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Sean

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  • Brisingr: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (4873)
    Performance
    (2458)
    Story
    (2523)

    Oaths sworn . . . loyalties tested . . . forces collide. Following the colossal battle against the Empire's warriors on the Burning Plains, Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have narrowly escaped with their lives. Still there is more at hand for the Rider and his dragon, as Eragon finds himself bound by a tangle of promises he may not be able to keep.

    A User says: "Good but not complete."
    "Not terrible, but not especially good."
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    The Inheritance cycle is a little too full of cliche for my liking. It's not a terrible story, but there are so many other fantasy stories that are so much better. The reader does a good job, though, and is the primary reason I made it through these books. I know the fourth one has come out, but I really doubt I'll be reading it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Changes: The Dresden Files, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5547)
    Performance
    (4014)
    Story
    (4014)

    Long ago, Susan Rodriguez was Harry Dresden's lover-until she was attacked by his enemies, leaving her torn between her own humanity and the bloodlust of the vampiric Red Court. Susan then disappeared to South America, where she could fight both her savage gift and those who cursed her with it.Now Arianna Ortega, Duchess of the Red Court, has discovered a secret Susan has long kept, and she plans to use it-against Harry.

    Amazon Customer says: "WOW. I'm stunned!"
    "Another enjoyable romp."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Early on in this series I was concerned that it would fall victim to a magical Magnum P.I. type of plot recycling. Butcher has managed to keep the stories not only internally consistent, but also move things along in interesting ways. If someone is looking for a series that is just a whole lot of fun, then this is it.

    And Marsters is the BEST reader for these stories. Unfortunately, he doesn't read the audiobook that follows this one. I shifted over to the print version for that book, and am glad to see he is back for the latest installment.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reamde

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3780)
    Performance
    (3306)
    Story
    (3340)

    Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

    ShySusan says: "Not perfect, but worth a listen."
    "It was okay, but not remarkable."
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    If you’ve listened to books by Neal Stephenson before, how does this one compare?

    This almost read like Stephenson was trying to ghost write a Crichton novel. It was definitely faster paced than the later Stephenson novels, but still seemed to lag a lot more than Snowcrash. Unfortunately the story seemed much shallower as well.


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

    I think I have, since he sounded familiar. He did a good job, though sometimes he sounds a little too much like the generic movie voice. You know, the one that so often starts off with something like: "..IN A WORLD, WHERE TWO PEOPLE MEET AS STRANGERS...".


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

    This book has ever earmark of having been written precisely so it could be turned into a movie. It should easily translate. I would probably go see the movie. It wasn't that it was a bad story, but it just didn't have the vast number of facets that most of Stephenson's novels seem to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2270)
    Performance
    (1815)
    Story
    (1814)

    The Psychopath Test is a fascinating journey through the minds of madness. Jon Ronson's exploration of a potential hoax being played on the world's top neurologists takes him, unexpectedly, into the heart of the madness industry. An influential psychologist who is convinced that many important CEOs and politicians are, in fact, psychopaths teaches Ronson how to spot these high-flying individuals by looking out for little telltale verbal and nonverbal clues.

    Robert says: "Interesting but wandering"
    "Excellent!"
    Overall

    I saw Ronson appear on Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show", and immediately added the book to my Audible queue. It was one of the most interesting and thought provoking books I've read in a long time.

    34 of 37 people found this review helpful

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