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Skittles

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  • Invincible: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2458)
    Performance
    (2216)
    Story
    (2238)

    Admiral John "Black Jack" Geary earned his rank after being revived from cryogenic sleep to lead the Alliance to victory against the Syndicate Worlds. But his superiors question his loyalty to the regime. Now in command of the First Fleet, Geary is tasked with exploring the frontier beyond Syndic space, a mission he fears deliberately puts the fleet--and himself--in harm's way. An encounter with the alien enigmas confirms Geary's fears.

    Aser Tolentino says: "There is Still a Need for Black Jack"
    "Imaginative!"
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    What did you love best about Invincible: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier, Book 2?

    (Spoiler)



    I really enjoyed the inventiveness of the different species. Perhaps this is because I am new to the genre, but I find his world to be truly fascinating and unique compared to what I'm used to with Sci-Fi tv/movies.


    What about Christian Rummel’s performance did you like?

    I love all of his different voices.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd recommend this book to others... I found it to be a very entertaining read, as with the rest of the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11614)
    Performance
    (9011)
    Story
    (9069)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Lore says: "Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!"
    "Painful, but worth it!"
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    If you could sum up The Way of Kings in three words, what would they be?

    Need More Now.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Way of Kings?

    The meeting of two of the characters (when it finally happens).


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

    Kaladin


    Any additional comments?

    A good portion of this book will make your heart hurt, but it is worth it in the end. Bear with it. Now when is the next book?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor's Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Angela Lin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1061)
    Performance
    (963)
    Story
    (975)

    New York Times best-selling author Brandon Sanderson is widely celebrated for his Mistborn Trilogy and contribution to the final three books of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. In The Emperor's Soul, a Forger named Shai can copy and re-create any item by using magic to rewrite its history. After being condemned to death for attempting to steal the emperor's scepter, Shai is given one final chance. She' ll be allowed to live if she can create a new soul for the emperor, who hovers near death.

    debbie says: "A Great Short Novella that is Long in Story"
    "Solid Sanderson!"
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    If you could sum up The Emperor's Soul in three words, what would they be?

    Another Magical World


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Emperor's Soul?

    The ending (vague to protect from spoilers!)


    Any additional comments?

    This story was intriguing. I enjoyed the read a lot, but it is not my favorite of Sanderson's work. That should not be interpreted to mean "Don't read it," however.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6235)
    Performance
    (5806)
    Story
    (5809)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Paige says: "Not his Wheal-house"
    "Great Story! ...except for the epilogue"
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    What did you love best about Redshirts?

    The voice acting was amazing! I also really enjoyed the story.


    Which character – as performed by Wil Wheaton – was your favorite?

    I can't really say I have a favorite. They were all performed very well and each had their own distinct personality.


    Any additional comments?

    Stop reading after the main plot line resolves! The epilogue flounders, at best, and appears to go on forever.

    0 of 0 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
    (5466)
    Performance
    (4958)
    Story
    (5022)

    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."
    "A worthy conculsion"
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    If you could sum up A Memory of Light in three words, what would they be?

    Thrilling, Epic, Satisfying


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

    It really stands alone but if you enjoyed Brandon Sanderson's completion of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series, you should definitely check out his book series - Mistborn and Way of Kings.


    What does Michael Kramer and Kate Reading bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Michael Kramer and Kate Reading are a fantastic narration team. Their characters are performed expertly with great separation and flow.


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

    If you enjoyed the other 13 books in the series, expect to experience the full range of emotions in this epic conclusion.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wizard's First Rule: Sword of Truth, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Sam Tsoutsouvas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4114)
    Performance
    (2500)
    Story
    (2534)

    In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, Richard Cypher encounters a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, in his forest sanctuary. She seeks his help...and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.

    A User says: "Better than the show"
    "Hard to swallow"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The only problem with this book is its derivative and poorly thought out plot.


    What could Terry Goodkind have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Wizard's First Rule is a generic take on the classic fantasy tale that asks too much of the reader's trust in believing the magical world he created.

