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Stephen Yarnall

Dragonrider

Frederick, MD | Listener Since 2009

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  • 5 reviews
  • 20 ratings
  • 232 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014
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  • Cloud of Sparrows

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Takashi Matsuoka
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (52)

    In 1861, foreign ships have forced open Japan's doors to the West. Missionaries have come to Japan; they are there to save men's souls, but to the Japanese they are there to spread false religion. The young Lord Genji, who possesses the power of prophecy, flees to the Cloud of Sparrows castle, where he shelters two American missionaries. Together with a legendary swordsman and an enigmatic geisha, they embark on a harrowing journey through a dangerous landscape to prepare for a final battle.

    Barry says: "The Quintessential Novel"
    "Great listening"
    Overall

    Thought this was right up there with Clavell's Shogun. Very enjoyable fictional history.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jack Weatherford
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4092)
    Performance
    (2637)
    Story
    (2660)

    The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

    Peter says: "Brilliant, insightful, intriguing."
    "Very eye-opening!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I had no idea the Mongul Empire was so vast and much more civilized than the histroy I had learned protrayed the Monguls.

    I would definitely recommend this book for anyone interested in a different perspective on Asian culture and history.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12102)
    Performance
    (10992)
    Story
    (11018)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Interesting, but a little predictable in places."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Overall, a good book and very good storyline. The narrators did a good job of bringing the characters to life. The story was just a little predictable in places, especially toward the end.

    I still enjoyed the book and will look for other works by Peter Clines.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (9658)
    Performance
    (5693)
    Story
    (5740)

    When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

    Greg says: "This Series Rocks"
    "Didn't want to stop listening!!"
    Overall

    Tolkien, McCafferey, Paolini with a whole new twist. There were times I didn't want to get out of the car because I would have to stop listening. Made my hour plus (each way) much easier.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Autumn Bridge

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Takashi Matsuoka
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    In the year 1311, in the highest tower of Cloud of Sparrows Castle, a beautiful woman watches as enemies gather below. As she calmly awaits her fate, she begins to write the secret history of the Okumichi clan...of the gift of prophecy they share and the extraordinary destiny that awaits them.

    Joshua says: "Wish it wasn't Abridged"
    "Great Listening"
    Overall

    Very enjoyable listening, great fictional history with a bit of fact and realism about the Japanese Samurai culture.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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