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  • The FREE Prologue & 5-Chapter Sampler of Steelheart

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 33 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    Overall
    (877)
    Performance
    (775)
    Story
    (782)

    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..."
    "Can't wait to go beyond chapter 5."
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    The only other book from Brandon Sanderson I've read was Elantris, and it was amazing. Compared to that, and maybe some of his other works, this may be too "young" for some adults, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I have found lately that a majority of YA books tend to be super predictable, with blatant foreshadowing, and I need to remember to avoid them. This book (so far) hasn't fallen into that category. It seems as though we're going through a super heroes phase (as opposed to vampires/werewolves) as of late, and if you're enjoying it, this is an excellent take that's refreshing and unique. It may be a bit less complex and "adult", but it certainly isn't juvenile.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Heir of Novron: Riyria Revelations, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3677)
    Performance
    (3376)
    Story
    (3397)

    On the holiday of Wintertide, the New Empire plans to burn the Witch of Melengar and force the Empress into a marriage of their own design. But they didn’t account for Royce and Hadrian finally locating the Heir of Novron—or the pair’s desire to wreak havoc on the New Empire’s carefully crafted scheme.

    Ron says: "Spectacular fantasy series"
    "Absolutely redeemed the series!"
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    I wasn't so sure about this series after the last book, and had a hard time getting into it. Once I did get into it... It was worth it. This book picked up steam and took off! I feel even more convinced that I just must not be a fan of the middle book in trilogies because I was about to write this one off. I don't want to give anything away, so I'll just day that the action picks back up in this one. I loved it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rise of Empire: Riyria Revelations, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3929)
    Performance
    (3585)
    Story
    (3607)

    Best-selling author Michael J. Sullivan’s mesmerizing Riyria Revelations series has found a welcome home with fans of magic, clashing swords, and daring heroes. This second volume finds Royce and Hadrian on a quest to enlist the southern Nationalists to aid the ever-weakening kingdom of Melengar. Royce suspects an ancient wizard is manipulating them all, but to find the truth he’ll have to decipher Hadrian’s past—a past Hadrian wants to keep secret.

    Ron says: "The second book delivers"
    "Getting frustrated"
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    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The fact that the characters and lifestyles of this world are so completely foreign, but so similar to ours is hard to grasp. I constantly find myself cursing like they would, or saying their phrases... I forget that Marabor, Novron, Arista, Royce, and Hadrian aren't real.


    Any additional comments?

    I absolutely love the characters, love the world that has been created for them, and love that in general the characters stay true to what they are. However, there have been times where I want to skip ahead because I feel like things are being over explained, or just... Over emphasized. I do love the writing, but at times I am disappointed that he continues to rehash certain circumstances, or explanations of why people act a certain way. If you've made it this far, you shouldn't have to be reminded constantly of the general circumstances of this world. At least not the ones that have clearly been explained from different perspectives. I also feel like the story has climaxed too soon. I guess I'll see at the end of Heir of Novron.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Crown Tower: The Riyria Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2505)
    Performance
    (2329)
    Story
    (2339)

    Michael J. Sullivan garnered critical raves and a massive readership for his Riyria Revelations series. The first book in his highly anticipated Riyria Chronicles series of prequels, The Crown Tower brings together warrior Hadrian Blackwater with thieving assassin Royce Melborn. The two form a less-than-friendly pairing, but the quest before them has a rare prize indeed, and if they can breach the supposedly impregnable walls of the Crown Tower, their names will be legend.

    Tango says: "Delicious Icing on a Terrific Cake"
    "My first Michael Sullivan experience..."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Crown Tower the most enjoyable?

    I love the characters most of all. The entire premise is entertaining, and unique, but the characters won me over.


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

    I've literally laughed out loud multiple times, and I find myself fully invested in the characters. They seem very real, genuine, and consistent in their actions to the type of people they are written to be.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Etiquette & Espionage: Finishing School, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Moira Quirk
    Overall
    (1183)
    Performance
    (1088)
    Story
    (1095)

    Fourteen-year old Sophronia is the bane of her mother's existence. More interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper etiquette at tea - and god forbid anyone see her atrocious curtsy - Mrs. Temminnick is desperate her daughter become a proper lady. She enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

    But little do Sophronia or her mother know that this is a school where ingenious young girls learn to finish all right - but it's a different kind of finishing.

    Lynne Phelps says: "Fans of the Parasol Protectorate, Rejoice!"
    "Outside the norm, fun, and super steam punk..."
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    Any additional comments?

    I absolutely love this series. They are fun, refreshing, and all around entertaining. There were a few times that the characters frustrated me, but for the most part it's a fun read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Firebird

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1002)
    Performance
    (912)
    Story
    (915)

    Nicola Marter was born with a gift. When she touches an object, she sometimes glimpses those who have owned it before. When a woman arrives with a small wooden carving at the gallery Nicola works at, she can see the object’s history and knows that it was named after the Firebird - the mythical creature from an old Russian fable. Compelled to know more, Nicola follows a young girl named Anna who leads her into the past on a quest through the glittering backdrops of the Jacobites and Russian courts, unearthing a tale of love, courage, and redemption.

    Sue says: "More heavy on the romance than the historical"
    "Love the characters"
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    Would you listen to The Firebird again? Why?

    Yes. It's a great story, and the narrator was fantastic. It's always a good sign when I can tell which character is talking by the sound of their voice.


    Any additional comments?

    Even though the story was very gripping, there were a couple of times that it felt disjointed. Overall a great read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart: Reckoners, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    Overall
    (6404)
    Performance
    (5976)
    Story
    (6000)

    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"
    "Can't wait for more..."
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    Where does Steelheart rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5 for sure. I love how it's unique, but not so out there that I can't connect with the characters at all.


    Any additional comments?

    I found this book to be a refreshing change from the main stream sci-fi/fantasy genre by existing in a completely different world. To me the story feels seamless, and well thought out from the beginning. I have recommended it to all my friends, and haven't had any negative response.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Clockwork Princess: Infernal Devices, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Daniel Sharman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1271)
    Performance
    (1151)
    Story
    (1163)

    Don't miss The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, soon to be a major motion picture, in theaters August 2013. Danger intensifies for the Shadowhunters as the New York Times best-selling Infernal Devices trilogy comes to a close. If the only way to save the world was to destroy what you loved most, would you do it? The clock is ticking. Everyone must choose. Passion. Power. Secrets. Enchantment. Danger closes in around the Shadowhunters in the final installment of the best-selling Infernal Devices trilogy.

    Amazon Customer says: "I Completely Enjoyed It"
    "LOVE the narration!"
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    Would you listen to The Clockwork Princess again? Why?

    I would because it takes me to a world far different from my own. Being set in London and in a different era brings a charm that I can't resist.


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

    He has done such a fantastic job that I could follow the characters before it said who was speaking. I honestly kept forgetting that it was one man doing all the voices. Fantastic!! I can't emphasize enough how much I enjoyed listening to him. His accents for the different characters from Wales, USA, or the different areas in England were all clear and concise. Such a fantastic job, I'd listen to him reading the phone book for hours on end if I could.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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