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Jason B. Smith

Mansfield, MA USA | Member Since 2008

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  • A Memory of Light: Wheel of Time, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5404)
    Performance
    (4899)
    Story
    (4963)

    Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

    Amazon Customer says: "End of one of my favorite fantasy series ever."
    "The greatest fantasy series ever written."
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    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Memory of Light to be better than the print version?

    Michael Kramer and Kate Reading are hands down two of the best audio performers on the planet. They ARE the characters of the Wheel of Time and, although I stopped listening and read the last chapter in print before I listened to it just to savor the printed experience of such a monumental ending, it wasn't complete until I heard them finish it. I've started the Brandon Sanderson fantasy series just because they are the readers.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a worthy finale to what is, without a doubt, the greatest fantasy series of all time. It wraps most of the story lines into a sensible, satisfying conclusion.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last one.


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

    It might be a stretch to say that it made me laugh or cry, but I did feel the weight of concluding a 14 volume, 8,000 page epic. One that I started reading more than 20 years ago. It also is sad to think that Robert Jordan is gone and that, for the first time in my entire adult life, there isn't going to be another Wheel of Time book coming down the road.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Oath of Fealty

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By Jeremy Johnson, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    the near future, Los Angeles is an all but uninhabitable war zone, wracked by crime, violence, pollution and poverty. But above the blighted city, a Utopia has arisen: Todos Santos, a thousand-foot high single-structured city, designed to used state-of-the-art technology to create a completely human-friendly environment, offering its dwellers everything they could want in exchange for their oath of allegiance and their constant surveillance.

    Mo Brien says: "Fun political science fiction"
    "It's an entertaining enough listen"
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    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Oath of Fealty in three words, what would they be?

    anachronistic, interesting, futuristic


    What does Jeremy Johnson and Suzanne Toren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They are quite good performers and really bring the characters to life.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a worthwhile read/listen but it's definitely a product of the time it was written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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