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  • The Battle of the Labyrinth: Percy Jackson, Book 4: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2124)
    Performance
    (1160)
    Story
    (1180)

    Percy Jackson isn't expecting freshman orientation to be any fun. But when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears on campus, followed by demon cheerleaders, things quickly move from bad to worse.

    Felicity Fairchild says: "The best of Percy Jackson series."
    "No complaints, still a wonderful series!"
    Overall

    Not much to be said, the series goes on and I am listening at work and on my commute. Great stories!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Shadow

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, a Full Cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4782)
    Performance
    (2741)
    Story
    (2780)

    Andrew "Ender" Wiggin was not the only child in the Battle School; he was just the best of the best. In this book, Card tells the story of another of those precocious generals, the one they called Bean, the one who became Ender's right hand, part of his team, in the final battle against the Buggers. Bean's past was a battle just to survive. His success brought him to the attention of the Battle School's recruiters.

    L. says: "Totally Card"
    "Superb companion novel! More Ender! More Fun! :-)"
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    Would you listen to Ender's Shadow again? Why?

    I would indeed. I have listened to Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow multiple times. in addition to the Earth Unaware prequel trilogy, these are the only Ender's Game stories I have really liked.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Achilles, an interesting and creepy antagonist.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I enjoy all these guys immensely, Scott, Gabrielle, Stefan, the whole team, all great.


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

    I suppose so, loved the story, loved seeing much of Ender's Game from another perspective.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoyed Ender's Game, you will want Ender's Shadow. An amazing companion novel, that works to expand on the stories and characters of Ender's Game perfectly. I so much enjoyed learning more about Bean, and his perilous plight. Now as far as the Ender/Bean novels, these were really the only two I wanted to relisten to. I couldn't get into the Ender in exile branch-off, and the subsiquent stories after Ender's Shadow that follow the other students from battle school just are not anywhere as good as these two. Now I have enjoyed the Earth Unaware prequel stories, but they are not really Ender-related per say, merely a story of the events years before Ender was born.Overall, a must have for any Ender fan. Bean is facinating, and so much fun to root for!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Warded Man

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    Overall
    (2571)
    Performance
    (1922)
    Story
    (1935)

    Peter V. Brett has won accolades from critics, fans and fellow authors alike for this riveting debut novel. The Warded Man features a world where demons stalk the night, hunting humans who have long forgotten the magic of their ancestors. But all is not lost, as some hold out hope that a savior will release humanity from the demons' terrifying reign.

    Meloney says: "Brilliant"
    "Kick@$$ story! Can't stop listening!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have, and now we both eagerly await the next installment.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Arlen - I found him sympathetic, interesting, and a bad@$$ to boot. Great lead character!


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

    I enjoyed Pete's narration, he doesn't offer a huge variety of voices, but enough so that I wasn't lost on who was speaking. I also find his voice interesting, it held my attention when he's reading.


    If you could rename The Warded Man, what would you call it?

    No need, good title. I think the european title is "The Painted Man" which is also okay.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall I was, and still am, enthralled with this story. I have relistened to all three (so far) numerous times, and continue to enjoy each re-read. I've gotten a few people to listen, and now we all wait excitedly for "The Skull Throne" to come out.

    This certainly is a dark series, full of gore, sex (incest, rape, ect.), violence, and lots of disturbing elements. Not a story for the weak of heart. Now I am not sensitive to these themes, but some listeners may be.

    A wonderfully addictive series, so much so that just by writing this review, I want to listen again! :-) Well worth a credit

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Amber Spyglass: His Dark Materials, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman, full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3083)
    Performance
    (1053)
    Story
    (1072)

    Lyra and Will, the two ordinary children whose extraordinary adventures begin in The Golden Compass and The Subtle Knife, are in unspeakable danger. With help from Iorek Byrnison the armored bear and two tiny Gallivespian spies, they must journey to a dank and gray-lit world where no living soul has ever gone.

    Anita says: "an exceptional story that's had bad press"
    "Epic final installment to His Dark Materials!!!"
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    Where does The Amber Spyglass rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The series overall ranks in my top 5 for sure. Loved all the books, listened to them multiple times.


    What other book might you compare The Amber Spyglass to and why?

    Eh, not sure, maybe vaugly to the Artimis Fowl series? But not quite as "kiddy" as the fowl books.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene would be a spoiler, so I shall keep it to myself, whatcha gonna do about it, huh? that's right, nothing sucka! just listen and enjoy people.


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

    Oh yes, cried like a little girl who stubbed her pinky toe against the corner of the door frame. I listen at work when I can, and I had to wear sun-glasses to make sure no one knew my eyes were all puffy. Gotta maintain my stoic demeanor.


    Any additional comments?

