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Joe

Modesto, CA | Member Since 2009

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  • Trapped: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4819)
    Performance
    (4415)
    Story
    (4439)

    After 12 years of secret training, Atticus O’Sullivan is finally ready to bind his apprentice, Granuaile, to the earth and double the number of Druids in the world. But on the eve of the ritual, the world that thought he was dead abruptly discovers that he’s still alive, and they would much rather he return to the grave. Having no other choice, Atticus, his trusted Irish wolfhound, Oberon, and Granuaile travel to the base of Mount Olympus, where the Roman god Bacchus is anxious to take his sworn revenge - but he’ll have to get in line behind an ancient vampire, a band of dark elves, and an old god of mischief.

    Katherine says: "Trapped"
    "Well worth the wait!"
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    This was another excellent installment in the continuing saga of the Iron Druid. If you liked the previous books, you will love this one as well. If you have not listened to the other books, I recommend you start there.

    If you are like me and are always looking for other books you may like, you might wan to try Brandon' Sanderson's "The Stormlight Archives: The Way of Kings," "The Scar," by Sergey and Marina Dyechenko, "The son of Neptune" by Rick Riordan, the most recent installment in the Kris Longknife series by Mike Shepard - "Furious" - although I think this installment in the series did not really advance the story as much as I would have liked, it still moves the story along some. Please find out what other reviewers have to say before deciding if to read any of the above series. I enjoyed them all, but some more than others. If there is a book you enjoyed, please share it. Thank you.

    17 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Mech Zero: The Dominant

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 51 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mirron Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (195)

    Death awaits the curious! Out along the rim of the galaxy hangs a loose configuration of some 60 stars known as the Faustian Chain. This whorl of sparkling suns is rich in planets and occupies an irregular volume of space some 20 light years in diameter. From an external viewpoint, the Chain presents a colorful display of plasma-streams, luminous nebulae and sparkling pinpoints of light.

    Dennis says: "Nice Pre to the Mech saga"
    "Not a good stand alone book"
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    This is not a really good stand alone book. It seems to be just a beginning of the beginning of a story - a less than half-tale. It should have been a few chapters at the beginning of another book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dust World: Undying Mercenaries, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (903)
    Performance
    (853)
    Story
    (856)

    The Galactics arrived with their Battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined a vast Empire that spans the Milky Way. Our only worthwhile trade goods are our infamous mercenary legions, elite troops we sell to the highest alien bidder. In 2122 a lost colony expedition contacts Earth, surprising our government. Colonization is against Galactic Law, and Legion Varus is dispatched to the system to handle the situation. Earth gave them sealed orders, but Earth is 35 lightyears away.

    D says: "They’re back ready to die; again"
    "Excellent continuation of the series!"
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    This was very entertaining. It was a great continuation of the series.

    One of the things I like about B.V. Larson's books is their entertainment value as well as the speed of delivery. Unlike some writers (Ice and fire's G.R.R. Martin - a notable member of that group) when you start a series by B.V. Larson, there is a good chance that you will get regular installments and get a satisfying conclusion before too long.

    What to expect from this book:
    1. A good continuation of the last install
    2. New aliens, new challenges
    3. Same brash decision making from the main character, then pulling himself out by the skin of his teeth
    4. Satisfying conclusion

    His other series I have read, the Star Force series, is also very entertaining. If you are looking for a new series, you might like that one.

    What to expect from Star Force:

    1. A lot of space battles
    2. Many alien races - some friendly, some not
    3. Progressively intense - with a commander whose decisions you'll sometime love, some times hate, but never be on the fence about.
    4. an ending that borrows from U.S History
    5. A well defined enemy.


    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Skin Game: A Novel of the Dresden Files, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4299)
    Performance
    (4091)
    Story
    (4072)

    Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day.… Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful. He doesn’t know the half of it… Mab has just traded Harry’s skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help a group of supernatural villains - led by one of Harry’s most dreaded and despised enemies, Nicodemus Archleone - to break into the highest-security vault in town, so that they can then access the highest-security vault in the Nevernever.

