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  • Dune: House Corrino: House Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (375)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (242)

    Continuing the events leading up to Frank Herbert's immortal Dune saga, the exciting conclusion to this trilogy finds the cruel Tleilaxu overlords on Ix manufacturing a synthetic form of amal to supplant the spice from Dune. If amal is accepted, Emperor Shaddam IV will gain absolute power. But if the plot of the Imperial House Corrino succeeds, the result may be the end of civilization itself.

    Robert says: "At least as good as the original Audible prodn."
    "For lovers of the series"
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    If you love the Dune universe, you should definitely read this (and the entire "House" trilogy). Kevin Anderson and Brian Herbert are NOT Frank Herbert, and while they continue to produce stories that are worth telling, the style is not the same. The thought provoking themes that seem to be a pervasive undercurrent in Frank Herbert's novels do not seem to come through in the stories written by Kevin and Brian. Also, they have a habit of "filling in" the audience on events that most readers already know. The trilogy is written so that someone who never read Dune could read it and follow along.Regardless, I've read (or listened to) nearly everything the Kevin and Brian have written in the Dune universe. Taken for what the House Trilogy is, the series tells a good story which adds to the original dune series. In fact, having completed House Corrino, I've already started reading the Original Dune again, because I think it has added a lot of depth to Leto I, Jessica, Baron Harkonnen and others. If you take this trilogy for what it is, and understand that it was not written by Frank Herbert, I think anyone who enjoyed Dune would also enjoy this book.

    Now, just to get them to write the other two novels planned in the Heroes of Dune series...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dune: The Butlerian Jihad

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (894)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (328)

    Frank Herbert's Dune is one of the grandest epics in the annals of imaginative literature. Now Herbert's son, Brian, working with Kevin J. Anderson and using Frank Herbert's own notes, reveals a pivotal epoch in the history of the Dune universe: the Butlerian Jihad, the war that was fought ten thousand years before the events of Dune - the war in which humans wrested their freedom from "thinking machines."

    Brian says: "enoyed premise but not execution"
    "Read if you are a fan of Dune"
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    I've always heard bad things about this series, and it was pretty much as expected. I have been a fan of the entire Dune series for years, and have put off reading this particular trilogy until the end (I've read all of Frank Herberts, and all of the others written by Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson - notably, Brian and Kevin's abilities improve drastically). Of course, reviewing the Butlerian Jihad, I have not read the next two in the trilogy, and cannot say I'm particularly enthusiastic to do so. I am glad to finally be getting to know the story of the Jihad against the Thinking Machines, and may have to go back and re-read Hunters of Dune / Sandworms of Dune again after finishing this trilogy. However, the pace is slow, the writing repetitive.

    I would encourage those who are a true fan of the Dune universe to read the Butlerian Jihad, but I don't feel that I have missed out by having put this series off to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6680)
    Performance
    (4662)
    Story
    (4647)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "A must read"
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    I downloaded this book based on an Audible recommendation, and I'm really glad that I did. This is a fantastically written story about a girl who is taken in by slaves on a plantation. If you are considering reading this book - you should!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (14614)
    Performance
    (11215)
    Story
    (11277)

    As opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.

    Troy says: "Chapter and part breaks are incorrect"
    "Best in the series so far..."
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    I'm going to agree with other comments about this one...it was hard to turn off. The development of the main characters has been amazing, and somehow the new characters only add to the increasingly complicated story. I don't want to give away any spoilers... so I'll just recommend that everyone who has read the first two novels in the series continue and read this one as well!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Walk to Remember

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By Nicholas Sparks
    Overall
    (457)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (155)

    It was 1958, and Landon had already dated a girl or two. He even swore that he had once been in love. Certainly the last person in town he thought he'd fall for was Jamie Sullivan, the daughter of the town's Baptist minister. Then a twist of fate made Jamie his partner for the homecoming dance, and Landon Carter's life would never be the same.

    Andrea says: "A"
    "Nicholas Sparks...but not his finest"
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    I have generally liked Nick Sparks's novels, and have read roughly half of them. Most, as this one did, eventually bring me to tears. However, I had seen the movie for this one prior to reading/listening to the book. The book was incredibly similar to the film, and I don't think added much (books are generally much better than the movie, so that was a bit of a disappointment).

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    Overall
    (21262)
    Performance
    (12755)
    Story
    (12882)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "How did I not know about this series?"
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    I have been a lover of all things sci fi for years, and somehow was never aware of this series. I heard about the movie coming out, and thought I'd check out the book (as I generally do) prior to seeing the film. I was instantly hooked. This is one of the finest science fiction novels I've ever read, and had a moral to it that added a lot of depth at the end. I'm working my way through the series and cannot wait to find out what happened after the conclusion of Ender's Game.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Barbara Demick
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (1549)
    Performance
    (964)
    Story
    (968)

    Barbara Demick's Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years - a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung and the unchallenged rise to power of his son, Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Taking us into a landscape never before seen, Demick brings to life what it means to be an average Korean citizen, living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today.

    Gohar says: "The man who wants to be GOD"
    "A unique look inside isolationist North Korea"
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    The stories of the ordinary people who had been brainwashed into believing they had "nothing to envy" were very touching. But also very sad. I very rarely read non-fiction, but this book was recommended by a friend and I would recommend it to others looking to learn more about the lives in North Korea. N. Korea generally only makes headlines when its leaders demonstrate their military might, but the typical American knows very little about the lives of ordinary citizens. It was shocking to learn of the famine and plight of the people. This book brought their daily lives into view in a touching way. I hope the author continues to follow the lives of her subjects and possibly even publishes another book. It would be very interesting to know if / how things have changed in the country since the demise of the Son - Kim Jong Il.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Shadow

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, a Full Cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4563)
    Performance
    (2549)
    Story
    (2578)

    Andrew "Ender" Wiggin was not the only child in the Battle School; he was just the best of the best. In this book, Card tells the story of another of those precocious generals, the one they called Bean, the one who became Ender's right hand, part of his team, in the final battle against the Buggers. Bean's past was a battle just to survive. His success brought him to the attention of the Battle School's recruiters.

    L. says: "Totally Card"
    "Excellent!"
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    Would you listen to Ender's Shadow again? Why?

    Possibly - but I'd probably listen to Ender's Game again first.


    Any additional comments?

    I only recently learned of this series, and read this book immediately after finishing Ender's Game based on comments here. I'm glad I did - and I may have to go back and re-listen to Ender's Game now. This book adds a lot of depth to the other characters learned in Ender's Game, and feels more like the beginning of a series rather than a stand alone novel. It takes a bit of time to get into, but just knowing where the character of Bean is going (having already read Ender's Game), was more than enought to stay interested.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cloud Atlas

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Kim Mai Guest, and others
    Overall
    (3044)
    Performance
    (2254)
    Story
    (2261)

    A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation: the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history.

    Cynthia says: "Complicated and Not Good for Listening!"
    "Unique"
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    Definately a challenging read - especially at first. Is the first audio book I've ever listened to where I think it would be easier to read in print. If the premise (or the movie) look interesting to you, stick with it for a while - it is very challenging at first but improves as you move through the different stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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