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Benjamin

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  • Legion

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3242)
    Performance
    (2942)
    Story
    (2998)

    Stephen Leeds, AKA 'Legion,' is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the story begins, Leeds and his 'aspects' are drawn into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera whose astonishing properties could alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society.

    Joshua says: "The only flaw..."
    "Possessing Tale"
    Overall
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    This story is delightful in both its creativity/originality and moving story-line. The characters are totally believable while still fantastic. The plot is complicated enough to engage the reader while still compact enough to wrap up in a novella-length story. Brandon Sanderson is probably one of the best fantasy authors in the business today. This is a Must Read for any fan of Sanderson's work!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Magic of Recluce: Saga of Recluce, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By L. E. Modesitt Jr.
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (525)
    Performance
    (476)
    Story
    (485)

    Young Lerris is dissatisfied with his life and trade, and yearns to find a place in the world better suited to his skills and temperament. But in Recluce a change in circumstances means taking one of two options: permanent exile from Recluce or braving the dangergeld, a complex, rule-laden wanderjahr in the lands beyond Recluce, with the aim of learning how the world works and what his place in it might be. Many do not survive. Lerris chooses the dangergeld.

    Captain Skurvy says: "Epic Fantasy"
    "A Good Story, But not meant for Audio"
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    Story

    This story is intricate and well developed, but it employs excessive use of "sound effects." 90% of the time, the narrative fully works without the sounds. I think that, in the written form, the reader can gloss over the "Thwoks" and "Clicks," but when it is read to you, you simply can't ignore them, and they become aggravating quickly.

    Also, I was so tired of the word "Boring" by half-way through the first segment of this story, that I was desperately hoping that Lerris would die, and we could follow one of the other characters.

    Overall, the story ended up well. Just those issues, and the narrator. I won't be getting the others in this series because of the narrator.

    I WILL be finding them in print though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rithmatist

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1331)
    Performance
    (1227)
    Story
    (1234)

    More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings - merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles.

    Brandon says: "Beware of the chalk!"
    "The Only Thing Wrong with This Book Is . . ."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    . . .That the sequels aren't already written. This is 100% YA fiction, but fully sophisticated enough to be enjoyed by adults as well.

    Sanderson's Rithmatic Magic system is fascinating, and the depth of story makes you feel like you've really stepped into a world right in the middle of its own history.

    The story only deals with the events in the school in one town, but while reading, you can truly believe that this school is part of a MUCH larger world with complex and interesting issues/politics/histories/cultures. . . you name it.

    The characters are fun, the humor is delightful, and the conflicts and resolution are intense and fulfilling.

    This is a Five-Star story for me. Definitely worth the buy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dragon's Tooth: Ashtown Burials, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By N. D. Wilson
    • Narrated By Thomas Vincent Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (53)

    For two years, Cyrus and Antigone Smith have run a sagging roadside motel with their older brother, Daniel. Nothing ever seems to happen. Then a strange old man with bone tattoos arrives, demanding a specific room. Less than 24 hours later, the old man is dead. The motel has burned, and Daniel is missing. And Cyrus and Antigone are kneeling in a crowded hall, swearing an oath to an order of explorers who have long served as caretakers of the world's secrets, keepers of powerful relics from lost civilizations, and jailers to unkillable criminals who have terrorized the world for millennia.

    Nancy Stubbs says: "Great story - great narration"
    "Set Assumptions Aside..."
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    This story seems to borrow from a dozen different successful children's adventure stories--some of the borrowing is not even subtle: many of the names are taken right out of the pages of Treasure Island. It is the story of orphaned youths who find themselves to be the heirs of some estate they knew nothing about, mixed with a secret society that trains their members in exotic arts, and a "bad guy that everyone fears and who has a family history with the heroes. . . .

    BUT....It's good. The characters are engaging, the wordcraft excellent, the conflicts compelling, and the world enchanting.

    I kept expecting the story to go somewhere "cheesy," but I was pleasantly surprised. Some elements were predictable but no more than a YA story should be.

    I really enjoyed this one, and I plan to read the next in the series.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4202)
    Performance
    (1895)
    Story
    (1918)

    Heralded as an instant classic of fantasy literature, Maguire has written a wonderfully imaginative retelling of The Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch's point of view. More than just a fairy tale for adults, Wicked is a meditation on the nature of good and evil.

    Suzn F says: "I was not sure for a while then......."
    "Couldn't make myself finish it."
    Overall
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    Well, I was intrigued, and I made myself listen to more than half of the story, but this is basically a perversion of a classic children's tale.

    It was like someone took something silly and simple and deliberately forced as much perversion and political tripe into it as possible.

    The characters were interesting, but the rest is just trash.

    I wish I hadn't waited so long to quit reading this.

