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Nick

MACON, MO, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Mark of Athena: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Joshua Swanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2004)
    Performance
    (1788)
    Story
    (1817)

    Annabeth is terrified. Just when she’s about to be reunited with Percy - after six months of being apart, thanks to Hera - it looks like Camp Jupiter is preparing for war. As Annabeth and her friends Jason, Piper, and Leo fly in on the Argo II, she can’t blame the Roman demigods for thinking the ship is a Greek weapon. With its steaming bronze dragon figurehead, Leo’s fantastical creation doesn’t appear friendly. Annabeth hopes that the sight of their praetor Jason on deck will reassure the Romans.

    Charlene Blake says: "Great story-- Josh Swanson (narrator) is PERFECT"
    "A Great Third Adventure in this Story"
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    Would you listen to The Mark of Athena again? Why?

    All in all this was a great book. It had some great points where each of the characters developed in some way or another. It had lots of good action and was a great read. I wish the ending hadn't been such a cliff hanger but that just makes me look forward to the next book that much more. I will definitely listen to it again.


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

    The two other Heroes of Olympus books were read by Swanson and I've like them all so far. His reading is great and his voice is so much easier to listen to that the guy who read the original Percy Jackson books.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (2465)
    Performance
    (2300)
    Story
    (2306)

    In a steel-and-lead-encased bunker 20 feet below the basement level of his house, a soldier waits for his final orders. On the surface, a plague ravages the planet, infecting over 90% of the populace. The bacterium burrows through the brain, destroying all signs of humanity and leaving behind little more than base, prehistoric instincts. The infected turn into hyper-aggressive predators, with an insatiable desire to kill and feed. Someday soon, the soldier will have to open the hatch to his bunker, and step out into this new wasteland, to complete his mission....

    G Wallace says: "Die Hard Meets 28 Days Later"
    "Enjoyed it"
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    I'm a huge walking dead fan and I thought this story was really a different take on the whole idea. I like the main character and it wasn't a predictable story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FREE: Mitosis: A Reckoners Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 3 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (2884)
    Performance
    (2618)
    Story
    (2635)

    Epics still plague Newcago, but David and the Reckoners have vowed to fight back.

    Thomas says: "He is back!"
    "Can't beat free."
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    Great short in between story. Keeps things moving and provided some great information that I feel like matters later. And it's still awesome.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Firefight: Reckoners, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6629)
    Performance
    (5844)
    Story
    (5822)

    Newcago is free. They told David it was impossible, that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet Steelheart - invincible, immortal, unconquerable - is dead. And he died by David's hand.Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life simpler. Instead, it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And no one in Newcago can give him answers.Babylon Restored, the city formerly known as the borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though.

    G. House Sr. says: "Fabulous -- A Must Read Sequal"
    "Fantastic"
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    I'm a big fan of Sanderson's work. I really enjoyed steelheart and the mistborn trilogy. But this one has been my favorite so far. It's quirky its funny and it comes at the idea of superpowers from a completely fresh direction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Well of Ascension: Mistborn, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8562)
    Performance
    (6345)
    Story
    (6388)

    The impossible has been accomplished. The Lord Ruler - the man who claimed to be god incarnate and brutally ruled the world for a thousand years - has been vanquished. But Kelsier, the hero who masterminded that triumph, is dead too, and now the awesome task of building a new world has been left to his young protégé, Vin, the former street urchin who is now the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and to the idealistic young nobleman she loves.

    Robert says: "It keeps getting even better"
    "I didn't see that coming."
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    Great book. Slow in the middle but the character building pays off at the end. Sanderson is becoming one of my favorites.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kill Order: Maze Runner Prequel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By James Dashner
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (841)
    Performance
    (753)
    Story
    (759)

    The prequel to the New York Times best-selling Maze Runner series. Before WICKED was formed, before the Glade was built, before Thomas entered the Maze, sun flares hit the Earth, and mankind fell to disease. Mark and Trina were there when it happened, and they survived. But surviving the sun flares was easy compared to what came next. Now a disease of rage and lunacy races across the eastern United States, and there's something suspicious about its origin. Worse yet, it's mutating, and all evidence suggests that it will bring humanity to its knees.

    Holly says: "Worth it, but the weakest in the series"
    "Read it first"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes but I hate the idea of prequels. The only reason I read this one is because I read it before the others.


    What other book might you compare The Kill Order to and why?

    The Hunger Games but way darker so far.


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

    no


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me sad. Actually really sad. But no tears. I liked several of the characters and got attached.


    Any additional comments?

    I just finished this and I'm glad I read it first because I think had I read the trilogy first it would have ruined it for me. Not because the story isn't great but because knowing ultimately where it all ends up would have spoiled it. It would have taken away the suspense and hope I had while reading it.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart: Reckoners, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10259)
    Performance
    (9431)
    Story
    (9464)

    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"
    "Hooked on a new author"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. No question. Its a great story that engaged me from the beginning and held me captive until it was finished. It left me wanting more. It also has almost no bad language something that for me was a real plus and is proof that you can tell a great story with out all that crap.


    What other book might you compare Steelheart to and why?

    Its hard to say. The writing style reminded me of a cleaner Iron Druid Chronicles.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No Spoilers here!


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

    Again I'm not giving anything away. Read it. Its awesome.


    Any additional comments?

    I haven't enjoyed a book this much in a long time. I will be buying a hardback copy and I will be listening to this one again.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Hades: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Nick Chamian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1722)
    Performance
    (1551)
    Story
    (1574)

    At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy's instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea's forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors from both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?

    amyrex2 says: "I really HATE it when narrators are switched"
    "Its already been said but why the change?"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The House of Hades to be better than the print version?

    No because the narrator is not as good as the other 3


    What didn’t you like about Nick Chamian’s performance?

    Everything. Swanson was so good. why change?


    Any additional comments?

    The dude that narrated the original percy books was pretty obnoxious and so I was really excited about the change in the heroes of Olympus books. then this one came out. I was really looking forward to it too. To say I'm disappointed would be an understatement!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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