    D says: "Hold onto your staff; Harry’s back."
    "An enjoyable listen"
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    For those who are Dresden fans - It is just as good as the others.

    For those that are looking for something interesting to read - You may like this series. Start from the beginning

    What to expect: We get to see a lot of the character from the series get developed more. Some are not seen in this book, hopefully in the next one. There is obviously still a lot of story to be told, still a lot of questions to be resolved. It leaves you wanting the next book in the series.

    It is an enjoyable listen with interesting new developments.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7241)
    Performance
    (6880)
    Story
    (6901)

    In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

    D says: "Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radieance" shines"
    "Outstanding!!!!"
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    If you enjoyed The Way of Kings (TWoK), you will enjoy this one too, and you will be in anxious anticipation of the next book. There are shocking revelations and events both at the beginning and the end of the book.

    If you hated TWoK, you will probably also hate this one too. It has the same great writing as TWoK, the same great story telling, and the same wonderful world building. Also, it has a lot of clues for the future. You learn so much just to discover how little you know.

    If you love TWoK because of all the action and battle scenes, you might be disappointed when you read Words of Radiance (WoR). There are fewer battle scenes, but no less engaging.

    I'll put it this way: I started listening to the book and did nothing else except use the bathroom, eat, and take short naps for 48 hours. It was really that good.

    11 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Faery Lands Forlorn: A Man of His Word, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Dave Duncan
    • Narrated By Mil Nicholson
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (97)

    Inos, the late king's daughter, had been kidnapped through the magic casement even as the Impish legions overrunning her tiny kingdom were storming the castle tower. Now she was a prisoner in a desert land ruled by a dockside whore with a talent for magic and a passion for politics. She little dreamed that the loyal stableboy Rap had jumped through the casement after her. But no one really knew how the magic worked, and Rap found himself not in a desert, but in the steaming jungles of Faerie....

    Joe Chad says: "another great book by Dave Duncan"
    "Promising story, but no real progress"
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    The story hooks you from the beginning, promises to be great, gives goals and questions that need to be answered, but never makes real progress in answering the questions - each book ends without progress being made in answering the very first questions asked - to me, it seems an exercise in frustration; others might enjoy this style of writing. This series, though it has a very promising story, is just not for me. If you like stories where the answers all come towards the end, this series will be ideal for you. If you like stories where the answers get revealed throughout the story, this might not be ideal for you.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Casement: A Man of His Word, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dave Duncan
    • Narrated By Mil Nicholson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (126)

    Princess Inos lived an idyllic life in her fathers' sleepy, backwater kingdom, and she was best friends with her childhood companion, the stableboy, Rap. But when a prophecy seemed to say Inos should be married, she was exiled to the Impire to learn to be a lady. She was far away when Rap's magical talents began to emerge, and it was he who told her of the fate awaiting them both.

    Sean Dustman says: "One of my favorite Fantasy Series"
    "This is how not to end a novel"
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    Cliff-hangers can be frustrating. I felt that this book ended just before a climax and ended awkwardly.

    The story is interesting, and hooks you from the beginning. If I didn't have the next book in my library, I would have gone bonkers. I decided to give the next book in the series a chance to see if it moves the story along better, and ends on a better note. That will decide the series for me.

    I don't know that I will recommend this book - just be aware that if you decide to read this book, you will definitely not be satisfied with the ending unless you have the next book handy - reader beware!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10789)
    Performance
    (10048)
    Story
    (10053)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Very enjoyable read"
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    Other reviewers spoke a lot about liking this book if you liked the 80s - and I suppose that there is a lot of truth in that. What I liked about this book was not so much that it discussed a lot of things that happened in the 80s, although I enjoyed that too. What I enjoyed most was the adventure that characters in the book had of exploring an entirely different reality, that, although familiar, was different from what people in the book lived on a daily basis. I suppose in a way it mirrored what readers do when they read - only more vivid and more involved. This book reminded me of the light-hearted enjoyment I had of "Old Man's War" by John Scalzi.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Although I have bought many other books since I bought this one, this one is the only one I have come back and listened to over and over among the books I bought within the last few months.