    The narrator is talented, but if I just want something that sounds nice, I'll turn on the radio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elantris

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3972)
    Performance
    (2487)
    Story
    (2528)

    Legendary science fiction author Orson Scott Card calls Brandon Sanderson a writer to watch, and Publishers Weekly says his debut is "outstanding." Once the godlike rulers of the capital of Arelon, the inhabitans of Elantris have been imprisoned within themselves, unable to die after the city's magic failed years ago. But when a new prince falls victim to the curse, he refuses to accept his fate.

    Lore says: "What if your body could never heal?"
    "Something New Under the Sun"
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    Sanderson is brilliant at creating new and original magic systems in his equally amazing worlds, and Elantris is no exception! This may be his debut book, but it is obvious that he knows what he's doing. This is the kind of detail and complexity one expects from a seasoned author--a writer of epics. This stand-alone novel does just that: it stands alone in a crowd of "same old, same old." It's so good to see something fresh and enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadows in Flight

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card, Scott Brick, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1470)
    Performance
    (1324)
    Story
    (1336)

    At the end of Shadow of the Giant, Bean flees to the stars with three of his children--the three who share the engineered genes that gave him both hyper-intelligence and a short, cruel physical life. The time dilation granted by the speed of their travel gives Earth’s scientists generations to seek a cure, to no avail. In time, they are forgotten - a fading ansible signal speaking of events lost to Earth’s history. But the Delphikis are about to make a discovery that will let them save themselves, and perhaps all of humanity in days to come.

    joshua says: "OSC again conveys his clear insight into humanity."
    "Not what I expected, But worth the read!"
    Overall
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I like any story with Bean in it. To be honest, I was really hoping that this was the tie-together story for the Ender series and the Shadow series, but there is a commentary at the end that explains what happened there. Shadows in Flight really feels more like a novella than a novel, but I think that it's an important piece in the over-all story. This is also the only one of the stories that is actually about


    Any additional comments?

    The performance was excellent as usual.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maggie: A Girl of the Streets and Other New York Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Stephen Crane
    • Narrated By Terry Bregy, Melissa Hughes
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (1)

    Although his most famous work, The Red Badge of Courage, was created almost entirely from his imagination, Stephen Crane didn't hesitate to seek out life's most demanding lessons for himself. During his lifetime, he was exposed to poverty, hopelessness, violence, shipwrecks, and countless other tragedies. The 4 short stories in this collection, "An Experiment in Misery," "The Reluctant Voyagers," "A Desertion," and "Maggie: A Girl of the Streets," show Crane's skillful prose, rich imagery, and deft exposure of the human condition, including a vivid picture of life in New York City at the turn of the century.

    A User says: "bad audio quality and composition"
    "Save you money, your time, and your ears!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This is easily one of the worst audio books ever made. The stories change without warning, with no introduction at all. The sound quality is no quality at all; it sounds like a recording from an old phonograph recorded on a dirty record and then played through a thrice-smashed coffee can. And what you can hear is poorly done.

    Don't get this one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Storm: The Door Within Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Wayne Thomas Batson
    • Narrated By Wayne Thomas Batson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Will Alleble withstand the final storm? Paragor, the Betrayer of King Eliam, unites with the Wyrm Lord and the Seven Sleepers to launch a fullscale assault on the Kingdom of Alleble. While Alleble and its allies prepare to face the coming onslaught, they cling to an ancient legend about Three Witnesses who have the power to bring victory. But is the legend true ? And if it is, Where are they? Time is running out as darkness spreads over The Realm, and Paragor unleashes The Final Storm.

    Cameron says: "One Heck of an Ending!"
    "Third Times the Charm"
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    "Never Alone!" This final book of the Door Within trilogy has a definite hint of the Chronicles of Narnia: The Last Battle, but it is more of a salute than a copy. I enjoyed this story greatly. It has elements of suspense, adventure, truth and power. I think it is a "must read" for any young persons who have already enjoyed the C.S. Lewis stories. But, definitely start at the beginning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise of the Wyrm Lord: The Door Within Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Wayne Thomas Batson
    • Narrated By Wayne Thomas Batson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    Who will survive the rise of the Wyrm Lord? Dark rumors have surfaced that Paragor is seeking the ancient Wyrm Lord to crush Alleble and finally take the crown for himself. When Aidan Thomas’ new friend—bright headstrong Antoinette Reed—is called to The Realm, Aidan solicits her help to rescue his best friend. But will Antoinette follow the one true king. . . or the evil Paragor?

    Chris says: "Has good principles. A good story!"
    "Better and better"
    Overall
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    Many of the rough edges of the first book are smoothed away in this much improved sequel. The action starts quickly and the characters are compelling. Many of the "lessons" or "spiritual parallels" are well delivered and "true to life." "Never Alone" touches my heart every time I hear it. This book is a close neighbor to some of the Narnia sequels. A good read. Looking forward to the third book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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