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  • By Grace and Banners Fallen: Prologue to A Memory of Light

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (565)
    Performance
    (511)
    Story
    (510)

    Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, fans have been anticipating the finale of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 30 languages. The wait will soon be over. The 14th and final volume, A Memory of Light, will be available in hardcover and audiobook on January 8, 2013. However, you can read the prologue, “By Grace and Banners Fallen”, before the book’s official release date.

    Mike Koch says: "Worth every penny (but no need for it any more)"
    "What a tease! A sign of good things to come.!"
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    Where does By Grace and Banners Fallen: Prologue to A Memory of Light rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top of my list. The Wheel of time is by far my all time favorite series of books. Can't wait for Memory of Light to finally be released. And I'll be sad when it's finally all over. Fans of the series already know this is the epitome of good narration by Kramer and Reading.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of By Grace and Banners Fallen: Prologue to A Memory of Light?

    The meeting between the Forsaken in the Blight/Malkyrie? What is this place and who are the creatures they vaguely describe? The Soulless? Gholam? Something new?


    What does Michael Kramer and Kate Reading bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Accents, inflections, and they help you to visualize the look of a character like Tuon or Bale Domane. I can just see them in my minds eye as if I'd met them and knew them well.


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

    Of course, such a short one I listened to it at work in less than one shift, then went to Tor's website and read the first chapter.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait til january when the full book comes out, to see if any of my friends or my predictions are even close to the real ending.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Warbound: Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2175)
    Performance
    (2046)
    Story
    (2037)

    Only a handful of people in the world know that mankind's magic comes from a living creature, and it is a refugee from another universe. The Power showed up here in the 1850s because it was running from something. Now it is 1933, and the Power's hiding place has been discovered by a killer. It is a predator that eats magic and leaves destroyed worlds in its wake. Earth is next. Former private eye Jake Sullivan knows the score. The problem is, hardly anyone believes him.

    D says: "Started Strong-Finished Strong"
    "Great ending to a great trilogy"
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    What did you love best about Warbound?

    My favorite thing about the book was the character Faye. She never ceases to be interesting.


    What other book might you compare Warbound to and why?

    it's a stretch, but it reminds me of the mistborn trilogy because the good guys kill the "Bad Guy" and it turns out he was more important than the characters thought, and now they are burdened with his responsibility.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene is when Faye travels to the empirium blimp and proceeds to kick everyone's butt.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    WhenToro calls Sullivan "Brother" and gives him his fathers sword


    Any additional comments?

    Bronson Pinchot should really get some well deserved credit. His narration of all three books is amazing. What a talent he has!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twisted

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Laurie Halse Anderson
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    High-school senior Tyler Miller used to be the kind of guy who faded into the background. But ever since he got busted for spraying graffiti on the school, and spent the summer doing outdoor work to pay for it, he stands out like you wouldn't believe. His new physique attracts the attention of queen bee Bethany Milbury, who just happens to be Tyler's secret crush. And that sets off a string of events and changes that have Tyler questioning his place in the school, in his family, and in the world.

    chris says: "maybe good for young adults"
    "maybe good for young adults"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I'd rather have not listened to this one. I bought on a recommendation from my daughter. I had high hopes cause it started out well, but went downhill to the finish. Maybe I'm just too old (40, Male) to relate.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm not sure what's next. but I'm really looking forward to books like "A Memory of Light" and other sequels from my preferred genres of fantasy and science fiction from "The Grimnoir Chronicles", "The Lies of Locke Lamora" and "The Name of the Wind", etc.


    Have you listened to any of Mike Chamberlain’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first I have heard Mike Chamberlain. I thought he was great, it was the story that didn't turn me on. I would definitely give him another chance as a narrator


    Was Twisted worth the listening time?

    Personally, no. The only advantage to listening to this was to warn my daughter that it wasn't worth finishing.


    Any additional comments?

