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Uber Femme

San Antonio, TX | Member Since 2014

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  • The Daylight War: The Demon Cycle, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    Overall
    (1882)
    Performance
    (1712)
    Story
    (1721)

    In this heart-stopping installment of the Demon Cycle, humanity continues to struggle against the demon plague - even as survivors hold out hope that the Deliverer will save them all. On the night of the new moon, the demons rise in force, seeking the deaths of two men, both of whom have the potential to become the fabled Deliverer, the man prophesied to reunite the scattered remnants of humanity in a final push to destroy the demon corelings once and for all.

    Uber Femme says: "What in The Core happened?"
    "What in The Core happened?"
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    What happened, Mr. Brett???
    First, I must say that I have been counting the days (and weeks, and months) until this release. The other two books, I’ve read and listened to MANY times each. I love the characters, the action, the whole concept of the demons and wards. I was even so starved for the story that I listened intently to the Krasian’s stories, rather than just tolerating them as a means to an end (namely, getting back to Cutter’s Hollow).

    I’ve sung the praises of these books to anyone who’ll listen.

    So when I saw that Audible had The Daylight War nearly two weeks early, I thought either Christmas came late, or there was some mistake.

    And then I WISHED it’d been a mistake. Thank God they used Pete Bradbury again, because that’s the only thing that got me through the **tedium** of the first half of the book. The interactions between Arlon and Rena were especially painful. Not only did I feel like I was back in junior high, but Mr. Brett made sure I REALLY understood the point he was trying to convey about Arlon’s new aww shucks, Regular Joe demeanor (another huge disappointment) and Rena’s neediness. Even Leesha’s parts felt weak. There were many things he glossed over (Leesha and the duke), while belaboring the broader points of Arlon’s and Rena’s insipid interactions.

    Finally, around the half-way mark, we get some action, and things progress. We have battles, thank the creator. And then, after all that, the book ends with a cliffhanger?! Ugh.

    In summary: yes, you should get the book. It’s got some good content, even if it takes its sweet time getting there. But PLEASE don’t judge the series by this book. And, Mr. Brett, PLEASE write the fourth book as well as you wrote the first two.

    27 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • The Getaway God: Sandman Slim, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Richard Kadrey
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (513)
    Performance
    (468)
    Story
    (470)

    Sandman Slim must save himself - and the entire world - from the wrath of some enraged and vengeful ancient gods in this sixth high-octane adventure in the New York Times best-selling series. Being a half-human, half-angel nephilim with a bad rep and a worse attitude - not to mention temporarily playing Lucifer - James Stark, aka Sandman Slim, has made a few enemies. None, though, are as fearsome as the vindictive Angra Om Ya - the old gods.

    Kevin says: "Apocalypse Now... with an extra side of donuts."
    "May be time to hang up the spurs...."
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    I'm not sorry I bought this book, but I don't think I'll buy any more Sandman Slim novels. I love the series, and my hat is off to Richard Kadrey for an original plot line and fresh writing style, but this last installment was stale. Excellent performance by MacLeod Andrews, as always.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gardens of the Moon: The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Steven Erikson
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1941)
    Performance
    (1734)
    Story
    (1743)

    The Malazan Empire simmers with discontent, bled dry by interminable warfare, bitter infighting, and bloody confrontations with ancient and implacable sorcerers. Even the imperial legions, long inured to the bloodshed, yearn for some respite. Yet Empress Laseen’s rule remains absolute, enforced by her dreaded Claw assassins. For Sergeant Whiskeyjack and his squad of Bridgeburners, and for Tattersail, their lone surviving mage, the aftermath of the siege of Pale should have been a time to mourn the many dead. But Darujhistan, last of the Free Cities, yet holds out.

    Amazon Customer says: "Probably best to read on paper/kindle"
    "A struggle to finish"
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    I took heed of the reviewer' warnings about the complex plot and long character list. I read chapter summaries on wiki as needed. I understood that the story wouldn't really reach its stride until the second book. In short, I was prepared. I love epic fantasy, and complex plot lines, and rich characters. I was willing to invest the time.

    That's not the problem. The problem is the author's style. Yeah, I said it. I seems that he writes scenes and dialogue to be intentionally obfuscatory, thinking that makes for intelligent prose. It's not that the reader has to pay close attention to understand what's going on in the scene; the reader has to be PSYCHIC to do so.

    One review on audible said something like, 'you have to make me care. It's your job.' That about sums up how I feel. Yes, the story is interesting. The characters are believable.And the narration is good. But I wouldn't recommend this book; it had no heart. Maybe it does get better with the second listening, but I just don't are about the characters enough to slog through it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Such Thing As Werewolves

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Chris Fox
    • Narrated By Ryan Kennard Burke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (275)

    A pyramid predating all known cultures appears without warning. Its discovery throws into question everything we know about the origins of mankind. Inside lies incredible technology, proof of a culture far more advanced than our own. Something dark lurks within, eager to resume a war as old as mankind. When it is unleashed it heralds the end of our species’ reign.

    Trevor Gregg says: "Gripping story, great performance"
    "Fun!"
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    Okay, this is pulp fiction, and should be judged as such. Check your brain at the door, don't think too much about inconsistencies and logic, and enjoy the ride. The narrator made mistakes, like placing the emphasis on the wrong word of the sentence, a few too many times not to mention. (Where was the producer?) Also, I wish the author would've made a few different decisions about the POV, but I understand why he did it. It's just that the were some really scary scenes which could've been more so from another character's perspective.