    Spoilers: Any world that includes magical items with the capacity to alter or destroy all life would never be treated so cavalierly. I still don't know what this book meant by putting these objects "into play."


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

    The voices are well done and the words flow smoothly. I'd be interested in listening to more books read by Sam Tsoutsouvas.


    What character would you cut from Wizard's First Rule?

    Zeddicus Zu'l Zorrander. It seems his only purpose is to explain the magic system to the reader while blundering from one situation to another. It is hard to reconcile his legendary skill with his impotent appearances in this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth a read if you have nothing else in your queue.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5923)
    Performance
    (5510)
    Story
    (5509)

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "I'm still addicted..."
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    Where does Cold Days rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    While this still hasn't rivaled my favorite Dresden book, Changes, this is a solid win for me. There may have been one or two "plot holes" or inconsistencies that I had to use more than the average amount of suspension of disbelief, but the book was entertaining (which matters more to me).
    James Marsters, as always, is wonderful.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Legion

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3644)
    Performance
    (3295)
    Story
    (3366)

    Stephen Leeds, AKA 'Legion,' is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the story begins, Leeds and his 'aspects' are drawn into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera whose astonishing properties could alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society.

    Joshua says: "The only flaw..."
    "Surprisingly Awesome."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. I'm somewhat of a difficult reader to impress in the short term. I usually take at least 1-1.5 books in a series before I start to love a character. I was hooked on this one after an hour of listening. It's a very short read, but it does not suffer from it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    ....All of them?


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I think it might be during the gun fight.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tricked: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6027)
    Performance
    (5565)
    Story
    (5558)

    Druid Atticus O’Sullivan hasn’t stayed alive for more than two millennia without a fair bit of Celtic cunning. So when vengeful thunder gods come Norse by Southwest looking for payback, Atticus, with a little help from the Navajo trickster god Coyote, lets them think that they’ve chopped up his body in the Arizona desert. But the mischievous Coyote is not above a little sleight of paw, and Atticus soon finds that he’s been duped into battling bloodthirsty desert shape-shifters called skinwalkers.

    Nicholas says: "Hooked in an Instant"
    "A little weak compared to the last three books."
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    Would you try another book from Kevin Hearne and/or Luke Daniels?

    Probably. The book was still entertaining.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I think that perhaps there is too much Oberon. Not that I don't love him, but the humor from Oberon has become more and more forced feeling. The humor used to be surprising and cute... now I find myself rolling my eyes and waiting for his lines to end.


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

    As performed by Luke Daniels... I think I like Coyote the best, but I do love the way he performs everyone.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I'm not sure....books turned into movies have a habit of being underwhelming.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Spider's Bite: Elemental Assassin, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jennifer Estep
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2814)
    Performance
    (2172)
    Story
    (2181)

    They call me the Spider. I'm the most feared assassin in the South -- when I'm not busy at the Pork Pit cooking up the best barbecue in Ashland. As a Stone elemental, I can hear everything from the whispers of the gravel beneath my feet to the vibrations of the soaring Appalachian Mountains above me. My Ice magic also comes in handy for making the occasional knife. But I don't use my powers on the job unless I absolutely have to. Call it professional pride.

    Brian Rygaard Jensen says: "How I got to loathe the story"
    "Pleasantly Surprising"
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    What made the experience of listening to Spider's Bite the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the story. I felt it was not as predictable as I believed it would be. I was surprised by many of the turns and ultimately happy with how the book ended.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gin was my favorite because she, unlike many other female characters I've encountered, was very methodical and restrained.


    Which character – as performed by Lauren Fortgang – was your favorite?

    I didn't have a favorite character (performance-wise). I felt that Lauren Fortgang did a very good job illustrating the differences in the characters and helping show their personalities.


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

    Not always, but it was pretty close. I really enjoyed listening to this book, and I am normally watching/reading many different series/books at a time because I require different mediums (audiobook, kindle, hard copy). This book became a front runner for me out of the three different books I was switching between.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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