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J. Gelissen

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  • 578 titles in library
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  • The Edge of the World: Terra Incognita, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (61)

    In a world of sea monsters, mermaids and lost islands, ghost ships, leviathans and weather witches, only the impetuous, the brave or the mad seek adventure at sea. . . After generations of friction, the leaders of two lands meet in the holy city of Ishalem to bring an end to the bloodshed and to divide the world between them.

    Krista says: "Epic"
    "Not a bad start"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book and found the set up of this fantasy world quite interesting. Definately worth reading. However, I was annoyed that the last full segment of this book is an interview with the author.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Thirteen

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1078)
    Performance
    (414)
    Story
    (417)

    Marsalis is one of a new breed...literally. Genetically engineered by the U.S. government to embody the naked aggression and primal survival skills that centuries of civilization have erased from humankind, Thirteens were intended to be the ultimate military fighting force. The project was scuttled, however, when a fearful public branded the supersoldiers dangerous mutants, dooming the Thirteens to forced exile on Earth's distant, desolate Mars colony. But Marsalis found a way to slip back.

    L. says: "WOW, Morgan Does it again!"
    "Did not deliver."
    Overall

    This story had a great plot with the potential to deliver a great read, but it bored me to no end! I really wanted to like this book, but it plodded along convoluted story lines to end somewhat anticlimactically. I don't think the pace of the narration does this book any favors either.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8968)
    Performance
    (3397)
    Story
    (3433)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "A wonderful read!"
    Overall

    If you love epic novels, this is a must read. The story is well written and narrator brings it alive. Well worth downloading. I loved it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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