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Ryan

Springfield, MO, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Ramon De Ocampo
    Overall
    (334)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (307)

    The author of the Mistborn trilogy and Elantris, Brandon Sanderson is winning abundant praise for this rollicking - and unusual - tale. Alcatraz Smedry can’t exactly be described as someone who doesn’t break things. In fact, he breaks lots of things. The truth is, he’s a major klutz. Breaking things, however, might just be the ace in the hole he needs when he goes up against a cabal of nefarious (gasp!) librarians.

    Joe says: "Incredibly good!"
    "Really bad title, really good book."
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    Would you listen to Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians again? Why?

    Yes, in a few years I might revisit it.


    Any additional comments?

    Sanderson fans should not be afraid of the Alcatraz novels because they are "for kids", if you felt Harry Potter was adult enough then these will be to. If your a fantasy fan looking for something fun but light between your epic fantasy books, this is it.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Guns

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (940)
    Performance
    (852)
    Story
    (836)

    In a pulls-no-punches essay intended to provoke rational discussion, Stephen King sets down his thoughts about gun violence in America. Anger and grief in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School are palpable in this urgent piece of writing, but no less remarkable are King's keen thoughtfulness and composure as he explores the contours of the gun-control issue and constructs his argument for what can and should be done.

    Daniel E. Jacobs says: "putting his voice on what people have been saying"
    "This makes a great deal of sense."
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    Any additional comments?

    Stephen King is a self proclaimed liberal. If you have read my other reviews you would correctly surmise that I am a conservative. This essay is truly middle of the road. King has taken this very controversial and serious topic and accomplished two things. First, he tastefully recaps the horrors that America has gone through in the past few years that relate to the topic. Second, he offers some well thought out ideas about what can be done. The crazy thing is, (and this is coming from a conservative) they make sense. Really good sense. Even if you listen to this and disagree with what King has to say you will walk away with a better understanding of what the other political side is thinking. The book is basically free and well worth a listen.
    Two side notes:
    1) Even though the topic is serious the book is tastefully entertaining.
    2) Don't listen to this with your kids there is some language.

    14 of 34 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
    (5470)
    Performance
    (4962)
    Story
    (5026)

    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.

    Amazon Customer says: "End of one of my favorite fantasy series ever."
    "A magnificent ending to one of fantasy's best."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, as long as they have read the rest of the series. The Wheel of Time has been the most satisfying work of fiction I have ever read. Over the years it seems like the characters have become real people who I grew up with but only get to talk to about once a year. The entire world that Jordan created has so much detail and history that it seems more real than the exotic places I had not visited that actually do exist. Anyone who is willing to give this series the time it takes will be well rewarded in the end. If you have not read the rest of the series you should not read this book. Not that you would not enjoy it but, you would not get nearly the pleasure out of it that you would if you took the time to really get to know the characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Memory of Light?

    When it was revealed that Matt was a darkfriend. Just kidding.


    What does Michael Kramer and Kate Reading bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The readers did a great job giving all the characters distinct voices and accents. I love that they kept the same readers for the entire series. I also like having a man and woman read the characters of the same sex.


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

    The ending of the book (about 4 hours) was amazing.


    Any additional comments?

    The first 13 books of the series felt like a very satisfying marathon. Sometimes it felt like it was taking a long time but it was always good. This last book felt like a 42 hour sprint to the finish. There is so much packed into this last book. I'm sad to see it end.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Unholy Night

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (277)

    They're an iconic part of history's most celebrated birth. But what do we really know about the Three Kings of the Nativity, besides the fact that they followed a star to Bethlehem bearing strange gifts? The Bible has little to say about this enigmatic trio. But leave it to Seth Grahame-Smith, the brilliant and twisted mind behind Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to take a little mystery, bend a little history, and weave an epic tale.

    Ryan says: "A nice twist to the greatest story ever told."
    "A nice twist to the greatest story ever told."
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I don't know how much of the historical background of the Roman Empire and the Roman characters Grahame-Smith took from actual facts, but I felt that this book really helped me get a perspective on how evil and corrupt the government of the time period was. If half of what he wrote about Herod is true he is one of the most evil men to ever live. As a Christian and a fan of Grahame-Smith I was excited to read this story. I was worried that it would either be a poor read or offensive to my beliefs. I am happy to say I was wrong on both counts. The book is not my favorite of the author's, but I did really enjoy it. As a follower of Christ I am happy to say that nothing that Smith wrote contradicted the character or divinity of Jesus. I don't know if Smith is a Christian or not, but he took a potentially explosive topic and handled it very well. The book gave me more of an appreciation of the hardships Joseph and Marry went through in this time period. For those who choose to read this book based on my recommendation I feel that I should give you two warnings. First, some nonessentials to the story have been changed (some of the facts about the life of Jesus are wrong.) However, these errors did not offend me or take away from the fact that He was the Son of God who came to save the world. Second, there is some bad language and a lot of graphic violence.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, this book has Zombies!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Harbor Nocturne