    All that out of the way, I really enjoyed it. I got the ebook and audiobook so I could finish it in one day. I went back to buy the sequel immediately (cliffhanger ending) but it's not out yet. I recommend this fun little jaunt.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Daniel James Brown
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4185)
    Performance
    (3705)
    Story
    (3707)

    Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

    Janice says: "Do you believe in miracles??"
    "Was I The Only One?"
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    Was I the only one who didn't like this book? I kept trying to like it, but I just never really did. It never really captured my interest. I wanted it to, but it was a struggle all the way through. I found it quite dull, actually.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tower Lord: Raven's Shadow, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Anthony Ryan
    • Narrated By Steven Brand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2748)
    Performance
    (2554)
    Story
    (2560)

    Vaelin Al Sorna, warrior of the Sixth Order, called Darkblade, called Hope Killer. The greatest warrior of his day, and witness to the greatest defeat of his nation: King Janus' vision of a Greater Unified Realm drowned in the blood of brave men fighting for a cause Vaelin alone knows was forged from a lie. Sick at heart, he comes home, determined to kill no more. Named Tower Lord of the Northern Reaches by King Janus's grateful heir, he can perhaps find peace in a colder, more remote land far from the intrigues of a troubled Realm.

    Jack says: "The Great Swampy Middle!"
    "Love this New Series"
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    Finally, some stand-out new fantasy. It checks all the boxes for traditional epic fantasy without feeling formulaic. It's well-written, intelligent, and introduces its own flavor of the mystic. Highly recommended to the seasoned fantasy reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Crucible of Souls: The Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Mitchell Hogan
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1606)
    Performance
    (1452)
    Story
    (1457)

    When Caldan’s parents are brutally slain, he is raised by monks and taught the arcane mysteries of sorcery. Vowing to discover for himself who his parents really were, and what led to their violent end, he is thrust into the unfamiliar chaos of city life. With nothing to his name but a pair of mysterious heirlooms and a handful of coins, he must prove his talent to earn an apprenticeship with a guild of sorcerers. But he soon learns the world outside the monastery is a darker place than he ever imagined, and his treasured sorcery has disturbing depths. As a shadowed evil manipulates the unwary and forbidden powers are unleashed, Caldan is plunged into an age-old conflict that brings the world to the edge of destruction.

    Isaac says: "Good, but... Something is missing"
    "Good YA Fantasy"
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    I would recommend this book to someone new to the genre. The writing is skilled and the story is engaging.

    However, I found it to be average and forgettable - literally. I had to reread the publisher's notes to remind myself about it before writing this review a scant couple of weeks after finishing the book. But that's probably because I've been reading this genre for decades. If you've read through Butcher, Sanderson, Martin, Brett, Rothfuss, and Abercrombie, and you're looking for more, this isn't it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Johannes Cabal the Detective

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jonathan L. Howard
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    Overall
    (332)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (230)

    In this genre-twisting novel, infamous necromancer Johannes Cabal, after beating the Devil and being reunited with his soul, leads us on another raucous journey in a little-known corner of the world. This time he’s on the run from the local government.

    Ambrose says: "A Decent Successor to the First"
    "Decent Steam Punk Detective Story"
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    Decent Steam Punk Detective Story. Any necromancy in the story is incidental. I bought it based on the first, which I enjoyed well enough because of the supernatural angle. This book was a disappointment, because it was just a piece of fiction staring a character who happened to be a necromancer. Almost none of the subject matter which made its predecessor enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Johannes Cabal The Necromancer

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jonathan L. Howard
    • Narrated By Christopher Cazenove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (598)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (383)

    Johannes Cabal, a brilliant scientist and notorious snob, is single-mindedly obsessed in heart and soul with raising the dead. Well, perhaps not soul... He hastily sold his years ago in order to learn the laws of necromancy. But now, tormented by a dark secret, he travels to the fiery pits of Hell to retrieve it. Satan, who is incredibly bored these days, proposes a little wager: Johannes has one year to persuade 100 people to sign over their souls or he will be damned forever.

    Jefferson says: "The Necromancer as Diabolic Showman"
    "Nice change of pace"
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    Just a solid piece of fiction, with clever and intelligent writing. I plan to purchase its sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dragons of Dorcastle: The Pillars of Reality, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (1809)
    Performance
    (1650)
    Story
    (1648)

    The Mechanics and the Mages have been bitter rivals, agreeing only on the need to keep the world they rule from changing. But now a Storm approaches, one that could sweep away everything humans have built. Only one person has any chance of uniting enough of Dematr behind her to stop the Storm, but the Great Guilds and many others will stop at nothing to defeat her.

    Katie says: "Huh....Well there are dragons. Kinda."
    "Good YA Fiction. Average Epic Fantasy."
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    I should start by admitting that I'm sick of YA Fiction. I was jonesing for some great epic fantasy a la Abercrombie, Sanderson, etc. when I saw that this was rated well. Yes, I did see that it was YA, but I gave it a chance in the hopes that it would stand above its brethren. It didn't, but it wasn't bad, either. Just not memorable or noteworthy. I'd say, it was solidly mediocre.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7447)
    Performance
    (6526)
    Story
    (6524)

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    horslovr says: "Very entertaining!"
    "Not My Usual, And I *Loved* It!"
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    I usually go for swash-buckling adventure, fantasy, espionage, or zombie fiction. You know - fun violence. I have little tolerance for "chick lit," which I know is terribly uncouth of me to say, but there you have it. I did really like _The Help_, which has nothing to do with this novel, and yet it does, for the following reasons: it was well-written (no cloying language), has characters who are flawed and interesting, and has a plot with just enough twists and turns to keep you interested.

    If you asked me whether I'd enjoy a novel about elementary school parents, I'd say , "um, no thanks." But this book isn't *about* parents of school-aged kids per se. It's about everyone you know, and their complex yet simple motivations.

    I enjoyed it, and I'm going to check out more of this author's work. Right now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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