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Keith

Arlington, TN, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Dragons of Autumn Twilight: Dragonlance: Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (623)
    Performance
    (567)
    Story
    (586)

    Lifelong friends, they went their separate ways. Now they are together again, though each holds secrets from the others in his heart. They speak of a world shadowed with rumors of war. They speak of tales of strange monsters, creatures of myth, creatures of legend. They do not speak of their secrets. Not then. Not until a chance encounter with a beautiful, sorrowful woman, who bears a magical crystal staff, draws the companions deeper into the shadows, forever changing their lives and shaping the fate of the world.

    Kitty says: "Dissapointing Narration of a Classic Favorite"
    "Blast From The Past"
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    I have been an Audible member since 2009, and the one complaint I have always had is that they did not have this series. I have no complaint now. I am a huge Dragonlance fan and try to read everything from Margaret and Tracy. I first read this book when I was in high school, I loved it then and I love it now. I believe that this series like the eye of the world series, will be read by future high schools and the authors will go down as two of the best during their time.

    The book is about a group of adventurers that all came from the town of Solace. How they got entangled with two barbarians and then changed the world. Each of the characters going through personal growth while they became heros. Margaret and Tracy did a wonderful job showing the reader about the internl make up of the group. Conflicts and racial feelings within the group never allowed the group to fail. They proved that you do not have to like the one you work with, but you have to work with them. This was most visible between the knight Sturm Bright blade and the mage Raistlan Majere. No trust between the two at all and one could tell from the reading that eithers death would not concern the other. Despite the dislike the two shared, when the group had needs, they banned together and completed the task. Even when Raistlan abandoned the group to follow his own path, he retruned to save the day when it counted.

    The series was a battle between good and evil, I know that is a real shock, and how the balance between the two must remain equal. The scenery of the book is much like many other fantasy novels and is one of my complaints. There is another haunted forest, another killing swamp, and another evil lair that scares the living soul out of anyone visiting their. This terror even extended to the servants of the dark one. The other issue I had was the one that turned into a major plus for the authors. The authors did not give much knowledge of the characters past or future. They gave a lot of hints as to thier past but was vague on the explanation. It was a plus because the authors created a desire to have the stories told. I do not think that many other series has had so many books written about thiers characters and the events written about in the first three books. Adding to that, the Authors were not so selfish as to keep the world of Krynn to themselves. Many different authors wrote books about the Dragonlance series.

    Thank you Audible for making this wish come true.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of God: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By Christian Baskous
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (456)
    Performance
    (412)
    Story
    (417)

    In the wilds of Mongolia, a research satellite has crashed, triggering an explosive search for its valuable cargo: a code-black physics project connected to the study of dark energy...and a shocking image of the eastern seaboard of the United States in utter ruin. At the Vatican, a package arrives containing two strange artifacts: a skull scrawled with ancient Aramaic and a tome bound in human skin. DNA evidence reveals that both came from the same body: the long-dead Mongol king Genghis Khan.

    Patricia says: "Newest Sigma Force is a little off"
    "Sigma Does it Again"
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    I wish I could bounce back like the sigma force guys. It is the same every book The guys get beat up in every chapter of the book. In this book Cotton gets shot, stabbed , blown up and beat to a pulp, not only does he not die but he pulls a McGuyver to win the day. Even though it is the same stuff every book, I still love and read everyone. I would say authors like James Rollins would be running out of believable material but what do I know. Good book worth the read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amber and Iron: Dragonlance: Dark Disciple, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Margaret Weis
    • Narrated By Leslie Bellair
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    The world of Krynn is ever changing, and even the gods can be taken by surprise. And if that’s true of the gods, what chance can a mere mortal have? Caught up in forces none of them could hope to face alone, a small but determined band of adventurers come together in a desperate attempt to stop an invasion. Mina, as enigmatic as ever, escapes imprisonment to set off on a quest that will test even her considerable will. All the while, evil spreads across the land, gaining ground with each new day.

    Keith says: "Dazed and Confused"
    "Dazed and Confused"
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    I am a huge fan of the Dragonlance series and the offshoots especially when Margaret Weis and/or Tracy Hickman do the writing. Having said that I am very disturbed by this series of books. I read books one and two but I have given up on book 3 because I see no need to read it.

