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John

Atlanta, GA, United States | Member Since 2011

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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
    (4886)
    Performance
    (4478)
    Story
    (4503)

    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"
    "Just buy it, it's worth it."
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    First, I hate you Kevin for leaving such a cliff hanger ending!

    Second I wish the books were like 16 hours + long; it's such as kick ass series.

    Aside from my whining, the book is go go go from the start and loved it because of that.

    I want more damn it and now I gotta wait till Spring!!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A New Dawn: Star Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By John Jackson Miller
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (168)

    For a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights brought peace and order to the Galactic Republic, aided by their connection to the mystical energy field known as the Force. But they were betrayed - and the entire galaxy has paid the price. It is the Age of the Empire. Now Emperor Palpatine, once Chancellor of the Republic and secretly a Sith follower of the dark side of the Force, has brought his own peace and order to the galaxy. Peace through brutal repression, and order through increasing control of his subjects’ lives.

    Amazon Customer says: "The New Era of Star Wars Begins HERE!"
    "Primer Book"
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    This book is basically a back story character primer for the new ( Star Wars Rebels ) animation, the character focus is mostly on Kanan Jarrus & Hera Syndulla. How ever strong you think these characters are now, the TV series will make them even weaker based on a few things, 1) They are on Disney XD 2) I'v seen the long previews and they do 3) No one dies or gets badly hurt in ANY Disney XD show.

    The shining light in this was Marc Thompson as the Narrator.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Cast in Shadow: Chronicles of Elantra, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Michelle Sagara
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1405)
    Performance
    (1248)
    Story
    (1245)

    Seven years ago Kaylin fled the crime-riddled streets of Nightshade, knowing that something was after her. Children were being murdered— and all had the same odd markings that mysteriously appeared on her own skin….Since then, she's learned to read, she's learned to fight and she's become one of the vaunted Hawks who patrol and police the City of Elantra. Alongside the winged Aerians and the immortal Barrani, she's made a place for herself, far from the mean streets of her birth.

    Amanda says: "Addicted to the series, but leaves you hanging..."
    "Very boring and slow"
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    First thing that comes to mind while listing to the book is mutual of omaha wild kingdom and all sorts of animals. The heroine, if you can call her that is constantly being over shadowed by the males in the book, them being over protected of her and her not doing anything about it. Dominance this, dominance that just like the wild kingdom.

    I am still on the fence with Khristine being a narrator, I will need to hear her read a book series worth my time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Specter of the Past: The Hand of Thrawn, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (604)
    Performance
    (578)
    Story
    (579)

    The Empire stands at the brink of total collapse. But they have saved their most heinous plan for last. First a plot is hatched that could destroy the New Republic in a bloodbath of genocide and civil war. Then comes the shocking news that Grand Admiral Thrawn--the most cunning and ruthless warlord in history--has apparently returned from the dead to lead the Empire to a long-prophesied victory.

    Cam T. says: "The Rerelease surpasses the Original"
    "Great Story and Marc Thompson"
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    As most folks have already stated, this is a great followup to the Thrawn trilogy. Marc Thompson has yet another great read under his belt.

    The story is pretty solid for it's time and just like other EU books it tends to jump around a bunch.

    The thing I disliked was Luke, and in some of the past books and a quite and few after this one. He is a self nominated Jedi Master but most of the books put him in these situations that a Jedi Padawan could get out ease and a real Jedi Master wouldn't have even broke a sweat, but yet here Luke is straining to do things like fight off 6 guys.


    Some new readers and listeners think this book is new, it is not. It's over 16 years old. Random House Audio is just going back and redoing most of the EU books to current audio formats and editorials.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Void: Star Wars: SW: Dawn of the Jedi

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Tim Lebbon
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (400)
    Performance
    (379)
    Story
    (379)

    On the planet Tython, the ancient Je’daii order was founded. And at the feet of its wise Masters, Lanoree Brock learned the mysteries and methods of the Force - and found her calling as one of its most powerful disciples. But as strongly as the Force flowed within Lanoree and her parents, it remained absent in her brother, who grew to despise and shun the Je’daii, and whose training in its ancient ways ended in tragedy. Now, from her solitary life as a Ranger keeping order across the galaxy, Lanoree has been summoned by the Je’daii Council on a matter of utmost urgency.

    Pasqual says: "Good but not great."
    "Conflicted"
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    First I want to say that I am conflicted on any new EU Star Wars books that are coming out after the Disney buyout. We really don't know if they are signed off on or what the deal is.

    The Good: January LaVoy was a awesome choice for the Voice acting for the book, and she will melt your ears with her awesome voice. I would love for her to do more SW novels.

    * These Je'daii are not your Jedi you know and love. They show there arrogance in the story and how they cross the line, but that is all the matter of perspective right?
    *Some what graphic in fight scenes, this could be a bad also for a SW novel.

    The Bad: Just about everything else about the book.

