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Nathan

Love my family....along with guitars, cameras, and a good book!

SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Song of Susannah: The Dark Tower VI

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3486)
    Performance
    (1778)
    Story
    (1801)

    The next-to-last novel in Stephen King's seven-volume magnum opus, Song of Susannah is a fascinating key to the unfolding mystery of the Dark Tower.

    Daniel F. Webster says: "Undoing the writer's block!"
    "Necessary piece of the puzzle"
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    This is undoubtedly the weakest of the 7 Dark Tower novels...but cannot be overlooked for obvious reasons. King does, from time to time, loose his way occasionally in some stories, and this installment represents that flaw...in my humble opinion.

    The characterization of Susannah and the others remains pretty consistent, but the arc of the story gets a little strange. The good thing about this book is that it isn't as long as most of the others. There is some vital information here in regards to the Dark Tower story, and it isn't BAD...just not up to the same standards as the rest of the series.

    George Guidall does a very nice job with the narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brisingr: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (4821)
    Performance
    (2408)
    Story
    (2473)

    Oaths sworn . . . loyalties tested . . . forces collide. Following the colossal battle against the Empire's warriors on the Burning Plains, Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have narrowly escaped with their lives. Still there is more at hand for the Rider and his dragon, as Eragon finds himself bound by a tangle of promises he may not be able to keep.

    A User says: "Good but not complete."
    "Great, well developed story"
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    Such a great book! I love the way that Paolini has grown in his writing method, and I really enjoy his style. This book is a continuation of The Inheritance Cycle, of course, and furthers the story and the understanding of the world Paolini created very well. I love how much the defining of the characters progresses in this book. Especially the Eragon, Aria, and Nasuada characters. The breadth of their characters triples in this book, in my opinion.

    Paolini has really created a magical world, and has gone to great lengths to ensure the credibility and consistency of that world. I have thoroughly enjoyed this series, and can't wait for the final installment!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eldest: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4019)
    Performance
    (2013)
    Story
    (2058)

    Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in the skills of the Dragon Rider: magic and swordsmanship. Soon he is on the journey of a lifetime, his eyes open to awe-inspiring new places and people, his days filled with fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and nothing is what it seems.

    Teddy says: "You see growth in the Author"
    "Slips a little..."
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    I feel as if this is the weakest of the Inheritance Cycle novels. There is a lot of talking, set-up, and explanation going on in this book, and it's a little short on action. Even the battle scene at the end of the book is not quite up to the level of the other 3 books. There are some big revelations in this installment that are quite exciting and make it still a very good novel, and very important in the series, but not the most exciting of the four books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7968)
    Performance
    (3130)
    Story
    (3189)

    When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

    Sandra says: "Utterly Awesome!"
    "An amazing start to a great series!"
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    I really try to take things at face value. I try to not judge experiences, including books, out of context. This book does not rival the LOTR series. It's simply not written at that level. I know that a lot of critics say that there are too many parallels between the world that Paolini created here and other famous fantasy worlds. I see those parallels as well, but I also see them in nearly all other fantasy books that followed the greats! I see them, and I choose to accept them and loose myself in the story and adventure here, rather than get too hung up on distractions that, in the end, don't really matter.

    I love this book. I have read it 3 times now, and I truly love it. I think that the storyline that Paolini created is great, and his characterization is credible and endearing. To me, the pacing of the storyline gets a little bogged down in the telling at times, but overall I really have to hand it to the kid (for that's what he was when writing this book) for a job very well done.

    I would have given this effort 5-stars across the board, except for the way that Doyle chose to voice the dragons. I realize that he was in a hard-to-win situation, but I wish he would have chosen a different path. Other than that ... Bravo. I wholeheartedly recommend this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Boyfriend

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (597)
    Performance
    (511)
    Story
    (509)

    Jack Till, who has retired from the LAPD after a respected career as a homicide detective, now works as a private investigator, comfortable chasing down routine cases while visiting his 24-year-old daughter, Holly, who has Down Syndrome. But when the parents of a recently murdered young girl, about Holly's age, ask for his help when the police come up empty, Till reluctantly takes the case.

    Opule says: "Typical Thomas Perry"
    "Better than expected!"
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    I have read Thomas Perry before, and have long thought of him as an average writer. Someone I do enjoy reading, but not someone I get overly excited about. I did, however, really enjoy this book. I'm sure that the subject matter went quite a way towards my enjoyment, but the writing was also quite good. I felt that the premise was unique and creative enough to really intrigue me, and that is a great start!

    The characters were very well developed and I found myself caring for them and becoming interested in their outcome. The protagonist is the typical super cop/Boy Scout that a lot of authors default to, but I did enjoy his character as well.

    The narrator was not my favorite, but he did not detract excessively from the book. I thought he got a little too cliche with some of his voicings, and a bit lazy at times, but I would listen to him again as I have heard much worse.

