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Anna

AUSTIN, TX, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Hobbit (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By uncredited
    Overall
    (407)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (233)

    The radio dramatisation of The Hobbit became a classic when it was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1968 and it continues to delight today. Tolkien's famous saga, the prelude to the Lord of the Rings, has all the ingredients of fantasy and adventure: dwarves, elves, goblins and trolls, a fearsome dragon, a great wizard, a perilous quest, and a dramatic climax.

    Mary says: "Takes a little getting used to"
    "Short but Good"
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    It took a little while to get used to the songs, but that was part of the original book and should be included. It was entertaining, fun, and a pretty good dramatization of the book. If anything it was a little short and glossed over the details, but I enjoyed it. It would be good material for a car trip, especially with kids.

    0 of 0 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
    (6524)
    Performance
    (4553)
    Story
    (4585)

    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!"
    "Derailed"
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    I feel like this series took an unexpected turn. I know that Brandon Sanderson, the author, started writing the 'wheel of time' series, and I feel like the story and mythology of the 'wheel of time' series heavily influenced the final book of the Mistborn series.

    Suddenly I was reading about an epic struggle between a pure evil force and powerful but obviously mortal main characters as an impending doomsday looms overhead. The evil force gathers power and mocks the protagonists as they rush about to find an unlikely way to beat it. Sound familiar? The bad guy and the plot are just too much like the wheel of time series and too unlike book 1 and 2 from Mistborn.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8587)
    Performance
    (6022)
    Story
    (6056)

    For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

    Lore says: "Book 1 of a great series that is not to be missed!"
    "Best book in the series"
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    This story was amazing. The characters, magic, and plot are so well developed and so intriguing that I couldn't put this down. I stayed up all night listening! This is the first book in the Mistborn series, and I honestly think it's the best. Somehow, book 2 and 3 didn't quite live up to the complex, intriguing, exciting, and unforgettable 'Final Empire.' That's not to say you shouldn't finish the series, but 'The Final Empire' is just so memorable and haunting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John J. Ratey
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    Overall
    (2626)
    Performance
    (1660)
    Story
    (1641)

    Did you know you can beat stress, lift your mood, fight memory loss, sharpen your intellect, and function better than ever simply by elevating your heart rate and breaking a sweat? The evidence is incontrovertible: Aerobic exercise physically remodels our brains for peak performance.

    Kathleen says: "Spark"
    "Highly Recommended for Everyone"
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    I love the style of this book. The author gives solid facts and science instead of just anecdotal evidence to support his ideas about exercise. This book sparked my interest in neuroplasticity and sparked my motivation to exercise more. I think this is one of my favorite books from audible!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fool Moon: The Dresden Files, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7910)
    Performance
    (5944)
    Story
    (5923)

    Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is Chicago's only openly practicing wizard. He is also dead broke. His vast knowledge and magical skills are unfortunately matched by his talent for making powerful enemies and alienating friends. With little more than his integrity left, he accepts an offer of work from Lt. Karin Murphy of Chicago's Special Investigations Unit. He wants to redeem himself in Murphy's eyes and make enough money to quiet his rumbling stomach.

    pterion says: "I'm liking Harry more and more"
    "Good story, noisy narration"
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    I like this series, but I have a difficult time enjoying the audiobook because of the narration. The reader makes a lot of mouth noises like he's eating toffee, and he breathes and swallows very loudly. He does a good job with the characters, but I have a hard time getting into the story because of all the background mouth noise.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hammered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7050)
    Performance
    (6401)
    Story
    (6404)

    Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is worse than a blowhard and a bully - he’s ruined countless lives and killed scores of innocents. After centuries, Viking vampire Leif Helgarson is ready to get his vengeance, and he’s asked his friend Atticus O’Sullivan, the last of the Druids, to help take down this Norse nightmare.One survival strategy has worked for Atticus for more than two thousand years: stay away from the guy with the lightning bolts. But things are heating up in Atticus’s home base of Tempe, Arizona....

    Hallie says: "Love this series!"
    "Witty and Fantastic"
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    Would you listen to Hammered again? Why?

    Yes, I would read the whole series again and again. The story is so exciting and fun.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's hard to choose. I love Oberon, but it's hard not to love him. I really like the main character. His personality and his magical abilities are well developed. The mythology in the book is great.


    Any additional comments?

    I can hardly wait for the next book in the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hexed: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7935)
    Performance
    (7129)
    Story
    (7148)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, doesn’t care much for witches. Still, he’s about to make nice with the local coven by signing a mutually beneficial nonaggression treaty when suddenly the witch population in modern-day Tempe, Arizona, quadruples overnight. And the new girls are not just bad, they’re badasses with a dark history on the German side of World War II. With a fallen angel feasting on local high school students, a horde of Bacchants blowing in from Vegas, and a dangerously sexy Celtic goddess of fire vying for his attention, Atticus is having trouble scheduling the witch hunt.

    Adam says: "Authenticity, Humor and Brilliant Writing"
    "Great Story"
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    If you could sum up Hexed in three words, what would they be?

    Imaginative, Exciting, Humorous


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the characters. The characters in the story have the right balance of funny/lightheartedness and serious/tension. Oberon is my favorite character.


    Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've listened to all the Iron Druid books. I think he does a fantastic job in all of them. Great narration!


    Any additional comments?

    I've gone though the mistborn series, the kingkiller chronicles, the song of fire and ice, and lots of other fantasy series. I think this one is my favorite!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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