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Jason

Some days you need to take a break from getting better and just enjoy a great tale. Whatever your mood you can find it here at Audible.

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  • Alan Dershowitz on the Origins of Human Rights at the 92nd Street Y

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 25 mins)
    • By Alan Dershowitz
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Toobin
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Where do "rights" come from? Professor Alan Dershowitz provides an entirely new resolution to this age-old dilemma: rights, he argues, do not come from God, nature, logic, or law alone, but from particular experiences with injustice, and from trial and error. He also touches on the rights of prisoners and the situation in the Middle East. His new book is Rights from Wrongs. Professor Dershowitz speaks with Jeffrey Toobin, CNN legal analyst and New Yorker staff writer.

    Jason says: "Bonkers"
    "Bonkers"
    Overall

    This is an excellent opportunity to see how brilliant men can hold such foolish ideas. Alan Dershowitz is simply amazing in his ability to communicate clearly his false, relativist based notion that human rights are derived or agreed upon by experience. His thoughts are so far from the truth that you have to hear it from his own mouth to believe that he actually said it. This was great to listen to but in no way should be taken as fact.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shattered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1972)
    Performance
    (1879)
    Story
    (1877)

    For nearly 2,000 years, only one Druid has walked the Earth - Atticus O’Sullivan, the Iron Druid, whose sharp wit and sharp sword have kept him alive as he’s been pursued by a pantheon of hostile deities. Now he’s got company. Atticus’ apprentice, Granuaile, is at last a full Druid herself. What’s more, Atticus has defrosted an archdruid long ago frozen in time, a father figure (of sorts) who now goes by the modern equivalent of his old Irish name: Owen Kennedy. And Owen has some catching up to do.

    D says: "The third druid"
    "His best book since Hounded"
    Overall
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    In this work Kevin returned to the formula that made his first book, Hounded, so entertaining. He also developed the overall story by fleshing out the tale by providing additional points of view. I found myself laughing heartily more times than I can count. Luke Daniels is amazing as always and the voices he develops for new characters contributed significantly to my overall enjoyment.

    I think you'll enjoy this as much as I did. If you're a fan of the series this is a can't miss chapter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elantris

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4163)
    Performance
    (2666)
    Story
    (2710)

    Legendary science fiction author Orson Scott Card calls Brandon Sanderson a writer to watch, and Publishers Weekly says his debut is "outstanding." Once the godlike rulers of the capital of Arelon, the inhabitans of Elantris have been imprisoned within themselves, unable to die after the city's magic failed years ago. But when a new prince falls victim to the curse, he refuses to accept his fate.

    Lore says: "What if your body could never heal?"
    "Good but not Brandon Sanderson's best work."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I enjoyed the writing and the narration was good enough. After listening to the other works by Brandon Sanderson I'd become spoiled by both the writing and the narration.

    When you're listening you can tell this an early work from Brandon. You can see how far he come as a writer and how much better his dialog has become. His core ability to tell a compelling story is clearly evident even in this, his first published book.

    I do recommend this book but I recommend Brandon Sanderson's other books more.

    0 of 0 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
    (10095)
    Performance
    (7573)
    Story
    (7617)

    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!"
    "Another Good Book by Brandon Sanderson"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have to admit that my first exposure to Brandon Sanderson was not positive (initially). I encountered his writing when finishing Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time series. I found the change in writing styles jarring at first but by the end I came to really appreciate Brandon's storytelling (and his succinctness in comparison to Robert Jordan). Since that time I've become a huge fan of his writing. His inventiveness when creating magic systems sets him apart from his contemporaries.

    If you like epic fantasy, do yourself a favor and get this audio book. The story itself is good and the narrators are outstanding (Kate Reading & Michael Kramer are two of my favorite narrators).

