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Sean

MESA, AZ, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Rule of Two: Star Wars: Darth Bane, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Drew Karpyshyn
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (583)
    Performance
    (549)
    Story
    (552)

    In the New York Times best-seller Darth Bane: Path of Destruction, Drew Karpyshyn painted a gripping portrait of a young man’s journey from innocence to evil. That man was Darth Bane, a twisted genius whose iron will, fierce ambition, and strength in the dark side of the Force made him a natural leader among the Sith - until his radical embrace of an all-but-forgotten wisdom drove him to destroy his own order...and create it anew from the ashes.

    Edward says: "The Ultimate Anti-Hero!!!"
    "Can't wait till book 3"
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    If you could sum up Rule of Two in three words, what would they be?

    Not a let down. Often the middle of trio has no real plot and is all set up for part three. This book did an excellent job of creating a unique story and still left me wanting for the next one.


    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He caries this series well and I look forward to listening to him again.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Allegiant: Divergent Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7816)
    Performance
    (7171)
    Story
    (7244)

    What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

    Teddy says: "I hate it when this happens"
    "What the Hell?"
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    This overall book nothing really happens and it seems like a set up for another chapter in the series. This does not happen. Nope. Because when you get to the end you are just like "what the hell?". If I hadn't made it through the whole book I would have probably returned it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart: Reckoners, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    Overall
    (6407)
    Performance
    (5979)
    Story
    (6003)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "Blown Away"
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    1. - Did not see the ending coming and I pride my pompous self on predicting these things.
    2. - It was a lot of fun without being all action. Yes this book is a character setup for a new series, but it never felt like that.
    3. - It sucks because now I will be adamantly awaiting the next installment of the series for months. Would have been nice to find this 5 years from now when there are more completed books.
    4.- Read it you won't be disappointed.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Rites: The Dresden Files, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5328)
    Performance
    (4049)
    Story
    (4047)

    Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, takes on a case as a favor to his friend Thomas - a vampire of dubious integrity - only to become the prime suspect in a series of ghastly murders.

    Karin W. says: "another terrific installment in the series..."
    "It Becomes Epic"
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    The first 5 books are great.. but the story line really begins to become epic in 6. I liked the first five. Book 6 is where I couldn't stop reading, I had to keep going. You know that kind of book where you begin to ignore the rest of life just to get to the end. Once Butcher had some back story set up and you get involved with the characters his writing excellence just shines here... and then keeps getting better and better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kenobi: Star Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By John Jackson Miller
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (568)
    Performance
    (542)
    Story
    (544)

    Tatooine - a harsh desert world where farmers toil in the heat of two suns while trying to protect themselves and their loved ones from the marauding Tusken Raiders. A backwater planet on the edge of civilized space. And an unlikely place to find a Jedi Master in hiding, or an orphaned infant boy on whose tiny shoulders rests the future of a galaxy.

    Amazon Customer says: ""The Rifleman"... with a Lightsaber"
    "Didn't keep me glued in."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Being a huge Star Wars book fan I found this one rather plain. The narration was excellent. The story itself was just.... I didn't care for what was going on. The emotional interaction of the characters felt very forced. The back drop of Tatooine was the most exciting thing going on just because I could relate it to the feelings I had watching Episode IV for the first time. But for the love of me I could not give two cents about Tusken Raiders. Its not a bad book. I really don't enjoy saying anything about negative about it. But, I kept having to force myself to finish it. However, I did not return it. Some people really liked it, I found it to be mostly filler.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Darth Plagueis

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By James Luceno
    • Narrated By Daniel Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1481)
    Performance
    (1389)
    Story
    (1386)

    Darth Plagueis: one of the most brilliant Sith Lords who ever lived. Possessing power is all he desires. Losing it is the only thing he fears. As an apprentice, he embraces the ruthless ways of the Sith. Darth Sidious: Plagueis’s chosen apprentice. Under the guidance of his Master, he secretly studies the ways of the Sith, while publicly rising to power in the galactic government, first as Senator, then as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor. as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor.

    Jeff says: "Of superior quality! Worthy of Sci Fi prize"
    "Stands alone in a sea of Star Wars"
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    If you could sum up Star Wars: Darth Plagueis in three words, what would they be?

    Bridges the Gap. Between the Darth Bane series and Episode 1 of the movies there is a huge story gap. This book does an excellent job of bridging that gap without closing it.

    As a side note pick up the Darth Bane trilogy if you have not. It tells one of the best story arcs in the Star Wars universe. Read them first, but not necessary to enjoy this one.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Wars: Darth Plagueis?

    The book stands out as a moment in itself. Daniel Davis brings a side to this story that I don't Marc Thompson could have (but Marc is still awesome). The dynamic in the telling of most of the story from the Dark Side's point view required a certain maturity, or an old guy's voice. This rendition nailed it!

    The author dove deep into how the Sith and Jedi think and feel about the force in a way that had not been conveyed in any other book before. Some SW are fluffy and nothing but action. Darth Plagueis has action and multi layered depth. This is battling to be my favorite Star Wars book of all.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dynasty of Evil: Star Wars: Darth Bane, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Drew Karpyshyn
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (541)
    Performance
    (505)
    Story
    (510)

    Twenty years have passed since Darth Bane, reigning Dark Lord of the Sith, demolished the ancient order devoted to the dark side and reinvented it as a circle of two: one Master to wield the power and pass on the wisdom, and one apprentice to learn, challenge, and ultimately usurp the Dark Lord in a duel to the death. But Bane’s acolyte, Zannah, has yet to engage her Master in mortal combat and prove herself a worthy successor. Determined that the Sith dream of galactic domination will not die with him, Bane vows to learn the secret of a forgotten Dark Lord that will assure the Sith’s immortality - and his own.

    AaronSaint81 says: "Darth Bane ruled......"
    "Most Adventurous of the Three!"
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    If you could sum up Dynasty of Evil in three words, what would they be?

    There will be blood....but I suppose that's four words


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

    Vengence is a dish best served often.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent close to the trilogy! There is not a great way to give hints about what happens in book three without giving away plot intricacies. So I'll leave it with this: If you made it this far this book is the best of the three.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Path of Destruction: Star Wars: Darth Bane, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Drew Karpyshyn
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (781)
    Performance
    (740)
    Story
    (745)

    Once the Sith order teemed with followers. But their rivalries divided them in endless battles for supremacy - until one dark lord at last united the Sith in the quest to enslave the galaxy and exterminate the Jedi. Yet it would fall to another, far more powerful than the entire Brotherhood of Darkness, to ultimately realize the full potential of the Sith, and wield the awesome power of the dark side as never before.

    Karen says: "Great Story, Fantastic Production"
    "Great Start to a Trilogy"
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    What made the experience of listening to Path of Destruction the most enjoyable?

    Adapting the dark side to be an appreciable path rather than just a choice of evil.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Path of Destruction?

    Seriously don't want any spoiler alerts here


    What does Jonathan Davis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    As a huge fan of listening to the Star Wars books this reader was an excellent vocalist. Most of the other books are by Marc Thompson, who is awesome. I'm glad to know that they can bring in someone else equally as good.


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

    Peace is a Lie, there is only passion.


    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10663)
    Performance
    (9930)
    Story
    (9934)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "All of it... It had all of it from my childhood"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The references to 80's pop culture are beyond awesome.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    If I told you it would ruin the book. But know this, I really want one. Who wouldn't? You'll get a choice between 100 of them around 67% into the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't read authors that I am not previously familiar with. After taking a chance on this one, just from reader's comments, I was super pleased I branched out. Do it... just do it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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