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Al-Harthy Complex, Oman | Member Since 2007


  • Gardens of the Moon: The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Steven Erikson
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Malazan Empire simmers with discontent, bled dry by interminable warfare, bitter infighting, and bloody confrontations with ancient and implacable sorcerers. Even the imperial legions, long inured to the bloodshed, yearn for some respite. Yet Empress Laseen’s rule remains absolute, enforced by her dreaded Claw assassins. For Sergeant Whiskeyjack and his squad of Bridgeburners, and for Tattersail, their lone surviving mage, the aftermath of the siege of Pale should have been a time to mourn the many dead. But Darujhistan, last of the Free Cities, yet holds out.

    Adnan says: "An engrossing yet demanding high epic"
    "Confusing names and bad reading style"

    Narrator kept on using these nasal voices that were consistently annoying. The way he portrays the voices has no correlation to how people speak in reality. It was so annoying that I found it hard to actually focus on the story. The author also made a choice to pick thoroughly confusing names for his characters. This when combined with the annoying reading made it hard to follow the plot almost a full 4 hours into the reading. After a total of 4 hours of listening I was barely getting a vague sense of differentiating the characters in the book. Maybe it's just me, but I am not happy with this book so far and I am finding it rather hard to continue listening to it.

    1 of 3 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

    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"
    "Interesting story, bad writting"

    I won't go into much detail, but I would say that the writing of the book lacked refinement. The author liked to portray sounds throughout the book the same way you would see them in a comic book. This felt like a shortcut for when the author was too lazy to describe what had happened. An entire critical battle scene would be written like this"Clunk, thunk".. that's it. Sounds like lazy writing by an author who just couldn't be bothered. The author also constantly repeated the same words throughout the book. I can't count how many times I heard the word boring used while listening to the book. Not only is the repetition of words excessively considered bad writing, specifically the repetition of the word boring makes me feel like I am listening to a teenage story teller. There were also glaring gaps in the story telling. Kind of like watching a movie that was edited to make it short enough to fit on the allotted time on TV.

    The author has potential, but needs to work on polishing and refining their writing skills. While I am not a professional critic, I knew enough to see this as weak effort.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Lawrence M. Krauss
    • Narrated By Lawrence M. Krauss, Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Where did the universe come from? What was there before it? What will the future bring? And finally, why is there something rather than nothing? Krauss’ answers to these and other timeless questions, in a wildly popular lecture on YouTube, has attracted almost a million viewers. One of the few prominent scientists to have actively crossed the chasm between science and popular culture, Krauss reveals that modern science is indeed addressing the question of why there is something rather than nothing—with surprising and fascinating results.

    Dennis says: "If you are new to the subject, listen to it!"
    "Author sounds like a religious Zelot"

    The Author, while claiming to be focused on science for the sake of science spends way too much time trying to convince everybody that god does not exist. When I buy I science book, I want a science book. When I buy a theological book, I want a theological book. The author is so insistent on proving there is no god that he almost sounds like an extremely religious person who is trying to make you believe in god. I would argue that the author while consistently saying he has no faith in religion, is treating science as if it is a religion.

    Sometimes I would think while listening to the book "come on, get on with the science" I've had enough of this lame discussion on how he has mathematically proven God does not exist. Also, what he fails to understand in his constant battering criticism of religion is that some religions have actively encouraged the seeking of knowledge and the study of science. As a Muslim, I know that my religion encourages me to learn and study. Religion is something we accept based purely on faith. I don't need mathematical proof that God exists. Science is based on math, observation and analytical thinking, I compartmentalize the two and have no issues with believing in both.

    If the two conflict, not a big deal, chances are there is something I have misinterpreted from either the science side or the religion side. If the the conflict is extreme, I don't give myself a headache about it. Science has done good things to my life and religion has done good things to my life, I don't feel compelled to go around actively trying to discredit one or the other. For someone who does not believe in God, I would consider the lengths to which this author has gone in an attempt to prove this idea almost like an act of desperation. His arguments had the same tone, pitch and fervor of some of the extremely religious guys I've met who are trying to sell me their way of life as the only way that makes sense.. So, dear author, tone it down a bit and focus on the science next time.

    14 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • Inbound Marketing: Get Found Using Google, Social Media, and Blogs

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Brian Halligan, Dharmesh Shah
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvetd

    To connect with today's buyer, you need to stop pushing your message out and start pulling your customers in. The rules of marketing have changed and the key to winning is to use this change to your advantage. If you've wondered how to get found in Google or why blogs and social media sites like Facebook and Twitter are important, Inbound Marketing is the audiobook for you.

    Cat Goddess says: "DON'T BUY THE AUDIO VERSION!"
    "Forgets there is still a world outside the net!"

    The book is a good book, and I really did genuinely learn a lot from it, but the author completely ignores the fact that there is still a thriving world outside the internet and there are still people out there without internet connectivity. He also completely dismisses the value of all non internet media. While the returns from non internet media have diminished drastically compared to how they used to be, they still have massive reach and potential. I still do give this book 4 stars because the advice it does give about marketing on the internet has proved valuable and useful to me, although my good old printed media marketing has had far stronger impact to date, having a magazine write a 3 page positive review of your service, has a very strong impact and adds lots of credibility to your business. Much more so than my blog which has a grand total of 6 comments so far! Besides, in the region where I live, the bulk of people in the age group where they could be my potential customers find social media sites as trivial and more suited for youngsters (as can be proven by the typical member demographics in these sites when you look for members from my country).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All Marketers Are Liars: The Power of Telling Authentic Stories in a Low-Trust World

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Seth Godin
    • Narrated By Seth Godin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Every marketer tells a story. And if they do it right, we believe them. We believe that wine tastes better in a $20 glass than a $1 glass. We believe that an $80,000 Porsche Cayenne is vastly superior to a $36,000 VW Touareg, which is virtually the same car. We believe that $225 Pumas will make our feet feel better, and look cooler, than $20 no-names...and believing it makes it true.

