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Frank

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  • Wizard's First Rule: Sword of Truth, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Jim Bond
    Overall
    (534)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (133)

    In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, appears in Richard Cypher's forest sanctuary seeking help...and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.

    In their darkest hour, hunted relentlessly, tormented by treachery and loss, Kahlan calls upon Richard to reach beyond his sword - to invoke within himself something more noble. Neither knows that the rules of battle have just changed...or that their time has run out.

    A User says: "Horrible Narrator"
    "Terry Goodkind gets 5 STARS; Narrator gets ZERO"
    Overall

    I purchased Wizards First Rule on cassette many years ago. I found it to be a very compelling book packed with action and hard to put down. It is one of my all time favorite books. The original story was narrated by Dick Hill (one of the best narrators ever). Unfortunately the Author and Publisher went cheep and hired Jim Bond one of the worst narrators ever to read the Audible version. While I give the original version 5 stars I have to give this version just a single star. The narrator really detracts for the story with his monotone droning. Save your money and get the book on tape, read by Dick Hill, at your local library. It is a GREAT story that is in need of a good narrator.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Sharing Knife, Volume 1: Beguilement

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (938)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (338)

    Young, pregnant Fawn Bluefield has just fled her family's farm to the city of Glassforge, where she encounters a patrol of the enigmatic soldier-sorcerers known as Lakewalkers. Fawn has heard stories about the Lakewalkers, who are wandering necromancers with no permanent homes and no possessions except the clothes they wear and the mysterious knives they carry. What she does not know is that the Lakewalkers are engaged in a perilous campaign against inhuman and immortal magical entities known as "malices".

    Eric C. Zawadzki says: "Not really my thing"
    "Not bad for a Romance Novel, but not her best work"
    Overall

    While I enjoyed the story it wasn’t what I was expecting.
    I was expecting more of an in depth story line with action and some romance (like the Challion series). Instead this is a romance novel with a sprinkling of magic and some action.

    Book 1 & 2 are both good stories but again they are not fantasy/action novels – they are love stories.

    If I had purchased these as romance novels I would have given them a 4 but I was expecting more out of Bujold.

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • The Diamond Age

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jennifer Wiltsie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3329)
    Performance
    (1359)
    Story
    (1376)

    Neal Stephenson, "the hottest science fiction writer in America", takes science fiction to dazzling new levels. The Diamond Age is a stunning tale; set in 21st-century Shanghai, it is the story of what happens what a state-of-the-art interactive device falls into the hands of a street urchin named Nell. Her life, and the entire future of humanity, is about to be decoded and reprogrammed.

    Tango says: "The rock could use a bit more polishing"
    "What was the author thinking?"
    Overall

    What was the author thinking? I purchased this thinking it would be a good SiFi story, but after a short time I figured I had purchased a kids book in error, then came the sex orgy and away went that idea. I am having a hard time imaging what the target audience for this book is. The story reads like a child’s book but there are a few places that make it for ADULTS ONLY. Too bad, the author could have easily re-worked just a couple of areas and had a simple youth story, but as it stands I would have to say too childish for most adults and definitely NOT for children.
    To make things worse, there is no conclusion; it would be nice to have some wrap up of the story. Well I guess the author thinks that we will purchase the next book – Wrong.
    Enjoy something else – this is not worth your time.

    4 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7200)
    Performance
    (2984)
    Story
    (2994)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "No humor - No Story - Avoid"
    Overall

    This was like listening to a high school text book.

    I have been listening to audio books for many years and this is the first one I ever had to bail out of a book (I could only take about 3 hours then had to turn it off).

    This book contains no humor, no interesting stories, just dates and facts. Great if you want a reference book but it is a very poor read.

    Avoid this book.

    1 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Enchantment

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Nicole says: "Wonderful book, good narrator, bad abridgement"
    "Don't Waste your Money on This..."
    Overall

    Orson Scott Card is an excellent writer, but who ever did the editing on this abridged copy was a butcher. I think a computer could randomly take chunks out of the book and done a better job of keeping the story together than who ever abridged this copy. At one point in the book the hero is standing on the edge of an impassable chasm and in the very next sentence he is on the other side being attacked by a bear.

    This book gets VERY POOR marks for continuity and average marks for the story itself.
    DON’T WASTE YOU MONEY ON THIS!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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