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Paul

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  • The Emperor's Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Angela Lin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1031)
    Performance
    (937)
    Story
    (949)

    New York Times best-selling author Brandon Sanderson is widely celebrated for his Mistborn Trilogy and contribution to the final three books of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. In The Emperor's Soul, a Forger named Shai can copy and re-create any item by using magic to rewrite its history. After being condemned to death for attempting to steal the emperor's scepter, Shai is given one final chance. She' ll be allowed to live if she can create a new soul for the emperor, who hovers near death.

    debbie says: "A Great Short Novella that is Long in Story"
    "An Excellent Listen"
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    This story is really good. It's short - I listened to it in one afternoon. But it is a good one, and I would love to check out other books in this universe.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Human Division

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (860)
    Performance
    (770)
    Story
    (782)

    The people of Earth now know that the human Colonial Union has kept them ignorant of the dangerous universe around them. For generations the CU had defended humanity against hostile aliens, deliberately keeping Earth an ignorant backwater and a source of military recruits. Now the CU’s secrets are known to all. Other alien races have come on the scene and formed a new alliance - an alliance against the Colonial Union. And they’ve invited the people of Earth to join them. For a shaken and betrayed Earth, the choice isn't obvious or easy.

    linda says: "A Middling Position"
    "Interesting story, but leaves too many loose ends"
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    The stories and characters in this book are good and enjoyable, but since it is part of a bigger universe, there is the perennial problem that it must, of course, set up for the next book in the series, and this particular book leaves too many unresolved endings to be really satisfying.
    Also, the author (John Scalzi) has got to learn to stop using the word "said". He does it in all of his books, but it is particularly bad in this case when it was written for audiobook. His editors should also wean him of this habit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9596)
    Performance
    (8623)
    Story
    (8778)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
    "Pretty Good Narrator, Classic Story"
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    Performance
    Story

    Not much surprising on the story front, though it is interesting to listen to after watching the movie, to see how things changed and what was adjusted. The narrator is really quite good, and sings the songs quite nicely, which helps a fair bit with the feel of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Night of Blacker Darkness: Being the Memoir of Frederick Whithers As Edited by Cecil G. Bagsworth III

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dan Wells
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (61)

    EXCLUSIVELY AVAILABLE IN AUDIONo one else has Dan Wells’ hilarious new novella - it’s not available in print, in ebook, by mobile phone text or Victorian phonograph. Audible is bringing it to you exclusively, for a limited time.The basic premise is this: it's 1817, and a man named Frederick Whithers is wallowing in jail for a crime he didn't commit, desperate to get out so he can go and commit it for real.

    Bruce Allred says: "A tale of vampires, money, mishap and great minds"
    "A Remarkably Amusing Tale"
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    Quite a good book, though don't look for it to fall into any one genre easily. Perhaps the closest fit is "absurdist", but even that doesn't fit well. The story moves at a brisk pace, with plenty of twists and turns to keep it interesting. The cameos by famous authors offer an interesting character mix.

    Overall, recommend quite highly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • American Vampire: Vampire for Hire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By J. R. Rain
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    Overall
    (385)
    Performance
    (343)
    Story
    (340)

    In American Vampire, the sequel to Vampire Moon, private investigator Samantha Moon receives a heartbreaking phone call from a very unlikely source: a five-year-old girl who's been missing for three months. Now on the hunt, Samantha will use her considerable resources, including her growing supernatural abilities, to locate the missing girl before it's too late.

    Tracy says: "Good, Light Reading"
    "Good light listen"
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    This book a generally a good pulp novel about a vampire and her work. You'll have to listen to the first two books for this one to make much sense, and if you've listened to them, you know what to expect. This one isn't quite as good, in my opinion. It's a little more scattered, and some of the integrity of the character is missing. In addition, the author manages to really stretch the suspension of disbelief at one point in the novel, which should be hard to do in a novel that has already has vampires, werewolves and the like.

    In terms of performance, the reader is decent, but there are occasional moments when you can tell that she moved in relation to the mike or had a sentence edited in after the fact. This is unfortunate, as it pulls you out of the story a bit.

    Overall, not bad, and I will probably get the next in the series eventually, but I'm not rushing to download it yet.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Moon Dance: Vampire for Hire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By J. R. Rain
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (770)
    Performance
    (690)
    Story
    (685)

    Mother, wife, private investigator... vampire. Six years ago federal agent Samantha Moon was the perfect wife and mother, your typical soccer mom with the minivan and suburban home. Then the unthinkable happens, an attack that changes her life forever. And forever is a very long time for a vampire. Now the world at large thinks Samantha has developed a rare skin disease, a disease which forces her to quit her day job and stay out of the light of the sun.

    Karen says: "A Nice Surprise"
    "Pretty Good for Light Listening"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to a friend who enjoys mystery vampire books.


    Would you recommend Moon Dance to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend it, but only as a light read. It's pulp fiction, not too deep or meaningful.


    9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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