    Mina from the war of souls is one of the main characters. She and the God Chemos join together to rule the world. Takhisis was banished in the war of souls and Mina lost her faith in the god. She seemed to then be just this weak girl who could not move forward in life until another god showed her the way. This is not at all how I pictured Mina to be and totally ruined my perception. Chemos God of the dead came along and seduced Mina, promising her a new army that would have enternal life. Thus Vampires are introduced to the Dragonlance series. When I left off Mina was a God that Takhisis tricked into thinking she was human. Chemos and the other Gods were showed to have nothing but petty jealousy's that made the books seem like comedies.

    The other main characters were a monk of Majere, a dog, and a Kender. I guess they are supposed to be the good that stops the evil. These three characters never stepped into the hero roles so I cannot figure out why they are even in the book. The series to my had no real story line. It seemed like Margaret was creating a large cloud that had everything and nothing. I saw no reason for the story so I found it hard to follow.

    I thought the series was the work of a first time writer not the senior writer I know Margaret to be. I think this series should be scrapped and a new series should be written for Mina.

    0 of 1 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
    (5408)
    Performance
    (4903)
    Story
    (4967)

    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."
    "PERFECT!!!!"
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    First of all thank you Brandon Sanderson, without you the series would not have been concluded. The wait is over and the conclusion has come after 25 years. I could be wrong but I do not know of a series that has lasted so long. I know that some have fallen before the end. Most saying that the later books dragged on and on, but it has finally come to its conclusion. The wait was worth it to read this book of perfection. I do not want to give away anything to those who have not read it, but it is probably the greatest single book I have ever read. Those who are like me and have read all of the books, go into this last one with an open mind. Do not bring any conclusions with you because you would not be right any way. I cannot say enough good about the book. Every character saw an ending to their own side plots. Brandon Sanderson even left room for other authors to write about the future exploits of some of the characters.

    I hope the pattern is not done with the boys from Emonds Field

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelve: A Novel: The Passage Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3022)
    Performance
    (2678)
    Story
    (2680)

    In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as "Last Stand in Denver", has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin.

    Amanda says: "Expanding The Story In Every Direction"
    "I Cannot Wait for Book Three"
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    I finished The Passage and went right into The Twelve. I was expecting to see Peter and his group Kill another of the twelve . Of course then I would have to buckle down and wait for each of the next eleven books. Thank You Justin for apparently not choosing that format.

    Justin created a world ruled by vampires, and at the same time ravaged by human hands. In The Passage we learned that people had found the fountian of youth, but also found that it had bad side effects. The U.S. government chose twelve people from death rows around the country. They created the twelve vampires that would end the world as we know it. The Passage ended with the heros killing one of the twelve.

    The Twelve started five years after the killing of one of the twelve. Each of the main characters, Peter, Aime, Sarah, Isha, and Micheal had continued on with their lives seperatly from the others. Peter joining the army fighting the virals, Aime taking care Peter's brother's baby Caleb, Micheal becoming an oiler, and Sarah being kidnapped. Each of the members would travel through the story aimed at the same destination, the destruction of the twelve. The stories of the group from beginning to end are fantastic. Each one of the stories had its own character that met new characters and followed its own seperate story. The author was very creative in this way. Not only did he create a whole new world but he also created full stories for his main characters.

    The evil character in this book was not even a part of the twelve. He was a normal person that had become more by keeping one of the twelve chained up. He was creating a city that support the twelve in the future. This character in the beginning struggles with the bad things he has done to his own people, but this does not last long.The main characters all meet here at this city for a final confrontation with evil. The fianl battle has many unexpected twists and turns that will keep you guessing.



    This a very well written book. I would recommend it to all the zombie lovers out their because it introduces vampires on the level of zombies. Something new for you to read about.

























    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sex Slave Murders: The True Story of Serial Killers Gerald & Charlene Gallego

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By R. Barri Flowers
    • Narrated By Barbara Whitesides
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    A marriage made in hell.... Barely five feet tall, sweet and innocent looking, Charlene Gallego used all of her charms to beguile pretty teenage girls and young women into the back of a van, where her lethal husband, Gerald, lay waiting. A killer couple bound together by secrets, lies, and sex slave fantasies... Married multiple times and still in his early 30s, Gerald Gallego found the perfect companion in Charlene. Over a grisly period of twenty-six months, their bloody and brutal rampage of kidnapping, rape, and murder spanned three states and claimed 11 lives.

