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Genoa, IL, United States

  • 6 reviews
  • 9 ratings
  • 107 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Sheepfarmer's Daughter: The Deed of Paksenarrion, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck

    Refusing to marry a pig farmer and joining the army, even if it means never seeing her family again, Paksenarrion begins an adventure that enables her to restore an overthrown ruler.

    Christopher says: "Intriguing start"
    "Not great, not bad"

    As epic fantasy goes, this is a rather simple plot, with decent character development for the primary characters. This is not great fantasy by any means nor is it bad as some others have stated.

    I have been reading epic fantasy for 30 years. For the past 5 years I have been listening to audio books during my long drive to find new authors or listen to books I never got around to reading.

    The book has a predictable plot but it is a nice story on a couple of fronts. The main character, Paks, is able to escape a mundane life and follow her dreams. This is also a classic good versus evil and of course good prevails.

    If you are looking for a simple yet nice story, give this a listen. The subsequent book builds on the story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Alchemist's Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Dave Duncan
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When the Council of 10 takes the seer Nostradamus into custody, suspecting him of poisoning a friend of the prince, his young apprentice must unravel a web of magic and murder if he is to have any future of his own.

    M Kruse says: "Excellent Book."
    "Not one of Duncan's best"

    I am hit or miss on Dave Duncan's works and found myself bored with this book. Far too much about the time period and locale versus plot and characters. I am not going on with this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Great new author"

    I enjoyed this book so much that I quit listening to it and bought the book. I tend to pay more attention when reading versus listening and this clearly merits the effort.

    The story telling and plot are very compelling. As a sign of high praise, I was as pleased with Rothfuss' first book as when I first read Goodkind or Rawn. This is a must read/listen for epic fantasy fans.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lair of Bones: The Runelords, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By David Farland
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Prince Gaborn, the Earth King, has defeated the forces arrayed against him each time before: the magical and human forces marshaled by Raj Ahten, who seeks immortality at any cost and has given up his humanity in trade; and the inhuman, innumerable, insectile hordes of the giant Reavers from under the Earth, whose unknowable motives are inimical to human life.

    Adnan says: "A very good ending to the series"

    While there were some predictable parts to this there were also some surprises. Overall this is a fast paced book that keeps your attention until the end.

    I do have to say that I was very tired of the narrator by the end. There are multiple spots where the book switches to another subplot and there not even a pause between sentences. I had to back up and really pay attention to catch the change.

    1 of 1 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

    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.

    Robert says: "It doesn't get any better than this!"
    "Very good by the end"

    As others have indicated, this tale takes a long time to get going. You will need to invest 10 to 15 hours of listening up front before the story becomes very interesting. Once past the beginning, I really did enjoy the book. The characters are well developed and it is not a typical fantasy setting. I would have given this 5 stars if it had not started so slowly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gathering Storm: Book Twelve of the Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, struggles to unite a fractured network of kingdoms and alliances in preparation for the Last Battle. As he attempts to halt the Seanchan encroachment northward - wishing he could form at least a temporary truce with the invaders - his allies watch in terror the shadow that seems to be growing within the heart of the Dragon Reborn himself.

    D. Ramirez says: "I normally wouldn't, but..."
    "Do not waste your money/credits"

    I have read/ listened to all of Jordan's books in the series over the many years. When the series started I thought it was bound to be one of the classics. It is NOT.

    When a story has so many sub-plots, hundreds of characters and is thousands of pages long it becomes tedious to follow. I downloaded this and listened for over 10 hours and decided it is not worth my time.

    Jordan's early books were great and I am also a Brandon Sanderson fan. They decided split the final book into multiple books just to continue the tedious story and it style of wandering. Sanderson would have made many of us happy if he had continued his style, instead of mimicking Jordans, and brought the threads together quickly.

    Sorry to say, I am quitting on this series after having invested hundereds of hours in it.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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