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Scott

Le Grand, CA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2707)
    Performance
    (1997)
    Story
    (2024)

    With unforgettable characters, a sweeping backdrop, and passionate storytelling, this is a fantasy debut to rival that of Robert Jordan. Filled with adventure and bloodshed, pageantry and piracy, mystery and menace, Assassin's Apprentice is the story of a royal house and the young man who is destined to chart its course through tempests of change.

    Jake says: "Great book"
    "Robin Hobb's Best."
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    I had tried another Robin Hobb book prior to this one and didn't much care for it. I was a little apprehensive when I started this one. I have to say I was happily surprised to find myself liking this book right from the start.

    The story starts off with a young boy being dumped at the door of the King's castle. He is reportedly the bastard son of the prince. The boy is thrown into the stables to live, and this story follows his rise from stable boy to the respected adviser of the king.I found myself really getting into this book and the trials and tribulations of the boy.

    This is a first person book, and the narrator does a excellent job as the voice of the main character Fitz.

    I only have one problem with this book, and it's the authors insistent need to go back constantly and explain what had happened previously in the book, as if you hadn't been reading the book to that point and needed to be told what had already happened. I understand when a writer does some of this at the beginning of a new book in a series, but is it necessary within a single book?

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Allegiant: Divergent Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8963)
    Performance
    (8191)
    Story
    (8281)

    What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

    Judy says: "What a let down!"
    "Solid Ending To The Series"
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    When I started the Divergent series, I had never heard of the author, and the book had yet to take off or become a movie. I found the first book very entertaining as I learned of the world of a future Chicago with factions. The series has since become huge, and after listening to this book, I can understand why many are disappointed by the ending. I myself had doubts about this book after enjoying the second book Insurgent less than the first. I have to say though, I found Allegiant to much more enjoyable than the second book.

    Allegiant started off a little slow, but once it got going, the storyline and action kept me interested until the end. You find out the origins of the city and it's factions, and also find out that life outside the city walls are not so perfect either. There was less of the teen romance fluff in this volume that slowed down the Insurgent book, though there is still some of that here.

    If there was one thing that I would complain about in this book, it would not be the ending, it would be the added perspective of Tobias. While his addition would have been worthwhile if kept to a minimum, to go from the single perspective of Triss to having Tobias take up half the book was strange. The biggest issue for me was that I had a certain view of Tobias as seen through the eyes of Triss, and his personality seemed off when spoken in his own words. I think Ms. Roth failed a bit when writing Tobias' parts, as he seemed to think like a girl instead of a man. Some of his musings about Triss were a little too feminine.

    Overall though, I enjoyed this book, including the ending. We will not be given never ending sequels, the story is complete. I'm ok with that. The narration by Emma Galvin was very good as always, and the addition of Aaron Stanford was a little sterile, but ok.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FREE: Mitosis: A Reckoners Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 3 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (1485)
    Performance
    (1372)
    Story
    (1384)

    Epics still plague Newcago, but David and the Reckoners have vowed to fight back.

    Thomas says: "He is back!"
    "Short, Fun, And Free"
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    Our heroes David and the Reckoners fight off a former guitarist from a hair metal band who can split into many copies of himself. A quick and fun story, and you beat free.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Circle of Reign: The Dying Lands Chronicle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jacob Cooper
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (267)

    Lands die. The living light fades. An ancient darkness awakens. The Living Light that sustains Arlethia is dwindling. An unknown, vicious enemy approaches in stealth from beyond the northern glaciers, a wasteland of ice that spans hundreds of miles. A clandestine brotherhood of assassins, held in check by the Light for millennia, seeks to break their maledictive shackles and unleash their bloodlust upon the world.

    Andrew Stone says: "I LIKED IT!"
    "Exciting New Author and Series"
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    When starting a new book, especially the first in a series from an author you haven't read before, there is always that getting comfortable period at the beginning. This is especially true with an audiobook. Are you investing time in a book that you won't want to continue the series? What's going on, and who's who? Do I like the narrator, and the way he reads the book?

    Fortunately with Circle Of Reign, I seemed to quickly feel comfortable with this book. The story of Reign, a young girl who witnesses tragedy at an early age, and who along with her brother grow to fight the forces trying to wipe out her people, was both exciting and endearing. And while this may sound like yet another coming of age story, the setting and world was unique and the characters interesting and likable.

