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Jesse

Saint Peters, MO, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11729)
    Performance
    (9119)
    Story
    (9179)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Lore says: "Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!"
    "Can't wait for more"
    Overall

    This is a very, very long book. When it ended, I wished it were ten times this length. By the end, I truly cared for all of the main characters, and I'm eager to know what happens next. I didn't care as much for some of the intermissions, because they tended to focus on more disposable characters, but mostly just because I wanted to know what was going to happen to Kaladin, Dalinar, and Shallan. It's a great book, and I think it is required reading (or listening, I suppose) by every fan of epic fantasy.

    The narration is really good. It took me a little while to adjust each time the narrator changed, but both narrators were great.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Last Argument of Kings: The First Law: Book Three

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (3183)
    Performance
    (2388)
    Story
    (2400)

    The end is coming. Logen Ninefingers might only have one more fight in him but it’s going to be a big one. Battle rages across the North, the King of the Northmen still stands firm and there’s only one man who can stop him. His oldest friend and his oldest enemy. It’s time for the Bloody-Nine to come home. With too many masters and too little time, Superior Glokta is fighting a different kind of war. A secret struggle in which no-one is safe and no-one can be trusted.

    Lore says: "You have be realistic about these things."
    "A disappointing ending to a fantastic trilogy"
    Overall

    Short version: I wouldn't recommend it.

    Warning, this review will contain spoilers.

    I really love Abercrombie's writing style, and he is excellent at developing characters. Unfortunately, I'm left wondering if he dislikes his readers and wants to punish us. Apart for Glokta, I felt like all of the protagonists story lines are left in limbo, and it felt very unsatisfying. (I'm not asking for a happy ending. Just not to be left feeling so incomplete.) Who ends a trilogy with a cliffhanger?

    I really want to know what happens next. Is Logen dead? If not, is The Bloody Nine gone forever? Will Bayaz ever get his comeuppance? Will Jezal ever manage to find happiness in his marriage? Is Ferro doomed to madness and death? What/who is left alive inside The Maker's House? But I don't know if I'm willing to take a risk with Abercrombie again to ever find out.

    Say one thing about Logen Ninefingers, say his author left him hanging.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Changes: The Dresden Files, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5635)
    Performance
    (4101)
    Story
    (4101)

    Long ago, Susan Rodriguez was Harry Dresden's lover-until she was attacked by his enemies, leaving her torn between her own humanity and the bloodlust of the vampiric Red Court. Susan then disappeared to South America, where she could fight both her savage gift and those who cursed her with it.Now Arianna Ortega, Duchess of the Red Court, has discovered a secret Susan has long kept, and she plans to use it-against Harry.

    Amazon Customer says: "WOW. I'm stunned!"
    "Best Dresden yet"
    Overall

    This is one of those audiobooks that started out as fuel for my commute, but ended with me glued to my mp3 player until I reached the end. As usual, I'm totally thrilled with Mr. Butcher's work.

    I've read all of the Dresden and Codex Alera books, but this is the first I've listened to as an audiobook. James Marsters knocked it right out of the park. I enjoyed the narrating enough that I'm tempted to pick up the other Dresden novels in audiobook format. Fantastic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Neon Rain: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3104)
    Performance
    (1899)
    Story
    (1894)

    New York Times best-selling author James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux novels began with this first hard-hitting entry in the series. In The Neon Rain, Detective Robicheaux fishes a prostitute's corpse from a New Orleans bayou and finds that no one, not even the law, cares about a dead hooker.

    S. Sand says: "The perfect combination of author and narrator"
    "Not my favorite"
    Overall

    I tend to like these sort of novels, but I just couldn't find any empathy for the protagonist in this one. In every situation he winds up in, he constantly makes exactly the wrong decisions.

    By the end of the novel, I was hoping that he would be arrested and put in prison. Dave Robicheaux is a villain, not a hero. In this novel he commits assault, arson, and murder without punishment. Meanwhile, he's condemning those around him for their crimes.

    Despite my lack of connection with the protagonist, I did think the story was well written. Maybe I'll check out some of Burke's non-Robicheaux novels.

    Will Patton does a fantastic job narrating here.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Warbreaker

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By James Yaegashi
    Overall
    (3140)
    Performance
    (2294)
    Story
    (2313)

    An author whose previous, wildly successful novels have earned him a reputation as fantasy's master of magic, Brandon Sanderson continues to dazzle audiences with this tale of princesses and gods. In this extraordinary world, those who attain glory return as gods. And those who can master the essence known as breath can perform the most wondrous miracles - or unleash the most devastating havoc.

    Robert says: "What's Your god like?"
    "Another fantastic novel from Brandon Sanderson"
    Overall

    This is my fifth Brandon Sanderson novel, and I think it's my favorite one yet. I really felt connected to the characters, and I wish the story didn't have to end so that I could spend more time with them. I particularly like the magic system that was created for this story.
    The narration is good. It's always easy to tell which character is speaking, and I felt that the voices fit well. Lightsong is high pitched and silly, Vasher is dark and broody, and Denth fits perfectly somewhere between them.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Beauty and the Beast

    • UNABRIDGED (51 mins)
    • By Andrew Lang
    • Narrated By Roscoe Orman
    Overall
    (599)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (188)

    The classic story of Beauty and the Beast....

    Northern Latitude Lagniappe says: "A classic story beautifully read"
    "A nice production of the classic story"
    Overall

    I've been looking for stories for my daughter, and I think this one will do nicely. There's nothing terribly scary in this version, which is something you sometimes find in classic fairy tales. As for the narrations, I liked it for the most part. I didn't care for when the narrator tried to do a high pitched voice for Beauty, but that's a minor complaint, and didn't really detract from the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Elantris

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4648)
    Performance
    (3102)
    Story
    (3149)

    Legendary science fiction author Orson Scott Card calls Brandon Sanderson a writer to watch, and Publishers Weekly says his debut is "outstanding." Once the godlike rulers of the capital of Arelon, the inhabitans of Elantris have been imprisoned within themselves, unable to die after the city's magic failed years ago. But when a new prince falls victim to the curse, he refuses to accept his fate.

    Lore says: "What if your body could never heal?"
    "Fantastic!"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book. I normally listen to audiobooks for about an hour and a half a day, during my commute to and from work. About 2/3 through Elantris, I started carrying my mp3 player with me and couldn't stop until I'd finished it. I would highly recommend this book.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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