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Steven

OPELIKA, AL, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Legion

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3660)
    Performance
    (3309)
    Story
    (3379)

    Stephen Leeds, AKA 'Legion,' is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the story begins, Leeds and his 'aspects' are drawn into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera whose astonishing properties could alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society.

    Joshua says: "The only flaw..."
    "Powerful short Story"
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    This is one of the most powerful short stories that I have ever read. Brandon Sanderson was already one of my favorite authors, but this story blew even me away.
    Some of the things that were interesting to me:

    The hints of the main character's back story.
    The exploration of multiple personalities in one person.
    The interaction between faith and science.

    The last one of these is the most fascination to me. As a man of faith myself I have read books that tackle the seeming discrepancy between science and faith, but none which do it so powerfully.

    And, since this book is free, You should definitely get it.
    It will not be a waste of your time.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Free: Legion: Skin Deep

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (322)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (302)

    As the new story begins, Leeds and his "aspects" are hired by I3 (Innovative Information Incorporated) to recover a corpse stolen from the local morgue. But there's a catch. The corpse is that of a pioneer in the field of experimental biotechnology, a man whose work concerned the use of the human body as a massive storage device. He may have embedded something in the cells of his now dead body. And that something might be dangerous.

    B. says: "A Pleasure"
    "Fantastic!!!!"
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    I was deeply impressed with Legion: Skin Deep and the level of technical expertise that went into writing it. I have loved all of Sanderson's books, and yet I feel that this is something special. My only complaint is that it is not longer.
    The narrator for this, Oliver Wyman, is on of my favorites, and I was ecstatic to hear his voice when I turned the audiobook on.
    If you are on the fence I highly recommend this book. It is awesome.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (2137)
    Performance
    (2006)
    Story
    (2013)

    In a steel-and-lead-encased bunker 20 feet below the basement level of his house, a soldier waits for his final orders. On the surface, a plague ravages the planet, infecting over 90% of the populace. The bacterium burrows through the brain, destroying all signs of humanity and leaving behind little more than base, prehistoric instincts. The infected turn into hyper-aggressive predators, with an insatiable desire to kill and feed. Someday soon, the soldier will have to open the hatch to his bunker, and step out into this new wasteland, to complete his mission....

    Mike Naka says: "top notch! highly recommended!"
    "Wow… gritty reality... really well done"
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    I just finished The Remaining and am in the process of downloading the second one as I write this. I was almost turned it off during the first forth of this book because of how dark the situation the main character finds himself in was and how real and impactful the violence felt.
    However, I couldn't get the story out of my head and so I had to go back.
    This is a really powerful story about a post apocalyptic world that is much more realistic and detail oriented then many others I've read.
    If you don't mind some harsh language, and fighting and pain that is so real that you almost feel like it is happening to you, then I highly recommend that you read this book.
    It was gruesomely awesome.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10329)
    Performance
    (9828)
    Story
    (9847)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "I felt like I was on Mars..."
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    I throughly enjoyed The Martian, telling my friends that it was Robinson Caruso on Mars. It has a well developed plot, memorable characters, near death experiences (as you might expect from an astronaut trapped on Mars) and fun action (more then you might expect).
    Through the well developed science and the detailed sensory description of the setting, I felt at times as if I was really on Mars. It was fun.
    My only complaint is that the language was a little bit harsh through some of it, but I could see that just form the description, I guess I shouldn't complain. And really I've see much worse.
    All in all a great listening experience, and the narrator just made it better. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Magic's Pawn: The Last Herald Mage, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Gregory St. John
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (268)

    In Magic's Pawn, an ancient age in the history of Valdemar comes to life - an age when the kingdom was ravaged by the ungoverned fury of bandit warlords, ferocious ice dragons, and the wild magic of wizards. A new addition to Lackey's Valdemar kingdom - and her most powerful series to date!

    Susan L. Rock says: "Finally Getting To the Classics!"
    "A disappointment..."
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    I had read other books by Mercedes Lacky and enjoyed them, but this book disappointed me. The writing was not bad, and the narration was good.
    If you want to read more you will have to be spoiled, so scroll down.










