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Lenin

American Canyon, CA, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • 11 reviews
  • 184 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 21 purchased in 2014
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  • A Memory of Light: Wheel of Time, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4797)
    Performance
    (4363)
    Story
    (4410)

    Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

    Amazon Customer says: "End of one of my favorite fantasy series ever."
    "What? That's It?"
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    Performance
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    If you could sum up A Memory of Light in three words, what would they be?

    Epic...Moving...Lacking


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When olver blew the horn...


    Any additional comments?

    It's great that a series I have loved has come to a close. Though It was done no where near how Robert Jordan writes i.e. Jordan writes at a slower pace with more descriptions and specifics with even more humor. Am glad Brandon finished the series just to bring closure. This book is the Last Battle so the book is mostly about fighting and war you'll get sickened by it. But what I found disappointing is the epilogue or in Jordans words...The Last Chapter. There was none. I have hoped it brought closure to our favorite characters. What happened after the last battle is what I was looking after. Disappointing and Lacking.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Song: Raven's Shadow, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Anthony Ryan
    • Narrated By Steven Brand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1728)
    Performance
    (1636)
    Story
    (1635)

    The Sixth Order wields the sword of justice and smites the enemies of the Faith and the Realm. Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of 10 when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order. The Brothers of the Sixth Order are devoted to battle, and Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate, and dangerous life of a Warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order.

    JPaladin says: "Wonderful Epic! Mature and well-written."
    "Can't wait for the Sequel"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    A great addition to my titles. An epic story of Vaelin from boyhood to manhood. There's magic, a little romance, sword fighting without the gore. If you like Brandon Sandersons Stormlight, or Brent Weeks Angel Trilogy...then you're gonna like this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ruins: Pathfinder, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1393)
    Performance
    (1236)
    Story
    (1258)

    When Rigg and his friends crossed the Wall between the only world they knew and a world they could not imagine, he hoped he was leading them to safety. But the dangers in this new wallfold are more difficult to see. Rigg, Umbo, and Param know that they cannot trust the expendable, Vadesh - a machine shaped like a human, created to deceive - but they are no longer certain that they can even trust one another. But they will have little choice. Because although Rigg can decipher the paths of the past, he can’t yet see the horror that lies ahead: A destructive force with deadly intentions is hurtling toward Garden.

    James says: "Story Stretching 101"
    "Annoying book we dont need"
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    Any additional comments?

    Am an OSC fan. I had to listen again to Pathfinder in anticipation of Ruins. It was downright disappointing. OSC had to constantly remind the readers of what happened in Pathfinder. This is the second book! We all read the first one so why the summary? There's not much action in this book either. Most of the story is a war of words. The characters mistrusting each other, self pity, bickering. The first half of this book was like that that I was tempted to just stop and ask for a credit. I mean, It was so annoying I trudged slowly to finish the book. Other OSC books I can get thru in one go. Not this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kailan's Gift

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Alexander L. Torres
    • Narrated By Alan Burton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Set against a world on the verge of war, 16-year-old Aydan receives an unexpected gift from his deceased mother. The gift stirs a longing in him to learn more about her, and he decides to travel to her distant homeland. But as he prepares to leave his home, he is pressed into military service by his king. Aydan's hunting prowess makes him critical in the king's quest to rid his realm of assassins and thieves in the surrounding forests.

    Lenin says: "Typical Fantasy Novel"
    "Typical Fantasy Novel"
    Overall
    Performance
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    If you could sum up Kailan's Gift in three words, what would they be?

    Typical Predictable Average


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Not surprising. The ending needs a sequel.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Get a better narrator. This one's voice is depressing, Like listening thru a hollow tube in a haunted house.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. Took me to buy a kindle book before it piqued my interest again.


    Any additional comments?

