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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
    (1757)
    Performance
    (1628)
    Story
    (1636)

    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
  • King Solomon's Mines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Henry Rider Haggard
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (230)

    One of the bestselling novels of the 19th century, King Solomon's Mines has inspired dozens of adventure stories, including Edgar Rice Burroughs's Tarzan books and the Indiana Jones movies. Vivid and enormously action-packed, Henry Rider Haggard's tale of danger and discovery continues to shock and thrill, as it has since it was first presented to the public and heralded as "the most amazing book ever written."

    BJ says: "Purchase the Kindle book for free"
    "Holding its own for ~130 years - better than many"
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    Considering this was first released in 1885 the story holds up remarkably well. Language aside, the underlying plot just appeals to some fundamental elements of our human nature. Of course it also serves to remind us just how the powerful newcomer to a land tend to abuse the native peoples, animals and resources.

    What makes you cringe more - the slaughter of animals for their ivory, the exploitation of a native people or great open pit mines that destroy the ecosystem and food chain?

    The narrator does an excellent job - he nailed the old hag. "Her" laugh is nails on a chalk board, makes you want to fast forward.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thief's Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Trudi Canavan
    • Narrated By Grant Cartwright, Hannah Norris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (134)

    In a world where an industrial revolution is powered by magic, Tyen, a student of archaeology, unearths a sentient book called Vella. Once a young sorcerer-bookbinder, Vella was transformed into a useful tool by one of the greatest sorcerers of history. Since then she has been collecting information, including a vital clue to the disaster Tyen’s world faces.Elsewhere, in an land ruled by priests, Rielle the dyer’s daughter has been taught that to use magic is to steal from the Angels.

    Jacobus says: "Has the magic dried up?"
    "1 bad POV storyline & 1 good POV = 1 mediocre book"
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    If I could rate the the story by the POV's, I'd give the Tyen character a solid 4. The Rielle character's POV story line is REALLY bad. The narrator's choice of accent for the Rielle POV really exacerbated the problem, it makes the stereotyped characters seem even dumber. More interesting story gets told in the few minutes of the "Rielle" epilogue than in the rest of the book.

    I would not recommend spending a credit on it. Wait for one of Amazon's sales and get it for under $5.00. Then fast forward though all the Rielle sections.
    Here is what you'll need to know... - Rielle is a naive/dumb rich girl that falls for an artist. Gets caught using magic and is sent to prison. Right before she gets to the prison she uses a lot of magic - demonstrating her potential power. She arrives at the prision where she is given a second chance by the "angel" who sends her off to start-over in a far off land with instructions to only use magic to defend herself. Her guard/guide abandons her mysteriously at the boat dock.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Woman with a Gun: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Phillip Margolin
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    Visiting an art museum displaying a retrospective of acclaimed photographer Kathy Moran's work, aspiring novelist Stacey Kim is stunned by the photo at the center of the show - the famous Woman with a Gun, which won a Pulitzer Prize and launched the photographer's career. Shot from behind, the enigmatic black-and-white image is a picture of a woman in a wedding dress, standing on the shore at night, facing the sea. Behind her back, she holds a six-shooter.

    Cheryl says: "A good casual listen, enjoyed the narration"
    "A good casual listen, enjoyed the narration"
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    I'm not a modern detective fan ( excepting Tony Hillerman and Craig Johnson) so I'm not sure what made me pre-order this book, but I did.
    I found the narrator easy to listen and will look at other books she has done.
    The novel, while a bit shallow, was good enough to serve the purpose of providing "mind candy" while my hands were busy with other tasks.
    Would I ever listen to it again - no.
    Would I recommend it to my friends that are hardcore detective novel people - no.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Circle of Reign: The Dying Lands Chronicle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jacob Cooper
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (415)
    Performance
    (393)
    Story
    (395)

    Lands die. The living light fades. An ancient darkness awakens. The Living Light that sustains Arlethia is dwindling. An unknown, vicious enemy approaches in stealth from beyond the northern glaciers, a wasteland of ice that spans hundreds of miles. A clandestine brotherhood of assassins, held in check by the Light for millennia, seeks to break their maledictive shackles and unleash their bloodlust upon the world.

    Ana says: "A rich, exciting fantasy world"
    "Excellent beginning"
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    First off - Michael Kramer is excellent and probably makes up for some weak elements in the story.
    There is nothing earth shattering new here, but it is a good solid base for a series. The WOT format was obviously the basis for many of this books structures, but, no surprise they are not crafted with the same level of skill.
    I look forward to the next book - can Mr. cooper improve or was this the best of his offerings.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Spider Woman's Daughter: A Leaphorn & Chee Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Anne Hillerman
    • Narrated By Christina Delaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (160)

    Navajo Nation Police Officer Bernadette Manualito witnesses the cold-blooded shooting of someone very close to her. With the victim fighting for his life, the entire squad and the local FBI office are hell-bent on catching the gunman. Bernie, too, wants in on the investigation, despite regulations forbidding eyewitness involvement. But that doesn't mean she's going to sit idly by, especially when her husband, Sergeant Jim Chee, is in charge of finding the shooter. Bernie and Chee discover that a cold case involving his former boss and partner, retired Inspector Joe Leaphorn, may hold the key.

    rick says: "The slide continues"
    "An extra star for keeping Leaphorn and Chee alive"
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    Like all Tony Hillman fans I LOVE Leaphorn and Chee, I am very grateful Anne took the incredibly brave step in writing this book. No one should expect it to be on par with her father's books.I hope she continues with the series . With time and help from a good team she will develop her own following for the Chee's and their Uncle.

    While the narrator is obviously very talented and did a good job with some of the Navajo patterns of speech I could not always tell which character was speaking and she just sounded silly trying to do some voices - especially men's voices. I would encourage the audio production team to keep looking for the "perfect" voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pitch Anything: An Innovative Method for Presenting, Persuading, and Winning the Deal

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Oren Klaff
    • Narrated By Oren Klaff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (515)
    Performance
    (449)
    Story
    (442)

    When it comes to delivering a pitch, Oren Klaff has unparalleled credentials. Over the past 13 years, he has used his one-of-a-kind method to raise more than $400 million - and now, for the first time, he describes his formula to help you deliver a winning pitch in any business situation. Whether you’re selling ideas to investors, pitching a client for new business, or even negotiating for a higher salary, Pitch Anything will transform the way you position your ideas. According to Klaff, creating and presenting a great pitch isn’t an art - it’s a simple science.

    Troy S. says: "Awesome"
    "Long winded and bombastic, but better than others"
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    There are numerous overlaps between the concepts presented here and those found in other fields of study - including adult education. Perhaps Mr. Klaff studied these while perfecting his pitching skills , or perhaps he reinvented the wheel.
    It doesn't matter - he takes the abstract theory and successfully applies it to his job.

    I would have found the book (and therefore the information) easier to listen to and internalize if Mr. Klaff's editors had trimmed the text by 30% - focusing on the redundancies and bombastic interludes. As it is, I found it hard to stay focused. Perhaps I'll try listening to it the next time I'm in a big traffic backup.

    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
    (86)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (77)

    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.

    med c says: "It's Incredible !!!"
    "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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2058)
    Performance
    (1895)
    Story
    (1902)

    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 1 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
    (2249)
    Performance
    (2078)
    Story
    (2082)

    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

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