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Andrew Stone

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  • Fishing for Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (423)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (262)

    Nicholas Duncan is a semi-retired shipping magnate who resides in idyllic Beautiful Bay in Indonesia, where he is known as the old patriarch of the islands. He is grieving the loss of his beautiful Eurasian wife, Anna, and is suffering for the first time from disturbing flashbacks to WWII, the scene of their first meeting and early love. His other wartime lover is the striking Marg Hamilton, a powerful and influential political player in Australia who has remained close to Nick.

    Louise says: "Okay Bryce I Just Finished Fishing For Stars"
    "Complex Love Triangle"
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    SUMMARY, in Bryce Courtenay's own words:

    "Fishing for Stars has, at its heart, two passionate, unforgettable, but very different, women. One is exotic, damaged, and shrewd; the other beautiful, determined and zealous. Both are bitter rivals for the love of the same man.

    My story is set in Australia, the Pacific Islands, Japan and Indonesia during the latter half of the twentieth century. Nick Duncan is an ingenuous male with a great deal more female on his hands than he can possibly hope to understand.

    The contest he is called upon to referee is the clash between the two great loves of his life: the seductive Anna Til, and the older, equally fascinating Marg Hamilton. Nick struggles between their worlds: one exploiting the world's riches for profit, the other fighting to save the environment and its creatures, large and small.

    I hope you like Fishing for Stars, it is a story of ambition, destruction, love, tears and laughter, with a soupcon of hope thrown in."

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    Important Note: "Fishing for Stars" contains explicit sexual content and mature subject matter.

    This book is the sequel to "The Persimmon Tree" published in 2007. This book does stand on it's own. But for me, I like to read books in the proper sequence. Hopefully, Audible will add this book to their website.

    The narrator Humphrey Bower is excellent. In this book, his Japanese accents are superb. If you like his narration and want to read a great book, read Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts (also an Australian author).

    If you like this book, read "The Gold Coast" by Nelson DeMille. It is a intense Romance/Thriller with erotic sex scenes and mafia (instead of Japanese Yakuza).

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • The Godling Chronicles: The Sword of Truth, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Brian D. Anderson
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (172)

    Darkness comes as a new power rises in Angrääl. The Dark Knight has betrayed the Gods and stolen The Sword of Truth, trapping them in heaven. With the power of the Sword he can reshape the world and bring death to all who oppose him. Only one thing stands between the darkness and the light. Gewey Stedding. Only he has the power to stand against the oncoming storm. Only he can mend the world. But only if he can discover his power....

    Larry says: "Great story"
    "Great Epic Fantacy!"
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    Wow! Really lost of good action, characters, etc... Typically, I don't like stories with "gods"....

    Other books of this "Epic Fantasy" genre I highly recommend are:
    The Name of the Wind
    Eye of the world
    Game of Thrones
    The Warded Man
    The Way of Kings
    Mistborn series



    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • A Magic Broken

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 45 mins)
    • By Vox Day
    • Narrated By Nick Afka Thomas
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    A Magic Broken is a tale of ruthlessness, courage and deceit. The novella tells the story of Captain Nicolas du Mere, an exile fleeing the death of his rebel lord, and Lodi, son of Dunmorin, a brave dwarf dedicated to rescuing his fellow dwarves from slavery. Their dangerous paths meet, but in a manner that is anything but predictable.

    Andrew Stone says: "1/3 of a book - Ripe Off"
    "1/3 of a book - Ripe Off"
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    Book barely get going and ends.

    Obvious a book was split in to 1 third or less of normal length to make a trilogy.

    I recommend you get a real epic fantasy bool like "Eye of the World" ...etc.. so many books which are a better value than this one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Three: Legends of the Duskwalker, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jay Posey
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (228)

    The world has collapsed, and there are no heroes any more.His name is Three, a travelling gun for hire in a dying world. He has no allegiances, no family, no ties.Against his better judgment, he accepts the mantle of protector to a sick woman on the run, and her young son. Together they set out across the plains in search of a mythic oasis, attempting to survive the forces that pursue them, and the creatures of the dark.In these dark times, a hero may yet arise.

    Andrew Stone says: "Fantastic - Fast Moving - Totally Engaged"
    "Fantastic - Fast Moving - Totally Engaged"
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    Loved this book! Not my typical genre (End of Days / apocalypse).

    Kinda like a western, where the tough lone man is the hero A hint of romances...

    Kept me awake listing far too long!

    VERY FAST MOVING AND ENTERTAINING.

    Similar books (Fast Moving, interesting).
    1) The Warded Man
    2) Name of the Wind
    3) The Way of Kings

    Other books I like is
    1) Eye of the World
    2) George R.R. Martin Game of thrones
    3) Power of One - Bryce Courtney ... Suck you in...