    This might be a good book from the perspective of a younger reader, but to me it didn't hold a candle to other young adult classics like "Catcher in the Rye" or "The Outsiders"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Legion: Monster Hunter, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2909)
    Performance
    (2688)
    Story
    (2691)

    When hunters from around the world gather in Las Vegas for a conference, a creature left over from a World War Two weapons experiment wakes up and goes on a rampage across the desert. A not-so-friendly wager between the rival companies turns into a race to see who can bag the mysterious creature first. Only there is far more to this particular case than meets the eye, and as Hunters fall prey to their worst nightmares, Owen Zastava Pitt and the staff of Monster Hunter International have to stop an ancient god from turning Sin City into a literal hell on earth.

    Sandi says: "What A Shock..."
    "Least fave of the series, but better than many."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book to a friend, but to a lesser degree than the previous 3. the villain/monster in this book is just not as cool as the last three books. The narrator still does a good job, but there's not as much gun talk(which actually helped these books stand out) as the previous books. Owen, Mosh, and their Dad's "destiny" is being dragged out and needs to get somewhere soon.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting aspect of the story is the dragon! Too bad they spend such little time with this character, maybe he'll be back in the next book. I can't even remember if he dies or not. It's also fun to hear more about U.N.I.C.O.R.N. again, but Correia skims over it too little. Jason is a welcome return character from "Alpha".
    Least interesting would be the new brown noser idiot in charge of MCB. I forget his name at the moment. The old guy in charge was a jerk but at least he wasn't an idiot. He wanted to kill monsters and at the end of the day do some good. The new guy is clueless and just about moving up the corporate/government ladder. Franks is sadly missing from the story too much this time around.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Probably the pocket universe in the German's room was the most interesting scene based on the description of the setting and the action going on. A close second would be when Owen and Franks go to the bunker in Dugway.


    Was Monster Hunter Legion worth the listening time?

    I guess I've heard worse. This series was one of my favorites, but The Grimnoir Chronicles by the same author but narrated by Bronson Pinchot are so much more interesting that MHI series is losing it's appeal. Maybe if they wrap things up soon with the Genesis Project, The Old Ones, and Owen or Mosh fulfill this prophecy to kill their dad and save the world. It feels like they Correia is starting to drag it out too long in my opinion. we'll see, the next installment could easily reel me back in. Perhaps Mr. Correia is using this one as a setup for the big finale? Let's hope so.


    Any additional comments?

    Despite my average rating of this audiobook I am still a fan of the author, narrator, and series as a whole. I will probably buy the next installment when it comes out. I am hoping the next one is a finale, because I think this can only go on so long before it starts getting repetitive and boring. Four books of build up is enough I think and if they bring all the forces of good together like Franks, the old Polish guy, Harbinger's ancestors, U.N.I.C.O.R.N, and all the international monster hunting crews into a massive final Battle Royale it would be a good, gnarly ending. We'll just have to wait and see!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bitter Seeds: The Milkweed Triptych, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ian Tregillis
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (679)
    Performance
    (497)
    Story
    (507)

    Raybould Marsh is a British secret agent in the early days of World War II, haunted by something strange he saw on a mission during the Spanish Civil War: a German woman with wires going into her head who looked at him as if she knew him. It wasn’t his imagination; the wired woman can see into the future and use her knowledge to twist the present. In fact, Marsh soon discovers that the Nazis are running missions with people who have special powers....

    Phelix_da_Kat says: "WW II alternate history: X-men vs Warlocks"
    "Really close to being great, but just not great."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Bitter Seeds to be better than the print version?

    I think this book might have been better in print form. I listen at work usually and this narrators voice was too easy to tune out. Then I would rewind to find my place and have to re-listen to much of this book. I could never differentiate the characters by voice or even accent, and there are American, British, and German characters throughout the book. The idea or synapses of the book is great. I can't really put all the blame on the narrator, because the story is full of holes, too.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting aspect of this story was the battery enhanced German soldiers and the Dr who made them. Too bad they never explain how the technology works in any detail. The story starts out as a few kids and the next you hear they are grown and have their "powers". They hint that a lot of kids die and never get any powers, but never name one or even talk about their teen years, etc. I wanted to know more about the Dr too. The least interesting part of this story and really boringly done, I thought, was the romance between the main character Marsh and his wife. Their storyline was insanely boring and could have been left out of the book entirely.


