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A. Sandoval

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  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, Phoebe Strole
    Overall
    (4922)
    Performance
    (2206)
    Story
    (2237)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36. They were married when Clare was 23 and Henry was 31. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

    Scott says: "Epic Drama & Love Story through Time Travel"
    "Great idea ruined by language and crude sex"
    Overall

    The story idea behind this book is great, but I couldn't finish it. I was finally overwhelmed by the disgusting. The author apparently doesn't realize that while sex may sell, most people have enough of an imagination that they don't want details, especially when it made disgusting. Furthermore, constant use of foul language makes you question the author's capability with vocabulary.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10621)
    Performance
    (7844)
    Story
    (7889)

    For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

    D says: "A GREAT TRILOGY!!!"
    "Sanderson is masterful..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Excellent book, excellent narration! You will not want to stop listening. I look forward to the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13799)
    Performance
    (11002)
    Story
    (11065)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Katy Crumpton says: "Very enjoyable (but a slight warning)"
    "Captivating!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Couldn't stop listening! Great performance of a captivating story!

    Can't wait to hear the next book in the series.

    I was surprised by the length of the book but it went quickly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First Truth: Truth Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dawn Cook
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (633)
    Performance
    (400)
    Story
    (407)

    Alissa doesn’t believe in magic. Her father’s stories about the Hold, a legendary fortress where human Keepers learn magic from the enigmatic Masters, are just that—stories. But her mother insists Alissa has inherited her father’s magical ability, so she must go to the Hold to be trained. On her way, she crosses paths with Strell, a wandering musician from the plains.

    Liz says: "Don't be Mislead"
    "Very happy with this series!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does First Truth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very high - almost as great as the multiple-reader productions done with many of Orson Scott Card's books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alyssa - obviously the main character with the most focus.


    Which character – as performed by Marguerite Gavin – was your favorite?

    All of them - Gavin does a great job at both male and female voices with enough difference to feel like you are hearing a different voice.


    Any additional comments?

    A wonderful story that stays clean enough for children to listen to as well!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Being George Washington

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Glenn Beck
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (597)
    Performance
    (519)
    Story
    (522)

    If you think you know George Washington, think again. This is the amazing true story of a real-life superhero who wore no cape and possessed no special powers—yet changed the world forever. It's a story about a man whose life reads as if it were torn from the pages of an action novel: Bullet holes through his clothing. Horses shot out from under him. Unimaginable hardship. Disease. Heroism. Spies and double-agents. And, of course, the unmistakable hand of Divine Providence that guided it all.

    Louis says: "Much more than I expected!"
    "Excellent book, well worth your time!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I expected this to read like a political book, or a history book, but was drawn in to Being George Washington as surely as if I was hearing a Historical Fiction Novel. Learning so much about the character and integrity of Washington, and the need for us to emulate those characteristics was uplifting!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stonefather

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card
    Overall
    (455)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (318)

    When Runnel leaves his mountain valley to head for the great city of the water mages, he has no idea of his own magical talents. But he soon finds that without meaning to, he complicates and then endangers the lives of everyone he comes to know and care about. For when it comes to magic, there are rules and laws, and the untrained mage-to-be must be careful not to tap into deep forces and ancient enmities. Otherwise, other people might end up paying the price for his mistakes.

    Scott says: "Familiar and unique--a breath of fresh air"
    "Classic OSC, very enjoyable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Stonefather the most enjoyable?

    Emily Janice Card delivers a great performance that made listening easy. The story was predictable, but still enjoyable. It lives you wanting more of this kind of work from Orson Scott Card!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mere Christianity

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2907)
    Performance
    (1426)
    Story
    (1436)

    Mere Christianity is C.S. Lewis' forceful and accessible doctrine of Christian belief. First heard as informal radio broadcasts and then published as three separate books, The Case for Christianity, Christian Behavior, and Beyond Personality, Mere Christianity brings together what Lewis sees as the fundamental truths of the religion.

    Tim says: "A Classic That Gets Better & Better With Time!"
    "Good, especially on Pride... Not great on theology"
    Overall

    C.S. Lewis is a master and this book show it. His discussion of the Sin of Pride is excellent. It is heavily quoted by Ezra Taft Benson in his landmark address on the Sin of Pride.

    Lewis' only failing here is when he went into the topics he said other suggested he avoid. He doesn't have theology right -- his ideas on the Trinity are completely wrong and expectedly ignorant of current knowledge of the doctrine's extra-Biblical origins in Greek Philosophy.

    Nevertheless something all serious Christians should read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pathfinder: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Don Leslie, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3227)
    Performance
    (2502)
    Story
    (2520)

    Rigg is well trained at keeping secrets. Only his father knows the truth about Rigg’s strange talent for seeing the paths of people’s pasts. But when his father dies, Rigg is stunned to learn just how many secrets Father had kept from him - secrets about Rigg’s own past, his identity, and his destiny. And when Rigg discovers that he has the power not only to see the past, but also to change it, his future suddenly becomes anything but certain.

    Paul from Washington says: "Story OK, Narration Mixed"
    "Great listen, great book!"
    Overall

    Orson Scott Card delivers again in this book. It may be meant for teens, but all will enjoy it. This is a great book, worth the time. Can't wait for the sequel!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Gate: Mithermages, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5046)
    Performance
    (3767)
    Story
    (3787)

    Danny North knew from early childhood that his family was different - and that he was different from them. While his cousins were learning how to create the things that commoners called fairies, ghosts, golems, trolls, werewolves, and other such miracles that were the heritage of the North family, Danny worried that he would never show a talent, never form an "outself"....

    joshua says: "Card doing what he does best."
    "Simply Awesome!"
    Overall

    Orson Scott Card delivering again! Can't wait for the sequel! This is a great story for young and old (or in my case getting old) alike!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fountainhead

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3489)
    Performance
    (2141)
    Story
    (2173)

    One of the 20th century's most challenging novels of ideas, The Fountainhead champions the cause of individualism through the story of a gifted young architect who defies the tyranny of conventional public opinion. The struggle for personal integrity in a world that values conformity above creativity is powerfully illustrated through three characters: Howard Roarke, a genius; Gail Wynand, a newspaper mogul and self-made millionaire; and Dominique Francon, a devastating beauty.

    Zachary says: "The Fountainhead"
    "Couldn't make it through this one...Loved Atlas..."
    Overall

    I couldn't get through this one, but I loved and recommend Atlas Shrugged. This one is faintly disgusting. The rape scene, and the tolerance for it in particular. She is a blatant Atheist in this and it shows much more so than in Atlas Shrugged. She seems to be putting her own fetishes up for display in the Fountainhead.

    All Americans should read Atlas Shrugged. Nobody need bother with the Fountainhead.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5571)
    Performance
    (2423)
    Story
    (2441)

    For the three years Shadow spent in prison, all he wanted was to get back to the loving arms of his wife and stay out of trouble for the rest of his life. But days before his release, he learns that his wife has been killed in an accident, and his world becomes a colder place.

    Joseph says: "Amazing, powerful book about America."
    "Unlike Anansi Boys, this was just crude"
    Overall

    This book/audiobook is disgusting. I gave up part way in and refused to listen to any more. The author constantly uses foul language and very descriptive non-traditional sex to tell a story apparently not good enough to keep you interested if you are not drawn to the gutter. This is especially disappointing since the author did such a great job with Stardust and Anansi boys, and several other books.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful

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