    If you are looking for a light-hearted adventure, this one might be right for you. If you enjoyed "Old Man's War," you will most likely enjoy this book as well.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hunted: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3970)
    Performance
    (3691)
    Story
    (3691)

    For a 2,000-year-old Druid, Atticus O’Sullivan is a pretty fast runner. Good thing, because he’s being chased by not one but two goddesses of the hunt - Artemis and Diana - for messing with one of their own. Dodging their slings and arrows, Atticus, Granuaile, and his wolfhound Oberon are making a mad dash across modern-day Europe to seek help from a friend of the Tuatha Dé Danann. His usual magical option of shifting planes is blocked, so instead of playing hide-and-seek, the game plan is...run like hell.

    D says: "Another Serving of Hilari-tea"
    "A series that keeps it's steam"
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    Some series start off strong, then get weaker - not this one. Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid continues to bring great enjoyment. The story remains fresh and entertaining. I cannot wait for the next installment.

    I am sorry to see the death of one of the major characters in this installment; I am curious to see the contributions of the new character introduced at the end of this installment.

    I agree with the readers that give this installment 5 stars. Luke Daniels narration is just perfect! Oh, there are a few things I could complain about, but they are so small as to be insignificant. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoyed the other installments in this series. If you haven't read those yet, start there.

    11 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Blood of Dragons: Volume Four of the Rain Wilds Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (227)

    Years ago, the magnificent dragon queen Tintaglia forged a bargain with the inhabitants of the treacherous Rain Wilds. In exchange for her protection against enemy invaders, the humans promised to protect an unhatched brood of dragons. But when the dragons emerged as weak and misshapen hatchlings unable to fend for themselves, dragonkind seemed doomed to extinction. When even Tintaglia deserted the crippled young dragons, the Rain Wilders abandoned the burden of caring for the destructive and ravenous creatures.

    Alice says: "Narration was comical"
    "This is the Robin Hobb whose writing I've loved"
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    I have been following this series with hope. This installment reminds me of why I love Hobb's books. Excellent writing- great resolutions, significant progress in the story.

    If you have enjoyed other series by Hobb, you will like this installment. In my opinion, it accomplished a lot more than earlier installments.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Daylight War: The Demon Cycle, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    Overall
    (1339)
    Performance
    (1230)
    Story
    (1238)

    In this heart-stopping installment of the Demon Cycle, humanity continues to struggle against the demon plague - even as survivors hold out hope that the Deliverer will save them all. On the night of the new moon, the demons rise in force, seeking the deaths of two men, both of whom have the potential to become the fabled Deliverer, the man prophesied to reunite the scattered remnants of humanity in a final push to destroy the demon corelings once and for all.

    Joe says: "Can't Believe Audible Didn't Announce The Release."
    "Good, but not really great"
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    First off, I will start by saying that I will read the next book in the series. However, this book did not give the same satisfaction as the first book in the series.

    In the previous books, as in most books, the author builds towards a goal - you keep trying to figure out what that goal will be, how it will turn out, and you expect what you are reading to be contributions towards that goal; everything leads you to that goal and the story hangs together.

    I felt that If I had only listened to the last hour of this book, I would not have missed very much. Maybe all the things discussed in this book will gain more meaning in future books of the series. In this book, they seem to be non-contributary to the outcome of the book. The only parts that really seem to matter are those parts where the warded man himself is talked about, or where his opposite number is discussed. My hope is that groundwork is being laid in this book. It is impossible to know if that is really the case. If I had it to do over, I truly would have listened to only the last half of the book now that I know all what I was reading added little to the altimate conclusion.

    It feels like the overall body of the story and the conclusion are two different stories that have little relation to each other; they are only tied together loosely by a thin thread. If you decide to read this book, you will understand better what I mean (and you'd have been forewarned).

    It is not a waste of a credit. But don't expect the same satisfaction you got from the first book-

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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