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Heather

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Wind Rider's Oath: War God, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (432)
    Performance
    (374)
    Story
    (378)

    In The War God's Own, Bahzell had managed to stop a war by convincing Baron Tellian, leader of the Sothoii, to "surrender" to him, the War God's champion. Now, he has journeyed to the Sothoii Wind Plain to oversee the parole he granted to Tellian and his men, to represent the Order of Tomanak, the War God, and to be an ambassador for the hradani. What's more, the flying coursers of the Sothoii have accepted Bahzell as a wind rider-the first hradani wind rider in history.

    Michael says: "Running the Gears"
    "a nice series...but"
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    I really love the characters, the humor, and the bro-mance, but the constantly going back and forth to cover all the bad guys gets to be to much after a while, especially in book three and four. by book four i gave up and started fast forwarding through the chapters that deal with how the bad guys think and what they plan. once you have covered their actions and beliefs, there's not much more than endless repetition; gloating about how clever they are and later consternation when the good guys come in and whack them. once you've gone through the process once or twice you basically know what they are going to say and do, and by book three and four its a worn out formula. over all an enjoyable series and i think the narrator did a great job. not a great story, (though it could be if they cut out all those villein chapters), but well worth the listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jaunten: Advent Mage Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Honor Raconteur
    • Narrated By Mark McClain Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (162)

    I'm the first Mage born in 200 years. I've turned a city into an island, erected a barrier around an entire country, and awakened a war hero from a 200 year old slumber. Prophecies have marked my coming. Kings and nations have begged for my aid in times of peril. I hold the power to create and destroy nations. My name is Rhebengarthen. To my friends and family, I'm just Garth. The world knows me as the Advent Mage. And despite the rumors that you might have heard about me, this is what really happened.

    adam says: "a great change"
    "is this young adult?"
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    writing a review for this one is a bit difficult because i don't know if its supposed to be YA or a regular book so i am a little unsure how to rate it. i will, however, give it the benefit of the doubt a rate it as a book for grown ups.
    jaunten is a very easy read.
    it skims along the surface of things and i very much wish the author had slowed down a bit and explored deeper. i wanted to learn more about the jaunten as the main character learned it. i wanted to experience the change in how he saw the world (having a ton of info suddenly dropped into ones head should cause at least a little discomfort and change of life view). i wanted to experience the hardship of his journey to a new country and not just be told that it happened in all of a chapter or two.
    there was so much potential in the description and within the world that i felt a little disappointed that the author never really goes beyond the surface of things.
    the difference between telling your reader and showing them, i guess.
    its not a bad book, especially if you are looking for something lite and fluffy and short.
    sadly for me, i wanted something i could sink my teeth into but ended up with cotton candy instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Godling Chronicles: The Sword of Truth, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Brian D. Anderson
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    Overall
    (333)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (314)

    Darkness comes as a new power rises in Angrääl. The Dark Knight has betrayed the Gods and stolen The Sword of Truth, trapping them in heaven. With the power of the Sword he can reshape the world and bring death to all who oppose him. Only one thing stands between the darkness and the light. Gewey Stedding. Only he has the power to stand against the oncoming storm. Only he can mend the world. But only if he can discover his power....

    Bob-o says: "This is a great series!"
    "not great but not horrible"
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    this series is not the worst i've read by a long shot, but its not that good, either.
    the characters are flat and the actions very predictable. the writer skims along the surface but never really gives us any depth. there is very little self discovery for the hero; he is told what he is and what he needs to do and how. its too...easy.
    the romance angle was abrupt and a bit unbelievable for me.
    over all, i think if i was fifteen i would have been satisfied but this isn't supposed to be a young adult series.
    lastly, why on earth did the author give the main character a name that puts one in mind of hot, gooey chocolate chip cookies every time someone uses his name?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Prowler

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Alexey Pehov
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (189)

    An army is gathering; thousands of giants, ogres, and other creatures are joining forces from all across the Desolate Lands, united, for the first time in history, under one, black banner. By the spring, or perhaps sooner, the Nameless One and his forces will be at the walls of the great city of Avendoom.

    francisco says: "New twist on the old "quest" genre."
    "predictable but it has its moments"
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    not as family friendly and clever as the belgariad but not as dark and bleak as game of thrones, this novel started off predictable and strictly adhering to the high fantasy formula. the later books have a bit more inventiveness to them and the goblin was awesome but this first one was very easy to predict and was somewhat boring. still, it was interesting enough that i went ahead with the rest of the series despite my misgivings.
    the series is a mostly enjoyable way to waste some time.
    sadly, i never developed any deep attachments to any of the characters, including Herold, so i was never able to really immerse myself in the story.
    the narrator got off to a rough start but he was great overall.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cast in Shadow: Chronicles of Elantra, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Michelle Sagara
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1401)
    Performance
    (1244)
    Story
    (1242)

    Seven years ago Kaylin fled the crime-riddled streets of Nightshade, knowing that something was after her. Children were being murdered— and all had the same odd markings that mysteriously appeared on her own skin….Since then, she's learned to read, she's learned to fight and she's become one of the vaunted Hawks who patrol and police the City of Elantra. Alongside the winged Aerians and the immortal Barrani, she's made a place for herself, far from the mean streets of her birth.