    *It's to short for such a huge opening of a new timeline of the universe.
    *The whole talking in first person and present tense format is a bit annoying.
    * Introduction of profanity in a cleaver way, you will get the picture.
    *The main character seems kind of off or just boring. Maybe I am being to critical of her, she does love to threaten just about everyone with death that she runs into.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Dissolution: Forgotten Realms: War of the Spider Queen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Richard Lee Byers
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (131)

    The War of the Spider Queen begins here. While their whole world is changing around them, four dark elves struggle against different enemies. Yet their paths will lead them all to the most terrifying discovery in the long history of the drow and set them on a quest to save not only Menzoberranzan but the entire dark elf race from Dissolution....

    Michael says: "A Dark Elf Series That Will Consume You..."
    "Slavers, Murderers, Thieves and Boredom oh My!"
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    This is what sums up this story and the Drow. They are arrogant, slavers, murderers, thieves and down right evil. For the first 6 hours of the book, I had no idea what was going on. During that time, every character that was introduced was killed within 30 minutes. I lost track of the body count. It was boring really.

    There is not one single character I gave a second thought. Hells you don't even know who the main character is really. If there were he or she would be killed off within a hour anyway.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • For a Few Demons More

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (629)
    Performance
    (577)
    Story
    (581)

    Despite dating one vampire and living with another, Rachel Morgan has always managed to stay just ahead of trouble...until now. fiendish serial killer stalks the Hollows, and no one living in or around Cincinnati - human, inhuman, or undead - is safe. An ancient artifact may be the key to stopping the murderer - a mysterious relic that is now in the hands of Rachel Morgan, fearless independent bounty hunter and reckless witch. But revealing it could ignite a battle to the death among varied local supernatural races.

    anne says: "Rachel does it again..."
    "Disapointed"
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    For the 5th book in the series, Rachel is another heroin that the character doesn't seem to grow as books progress, she seems suck in this whiney teenage girl that is a hippocrate. As far as being a hunter, she really hasn't done ANY hunting in the past 5 books. She has gotten her ass handed to her many times and saved by others many many times.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: X-Wing: Mercy Kill: A SW: X-Wing Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Aaron Allston
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (224)

    Three decades have passed since Wraith Squadron carried out its last mission. Taking on the most dangerous and daring operations, the rogues and misfits of the elite X-Wing unit became legends of the Rebellion and the Second Galactic Civil War, before breaking up and going their separate ways. Now their singular skills are back in vital demand - for a tailor-made Wraith Squadron mission. A powerful general in the Galactic Alliance Army, once renowned for his valor, is suspected of participating in the infamous Lecersen Conspiracy, which nearly toppled the Alliance back into the merciless hands of the Empire.

    Joshua says: "The Wraiths Are Back"
    "Not your typical Star Wars story"
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    What did you like best about Star Wars: X-Wing: Mercy Kill? What did you like least?

    I liked that the story was about a counter espionage group and Marc Thompson voiced it. What I like the least was the fact I didn't know this was a counter espionage book.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    It gave a good incite to the counter intelligence groups of the Star Wars universe, but the characters were not very interesting, they were all no names to me. Not much background on any of them, especially why there was a rouge ex-Jedi running around with the squad.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Nothing stood out.


    Do you think Star Wars: X-Wing: Mercy Kill needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not really; the book was one shot.

    I don't think it needs another moving forward in my opinion. Not unless the author is going to delv deeper into some background of each character more, because I have to care about them to care about another book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blackveil: Book Four of Green Rider

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs)
    • By Kristen Britain
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (394)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (350)

    Once a simple student, Karigan G'ladheon finds herself in a world of deadly danger and complex magic, compelled by forces she cannot understand when she becomes a legendary Green Rider-one of the magical messengers of the king. Forced by magic to accept a dangerous fate she would never have chosen, headstrong Karigan has become completely devoted to the king and her fellow Riders. But now, an insurrection led by dark magicians threatens to break the boundaries of ancient evil.

    Myrtha says: "love audible for bringing this audio to us"
    "Slow Book"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I felt this book dragged on more so than the others.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Right before the awake the sleepers, one of the Eletian grabs her and tells her to stop questioning everything and puts her in the moon spot. This during they are being assaulted by dark Eletians and she is whining and keeps questioning the Eletian queen!


    Did Blackveil inspire you to do anything?

    I put the book down for 2 week because I found myself getting angry at the main character because she is so dependent on everything.


    Any additional comments?

    My thoughts really Echo what the other reviewer Bruce has already said about the main character in this book and some of the last one.

    Karigan does NOT grow in this book and didn't in the last, she still is dependent on people and very naive, but yet she has supposedly trained with all these master swordsmen? she seems to get her ass kicked every time you turn around by something and she can't seem to defend herself even after all that training.

    In the end I felt myself hating this character because of her not having Independence and no growth.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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