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  • The Elfstones of Shannara: The Shannara Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Terry Brooks
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1064)
    Performance
    (596)
    Story
    (608)

    Before the Great Wars and the Old Race of Man, there was a world populated by different beings: elves, demons, faeries, and the like. The Elves and the Demons constantly fought each other, until the Elves finally imprisoned them with the enchanted tree called the Ellcrys. Thousands of years later the Ellcrys still survives and still keeps the Demons imprisoned within the Spell of Forbidding, but not for much longer, the Ellcrys is dying.

    Aaron says: "A good story"
    "Could this book drag on any slower."
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    What disappointed you about The Elfstones of Shannara?

    An extremely descriptive book to the extreme. With all of the continual discription it leaves little room for the story.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Terry Brooks again?

    I read The Jerele Shannara about I 10 yrs ago & thought. it was excellent.


    What didn’t you like about Scott Brick’s performance?

    I thought he did an acceptable job with the material he was given.


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

    I listened to The Sword of Shannara (the 1st in the series ) & hoped for improvement and I was sadly disappointed. And anger because I was hoping for so much more.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this book completely and attempted to listen a second time, hoping it was just my frame of mind. This series definitely did not improve with the 2nd. I consider this series a very sad waist of my time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gardens of the Moon: The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Steven Erikson
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1722)
    Performance
    (1535)
    Story
    (1545)

    The Malazan Empire simmers with discontent, bled dry by interminable warfare, bitter infighting, and bloody confrontations with ancient and implacable sorcerers. Even the imperial legions, long inured to the bloodshed, yearn for some respite. Yet Empress Laseen’s rule remains absolute, enforced by her dreaded Claw assassins. For Sergeant Whiskeyjack and his squad of Bridgeburners, and for Tattersail, their lone surviving mage, the aftermath of the siege of Pale should have been a time to mourn the many dead. But Darujhistan, last of the Free Cities, yet holds out.

    Adnan says: "An engrossing yet demanding high epic"
    "Tried to listen. A book shouldn't be such work"
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    Has Gardens of the Moon turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I will not attempt to read any more books in this series.


    How could the performance have been better?

    A book should flow easily. After listening to chapters 1-8 twice, I decided that was enough.


    What character would you cut from Gardens of the Moon?

    NA


    Any additional comments?

    I truly tried but absolutely could not get into this book. I love a good syfi. This book was an unpleasant effort.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heir to Sevenwaters: Sevenwaters, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Juliet Marillier
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (132)

    The chieftains of Sevenwaters have long been custodians of a vast and mysterious forest and a new heir has been born. But the family's joy turns to despair when the baby is taken, and something unnatural is left in his place. To reclaim her newborn brother, Clodagh must enter the shadowy Otherworld and confront the powerful prince who rules there.

    MissSusie66 says: "Another great installment in series"
    "Part 2 is the only section to download"
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    Any additional comments?

    Part 2 downloads repeatedly. The section list part 1 & 2 though when sections opened only part 2 present.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Hero of Ages: Mistborn, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7693)
    Performance
    (5604)
    Story
    (5639)

    The conclusion of the Mistborn trilogy fulfills all the promise of the first two books. Revelations abound, connections rooted in early chapters of the series click into place, and surprises, as satisfying as they are stunning, blossom like fireworks to dazzle and delight. It all leads up to a finale unmatched for originality and audacity that will leave listeners shaking their heads in wonder, as if awaking from an amazing dream.

    Julio says: "Well concluded!"
    "WHAT HAPPENED TO THE EDITOR?"
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    What disappointed you about The Hero of Ages?

    I've always hated having a book//end of a trilogy ruined


    Has The Hero of Ages turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Absolutely not


    Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Kramer’s performances?

    Yes


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Hero of Ages?

    I would not have cut anything, however I would have made sure the chapters were organized correctly.


    Any additional comments?

    Saddened. It would've been so simple. The 3rd book of this trilogy was divided into 4 sections. Unfortunately, the chapters of especially the 2nd & 3rd sections of this book were completely out of order. The 2nd section had some repeated chapters of the 1st section, which in its own right was not really that troublesome. I finished the 3rd section of the book and was so upset when I realized I had just finished hearing the last 3 chapters of the book/trilogy. Disturbingly I still had the complete 4th section. I had been anxiously awaiting to hear. I've never been the type of person to peek at the back of the book and thus ruin the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Wise Man's Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12370)
    Performance
    (10485)
    Story
    (10573)

    "My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep...."

    Joe says: "Excellent, Imaginative, Beautiful, Page Turning!!!"
    "COMPLETELY INFATUATED"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to The Wise Man's Fear the most enjoyable?

    The story line keeps u sitting on the edge of your seat.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I haven't found a character I don't like.


    What about Nick Podehl’s performance did you like?

    Wonderful


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

    Laugh, cry, and left me wanting more.


    Any additional comments?

    When will the next book be out?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Windup Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3734)
    Performance
    (2097)
    Story
    (2108)

    Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

    Marius says: "Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner."
    "Odd plot and difficult to follow"
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    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    The plot was odd, periods of being difficult to follow and a good section of the book was dull/boring. I finished the book only because I hate paying for a book & not completing it. I will admit if it hadn't have been an audio book I wouldn't have completed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6920)
    Performance
    (6207)
    Story
    (6210)

    Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

    Hallie says: "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
    ""FORCE CLOSE""
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I would not advise anyone to read / listen to it.


    Has Shadow of Night turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, It just happened to be one bad apple. Afterall I did find Discovery of Witches worth the credit.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jennifer Ikeda?

    This book was not the narrator at fault, so yes possibly.


    Any additional comments?

    So very dissappointed, I enjoy a good cliffhanger, The first 3/4th of the book was very nicely paced, enjoyable, and allowing time for important details to come cleanly to the surface.Then the last 2-3 chapters of the book went into light speed and left the reader with "whiplash" and wondering what the "HECK" happened to cause the book to totally degrade. Shadow of Night left me quite disillusioned with this author.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Furies of Calderon: Codex Alera, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4712)
    Performance
    (3334)
    Story
    (3375)

    In the realm of Alera, where people bond with the furies - elementals of earth, air, fire, water, and metal - 15-year-old Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. But when his homeland erupts in chaos - when rebels war with loyalists and furies clash with furies - Tavi's simple courage will turn the tides of war.

    Eric says: "great fantasy series"
    "Jim Butcher's imagination "ROCKS""
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    Where does Furies of Calderon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A solid 9 with substance


    What other book might you compare Furies of Calderon to and why?

    Wizards First Rule, a magical universe that dtaws U
    in & before u know it ur hooked.


    What about Kate Reading’s performance did you like?

    Her quality of tone pulls you into the story to where you are no longer on the outside looking in.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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