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David

snowflake, AZ, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Legion

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3657)
    Performance
    (3307)
    Story
    (3378)

    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..."
    "Great Short Story!"
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    If you could sum up Legion in three words, what would they be?

    Amazing Short Story


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

    The book wasn't very long, so it was easy to listen to it all at once


    Any additional comments?

    I Highly recommend this book.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Dryad-Born: Whispers from Mirrowen, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jeff Wheeler
    • Narrated By Sue Pitkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (73)

    Rumors stir of a hidden child who can stop the devastating plagues — and the race to find her has begun. The ruthless ruler of Kenatos, the Arch-Rike, and the people pledged to stopping him will do anything to make sure they’re the ones to reach her first. Because even though young Phae may be unaware that she is the long-lost daughter of Tyrus — the Arch-Rike’s rival — there is no mistaking her gift.

    Al says: "Great Story Horrible Narration"
    "Good Story, Bad Narrator"
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    What did you like best about Dryad-Born? What did you like least?

    I liked the story, but the narrator was terrible


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend the first book of the series. The narrator was fun to listen to and made the characters come alive. I don't know why this book had a different narrator, but she could not use different character voices at all, so it could confusing when two characters were talking to each other. Another thing I didn't like about her was that would be just as dramatic with some mundane description or detail as she would an action sequence or with something important. That got old pretty quick.Anyway, I will probably listen to the next book in the series when it comes out if it has a different narrator. For this book, you would be better off to read it yourself.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart: Reckoners, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7297)
    Performance
    (6808)
    Story
    (6836)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "Great start of a new series!"
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    Any additional comments?

    I'm a huge fan of Brandon Sanderson's books, so I was excited to get this book when it came out. I also enjoy superhero movies so I thought that the idea that people with superpowers are evil and the protagonist has no special abilities was an interesting twist. The book was funny and entertaining and the ending seemed to come really fast. I think Steelheart would make a great movie too. I'm looking forward to quoting parts of it with friends and family once they have a chance to read it. If the book description sounds interesting to you I'd recommend you read this because it is well written and should appeal to readers of all ages who like this genre.

    8 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Guardian: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (1980)
    Performance
    (1823)
    Story
    (1832)

    Admiral Geary’s First Fleet of the Alliance has survived the journey deep into unexplored interstellar space, a voyage that led to the discovery of new alien species, including a new enemy and a possible ally. Now Geary’s mission is to ensure the safety of the Midway Star System, which has revolted against the Syndicate Worlds empire—an empire that is on the brink of collapse.

    Dennis says: "Another 5 STAR Book!"
    "Great continuation of a series"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book after reading the previous books in the series.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the best Sci-Fi series that I've listened to. I just started the series about a month ago and I finished all of the previous books in the series just before this book came out. The story is very interesting and well thought out. However, just like the previous books, this book has an open ending. It's not a cliff hanger, but there's no conclusion and you're left waiting for the next book to come out to see what happens next.
    Before you read this book, you need to read each book in in the series in order from the start because they all happen in sequence.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6053)
    Performance
    (2631)
    Story
    (2667)

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Taryn says: "Will touch your soul"
    "Depressing Book"
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    What would have made The Road better?

    The entire book was very depressing. I kept hoping that the ending would turn out good, but when I finished I felt like I had wasted my time. The narrator did an ok job, but there was no point to the story.

    The plot was about a father and son trying to survive in a desolate, post-apocalyptic world and the most of the book detailed the constant misery they were in. They were cold, starving, and terrified most of the time and they usually wanted to just die.The author never really said how the world supposedly burned up and some how all of the plants in the entire world seemed to be burned up and dead even though some houses here and there were still standing and lakes and rivers still existed, so it didn't make much sense that absolutely no plants and animals were left alive or no plants could ever grow again. The story takes place years after some disaster, but the author writes as if it had just happened.

    For example, there was always ash in the air even though it rained fairly often and everything had been burned up a long time ago. There were several other inconsistencies that made me think that the author didn't have a very good idea of how things would actually work in the scenario he created. He just seemed determined to make conditions as bleak as possible for the two main characters in the story.

