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Keith

NEWPORT BEACH, CA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Born of Night: A League Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Kelly Fish
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (573)
    Performance
    (357)
    Story
    (365)

    In the Ichidian Universe, The League and their ruthless assassins rule all. Expertly trained and highly valued, the League Assassins are the backbone of the government. But not even the League is immune to corruption. Command Assassin Nykyrian Quikiades once turned his back on the League - and has been hunted by them ever since.

    Robbie says: "Tortured hero, Damsel in Distress. Pure Kenyon!"
    "A Harlequin Romance in space."
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    Wow, I should have read the review from Denis!

    This really was not a science fiction action book as much as it was a romance novel. The futuristic aspects with ships and blasters were really just afterthoughts.

    How many times can you read about one character's POV on the attraction to another character? Seriously, every other thought was on their primal attraction.

    I finally gave up 1/2 way through the book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Fell Sword

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Miles Cameron
    • Narrated By Matthew Wolf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (216)

    Loyalty costs money. Betrayal, on the other hand, is free. When the Emperor is taken hostage, the Red Knight and his men find their services in high demand - and themselves surrounded by enemies. The country is in revolt, the capital city is besieged, and any victory will be hard won. But the Red Knight has a plan. The question is, can he negotiate the political, magical, real, and romantic battlefields at the same time - especially when he intends to be victorious on them all?

    Andrew says: "Enjoying read"
    "Disappointing"
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    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed the first book but this installment just seemed like it was all filler and just plain boring. I made it almost 2/3's the way through but could not finish.

    I do not know that I ever made it that far in a book without finishing but since I will not be buying the next in the series, it did not make sense to continue on.

    I like Miles Cameron's writing but this book just did not work for me at all. Very disappointing.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (15830)
    Performance
    (14329)
    Story
    (14430)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Very Good Book"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I was pleasantly surprised at this book. When you read the description it seems that Divergent is just going to be yet another "been there, done that" type of novel. However, that is not the case. There was very good character developement and just enough excitement. Definitely looking forward to the rest in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Daylight War: The Demon Cycle, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    Overall
    (1213)
    Performance
    (1114)
    Story
    (1120)

    In this heart-stopping installment of the Demon Cycle, humanity continues to struggle against the demon plague - even as survivors hold out hope that the Deliverer will save them all. On the night of the new moon, the demons rise in force, seeking the deaths of two men, both of whom have the potential to become the fabled Deliverer, the man prophesied to reunite the scattered remnants of humanity in a final push to destroy the demon corelings once and for all.

    Mike Naka says: "awesome! left me wanting more, more, more!"
    "A Big Disappointment"
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    Any additional comments?

    Put me in the camp of just not enjoying this book even though I absolutely loved the first book and really like the second. Why do we really need so much time with Inevera POV's? Especially all of the endless back story which added absolutely nothing to the story.

    What I also find annoying is there are very few likeable POV characters. There is nothing to like about Leesha (innocent girl who now sleeps with a murderer and rapist as if it's no big deal), Jadir (the murderer and rapist), and Inevera (I don't even need a reason to dislike her). Unfortunately, we have an abundance of POV time spent on these characters.

    I would actually give the first half of the book two stars and the second half four stars.

    The only reason I am going to continue reading this installment is due to the fact I liked the first two books and am hoping the next in the series goes back to the roots of the story. I am so disappointed as I had such high hopes for this series.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Rebellion: The Tainted Realm Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ian Irvine
    • Narrated By Grant Cartwright
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (19)

    Magery is failing, the war has been lost and Hightspall has fallen. The Cythonian enemy, led by their reincarnated sorcerer-king, Lyf, are determined to wipe it off the map and build their ancient realm of Cythe anew. Rix, now known as Deadhand, was once heir to the greatest fortune in all Hightspall. Now he’s disgraced, dispossessed and is running for his life. Tali, an escaped slave, is held captive. But when she discovers that her enslaved people face genocide at the hands of the enemy, Tali conceives a desperate, impossible plan. But before she can hope to save her people, Tali has to confront her own darkest fear - a return to slavery.

    Deborah says: "Pure torture"
    "Should be The Tainted Whiner's Realm"
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    What was most disappointing about Ian Irvine’s story?

    I do not know what happened. The first book was excellent and was just a great thrill ride from beginning to end. There was a ton of action and the characters, for the most part, were very likeable. Rebellion seems like a different book and in fact a different writer altogether.