    SPOILER WARNING
    The problem that I had with the book was that the main character turns out to be very homosexual. This is not a fatal flaw in a book and I would not tell other people it is terrible or anything, but I did not like reading a book and finding out that the main character who I had grown to like and feel for had feeling that were so foreign form mine and which I don't have any desire to explore. I also don't like reading books in which the characters enjoy feeling pain or where then lust after children or where they have self harm issues among other things.
    So all that to say, If you dont want to read a book where the main character is very gay, dont read this one.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Ex-Communication

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1423)
    Performance
    (1320)
    Story
    (1320)

    In the years since the wave of living death swept the globe, St George and his fellow heroes haven't just kept Los Angeles' last humans alive - they’ve created a real community, a bustling town that's spreading beyond its original walls and swelling with new refugees. But now one of the heroes, perhaps the most powerful among them, seems to be losing his mind. The implacable enemy known as Legion has found terrifying new ways of using zombies as pawns in his attacks.

    Lore says: "Corpse Girl for the win!"
    "Another great story..."
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    Ever since I stumbled upon Ex-Heros I have loved the world that Peter Clines created. He takes al of the troops of Superheros, turns them on their heads, and then throws zombies in for good measure. The result? Awesomeness!
    Ex-Communication continued the story left off in Ex-Patoriate by continuing the struggle with Legion and with the super soldiers joining the mount, and by introducing a new threat based on an older character. The story is fast and the characters convincing, I just wish there was more.
    I hope that Clines explores more of the outside world in later books, since it seems that there are many other possible stories outside of the mount.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Furies of Calderon: Codex Alera, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4416)
    Performance
    (3065)
    Story
    (3103)

    In the realm of Alera, where people bond with the furies - elementals of earth, air, fire, water, and metal - 15-year-old Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. But when his homeland erupts in chaos - when rebels war with loyalists and furies clash with furies - Tavi's simple courage will turn the tides of war.

    Jim says: "Remastered into chapters from CD."
    "Pokemon goes to Rome"
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    I heard that Jim Butcher wrote this book after he boasted that he could write anything and someone dared him to write a book that mixed Pokemon and Rome.
    I think that Jim won the dare. Awesome book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Meeting at Corvallis: A Novel of the Change

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (623)
    Performance
    (395)
    Story
    (397)

    In the 10th year of the Change, the survivors in western Oregon have learned how to live in a world without technology. They have held the Lord Protector, Norman Arminger - the warlord of Portland - at bay. The tensions between these factions have been building for some time, and the only reason they haven't confronted one another on the battlefield is because Arminger's daughter has fallen into Clan Mackenzie's hands. But Lady Sandra has a plan to retrieve her, one that may spark open warfare.

    J. M. Cousins says: "Series Finding It's Stride"
    "Good ending to a fascinating story"
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    The Change novels as a whole have been an idea that has fascinated me since the first time I stumbled across them while looking for a good new series. A Meeting at Corvallis is good end to first trilogy of the series. I was left satisfied with the story, and looking forward to what would come later.
    What I like most about this series is that it is what would have happened if Tolkien had written a post apocalyptic book.
    I like...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3633)
    Performance
    (3283)
    Story
    (3318)

    Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is now on the verge of modernity, with railroads to supplement the canals, electric lighting in the streets and the homes of the wealthy, and the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds.Kelsier, Vin, Elend, Sazed, Spook, and the rest are now part of history—or religion. Yet the old magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy continue to play a role in this reborn world....

    Timothy says: "Pleased, yet wanting more..."
    "Great book... I really hope there will be more..."
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    This is a great story set in the Mistborn world that takes all of the qualities of that series and places them in a Industrializing world with guns and trains and electricity. Brandon Sanderson and outdone himself again. The only complaint that I have about this book is the fact that it is so short. I listened to it in less then two days of casual listening and was thirsty for more.
    Another thing that I liked about this was that it reminded me of a Sherlock Holmes story, but with a Sanderson twist.
    I like, and I want more!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11640)
    Performance
    (9036)
    Story
    (9095)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Lore says: "Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!"
    "Best book I have read since Tolkien at age 12."
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    The headline for this review says it all. This is the best book I have read since Tolkien at age 12, and that says a lot.
    You should definitely read it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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