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Brad Grimm

SANDY, UT, US | Listener Since 2006

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  • Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Richard P. Feynman
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1727)
    Performance
    (738)
    Story
    (744)

    With his characteristic eyebrow-raising behavior, Richard P. Feynman once provoked the wife of a Princeton dean to remark, "Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman!" But the many scientific and personal achievements of this Nobel Prize-winning physicist are no laughing matter. Here, woven with his scintillating views on modern science, Feynman relates the defining moments of his accomplished life.

    Steven Petersen says: "My favorite audio book"
    "Hilarious and inspiring"
    Overall

    I didn't know quite what to expect with this book. But I found Feynman's life to be quite inspiring, and hilarious every step of the way. I didn't know his name before, but he's an instant idol of mine.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Warbreaker

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By James Yaegashi
    Overall
    (2844)
    Performance
    (2021)
    Story
    (2031)

    An author whose previous, wildly successful novels have earned him a reputation as fantasy's master of magic, Brandon Sanderson continues to dazzle audiences with this tale of princesses and gods. In this extraordinary world, those who attain glory return as gods. And those who can master the essence known as breath can perform the most wondrous miracles - or unleash the most devastating havoc.

    Robert says: "What's Your god like?"
    "Very enjoyable"
    Overall

    A different style than Brandon Sanderson's other books, but in no way does that make it less fantastic.

    The story brings a whole new world to color which is fantastic to learn about. As a color-blind man... does that make me of the 1/2 heightening?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Furies of Calderon: Codex Alera, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4110)
    Performance
    (2776)
    Story
    (2811)

    In the realm of Alera, where people bond with the furies - elementals of earth, air, fire, water, and metal - 15-year-old Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. But when his homeland erupts in chaos - when rebels war with loyalists and furies clash with furies - Tavi's simple courage will turn the tides of war.

    Jim says: "Remastered into chapters from CD."
    "Slow, Boring, and Predictable"
    Overall

    I kept hoping the book would stumble across a decent plot line, but it never did. It was fairly boring, I kept saying, "I bet this will happen. Wow, it did, how unimpressive." There didn't seem to be any rules guiding the universe, people sometimes could do powerful things, and sometimes not, depending on the author's needs.

    The worst part is that with a world full of these powerful *furies* that can change the fate of nations, people still run around with swords and simply hack at each other. There are instances where the furies are used with astounding skill, and other times where a fury-crafter pretends to not be able to use them. One fury crafter using half his brain can conquer armies, but they rarely do.

    But don't worry, even when people get *killed* they'll be okay in the end.

    8 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (9082)
    Performance
    (5144)
    Story
    (5188)

    When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

    Greg says: "This Series Rocks"
    "Great start to an amazing series"
    Overall

    This book in and of itself is a wonderful read. Be warned though that if you get started on this one you may not be able to put the next 11 of them down. The series is long, and can take time to bring the plot around, but the series starts with a bang!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Les Miserables

    • ABRIDGED (33 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo
    • Narrated By Walter Covell
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (45)

    Les Miserables is set in the Parisian underworld. The protagonist, Jean Valjean, is sentenced to prison for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread. After his release, Valjean plans to rob monseigneur Myriel, a saint-like bishop, but cancels his plan. However, he forfeits his parole by committing a minor crime, and for this crime Valjean is haunted by the police inspector Javert. Valjean eventually reforms and becomes a successful businessman, benefactor, and mayor of a northern town.

    Leslie says: "astounding"
    "Long but Beautiful"
    Overall

    I read this as a precursor to watching the play. I was a little skeptical to begin with due to it's length. In the end I was extremely pleased by the book. It gave huge insights into the story that I loved (from the play and the movie). Having read the book, I would claim this is one of the most beautiful stories of all time.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Elantris

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4196)
    Performance
    (2696)
    Story
    (2742)

    Legendary science fiction author Orson Scott Card calls Brandon Sanderson a writer to watch, and Publishers Weekly says his debut is "outstanding." Once the godlike rulers of the capital of Arelon, the inhabitans of Elantris have been imprisoned within themselves, unable to die after the city's magic failed years ago. But when a new prince falls victim to the curse, he refuses to accept his fate.

    Lore says: "What if your body could never heal?"
    "Unique story"
    Overall

    It told a really unique story, and did a great job at it. I kept wondering the entire book how it was going to end. And unlike others, I'm glad it doesn't have a sequel. It's a story to encapsulate into a single book.

    1 of 2 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
    Overall
    (4985)
    Performance
    (2763)
    Story
    (2781)

    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..."
    "Amazing!!"
    Overall

    This book takes so many of the loose ends and starts bringing them together. It's amazing to see all of the different climaxes. I got into this one more than any of the rest so far. I kept saying to myself "Oh no!", "No!", and yet each piece couldn't have been more perfect.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8148)
    Performance
    (5605)
    Story
    (5640)

    For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

    Aaron Brown says: "Unique Magic system, good plot twists."
    "Amazing!"
    Overall

    I absolutely loved this book. I didn't know quite what to expect, but I was very glad I read it.

    I thoroughly enjoy Michael Kramer as a narrator. This book is a must have.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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