    Rebellion just drones on and on with non-stop whining from all of the characters. I do not mind characters being overwhelmed with circumstances which gets them down and forces them to have a dim outlook. But the characters would just not stop complaining and whining about everything from the other characters, to their circumstances, to how unlikely they were to succeed.

    It was just not enjoyable. I hate to say it, but I stopped listening after I was about 80% through the book. Normally I would just continue and finish the last bit, but I figured there is no way in the world I am going to listen to the last in the series when it comes out so why bother finishing Rebellion.

    Even if you loved the first book as I did, I would recommend not wasting a credit on Rebellion. It is that bad.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inheritance: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4133)
    Performance
    (3607)
    Story
    (3658)

    Not so very long ago, Eragon - Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider - was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders. months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can.

    Robert says: "All the reviews had me worried for nothing!"
    "Wow, that was bad."
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    It took me 3 months to get through this book and I was only able to do so by listening on my ipod touch at 2x speed. Does Paolini even have an editor? I heard that his mother helped edit the first in the series, and perhaps that is why I enjoyed the first book. Each book got progressively worse with this latest, absolutely painful to get through.

    The rambling narrative was horrid. I will avoid spoilers, but did we really need an hour of audio of Eragon trying to figure out his true name? How about after the final confrontation with Galbatorix? I won't say what happened, but the audiobook went on for another 5 hours! I can see tying up loose ends, but 5 hours of rambling to finish the story? This book could have been 1/3 of the length and been much more enjoyable.

    The only reason I finished was because I had already listened to the first three books and wanted to see how it ended. I was very close to just looking online to find out what happened.

    And one last thing. I cannot believe this book actually cost me 2 credits. Take my advice and save the credits.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Prism

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Cristofer Jean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (884)
    Performance
    (669)
    Story
    (676)

    Gavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. But Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live: Five years to achieve five impossible goals. But when Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he's willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.

    Chad says: "Dude . . ."
    "Good Book, Horrible Narrator"
    Overall

    What a shame. This was a decent book but I found it really hard to get into due the narration. If Cristofer Jean narrates the next in the series, I will skip the audiobook and read the paper version.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Towers of Midnight: Wheel of Time, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5504)
    Performance
    (3199)
    Story
    (3226)

    The Last Battle has started. The seals on the Dark One’s prison are crumbling. The Pattern itself is unraveling, and the armies of the Shadow have begun to boil out of the Blight. The sun has begun to set upon the Third Age. Perrin Aybara is now hunted by specters from his past: Whitecloaks, a slayer of wolves, and the responsibilities of leadership. All the while, an unseen foe is slowly pulling a noose tight around his neck....

    Jacob says: "Doesn't wrap as nicely as Gathering Storm"
    "Great so far, but pronunciation?"
    Overall

    So far I am digging the book. Sanderson is doing an amazing job. However, what is up with some of the pronunciations by Kramer and Reading? For example, since when is Byar pronounced "Be-ar" rather than "By-ar" the way he did it in the past. There were a few others as well.

    I'll update my review when I finish the book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Phoenix Endangered: Book Two of the Enduring Flame

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey, James Mallory
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (122)

    Tiercel, a budding High Mage, and Harrier, a reluctant Knight-Mage, develop greater power - and learn of the evils of war when they see the devastation caused by the fanatical armies of the Wild Mage Bisochim.

    A User says: "Give the kids a break!"
    "O.k., but somewhat boring."
    Overall

    The story is entertaining but there was a distinct lack of any action. My other criticism is that after about 3/4's of the book I got very tired of the incessant whining of Tiercel and Harrier. Hopefully, the next book will move at a better clip and find our protagonists with more backbone.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hood: King Raven Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Lawhead
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (590)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (321)

    For centuries, the legend of Robin Hood and his band of thieves has captivated the imagination. Now the familiar tale takes on new life, fresh meaning, and an unexpected setting. Hunted like an animal by Norman invaders, Bran ap Brychan, heir to the throne of Elfael, has abandoned his father's kingdom and fled to the greenwood. There, in the primeval forest of the Welsh borders, danger surrounds him, for this woodland is a living, breathing entity with mysterious powers and secrets.

    RJT says: "Extremely well done ... mostly."
    "A Fun Listen"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed the pace of this book and the way that Lawhead again manages to take myth and transform it into a plausible entertaining story.

    My only questions is, why does Audible.com not have the sequel "Scarlet" yet?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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