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wize2u

Defender of fiction!

Saanichton, BC, Canada | Member Since 2012

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  • 11 reviews
  • 26 ratings
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  • 22 purchased in 2014
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  • Children of the Night

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By George Ralph
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    In a desolate orphanage in what remains of post-Communist Romania, a desperately ill infant is given the wrong blood transfusion - and flourishes when he's supposed to die. The discovery of his unique immune system may hold the key to the long-awaited cure for cancer and AIDS - and a link to a clan of vampires.

    Kelly Howard says: "needs a different reader"
    "Not his best"
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    I really like Dan Simmons; he's written some of my favorites. This definately won't be one of them. I made it through the book but it was a near thing. I found the story slow and the characters lacked depth. The only things that really kept my interest was the history and cultural oddities of Hungary and Romania. It was a visual reminder of the levels of poverty and desolation that many in the world live. The descriptions of life in those countries with their rampant corruption and stagnation was fully realized.

    . I wasn't that fussed about the narrator either. I thought his pacing was too slow and he got a breathless quality in some of his reading that distracted from the book.

    Dan Simmons can always set a scene well. Too bad about the characters in this book. I look forward to the next try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (5805)
    Performance
    (5375)
    Story
    (5395)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "I had forgotten how awesome Stephen King is."
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    It had been a while since I read one of this author's books. It was just awesome. Mr. King is able to weave fully fleshed out and believable characters, interwoven with societal landmarks and memes. I recommend this book on the merits of the author as well as the story. I barely even remember reading The Shining as a kid but the story didn't require me to have an emotional attachment to the original story for me to enjoy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Eden: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Chris Beckett
    • Narrated By Matthew Frow, Jayne Entwistle, Ione Butler, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (155)

    On the alien, sunless planet they call Eden, the 532 members of the Family shelter beneath the light and warmth of the Forest's lantern trees. Beyond the Forest lie the mountains of the Snowy Dark and a cold so bitter and a night so profound that no man has ever crossed it. The Oldest among the Family recount legends of a world where light came from the sky, where men and women made boats that could cross the stars. These ships brought us here, the Oldest say - and the Family must only wait for the travelers to return.

    Amazon Customer says: "Hope to see a sequel soon"
    "Mediocre Youth Fiction"
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    I can say the idea was awesome. What happens when an alien world is peopled by the progeny of two castaways. The detriments of inbreeding and and the reversions of a tech savy people to hunter gatherers. What I didn't like was the character development and depth of story. Everything just felt flat. I never really developed empathy for the characters; they felt so two dimensional. I don't know why. I think a large part of my dislike is that no character ever stood up for themselves. It seemed like there was just no fight in the main characters. I can see how that's part of the story of how the kids are raised but it still bothered me. It also bothered me that humans can survive on alien products; meat and plants with a totally different chemical structure. As a sci-fi reader, this just seemed wrong.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skinwalker: Jane Yellowrock, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2772)
    Performance
    (2354)
    Story
    (2354)

    Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind-a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living. But now she's been hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katie's Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who's killing other vamps.

    Mobilis says: "How refreshing"
    "What a great start to a series"
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    Its not often that I start a series that really catches my attention and empathy right from the start. The characters are realistic; not too stupid and not too smart. The pace of the book is just right. The balance of the book is the icing on the cake. There is nothing more irritating than a main character that is naive and goes up against bad guys that get away with murder for most of the book. This does not happen here. There is no doubt I will be gathering the rest of the series to see where these characters go.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Autumn Bones: Agent of Hel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Carey
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (45)

    Fathered by an incubus, raised by a mortal mother, and liaison to the Pemkowet Police Department, Daisy Johanssen pulled the community together after a summer tragedy befell the resort town she calls home. Things are back to normal - as normal as it gets for a town famous for its supernatural tourism, and presided over by the reclusive Norse goddess Hel. Not only has Daisy now gained respect as Hel’s enforcer, she’s dating Sinclair Palmer, a nice, seemingly normal human guy. Not too shabby for the daughter of a demon.

    Bleu says: "A Great Sookie Stackhouse Replacement"
    "I love this author!"
    Overall
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    I just haven't come across a book by Jacqueline Carey that I didn't like. This series is excellent and I loved this book. It helped immensely that Johanna Parker is one of my favorite narrators. There's nothing profound about the story; its just a good entertaining read. The characters are well realized and the narrator does a great job bringing them to life. I hope to see more for this series. Who would have thought Ghouls could be so interesting!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9346)
    Performance
    (6878)
    Story
    (6922)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Jason says: "Brandon's Best Work Yet"
    "Awsome Book"
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    What an excellent book. I am only halfway through and I don't need to make it to the end to recognize a quality story. Three dimensional characters, good pace, deep story. The fact that this story is set in a place filled with so much original flora and fawna is just icing on the cake. This could be my newest favorite author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15163)
    Performance
    (13728)
    Story
    (13824)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Good start to a series"
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    I was pleasantly surprised with this book. The story caught me and I listened to the whole thing within a day and a half.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ever After: The Hollows, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    Overall
    (1621)
    Performance
    (1472)
    Story
    (1484)

    The ever after, the demonic realm that parallels our own, is shrinking, and if it disappears, so does all magic. It’s up to witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan to fix the ever-after before the fragile balance between magic users and humans fails. Of course, there’s also the small fact that she caused the ley line to rip in the first place, and her life is forfeit unless she can fix it.

    Hassan says: "The best book yet!!!!"
    "Finally Rachel grows up!"
    Overall
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    I loved this book primarily because Rachel didn't do anything super stupid or immature. Don't get me wrong; I love the character and the books but sometimes there have been a lot of facepalm moments in the previous books. This book cruised along at a good steady rate. There were changes between the characters interactions that felt natural and inevitable. It makes me happy when things are not dragged out too much. The conclusion appeared at a good place that didn't leave you hanging. I cannot say enough good things about the narrator. She really makes the story come alive for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Memory of Light: Wheel of Time, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4724)
    Performance
    (4297)
    Story
    (4344)

    Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

    Mike Koch says: "End of one of my favorite fantasy series ever."
    "Cheers to Brandon Sanderson!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Bandon Sanderson did something that Robert Jordan just couldn't do; make the characters come to life. The series had a good story from the start but the characters drove me to distraction! I hated that the women were all horribly immature with feet stomping, diva dramatics and the guys were all stoic and long suffering. Women pitched fits constantly and men lived in fear of these fits. These people where two dimentional and all essentially the same. I almost stopped reading the series many times but I kept thinking, " this time he'll get it right". Well, Brandon has finally got it right. He took the story that was great from the beinging and gave it believable and realistic three dimensional characters. What a relief! To read this last book being secure in this knowledge has been a delight. The book ties up many loose ends and moves at a steady pace. I'm not quite done the book so I can't comment on the ending. The narrators did a great job. I found that they incorporated seamlessly into the story.

    All in all I enjoyed this book but am relieved the story is FINALLY over. Part of the joy of reading this book was that I knew it was the last one and that the whole series is ending with a great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Legion

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3250)
    Performance
    (2946)
    Story
    (3004)

    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..."
    "Very Good Novella"
    Overall
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    I was pleasantly surprised with this book. The story moved along at a steady rate and the characters were well fleshed out for a short story. My biggest yardstick on whether a story is well written is whether I care about what happens to the main characters. The story got my attention enough that I listened to is all in one long listen. Mind you, I purchased this book mostly on the merits of its author. I have read some of his previous work and found them a good read (or listen). The story gets a slightly lower rating because I'm not really fond of short storys and I need to be really emotionally moved by a book to give it a higher rating.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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