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Joshua

Pana, IL, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Fragments: Partials, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Dan Wells
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (465)
    Performance
    (410)
    Story
    (417)

    Kira Walker has found the cure for RM, but the battle for the survival of humans and Partials is just beginning. Kira has left East Meadow in a desperate search for clues to who she is. That the Partials themselves hold the cure for RM in their blood cannot be a coincidence - it must be part of a larger plan, a plan that involves Kira, a plan that could save both races. Her companions are Afa Demoux, an unhinged drifter and former employee of ParaGen, and Samm and Heron, the Partials who betrayed her and saved her life, the only ones who know her secret. But can she trust them?

    Aser Tolentino says: "A Time for Hard Choices and Growing Up"
    "YA for All"
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    What made the experience of listening to Fragments the most enjoyable?

    I never rate books, but I enjoyed this enough to think it worth it this time. Most enjoyable for me was the philosophical question of personhood tackled in a different way. As with most YA books, both books--Partials and Fragments--address personhood with the typical "coming of age" motif. The more intriguing addition to the mix are the questions of "what is human" and "what does it mean to be responsible with technology". Obviously these books are planned as a series and the ending was definitely designed to hook the reader for the next book, which it did for me. Bastard. An enjoyable read.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The First Confessor: The Legend of Magda Searus

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Kellie Fitzgerald
    Overall
    (959)
    Performance
    (879)
    Story
    (880)

    In the time before the Confessors, when the world is a dark and dangerous place, where treason and treachery are the rule of the day, comes one heroic woman, Magda Searus, who has just lost her husband and her way in life.

    Kurt says: "Hold on, we are going for a wild ride"
    "Just Horrible"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This is a horrible, bad listen. I finished it because I paid for it. I'm sitting in bumper to bumper traffic, which is going to make me late for work and possibly fired, and that is better than this book. The bulk of the book was composed of needless repetition dialogue, melodramatic, one-sided characters. I can only guess that the repetition was an attempt to build climatic tension, but it made the characters seem unenlightened and made me feel dumb. There was about 8 hours in the middle where two characters give talking head back story accounts meanwhile the main character asks things like, "then what did you do?"By the way, 40 minutes have gone by since I started this in stop and go traffic. I've traveled about two miles and STILL a better experience than this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow of What Was Lost: The Licanius Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By James Islington
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (1984)
    Performance
    (1764)
    Story
    (1765)

    It has been 20 years since the end of the war. The dictatorial Augurs, once thought of almost as gods, were overthrown and wiped out during the conflict, their much-feared powers mysteriously failing them. Those who had ruled under them, men and women with a lesser ability known as the Gift, avoided the Augurs' fate only by submitting themselves to the rebellion's Four Tenets.

    Justin says: "The book of a thousand names!"
    "I missed a homework for this"
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    Huh...maybe this will actually live up to the brand of a comparison such as "If you like Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson..."

    It definitely has the epic feel and you can definitely see influences from those two giants of modern fantasy literature. But the main compelling plot and twists on notions of time and....well, maybe you should just read it

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful

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