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Josh Maher

Casper, WY United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Seventh Son: Tales of Alvin Maker, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1192)
    Performance
    (583)
    Story
    (592)

    Born into an alternative frontier America where life is hard, and folk magic is real, Alvin is gifted with power, but he must learn to use his gift wisely. Dark forces are arrayed against Alvin, and only a young girl with second sight can protect him.

    Melissa says: "Great story, great reading"
    "Great series start, but doesn't stand on it's own"
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    This is a very satisfying start of a series, but don't listen to it unless you are prepared to commit to the full series. I really enjoyed the universe that was created in this book that took peices of American history and wove in a unique folklore and magic.

    I think Seventh Son does a great job introducing the listeners to this world, but does not make a satisfying listen on its own. The story has no real conclusion. It just ends the the obvious foresight that this book, by itself, is not a story, but just an introduction.

    I have listened to multiple book narrated by Scott Brick and Gabrielle de Cuir and they always do a great job telling the story. This book is no exception.

    I always greatly enjoy author commentary after listening to a story. Card's afterward is enjoyable (if not slightly spoiler-ish) and I think it did an excellent job propelling my desire to listen to the next book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Brian Greene
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (1130)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (288)

    Space and time form the very fabric of the cosmos. Yet they remain among the most mysterious of concepts. Is space an entity? Why does time have a direction? Could the universe exist without space and time? Can we travel to the past?

    Martin says: "Space and Time for the Common Man"
    "Weak narration. Listen to Elegant Universe instead"
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    I usually enjoy reading/listening to anything by Brian Greene, but Prichard's narration did not convey any of Greene's enthusiasm for physics. I felt like I was being lectured to rather than being taught something.

    I do think that the book was less fun and interesting the Greene's Elegant Universe, but it was still an interesting topic and written well. It did a really good job expanding on topics in The Elegant Universe. Even being very interested in the subject, I struggled to finish the book. The lack of excitement from the narrator drained my desire to listen to book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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