    What about Kevin Pariseau’s performance did you like?

    I liked the sound of Kevin Pariseau's voice, but I didn't think he was a good fit for this story. I think the narration would have been better coming from a European narrator. I really missed having accents for different nationalities represented


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

    I usually go through 4 hours of audiobook in a day at work. This book had me rewinding so much because it didn't make sense, or have a flow to it that made it easy to follow.


    Any additional comments?

    I really wanted to like this audio book, but just couldn't enjoy myself with it. I think the author had a great idea and synapses, but failed in the execution. It came so close to being good, I think it could make a good action movie or comic book series. I might give the follow up book a shot if they do it as a prequel to fill in the blanks they missed this time around. If it's just continuing where this left off, I think I'll pass.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dreamcatcher

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Jeffrey DeMunn
    Overall
    (1699)
    Performance
    (455)
    Story
    (465)

    "The genius shines through...flat-out riveting." (Publishers Weekly)
    "Makes for great midnight reading." (The New York Times)
    "Dreamcatcher is a comeback and an infusion of rich new blood into King's body of work." (Amazon.com)

    Click the sample icon to hear an extended excerpt from Chapter One of Dreamcatcher!

    Murray Zetterholm says: "King Fans Will Love Dreamcatcher"
    "Gold for a story, Poo for an ending"
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    Where does Dreamcatcher rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    above the middle. The story and narration were great. plenty of humor, adventure, and suspense. A goo balance of suspense and payoff, until the end. I like most Stephen King books, but once again he can't seem to give it a good finish...ala dark tower series. It is great while it's going, but leaves you dissapointed at the ending, no big payoff for hours and hours of dedicated listening, detective like fact finding, and paying close attention etc.


    What other book might you compare Dreamcatcher to and why?

    The Dome, Also very long and interesting, with a less than stellar ending.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All of the flatulence scenes. deep down inside, stephen king is still a thirteen year old, but I guess fart jokes just never go out of style. His elaboration reminds me of the "Barf-o-Rama" in The Body, or Stand by Me if you prefer.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Winter Heart of Darkness? I don't know.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish Stephen King would end his books as good as he did with his books under psuedonyms like running man and the four seasons, etc

    Jeffery DeMunn does an excellent job as the narrator. His voice is clear with good pronunciation. And he does a good New England accent without sounding cheesy or fake.He may or may not be from northeast america, but you'd neve know from listening. I will definitely look for more books narrated by him.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (4713)
    Performance
    (4274)
    Story
    (4284)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "Pinchot and Correia are a dynamite combo!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Hard Magic the most enjoyable?

    I love it and respect when a single narrator can portray a different voice for each character, male and female, several nationalities, and keep it straight throughout the book. Every time Mr Pinchot reads dialogue, you can identify who's doing the talking, and he really brings the characters to life in my head. If you've ever listened to Correia before you know he loves describing all the firearms with passion of a real shooter and he brings that to this series as well but to a lesser degree, which to me is a nice change of pace and allows room for the brand of magic involved as well as how the magic affects the martial arts in this book. I feel this puts this series on a leval above monster hunters intl, which I was a fan of and led me to give this a try.
    The story,plot,setting, and characters are improved over MHI, but my hat's off to Mr. Pinchot for stealing the show.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The villian, The Chairman. I love it when things aren't black and white. By defeating the unbeatable villian you risk running into a worse villian, then wishing you had the help of your defeated foe!?


    Which character – as performed by Bronson Pinchot – was your favorite?

    Tie between Faye and Sullivan


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Sullivan bring new meaning to "heavy duty"


    Any additional comments?

    Great, original book, with a good follow up with the second book. Like no story that's come before it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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