    The narration by Mr. Kramer was perfect as always, and also helped with me quickly get into a comfort level with the story. Overall a very good first book. Looking forward to the next one.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Slow Regard of Silent Things: Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2.5

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (581)
    Performance
    (542)
    Story
    (543)

    Deep below the University, there is a dark place. Few people know of it: a broken web of ancient passageways and abandoned rooms. A young woman lives there, tucked among the sprawling tunnels of the Underthing, snug in the heart of this forgotten place. Her name is Auri, and she is full of mysteries. The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a brief, bittersweet glimpse of Auri’s life, a small adventure all her own. At once joyous and haunting, this story offers a chance to see the world through Auri’s eyes. And it gives the reader a chance to learn things that only Auri knows.... In this book, Patrick Rothfuss brings us into the world of one of The Kingkiller Chronicle’s most enigmatic characters. Full of secrets and mysteries, The Slow Regard of Silent Things is the story of a broken girl trying to live in a broken world.

    christopher says: "I love you man, but the book is bad."
    "A Strange Little Tale"
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    The Slow Regard Of Silent Things is the story of Ari, or is supposed to be anyway. It is more like seven days in the live of Ari. Reading some of the reviews posted here, it seems most people either love or hate this story. It's either a wonderful tale of the beloved girl from the Kingkiller Chronicle, or a boring tale that has no action or ties to the original story. I found it to be close to what I expected, but lacking for the complete story I was hoping for.

    I went in to this book knowing that it was a short story based Ari, and had hoped it would shed some light as to why she had become the scared girl hiding under the university. Unfortunately, we are given mostly a week of Ari carrying on with her daily rituals of life for a weeks time. I have to say, for about three quarters of the book I enjoyed learning about Ari and her unfortunate struggle with her mental health. She is an endearing character, and you can't help but feel for her. After a while though, you realize that the mysteries of how she became in such a state will not be revealed here.

    As for the narration, I don't think I have yet enjoyed a book read by the author. It was almost reason for me to skip this book entirely. After listening, I think Patrick did an ok job with this, and you could tell he was enthusiastic about the reading, however I couldn't help but feeling throughout the book how much better it would have been if a female reader would have been used. This would have given Ari more life.

    Overall, at only three hours, I feel this book is worth a listen, and am glad I purchased it.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • City of Stairs

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Robert Jackson Bennett
    • Narrated By Alma Cuervo
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    The city of Bulikov once wielded the powers of the gods to conquer the world, enslaving and brutalizing millions - until its divine protectors were killed. Now Bulikov has become just another colonial outpost of the world's new geopolitical power, but the surreal landscape of the city itself - first shaped, now shattered, by the thousands of miracles its guardians once worked upon it - stands as a constant, haunting reminder of its former supremacy. Into this broken city steps Shara Thivani.

    Ryan says: "Fantasy spy thriller, some world-building issues"
    "Something Different"
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    Wanting a break from my usual listening fare, I decided to give City of Stairs a listen. The book is described as a fantasy, but it is definitely not your typical story of Kings and Knights set in a world of Elves and Ogres. City of Stairs is set in a world with magic and wonders, but also some modern conveniences.

    This book would seem to have all you need for a fantastic journey, starting with a very good performance by Alma Cuervo as the narrator, who's voice seemed perfect for the main character Sharra. The premise of the story is good as well. In a city built by gods, Sharra is a secret agent who has come to investigate the murder of a top government employee by the long suppressed people of the city. The gods have been killed by a long since dead relative of Sharra herself, and their country has been occupied ever since.

    I liked the premise of this story right from the beginning, however quickly found out that there are some issues with this book as well. To start, the first half of the book starts to bog down as there is nothing really happening other than long sequences of info dumps. Characters seem to sit around and tell the story of how the city came into being rather than the story naturally laying out what had happened as the story progresses. In one example, Sharra is confronted by a city leader over her questioning of a citizen of the city. She reluctantly lets the citizen leave, and then is so angry that she invites everyone around her to the kitchen where she cooks a meal for them and proceeds to tell the entire history of every god, including what their beliefs are, their relationship with the other gods, and how they died. All interesting stuff, but the scenario made no sense, and the telling drug out miserably.

