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Joe

Tipton, IN, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 10 reviews
  • 15 ratings
  • 528 titles in library
  • 39 purchased in 2014
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  • Warriors

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin (author and editor), Gardner Dozois (author and editor)
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor, Christina Traister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (321)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (265)

    People have been telling stories about warriors for as long as they have been telling stories... Our contributors make up an all-star lineup of award-winning and bestselling writers, representing a dozen different publishers and as many genres. We asked each of them for the same thing - a story about a warrior. Some chose to write in the genre they’re best known for. Some decided to try something different. You will find warriors of every shape, size, and color here....

    Laura says: "Not the right narrator for the book"
    "Lousy Narration"
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    This is an eclectic group of stories about warriors. I enjoyed most of them. I have had occasion to hear this narrator before in the book "Rally Cry." He ruined that one for me too.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3634)
    Performance
    (3284)
    Story
    (3319)

    Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is now on the verge of modernity, with railroads to supplement the canals, electric lighting in the streets and the homes of the wealthy, and the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds.Kelsier, Vin, Elend, Sazed, Spook, and the rest are now part of history—or religion. Yet the old magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy continue to play a role in this reborn world....

    Timothy says: "Pleased, yet wanting more..."
    "Excellent, Excellent, Excellent"
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    Michael Kramer continues his streak as the worlds greatest narrator and Brandon Sanderson does not disappoint with this fast forward followup to the Mistborn Trilogy.

    I certainly hope there is more to follow in this series. Sanderson is clearly on a roll as everything he writes seems to be great. You have to go back to his very early stuff to find any clinkers and this is NOT one of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reamde

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3806)
    Performance
    (3332)
    Story
    (3367)

    Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

    ShySusan says: "Not perfect, but worth a listen."
    "I came for the Sci-Fi but all I got was the Action"
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    It's just ok. It's just ok even if you like the action genre.

    It's not Neal Stephenson's finest work and further follows his current trajectory out of science fiction.

    The best I can say about Reamde is that it is cleverly titled and has some nice gun play bits. That is all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4442)
    Performance
    (2106)
    Story
    (2138)

    Heralded as an instant classic of fantasy literature, Maguire has written a wonderfully imaginative retelling of The Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch's point of view. More than just a fairy tale for adults, Wicked is a meditation on the nature of good and evil.

    Kathleen says: "It's not easy being green"
    "Wickedly Obtuse"
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    I like the concept of this book. I loved the narration. It just didn't feel fleshed out enough for me. I found parts of the story verging on incomprehensible and I am not sure that they needed to be. A little more detail here or there would have been very helpful. No backstory or explanation exists for some things that clearly need explanation. This is hard to swallow as this is nothing but a backstory to another story.

    I wanted to love this book, but in the end I found it to be drudgery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2376)
    Performance
    (2171)
    Story
    (2155)

    In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King has returned to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story within a story within a story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a "skin-man", Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter.

    Amazon Customer says: "An exceptional story, but I miss George Guidall."
    "Welcome back to the world of the Beam...."
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    Let's get this out of the way right up front. Stephen King's narration does NOT ruin the book. In fact he might be the only person who can pull off following the legendary performances of the previous narrators.

    It's not as action driven as all the other volumes of the Dark Tower series and that might initially turn some people off to this gem. I found it to be a welcome return to the land of the Beam. It's really a story within a story within the story.... as confusing as that sounds it's really not.

    It has some beautiful word play beyond the language of the Gunslinger series and I found one passage in particular quite nice.

    ‘Time is a keyhole, he thought as he looked up at the stars. Yes, I think so. We sometimes bend and peer through it. And the wind we feel on our cheeks when we do – the wind that blows through the keyhole – is the breath of all the living universe.’

    Now that is King at the top of his craft in my opinion. Let's hope the Mr. King has many more intricate "little" Dark Tower stories. I for one cannot wait, say thankee sai.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magicians: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lev Grossman
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3237)
    Performance
    (2459)
    Story
    (2479)

    Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

    Kyle says: "Not an average book"
    "Not for kids..but the big kid in me loved it!"
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    There is a magic school involved but that is where the similarity to the wizarding world of hufflepuff ends. This is a great read, not too long, not too short, just right. The characters, especially Josh, have some memorable lines. There is no doubt that this is a book for late-teens to adults and young children should not apply.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs)
    • By Robert E. Howard
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (738)
    Performance
    (463)
    Story
    (462)

    Between the years when the oceans drank Atlantis and the gleaming cities...there was an Age undreamed of, when shining kingdoms lay spread across the world like blue mantles beneath the stars.... Hither came Conan, the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand...to tread the jeweled thrones of the earth under his sandalled feet.

    Flavius says: "Some Great Stories"
    "Great stories hampered by the narration"
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    I am not a fan of the narrator and it sort of killed the joy of experiencing these stories again. I also wanted a bit more of a gap between the stories or some narrative about them after each one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27183)
    Performance
    (20929)
    Story
    (21010)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Excellent Excellent Excellent"
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    Fantasy doesn't get any better than this. Mr. Dotrice is a wonderful narrator. This is THE series of my lifetime.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Werewolf

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Glen Duncan
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (475)
    Performance
    (390)
    Story
    (394)

    Meet Jake. A bit on the elderly side (he turns 201 in March), but otherwise in the pink of health. The nonstop sex and exercise he’s still getting probably contribute to that, as does his diet: unusual amounts of flesh and blood (at least some from friends and relatives). Jake, of course, is a werewolf, and with the death of his colleague he has now become the only one of his kind.

    Melinda says: "The Ennui of a Naughty Dog"
    "Excellent Performance"
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    I really enjoyed this book and look forward to another one if/when it comes out. The narrator was fantastic.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Wise Man's Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10989)
    Performance
    (9243)
    Story
    (9327)

    "My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep...."

    Joe says: "Excellent, Imaginative, Beautiful, Page Turning!!!"
    "Excellent, Imaginative, Beautiful, Page Turning!!!"
    Overall

    Those in fear of a "sophomore slump" should look elsewhere. This is the stunningly excellent follow-up and second part of a proposed trilogy to "The Name of the Wind". I devoured this book. I am going to listen to it again with my wife, and that is a rare thing. After finishing this wonderful tale of old evil, love, loss, mischief, grief, song, cleverness, jocularity, beauty, and fantasy. I turned to my wife and said "you have to read these, they are wonderful". Our literary tastes never cross paths, but this is a tale I don't think anyone should miss. To not pass these along to others is neglect.

    There are passages in this book that are achingly beautiful and so well written that I dispare for all others who attempt to write epic fantasy. There is a good deal of action too and it's never far from the main narrative of this installment. It's just that Rotfuss crossed the line with this book. There is passable fantasy, good, and even excellent fantasy. This, this is pantheon fantasy, this is why I read the genre, dare I say "tolkienesque". It really is that good. What a great time to be a fantasy fan.

    The narration continues flawlessly from the first book and Mr. Podehl gives an outstanding performance. I am rapidly becoming a fan of his work, I certainly will look for him in future listens.

    62 of 69 people found this review helpful

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