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Lisa

Grand Rapids, MN, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • 4 reviews
  • 133 ratings
  • 327 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2014
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  • The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (9040)
    Performance
    (5104)
    Story
    (5148)

    When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

    Greg says: "This Series Rocks"
    "Better to read than Listen"
    Overall

    The story line of this book sounded good to me, but the drone of the narrator was almost unbearable. He sounded like the narrator for an old Dragnet show, not quite the tone needed for this style of writing... at least for me. I have yet to finish, and am hoping when Kate starts in it may have hope of improving, but for now I am setting it aside solely for the reason that the poor narration is not grabbing my attention.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Michael Scott
    • Narrated By Denis O'Hare
    Overall
    (2313)
    Performance
    (1183)
    Story
    (1204)

    Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330. Nearly 700 years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest alchemist of his day. It is said that he discovered the secret of eternal life. The records show that he died in 1418. But his tomb is empty. The legend: Nicholas Flamel lives, but only because he has been making the elixir of life for centuries. And Sophie and Josh Newman are about to find themselves in the middle of the greatest legend of all time.

    Allison says: "High Fantasty in a modern world setting"
    "Great Book.... but be prepared....."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this and all (well the first 4 so far) books of this series. That is why I say be prepared.... to buy the entire series. If you like fantasies like this then you will want to get all of them since there really isn't a decent end to any one book, they really leave you hanging at the end of each and you want the next to.... well maybe not answer questions but simply finish the story. I really enjoy the mix of old and new, fantasy and reality. It is written well and believably as in you want to say "it could happen" if you are a fantasy lover as I am.

    I didn't like that they changed narrators for the first 3 books but it wasn't that hard to get used to each new one, and the final one for the last four books is the same and very good.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shadows in Flight

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card, Scott Brick, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1543)
    Performance
    (1391)
    Story
    (1403)

    At the end of Shadow of the Giant, Bean flees to the stars with three of his children--the three who share the engineered genes that gave him both hyper-intelligence and a short, cruel physical life. The time dilation granted by the speed of their travel gives Earth’s scientists generations to seek a cure, to no avail. In time, they are forgotten - a fading ansible signal speaking of events lost to Earth’s history. But the Delphikis are about to make a discovery that will let them save themselves, and perhaps all of humanity in days to come.

    Brittani says: "Great Build Up, and then Just Ends"
    "Could have been so much more"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Shadows in Flight again? Why?

    Possibly because I am a huge fan of the whole Enderverse and even though this seems uncomplete to me it is stll apart of that.


    Any additional comments?

    I went in thinking this would be an answer or completion of Bean's and Petra's story but was left with even more questions at the end then when I had started with, different question now but more. I don't know if there will be a sequel to this but if so, I think it should have been part of this book. The ending for me was too abrupt.

    Having said that.... The performance was excellent and true to form for the series and was enjoyable just the same.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Raiders: Dragon Brigade, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Margaret Weis, Robert Krammes
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (124)

    The known world floats upon the Breath of God, a thick gas similar to Earth's oceans, with land masses accessible by airship. The largest of these land masses are ruled by the rival empires of Freya and Rosia. Magic is intrinsic to the functioning of these societies, and is even incorporated into their technological devices. But now a crucial scientific discovery has occurred that could destroy the balance of power - and change the empires forever.

    Lisa says: "Starts Very Slow, gets interesting, left hanging"
    "Starts Very Slow, gets interesting, left hanging"
    Overall

    For me this started out painfully slow with far to many detailed decriptions. For the first 8 hours segment I was almost ready to leave it. The story line started to pick up, come together and become more interesting to me around the 13th hour. Then just as it starts to feel like a real story and you finally start to care about the characters... boom it is over and you are left hanging with many questions. Obviously meant to get you to move on to the next book. If a cliff hanger is what you are looking for then this would be it and be prepared to have to wait for the next book to answer those question.
    The narrator does a good job with the story and the many characters, but in the slower parts of the book he does sometimes tend to drone (him or the book?). However, when the story heightens so does the narrator.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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