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Cheryl

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Pleasant Hill, CA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Republic of Thieves: Gentleman Bastard Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1424)
    Performance
    (1327)
    Story
    (1331)

    After their adventures on the high seas, Locke and Jean are brought back to earth with a thump. Jean is mourning the loss of his lover, and Locke must live with the fallout of crossing the all-powerful magical assassins the Bonds Magi. It is a fall-out that will pit both men against Locke's own long-lost love. Sabetha is Locke's childhood sweetheart, the love of Locke's life, and now it is time for them to meet again. Employed on different sides of a vicious dispute between factions of the Bonds, Sabetha has just one goal-to destroy Locke forever.

    David says: "A transition and a preface"
    "A "middle" book - lacks cohesion & plot tension"
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    Like many "middle" books this one jumps around in time - when they are kids to the present. It delivers plenty of "new" information about the characters, but it does a poor job of weaving that material into anticipation of what will happen in either timeline. It just rambles along like a day time soap opera.

    I'm not sure the story need the deeper darker mystery introduced by the Seamstress. It reminds me of too many of the TV shows on now that have the scary super smart serial killer. I liked the Bastards series because of the light heartedness they brought to robbing the rich. But if you like the back line story of Red John and the Grave Digger in the TV series you may like this addition of the eventual showdown of Locke & XXX to the series.

    Perhaps the next "middle" book in the series will be better, but I just don't see the fun returning to the series.

    Would I recommend this book? Only if you have read/listened to about 100 other books that I've rated better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Soulkeepers: The Soulkeepers Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By G. P. Ching
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (48)

    When fifteen-year-old Jacob Lau is pulled from the crumpled remains of his mother's car, no one can explain why he was driving or why the police can't find his mother's body. Made a ward of his uncle and thousands of miles from home, a beautiful and mysterious neighbor, Dr. Abigail Silva, offers to use her unique abilities to help him find his mom. In exchange, she requires Jacob to train as a Soulkeeper, a gifted warrior charged with protecting human souls. He agrees to her demands, desperate for any clue to the mystery of his mother's disappearance.

    aaron gilbert says: "So you liked Harry Potter? Give this a shot."
    "A book about teenagers for teenagers"
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    This book has a decent plot concept, but as an adult with a son just about to enter his teen years I found myself wondering why I didn't just go listen to him complain about why things weren't fair. Assuming the target audience is teenagers the book probably works, the teenagers find true love at the age of 15 and find out they have super powers, but they ticked off the Fallen Angels who will be back to get them. I've no doubt the teenagers will triumph over Fallen Angels who have done battle with thousands over the millennia and won every battle until they met they two outsiders in Hickville USA.
    This was a Daily Deal and the narrator does a good job, these are the reasons I won't be asking for my money back.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Guardian: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (1818)
    Performance
    (1679)
    Story
    (1687)

    Admiral Geary’s First Fleet of the Alliance has survived the journey deep into unexplored interstellar space, a voyage that led to the discovery of new alien species, including a new enemy and a possible ally. Now Geary’s mission is to ensure the safety of the Midway Star System, which has revolted against the Syndicate Worlds empire—an empire that is on the brink of collapse.

    Dennis says: "Another 5 STAR Book!"
    "PLEASE STOP making Capt. D. so 1 dimensional"
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    So this was another good episode in the Lost Fleet adventures, but I am getting very tired of the portrayal of Capt. Dijionni. She is a seasoned captain of a battle cruiser, not a 22 year old co-ed know-it all. Give her character more depth and something to say other than "I told you so", "Dauntless is the best" and "oh good we finally get to shoot something".
    The portrayal of the women of the grand counsel is even more stereotypically flat.

    I get these are simplistic space battle books, but after this many books the readers deserve better character development. Swap the listing of every ship involved in the battle for some people details.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rose and the Thorn: The Riyria Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1894)
    Performance
    (1759)
    Story
    (1763)

    For more than a year, Royce Melborn has tried to forget Gwen DeLancy, the woman who saved him and his partner, Hadrian Blackwater, from certain death. Unable to get her out of his mind, the two thieves return to Medford but receive a very different reception - Gwen refuses to see them. The victim of abuse by a powerful noble, she suspects that Royce will ignore any danger in his desire for revenge. By turning the thieves away, Gwen hopes to once more protect them. What she doesn't realize is what the two are capable of - but she's about to find out.