    A story/series everyone should read/listen to. I've suggested it to all the avid readers I know, just a fantastic series. I cried numerous times, I pondered the meaning of life, I cursed human weakness, and praised the awesome power a child can wield. Loved so many characters, I just can't say enough how much I enjoyed His Dark Materials. Listen and enjoy, and bring sunglasses just in case. :-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abhorsen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Garth Nix
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    Overall
    (772)
    Performance
    (394)
    Story
    (396)

    Before she went to join Sam and Mogget downstairs, Lirael paused for a moment to look at herself in the tall silver mirror that hung on the wall of her room. The image that faced her bore little resemblance to the Second Assistant Librarian of the Clayr. She saw a warlike and grim young woman, dark hair bound back with a silver cord rather than hanging free to disguise her face. She no longer wore her librarian's waistcoat, and she had a long Nehima at her side rather than a library-issue dagger.

    Ethan M. says: "A great conclusion to a wonderful series"
    "An epic conclusion to an epic tale!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Abhorsen the most enjoyable?

    Loved the series, no way i could have stopped before finishing the whole tale. I always looks at series as a whole story, so in a sense, this is just the final chapters of a book I enjoyed :-)


    What other book might you compare Abhorsen to and why?

    Sebriel and Lirael, similar characters, similar world, similar magic system... Almost identical come to thing of it, I wonder if he stole his ideas from those books, best look into it. :-)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final conflicts are exciting and fun, a bit emotional too.


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

    If such a moment existed, would I spoil it for you by telling it to you now? No, I wouldn't. But yes, there are some powerful moments in this series.


    Any additional comments?

    Honestly, I almost don't see much reason to do reviews for books at the end of a series, because if you made it past the first, you'll likely enjoy the following books, and read them all regardless of what the reviews say, that is if you are like me. But anyway, I did enjoy this book, and the series as a whole. Not the best fantasy out there, but worth the credits certainly if this is your genre. Wish they had audio books of more of Garth's stories, loved the Seventh tower series too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lirael: Daughter of the Clayr

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Garth Nix
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (840)
    Performance
    (427)
    Story
    (430)

    Lirael has never felt like a true daughter of the Clayr. Abandoned by her mother, ignorant of her father's identity, Lirael resembles no one else in her large extended family living in the Clayr's glacier. She doesn't even have the Sight, the ability to See into the present and possibly futures, that is the very birthright of the Clayr.

    Cher says: "Stands alone"
    "Don't stop now! :-)"
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    Where does Lirael rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    While not #1 on my list, this series still holds a high rank is my lists for fantasy.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Disreputable Dog, I want one!


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

    Eh, bad question. While he is a good voice actor, I would have wanted a female voice actor for a series with female leads... Sorry Timmy, just not right for you.


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

    I don't know if I had extreme reactions, but i certainly enjoyed this book, and its series.


    Any additional comments?

    Another great addidtion to the series, If you enjoyed Sebriel, keep it up with Lirael and Abhorsen. Great series, great fun :-)

    On a completley unrelated note, can we add spell-check to the reviews? I can't spell for crap, and I don't want people to think my reviews are less relivent because I write like a sixth grader, eh... And no offense sixth graders, I'm sure some of you could easily out-write me haha!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sabriel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Garth Nix
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    Overall
    (1235)
    Performance
    (619)
    Story
    (620)

    Ever since she was a tiny child, Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the random power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who won't stay dead. But now her father, the Mage Abhorsen, is missing, and to find him Sabriel must cross back into that world.

    Erin says: "One of the Best Audio Books I've Heard"
    "Fun fantasy! Great listen :-)"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would, for fantasy readers / listeners. It's a good story, with interesting characters, and an interesting magic system.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sabriel certainly, gotta love a bad@$$ female lead :-)


    Which character – as performed by Tim Curry – was your favorite?

    Personally I feel that they should have cast a female voice actor *cough* Kate Redding *cough-cough*, but Tim Curry did okay. No caracters stood out as fantastic as far as voice acting.


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

    Well I don't know about all in one sitting, but I did listen to the series back-to-back without jumping to other books, take that at face value I suppose.


    Any additional comments?

    I read this series before I listened to it, and enjoyed it just as much in audio format. I love the world, and expecially the magic system - mixing fantasy and semi-modern weapons was a lot of fun. This being the first book was great, and I feel the series as a whole was a good listen, I would suggest it to any fantasy buffs :-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Subtle Knife: His Dark Materials, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman, Full Cast
    Overall
    (3769)
    Performance
    (1181)
    Story
    (1196)

    In this stunning sequel to The Golden Compass, the intrepid Lyra finds herself in a shimmering, haunted otherworld, Cittagazze, where soul-eating Specters stalk the streets and wingbeats of distant angels sound against the sky. But she is not without allies: twelve-year-old Will Parry, fleeing for his life after taking another's, has also stumbled into this strange new realm.