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond Band of Brothers: The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Dick Winters, Cole C. Kingseed
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (533)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (180)

    They were called Easy Company, but their mission was never easy. Immortalized as the Band of Brothers, they suffered huge casualties while liberating Europe in an unparalleled record of bravery under fire. Dick Winters led them through the Battle of the Bulge, the attack on Foy, where Easy Company reached its breaking point, and finally into Germany, by which time each member had been wounded. Outside Munich, they liberated an S.S. death camp and captured Berchtesgaden, Hitler's alpine retreat.

    Tom says: "A decent listen"
    "Amazing book about an amazing man!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I'd watched the HBO series "Band of Brothers" so I was already familiar Easy Company and Major Dick Winters. I'd recommend that you watch that first but even if you don't this is still a great book.

    Major Winters was the rarest of men. He hails from a time where service to country was viewed differently. The book is worth listening to just to experience that different perspective but it is so much more than that.

    This is one of my most often recommended audio books.

    Do yourself a favor and pick this up, you'll enjoy it and be better for the experience.

    1 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
    (9041)
    Performance
    (5105)
    Story
    (5149)

    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"
    "The beginning of an epic fantasy!"
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    I first read this book when it came out and put it on my list of favorite fantasy novels. I then took a 10 year break from fantasy and on a whim I picked up the audio book. I was so enthralled with the story that I couldn't wait to pick up the next audio book (though I'd read it when it was first published).

    Narrators - This deserves its own section. Michael Kramer and Kate Reading are outstanding. I've come to view them as the best performers in the audio book arena today. I've gone so far as to search for other books by Michael Kramer because I know he always delivers an amazing performance.

    I do want to warn you - this book is the beginning of a very long series and not all the books are as good as this one. That being said, you don't have to commit to the whole series. This book stands alone as a great story.

    If you're a fan of fantasy you should absolutely pick this up. You won't be disappointed. I don't know any fantasy reader who hasn't been thrilled with this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Eric Ries
    • Narrated By Eric Ries
    Overall
    (1790)
    Performance
    (1487)
    Story
    (1473)

    Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.

    Zed says: "Great book, fascinating ideas"
    "Outstanding-A must for anyone working in software!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I've been working in software for well over 15 years and this book contains so many fundamental principles in delivering a quality product that I recommended to my entire team. I'm a product manager in ecommerce at the number one sportswear company in the world and everyone I've convinced to read or listen to this book has had a similar reaction.

    If you are involved with (or want to be) delivering software products you should make this an essential part of your business book library. I insist that all my direct reports listen or read this book.

    0 of 0 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
    (3238)
    Performance
    (2920)
    Story
    (2951)

    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..."
    "Queued up for another series - Yes!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Let's start with the narration. Michael Kramer is one of my all time favorite performers and one of the two narrators that I search for on Audible when looking for new titles. I have yet to listen to a novel that he's narrated that wasn't an outstanding performance. This is no exception.

    I finished the other Mistborn books about a year ago and wasn't ready to start another story in that world. While I loved the series I needed a tale that took place in a world that wasn't so depressing. As it turns out I should have continued with this tale because it lacks that oppressiveness that I found so fatiguing in the first Mistborn books.

    This is a good tale and I recommend it. The main characters are likable and I found myself laughing at the corny humor.

    If you haven't listened to the other Mistborn books I urge you to take those up first. I think this story would be a bit flat without the background of the earlier works.

    This could be the beginning of another series in the Mistborn world but even if another Mistborn book is never written this serves as a nice ending to the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wretched of Muirwood: Legends of Muirwood, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jeff Wheeler
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (248)

    The Wretched of Muirwood, the opening novel in the Muirwood Trilogy, is the tale of the orphan Lia - who is part of a pariah caste known only as the "wretched", a people unloved, unwanted, and destined to a life of servitude. Forbidden to read or write, and forced to slave away in the Abbey kitchen, Lia is all but resigned to her fate. But when an injured squire named Colvin is abandoned at the Abbey kitchen, opportunity arises, and Lia conspires to hide Colvin and change her life forever.…

    CJ says: "Nice Surprise from Unknown Author"
    "Better than Jeff's other book Fireblood"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I'd just completed "Fireblood: Whispers from Mirrowen" and had fairly low expectations when beginning this novel. I was pleasantly surprised. It is hard to believe that they are written by the same author. This story was so much better than Fireblood. The narrator was better as well.

