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  • Downbelow Station

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Brian Troxell

    Pell's Station, orbiting the alien world simply called Downbelow, had always managed to remain neutral in the ever escalating conflict between The Company, whose fleets from Earth had colonized space, and its increasingly independent and rebellious colony worlds. But Pell's location - - on the outer edge of Earth's defensive perimeter - makes her the focal point in the titanic battle of colony worlds fighting for independence.

    K. Krieger says: "Narrator kills that book"
    "Great Space Opera!"
    What did you love best about Downbelow Station?

    Humans care for and love (Platonicly!) another intelligent species of aliens, while the enemies are humans in this story. I liked the political situation, and how even the people who were supposed to be good guys, were put into situations where they had to make hard decisions! The quick exposition on the history of space flight was believable, and gave just enough details to set the perfect stage for this story.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Damon Konstantin, arguably the main character of the story, shows a deep compassion for humans, and alien life alike. His losses and triumphs made the story for me.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    The part where Emilio on Down Below sends away the guards, due to mistreatment of the Q people, and suddenly realizes he has no security personal at his base. This realization that people from Q can be trusted seems a turning point in the story, and is a testament to man's ability to trust others, and form the bonds of society.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Several of the scenes with downers moved me, as they showed their reverence for certain humans, and their simple caring/loving attitudes. Also the flip side of humans showing compassion for the downers, seeing them as different but equals.

    Any additional comments?

    Many people complained about Brian Troxell's narration of female voice. I have to agree they were nasal and not particularly good, but I managed to look past that and enjoy the story. I had been looking for a story like this, and Down Below Station fit exactly what I was looking for.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Revenge of the Witch: The Last Apprentice, #1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Joseph Delaney
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch

    Only Thomas Ward is left. He's the last hope; the last apprentice. Can Thomas succeed? Will he learn the difference between a benign witch and a malevolent one? Does the Spook's warning against girls with pointy shoes include Alice? And what will happen if Thomas accidentally frees Mother Malkin, the most evil witch in the county?

    Mark says: "Loved it!"
    "Teen target audience creates a flat boring book"
    What disappointed you about The Last Apprentice?

    The main character doesn't follow advice just given to him. "Don't trust this kind of person." "Be wary of this kind of symptom." "Don't go here after dark." Then he immediately forgets that advice and goes and doe the exact thing he was just told not do! Perhaps this is something teens identify with, but it was frustrating to me as an adult.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Joseph Delaney again?

    I'd give Delaney another chance, but probably not with this series.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    The one where it ended.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was pretty disappointed. I think the story is supposed to evoke fear and be a "scary witch story" but it is lackluster in that department. I just came off a streak of really good books, and this one is targeted at teens, so perhaps my expectations were too high.

    Any additional comments?

    I wouldn't not recommend this book unless you are a teen looking for flat characters who can't follow advice from adults, but still manage to muddle though (despite an obvious lack of ability, sense, and experience in the topic at hand). The setting was a bit sketchy too: it was unclear to me if this was supposed to be medievalish, or not. There are no mention of weapons in the entire book that I can remember. With magical beasts, the reference to Latin and Greek kinda threw me off. Is it supposed to be earth or not?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Spirit Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Rachel Aaron
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    He's not just any thief. He’s the greatest thief of the age - and he’s also a wizard. And with the help of his partners - a swordsman with the most powerful magic sword in the world but no magical ability of his own, and a demonseed who can step through shadows and punch through walls - he’s going to put his plan into effect. The first step is to increase the size of the bounty on his head, so he’ll need to steal some big things. But he’ll start with somethingsmall. Something like a king....

    Bronwyn Soell says: "Entertaining light fantasy"
    "Humor and a unique setting"
    What did you love best about The Spirit Thief?

    The unique setting. I liked the form of magic in this world, and the fact that wizards and warriors share some things in common. The author has also done a good job introducing a world to the reader, and left many deep mysteries hinted at but unanswered.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The main character's flippant attitude, even when his life is in danger was great. The use of his assembled team and his own skewed view of how the world works, just made this book for me.

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

    I think Mr. Daniels nailed Eli's voice. The inflection and attitude just felt right for every phrase.

    Any additional comments?

    What great book, I look forward to reading the others in the series!

    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

    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.

    Lore says: "Book 1 of a great series that is not to be missed!"
    "Thrilling story with great characters!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! It's well written with deep characters, who develop over time. It's a great plot, with twists and turns. The pacing is just exactly right, not only in action but in exposing new concepts. In an entirely fantasy world it's easy to get lost, but this setting was exposed with foreshadowing, and every time a consequence was revealed I thought, "I should have know that was the logical conclusion!" It left me wanting to read it more and more, every time I stopped.

    What other book might you compare The Final Empire to and why?

    Thematically it's like Lord of the rings, but with a band of outlaws instead of a "a fellowship." They are outlaws, fighting to overthrow an evil, oppressive tyrant. Will they succeed, or will the numerous obstacles in their way stop them from achieving a full victory? The group becomes tight knit and their reliance on each other as well as acceptance of their new member(s) is touching.

    Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer – was your favorite?

    All of the main characters were memorable, complex, deep, and felt real to me. The writing for them and the voice acting for each of them was great!

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Lord Ruler must be stopped, at any cost!

    Any additional comments?

    Be warned this is the first of three, and while a complete story in-and-of itself, it will leave you wanting to know more about this setting. The remaining two books are available and I recommend buying all three at once. You will devour all of them in record time, if you like epic fantasy with action, realistic characters and thrilling plot twists!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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