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Andrew

I'm a web developer based out of Sacramento, I listen to books while I work, and love audible.

FAIR OAKS, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • In Conquest Born

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By C. S. Friedman
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (40)

    In Conquest Born is the monumental science fiction epic that received unprecedented acclaim - and launched C.S. Friedman's phenomenal career. A sweeping story of two interstellar civilizations locked in endless war, it was nominated for the John W. Campbell Award.

    Kat Hooper says: "Impressive world building"
    "Impressively Boring"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People that like irrational love stories and very slow almost non exeistant plots.


    Has In Conquest Born turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from In Conquest Born?

    At least half them, there was so must stuff in here that seemed completely random and pointless.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow's Edge: Night Angel Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1828)
    Performance
    (1194)
    Story
    (1207)

    Kylar Stern has rejected the assassin's life. The Godking's successful coup has left Kylar's master, Durzo, and his best friend, Logan, dead. He is starting over---new city, new friends, and new profession. But when he learns that Logan might actually be alive and in hiding, Kylar is faced with an agonizing choice: will he give up the way of shadows forever and live in peace with his new family, or will he risk everything by taking on the ultimate hit?

    Brooke says: "Not his best, and NOT a great reader!"
    "Wow is Weeks 12 years old?"
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    Any additional comments?

    I found this series to have the kind of "well written" and "witty" dialogue that every 12 year old pervert will love, due to it's "well" thought out and "intellectual" nature. However I beseech one to read that series as one will not be surprised in the least by the plot twists, in fact from page 1, a discernible reader will know the basic ending of the story, and thus can praise it for being a well written work of fantasy. The author's characterization of women as being either virgins or whores will astound even the most ignoble character. And one can only marvel at the rate which the lesser characters die off, while the major ones do not. Seriously though, all I can say is WOW!This was the MOST overhyped book I have ever read. So many people recommended it to me I expected something really good. What I got was a book that felt like a young adult book that was trying to be adult by swearing and talking about sex, just like a 12 year old boy would do.While the book was entertaining and had some good concepts, it was deeply flawed in many ways, and really felt like it was targeted to 12-20 year old crowd, or should have been a CW network TV show. It was full of overused tropes and the way side characters all died off was like watching horror movie where everyone gets killed really easily while the hero can miraculously survive. And lastly there where many similarities in this book to the first book of the Mistborn Series, only the Mistborn book was, way, way better. Now given that this was the authors first book I will give him some slack and say that the battle scenes where well done and the way magic was used was cool, if not fully explained with rules applied to it. I will check out the next book to see if the writing improves (which I heard it does, but from what I heard this was one of the best books ever written too, so what I heard my also be false) and the overall plot does get your interest, the machinations of foreign powers taking over. For people who have not read The Broken Sword by Paul Anderson, The Black Company, Fritz Leiber, The Chronicles of Amber or the Deed of Paksenarrion by Elizabeth Moon, I recommend all those over this. And if you want a long read, then Game of Thrones and Wheels of Time are both better as well. Unless you are in your late teens or early 20's, then you will probably love this story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs)
    • By Robert E. Howard
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (719)
    Performance
    (446)
    Story
    (444)

    Between the years when the oceans drank Atlantis and the gleaming cities...there was an Age undreamed of, when shining kingdoms lay spread across the world like blue mantles beneath the stars.... Hither came Conan, the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand...to tread the jeweled thrones of the earth under his sandalled feet.

    Flavius says: "Some Great Stories"
    "Same plot retold many times"
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    Would you try another book from Robert E. Howard and/or Todd McLaren?

    No more by Howard. This has such high reviews, but is just normal pulp fare. If you have read one pulp you have read them all. Here is the plot of 99% of the pulps.

    Invincible hero saves helpless woman who falls for him. That's it and that's what 80% of the stories in this book are about.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robert E. Howard again?

    NO


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I did like the one story where Conan was a King, but that's only about a 10th of the book.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian?

    I would have only left one story about the hero saving the helpless women.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Sword of Shannara: The Shannara Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs)
    • By Terry Brooks
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1720)
    Performance
    (893)
    Story
    (909)

    Long ago, the wars of the ancient Evil ruined the world. In peaceful Shady Vale, half-elfin Shea Ohmsford knows little of such troubles. But the supposedly dead Warlock Lord is plotting to destroy everything in his wake. The sole weapon against this Power of Darkness is the Sword of Shannara, which can be used only by a true heir of Shannara. On Shea, last of the bloodline, rests the hope of all the races.

    Nicholas says: "Finally Unabridged!"
    "Most Boring Listen Ever"
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    What would have made The Sword of Shannara better?

    A new writer.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Terry Brooks again?

    Listened to the next 2 books, thinking it would get better, it does not. I love fantasy, but this has to be the most boring story I have every listened to.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Scott Brick?

    He doesn't stand out in my mind as being really good or really bad, so most likely.


    What character would you cut from The Sword of Shannara?

    All the whiny ones. Which would be all the heroes but the Druid.


    Any additional comments?

    If I had read this when I was 12 I'm sure I would have loved it, but I don't know how any adult can read these books an be entertained by them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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