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Ronald

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  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9818)
    Performance
    (9136)
    Story
    (9136)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Great story BUT Horrible performance!"
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    Excellent story, plot development, & character development...very inadequate narration but still a very good listen in spite of performer.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Angelfall: Penryn & the End of Days, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Susan Ee
    • Narrated By Caitlin Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (976)
    Performance
    (900)
    Story
    (905)

    It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her 17-year-old sister, Penryn, will do anything to get her back. Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel. Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl. Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival.

    Brooke says: "Creep-tastic!"
    "she hung two young girl and had them eaten alive"
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    I was enjoying the book till she hung two young girls from a tree and had the eaten alive. Just too gross. I stopped listening
    No reason to put such violence anywhere!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mad Scientist's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Cassandra Rose Clarke
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    Finn looks and acts human, though he has no desire to be. He was programmed to assist his owners, and performs his duties to perfection. A billion-dollar construct, his primary task now is to tutor Cat. As she grows into a beautiful young woman, Finn is her guardian, her constant companion…and more. But when the government grants rights to the ever-increasing robot population, however, Finn struggles to find his place in the world, and in Cat’s heart.

    Joe Frazier says: "An Exquisite Tale of Transforming Love"
    "Interesting adolescent tale about Artificial Intel"
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    Interesting tale from an adolescent point of view of growing up with a robot as a companion. It could have been financed by the cigarette lobby with its silly adolescent preoccupation with cigarettes.
    This may be the future with it's many legal complications. Interesting glimpse of the brave new world

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6954)
    Performance
    (6365)
    Story
    (6371)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Jaded whiney portrayal of drugged Orphaned boy"
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    Well written account of a lost boy's descent into drug addiction and bouncing from one savior to another with a valuable painting of a Goldfinch in his possession. A blur of alcohol and prescription drugs dazed characters. Interesting how easily the author deals with the drug addiction as a normal pattern of behavior.
    Rather depressing but extremely well written account of adolescent stumbling through life.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Android's Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2263)
    Performance
    (1963)
    Story
    (1969)

    A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire.

    James says: "Philip K Dick meets Douglas Adams"
    "Amusing tale but Grating annoying performance"
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    Fun tale but why this performer? There are so many excellent performers out there, this is like nails across a blackboard!
    The death by smell is very amusing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Paths of the Dead: Book One of the Viscount of Adrilankha

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Steven Brust
    • Narrated By Kevin Stillwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (39)

    Two hundred years after Adron’s Disaster, in which Dragaera City was accidentally reduced to an ocean of chaos by an experiment in wizardry gone wrong, the Empire isn’t what it used to be. Deprived at a single blow of their Emperor, of the Orb that is the focus of the Empire’s power, of their capital city with its Impe-rial bureaucracy, and of a great many of their late fellow citizens, the surviving Dragaerans have been limping through a long Interregnum, bereft even of the simple magic and sorcery they were accustomed to use in everyday life.

    Kat Hooper says: "Irksome, but I want to read more Brust"
    "Loved his other books hate this one"
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    Felt like having to take a very boring history class. Long drawn out absurd descriptions , inane conversation, and twisted rambling plot.
    Burst usuall tells a very compelling interesting story. This is like a passive aggressive slap at his publishers and audience .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Circle

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Dave Eggers
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (826)
    Performance
    (751)
    Story
    (762)

    When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company's modernity and activity.

    Darwin8u says: "A solid, just not great social network dystopia"
    "Best book I've read/heard in years"
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    A modern 1984, well written and preformed. Really pulls you into the pros and cons of our information society.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 2312

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Kim Stanley Robinson
    • Narrated By Sarah Zimmerman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (211)

    The year is 2312. Scientific and technological advances have opened gateways to an extraordinary future. Earth is no longer humanity's only home; new habitats have been created throughout the solar system on moons, planets, and in between. But in this year, 2312, a sequence of events will force humanity to confront its past, its present, and its future. The first event takes place on Mercury, on the city of Terminator, itself a miracle of engineering on an unprecedented scale. It is an unexpected death, but one that might have been foreseen....

    New says: "Good story, HORRENDOUS narration."
    "Poor story line just scientific rumblings"
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    By far his weakest effort. Can't believe it received a Nubela award. Don't waste your time or money

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8018)
    Performance
    (7350)
    Story
    (7377)

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "Weakest of the first four novels"
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    This is the weakestest story line of the first four novels I have read so far. While the first three were fast paced highly interesting. This fourth is far from a feast., instead it is a slow plodding and not very interesting but picks up a bit at the end. I hope the rest are more like the first three.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11194)
    Performance
    (8900)
    Story
    (9007)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Outstanding Story - Great Adventure"
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    One of the most enjoyable books I have listened to this year. The character development and story line is flawless. Truly a wonderful new fantasy author. I look forward to more books from him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14402)
    Performance
    (11812)
    Story
    (12440)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Kd says: "Really 2.5"
    "Interesting story ..Very appropriate narrator"
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    I truly disagree with Random house decision to replace narrators, Becca Battoe's narration is very appropriate and believable with her young woman's voice.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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