    Amanda says: "Addicted to the series, but leaves you hanging..."
    "good story but..."
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    i think i would have enjoyed this more if i hadn't read the books first.
    i had high hopes for the narrator since she got so many good reviews but this one hit one of my biggest pet peeves.
    its fief, not feef, and its ferals, not fearels.
    (look fief up in the OED for pronunciation).
    normally it wouldn't be a big deal but the words come up in just about every other sentence and by the time i was an hour into the story my teeth were clenched, by an hour and a half i started grinding them and had to stop.
    now, i have seen narrators self-correct pronunciation in the middle of the story but so far this one hasn't.
    it makes me sad because its a series i really enjoyed reading and was looking forward to the audible version. i will probably force myself on until the end out sheer stubborn hope but i doubt i will buy any more out of this series, which is a shame as i want to support the author.
    the narrator, other than those mispronunciations seems fine, better than some i've hear. but really, the little things can make or break a narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Halfway to the Grave: Night Huntress, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5501)
    Performance
    (3820)
    Story
    (3840)

    Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unlikely partnership. In exchange for help finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner…are there actually good vampires?

    Stephenie says: "Great series. Worth every credit."
    "most frustrating main character ever"
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    this was not the worst urban fantasy i've read/ listened to, but it had the most annoying main character. for the first time in my life, i actually yelled "what, are you that stupid?!" to an audio book, not once, but several times. aloud and in rooms with other people in them.
    i like flawed characters, they make the story more interesting, but her personality, impulsiveness, and inability to think ahead (or for herself at all in some cases) had me shaking my head more than once.
    the premise is interesting, the story not bad, but the main character killed this series for me.
    i'll stick to anita blake, gin blanco, kitty norville, and harper blaine as urban fantasy heroines (or anti-heroines) and leave cat to those who can stand to be in the same room with her.
    not for everyone.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Domes of Fire: The Tamuli, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By David Eddings
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    Overall
    (384)
    Performance
    (243)
    Story
    (247)

    Six years had passed since the redoubtable knight Sparhawk had triumphed over the evil God Azash and returned to Elenia with Queen Ehlana, his bride. And now a new danger had arisen to threaten the peace of Ehlana's realm. The trouble had started quietly. At home, bandits began to plague the hill country. In neighboring Lamorkand, the customary political unrest turned ominous with whispers that the bloody heroes of old soon would rise again.

    Ken says: "Danger lurks in a distant land"
    "it's difficult"
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    this is a series i really like, though not as much as the belgarad. my problem was the narrator, he keeps mispronouncing words. it went on through the whole book and makes me leary of buying the next one. english major that i was i cringe every time another mispronounced word comes up. it certainly takes away from the story, at least for me. the first three were narrated by a different person and while he seemed a little green (as in newbie) he had the names of places and people right. i wish there was a seperate review for narrators.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pawn of Prophecy: The Belgariad, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Eddings
    • Narrated By Cameron Beierle
    Overall
    (1743)
    Performance
    (974)
    Story
    (995)

    Long ago, so the Storyteller claimed, the evil god Torak sought dominion and drove men and Gods to war. But Belgrath the Sorcerer led men to reclaim the Orb that protected the West. So long as it lay at Riva, the prophecy went, men would be safe. That was only a story, and Garion did not believe in magic dooms, even though the man without a shadow had haunted him for years.

    Michael says: "My literary "comfort food""
    "lovely series"
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    i have always loved this series and have read the books numerous times. i was curious though to hear it read. i thought he narrators voice was fine, but he had the annoying habit of sometimes pausing mid-sentance, where no pause should be. it jolted me out of the story several times.
    this is my first time hearing anything from this narrator so i don't know if he does that with all the stories, or just this one. i do conceed the possibility that i noticed only because i've read it before, but those pauses were sometimes fairly long and i don't really think it was that. its worth buying for the story itself; it has several of my favorite characters of all times in it, and the story is well worth the price. others seem to have no problem with the narrator but as of now, he's not very high on my list of favorites.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breathless

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (612)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (169)

    Grady Adams lives a simple, solitary life deep in the Colorado mountains. Here the 35-year-old carpenter works out of a converted barn, crafting exquisite one-of-a-kind furniture. There's little about this strong yet gentle man to suggest the experiences that have alienated him from the contemporary world. But that is about to change.

    Michael says: "Lifeless"
    "ugh"
    Overall

    I have noticed a trend here; all of his books are becoming more and more religious. i would argue that this particular book belongs in the christian subcatagory, not the thriller. In this one, he is practically shoving Intelligent Design down his readers throats, though i've noticed the last few books the religious them has taken center stage, and the rest of the story is a poor second best.
    i read and listen to books because i want to hear/ see the story, not to get preached at over and over again.
    if your a hard core christian and beleive in things like intelligent design then you will probably like it. if you believe in logic more than blind faith than you'll get very tired of it before the end.
    i really disliked it, wish i could get my money back.
    i have been a fan for over 15 years but there comes a time where you just have to say "thats it," and this is mine. i wont be buying any more of his books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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