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Mondez Durden

Atlanta, GA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 119 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2014
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  • The Mists of Avalon

    • UNABRIDGED (50 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Marion Zimmer Bradley
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (692)
    Performance
    (605)
    Story
    (623)

    A posthumous recipient of the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement, Marion Zimmer Bradley reinvented - and rejuvenated - the King Arthur mythos with her extraordinary Mists of Avalon series. In this epic work, Bradley follows the arc of the timeless tale from the perspective of its previously marginalized female characters: Celtic priestess Morgaine, Gwenhwyfar, and High Priestess Viviane.

    Carolina says: "Davina Porter brings an old favorite back to life!"
    "Simply Outstanding"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Mists of Avalon the most enjoyable?

    The Narrator was absolutely amazing!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Morgain. She comes off as a tragic character but is essential like any person trying to navigate great changes while trying to keep her faith alive.


    Have you listened to any of Davina Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Never have but I adore her voice and the spirit inwhich she worked.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes. Oddly I did find myself becoming extremely sorrowful by an unsettling incident that happens in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like fantasy formed by REAL concepts of faith and real magic then you'll love this. This showed magic closer to its real nature but still managed to show the awe of it and took no power away from it though it ceased to be played out like the ridiculous
    magic systems of Harry Potter or most fantasy books. Simply put: it comes off more real than most fantasies.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Hammered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7302)
    Performance
    (6628)
    Story
    (6630)

    Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is worse than a blowhard and a bully - he’s ruined countless lives and killed scores of innocents. After centuries, Viking vampire Leif Helgarson is ready to get his vengeance, and he’s asked his friend Atticus O’Sullivan, the last of the Druids, to help take down this Norse nightmare.One survival strategy has worked for Atticus for more than two thousand years: stay away from the guy with the lightning bolts. But things are heating up in Atticus’s home base of Tempe, Arizona....

    Hallie says: "Love this series!"
    "LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS SERIES"
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    Where does Hammered rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As far as fantasy, this is probably one of the best series I've read. Very entertaining and very fun to listen to. Light and breezy, hilarious and full of adventure.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I read a lot of comments saying the book was too long or that people were bored, but I have to say I was thoroughly entertained from the beginning to end. I could see at one point with each chapter describing characters motives some people would get a bit itchy but it was still fun to listen to.


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    Mr Daniels is an AMAZING voice actor. Just amazing with his accents and his pronunciations. His pacing is good and he treats the material with enthusiasm. He's just awesome.


    Any additional comments?

    I am really enjoying this series. This particular book was more plot driving than the first two but it was a light, fun listen. I really enjoyed it.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8215)
    Performance
    (7388)
    Story
    (7402)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, doesn’t care much for witches. Still, he’s about to make nice with the local coven by signing a mutually beneficial nonaggression treaty when suddenly the witch population in modern-day Tempe, Arizona, quadruples overnight. And the new girls are not just bad, they’re badasses with a dark history on the German side of World War II. With a fallen angel feasting on local high school students, a horde of Bacchants blowing in from Vegas, and a dangerously sexy Celtic goddess of fire vying for his attention, Atticus is having trouble scheduling the witch hunt.

    Adam says: "Authenticity, Humor and Brilliant Writing"
    "Just a Fun Read"
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    Would you listen to Hexed again? Why?

    Yes. I love Oberon. I wish he were more in the book. The book is faced paced, simply fun to read and not bogged down with dark overtones. It's a really light book to enjoy.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hexed?

    The moment the widow slaps Atticus' butt. lol. that was hilarious.


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

    Oberon, Atticus' Irish Wolfhound hands down is my favorite. He's the comic relief and he's hilarious.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. lol. I actually did listen to the first one in one sitting. I had a LONG trip and it suited my needs. This second one was just as enjoyable.


    Any additional comments?

    Just a nice, light read about a two thousand year old, somewhat immature, druid and his friends and companions fighting evil witches along with a hilarious Irish Wolfhound as comic relief. What more can you want? I think it was a bit too gory, and that's the only reason I gave it a 4 star as I think some of it was unnecessary and gratuitous, still, a very good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fool Moon: The Dresden Files, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8371)
    Performance
    (6381)
    Story
    (6360)

    Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is Chicago's only openly practicing wizard. He is also dead broke. His vast knowledge and magical skills are unfortunately matched by his talent for making powerful enemies and alienating friends. With little more than his integrity left, he accepts an offer of work from Lt. Karin Murphy of Chicago's Special Investigations Unit. He wants to redeem himself in Murphy's eyes and make enough money to quiet his rumbling stomach.

    pterion says: "I'm liking Harry more and more"
    "Good Concept but Badly Executed"
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    What disappointed you about Fool Moon?

