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  • 6 reviews
  • 117 ratings
  • 541 titles in library
  • 21 purchased in 2015

  • The Coldest War: The Milkweed Triptych, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ian Tregillis
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Twenty-two years after the Second World War, a precarious balance of power maintains the peace between Great Britain and the USSR. For decades, the warlocks have been all that stand between the British Empire and the Soviet Union-- a vast domain stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the shores of the English Channel. But now each death is another blow to Britain's security.

    aaron says: "Phenomenal sequel"
    "Phenomenal sequel"

    Surprising, unconventional, exciting, and the ending leaves you wanting the third book NOW. Superior book in every way to his debut novel Bitter Seeds.

    Just read up that Ian Tregillis's had this manuscript finished since 2010, and the hard cover is only coming out in June of this year.

    Really hope these editors can get it together over at TOR. Would hate to wait two more years for the third book.

    Cheers to Audible for getting this months before the hardcover edition. Hope they can pull strings for the next one as well.

    Great listen. Fascinating story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des RĂªves, and it is only open at night.

    Suzn F says: "Dreamlike Experience to Savor"

    Absolutely wonderful listen. The plot is intricate, and the way it plays out is simply beautiful. Remarkable debut.

    0 of 0 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

    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.

    Katy Crumpton says: "Very enjoyable (but a slight warning)"
    "Great story... but editor sorely needed"

    I have to admit I was frustrated during this audiobook. The ending was fantastic and definitely helped to make up for a laborious read at times. The premise is intriguing, characters interesting, and a strong starting point for the series. But this book could have been 200-300 pages shorter without losing much and it would probably be a better book. The flashbacks were too many and too long. When you read it, you'll know what I mean. I kept on saying to myself "get on with it already!' That said, the remaining 800 pages were great and I look forward to the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Last Ember

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Daniel Levin
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Jonathan's firm sends him to Rome to discredit the testimony of a prominent U.N. antiquities official, a chance reunion leads to a hunt for the legendary Tabernacle Menorah: solid gold, eight feet high, stolen 2,000 years ago and never recovered. As Jonathan and his friend scour Rome's ancient sites for hints to its whereabouts, they quickly realize they are not alone and the precious menorah is a key to controlling history itself.

    John says: "Rich in action and historical detail"
    "Cliche upon cliche"

    I had a real hard time with this book. I liked the plot line and premise, but the execution of the characters was such a hack-fest that I was constantly fighting with myself not to turn it off. The author feels the need to add corny and unfunny asides to every new development. " a whole new meaning to 'Tough as Nails'." And that the lead character has to put up a struggle to move foreword at ever juncture is just completely played our and pedestrian. He vacillates from being the pre-eminate mind on roman and hebrew developments, to not knowing huge swath of the bible. And the character comes off as a whiny brat. It doesn't help that the writer has to play these asides for laughs every time. So to recap - cool premise, interesting plot, lame characters, sophomoric writing style. The author is a hack who happened to have a good idea for a book.

    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

    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.

    Andrew says: "Better than the show"
    "What happened to the editor?"

    First time reading (listening) any of goodkind's books and I have to say it was infuriating having to listen to the author repeat himself over and over again. He has a habit of writing the exact same thing in three separate sentences. A good author is able to write it once and be profound, suspenseful, endearing... But rather we get "Richard felt alone..., He look around with a feeling of aloneness, His eyes spoke of a profound loneliness..., etc. etc., etc." (paraphrased) These aren't sentences spread out through the book, but back to back in the same paragraph. And he constantly does it. We get it already! I had to actually stop listening to the book because it was so badly over written. Hopefully an editor stepped in on the next books. But I sure won't be trying them. If you like hack writing built around an predictable plot, but with likable characters, go for it. But be warned...

    18 of 32 people found this review helpful
  • Nine Dragons: Harry Bosch, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The one good thing in Bosch's life, the person he holds most dear, is taken from him and Bosch travels to Hong Kong in an all-or-nothing bid to regain what he's lost. In a place known as Nine Dragons, as the city's Hungry Ghosts festival burns around him, Bosch puts aside everything he knows and risks everything he has in a desperate bid to outmatch the triad's ferocity.

    Kaye E Steeno says: "Transition book?"
    "Connely at his best"

    I've read pretty much every book he's written over the last 15 years. I've always found him an easy read, fun mystery fiction. Not on the level of Mankel, or Rankin. Until now. This is a very suspenseful book that also is quite touching and horrific in places. Very intense. I honestly think its his best book. The voice talent does a great job. If you like Connely, you cant go wrong with this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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