    Overall a great read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deliverance

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By James Dickey
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1427)
    Performance
    (1268)
    Story
    (1268)

    The setting is the Georgia wilderness, where the state's most remote white-water river awaits. In the thundering froth of that river, in its echoing stone canyons, four men on a canoe trip discover a freedom and exhilaration beyond compare. And then, in a moment of horror, the adventure turns into a struggle for survival as one man becomes a human hunter who is offered his own harrowing deliverance.

    karen says: ""A river runs through it...""
    "In your face terror..."
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    I had seen the movie, but had never read the book. This story is a master class in abject horror. I can't imagine the things these men went through. To be thrust so completely, and so immediately into such a foreign world ... so steeped in complete loss of control and reason. Dealing with unknown elements, both of the natural world, as well as the human terror they encounter. Such a great story! Very disturbing, but very good. Will Patton is a master narrator as well, really brought the story to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cragbridge Hall, Book 1: The Inventor's Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Chad Morris
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (553)
    Performance
    (501)
    Story
    (505)

    Imagine a school in the year 2074 where students don't read history, but watch it happen around them; where running in gym class isn't around a track, but up a virtual mountain; and where learning about animals means becoming one through an avatar. Welcome to Cragbridge Hall, the most advanced and prestigious school in the world. Twins Abby and Derick Cragbridge are excited as new students to use their famed grandfather's inventions that make Cragbridge Hall so incredible.

    Douglas says: "Harry Potter meets DaVanci Code -Young Adult title"
    "Cute story, but faded at the end...."
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    This was a good book. I usually quite enjoy young adult books, and this one is no different. Maybe they are just more on my level than I want to admit. Haha... This was a great storyline, but I did feel as if the story got a little too big for the author by the end. The last 1/3 of the novel was not as satisfying for me as the beginning, but well worth completing! The narrator did a fine job, too. Very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Queen of Bedlam: A Matthew Corbett Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1243)
    Performance
    (1130)
    Story
    (1120)

    Robert McCammon brings the hero of his previous novel, Matthew Corbett, to 18th-century New York, where a killer wields a bloody and terrifying power over a bustling city carving out its identity - and over Matthew's own uncertain destiny.

    The unsolved murder of a respected doctor has sent ripples of fear throughout a city teeming with life and noise and commerce. Who snuffed out the good man's life with the slash of a blade on a midnight street? The local printmaster has labeled the fiend "the Masker," adding fuel to a volatile mystery...

    Kathy says: "Addicting"
    "Such an amazing experience!"
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    This is truly a special series. I loved the first book, and while this second installment may not be 100% the equal of the first, it is probably 98% of it! Just a great capture of a by-gone way of life. The storyline is amazing, and is very engrossing, but the way that the author captures the feelings and the speech patterns and the ambiance of the time period is so, so good. I just love being immersed into this world.

    The narrator, Edoardo Ballerini, is exceptional. I don't think I have ever heard a narrator and a novel that fit so perfectly together. I don't think there is another narrator that could have performed this book as well. Edoardo simply IS the voice of these novels. Absolutely perfect.

    This is a great series, and I can not wait for the next on! Actually, I can't wait to indulge in the first two again, if you want to know the truth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rogue Island

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Bruce DeSilva
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Bruce DeSilva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (826)
    Performance
    (641)
    Story
    (635)

    Liam Mulligan is as old school as a newspaper man gets. His beat is Providence, Rhode Island, and he knows every street and alley. He knows the priests and prostitutes, the cops and street thugs. He knows the mobsters and politicians--who are pretty much one and the same. Someone is systematically burning down the neighborhood Mulligan grew up in, people he knows and loves are perishing in the flames, and the public is on the verge of panic.

    Michael Jacobi says: "Classic Whodunnit"
    "A good book"
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    I liked this book. That really sums it up for me. One of the ways that I determine how much I enjoyed a novel, is how long it takes me to decompress and absorb the story after I finish the book. When I completed Rogue Island, I don't think I spent any more time at all thinking about it. There just isn't enough interest for me. It was a good story, but probably one that I will not bother with again. It just left me feeling like...OK, on to the next one.

    The characters were fairly well developed, but I never really cared much about them. The storyline was formulaic and predictable, but still intriguing enough to entertain. Just an average experience. Middle of the road review for a middle of the road book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lincoln Lawyer

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6714)
    Performance
    (3010)
    Story
    (3023)

    Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense pro who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, to defend clients at the bottom of the legal food chain. It's no wonder that he is despised by cops, prosecutors, and even some of his own clients. But an investigator is murdered for getting too close to the truth and Haller quickly discovers that his search for innocence has taken him face to face with a kind of evil as pure as a flame.

    Steven says: "Great Legal Thriller, Great Reader"
    "Excellent start to the series."
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    I love Michael Connelly's writing. He has a way of really engaging the reader, and not letting go that I quite like. This book is one of those that just works...from the start to the finish. I always wonder when I read a book like this if the author knew what he (or she) had when they were writing it. In my opinion, this one is an instant classic. Makes we want to continue to explore the Mickey Haller character. Mr. Grupper did a fine job with the narration as well. An excellent read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Day by Day Armageddon: Beyond Exile

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By J. L. Bourne
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2325)
    Performance
    (1651)
    Story
    (1650)

    The first book of Day by Day Armageddon took us deep into the mind of a military officer and survivor as he made a New Year's resolution to start keeping a journal. The man kept his resolution and brought to us the fall of humanity, day by day. We see the man transition from the life that you and I live to the prospect of fighting for his very survival against the overwhelming hordes of the dead. We see him bleed, we see him make mistakes, we witness him evolve.

    RGH says: "For Zombie Lovers"
    "The plot thickens....."
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    I enjoyed this installment in this series even more than the first. For me, this book started out slowly, but once the hero left the shelter of his shelter...the plot really got going. I thought it was very suspenseful, and full of action and plausible scenarios. Well, plausible under the current conditions of the storyline, anyway. Haha...

    I really enjoy the narrator as well. They did a great job in finding the right voice for the subject matter and style of the writing. Great book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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