    Dresden's behavior, that of most the characters in fact, and the dialogue, are simply unrealistic to the point of you wanting to stop reading it several times. A wizard is suppose to be wise; yet Dresden is clearly retarded (yes, I said it because it clearly needed to be said. This man is retarded and therefore would not be smart enough to master invincible forces) and far more concerned with being tough than being smart.

    As for his continuance claims of his power: lots of talk for a man who literally is beaten up in every chapter of a book. It makes no sense unless he's simply arrogant and being a blowhard. Murphy's actions are unrealistic to the point of assuming that the author has a certain HATE for women because he's either showcasing them as sex objects to be described in excruciatingly sexual details, even Murphy a strong character is describe several times as CUTE, or he's making the women devious, mean spirited or somehow overtly angry. Why can't they be actual developed characters? Oh, that's right, Butcher can't seem to actually create developed characters outside of Dresden, especially if it's a female. This man is a HACK writer who writes in the worst of the Noir genre with a dialogue that makes you want to stab at your eyes and ears with a sharpened pencil just to distract you from the pain it causes.

    And my GOD, the narration by Marsters is literally the most ridiculous example of a man doing something he clearly is not good at. I loved him in Buffy but goodness he's terrible in the first two books of this series. If I have to listen to this actor breathe or smack his lips one more time, I'm going to lose it. I read the first one, and listened to it, and it was not this bad. The first book would be better to read than to listen to and could still be enjoyed but this second installment was a complete waste of time and I'm not going to continue with the series after this. Can't take it anymore.


    Has Fool Moon turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. But it turned me off from reading anymore by this author


    How could the performance have been better?

    You could have had a wounded cat screaming in the background and I think that would have been more settling than to hear Marster's continued bored signs, breathing and lip smacking.


    What character would you cut from Fool Moon?

    Dresden. Get rid of him and his arrogant sexism and start over.


    Any additional comments?

    This could have been such a good book if the author knew how to write better and handle the subject with a bit more realism. Just because it's fantasy doesn't mean characters should not react to certain circumstances the way real people would react in similar circumstances. That's the foundation of good fantasy writing to which Butcher has not discovered by this installment. People and circumstances dealing with their actions still have to come off real for a book to be credible and Butcher falls short of that. He creates a caricature of reality to go along with the magic in his books. But the world he paints has got to look just like our world, only with real magic in it. He's not done that in this book. I heard that after you get passed the first four books it gets better but he's not going to get any more of my money. I tried two books but a hack writer needs to not be rewarded for his hack writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12351)
    Performance
    (9164)
    Story
    (9166)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "Not Bad if You Don't Think too Much"
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    Would you try another book from Jim Butcher and/or James Marsters?

    I may try another Jim Butcher novel as he seems to have real writing chops, but I will NEVER try another book narrated by James Marsters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Storm Front?

    The narrator making deep signs, swallowing sounds, and overall sounding bored. LOL. It was so funny, my son and I made a drinking game out of it. Each deep sigh, take a drink. You can't get through a chapter! lol.


    Would you be willing to try another one of James Marsters’s performances?

    Absolutely not! One of the most horrible parts about this book and the reason it didn't get much better marks was the performance of Mr. Masters, whom I've always liked from Buffy and is a very good actor. But he just seemed BORED. I thought maybe he was taking on the character in his signing and low tones but by the middle of the book, it was clearly boredom and annoyance to me. Never again.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of those books where it may be great or not depending what you focus on. I had a hard time not notices the gaping deep breathes, the swallowing and bored, awkward voice of the narrator. I blame the production team also. I should not hear such a pronounced swallowing sound. I loved this actor in other things but books is simply not his thing. It was so distracting at one point, I made a joke of it. As for the story itself. It is overall entertaining but the main character can be a bit off putting. First, he's a ragging misogynist, to the point where it's actually annoying. His actions and ways toward women is not cute or funny, it's just sexist. The women in this book, each character, including the MAIN female character, is constantly described in terms of their looks. I know this is how straight men think, I suppose?, but jesus, does every single thing a woman does need a sexual recounting? Also, the man was the most arrogant character. Butcher over and over again reminded the readers of how amazingly powerful he was blah blah blah blah. What I don't need is to be told how GREAT the character is, SHOW me don't tell me. This is a Harry Stu perfect character when it comes to that and it was put on way too thick. Some of the actions Harry did seemed forced and unnatural to the situation at hand. these odd actions kept the story going but they made no sense. The plot was a bit hamstrung by its lack of logic. The overall writing I thought was well done but there were glaring issues here. If you are looking for a light, enjoyable book, this is not bad but don't expect anything hard hitting or thought provoking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (7769)
    Performance
    (2480)
    Story
    (2475)

    In his landmark best seller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant, in the blink of an eye, that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept?

