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John

bakersfield, CA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Midst Toil and Tribulation: Safehold Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (602)
    Performance
    (551)
    Story
    (546)

    After centuries of stasis, the island kingdom of Charis began to defy the edicts of the Church of God Awaiting - egged on, some say, by the mysterious warrior-monk Merlin Athawes. Now, in the wars and intrigues that have cascaded from Charis's declaration of independence, the populous Republic of Siddermark is sliding into chaos.

    Ryan says: "Narrator is HORRIBLE - Love this series"
    "Better narrater then the last book"
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    Six books in the series and 4 narraters! Collins did a better job (some missed pronuniations that buged me) then The last books narrater Keating (every one sounded like they were 80 years old). It's time to end the series don't turn it into Robert Jordan's Wheel of time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Riders: The Dragon Brigade, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Margaret Weis, Robert Krammes
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    In a world where magic is intrinsic to the fabric of everyday life, two kingdoms, centuries-long enemies, have long sought a powerful magical weapon that will win them lasting dominance. But neither realm is ready when they are both attacked by the Bottom-Dwellers, a bitter people whose own land was destroyed, and who now live only to take vengeance on those they blame for a wretched life in the storm-tossed abyss they inhabit. Using contramagic strengthened by blood sacrifice to attack the world above, they threaten to bring down whole cities, or even the island kingdoms themselves.

    Antoine Khoury says: "Lousy Narrator But a good second book of the saga"
    "Poor narration"
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    I dont know why they changed the narrator he not a impovement. The story is good so its the narration thats bad.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Erak's Ransom: Ranger's Apprentice, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John Flanagan
    • Narrated By John Keating
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (232)

    Winner of the Australian Book of the Year Award for Older Children, John Flanagan has sold millions of his popular Ranger’s Apprentice series. A fledgling Ranger, Will has walked along many a dangerous path, but none more treacherous than the one before him now. Following Araluen’s truce with the Skandians, a desert tribe captures the Skandian leader. The Rangers are sent to free him, but the searing desert has swallowed whole more than one brave adventurer.

    David says: "Back to the "meat of it""
    "This book takes place before book 6"
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    This takes place before book 6. skip this book and go to book 8. It dose not mach up to book 6 that take place after this story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Merlin's Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Fred Saberhagen
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    In post-Arthurian England, 10-year old Amby and the troupe of traveling players he belongs to are on the run from a conqueror. He has been gifted with second-sight, and when the troupe stumbles upon an unoccupied castle he is the only one in the group who senses the power that lies within the stone building. In the near future, the Fisher King, Mordred and Morgan le Fay seek to gain control of Dr. Elaine Brusen’s hypostater, a machine capable of altering fundamental reality.

    John says: "I give it a 8.5 out 10"
    "I give it a 8.5 out 10"
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    Well done for a book from the 90's (parts of the book take place in the 2020's). I review books only when I love or hate them. I love this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • How Firm a Foundation: Safehold Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (590)
    Performance
    (527)
    Story
    (534)

    The Charisian Empire, born in war, has always known it must fight for its very survival. What most of its subjects don’t know even now, however, is how much more it’s fighting for. Emperor Cayleb, Empress Sharleyan, Merlin Athrawes, and their innermost circle of most trusted advisers do know. And because they do, they know the penalty if they lose will be far worse than their own deaths and the destruction of all they know and love.

    William says: "Annoying Performance"
    "Narater made every one sound old"
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    Good story but narrater Keating made ever one sound the same and old. The good news is the next book is only one credit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vorpal Blade: Looking Glass Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By John Ringo, Travis Taylor
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    Overall
    (438)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (286)

    he alien Dreen are still a terrifying menace across the galaxy, but Earth has a new weapon - the first human warp ship. Aboard the Vorpal Blade, Americaï¿¿ï¿¿ï¿¿s tough-as-nails Force Recon Marines seek the Dreen, hoping to bring the fight directly to them.

    A User says: "very good"
    "Save your credit"
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    I should have read "Dave's" review. The replacement of the cuss words 70 or 80 times gets very old fast. This book is abridged!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 1632: Ring of Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Eric Flint
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (609)
    Performance
    (558)
    Story
    (562)

    New York Times best-selling author Eric Flint has received glowing critical praise for his Ring of Fire alternate history series. In this first installment, a West Virginia town is transported from the year 2000 to 1631 Germany at the height of the Thirty Years’ War. Thrust into conflict, the town residents must also contend with moral issues such as who should be considered a citizen.

    Lee says: "Velveeta"
    "This is the Ring of Fire's first book"
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    Very well done alternate history by Eric Flint, and George Guidll does a Great Job as narrater.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spellbound: Book II of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3926)
    Performance
    (3659)
    Story
    (3654)

    Dark fantasy goes hardboiled in Book II of the hard-hitting Grimnoir Chronicles by the New York Times best-selling creator of Monster Hunter International. The Grimnoir Society’s mission is to protect people with magic, and they’ve done so—successfully and in secret—since the mysterious arrival of the Power in the 1850s, but when a magical assassin makes an attempt on the life of President Franklin Roosevelt, the crime is pinned on the Grimnoir.

    Paulette says: "Spellbound is Pure Magic"
    "Better then book 1"
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    Spellbond book 2 was outstanding, it takes place in the 1930s that has been changed by magic. a credit well spent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cast in Shadow: Chronicles of Elantra, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Michelle Sagara
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1407)
    Performance
    (1250)
    Story
    (1247)

    Seven years ago Kaylin fled the crime-riddled streets of Nightshade, knowing that something was after her. Children were being murdered— and all had the same odd markings that mysteriously appeared on her own skin….Since then, she's learned to read, she's learned to fight and she's become one of the vaunted Hawks who patrol and police the City of Elantra. Alongside the winged Aerians and the immortal Barrani, she's made a place for herself, far from the mean streets of her birth.

    Amanda says: "Addicted to the series, but leaves you hanging..."
    "Hard to get into this book"
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    This book starts off like it's book # 2 "I stoped and checked" this is the only book I could not finish

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Colour of Magic: Discworld #1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    Overall
    (2603)
    Performance
    (1064)
    Story
    (1072)

    The Colour of Magic, the first novel in Terry Pratchett's wildly imaginative Discworld series, takes the listener on a remarkable journey. The magical planet of Discworld is supported by four massive elephants who stand on the back of the Great A'Tuin, a giant turtle swimming slowly through the mysterious interstellar gulf. An eccentric expedition sets out to explore the planet, encountering dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and of course "The Edge" of the planet.

    Joel says: "Start in any of seven Disworld books"
    "Just like the movie"
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    Very hard to get into the book. It was a good thing its under 8 hours long.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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