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GrayWinst

A father of seven and a lover of books.

Carnation, WA | Member Since 2012

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  • The Beggar King: A Hangman's Daughter Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Oliver Pötzsch, Lee Chadeayne (translated by)
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (262)

    1662: Jakob Kuisl, the hangman of a village in the Alps, receives a letter from his sister calling him to the imperial city of Regensburg, where a gruesome sight awaits him: her throat has been slit. When the city constable discovers Kuisl alongside the corpse, he locks him in a dungeon, where Kuisl will experience firsthand the torture he’s administered himself for years.

    Frank says: "Great Read!"
    "A Gripping Story"
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    I very much enjoyed this story and some of the terrifying circumstances described. My daughter and I have listened to all three of the Audio Books and this book left me very concerned for the well being of my favorite characters (no spoiler's here). Suffice it to say that Oliver Potzch once again delivers a very satisfying story with your favorite characters and Grover Gardner has the most excellent voice acting. I highly recommend these series to anyone that enjoys mysteries and imagining what life must have been like in the 1600's for a Hangman and his family.

    Well done!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Shadow

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, a Full Cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4790)
    Performance
    (2749)
    Story
    (2789)

    Andrew "Ender" Wiggin was not the only child in the Battle School; he was just the best of the best. In this book, Card tells the story of another of those precocious generals, the one they called Bean, the one who became Ender's right hand, part of his team, in the final battle against the Buggers. Bean's past was a battle just to survive. His success brought him to the attention of the Battle School's recruiters.

    L. says: "Totally Card"
    "Isn't this the same story??? No way!"
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    I struggled with the idea of listening to a story that parallels Ender's Game. Wouldn't that make this inferior by design? No is the honest answer. This book stands alone and perfectly compliments a book I love (Ender's Game). You get new insights into Bean, and also into Ender and others. You can now see Ender as others do (which is awesome) and you have a deep understanding of how Bean perceives the world around him and handles challenges.

    All in all, I'm super thrilled by this book and look forward to the series of books that follow.

    Go Bean, and Go Ender!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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