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Philip

Carroll, IA, USA

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  • Lamentation: The Psalms of Isaak, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Ken Scholes
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Scott Brick, William Dufris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (80)

    This remarkable first novel from an award-winning short fiction writer will take readers away to a new world - an Earth so far in the distant future that our time is not even a memory; a world where magick is commonplace and great areas of the planet are impassable wastes. But human nature hasn't changed through the ages: War and faith and love still move princes and nations.

    Meg says: "Highly Enjoyable"
    "Not much depth."
    Overall

    It's sad, because the setting has a lot of potential. But the characters lack depth, and are hard to relate to. The "events" that take place are presented in a way that makes it hard for you to care about them, almost like watching the history channel. Maybe I've just been spoiled by Mistborn, but this book barely held my attention.


    PS. the multiple narrators don't help sell the characters when they overlap.

    7 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Red Seas Under Red Skies

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1865)
    Performance
    (1436)
    Story
    (1434)

    After a brutal battle with the underworld that nearly destroyed him, Locke Lamora and his trusted sidekick, Jean, fled the island city of their birth and landed on the exotic shores of Tal Verrar to nurse their wounds. But even at this westernmost edge of civilization, they can't rest for long - and they are soon back doing what they do best: stealing from the undeserving rich and pocketing the proceeds for themselves.

    Anthony says: "This is how you write a series!"
    "Simply Awesome"
    Overall

    Just as fun as the first book. It's exciting, it's witty, it's mysterious, it's even laugh-out-loud funny at times. The tales of Locke & Jean will not disappoint.
    Don't pass these books up!

    Note: lots of swearing, squares beware.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2945)
    Performance
    (2257)
    Story
    (2265)

    An orphan's life is harsh---and often short---in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains---a man who is neither blind nor a priest. A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected "family" of orphans---a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards.

    Luke A. Reynolds says: "Stupendous, but be warned."
    "Great listen!"
    Overall

    Hearing tales of Locke tell lies to get what he wants is actually very entertaining, with many comical lines to boot. The story is told in a sort of flash-back-n-forth fashion, where many of the "interlude" chapters give history to the characters, shedding light on their decision making process in the following chapter (where the "real" story takes place). This keeps the story moving along at a solid pace. I think you'll find yourself pretty caught up in the characters and events by the end.

    This is one of the better books I've listened to here, hope Audible get's the second book in soon!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Princeps' Fury: Codex Alera, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2570)
    Performance
    (1639)
    Story
    (1658)

    Tavi of Calderon, now recognized as Princeps Gaius Octavian and heir to the crown, has achieved a fragile alliance with Alera's oldest foes, the savage Canim. But when Tavi and his legions guide the Canim safely to their lands, his worst fears are realized. The dreaded Vord - the enemy of Aleran and Cane alike - have spent the last three years laying waste to the Canim homeland. And when the Alerans are cut off from their ships, they find themselves with no choice but to fight shoulder to shoulder if they are to survive.

    Christopher says: "Great Book. Fantastic Narrator. Engrossing Series."
    "This series is AWESOME!"
    Overall

    Many enjoyable hours of listening with this series. You simply fall in love with the characters. Butcher knows how to keep the story fresh. Can not wait for "First Lord's Fury" this winter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Furies of Calderon: Codex Alera, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3933)
    Performance
    (2610)
    Story
    (2646)

    In the realm of Alera, where people bond with the furies - elementals of earth, air, fire, water, and metal - 15-year-old Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. But when his homeland erupts in chaos - when rebels war with loyalists and furies clash with furies - Tavi's simple courage will turn the tides of war.

    Eric says: "great fantasy series"
    "Awesome book."
    Overall

    A fast moving story, with excitement at every turn. The characters feel fleshed out and personal. Magic system has plenty of depth to it. All around great book, definitely worth the credit.

    I am really looking forward to the next two books. ;-)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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