    Liz says: "encore!"
    "Gladwell Does it Again"
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    What did you love best about Blink?

    The entertaining way the author, Gladwell, weaves in his examples, speckled with bits of empirical research. It was well done.


    What does Malcolm Gladwell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love the deep, crisp and clear tonal quality of Gladwell's voice. I normally think an author should not also be the reader but I could listen to Gladwell on other books also.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall well done. It spells out out rapid cognition works and makes that accessible for all who are interested.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lev Grossman
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3232)
    Performance
    (2454)
    Story
    (2474)

    Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

    Kyle says: "Not an average book"
    "Couldn't finish due to lack of interest"
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    What would have made The Magicians better?

    I wanted to like this book so badly. I tried to get through this but JEEZ, when i tell you it's simply a very boring and somewhat frustrating book to go through. First off, it's dark, and I mean DARK. The undertone of the book is the main character thinks this magical world of school and later being someone special will make him happy when he discovers it does not. People compare this to Harry Potter but it really is not like that. The only similarities are the magic school. The main character is unlikable and I found myself wishing him death on several occasions. I thought the book would have been so much better if that selfish, arrogant whining little wimp just got killed. Then you have to deal with the rest of his friends, who are all just HORRIBLE people and not really people whom I would feel bad about seeing dead. Seriously this book was so depressing I found myself having to listen to it on rainy days just to fit the mood. And by the way, the amount of drinking and sex in this book is just so far from necessary. A Gain, these are powerful kids who could be using their gifts to make REAL changes in life but instead live a life of NOTHINGNESS and that's exactly why I wish I had not invested time in a book I physically can't finish least I want to vomit.


    What was most disappointing about Lev Grossman’s story?

    The protagonist.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The Narrator could have quit and let someone else do it. His female voices are creepy and his pacing at times leaves something to the imagination.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was well written, and by that I mean simply the structures of the sentences, not so much the story outline.


    Any additional comments?

    Some people will like this book and find value in it but I personally would rather shoot myself in the foot before I subject myself to another 10 minutes of this crap.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • How to Become a U.S. Citizen

    • UNABRIDGED (30 mins)
    • By Stacey Kammerman
    • Narrated By Stacey Kammerman
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    This audiobook will provide you with a basic understanding of the U.S. immigration system and the process of becoming a citizen through naturalization.

    Mondez Durden says: "Not spectacular"
    "Not spectacular"
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    This goes through the very basics of immigration matters but has NO meat so if you want any substantial information you will need to look somewhere else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Richest Man in Babylon: The Success Secrets of the Ancients

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By George S. Clason
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (824)
    Performance
    (359)
    Story
    (367)

    With more than two million copies sold, this classic guide to accumulating wealth has profoundly affected the world. Author George S. Clason uses simple and inspiring parables to illustrate how easily people can change their fiscal habits to enjoy a comfortable level of financial independence.

    Michael says: "One of my favorites"
    "Wonderful For Basics Of Personal Finance"
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    I've heard of this book before and finally got around to hearing it and I have to say I was impressed. Though the book lingers in the corners of novice level personal finance, it provides time tested financial advice in parables that allows you to not think of the lessons but simply absorb them. I enjoyed the reader who read with conviction and was very clear in his words. I would only suggest that now in todays economy, the lesson of saving 10 percent of your income should be updated to 15, but besides that it was very very helpful in helping me teach my son some BASICS on personal finance and getting him to see the advantages of building personal wealth as oppose to living a high consumer life style.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Peter Block
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    For over 15 years, consultants, both internal and external, have relied on Peter Block's landmark best seller, Flawless Consulting, to learn how to deal effectively with clients, peers, and others. Using illustrative examples, case studies, and exercises, the author, one of the most important and well known in his field, offers his legendary warmth and insight throughout this much-awaited second edition.

    John says: "Brutally abridged"
    "Not spectacular"
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    The book was not greatly organized and tended to ramble a bit. It came off dry and lacking any energy at all. I would say it's effective in learning some things that can be helpful to your consulting business as far as dealing with clients, but these things can be gotten from many other sources that will not put you to sleep.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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