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Hayden729

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  • Monster Hunter Alpha

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3818)
    Performance
    (3451)
    Story
    (3469)

    Earl Harbinger may be the leader of Monster Hunter International, but he's also got a secret. Nearly a century ago, Earl was cursed to be a werewolf. When Earl receives word that one of his oldest foes, a legendarily vicious werewolf that worked for the KGB, has mysteriously appeared in the remote woods of Michigan, he decides to take care of some unfinished business.

    Nicholas says: "Unexpectedly Enjoyable"
    "A Great Addition to the Monster Hunter Series"
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    What made the experience of listening to Monster Hunter Alpha the most enjoyable?

    Earl Harbinger is definitely one of the best characters in the Monster Hunter series and having a book entirely devoted to him pays off immensely. I didn't feel in the least ripped off in the least that we were following Earl and Owen Zastava Pitt doesn't show up at all. I know some people might, but put that out of your mind. Earl is such an excellent character, getting to hear about his rich history is plenty of reward, and Owen I'm sure will be back in book 4.

    Much like the Chronicles of Narnia (Magician's Nephew), you could read this book alone, but it is best to read the other two books first because it makes this tale much richer because of it.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fury of the Seventh Son: The Last Apprentice, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Joseph Delaney, Patrick Arrasmith
    • Narrated By Alexander Cendese
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    He's the seventh son of a seventh son. He's the only one who can stop the greatest evil. Tom Ward, the Spook's last apprentice, has everything he needs to vanquish the Fiend, once and for all: the three blades recovered from the dark, the gifts from his witch mother, and the skills he's learned from Master Gregory. And Alice, the one he loves most, is willing to sacrifice herself to fulfill the spell. Or is she? Racing against time, all of Tom's old allies - and old enemies - return. They will clash in a final battle more epic than any he has fought before.

    Rickie says: ""What The Frak""
    "Disappointing on many levels"
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    What would have made Fury of the Seventh Son better?

    The Alice relationship, which is a crux for most of the series felt extremely glossed over and shoved to the side. The whole explanation of Alice's motivations and what really happened also felt very rushed.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Joseph Delaney and Patrick Arrasmith again?

    No, I felt it was the worst book in the series thus far. I love this series and was very much looking forward to this installment. It felt like Delaney just forcing a new series out of this book. He doesn't let this book properly finish the Last Apprentice series. Can he continue on? Sure, but this book felt like it didn't have a resolution at all. If felt like the characters were more flying by the seat of their pants after having these clear options before them.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    There is a gross amount of reiteration of old material that isn't put forward in a way that is anything but dull to readers who have been following the series. Not only that, but he does it multiple times!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I was actually quite surprised and sad to find that Christopher Evan Welch didn't read this book. Cendese was fine, but he couldn't match Welch's depth and strength.


    Any additional comments?

    I just don't appreciate where this book went at all. Frankly, I'm still so angry that I'm having a hard time putting it into words.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tyler Hamilton, Daniel Coyle
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (472)
    Performance
    (419)
    Story
    (423)

    Here is an explosive book that takes us, for the first time, deep inside a shadowy, fascinating, and surreal world of unscrupulous doctors, anything-goes team directors, and athletes so relentlessly driven to succeed that they would do anything—and take any risk, physical, mental, or moral—to gain the edge they needed to win. The Secret Race is a riveting, courageous act of witness from a man who is as determined to reveal the hard truth about his sport as he once was to win the Tour de France.

    Alan says: "Gripping and fascinating"
    "Marvellous Story"
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    If you could sum up The Secret Race in three words, what would they be?

    This is an inspirational story about the importance of truth. I adored everything about it. Sure, you learn to hate the sport for what it forces cyclists to do. Tyler & Daniel delve deeply into the trouble world of modern cycling and don't hold back anything about the EPO riddled world that it unveils.
    It is so good that I wanted more. Which is always a good thing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: Rethinking Our Past: Recognizing Facts, Fictions, and Lies in American History

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By James W. Loewen
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (103)

    Nationalist history by textbook authors and the descendants or biographers of the famous and infamous have given history students a very skewed vision of our true history - indeed, the true history of mankind. This course is designed to enlighten and encourage you to consider the factual basis of many of our most-cherished yet glossed-over stories and the real-life characters who populate them.

    Nicholas says: "More than a retelling of history"
    "Everyone should listen to this!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Modern Scholar to be better than the print version?

    I am a huge fan of people who tell proper, truthful history. Much like Howard Zinn, Professor James W. Loewen is a master at telling us the truth about American history. Even better, he is very entertaining to listen to. I learned a plethora of incredible, amazing, and flabbergasting details about our history that I never even came close to getting in school. I wish every history teacher was like Professor Loewen. Everyone has to check out this audiobook!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blood of Tyrants: Temeraire, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Naomi Novik
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (209)

    Shipwrecked and cast ashore in Japan with no memory of Temeraire or his own experiences as an English aviator, Laurence finds himself tangled in deadly political intrigues that threaten not only his own life but England's already precarious position in the Far East. Age-old enmities and suspicions have turned the entire region into a powder keg ready to erupt at the slightest spark.

    Tango says: "Setting Up for the Grand Finale"
    "What on earth was she thinking?"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Amnesia? Really? I was ready to roll with it. But after a couple of chapters of it I was done with it. There is nothing new about the style of the amnesia and it feels like a device, almost from the outset, to create drama for drama's sake. It seemed awfully convenient that Lawrence just happened to forget everything just up to the time he met Temeraire and became an aviator. Poppycock, it was just too blaringly obvious. I found myself struggling through part 2 of the book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final third of the book was by far the best


    Was Blood of Tyrants worth the listening time?