    This is your typical fantasy novel about a boy of humble beginnings with a family secret. Now when his land is in danger of invaders he learns of this secret and develops a magical capability which helps him and his friends battle that evil wizard and partially free his land of this evil. I said partially because the invading army isnt defeated yet and he still has to harness his magical powers. Like I said, Typical. If you like these kind of plots then go and read this as I am curious to know what is in store on the next book. But, am gonna buy it in kindle next time if it's going to be same narrator because this narrator is bad to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dread: Fallen Kings Cycle, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Gail Z. Martin
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (47)

    The Dread, Book Two of the Fallen Kings Cycle, picks up the adventures of Tris, Jonmarc, and the Winter Kingdoms gang immediately after the events in The Sworn.

    Denise says: "So disapointed...."
    "Draining"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I like the series but this book is my least favorite. It's mostly about war. It's draining to hear a book mostly about battles. But since this is part of the series I got to hear it out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Land of Painted Caves: Earth's Children, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1214)
    Performance
    (723)
    Story
    (735)

    Ayla, one of the most remarkable and beloved heroines in contemporary fiction, continues to explore the world and the people around her with curiosity, insight, and, above all, courage. As the story opens, Ayla, Jondalar, and their infant daughter, Jonayla, are living with the Zelandonii in the Ninth Cave - a shelter of stone. Ayla has been chosen as an acolyte and has embarked on the arduous task of training to become a spiritual leader.

    phillip says: "Be careful what you wish for!"
    "What a torture..."
    Overall

    The constant flashbacks, the repetitive "Mother's Song", the repetitive formal introduction makes this an awful listen. To be reminded of what happened in her first 5 books makes this book like an all-in-one novel of all Jean's novels. Would have been better to read this in print so I can fast forward reading. Worthless credit in my opinion.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9191)
    Performance
    (6713)
    Story
    (6753)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Tim says: "True Blood PG13"
    "Dreary"
    Overall

    9 hours into the audiobook and I still dont get it. 9 hours of listening to nonsense idle description of dinner dates between a vampire and a witch. 9 hours of a hanging plot of a missing manuscript. Well, I dont get the plot. There's no mystery, no action, and even with the numerous dates...no romance. I dont get what these high reviews have on this novel. My fault for buying this credit based on these reviews. Dont make it yours.

    25 of 37 people found this review helpful
  • Angel-Seeker: Samaria, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Sharon Shinn
    • Narrated By Tamara Marston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    The award-winning author returns to Samaria in this richly romantic tale that begins where Archangel left off. In that time, the women who craved the attention of angels were known as angel-seekers, a term used with awe by some - and scorn by others.

    Lenin says: "Read as book 2"
    "Read as book 2"
    Overall

    Though the 5th book in the Samaria saga, I got it as my second as this is the sequel to Archangel. I suggest you do so. More of a romance than a fantasy novel but still well written.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Towers of Midnight: Wheel of Time, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5474)
    Performance
    (3171)
    Story
    (3198)

    The Last Battle has started. The seals on the Dark One’s prison are crumbling. The Pattern itself is unraveling, and the armies of the Shadow have begun to boil out of the Blight. The sun has begun to set upon the Third Age. Perrin Aybara is now hunted by specters from his past: Whitecloaks, a slayer of wolves, and the responsibilities of leadership. All the while, an unseen foe is slowly pulling a noose tight around his neck....

    Jacob says: "Doesn't wrap as nicely as Gathering Storm"
    "Finally, some plots are answered..."
    Overall

    The first few...ok, many chapters takes place before gathering storm ended. It was confusing at first like time traveling to bits of Perrin and Rands story. I think Brandon made a mistake in taking a leap into Gathering Storm ending without delving first into what happened. Well, anyways, the story is finally tied up. Robert Jordan wouldnt have made this mistake. To the last battle...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shelters of Stone: Earth's Children, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (737)
    Performance
    (447)
    Story
    (457)

    After their epic journey across Europe, Ayla and Jondalar have reached his home, the Ninth Cave of the Zelandonii, the old stone-age settlement in the region known today as southwest France. Jondalar's family greet him warmly, but they are initially wary of the beautiful young woman he has brought back, with her strange accent and her tame wolf and horses.

    Thomas says: "Part V of a great read"
    "Annoying..."
    Overall

    The constant retelling of the same story on previous books gets into your nerves. And why the sudden change of Ayla's voice like an Irish girl. Fire the editor for too many filler notes.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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