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Alton

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  • Nightlife

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Rob Thurman
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (106)

    In New York, there's a troll under the Brooklyn Bridge, a boggle in Central Park, and a beautiful vampire in a penthouse on the Upper East Side. Of course, most humans are oblivious to this, but Cal Leandros is only half-human. His father's dark lineage is the stuff of nightmares - and he and his entire otherworldly race are after Cal.

    Kathryn S. March says: "Highly entertaining"
    "Unimpressed"
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    I was really disappointed in this book. I was expecting something like the Dresden files but instead got a watered down poor version of the TV show Supernatural. I didn't find the characters believable, nor did I like them at all. They were rude and obnoxious from the beginning to the end of the book. The villains were talked about as though they were incredibly tough and evil and I found them to be very week and not evil at all. Come on, nearly immortal bad guys, who once ruled the entire world, being totally rocked by a 21 year old kid with a sword… I don't think so. I did finish the book but it was really tough.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Fated: Alex Verus Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Benedict Jacka
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (828)
    Performance
    (751)
    Story
    (753)

    Alex Verus is part of a world hidden in plain sight, running a magic shop in London. And while Alex's own powers aren't as showy as some mages, he does have the advantage of foreseeing the possible future-allowing him to pull off operations that have a million-to-one-chance of success. But when Alex is approached by multiple factions to crack open a relic from a long-ago mage war, he knows that whatever's inside must be beyond powerful.

    Jessica says: "Harry Dresden meets the Temple of Doom"
    "Very cool take on an odd school of magic."
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    Any additional comments?

    I don't like powers that foretelling the future. It just always seemed silly. If you could know the future how could anything surprise you etc. So, I picked up this book by accident. I thought it was something else and whoops... I'm thinking to myself, "self, you've screwed up. now you've got to suffer through at least a few hours." It was the best mistake I've made in quite some time. Some comments have said this is like the Dresden Files. It kind of is but different. It's it's own thing. I love the way they explain divining. So if you've looking for something like Dresden Files, Pax Arcana, or Hellequin Chronicles. Give this a spin. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elseerian: The Chronicles of Lumineia, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ben Hale
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (491)
    Performance
    (456)
    Story
    (456)

    The assassination of heroes was once a warning... for an invasion that nearly destroyed the world. Nations were slaughtered, cities were erased from existence, and defending armies were crushed into oblivion. In weeks, all life stood on the verge of extinction. But the end did not come. Instead the black horde vanished, leaving terrified survivors... and rumors. As the centuries passed the holocaust faded into legend, and finally myth. Across the southern sea a gifted young man is completing his training.

    Colin says: "Adolescent novel?"
    "fun"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    sure. This book and series was enjoyable but was incredibly shallow. THERE IS NO DEPTH TO THIS SERIES. Saying that, I enjoyed it. Very action packed and a quick listen. It's a totally predictable from start to finish but quite fun.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the action.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the testing.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Magicians: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lev Grossman
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3260)
    Performance
    (2481)
    Story
    (2501)

    Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

    Kyle says: "Not an average book"
    "Disappointed"
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    What disappointed you about The Magicians?

    I was so hopeful the reviews would be wrong. I loved the premise of the book and really wanted to love it. It had moments that were good but they were few and far between. Over and over I was saying to myself,


    What could Lev Grossman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    have the characters learn from their mistakes


    Which scene was your favorite?

    geese section


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I liked how he described some of the magic.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5887)
    Performance
    (5046)
    Story
    (5039)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "What a wild ride"
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    This series is wonderful. This is just one more in a long line of seriously wonderful books. I didn't like the new narrator nearly as much as the last one. Sometime Harry sounded more like what Butters seems to sound like. On that note, Butters was perfect. If you like the series so far and can work with a good but different narrator then you'll love this book.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By David Gaider
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (139)

    After his mother, the beloved Rebel Queen, is betrayed and murdered by her own faithless lords, young Maric becomes the leader of a rebel army attempting to free his nation from the control of a foreign tyrant. His countrymen live in fear; his commanders consider him untested; and his only allies are Loghain, a brash young outlaw who saved his life, and Rowan, the beautiful warrior maiden promised to him since birth.

    Brandon says: "Fantastic Read"
    "Not bad"
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    Fun book with decent action, characters, and plot. It wasn't an epic book by any means but the story wasn't bad. The characters were ok not having near the meat I normally like but they weren't bad. Overall, this book was a good break while I waited for the next book in various other series I follow. It did have some wonderful scenes that made the slow and odd sections well worth it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bitter Seeds: The Milkweed Triptych, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ian Tregillis
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (753)
    Performance
    (565)
    Story
    (575)

    Raybould Marsh is a British secret agent in the early days of World War II, haunted by something strange he saw on a mission during the Spanish Civil War: a German woman with wires going into her head who looked at him as if she knew him. It wasn’t his imagination; the wired woman can see into the future and use her knowledge to twist the present. In fact, Marsh soon discovers that the Nazis are running missions with people who have special powers....

    Phelix_da_Kat says: "WW II alternate history: X-men vs Warlocks"
    "Fun"
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    This book was fun. Not my favorite but pretty good. I really enjoyed the richness of the characters. All of them were very well done. The book ended very abruptly and the last half was not nearly as detailed as the first. Overall though, it was pretty good.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11745)
    Performance
    (9134)
    Story
    (9195)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Lore says: "Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!"
    "awesome"
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    I've listened to well over 100 audio books and this is my first review. I've found with most books (nearly all) there are down times or parts you wish you could skip. This book had none. I looked forward to every point of view and relished every moment with each character. I found the world to be both terrifying and beautiful and incredibly well described. The characters were so lifelike I felt like I could reach out and touch them. They were so… human. This has become my favorite book. I'm on pins and needles waiting for the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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