    Oscar says: "Just OK for me."
    "Simple idea, could have been said in 3 paragraphs"

    The book has a simple but good idea that it fails to properly flesh out, leaving you with nothing but lots of fluff. Reads more like a motivational book than a marketing technique book. The author failed to realize the potential behind the concept fully. The book is not totally useless, it just does not contain enough actual material to constitute a book, it could have been better written as report.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dawning of Power Trilogy: Call of the Herald, Inherited Danger, Dragon Ore

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Brian Keith Rathbone
    • Narrated By Brian Keith Rathbone

    Echoes of the ancients' power are distant memories, tattered and faded by the passage of eons, but that is about to change. A new dawn has arrived. Latent abilities, harbored in mankind's deepest fibers, wait to be unleashed. Ancient evils awaken, and old fears ignite the fires of war. In times such as these, ordinary people have the power to save the world...or destroy it.

    CJ says: "Narrator Ruins Book"
    "Good enough if you have nothing bette to do"

    First of all, let us get one thing clear. The recording and editing quality of this book was outrageously bad! To top that off, the narrator made so many mistakes where he repeated himself (or maybe the writing style repeated itself) to the extent that it probably is the biggest factor affecting my ratting in a negative manner.

    Now on to the actual book itself. The book in short, did not feel very coherent, the characters lacked a certain amount of depth, the ending was anti-climatic and over all was rather predictable. The story was not so bad, but it is obviously not written by a master story teller.

    It was just good enough to keep you listening, but it is definitely not a memorable book. When it comes to books about youths discovering supernatural power within them and saving the world, you are far better off reading the first few books of The Wheel of time and the final books of the series (skip the middle). Or you could go for the Mistborn series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

    Lore says: "Book 1 of a great series that is not to be missed!"
    "Well worth the time and money spent"

    The story is well written with just enough characters to keep things interesting, but not so many as to make you loose track of things. Unlike the wheel of time series (which Brandon is doing a grand job of tidying up) where you had so many characters that you needed to keep a log book so as not to loose track.

    The action scenes were so well portrayed, you did not have difficulty imagining the action sequence, it gave me the same WOOOW factor I got the first time I watched The Matrix. The humor did not feel forced, and whatever jokes were thrown in there were not too repetitive. They genuinely made me laugh and they did feel like the sort of jokes friends would have together. The witty characters were genuinely witty and over all the writing style was just brilliant. Although I felt the characters were a bit too dense sometimes when they could not figure out earlier that the Lord Ruler was the terrace man.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Crossroads of Twilight: Book Ten of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow. Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time. Crossroads of Twilight is book ten of Robert Jordan's best selling Wheel of Time series.

    Robert Eric Koch says: "The Lowest Point of the Entire Series"
    "Plot flies around in every direction"

    I started listening to this series and was realy engrossed in the story line all the way to book 9 when things started to go downhill. I have not yet listened to book 11 through to 13, so my review does not encompass those books.

    -The book barely puts any focus on the 3 main chareters in the book. Rand, Mat and Perin. What little is mentioned about them does not drive the plot forward signifiantly one little bit.

    -There is not a single cohisive advancement in any of the millions of other plot lines introduced in this book, with the reader strugling to keep up with the multitude of events happening.

    -Most of the book is read by Kate, who is annoying to listen too, especially when she starts saying "Ohh light!" Too much drama and pleading in her voice.

    -Too many charecters are portrayed as narrow visioned blind fools, especially the Aysaday, which is odd considering their reputation and supposed age they live which one would assume would supply at least a pinch of wisdom. Too much stereo typing and too many shallow charecters.

    -With the advent of the rediscovery of traveling, and talking to each other in dreams, you would have assumed that the charecters would have had better ability to comunicate with each other critical events. Such as the cleansing of the male part of the one power and the fact that while guarding rand somebody had seen a woman chaneling the male half of the power was spotted along with many other critical things.

    -How any times does the reader have to go through everything reexplained every time a new book comes out? Would it not be wise to assume the reader would rather get on with the plot rather than having half of the past 9 books summerised into the tength each time a charecter is reintroduced?

    -I heartily recomend skipping this book and the reader would be no worse for loss of plot lines.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Path of Daggers: Book Eight of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading

    The Seanchan invasion force is in possession of Ebou Dar. Nynaeve, Elayne, and Aviendha head for Caemlyn and Elayne's rightful throne, but on the way they discover an enemy much worse than the Seanchan. In Illian, Rand vows to throw the Seanchan back as he did once before. But signs of madness are appearing among the Asha'man.

    Paul says: "the best of the best"
    "Very bad audio editing"

    Although the story itself was alright, the audio editing was horrible quality with many bits of audio repeating due to careless editing and some very strange audio artifacts sneaking in every once in a while.

    Kate Readings reading style does not appeal to me as she over dramatisizes some of the speech leading to some very annoying listening, every time she tries to portray a female character speaking in distress it sounds rather annoying.

    9 of 14 people found this review helpful

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