    Katie says: "Don't Waste Your Time or Money"
    "Save Yourself the Time and Watch the Video"
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    I have always believed that the book is always better than the video or in this case the documentary. One of the largest reasons for this is that more information is contained in the book. I have become used to gaining a lot more info in the book. In this book I wanted to find out something new about the murders or murderers. This was not the case for the book. You could Google the same information that is in the book. I was very disappointed in this work.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Angel of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Caleb Carr
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (161)

    In The Angel Of Darkness, Caleb Carr brings back the vivid world of his bestselling The Alienist but with a twist: this story is told by the former street urchin Stevie Taggert, whose rough life has given him wisdom beyond his years. Thus New York City, and the groundbreaking alienist Dr. Kreizler himself, are seen anew. It is June 1897. A year has passed since Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a pioneer in forensic psychiatry, tracked down the brutal serial killer John Beecham with the help of a team of trusted companions and a revolutionary application of the principles of his discipline.

    Gail says: "Birth Forensics+Super Court Scene Clarence Darrow"
    "Loved It"
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    Caleb Carr has created a masterpiece in the Angel of Darkness.The book has just the right amount of humor, suspence, and violence. Normally I like a book that builds the characters, including both their past and present, this book was not like that. Stevie the main character had a lot of character building but the other characters did not. Caleb made each characters past stand out by telling you just enough to get curious. Cillous was the man servant to the good Doctor. All we knew about his past was that it was bad and the Doctor had taken him in. Through out the book Cillous would show his value to the group but not how or where he had learned to do what he did. Caleb was always sure to hint about his past but not give you any real information. Miss Sarah was another of the characters. She was a feminist that could not understand how men could shove women into a box of approved behaviors. The men in one town were so bad that if a women acted differently they would give them demonistic qualities. The little bits and peices Caleb gave of each character was the perfect amount to make the book go.

    The mystery was centered around a female that had taken a child. The women had crossed the state killing children using poison. The people of the area would call her a hero for trying to save the kids but all along she was killing them. She had killed her only child brcause the man had left her. She had continued on as she took on new identities.

    Finally the book led us to another mystery. I will let each of you decide for yourself, but I think the prosecutor was the father of her only baby. Just saying!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pray: The Revelation Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Prescott
    • Narrated By Wayne June
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (68)

    The year is 2016, and America is no more. The United States, Canada, and Mexico now comprise a single, unified front to the world: the North American Union. Implanted ID chips are soon to become mandatory for every citizen of the NAU, and Trez Sleighton, a disgruntled ex-Army officer, takes to the mountains of Colorado to come to terms with the changing world-and his own hand in the whole mess. Then sounds the trumpet. Around the planet, people simply disappear.

    John says: "Really good but..."
    "The Adult Version of Left Behind"
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    John has put out a very good piece of work here. I would not say it was better than Left Behind, but it is at least as good. It has a darker feel and seems to me to be written for adults. I enjoyed this from start to finish and would recommend it to anyone that likes works relating to the Book of Revelations.

    I think John has taken several liberties with the Biblical writings and attempts to explain it away through one small passage. In the book there are werwolves, and vampires that hunt God's people. Werewolves and Vampires were never mentioned in the Bible. John takes the position that God had instructed the writer not to record some of what he saw, and it was during this time that the writer observed the monsters. John took a huge leap with the Worlds church. The leader was taken from the priests in the Vatican. The anti christ then turns this priest into a Vampire. This vampire and many others have to feed all of the time during the book. The evil is shone to be present during this portion of the rapture. The Bible states that there will be no outward sign of the evil until after the anti christ has risen from the dead. That is the second really good thing about the book, it leaves room for speculation and debate.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Beginning of the End: Apocalypse Z

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Manel Loureiro
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (756)
    Performance
    (699)
    Story
    (705)

    A mysterious incident in Russia, a blip buried in the news - it’s the only warning humanity receives that civilization will soon be destroyed by a single, voracious virus that creates monsters of men. A lawyer, still grieving over the death of his young wife, begins to write as a form of therapy. But he never expected that his anonymous blog and journal would ultimately record humanity’s last days. Governments scramble to stop the zombie virus, people panic, so-called Safe Havens are established, the world erupts into chaos; soon it’s every man, woman, and child for themselves.

