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Richard

San Marcos, CA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Blood of the Fold: Sword of Truth, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2086)
    Performance
    (1133)
    Story
    (1150)

    In a fantasy world as rich and real as our own, Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell stand against the ancient forces which besiege the New World - forces so terrible that when last they threatened, they could only be withstood by sealing off the Old World from whence they came. Now the barrier has been breached, and the New World is again beset by their evil power.

    Donald says: "Finally!!!"
    "A really great story - OK Narrator"
    Overall

    Blood of the Fold is an outstanding continuation of the Sword of Truth series. The narrator is OK. Normally I don't write reviews; however, I saw a couple of other very unfair and negative reviews so I want to, so to say, 'shed some truth'. I have a 2-hour commute to work and only good audio books make the time bearable. The narrator isn't great but he's not terrible, and without a doubt, much better than any Kindle-like auto-reader (duh!)

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (5145)
    Performance
    (4677)
    Story
    (4729)

    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."
    "Oustanding conclusion to a great series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does A Memory of Light rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's one of the very best audiobooks in my library


    What other book might you compare A Memory of Light to and why?

    Brandon Sanderson's - The Way of Kings


    Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading – was your favorite?

    It's a tie between Matrim Cauthin, and Ibarra


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Marcus Luttrell, Patrick Robinson
    • Narrated By Kevin Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2147)
    Performance
    (2002)
    Story
    (2011)

    Four US Navy SEALS departed one clear night in early July, 2005 for the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border for a reconnaissance mission. Their task was to document the activity of an al Qaeda leader rumored to have a small army in a Taliban stronghold. Five days later, only one of those Navy SEALS made it out alive. This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwing, SEAL team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history.

    Mike says: "Enthralling and authentic story of valor in combat"
    "A touching glimpse into our warrior elite"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about this story?

    I was deeply touched by the moral dilemma the members of Operation Redwing faced when they encountered the unarmed villagers. My heart goes out to all our soldiers who have been in similar situations, who made the right decision, but now have to suffer with those memories and the consequences of those decisions.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Falling Down (then getting back up and fighting like hell)


    Any additional comments?

    This is a story that needed to be told.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3328)
    Performance
    (2617)
    Story
    (2619)

    An orphan's life is harsh---and often short---in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains---a man who is neither blind nor a priest. A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected "family" of orphans---a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards.

    Luke A. Reynolds says: "Stupendous, but be warned."
    "Would be better with less profanity"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Lies of Locke Lamora again? Why?

    There is a lot of substance to this story and I think I might catch a few more things If I listened again. However, due to the profanity that could singe the beard right off Lucifer the Dark Lord of the underworld himself, I'm not sure I can.


    What other book might you compare The Lies of Locke Lamora to and why?

    I'd recommend this book to anyone who liked Robin Hobb's Farseer series


    What about Michael Page’s performance did you like?

    Michael Page's performance was brilliant. He was able to capture the age and mood of each character's voice.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12260)
    Performance
    (9908)
    Story
    (10020)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "An outstanding epic fantasy"
    Overall

    I'm a Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson fan and I believe other readers who like them will also like Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicles. The story held my interest at all times. Like Jordan and Sanderson, Rothfuss creates a very interesting world, yet does not get bogged down. The story never drags out on details ad nauseum. I can't wait to get to the next book "The Wise Man's Fear . . ."

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Elantris

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4314)
    Performance
    (2800)
    Story
    (2846)

    Legendary science fiction author Orson Scott Card calls Brandon Sanderson a writer to watch, and Publishers Weekly says his debut is "outstanding." Once the godlike rulers of the capital of Arelon, the inhabitans of Elantris have been imprisoned within themselves, unable to die after the city's magic failed years ago. But when a new prince falls victim to the curse, he refuses to accept his fate.

    Lore says: "What if your body could never heal?"
    "It gets into your head and into your heart."
    Overall

    Elantris is one of those books you have to read, or listen to, a couple times. I can't count the number of times I've re-read or re-listened to this book. Elantris is a place, like heaven, that's fallen; and the people, once glorious and happy, are miserable and live in pain. Those who become Elantrians wake up one morning and their bodies are taken by the shaod, a transformation that leaves them immortal but bald and discolored. Scrapes and bruises never heal and their plain lasts for all eternity.

    It's a must read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Soul of the Fire: Sword of Truth, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1592)
    Performance
    (875)
    Story
    (904)

    Now it has become terrifyingly clear that the Chimes have the potential to bring down all that Richard and Kahlan have worked to protect, and even the power of the Sword of Truth may not be enough to stem the tide of their unleashed magical force. But if the Chimes cannot be stopped, first they will ravage Richard and Kahlan, then all of D'Hara, and then the entire world.

    Costas says: "Soul of the Fire"
    "Soul of the Fire is Good but not Terry's best"
    Overall

    Earlier this year I watched the TV show "The Seeker" I noticed that the show credited "The Sword of Truth" book series by Terry Goodkind. I wanted to see how close the show held to the book. The books are far better.

    The "Soul of The Fire" starts with Richard and Kahlan finally getting married. However, to save Richard's life, Kahlan releases the "Chimes" which, among other things, takes magic away.

    I think that Zed's lying to Richard wasn't very creative. There were parts of the story that didn't seem to develop; however, I would have loved to have learned more. For example: What was Cara doing for 1/2 the story? Where is Addi? And what were the "Chimes" and how did the wizard Anders do to control them?

    Oh-well, perhaps these are answered in future books.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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