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mike

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  • Trapped: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5096)
    Performance
    (4675)
    Story
    (4702)

    After 12 years of secret training, Atticus O’Sullivan is finally ready to bind his apprentice, Granuaile, to the earth and double the number of Druids in the world. But on the eve of the ritual, the world that thought he was dead abruptly discovers that he’s still alive, and they would much rather he return to the grave. Having no other choice, Atticus, his trusted Irish wolfhound, Oberon, and Granuaile travel to the base of Mount Olympus, where the Roman god Bacchus is anxious to take his sworn revenge - but he’ll have to get in line behind an ancient vampire, a band of dark elves, and an old god of mischief.

    Katherine says: "Trapped"
    "ANOTHER OUTSTANDING HIT BY KEVIN HEARNE!!!"
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    Would you listen to Trapped again? Why?

    Absolutely!!!
    Unlike most book series, Kevin Hearne is able to make each book a great "individual" best seller, while still making them all fall together in this great book series. There are no dull spots in this book at all! The Iron Druid, his apprentice, and his faithful Irish Wolf Hound travel from the USA to Europe and to Tír na nÓg ... not to mention Mount Olympus, all the while managing not to get killed. The entire book is a non-stop adventure, and I have listened to it twice now.... picking up new details both times.... I just might listen to it a third time.
    Plus the narrator Luke Daniels is a genius when it comes to creating multiple voices for what seems to be an endless supply of new-dangerous charactors.


    What other book might you compare Trapped to and why?

    I can't think of any other book or book series "like" the Iron Druid books....
    but if I were to compare it on levels of complexity...
    I would say the "Sword Of Truth" book series might compare when it comes to different lands, magical powers, different charactors, and a great narrator.


    What does Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Luke Daniels has a great ability to create many different charactors with his own voice, and is able to recall them perfectly whether they have an American accent, or Irish, or Greek etc etc....
    I have only listened to the stories, I do not have the time to read books....
    I couldn't imagine the books being the same with out Luke Daniels narration!


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

    Yes and No....
    If I could have I definitely would have, but I like making the Iron Druid books last as long as possible.... so it doesn't seem to be such a long time between books.
    That is the real reason I listen to them 2 or 3 times.... I have never done that to any other book series


    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for a fantastic and exciting book series to start... You need go no further!
    I promise you will fall in love with this book series.... and Oberron!

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  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10636)
    Performance
    (9619)
    Story
    (9705)

    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...."
    "Danny done did it again!!!!!!!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Inferno the most enjoyable?

    The layman's terms in which Dan Brown writes his stories, and the way in which Paul Michael (the Narrator) reads Brown's books.... he reads them as if he wrote them himself!


    What other book might you compare Inferno to and why?

    Angels and Demons
    The Divinci Code
    Any of Brown's Books


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    The way in which he really knows Dan Brown's thoughts and how he reads Browns books as though they were his own.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    This book is definitely one of Brown's BEST!!!!!!!
    Why it didn't get the media attention that his other books did, I may never know.... but it is a shame!

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  • Garment of Shadows: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin, Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (434)
    Performance
    (372)
    Story
    (378)

    In a strange room in Morocco, Mary Russell is trying to solve a pressing mystery: Who am I? She has awakened with shadows in her mind, blood on her hands, and soldiers pounding on the door. Out in the hivelike streets, she discovers herself strangely adept in the skills of the underworld, escaping through alleys and rooftops, picking pockets and locks. She is clothed like a man, and armed only with her wits and a scrap of paper containing a mysterious Arabic phrase. Overhead, warplanes pass ominously north.

    Jeanette Finan says: "Be Careful What You Wish For"
    "PLEASE (ftlog) get out of the Desert!!!!!"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No... not really. The only way that you are going to enjoy this book is if you are a very dedicated Holmes and Russell fan... and even then, the book drags............................


    Would you ever listen to anything by Laurie R. King again?

    Absolutely


    What three words best describe Jenny Sterlin and Robert Ian Mackenzie ’s performance?

