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Charles

Forest Hill, MD, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Shadow's Edge: Night Angel Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1737)
    Performance
    (1111)
    Story
    (1123)

    Kylar Stern has rejected the assassin's life. The Godking's successful coup has left Kylar's master, Durzo, and his best friend, Logan, dead. He is starting over---new city, new friends, and new profession. But when he learns that Logan might actually be alive and in hiding, Kylar is faced with an agonizing choice: will he give up the way of shadows forever and live in peace with his new family, or will he risk everything by taking on the ultimate hit?

    Brooke says: "Not his best, and NOT a great reader!"
    "more great action"
    Overall

    If you liked the first book, as I did, you'll enjoy this one more.

    I do have to agree with a reviewer of the first book who likened the story to that of a comic book. Toward the end of the book the characters took on the persona of super heroes able to leap tall buildings. I my mind's eye I could see the comic book 'smash' and 'crack!' verbiage hovering over fantastically drawn characters. Both the protagonists and antagonists say things to each other that could only be taken seriously in a high action book like this one.

    NONETHELESS, I loved this book and cannot wait for the 3rd! I like the main character immensely and am eager to see how he handles his next adventure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain: The Surprising Talents of the Middle-Aged Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Barbara Strauch
    • Narrated By Nona Pipes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (339)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (137)

    A leading science writer examines how the brain's capacity reaches its peak in middle ageFor many years, scientists thought that the human brain simply decayed over time and its dying cells led to memory slips, fuzzy logic, negative thinking, and even depression.

    Virginia A says: "Recommended for all Ages"
    "Good, but needs to be abridged"
    Overall

    There are some good ideas in there and its interesting, but the author continually restates her points over and over -- changing her words a little and using a different example. Enough is enough, say what you have to say and move on to the next topic. I'd say as much as 2/3rds of the book could be cut out.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Shadows: Night Angel Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2394)
    Performance
    (1531)
    Story
    (1540)

    For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art---and he is the city's most accomplished artist, his talents required from alleyway to courtly boudoir. For Azoth, survival is precarious, something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he's grown up in the slums and learned to judge people quickly---and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint. But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name.

    Ethan M. says: "A good grim fantasy series, with caveats"
    "A fantastic listen!"
    Overall

    This is a great book! If you listen to books in the car, as I do, you may be familiar with taking the long way home when you are listening to a good book. I have taken the long way home several times now and have even driven around the block an extra time to finish out a chapter, lol.

    The plot line involves a long escalation of peaks and valleys. You get the impression of being on a rollercoaster. Weeks does a great job of making you love or hate his characters. His use of intrigue is well done and his action descriptions and cliff hangers can really pull you in (hence my extra millage on my car).

    If you are considering this book, get it. You will not be disappointed.

    As for the narrator, I thought he did a good job. I am not sure what an earlier reviewer was expecting.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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