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Kenneth

Jamaica, NY, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 8 reviews
  • 41 ratings
  • 110 titles in library
  • 23 purchased in 2014
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  • Magic's Pawn: The Last Herald Mage, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Gregory St. John
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (250)

    In Magic's Pawn, an ancient age in the history of Valdemar comes to life - an age when the kingdom was ravaged by the ungoverned fury of bandit warlords, ferocious ice dragons, and the wild magic of wizards. A new addition to Lackey's Valdemar kingdom - and her most powerful series to date!

    Susan L. Rock says: "Finally Getting To the Classics!"
    "A sorty of a homosexual mage"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Just goes on about how he fell in love with a long hair guy that was prettier than a girl. Has all the cliches of homosexuality.


    4 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6654)
    Performance
    (6326)
    Story
    (6343)

    In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

    D says: "Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radieance" shines"
    "This book is TOO SHORT!!!!"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Words of Radiance in three words, what would they be?

    So good that i just wanted it to go on and on....


    What other book might you compare Words of Radiance to and why?

    The Way of Kings


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to mention.... its a 1008 pages of great story.


    3 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Magic of Recluce: Saga of Recluce, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By L. E. Modesitt Jr.
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    Overall
    (579)
    Performance
    (531)
    Story
    (540)

    Young Lerris is dissatisfied with his life and trade, and yearns to find a place in the world better suited to his skills and temperament. But in Recluce a change in circumstances means taking one of two options: permanent exile from Recluce or braving the dangergeld, a complex, rule-laden wanderjahr in the lands beyond Recluce, with the aim of learning how the world works and what his place in it might be. Many do not survive. Lerris chooses the dangergeld.

    Captain Skurvy says: "Epic Fantasy"
    "The Annoying Sound effects!!!!"
    Overall
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    What did you like best about The Magic of Recluce? What did you like least?

    The story line- It has potential...in the hands of a more capable writer it could be a great story.


    Any additional comments?

    The vocal sound effects drove me up the wall!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6228)
    Performance
    (5819)
    Story
    (5839)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "I enjoyed it and i'm 30"
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    Would you listen to Steelheart again? Why?

    yes. This book is under the Ages 11-13 years old category but its entertaining to people of any age


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The FREE Prologue & 5-Chapter Sampler of Steelheart

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 33 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    Overall
    (865)
    Performance
    (765)
    Story
    (771)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    AudioAddict says: "So I'm definitely getting the book now..."
    "It'a a book for Teens, so..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The FREE Prologue & 5-Chapter Sampler of Steelheart to be better than the print version?

    I think the audio book reads as well as the written version


    What did you like best about this story?

    the plot is unique


    Which character – as performed by Macleod Andrews – was your favorite?

    the main character is pretty good


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    not really


    Any additional comments?

    Great book for YAs

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6847)
    Performance
    (2658)
    Story
    (2667)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "Science, scientists and Say no to Creationsim"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    It was an informative book that give the background into why science is at the state that it is at today. Anyone who has every wondered why we 'know' what we know about the world may find many answers in the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Its hard to choose there are so many nuggets of info all over the book and i devoured it all.


    What does Richard Matthews bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    That sarcastic tone that perhaps the author was trying for, comes across effortlessly.


    Do you think A Short History of Nearly Everything needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    They are no real explanations to why there is life... they basically say that the theory of creation/creator is not try without offering an explanation as to why it's false and propose that they may be some other 'rational' explanation... and that right after saying that the chances of life happening spontaneously is about as good as a tornado passing through a junk yard and leaving behind a fully assembled Boeing 747... which is to say it doesn't happen, but then proceeds to say you shouldn't question it too much because it's like questioning why you saw one car on the street today instead of another.

    They are making the same mistake that they tell us other scientists made in the past... because they cannot prove a theory they discard it, while forgetting that they theory they hold close while seemingly plausible to them remands just as unproven. That's not science, that's religion. We can't hold on to some theories and reject other based on our own biased views on how we thing the universe should work.

    There is no evidence of life on other planets even though we think that the possibility of it's existence if plausible, but we shouldn't act like its a forgone conclusion, or we may miss the opportunity of investigating whether there is something else about the earth that caused improbably life to spring forth in such abundance... we really haven't scratched to surface, so now it not the time to be drawing unproven conclusions and discarding possible ideas, even if unlikely, for life itself if unlikely but it never the less is.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Claws that Catch: Looking Glass Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By John Ringo, Travis S. Taylor
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    Overall
    (367)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (236)

    Claws That Catch is the fourth volume from their popular Looking Glass series. Humankind’s only interstellar craft, the Vorpal Blade is dispatched to investigate an ancient civilization that may have left vital technology behind. But when the crew finds more than they bargained for, they’ll have to scramble to survive.

    Amazon Customer says: "Yet again Ringo gets bored with his own stories."
    "Rock and roll music was used to destrol the aliens"
    Overall
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    There narrator was okay, the book started out alright if not a bit boring but then descended into the insanely cray cray region of space.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    The book didn't deal much with the subject matter and the plot didn't move forward very much or at least not in any way that i would consider plausible even if i put on my sci-fi/fantasy thinking cap.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    there was no insight, at least non that was believable...he basically just made ship up. I mean come on... the cartoon planet? whats the audience suppose to be 12?


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Narrator i was alright I can't complain about his performance


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rithmatist

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1503)
    Performance
    (1385)
    Story
    (1389)

    More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings - merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles.

    Brandon says: "Beware of the chalk!"
    "Loved the book mainly because of its characters."
    Overall
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    What did you love best about The Rithmatist?

    Greater writer and reader. Excellent story telling. I recommend this book at all audience regardless of gender or age.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main characters each played their part. Its hard to isolate just one as its their chemistry and realistic emotions along with the sometimes exaggeration and comedic relief that made them enjoyable.


    What about Michael Kramer’s performance did you like?

    All


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    no.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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