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  • The Emperor's Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Angela Lin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (922)
    Performance
    (836)
    Story
    (845)

    New York Times best-selling author Brandon Sanderson is widely celebrated for his Mistborn Trilogy and contribution to the final three books of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. In The Emperor's Soul, a Forger named Shai can copy and re-create any item by using magic to rewrite its history. After being condemned to death for attempting to steal the emperor's scepter, Shai is given one final chance. She' ll be allowed to live if she can create a new soul for the emperor, who hovers near death.

    debbie says: "A Great Short Novella that is Long in Story"
    "A fantastic standalone"
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    Story

    I never trusted the 'novela....' Always seemed like a way to eek out money from fans of a writer, without supplying a fully realized story. Something always sounded like it had to be missing.

    Sanderson has changed my mind completely. I've been a huge fan of his work for years now, and chased through his various writings with abandon. I've seen his successes, and had to put down at least one of his less stellar works. I also tend to read series, excessively long series, such as Wheel of Time. I like character development, and completeness. I like the plot to move, and to see what came before, and after, and the motivations behind action. And all of that, can be found in this book. It was an amazing 3ish hours.

    Don't connect this with any of his other works. Just start up, knowing it's going to be short, and love the ride.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Daughter of the Blood: Black Jewels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Anne Bishop
    • Narrated By John Sharian
    Overall
    (465)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (294)

    Seven hundred years ago, a Black Widow witch saw an ancient prophecy come to life in her web of dreams and visions. Now, the Dark Kingdom readies itself for the arrival of its queen, a witch who will wield more power than even the High Lord of Hell himself. But she is still young, still open to influence - and corruption.

    Rebecca says: "A Walk on the Dark Side of Fantasy"
    "Dissapointing"
    Overall

    I picked this one up, on a gamble. I knew it could be fantastic, or terrible. A number of elements I like in a story were in there:

    - A controlling society
    - Perversion rewarded and encouraged
    - Down trodden heroes that might overcome
    - Potential anti-heroes, you love to love as they do terrible things to those that need it

    Sadly, the last two seem to take a back seat to rampant, near pointless, perversion. She's created a world that is ripe for destruction, and sets up any number of heroes you could get behind to do it. But for the vast majority of the book, well beyond what would be needed to establish that world, she continues it. At some point, you get tired of listening to new perversions, and just want the deserved action to start.

    The magical system also bugged me a bit as well. I've perhaps been spoiled by Wheel of Time, and Mistborn, but I expected more structure, or at least definition of "Craft." Instead, it seemed introduced mostly when it was handy to solve a problem, then quickly "vanished" without any more thought. Only her treatment of the web / chalice received more than a backhanded recognition.

    Save your credit, it never comes to a "climax."

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Intensity: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Kate Burton
    Overall
    (527)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (220)

    Past midnight, Chyna Shepherd, 26, gazed out a moonlit window, unable to sleep on her first night in the Napa Valley home of her best friend's family. Instinct proves reliable. A murderous sociopath, Edgler Forman Vess, has entered the house, intent on killing everyone inside. A self-proclaimed "homicidal adventurer", Vess lives only to satisfy all appetites as they arise, to immerse himself in sensation, to live without fear, remorse, or limits, to live with intensity.

    Connie says: "One of the best Koontz Books!"
    "Suspense Through Failure"
    Overall

    I grabbed this on a road trip, expecting a riveting ride through the night.

    Unfortunately, this picture was... slow. The villain himself was hollow. Sure, he was different than a regular serial killer. He had a well developed idea of why, and I give credit there. But, that's quite literally all there is to him. And it's so, so very repetitive. I got it, after the first few times. He doesn't sound more crazy with each, just more boring.

    Worse so, the drawn out nature of the plot. I've heard so many places where a confrontation could have happened, and worked, and was skipped. The heroin drove me insane with her constantly self deprecation and baggage. She represents a lot of why women think they can't, when they can, and need to.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Tick Tock

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (340)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (140)

    A strange doll is left on Tommy Phan's front steps, stranger than anyone could ever imagine. Later he hears an odd popping sound and is intrigued to find it coming to life. Tommy pursues the thing as it scrambles away, and then is pursued by it as it evolves from a terrifying and vicious manikin into a larger, more formidable opponent bent on killing him. What in the world is this thing and why is it after him?

    gslindner says: "Quintessential Dean Koontz"
    "Certainly Unexpected"
    Overall

    I picked up the softcover of this just to check it out. I'm a fan of the paranormal, and thrillers. Always up for a good paced book. I opened the softcover about half way in, found exactly what I was looking for, and came here.

    It started out a little slow, I have to say I started grate about hearing his mother's broken English as much as he did. But that ended somewhat smoothly. And the interesting part picked up. Perhaps the main character whines just a bit too much, but there's enough action to keep things moving along well though. Fantastic imagery of the demon, good characterization too.

    About half way through, you'll come on a love it or hate it character that changes the tone of the book almost significantly. There's still a demon, a quick monster thing out to rip their throats out, but humor starts taking a role in the forefront as well.

    If you're looking for something evil, dark, and heart pounding, this might not satisfy. But it was a pretty good ride for me. With an, all be it unexpected, but acceptable end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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