    Not on the whole, but I do love the last part.


    Any additional comments?

    Just stay away from Amnesia people. It's just so stale of a literary device and is dreadfully hard to pull off with any class. Naomi Novik, you're better than this.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Fallout: Zombie Fallout, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (2883)
    Performance
    (2694)
    Story
    (2705)

    This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.

    Teddy says: "Hooked!"
    "Great Zombie Story"
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    What did you love best about Zombie Fallout?

    I thought Tufo did a masterful job in this book of balancing humor and horror. His main character Michael Talbot has many great witticisms that are hilarious and engaging. The story also moves you along and makes you want to keep reading. I didn't want to stop when I had to. That's always a good sign in a book. All of the characters are well thought out and are integral in their own way to the story. There are also a few fun twists to the zombie mythos. Great book to start a series with!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Plague Upon Your Family: Zombie Fallout, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1878)
    Performance
    (1740)
    Story
    (1750)

    The Talbots are evacuating their home amidst a zombie apocalypse. Mankind is on the edge of extinction as a new dominant, mindless opponent scours the landscape in search of food, which just so happens to be noninfected humans. The Talbots have escaped Little Turtle, but to what end? On the run, they find themselves encountering a far vaster evil than the one that has already beset them. As they travel across the countryside they soon learn that there are more than just zombies to be fearful of....

    Teddy says: "An excellent sequel"
    "Not as rich as the original"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Many times an author will establish the story and then really take off in the second novel in a series. I felt that was hardly the case in this series. I was very much interested in reading all the Zombie Fallout series after the first book but have been reticent to going on after reading this book. Let me explain. The first novel balances the action with the character development seamlessly. This book, feels like it has a hard time switching between the two. And when we get to the character development, it feels like the Michael Talbot is becoming much more depressed and sullen. He doesn't have the spark he has in the first book, and Tufo's sparkling witticisms are fewer and farther between as well.

    I kept saying to myself, 'come on Talbot, quit just being forced into situation after situation and be pro active or at least try a little harder.' It really did feel like he was partially giving up in places, and that is something that is acceptable on occasion in a main character. However, Tufo doesn't give sufficient reason or driving action to make his floppiness feel justified or palatable.

    I may go on to book three, but it will be a little longer than originally expected after this let down.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • And Furthermore

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Judi Dench
    • Narrated By Samantha Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (79)

    From London’s glittering West End to Broadway’s bright lights, from her Academy Award-winning role as Elizabeth I in Shakespeare in Love to “M” in the James Bond films, Judi Dench has treated audiences to some of the greatest performances of our time.

    Amazon Customer says: "I wanted it to be longer"
    "Works as an additon only"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Its a shame that Judi Dench's other autobiography isn't available yet, because this volume, while satisfying on some levels, really lacks the depth an autobiography should have. It is meant as an addendum to her other autobiography and really reads as such. So if you are going to delve into this book its best to be a true Judi Dench lover or have read her other autobiography prior to reading this volume.

    That said, Dame Dench still has lots of great stories and insights into the theatre and film industry and her own life in this book. I loved it for what it was and hopefully you can too.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Grimalkin the Witch Assassin: The Last Apprentice, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Joseph Delaney, Patrick Arrasmith
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (117)

    One witch is the most feared, the most ruthless, and the most deadly of all the witches in the county. If she hunts for you, she will find you. If you have crossed her, you don't stand a chance. She is the witch assassin, and her name is Grimalkin. Grimalkin's one alliance is with Tom Ward, the Spook's apprentice. With Tom, she plans to rid the world of the most terrifying evil, the Fiend, who once did her a great wrong. For the first time, fans of the Last Apprentice series will hear the story from Grimalkin's side.

    ERICK says: "Excellent divergence from the main storyline"
    "Excellent divergence from the main storyline"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I love this whole series and can't wait for the next installment. This one was particularly interested because it follows Grimalkin instead of the main character Thomas Ward. It takes place right in line with the series. It picks Grimalkin up at a point right after Book 8. I love having the look into her psyche and a bit of her history. In fact, I would've loved if this book gave a lot more of her story than what was offered. I was very much left wanting to hear more about her. I want a volume 2! :)

    If you are just starting, this book doesn't entirely work as a stand alone. It's best if you start at the beginning of the series.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tricked: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5443)
    Performance
    (5024)
    Story
    (5015)

    Druid Atticus O’Sullivan hasn’t stayed alive for more than two millennia without a fair bit of Celtic cunning. So when vengeful thunder gods come Norse by Southwest looking for payback, Atticus, with a little help from the Navajo trickster god Coyote, lets them think that they’ve chopped up his body in the Arizona desert. But the mischievous Coyote is not above a little sleight of paw, and Atticus soon finds that he’s been duped into battling bloodthirsty desert shape-shifters called skinwalkers.

    Nicholas says: "Hooked in an Instant"
    "Finally at full stride"
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    Where does Tricked rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    With each of the first three books of the Iron Druid Chronicles, there was always something that didn't quite ring true or just felt slightly out of place. Not so with Tricked. I feel this is definitely Hearne's best book to date. It was the first time I felt that the lead character wasn't making a completely stupid mistake that isn't in character for a man who has been able to survive for 2,000 years. It also had some great comic moments. I am absolutely eager and excited for the release of the next book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kind of hard not to love Oberon. His humor is absolutely loveable.


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

    His voices are excellent! Honest, believable, witty and engaging. He really knows how to keep the story moving along.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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