    Other issues were the setting itself. I was intrigued by the setting initially as fantasy type books usually don't include such things as cars, trains, and guns. The odd thing though is that even though Sharra arrives and departs on a train, then rides in a car to the embassy, and speaks about the use of guns hundreds of years before, none of these things are featured much in the story. Cars are available, but everyone walks everywhere. Guns are available, yet everyone uses swords, knives, and cross bolts. Trains and cars have been invented, but modern conveniences like lights, plumbing, or phones have not. It's a little confusing.

    Overall, despite the slow start, once the story gets going and the action picks up, I did find myself enjoying this book. The characters were mostly likable, and that carries a story with some holes in it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor's Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Angela Lin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1070)
    Performance
    (971)
    Story
    (983)

    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"
    "Lot's Of Fun Packed In A Little Story"
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    Preferring to get the most out of my money for the credits I am allowed each month, I have never used one of them on a story this short before. However, being a big fan of Mr. Sanderson, and seeing many good reviews for this book, I decided to make an exception this one time.

    I think after listening this book is worth the credit I used on it. It is a very short story, but typical with Sanderson's books, I found myself quickly absorbed in this story about a girl who is kidnapped and then ordered to use illegal magic to remake the soul of the Emperor. Angela Lin's narration was perfect for this story, bringing out the personality of the characters.

    If there is any downside to this tale it would be that it leaves you wanting so much more. I hope Mr. Sanderson comes back to this story again in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tower Lord: Raven's Shadow, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Anthony Ryan
    • Narrated By Steven Brand
    Overall
    (1822)
    Performance
    (1723)
    Story
    (1729)

    Vaelin Al Sorna, warrior of the Sixth Order, called Darkblade, called Hope Killer. The greatest warrior of his day, and witness to the greatest defeat of his nation: King Janus' vision of a Greater Unified Realm drowned in the blood of brave men fighting for a cause Vaelin alone knows was forged from a lie. Sick at heart, he comes home, determined to kill no more. Named Tower Lord of the Northern Reaches by King Janus's grateful heir, he can perhaps find peace in a colder, more remote land far from the intrigues of a troubled Realm.

    Jack says: "The Great Swampy Middle!"
    "Don't Believe the Negative Reviews"
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    After listening to Blood Song, I felt it was one of the best books I had listened to all year, if not one of the best I have listened to period. I was very excited for the release of Tower Lord, and pre-ordered it. However, before I could listen to it, I started to see reviews panning the book for it's change from a first person point of view used in the first book to a multiple person point of view. Since I loved the format of the first book, and after reading the bad reviews of the second, I started off my listen of Tower Lord with a negative impression before even getting started.

    After finishing the book, I'm happy to say my doubts were all for nothing. I found myself enjoying this book from the get go, and never looked back. I found the new POV's storylines to be just as interesting and exciting as the storyline of Vaelin. Of the three new characters, only Riva is a new addition to the story, and her part intertwines with Vaelin’s for much of the book. The others are Princess Lerner, who finds herself maturing into a leader a she travels as an ambassador to foreign lands, and Frintis, Vaelin’s friend and comrade from The Order whom is thought to be dead. Of the three, I found myself most enjoying Frintis’ storyline. Thought killed in the war, Frintis is instead taken as a slave and turned into an assassin by a mysterious woman with magical powers. The other character’s stories were also very interesting, as well as Vaelin’s part in the book, which in my opinion doesn’t suffer at all with the new additions.

    Overall, though initially having doubts, I found this book every bit as much as enjoyable as Blood Song. I never would have believed it prior to listening, but I think Mr. Ryan made the right call by opening up the book to more characters. While the single POV format of the first book was perfect for that part of the story, multiple POVs will undoubtably expand this story into something much bigger. The narration by Steven Brand was spot on once again. Excellent series so far.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Widow's House: The Dagger and the Coin, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Daniel Abraham
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (187)

    Lord Regent Geder Palliako's war has led his nation and the priests of the spider goddess to victory after victory. No power has withstood him, except for the heart of the one woman he desires. As the violence builds and the cracks in his rule begin to show, he will risk everything to gain her love or else her destruction. Clara Kalliam, the loyal traitor, is torn between the woman she once was and the woman she has become. With her sons on all sides of the conflict, her house cannot stand, but there is a power in choosing when and how to fall.

    Brian says: "Please Don't Make Me Wait Long For The Final Book!"
    "Another Excellent Book In The Series"
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    Wow, four books in, and you would expect a low in the series. Not happening here. The Dagger and the Coin series has been excellent so far, and the excellence continues here.

