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Dawn

Meridian, ID, USA

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  • The Dark Is Rising: Book 2 of The Dark Is Rising Sequence

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Susan Cooper
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (320)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (117)

    On the Midwinter Day that is his eleventh birthday, Will Stanton discovers a special gift: he is the last of the Old Ones, immortals dedicated to keeping the world from domination by the forces of evil, the Dark. At once, he is plunged into a quest for the six magical Signs that will one day aid the Old Ones in the final battle between the Dark and the Light. And for the twelve days of Christmas, while the Dark is rising, life for Will is full of wonder, terror, and delight.

    W. S. says: "5 for the series, 4 for the reader"
    "Great kid's book"
    Overall

    This series was my favorite when I was twelve. As an adult listening to it, I am not quite so entranced anymore. I found it slow this time around, but remember how much I loved it when I was little. This book gives a lot of information that is needed to understand the rest of the series, so it is worth downloading. The entire series was wonderful (my favorite was The Grey King), so I started buying it for my little brother. He is thirteen and seems to like it as much as I once did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lunar Park

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Bret Easton Ellis
    • Narrated By James Van Der Beek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (62)

    Imagine becoming a best-selling novelist, and almost immediately famous and wealthy, while still in college, and before long seeing your insufferable father reduced to a bag of ashes in a safety-deposit box, while after American Psycho your celebrity drowns in a sea of vilification, booze, and drugs.

    Matthew says: "Not Mainstream Crap"
    "frustrating"
    Overall

    The first 8 hours of this book annoyed me. I was really ticked about wasting a credit n this book that supposedly would "blow my mind, for more than 8 hours". The first 8 hours is nothing but the guy snorting his fortune up his nose, drinking too much, and screwing up any chance of making his family happy.
    The last three and a half hours were great. Absolutely phenominal. I even learned to ignore all of the cocaine and heroin he was doing. It was an intense thriller that I didn't want to stop listening to. The problem was that I had to wait so long for the story to pick up, that it killed the whole experience. This book would make a great movie, but don't waste your download. It is a tedious listen and the good parts don't make up for the bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (302)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (42)

    It is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces, some familiar, others only just appearing, are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.

    Jorge says: "New is not always better..."
    "An unfinished work.."
    Overall

    When listening to this book one must keep in mind that George Martin did not finish the book. He had to split this book up and make it into two volumes because it was getting so long. There are spots that are tedious but more that are riveting.
    The narrator isn't the best, and he takes a little getting used to, but he is not the worst I have ever heard. Hopefully the original narrator will be available for A Dance With Dragons, but this guy is tolerable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eldest: The Inheritance Trilogy, Book 2, Volume I

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (581)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (112)

    Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in the skills of the Dragon Rider: magic and swordsmanship. Soon he is on the journey of a lifetime, his eyes open to awe-inspiring new places and people, his days filled with fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and nothing is what it seems.

    Robin says: "Entertaining, Enjoyable and a Must Read"
    "Shameful"
    Overall

    I was extremely excited when this book was released because I loved Eragon so much. I was absolutely entranced with the first book that I got through it in one day. I was sorely disappointed with this one. He is overly descriptive in the wrong areas, kills off some great characters in the beginning and ignores others that were so profound in the last book. I am not going to bother finishing it. If Jane Austen wrote science fiction, I would swear it was her work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • New Spring: The Wheel of Time Prequel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (2180)
    Performance
    (1123)
    Story
    (1139)

    For three days battle has raged in the snow around the great city of Tar Valon. In the city, a foretelling of the future is uttered. On the slopes of Dragonmount, the immense mountain that looms over the city, a child is born, an infant prophesied to change the world. That child must be found before he can be killed by the forces of the Shadow.

    Harold says: "Well done!"
    "A waste of a download"
    Overall

    Keep in mind that I read most of the series before coming back to listen to the prequel. I don't feel that this book had much to do with the WOT series other than the fact that the characters are the same. It speaks mainly of Morraine and Suan as accepted and being raised to sisters. It gives some background on Lan, but not enough to make it worth listening to. (He reminds me a lot of Matt in this book; doing things that need to be done, not because he wants to do them.) The only valuable thing I got from this book is the insinuation that Cadsuane may be a dark friend. (She is in about 3 minutes of the book)There is not much adventure or sitting on the edge of your seat waiting for the next move. With the rest of the series I found it hard to take off my headphones and go to sleep, but I was sorely disappointed with New Spring.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Evan Rachel Wood
    Overall
    (503)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (157)

    James Patterson's explosive debut in the young adult market is guaranteed to create legions of new fans for this beloved, multimillion-selling author.

    Daniel Freed says: "Very Entertaining"
    "A book for pre-teens"
    Overall

    Maximum Ride is the typical story of an older girl that takes care of the younger "siblings". (A lot like "The Boxcar Children") I downloaded this book because I saw a lot of positive reviews, and I was sorely disappointed. It is very possible that I would have enjoyed an unabridged version, because the story seemed a little choppy. The jokes about bodily functions will keep the kids entertained, but from an adult perspective, they get old fast. (My husband only got through 20 minutes) The ending was abrupt and unsatisfying. It seemed as if the author had a deadline to meet and released the book before he was finished.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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