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Nate

Irving, TX, USA

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  • The 39 Clues, Book 1: The Maze of Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    Overall
    (907)
    Performance
    (425)
    Story
    (428)

    What would happen if you discovered that your family was one of the most powerful in human history? What if you were told that the source of the family's power was hidden around the world, in the form of 39 Clues? What if you were given a choice - take a million dollars and walk away...or get the first Clue? If you're Amy and Dan Cahill, you take the Clue - and begin a very dangerous race.

    Darla says: "Didn't realize this was a childrens book"
    "Mysterious and thrilling"
    Overall

    My nephews have been living with me since the start of the school year and we`ve listened to so many books together. We`ve really enjoyed similar books like Stanek`s amazing Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches. This is the first one we`ve read by Riordan and we all liked it. It has a similar mysterious and thrilling feel to it as Stanek`s books but more of a mystery than a fantasy.

    17 of 18 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
    (4571)
    Performance
    (2189)
    Story
    (2239)

    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."
    "3rd of four (so far)"
    Overall

    My nephews and I have listened to over 100 fantasy books together. We listen on the drive to school and back, on the way to shop, at home, every where. Our #1 favorites are Stanek`s KINGDOMS AND THE ELVES OF THE REACHES and IN THE SERVICE OF DRAGONS. We have listened to all three Inheritance books so far too and let me tell you it had been such a long wait after book 2 that I was afraid I had forgotten the plot. Thankfully, Christopher gives a nice review of the previous action which allowed us to plow right in. Christopher`s writing skills have improved and I enjoyed this one a lot more than I thought I would. My recommendation is if you haven`t read this and think you want to that you should read it. Also recommend highly any of Stanek`s books.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Robert Stanek
    Overall
    (1071)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (85)

    After the Great War that divided the peoples, the kingdoms of men plunged into a Dark Age that lasted 500 years. To heal the lands and restore the light, the great kings decreed that magic and all that is magical, be it creature, man, or device, shall be cleansed to dust. The cleansing raged for so long that no human could recall a time without it and it is in this time that the Dark Lord Sathar returned from the dark beyond.

    Byron says: "Pompous drone"
    "Remarkable series from a remarkable author"
    Overall

    It's an utter shame that Robert Stanek's books don't get the recognition or the accolades they so richly deserve. His Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches books are the best series since C. S. Lewis wrote a series of books about a magical world called Narnia. Anyone who loves Narnia or fantasy or adventure is sure to love these books too but you have to hang in there for the complete ride from adventure-filled beginnings (Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches I) to the rousing conclusion in the last book (In the Service of Dragons IV).

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Warning: Maximum Ride

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Jill Apple
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (61)

    Fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride and the other members of "Flock" - Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman, and Angel - are just like ordinary kids - only they have wings and can fly. It seems like a dream come true - except that they're still being hunted by new threats at every turn.

    Cheryl says: "Disapointing."
    "Mutant kids run amuck"
    Overall

    Patterson has a knack for writing thrillers and as a fan of his work, I wanted to love this. However, compared to recent listens like Robert Stanek's wonderful Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches, The Final Warning wasn't as good.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Stormjammers: The Extraordinary Story of Electronic Warfare Operations in the Gulf War

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Robert Stanek
    • Narrated By Ron Knowles
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Candid and fast-paced like the best combat memoirs, Stanek focuses on the men and women he flew with, telling their stories as well as his own and creating what is ultimately an inspiring and uplifting story of the human spirit challenged by the agony and terror of war.

    Tammy says: "Top Notch book by a Top Notch author"
    "Setting the standard for military memoirs"
    Overall

    Stormjammers is a bitingly honest assessment of Stanek's experiences during the wars he fought. The prose is clear, candid, and vivid and provides a gut-wrenching, hands-sweating-while-you're-reading feel for what it's like to train and engage in combat as a military flyer.

    I was extremely pleased with this extremely well written account of a flyers experiences. Most gripping is Stanek's ability to delve into such deep personal emotions while remaining objective, a rare trait in todays society. I have never read its equal with reguards to accurately depicting the complexity of todays battles against the enemy abroad, but more importantly the enemy which lies within. A must read for anyone considering service, and a good read for the rest of us. I couldn't put it down. Thank You Robert for opening up and sharing your experience with us.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Pieces of the Puzzle

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robert Stanek
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    With The Pieces of the Puzzle, Robert Stanek masterfully creates an intelligent thriller that weaves the excitement and intrigue of a sophisticated mystery with the fascinating secret world of international espionage. The leader of a special operations unit returns home after a mission gone terribly wrong to find himself a wanted man.

    Debra says: "Made me think"
    "Outstanding--Intense"
    Overall

    I couldn't put it away. Among the most gripping stories I've "read" in a long time. Fast paced and quite enjoyable. The narration of this book was well done. Can't wait for more from Mr. Stanek.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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