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  • The Red Pyramid: The Kane Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free, Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Since his mother’s death six years ago, Carter Kane has been living out of a suitcase, traveling the globe with his father, the brilliant Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane. But while Carter’s been homeschooled, his younger sister, Sadie, has been living with their grandparents in London. Sadie has just what Carter wants — school friends and a chance at a “normal” life.

    Heather says: "Rick Riordan does it again..."
    "Throughly enjoyable"

    A marvelous listen. Riordan's new series after completing the Percy Jackson one last year is a terrific adventure tale. This time, it is the Egyptian gods that are on the loose and at the heart of the story, a brother and sister. Fast paced than the Jackson series in some regards, this one excels from two excellent voice actors, each playing one of the main characters. Although targeted for early teens, it is still an adventure any lover of the genre will enjoy.

    Highly recommended.

    43 of 44 people found this review helpful
  • Towers of Midnight: Wheel of Time, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Last Battle has started. The seals on the Dark One’s prison are crumbling. The Pattern itself is unraveling, and the armies of the Shadow have begun to boil out of the Blight. The sun has begun to set upon the Third Age. Perrin Aybara is now hunted by specters from his past: Whitecloaks, a slayer of wolves, and the responsibilities of leadership. All the while, an unseen foe is slowly pulling a noose tight around his neck....

    Jacob says: "Doesn't wrap as nicely as Gathering Storm"
    "Poorly paced"

    I am a great fan of WoT, having picked up the first edition when it originally came out 20 years ago. Whereas "The Gathering Storm" was a terrific book, this, the second last, was poorly edited, mish-mash of what felt like short stories at times. Kramer and Reading do their usual great job as they have done throughout the series, but what they have to work with this time is poorly paced, time frames that a mess to figure out, one character in two places at the same time (although that may be juggling different time periods, who knows. Absolutely everyone makes an appearance this time and that is part of the problem. After 12 books (plus the prequel) now they make a mad dash to resolves long standing issues and get people in place for the final volume. Unfortunately, it simply does not work well overall. There are some good pieces scattered amongst the clutter, but again, if you read as a short story collection, they are highly enjoyable. Some of what fans have been waiting for literally for years, Moraine's fate, it simply done in a short chapter and a half with a somewhat cheesy post-rescue attempt display. Ewegene, a character I disliked in books 1 through 10, but warmed up to in 11 and really liked in 12, well, lets just say I hope she does not survive the last battle, the power tripping Aes Sedai. Elayne is another who joins her in that ranks. Not sure if it is Sanderson's style or what, but this novel just did not work for me. Too bad, but I do worry about the final one yet to come.

    6 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Polgara the Sorceress

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Eddings, Leigh Eddings
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman

    Best-selling authors David and Leigh Eddings welcome readers back to the time before The Belgariad and The Malloreon series. Join them as they chronicle that fateful conflict between two mortally opposed Destinies, in a monumental war of men and kings and Gods.

    Steven says: "Good Story, Poor Narrator"
    "The final tale"

    The final story in Edding's universe of the Belgariad. This tale is from Polgara's point of view and while there is some repetition, which is natural since "her" version is to correct her father's, it also contains multiple plot lines and stories that have not been mentioned before.

    Narration is decent, unlike the Belgarath novel, making the flow of the story more enjoyable.

    Highly recommended if you enjoy listening to the story of "Polly"'s life story!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Belgarath the Sorcerer

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David Eddings, Leigh Eddings
    • Narrated By J. P. Linton

    When the world was young and Gods still walked among their mortal children, a headstrong orphan boy set out to explore the world. Thus began the extraordinary adventures that would mold that youthful vagabond into a man, and the man into the finely honed instrument of Prophecy known to all the world as Belgarath the Sorcerer.

    Seth H. Wilson says: "Great book; dreadful narration"
    "Excellent return to the world of the Belgariad"

    The first of two prequels to Eddings' Belgariad and Mallorean series is packed to the hilt with characters only mentioned in legend during the first two series. This tome fills in the gaps and expands on the rich world that Eddings built.

    Unfortunately, this narrator has to be the worse I have ever heard on any any audiobook. He is downright painful and I had to fight to stay with it since this is one of my favorite novels in the fantasy genre.

    Since there is no alternative, I still recommend this if you are a fan of the old wolf.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Paris Vendetta: A Cotton Malone Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick

    When Napoleon Bonaparte died in exile in 1821, he took to the grave a powerful secret. As general and emperor, he had stolen immeasurable riches from palaces, national treasuries, and even the Knights of Malta and the Vatican. In his final days, his British captors hoped to learn where the loot lay hidden. But he told them nothing, and in his will he made no mention of the treasure. Or did he?