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Joseph Wambaugh
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (100)

    When Dinko Babich, a young longshoreman, delivers Lita Medina, a young Mexican dancer, from San Pedro Harbor to a Hollywood nightclub, their lives are forever changed. An unexpectedly tender and moving love story develops among the cops and criminals who occupy the harbor, and soon Dinko and Lita are caught up in terror and peril through no fault of their own.

    Ryan says: "This is a Hollywood Station novel."
    "This is a Hollywood Station novel."
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    What did you love best about Harbor Nocturne?

    After initially thinking this was not in the Hollywood Station series, I was thrilled to realize that it was a continuation of the stories of the men and women I grew to love in Wambaugh's earlier novels. It was particularly nice to see what had happened to the surfer cops after the accident in the last book. I love all of these characters and was grateful for another chance to visit their world.


    Any additional comments?

    I felt that this reader did a great job, but I hate it when they change readers mid series.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Story, NIV: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Zondervan Bibles (editor)
    • Narrated By Michael Blain-Rozgay, Allison Moffett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (243)
    Story
    (241)

    God has gone to great lengths to rescue lost and hurting people. That is what The Story is all about - the story of the Bible, God's great love affair with humanity. Condensed into 31 accessible chapters, The Story sweeps you into the unfolding progression of Bible characters and events from Genesis to Revelation. Using the clear, accurate, and easy-to-understand text of the NIV, it allows the stories, poems, and teachings of the Bible to read like a novel.

    Ryan says: "An easy to understand Bible translation."
    "An easy to understand Bible translation."
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    Where does The Story, NIV: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book was far more enjoyable than other audio versions of the Bible I have listened to.


    What other book might you compare The Story, NIV: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People to and why?

    The Bible. The Story is basically an abridged version of the Bible. What they have done is combined stories that were told in multiple places in the Bible into one place. They have attempted to put the stories into chronological order by event. Some stories were completely omitted. However, in these instances the Zondervan people seemed to be careful not to change the meaning of the surrounding passages by these omissions.


    Did Michael Blain-Rozgay and Allison Moffett do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes. God in particular has an easily recognizable voice.


    Any additional comments?

    I think this would be a great listen for someone who has never attempted to read the Bible. It is ideal for new christians and non-christians who know very little about what the Bible actually says. It hits all the "high points" giving the listener a good understanding of the Christian faith. It is abridged in a way that will help keep the listener from loosing interest in the early books of law. It is not a good book for someone wanting an in depth study of the Bible. While nothing is taken "out of context" much of what an in depth study would require is left out. If you have constantly tried to read through the Bible, but never make it, this is a great place to start.

    23 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2376)
    Performance
    (2171)
    Story
    (2155)

    In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King has returned to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story within a story within a story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a "skin-man", Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter.

    Amazon Customer says: "An exceptional story, but I miss George Guidall."
    "It was like reuniting with an old friend."
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    Any additional comments?

    If you liked The Dark Tower this is a must read. It was great to hear a little more of the tale. I would love for King to do another one like this. For those who didn't read the original novels, I really feel like you could read this and enjoy it as a stand alone book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Radical Idea: Unleashing the People of God for the Purpose of God

    • UNABRIDGED (44 mins)
    • By David Platt
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    In Radical, David Platt’s plea for Christians to take back their faith from the American Dream resonated with readers everywhere, and the book quickly became a New York Times best seller. Now in Radical Together, the author broadens his call, challenging us to unite around a gospel-centered vision.

    Ryan says: "Challenging book that all Christians should read."
    "Challenging book that all Christians should read."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Radical Idea to be better than the print version?

    No, but as good.


    What other book might you compare A Radical Idea to and why?

    Blue Like Jazz. Christians, and I am one, often only focus on sharing Jesus with others. While this is the essential work, it is not the only work that they have been called to do. Both books shed light on how Christians should be impacting the world here and now.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    This is not a novel.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book helped me see some areas of my life I needed to rethink.


    Any additional comments?

    Good fast listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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