    Sterlin - Awesome, Mackenzie - okay, Holmes and Russell in the desert again - (blows raspberry)!


    Do you think Garment of Shadows needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes.... if nothing more than to get Holmes and Russell back to either England or America


    Any additional comments?

    There is another review by a reviewer named "Connie".... I absolutely agree with everything Connie said. I am a die hard Holmes and Russell fan - but if there are any more stories of them in some Middle Eastern Country, in the desert, with Amnesia etc etc.... Then I am out!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death Cloud: Sherlock Holmes: The Legend Begins

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Andrew Lane
    • Narrated By Daniel Weyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (148)

    It is the summer of 1868, and Sherlock Holmes is 14. On break from boarding school, he is staying with eccentric strangers—his uncle and aunt—in their vast house in Hampshire. When two local people die from symptoms that resemble the plague, Holmes begins to investigate what really killed them, helped by his new tutor, an American named Amyus Crowe. So begins Sherlock’s true education in detection, as he discovers the dastardly crimes of a brilliantly sinister villain of exquisitely malign intent.

    Amazon Customer says: "For fans of Alex Rider"
    "Great undocumented spin on early Sherlock Holmes"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Any one who loves Sherlock Holmes stories and adventures, and who has grown to love his life story... will really love the early years version of Sherlock life that is depicted in this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story involved Sherlock entire family and starts to give a basis of where he came from and the events that led him in his life to become the worlds Greatest Consulting Detective


    Which character – as performed by Daniel Weyman – was your favorite?

    Definitely Sherlock... with a close second of Amios Crow


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    All great men through out history have extrodinary lives right fromt he start..... watch and learn the interesting events that turn a gangly smart normal boy, into the world greatest Detective


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait for the second book.... Ihave already learned so much about Sherlock Holmes early life, and I can't wait to hear more!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wizard's First Rule: Sword of Truth, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Sam Tsoutsouvas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4120)
    Performance
    (2505)
    Story
    (2539)

    In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, Richard Cypher encounters a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, in his forest sanctuary. She seeks his help...and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.

    A User says: "Better than the show"
    "saw TVseries but didn'tread books then read me now"
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    Where does Wizard's First Rule rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book, and the entire series, is by far, one of the greatest fictional fantasy book series ever!


    What other book might you compare Wizard's First Rule to and why?

    The only thing that comes to mind is LOTR book series, but this book series has more depth of character(s). You learn the personalities of the characters in a new light that is different from the TV series.


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

    No, but he is a great narrator ..... the only thing that this series of books lacks (in my opinion) is the way in which the series was recorded to become audio books. I think that for the 11 or so books there is over 5 different narrators. Some are better than others, they all have their own style of narration .... In my opinion, the best narrators are Sam Tsoutsouvas (who narrates book 1) and another narrator named Dick Hill. The only thing wrong with Dick Hill's narration is he pronounces Kahlan's name as Colin, and Adie's name as aid-de .... and he miss pronounces one of the major city's names in the story .... I can't remember which one though. Miss pronouncing Kahlan's name doesn't sound like much, but the book starts off with Kahlan and it never stops. It seemed like Kahlan's name was in EVERY SINGLE SENTENCE but maybe it only seemed like it because it got on my nerves. Having said that, Dick Hill is a phenominal narrator with a fantastic voice, and he is great with emphasizing the right words as so to keep you totally captivated with the story. There are NO dull parts of this book, or maybe there are but Dick Hill made them fantastic .... I guess you will have to be the judge of that?Sam Tsoutsouvas is the first narrator in the series, and you will fall in love with the way that he narrates ..... and believe me, it is a real SHOCK to hear the narration of the second book and third and fourth etc etc etc .... because there are so many different narrators. But, that doesn't take away anything from the stories, it only takes you a few minutes to get used to a new narrator ........ BUT I AM ON BOOKS 9 - 10 - AND 11 ..... and I am so glad that Sam Tsoutsouvas comes back after narrating book one, and finish the series with books 10 and 11.I can't wait!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    There is an old saying in the entertainment industry that says that the book was better than the movie ..... well, we have a movie to finally put to rest that saying!


