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Thomas

Portsmouth, NH, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 10 reviews
  • 36 ratings
  • 162 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2014
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  • Dark Matter

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michelle Paver
    • Narrated By Jeremy Northam
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (173)

    January 1937. Jack Miller has just about run out of options. His shoes have worn through, he can't afford to heat his rented room in Tooting, and he longs to use his training as an specialist wireless operator instead of working in his dead-end job. When he is given the chance to join an arctic expedition, as communications expert, by a group of elite Oxbridge graduates, he brushes off his apprehensions and convinces himself to join them.

    Madeleine says: "Incredible!"
    "Good Ghost Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I liked the story, at times, even in a gym full of people, the hairs on the back of my neck would stand on end, and I would get goosebumps. We need more!! I wanted more ghost in this one too, but the history of the area was great. The narrator did a good job with the story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • So Cold the River

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael Koryta
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (413)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (194)

    It started with a documentary. The beautiful Alyssa Bradford approaches Eric Shaw to unearth the life story of her father-in-law, Campbell Bradford, a 95-year-old billionaire whose childhood is wrapped in mystery. Eric grabs the job, even though the only clues to Bradford's past are his hometown and an antique water bottle he's kept his entire life. In Bradford's hometown, Eric discovers an extraordinary past.

    Vicki says: "Incredible!"
    "Pretty cool idea, could be a bit spookier."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I love the story idea, and the back and forth portions of the book. I would have liked it to be a bit more spooky, but it was good read/listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Towers of Midnight: Wheel of Time, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5507)
    Performance
    (3202)
    Story
    (3229)

    The Last Battle has started. The seals on the Dark One’s prison are crumbling. The Pattern itself is unraveling, and the armies of the Shadow have begun to boil out of the Blight. The sun has begun to set upon the Third Age. Perrin Aybara is now hunted by specters from his past: Whitecloaks, a slayer of wolves, and the responsibilities of leadership. All the while, an unseen foe is slowly pulling a noose tight around his neck....

    Jacob says: "Doesn't wrap as nicely as Gathering Storm"
    "Great Authors, Great Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I love the series, tried it for the first time in audible format and enjoyed it. Sanderson was a great choice to keep the story going. I miss Jordan and the thought that we wont get more of him really makes me sad, but thank you Brandon Sanderson and the Jordan family for letting the work continue. Great Job!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7864)
    Performance
    (5336)
    Story
    (5374)

    For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

    Aaron Brown says: "Unique Magic system, good plot twists."
    "Love Sanderson"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I love his stories, but had a hard time listening to Mistborn. I actually have purchased the other books in "book" format and found them more enjoyable. Not sure why this is so. If you like fantasy, its a solid book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reamde

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3527)
    Performance
    (3086)
    Story
    (3120)

    Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

    ShySusan says: "Not perfect, but worth a listen."
    "Where does Neal come up with these ideas"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    As and avid video gamer, WOW in particular, Stephenson caught me up in his described game in the novel. I wish I could play the game he describes. It surprisingly turns into an international thriller with the game having some real world impact. I wish the game could have been more central to the story, but I really enjoyed it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Song

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2965)
    Performance
    (2582)
    Story
    (2622)

    Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

    Amanda says: "Simply an Amazing Story"
    "Good book, good listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Read the book years ago, and I enjoyed listening to it this time. The narrator does a good job switching between the characters, and keeping them distinct. McCammon as usual, is an excellent writer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kushiel's Dart

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Carey
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    Overall
    (1081)
    Performance
    (677)
    Story
    (686)

    The land of Terre d'Ange is a place of unsurpassing beauty and grace. It is said that angels found the land and saw it was good...and the ensuing race that rose from the seed of angels and men live by one simple rule: Love as thou wilt.

    Glen Gaines says: "The Kushiel series in order"
    "All opera, no action"
    Overall

    Bought the book expecting more typical, or what you expect from a fantasy story, but didn't get it. The narrator is good, no fault there, but the story was just too slow for me. I just couldn't make it through the book. I haven't deleted it, and maybe I will give it another try. If you do buy it, the book is heavily descriptive, but at least for me never seems to take off.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Best Served Cold

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1143)
    Performance
    (770)
    Story
    (786)

    It's springtime in Styria. And that means war. There have been nineteen years of blood. The ruthless Grand Duke Orso is locked in a vicious struggle with the squabbling League of Eight, and between them they have bled the land white. While armies march, heads roll, and cities burn, behind the scenes bankers, priests, and older, darker powers play a deadly game to choose who will be king.

    Lore says: "Solid, but not as good as the First Law trilogy."
    "Dark Fantasy"
    Overall

    I have read the other books (and loved them), but this was the first audiobook of the series that I tried. Unfortunately I had voices for some of the characters in my head all ready from the previous books, and the narrators choices just didn't match. Abercrombie uses a lot of characters and it can be a little confusing at first until you can sort out who is who as the book is told. I enjoyed the story, and look forward to more, but I will most likely stay with the printed books.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Warded Man

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2427)
    Performance
    (1787)
    Story
    (1797)

    Peter V. Brett has won accolades from critics, fans and fellow authors alike for this riveting debut novel. The Warded Man features a world where demons stalk the night, hunting humans who have long forgotten the magic of their ancestors. But all is not lost, as some hold out hope that a savior will release humanity from the demons' terrifying reign.

    Meloney says: "Brilliant"
    "Good Fantasy Read"
    Overall

    Nice plot, with good characters, and I like the new premise of a "warded" man. Has a good history that should create an easily developed back story as the series continues.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Chasm City

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (909)
    Performance
    (657)
    Story
    (658)

    The once-utopian Chasm City - a domed human settlement on an otherwise inhospitable planet---has been overrun by a virus known as the Melding Plague, capable of infecting any body, organic or computerized. Now, with the entire city corrupted - from the people to the very buildings they inhabit---only the most wretched sort of existence remains. The stakes are raised when Tanner Mirabel's search brings him face to face with a centuries-old atrocity that history would rather forget.

    Tango says: "Enter Revelation Space HERE"
    "Reynolds as you expect him"
    Overall

    Nice tie in to the other books. Great narrator, with a variety of accents that I enjoyed. A little confusing when some of the "dreams" begin, but you grow used to it. Love the story line, and Reynolds writing. Enjoyable book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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