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Dragon's Path: Dagger and Coin, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Daniel Abraham
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (526)
    Performance
    (483)
    Story
    (480)

    Popular author Daniel Abraham’s works have been nominated for the Hugo Award and the World Fantasy Award. In The Dragon’s Path, former soldier Marcus is now a mercenary—but he wants nothing to do with the coming war. So instead of fighting, he elects to guard a caravan carrying the wealth of a nation out of the war zone—with the assistance of an unusual orphan girl named Cithrin.

    Kristin says: "Epic Fantasy and Something Else"
    "Good, but slow at times."
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    I am currently listening to the second book in the series...

    Love the reader!

    I seem to fall asleep allot listening to this series and I need to go back an re-listen..

    The series is "Good" but not great.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Elseerian: The Chronicles of Lumineia, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ben Hale
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (264)

    The assassination of heroes was once a warning... for an invasion that nearly destroyed the world. Nations were slaughtered, cities were erased from existence, and defending armies were crushed into oblivion. In weeks, all life stood on the verge of extinction. But the end did not come. Instead the black horde vanished, leaving terrified survivors... and rumors. As the centuries passed the holocaust faded into legend, and finally myth. Across the southern sea a gifted young man is completing his training.

    Andrew Stone says: "Loved this book!"
    "Loved this book!"
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    I enjoy Epic Fantasy Books.... Wheel of Time Series, Wizards First Rule, George R.R. Martin, The Warded Man, The Name of the Wind...

    If you liked these books (above), then you'll also like this...

    22 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Song: Raven's Shadow, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Anthony Ryan
    • Narrated By Steven Brand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1009)
    Performance
    (950)
    Story
    (950)

    The Sixth Order wields the sword of justice and smites the enemies of the Faith and the Realm. Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of 10 when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order. The Brothers of the Sixth Order are devoted to battle, and Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate, and dangerous life of a Warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order.

    JPaladin says: "Wonderful Epic! Mature and well-written."
    "Good Read."
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    Book was very interesting and held my attention throughout the 21 hrs of the story.

    Always wanting to know what happens next.

    It was hard to be dragged away from listening to do other tasks...

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Eye for an Eye: A Dewey Andreas Novel, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Ben Coes
    • Narrated By Peter Hermann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (475)
    Performance
    (436)
    Story
    (435)

    In Ben Coes' latest, Eye for an Eye, Dewey Andreas faces the toughest odds of his life as one of China's most powerful men has decided to do whatever he must to take down Dewey - and inflicts a horrifying loss. Andreas - former Army Ranger and Delta - is a man of great skills and cunning. His opponent, Fao Bhang, is ruthless, determined, and with no limit to the assets at his disposal. In this conflict, there are only two possible outcomes. And only one Dewey Andreas.

    Anthony says: "Another Impossible Hero"
    "Totally Predictable..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Not at all.


    Any additional comments?

    I like this genre, and the series... But really! Totally predictable plot! So Sophomoric!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ari Graynor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3675)
    Performance
    (2580)
    Story
    (2613)

    When 15-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing, not even a smear of blood, to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

    Teddy says: "2 Stars because it actually gets worse...."
    "Better Books than this to read..."
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    A simple YA (young adult) book. A bit of a chick book.
    I think the reader was my main problem with the book.

    I like the book "The Historian" much better. It is also a YA book (I think).

    If you are adult, and want more "action","thriller", "sex" I recommend "Guilty Pleasures"

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lexicon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Max Barry
    • Narrated By Heather Corrigan, Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (456)
    Performance
    (414)
    Story
    (419)

    At an exclusive school somewhere outside of Arlington, Virginia, students aren't taught history, geography, or mathematics - at least not in the usual ways. Instead, they are taught to persuade. Here the art of coercion has been raised to a science. Students harness the hidden power of language to manipulate the mind and learn to break down individuals by psychographic markers in order to take control of their thoughts. The very best will graduate as "poets": adept wielders of language who belong to a nameless organization that is as influential as it is secretive.

    Tango says: "Fasten your seat belt..."
    "Excellent Premise!"
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    Love the concept and ideas of this modern fantasy, but the story dragged a bid at times...
    Very interesting characters... I loved the premise about language...etc.
    For what is new on audible this is for most people a 5 star book. I read a zillion books... so in light of that I gave it 4 stars... It is very slightly a "chick" book which is ok by me...

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8454)
    Performance
    (7686)
    Story
    (7746)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "Average Story, Ready for a Movie"
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    I have read all of Dan Brown's Robert Langdon series. This book did not get my emotional involvement as much as his other books.

    I felt like they were playing the game "Where in the world is Carmen San Diego". Lots of art facts and locations which I love. But, overall this book was not that great in light of better books available

    NOTE: If you have not read his earlier books of the series, read them first. They are much better.

    24 of 42 people found this review helpful

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