    Any additional comments?

    If you have seen the TV series and you have loved it, then you really need to read/listen to the book series. I was an instant fan of the TV series and that is what drew me to the book series. I was also a fan of the

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Excuses!: The Power of Self-Discipline for Success in Your Life

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Brian Tracy
    • Narrated By Brian Tracy
    Overall
    (987)
    Performance
    (584)
    Story
    (568)

    Most people think success comes from good luck or enormous talent, but many successful people achieve their accomplishments in a simpler way: through self-discipline. Brian Tracy knows this firsthand. He didn’t graduate from high school, and after working for a few years as a laborer, he realized he had limited skills and a limited future. But through the power of self-discipline, he changed his life.

    Steve says: "Highly Motivational!"
    "I think that you might not want to get this one!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you are interested in listening to some talk about common sense ideas, and how great the author is.... then you are interested in the right audiobook.


    What was most disappointing about Brian Tracy’s story?

    The most disappointing thing about this audio book is that the author does a lot of talking about himself and his past achievements and how


    Would you be willing to try another one of Brian Tracy’s performances?

    Maybe if it was not about self improvement.... and that's a big maybe!


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from No Excuses!?

    The author's self rightous talking .... Brian Tracy, to me, seems as though he read a bunch of self improvement books and took their advice and mixed them up .... and puked them onto the pages of this book ... when he got stuck on anything, he just talked about how great he is and what he's accomplished.


    Any additional comments?

    If you read the title of the book (meaning the front cover) you can save yourself a lot of time because that is all he talks about,

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Temple of the Winds: Sword of Truth, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2113)
    Performance
    (1184)
    Story
    (1213)

    The dangerous, fanatical Imperial Order, under the leadership of the power-mad Emperor Jagang and his multitude of demonic underlings, unleashes a deadly plague. To find a cure, Richard Cypher and his beloved Kahlan Amnell must seek out the legendary Temple of the Winds, a fortress of evil sealed away for three thousand years. But the path of the Seeker of Truth is never an easy one - even if he can reach the Temple at all, there is no guarantee he'll ever return.

    Danielle says: "Good book, poor narration"
    "Read entire review to understand"
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    Where does Temple of the Winds rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Temple of the Winds ranks number one of all audiobooks I have read so far!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Temple of the Winds?

    The most memorable moment of The Temple of the Winds was when the Plague first hits the Midlands, and the little boy is examined by Drevin Rahl. The description that Devin gives about the finger tips, toes, and the end of the penis from the Plague stricken boy is gut wrenching. However, the vividly details ceromonial steps that Drevin takes during his first sexual encounter in the book with the prostitute Rose definately runs a close second.


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This is the part of the review that I had a problem with. I believe Dick Hill to be an extremely talented vocalist. Mr. Hill is able to portray many different characters at the same time, and consistanly too. Mr. Hill's pace, tempo, rhythm, and tone are as perfect as you can get when one has to impersonate Lord Richard Rahl, Lord Nathan Rahl, Lord Drevin Rahl, Lord Darken Rahl, Zedicus Zol Zorander, Mother Confress Kahlan Amnell and about 10 other main characters.
    HAVING SAID THAT.....
    The only thing I can say bad about this entire book series, and/or this book,


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The part in the book that had particulary moved me was when Rayna had died from the Plague, and that it had happened only a few days before the Plague was vanquished.


    Any additional comments?

    I am reading/listening to the Sword of Truth book series in order, and so far this book has been the best. The man who narrates the audiobook Dick Hill has an incredible voice, and can easy switch back between the domineering voice of Lord Richard Rahl and the voice of Prelite Annaleana with ease. The only trying part of the entire audiobook for me was the constant mis-pronouciation of the characters names.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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