    Cecil says: "Great Series but don't start here"
    "Alert, overlaps The Viscount & the Witch -1star"
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    If you like the first series - you'll like this one, but it does seem rather tidy that virtually all the threads were woven so tightly in the one 48 hour period.
    I was disappointed that I paid for the Viscount & the Witch story twice. Once as a Kindle book and then as part of this audio book. Fortunately Gerard Reynolds is so nice to listen to I almost didn't mind. But I did knock off 1 star for it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Spirit of Steamboat: A Walt Longmire Story

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (619)
    Performance
    (558)
    Story
    (554)

    "It' s a question of what you have to do, what you have to live with if you don't." Sheriff Walt Longmire is reading A Christmas Carol in his office on December 24th when he's interrupted by the ghost of Christmas past: a young woman with a hairline scar across her forehead and more than a few questions about Walt' s predecessor, Lucian Connally. Walt doesn' t recognize the mystery woman, but she seems to know him and claims to have something she must return to Connally.

    C. Telfair says: "Welcome Holiday Diversion"
    "Move over Memphis Belle, Steamboat is here"
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    A fun, feel good story looking into the younger lives of the sheriffs' . A great story for a lazy Saturday or Sunday.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart: Reckoners, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    Overall
    (6433)
    Performance
    (6003)
    Story
    (6027)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "Not impressed, same young adult feel as Warbreaker"
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    Brandon Sanderson is good writer, this book has good writing and great imagination at the detail level. BUT the overall story is pulp comic book material - I looked for the Marvel logo.
    If you like that genre, you'll like this book; if you prefer more depth in your Science Fiction/Fantasy go elsewhere.

    I think I'll be holding off on further books from Mr.s Sanderson until his focus shifts beyond the young adult stuff he seems to be doing.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Warbreaker

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By James Yaegashi
    Overall
    (2902)
    Performance
    (2077)
    Story
    (2088)

    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?"
    "The narrator made a marginal book even worse"
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    This read like a book for young adults - the immature self absorbed ones. With a good narrator it may have overcome some of the short comings but Mr. Yaegashi's undeveloped narration skills ( or bad if he's been doing this for a while) sunk this book into the "I do not recommend this book" category.

    Was this something Mr. Sanderson rushed out or wrote a decade or two ago that he dusted off to make his editors happy? It just is not up to his standard of recent years.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anansi Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Lenny Henry
    Overall
    (3999)
    Performance
    (1849)
    Story
    (1861)

    Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

    A. Hawley says: "Beautifully narrated"
    "Disappointed - but well written and narrated"
    Overall
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    This is well written and well narrated, but rather boring. Perhaps I've spent too many years listening to other types of books with higher drama. Even the first book in this series of god books was more engaging. If I compare this to the Piers Anthony god series it falls way way short. I read those over ten years ago and still find myself thinking about skeins of yarn and Mother Earth. I won't remember this book 2 months from now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ask a Question About Meteorites

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 49 mins)
    • By H. H. Nininger
    • Narrated By Dale Rich, Alex Panzer
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Here is a comprehensive, plain language introduction to all aspects of meteoritics, by the world's foremost expert in the field. What are these strange visitors from space? In a question and answer format, comprehensive answers are provided as to what are meteors, meteoritic clouds, meteorite craters, and even how to find meteorites. An outstanding introduction to the field of meteoritics, this audiobook is for anyone with even the slightest interest in astronomy or Earth science.

    Cheryl says: "Content is good - narration....."
    "Content is good - narration....."
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    I bought this for my son - this is a kids book if you are unsure. The book was written in 1961 so I expect the style to be old by today's standard and but it seems to hold up fine. The male narrator lacks natural reading talent and sounds to be forcing it. The Female is just awful - I mean really awful. Fortunately she is the one asking the questions so you don't have to listen to her.

    My son will like this because he is consuming everything he can get his hands on regarding meteorites and hates to read so this will work well for him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Legion

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3411)
    Performance
    (3086)
    Story
    (3150)

    Stephen Leeds, AKA 'Legion,' is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the story begins, Leeds and his 'aspects' are drawn into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera whose astonishing properties could alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society.

    Joshua says: "The only flaw..."
    "Very good, reminds me of the Finder TV show"
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    Very enjoyable. An interesting lead character with an interesting cast of supporting characters. I would absolutely recommend this short story.

    To make this a full book there has to be a stronger "real" supporting cast and I pray the lost woman story line is not the back-line obsession with each book being just another who-done-it . I can watch the Mentalist or that Sherlock Holmes show if I want a story about a clever man focused on tracking a mystery person, solving cases as an afterthought.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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