    The book continues the same format as the others, with four central characters split among the chapters. Geder's now control's much of the world, as it is now clear the Spider Priests wish not to rule the world, but to throw it into caos. While Geder has become a tyrant, you can empathize with him as he is still a chubby boy who has been picked on most of his life within his mind. He is manipulated by those he trusts, and you feel that he is beginning to realize that he has gone too far. The other charters continue their attempts to stop Geder as the war spreads farther and farther.

    This book is action packed, and it is a welcome relief to enjoy a series which gets better with each book. The narration is solid as always. I am eagerly anticipating the final book in the Dagger and the Coin.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Tyrant's Law

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Daniel Abraham
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (461)
    Performance
    (426)
    Story
    (427)

    The great war cannot be stopped. The tyrant Geder Palliako had led his nation to war, but every victory has called forth another conflict. Now the greater war spreads out before him, and he is bent on bringing peace. No matter how many people he has to kill to do it. Cithrin bel Sarcour, rogue banker of the Medean Bank, has returned to the fold. Her apprenticeship has placed her in the path of war, but the greater dangers are the ones in her past and in her soul.

    Cody says: "Great Story Continues"
    "No Let Down As Series Continues"
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    This series has really grown on me, and The Tyrant's Law is no exception. While often an epic fantasy series will become bogged down in middle books, this series grows stronger and better with each book.

    This book continues in the format of the last two, with the chapters divided among four main characters, Cithrin, the voice of the Madean Bank, Captain Wester, her body guard and friend, Geder, the naive minor noble who has made his way to power with the help of a dark foreign priest, and with the death of her husband, Clara now takes over as a main character in the book, and it is her story that drive much of the tale here.

    The story itself broadens out, while at the same time, brings into focus the direction each character's role within the story. Geder continues to be manipulated by the Spider Preist, and his extreme paranoia sparks a deadly reign. The other characters conspire to bring him down, with Clara seeking to topple him from within, and Cithrin without. Captain Wester and Master Kip seek a long lost magical weapon to use against him. The country and the world itself are falling to war and famine.

    Overall, this series is becoming one of my favorites. Both the writing and narration combine for an excellent book. I highly recommend this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The King's Blood: The Dagger and the Coin, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Daniel Abraham
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (544)
    Performance
    (499)
    Story
    (507)

    Acclaimed author Daniel Abraham’s works have been nominated for the Hugo Award and the World Fantasy Award. In this compelling follow-up to The Dragon’s Path, Geder Palliako enjoys high social standing as protector to the crown prince of Antea - but a looming war threatens to change his way of life. Meanwhile, Cithrin bel Sarcour is counting her blessings: long under close surveillance, she hopes a battle will be the opportunity she needs to regain her freedom.

    Dave says: "The Best Kept Secret in Epic Fantasy Continues"
    "The Action Ramps Up"
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    While the first book was very good, The King's Blood takes the Dagger and the Coin series to a new level. The book retains the same structure as the first book, with chapters split between the four main characters, as well as few chapters to other characters. This works well to keep the pace of the book entertaining.

    This series is not your typical fantasy series, as the usual fairies, elves, and other fantasy creatures are replaced by races of people made in the long lost past by dragons. They vary in type from human to humanoid like people with scales and fur. As with any population with varying races, some are wealthy, and some are victims to prejudice. There is some magic in the series, but it is not a common trait in the book, and is not a quality used by any of the main characters.

    This book is driven mainly by the characters, all of whom are likable in their own way, even the villain. My favorite is Cithrin, an orphan girl who is taken in by the local bank branch, and who grows into a powerful bank manager. The other three main characters are Geder, a minor nobel who despite his bumbling nature grows to power, and becomes the villain previously noted. Captain Wester, an ex military general, who takes in Cithirin as replacement for his fallen daughter, and Dawson, a high nobel and adviser to the King, who sees the world as black and white, and is determined to force his will on the country. Also given a few chapters were Clara, Dawson's wife, and Master Kit, a traveling actor who is more than he seems.

    Both this book and the Dragon's Path are driven by these characters, and I found myself looking forward to the next chapter to see what they were up to next. While their paths didn't often correspond in the first book, they begin to intertwine in this one as the story begins to take shape.

    Overall, this was a very entertaining listen for me, as both the story and the narration were top notch.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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