    I found I could empathize with the main character Lia. I celebrated her victories and lamented her defeats. It was such a stark contrast from Fireblood where I didn't really care if any of the main characters lived or died. They were all a rather unsavory bunch.

    That being said you can tell that writing is not Jeff Wheeler's day job. That doesn't diminish from my enjoyment but you can tell his writing lacks the depth and polish you would find from a fantasy author who makes his living as a writer. I suspect Mr. Wheeler will get there someday if he keeps writing and I would encourage him to do just that.

    If you're looking for something polished or an epic fantasy this isn't it. If you want a solid story with a likable main character I'd recommend you pick this up.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Magic of Recluce: Saga of Recluce, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By L. E. Modesitt Jr.
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (576)
    Performance
    (528)
    Story
    (537)

    Young Lerris is dissatisfied with his life and trade, and yearns to find a place in the world better suited to his skills and temperament. But in Recluce a change in circumstances means taking one of two options: permanent exile from Recluce or braving the dangergeld, a complex, rule-laden wanderjahr in the lands beyond Recluce, with the aim of learning how the world works and what his place in it might be. Many do not survive. Lerris chooses the dangergeld.

    Captain Skurvy says: "Epic Fantasy"
    "A good experience overall"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I originally read this book when I was in high school and found it just as enjoyable then. I liked the different magic system that L.E. Modesitt Jr. envisioned and worked out. The only thing that kept this from being a 5/5 performance was the very distracting sound effects the narrator produced. They could have been mitigated by good editing but when listening to this on my phone the effects were very loud and distracting. I came to dread them throughout the book.

    All in all I enjoyed the experience and would recommend this as a good novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fireblood: Whispers from Mirrowen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jeff Wheeler
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (161)

    In a world beset by plagues, Tyrus of Kenatos has made it his life’s work to end the devastation. Yet when he first ventures into the Scourgelands to uncover the secret of the plagues’ origin, he barely makes it out alive after being ambushed by a mysterious, unseen enemy. Tyrus knows the plagues will rise again - more powerful than ever before - and he is determined to complete his mission. To aid in his new quest, he summons his nephew Annon and his niece Hettie - both of whom possess an innate magic called the fireblood - and a pack of unlikely allies.

    Phillip says: "Slow start, mediocre characters, + cliff hanger."
    "If you don't expect too much you'll be pleased."
    Overall
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    Story

    I have to admit that about half way through the audio book I was ready to quit and move on to something else. The story felt like it had the depth of a series of short stories and not the rich character development you see in contemporary fantasy epics. That being said I found the second half of the book to be far more enjoyable. There are lots of fantasy novels I'd recommend before this one but I would say it was a good early attempt by an author who makes his living doing something else. I have great hopes for Jeff Wheeler that as he continues to improve his craft the world / character depth that is the hallmark of fantasy will find its way into his stories.

    Reasons to purchase:
    • The story is faithful to what you see in other contemporary fantasy and is enjoyable as a whole
    • The author appears to get better as the story goes so I have hopes that his next novel will be even better

    Reasons to avoid:
    • I found the narrator's performance to be a distraction. He wasn't terrible, just not someone I'd like to hear again if possible. I'm a little spoiled since I've listened to some great narrators so listening to Mr. Page wasn't as enjoyable as it might have been.
    • Some of the scenes were awkward and could have used more editing. A good story at the core but a few areas could have been improved greatly with more editing.

    Summary:
    If you're searching for an epic to fall in love with, this isn't the one. If you're looking for a generally good time without high expectations you'll be pleased.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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