    Paul says: "Excellent novel"
    "Excellent novel"

    This is perhaps Berry's best effort in the Cotton Malone series. Thrilling from the get go, most of the story takes place in France during the present day with a story tie-in to the age of Napoleon Bonaparte. Cotton is put in the position of having to support one series friend and betraying the other series friend. The brunt of the story is the usual treasure chase, but in this outing, it is the strength of the characters that shines through. Berry's writing in this series entry is top notch.

    35 of 36 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..."
    "Excellent listen"

    After a 4 year wait, the Wheel of Time spins once again. Sanderson does an excellent job in continuing Jordans massive saga. This particular book rates highly among the top three or four of the series and finally gives some answers to long standing questions and assumptions. The novel revolves around Ewegene and Rand for the most part, yet all the familiar characters at least put in an appearance. Rands fading into insanity is truely powerful as he goes to nowhere we thought he possibly could go. The battle of the White Tower is front and center in this installment and the Black Ajah are addressed in fine form. One of my favorite characters, Verin, has a brief chapter and it will probably become the most memorable of the entire series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Frank says: "Not his best"
    "Wandering Tale"

    Brown's latest novel featuring Robert Langdon is a mixed bag of results. It almost appears as if parts of it were written, then the manuscript put aside and taken up a later dates. The strength, if you can call it that, in this novel, are the supporting characters, particularily two women who are the most interesting. The Langdon character unfortunately seems to have taken a stupid pill for this adventure as there are many cases where "I don't see it" "How did I miss that" "Oh, I see now" and so forth as the supporting scientist character is the one to find the majority of the clues and hence, clueing in Langdon.

    Paul Michael does a very good vocal job on this novel, it is just unfortunate the story was not more solid to carry such a length.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Defector

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Six months after the blood-soaked conclusion of Moscow Rules, Allon is in Umbria, trying to resume his honeymoon with his new wife, Chiara, when a colleague pays him a shocking visit. The man who saved Allon's life in Moscow and was then resettled in England has vanished without a trace. British intelligence is sure he was a double agent all along, and they blame Allon for planting him.

    Paul says: "Paul"

    Excellent audiobook with a fine vocal performance from Phil Gigante. In this continuing series of Gabriel Allon, we finally get to see his dark side, and dark it is indeed. The story crosses the usual assortment of countries and brings back all the previous characters in the series.

    46 of 51 people found this review helpful
  • The Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Katherine Neville
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker

    Katherine Neville's groundbreaking novel The Eight dazzled audiences more than 20 years ago and set the literary stage for the epic thriller. A quest for a mystical chess service that once belonged to Charlemagne, it spans two centuries and three continents, and intertwines historic and modern plots, archaeological treasure hunts, esoteric riddles, and puzzles encrypted with clues from the ancient past. Now the global adventure continues in Neville's long-anticipated sequel: The Fire.

    gene says: "Under rated by most reviewers"
    "Not as good as The Eight, but still worth a listen"

    Twenty years later, Neville finally wrote a sequel to her bestseller "The Eight". While it is not as well written as the first nor as extensive, it is still an enjoyable listen on a rainy day. The story gets a bit lost here and there and one is not really sure just what the game is about, but oddly, that does present a pleasant listen as you try to figure out just where it is trying to go along with some pleasing characters.

    The narrator is the same as the one who performed "The Eight" and she does a very good job with what she has to work with.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Eight

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Katherine Neville
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker

    New York City, 1972: A dabbler in mathematics and chess, Catherine Velis is also a computer expert for a Big Eight accounting firm. Before heading off to a new assignment in Algeria, Cat has her palm read by a fortune-teller. The woman warns Cat of danger. Then an antiques dealer approaches Cat with a mysterious offer: He has an anonymous client who is trying to collect the pieces of an ancient chess service, purported to be in Algeria. If Cat can bring the pieces back, there will be a generous reward.

    Tango says: "Best Plot-Driven Novel I've Ever Read"
    "Excellent read"

    Do not let the negative reviews sway you away from this entertaining novel. The voice work done by the narrator is above par, giving a multi-layered performance with a large group of characters.

    The novel itself is history, thriller, spy and quite a few other genres. If you are planning a long trip or just laying on a beach, this is the perfect novel to laze away hours enjoyably.

    The sequel, The Fire, is a somewhat less novel, but should be listened to if not to revisit some old friends.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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