    Overall what really made me give such a low rating came back to what I wrote earlier about the book being depressing. There was absolutely no humor and things were either bad or terrible for the characters. This book probably isn't worth your time.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Diamond Throne: The Elenium, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By David Eddings
    • Narrated By Greg Abby
    Overall
    (831)
    Performance
    (514)
    Story
    (523)

    Sparhawk, the Pandion Knight and Queen's Champion, returns from a long spell of exile to find his native land overrun with evil and intrigue, and his young Queen grievously ill. Indeed, Ehlana lies magically entombed within a block of crystal, doomed to die unless a cure can be found within a year.

    Bryan J. Peterson says: "Quirky pronunciations but overall a worthy job."
    "Boring Book"
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    What disappointed you about The Diamond Throne?

    The plot moved slow and I struggled to stay interested the entire story. The ending was left wide open for a sequel, but I have no interest in continuing the series.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3632)
    Performance
    (3282)
    Story
    (3317)

    Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is now on the verge of modernity, with railroads to supplement the canals, electric lighting in the streets and the homes of the wealthy, and the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds.Kelsier, Vin, Elend, Sazed, Spook, and the rest are now part of history—or religion. Yet the old magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy continue to play a role in this reborn world....

    Timothy says: "Pleased, yet wanting more..."
    "Great Book!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Alloy of Law the most enjoyable?

    I've read most of Brandon Sanderson's books People who enjoyed the Mistborn trilogy will like this book. That being said, someone who hasn't read the Mistborn books will still understand this book. This book is really good for people who like magic and logic at the same time. A lot of fantasy books have magic that has undefined boundaries or limitations. The author combines a magic system that is detailed and works with physics. The author does a good job of not getting too caught up in details so that the story moves along though. This is mystery book set in a western time frame where a lawman tries to track down the ringleaders of gang of robbers and kidnappers.


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

    Yes. He does an okay job in some of the other books I've listened to. I think he did a pretty good job in this book though.


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

    Yes, but I listened to it in 2 or 3


    Any additional comments?

    This would be a good book to listen to in a long car ride with a group of people. It's fun, interesting, and you don't have to worry about bad language or sexually explicit content. It is a little violent in some places, but its not gory. Mostly gunfights and such.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pathfinder: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Don Leslie, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2959)
    Performance
    (2263)
    Story
    (2279)

    Rigg is well trained at keeping secrets. Only his father knows the truth about Rigg’s strange talent for seeing the paths of people’s pasts. But when his father dies, Rigg is stunned to learn just how many secrets Father had kept from him - secrets about Rigg’s own past, his identity, and his destiny. And when Rigg discovers that he has the power not only to see the past, but also to change it, his future suddenly becomes anything but certain.

    Paul from Washington says: "Story OK, Narration Mixed"
    "Very interesting"
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    What did you love best about Pathfinder?

    Great Idea, great delivery. I liked how there were different narrators for each of the characters viewpoints. There were 3 or 4 character viewpoints and each had a good narrator. I usually don't get into time travel stories as much, but this book has a very intriguing take on it. I also liked how it was clean, so I can recommend it to any friends and family who like this genre without having to worry about bad language, sexual content, or too much gory violence. There's also enough detail overall to visualize the story, but not so much that it slows down the plot.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Beautiful Friendship: Star Kingdom, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1186)
    Performance
    (1049)
    Story
    (1052)

    Stephanie Harrington had always expected to be a forest ranger on her homeworld of Meyerdahl until her parents relocated to the frontier planet of Sphinx in the far distant Star Kingdom of Manticore. It should have been the perfect new home - a virgin wilderness full of new species of every sort, just waiting to be discovered. But Sphinx is a far more dangerous place than ultra-civilized Meyerdahl, and Stephanie's explorations come to a sudden halt when her parents lay down the law: no trips into the bush without adult supervision!

    brendanstallard says: "Wow, Weber hits the target."
    "Good, but could have ended better"
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    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have made the last half of the book a little more exciting. The first half was great, but then I got bored before the end. I also felt like there wasn't enough of a climax at the end of the book.


    What aspect of Khristine Hvam’s performance would you have changed?

    She did good most of the time, but there were a few places, especially at the end, where the way she expressed the words to explain noises were a major distraction from the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall it was a good book. It's clean, great for teenagers, and has an interesting idea. It was good enough for me to get the next book, but I haven't read it yet

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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