    Keith says: "Just For Pleasure"
    "Just For Pleasure"
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    I have to confess that I secretly love last person on Earth books. This book was no exception. It was told from the first person and that was one of the things that made it good. From beginning to end the book was just plain good.

    Nick Podehl complimented the book better than any one else I can think of. His voice brought the book alive and you felt what the main character felt. In one place the main character was talking about the loss of his family, and I swear you could hear his voice crack and see the tears rolling. Apocalypse Z was written well and the narration made it even better.

    32 of 35 people found this review helpful
  • The Talisman

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs)
    • By Stephen King, Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3767)
    Performance
    (1801)
    Story
    (1812)

    On a brisk autumn day, a 13-year-old boy stands on the shores of the gray Atlantic, near a silent amusement park and a fading ocean resort called the Alhambra. The past has driven Jack Sawyer here: His father is gone, his mother is dying, and the world no longer makes sense. But for Jack everything is about to change. For he has been chosen to make a journey back across America - and into another realm. One of the most influential and heralded works of fantasy ever written, The Talisman is an extraordinary novel of loyalty, awakening, terror, and mystery.

    Swad says: "Still Good"
    "It's Stephen King, Enough Said"
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    I have always been a big believer in the book is better than the movie. I am almost ashamed to say that my oppinion is exactly opposite for Stephen King. The Stand, Needfull Things, and Thinner are some of my all time favorite movies. I did not like the books as much because they too many pages full of description but short on action. In short they became boring. I will even go as far as saying I hated the Dark Tower series, or atleast the one I read.

    The Talisman was full of descrption to but I really got a thrill listening to it. I like that the book did not try to hide anything. The characters told you right up front what Jack was going to face. All that was left after that was going from one stop to the next. I really think that Stephen and Peter came up with some interesting stops for the young Jack. One stop featured Jack working in a bar and another had him in a religious school for the boys. Bad things just kept happening to Jack and his travel mates. Jack never gave up and pushed to the place where he could get the Talisman. With the Talisman, Jack would save his ailing mother.

    One of the best aspects of the book was that Jack had to deal with two dimensions one his real world and the other called the Territories. Jack picked up Wolf in the Territories. Wolf was my most beloved characters. He acted like a child most of the time. The only change was when the full moon was close. During the full moon wolf transformed into a wolf, hunting, killing, and running. What I found new about the werewolf here than other books is Stephen showed Wolf changing gradually through the lunar cycle. Early in the cycle Wolf took on child like qualities and became a coward. Through out the cycle Wolf would grow gradually from coward to fierce hunter. Wolf started with little extra hair but the hair grew thicker and more abundant, the closer to the full moon Wolf was.

    This book was an excellant book to listen to. I hoope these to authors collaberate on another project.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sanctuary

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ted Dekker
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva, Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (74)

    The Sanctuary is the gripping story of vigilante priest, Danny Hansen, who is now serving a 50 year prison term in California for the murder of two abusive men. Filled with remorse, Danny is determined to live out his days by a code of non-violence and maneuvers deftly within a ruthless prison system. But when Renee Gilmore, the woman he loves, receives a box containing a bloody finger and draconian demands from a mysterious enemy on the outside, Danny must find a way to escape.

    DebaDeb says: "Passes time"
    "Sent Shivers up My Spine"
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    Prisons will break a man's spirit. 23 hours a day in a cell with very little positive social contact. The very thought is enough to keep me on the straight and narrow, but in Ted Dekker's twisted mind it is not enough fear. Ted had to add a warden with a God complex and the authority to enforce it. Prisoners at the Sanctuary are not just locked up but are indoctrinated into a system that has one leader and that leader is God to them. Torture, mind control, and life are all just games to the warden. I did not know jail could be any scarier but the Sanctuary is. Here is a torture technique for you sadistic readers out there. Take a drill and drill into the nerves of the shin bone. That is the kind of pain that your whole body feels.

    The Sanctuary is a good book for those who want to read a really spooky book. Some of the story is very hard to believe and takes some getting used to. The main female character was always reffered to as a strong women, but I thought she was week and annoying. You will find yourself rooting for the male main character who comes close many times to breaking his vow of non violence. In the end he finds a way to justify violence and non violence. The book is a strong 4.0.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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