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Carlos Benjamin

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  • On the Edge: The Edge, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1233)
    Performance
    (837)
    Story
    (850)

    Rose Drayton lives on the Edge, between the world of the Broken (where people drive cars, shop at Wal-Mart, and magic is a fairy tale) and the Weird (where blueblood aristocrats rule, changelings roam, and the strength of your magic can change your destiny). Only Edgers like Rose can easily travel from one world to the next, but they never truly belong in either.

    Karen says: "Wow...wow...what?"
    "Very Disappointing"
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    On the surface, this book seemed very promising. The premise was very good, parallel worlds, one in which magic does not work and the other where it is the driving force.... oh, and one that sits between the two. Lots of possibilities!

    Even at the beginning, the writing was good and the narrator did a fair job of infusing each character personality.

    Then in the middle of the thing it turned into "chick porn" full of heaving bosoms and.... well, more descriptive.... uh.... descriptions.

    This was not what I signed on for.

    Once the gears were shifted from fantasy to romance novel all kinds of things go wrong. We have a guy whose shoulders are so broad the slight girl behind the wheel of a pickup is nearly crowded out the door. And his eyes! His eyes are.... what color were they? Oh, yes. Green. Very green. Deep green. There are more mentions of his green eyes than there are of his name. Green eye's and nothing but shoulders..... with green eyes embedded somewhere in them.

    There are so many cliches that the author feels compelled to answer several of them with, "Of course he was...." Or maybe they weren't cliches until they were used so often that they actually became cliches over the course of the book.

    I really like genre blending, but if one of them is something I detest I'd like a little warning up front. I won't read another book in the series and I will be trading this one in. If I can remember the author's name I won't purchase another one of her books.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4065)
    Performance
    (3727)
    Story
    (3716)

    Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

    Magpie says: "Two books in one - keep listening!!"
    "Made Me Want To Get The Other Books In The Series"
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    While I like a book whose story is started, developed and resolved within a single volume, a series of books, be it a trilogy or simply multiple volumes following a single character or group of characters, always makes me smile.... That is, when the opening story is one that holds my attention and makes me want more.

    When I finish a lead book in a series I'm excited because I now have a stronger sense of what book I may choose to spend my credit on next.

    Theft of Swords was a great start to the Riyria Trilogy. The protagonists were fun to get to know and the storyline moved along without too many hitches. Occasionally attributing a comment to a character who isn't present and continuity errors do bother me, but they were few enough that it did not hamper the telling of a good tale.

    Highly recommended if you're into fantasy. Can't wait to dig in to Book 2.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John J. Ratey
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    Overall
    (2418)
    Performance
    (1480)
    Story
    (1461)

    Did you know you can beat stress, lift your mood, fight memory loss, sharpen your intellect, and function better than ever simply by elevating your heart rate and breaking a sweat? The evidence is incontrovertible: Aerobic exercise physically remodels our brains for peak performance.

    Kathleen says: "Spark"
    "Excellent Material, Presented Well"
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    This book lays out the connection between physical activity and brain development very well. Having acquired a brain injury (the entire reason for opening an Audible account as reading has become a daunting task) I found the material very encouraging. But the book isn't about brain injuries or deficiencies beyond those we impose upon ourselves.

    Anyone can benefit from the information in this book if you want to improve brain health and learning ability.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Think & Grow Rich - Mega Audio Pack

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Napolean Hill, Jamie McIntyre
    • Narrated By Jai Hutcherson, Bob Hennesy, Jamie Nesvold
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (47)

    Love Think & Grow Rich? Then get this Mega Audio Pack! It is simply the #1 Think & Grow Rich audio pack available in the world today. You get: >Think & Grow Rich, Think & Grow Rich updated for the 21st Century, What I Didn’t Learn At School But Wish I Had, Time Rich, What I Didn’t Learn From Google But Wish I Had; all these audio books for one low price!

    michael says: "...a very long sales pitch!"
    "Narrator Ruins The Experience... At Least For Me."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Narrator


    Would you recommend Think & Grow Rich - Mega Audio Pack to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. Narrator butchers so many words I keep shutting the thing off rather than hear more.


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

    No


    Could you see Think & Grow Rich - Mega Audio Pack being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not really the type of material that would translate well.


    Any additional comments?

    Every school child learns about Copernicus, and can probably render the name better than CupperNIKus. When he refers to a speech impressing those assembled at a dinner, the people are not 'diners' but are 'dinners'.... Or perhaps it was the food that was impressed and not the people at all.

    The latest mangling has me not listening for a couple of days now. In explaining the birth of Islam the narrator says that Arab children were sent into the desert where they were raised by.... prepare for it..... 'Bodines'. Bo-deens. Now I don't know why the kinfolk of Jethro from the Beverley Hillbillies took it upon themselves to move to the deserts of the Middle East to raise Arab kids, but I'm pretty sure the Bedouins don't like the practice.

    Now I remember why I stopped listening last year.... I'd like to glean what information I can from this book (or books I think) but the wholesale slaughter of language is really harshing my mellow, man.....

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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