    Geoffrey says: "The second book in a fantastic trilogy!"
    "A great continuation to a wonderful series! :-)"
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    What did you love best about The Subtle Knife?

    Yet another book that I cannot point my finger at a sigle aspect I most enjoyed, loved the entire book. :-)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    So hard to select just one, but a favorite would be Lee Scoresby, and Hester of course.


    Have you listened to any of Philip Pullman and Full Cast ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Well the entire series is full cast audio, and they all seemed good to me, a little different, but not bad. Though if memory serves, Will's voice actor changes from book 2 to 3.


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

    Don't. Make. Another. Film. They ruined the first, lets stop before it gets worse, ugh...


    Any additional comments?

    I can't say enough about how much I enjoy this series. If you liked the first book, this is more of the same, wonderful story-telling. Some new characters, and many returning favorites, should please all fans of the series. :-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman, full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5111)
    Performance
    (1615)
    Story
    (1636)

    When Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon decide to spy on a presentation her uncle, the commanding Lord Asriel, is making to the elders of Jordan College they have no idea that they will become witnesses to an attempted murder, and even less that they are taking the first steps in a journey that will lead them into danger and adventure unlike anything Lyra's unfettered imagination has conjured up.

    Arnold says: "A Terrific Book"
    "A wonderful start to a fantactic journey!"
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    If you could sum up The Golden Compass in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, addicting, different.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I find picking out a single aspect to express as my favorite, very difficult. It's the story as a whole that I enjoy so much.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Well I have many, but the first to jump to my mind are the battles involving the armored bears, so much fun! :-)


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

    Yes, and I have. I've listened to, and read this entire series, numerous times. It doesn't get old to me, I have a vast library, but still have found myself relistening to this series.


    Any additional comments?

    I fell in love with this series as a child, and have continued enjoying it throughout my adult life. Although it is advertised as a "young adult" series, I don't feel that is a fair description. It is a great read for any age.

    I have encouraged many people to read / listen to this series with mixed results. Some people have struggled initally getting into the story because it's a little strange, to those folks I say just keep listening, it gets better. Also, I have heard some complaints about the full cast audio. Personally I don't mind at all, it is interesting to have a little variety in my audio books :-)

    Perhaps listeners with sensitive religous beliefs may have minor issues with this series, but I would point out that this is set in a different universe that has no correlation to actual religous institutions. And beyond that, it's just a book - calm down people

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • House to House: An Epic Memoir of War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, John Bruning
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (253)

    In one of the most compelling combat narratives ever written, Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, an Army infantry platoon leader in Iraq, gives a teeth-rattling, first-hand account of 11 straight days of heavy house-to-house fighting during the climactic second battle of Fallujah. His actions in the firefight, which included killing five insurgents in hand-to-hand combat, earned Bellavia the Bronze Star, the Silver Star, and New York state's highest military honor, the Conspicuous Service Cross.

    Robert says: "As raw as it gets"
    "A gripping story!!!!"
    Overall

    Ok, firstly I want to address the folks who have complained about the foul language: this is how our service members talk to one-another. I have worked with soldiers and marines alike, and can promise you that this language does not result from a lack of vocabulary nor does it stem from a simple mind. This is just how these guys talk to each other, and I believe that the author was trying to allow the reader/listener to feel like they are standing next to these guys, as real as possible. And as for the gore, this is a war story, what would you expect?! Now ranting aside, this was an amazing story and I found myself listening for hours at a time, not wanting to leave the car. An emotional story that brought tears to my eyes a few times. I appreciate the way this man opened himself within the story and told it just how he saw it, with no sugar on top. Well worth the credit, GET IT!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Artemis Fowl: Artemis Fowl, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By Nathaniel Parker
    Overall
    (1992)
    Performance
    (962)
    Story
    (967)

    Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genuis, and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn't know what he's taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren't the fairies of bedtime stories, they're dangerous! Full of unexpected twists and turns, Artemis Fowl is a riveting, magical adventure.

    JHawk 77 says: "Artemis Fowl (unabridged)"
    "Great Story, Amazing narration!!!!!"
    Overall

    I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and the narration is some of the best I’ve heard along with the Happy Potters books. Though clearly a young reader’s book, I still loved it being a 25 year old guy. I couldn’t buy the following stories fast enough, even had to buy a few before I had more credits available. I have enjoyed many books in this genre including the Harry Potter books, His Dark Materials (Golden Compass, Subtle Knife, and the Amber Spyglass), as well as the Percy Jackson saga. I feel this ranks right up there with the aforementioned stories and would fervently advise anyone who enjoyed those stories to listen to these :-]

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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