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Ken

Agua Dulce, CA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 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
    (11614)
    Performance
    (9011)
    Story
    (9069)

    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!"
    "Not for me"
    Overall

    I enjoy long listens with a good story line and a serial is even more inviting. I gave this a try for an hour or so and was lost. Not for the Sci-Fi light weight. I don't think the problem is with the author, I completely blame myself for not doing a pre listen.

    14 of 82 people found this review helpful
  • The Raven Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Maggie Stiefvater
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (797)
    Performance
    (729)
    Story
    (732)

    It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive. Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them - not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her. His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble. But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can't entirely explain.

    C. ALLINGER says: "Stiefvater does it again!"
    "Wonderful narration, very good listen!"
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Raven Boys the most enjoyable?

    I found this book by looking at all of Will Patton's narrations. He elevates everything he reads. I'm downloading the rest of the series, I can't wait to "see" the conclusion.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (3938)
    Performance
    (2252)
    Story
    (2305)

    Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

    Sanford Rosenberg says: "What a pleasure to read a classic!"
    "Wonderful Revisit!"
    Overall

    I read this many years ago, back when it was an assignment, enjoyed it then. We've all seen the movie adaptions. Ever wonder how they squeeze 40 or so hours of reading down to 100 minutes of visual? This is a wonderful listen. The reader captures each character perfectly and even though I know the outcome, the journey is fantastic!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Robe

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Lloyd C. Douglas
    • Narrated By Stuart Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (117)

    A Roman soldier, Marcellus, wins Christ's robe as a gambling prize. He then sets forth on a quest to find the truth about the Nazarene's robe, a quest that reaches to the very roots and heart of Christianity. Set against the vividly drawn background of ancient Rome, this is a timeless story of adventure, faith, and romance, a tale of spiritual longing and ultimate redemption.

    Jerrilynn says: "Simply the Best"
    "The Robe"
    Overall

    I have never written a review even though I listen to 1-2 books a month during my daily drive time. I am not particularly religious but I found myself loving this book. The story of Christianity is not a new one but the way the author opens our eyes to the "strange events of the death of a Jewish carpenter" is fresh, enjoyable and compelling. It is the story of a Roman Tribune, tasked with the crucifixion, he becomes deeply depressed then slowly enlightened as he skeptically researches Jesus' story first hand.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman, full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5242)
    Performance
    (1727)
    Story
    (1753)

    When Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon decide to spy on a presentation her uncle, the commanding Lord Asriel, is making to the elders of Jordan College they have no idea that they will become witnesses to an attempted murder, and even less that they are taking the first steps in a journey that will lead them into danger and adventure unlike anything Lyra's unfettered imagination has conjured up.

    Arnold says: "A Terrific Book"
    "Golden compass review"
    Overall

    I purchased this book for my son. He's 7, and not ready for the book, but I was. Very enjoyable fantasy. I especially enjoyed the cast of characters/readers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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