' personalities were not changed to force a conclusion like some other books have done. Also, if you enjoyed the genetic upgrades in the previous books, this book will not disappoint.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Forging Zero: The Legend of ZERO

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Sara King
    • Narrated By Liam Owen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (250)

    The oldest of the children drafted from humanity's devastated planet, Joe is impressed into service by the alien Congressional Ground Force - and becomes the unwitting centerpiece in a millennia-long alien struggle for independence. Once his training begins, one of the elusive and prophetic Trith appears to give Joe a spine chilling prophecy that the universe has been anticipating for millions of years: Joe will be the one to finally shatter the vast alien government known as Congress. And the Trith cannot lie...but first Joe has to make it through bootcamp.

    Michael says: "Unforgettable Classic"
    "I will not be your soldier; ok I will."
    Overall
    Performance
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    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    To sum up this book in one headline: "I will not be your soldier; ok I will, but don't ask me why, i don't know" I sat through this and in the end I felt like this could have been 1/5th of the length and gotten the same message and level of enjoyment across. It took a long time to build up to nothing. The saddest part is the fact that there were parts of a foundation for a great story in the book.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Minstrel: Tir Athair, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Marissa Ames
    • Narrated By Matt Thurston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    Arriving in the royal city of Cynegil just after the good king's death, Liam and his traveling troupe face arrest for entertaining during a time of mourning. The new king, Riordan, offers them a choice: play for the court as he demands or be punished for the crime. With little recourse, they acquiesce. While the troupe entertains within the hall, Liam witnesses the dissension between the king and his twin brother, Shamus.

    Angela Goff says: "A Well Wrought Tapestry"
    "A much better book than I expected."
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    The book does not really take off until about half way though, but when it does take off it keeps going. I initially thought it would be about the silly exploits of a group of friends while going through an adventure, but it turned out to be different in a way that kept me listening. I only wish to did not take so long to build to the real story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Prince of Fools: The Red Queen's War, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Mark Lawrence
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (158)

    The Red Queen is old but the kings of the Broken Empire dread her like no other. For all her reign, she has fought the long war, contested in secret, against the powers that stand behind nations, for higher stakes than land or gold. Her greatest weapon is The Silent Sister - unseen by most and unspoken of by all. The Red Queen's grandson, Prince Jalan Kendeth - drinker, gambler, seducer of women - is one who can see The Silent Sister.

    Ron says: "M. Lawrence does it again, but differently."
    "M. Lawrence does it again, but differently."
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    In the Prince of Thorn's (POT) series, readers (whether you liked the book or not) were fascinated by a protagonist that most people did not really feel ok about liking. The character drove that book and the same happens in this book, but with an exception. The characteristics of this protagonist drives this book, but the writer did not try to make him another POT, but rather created a totally different personality that made me laugh many times throughout the book. I actually liked this book better than the POT.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Off Armageddon Reef: Safehold Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1314)
    Performance
    (764)
    Story
    (774)

    When Earth herself lay under siege by an enemy humankind could not defeat, mankind undertook one last throw of the dice: Operation Ark. Earth's final colonizing expedition was meant to build a new civilization, on a planet so distant even the Gbaba might never find it, and without the high-tech infrastructure whose emissions might betray its location.

    Alison says: "David Weber always good"
    "Not what I expected, but in a very good way."
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    Where does Off Armageddon Reef rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top ten sci-fi


    Any additional comments?

    Imagine waking up in a world where advances in technology, science, and economics have been suppressed in a manner that leaves everyone in this world ignorant of the fact that these things are being suppressed or even exist. In addition, the people in this world are decedents of people you once knew or worked with; people who existed at the zenith human technological and scientific advancement. People who built advance computers and spaceships. Furthermore you find that your own tenuous religious beliefs have been high-jacked while you were "asleep" and twisted to keep the people in this world under control and not advancing. You are able to reintroduce the knowledge of centuries of technological, economical, and scientific advancements. What would you do knowing that there is a great unknown threat these people need to start preparing to face? What would you do if there were safeguards put in place within the altered religion to make sure that if you did step forward with everything, people would view you as evil and bent on destroying their world?


    This book series is well written and a great read. It is fascinating to see how things we take for granted like the "0" in our numbering system could radically change a world if it was suddenly introduce to intelligent people who just did not know about it and who used a roman numerical numbering system instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Moon Rising: Forest Kingdom, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Simon R. Green
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (185)

    Rupert didn't especially want to be a prince. And he certainly never asked to be the second son of a royal line that really didn't need a spare. So he was sent out to slay a dragon and prove himself - a quest straight out of legend. But he also discovered the kinds of things legends tend to leave out, as well as the usual demons, goblins, the dreaded Night Witch - and even worse terrors hidden in the shadows of Darkwood. Rupert did find a fiery dragon - and a beautiful princess to rescue.

    Ron says: "Almost did not make it."
    "Almost did not make it."
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I almost stopped listening to this book when within the first hour or so I was introduced to a knight, vampire, talking unicorn, witch, troll, demon, and a talking dragon.-I love the fantasy genre, but it needs to be a little believable. Nonetheless I stuck in there (I was on the road and could not download another book), once half of those characters were dropped the story was not that bad.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3029)
    Performance
    (2788)
    Story
    (2789)

    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

    Tango says: "Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!"
    "An elegant mix of humor, sadness, and hopes."
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    Any additional comments?

    Even if you are not into the sci-fi/fantasy genre you can appreciate this story. It takes an interesting look into how immigrants in the past may have seen the world. It was an elegant mix of humor, sadness and hopes. I really enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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