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John

Mostly use audio books in planes these days. Know I really like a book when I find myself with earphones still on from home to hotel

Tupelo, MS, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • 34 reviews
  • 148 ratings
  • 513 titles in library
  • 23 purchased in 2014
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  • The Well of Ascension: Mistborn, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7309)
    Performance
    (5226)
    Story
    (5268)

    The impossible has been accomplished. The Lord Ruler - the man who claimed to be god incarnate and brutally ruled the world for a thousand years - has been vanquished. But Kelsier, the hero who masterminded that triumph, is dead too, and now the awesome task of building a new world has been left to his young protégé, Vin, the former street urchin who is now the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and to the idealistic young nobleman she loves.

    Robert says: "It keeps getting even better"
    "Too long - bogs down"
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    Not exactly sure why this book was titled Well of Ascension as only the last hour or so really pushes that plot point. Most (98%) of the plot deals with somewhat repetitive politics and activities in Luthadell. Most of the minimal lightness/funny moments from the first book are gone as the plot trudges through the normal middle book main character mental tortures so many trilogies follow these days. Could have cut at least 8 hours in the plot and you'd never have noticed.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Lion of Senet: Second Sons, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jennifer Fallon
    • Narrated By Joe Jameson
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    On the world Ranadon there is no night as both suns shine brightly. The intervention of Belagren, High Priestess of the Shadowdancers, and the sacrifice of a child of royal blood, has banished the Age of Shadows from the skies. Belagren's position is unquestioned...until circumstances begin to tip political rivalries into a deadlier game altogether.

    Kim says: "So excited! One of my favorite fantasy writers"
    "Too Many Plot Issues"
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    Not really a "fantasy" novel - more like a historical, fictional tale set on a planet with 2 suns. Explanations are missing about the oddity of a place with 2 suns in which a spinning planet somehow has one or both suns in the sky 24/7.... until about 2 decades earlier when the greater sun disappears for around 15 years. Political and religious turmoil erupt and continue through to this 1st novel. I suppose I could overlook the flawed science behind the premise as the 1st half of the book is OK. The 2nd half loads nearly EVERY character with such dislikeable traits that you'll think everyone has a split personality. I'm about 30 minutes from the end as of this writing and have gotten to the point that I no longer care enough to have any interest in the rest of their series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shards of Time: Nightrunner, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Lynn Flewelling
    • Narrated By Adam Danoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (48)

    Acclaimed author Lynn Flewelling brings her beloved Nightrunners series to a close - at least for now - with a thrilling novel of murder, mystery, and magic.The governor of the sacred island of Korous and his mistress have been killed inside a locked and guarded room. The sole witnesses to the crime - guards who broke down the doors, hearing the screams from within - have gone mad with terror, babbling about ghosts...and things worse than ghosts. Dispatched to Korous by the queen, master spies Alec and Seregil find all the excitement and danger they could want - and more.

    Jeremy R. Snyder says: "Deeply enjoyable installment in a great series"
    "Just Blah"
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    Loved the original books in the series. Each new edition (especially with current narrator) seems less and less substantive in scope. This one is particularly on the less epic end of the scale. Basically a fantasy/ghost based mystery. The narrator continues to offer so little that even what story there is disappoints even more. The 3 main characters have very little vocal differentiation so you're sometime not quiet sure which of the 3 are speaking.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Finnikin of the Rock

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Melina Marchetta
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (87)

    At the age of nine, Finnikin is warned by the gods that he must sacrifice a pound of flesh to save his kingdom. He stands on the rock of the three wonders with his friend Prince Balthazar and Balthazar’s cousin, Lucian, and together they mix their blood to safeguard Lumatere. But all safety is shattered during the five days of the unspeakable, when the king and queen and their children are brutally murdered in the palace.

    Jennifer says: "Simply Irresistable!"
    "Mostly Good"
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    Finnikin is the 1st of 3 in the series, but is the only book that can exist on its own. To me, it is the best of the 3 books. Nothing really new or inventive for the genre.

    Book 2 ends in incomplete storylines whereas the Finnikin book could be fine if it were the only book you listen to. There are many parts of all 3 books that are very moving and well-written. The repeated problem with the series is that situation after situation resolves around someone not saying the MOST obvious thing at that time. Arguments, flights, entire chapters revolve around characters simply not stating the obvious facts they know, but decide not to share - no rationale why - they just don't communicate. The pattern starts mid-way through Finnikin, but it does become repetitively predictable through books 2 and 3 - to the point that every major plot point depends on it There are times you just want to yell because no group of characters could be this stupid at communicating with each other.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Oath of Swords: War God, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (781)
    Performance
    (679)
    Story
    (686)

    Bahzell is no knight in shining armor, and besides he has too many problems of his own to be messing with anybody else's problems - let alone the War God's. Unfortunately, the War God has other ideas for him.

    breckoz says: "Almost Returned This One"
    "Caution - Unfinished Series"
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    It's now going on 2 years and the story is left hanging with book 4. Meanwhile, the author churns out new stuff or un-serialized books in other series. Apparently, getting to book 4 took from 1995-2012. As much as I like this series, I'd recommend skipping it as the author apparently has no regard for readers if he thinks 20 years for a fantasy series is reasonable.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Soul Weaver: Bridge of D'Arnath, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Carol Berg
    • Narrated By Gregory St. John, Daniel May, Angele Masters, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    The evil Lords of Zhev'Na kept Gerick captive for months. Although his parents rescued him, he remains tormented by his experience-and mistrusted even by those who love him. Accused of treason, Gerick flees and takes refuge in a magical realm full of outcasts, where he will discover how to use his own magical talent-soul weaving-to save his people from Zhev'Na.

    John says: "Odd Departure in Plot"
    "Odd Departure in Plot"
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    Book picks up a few years after the end of previous book in series. Same bad choice of having different readers voice different viewpoints as organized into chapters. The book title seems only lightly explored toward the end of the book. The odd departure in plot is when a major character enters a different world with his best friend for a fairly substantial part of the book. While the new world is interesting to some extent for that time, the switch to a different viewpoint in plot stops any further development - the major character and friend just suddenly appear in one of the 2 original worlds and any character from the 3rd world is never mentioned again.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Guardians of the Keep: Bridge of D'Arnath, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Carol Berg
    • Narrated By Daniel May, Gregory St. John, Jeremy Arthur, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    For 10 years, the noblewoman Seriana lived in exile, believing her husband Karon was dead, executed for practicing sorcery. But now she learns his soul has been anchored to this world by magic. He has been restored to life-though his memories of Seri are gone. When Seri's nephew is kidnapped - and a dark family secret comes to light - the two strangers will have to join together to defeat the evil Lords of Zhev'Na, who want to destroy both this world and the parallel magic realm that lies beyond.

    Sara says: "Multiple narrators should coordinate"
    "Great Setting and Start Until..."
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    Picks up "immediately" after conclusion of 1st book. The setting is more confined and manages to stay very engaging even though it's very different than book 1 in scope. Good start, BUT chapters then switch point of view from main heroine to others and a different reader then reads that chapter. On the surface that might seem OK until that character describes the same events from a different viewpoint and the others characters remain voiced (sometimes with different pronunciations) by the reader for that person in that chapter. The different readers never voice their characters together. Because the viewpoint is switching between the different characters for some of the same events, it doesn't really move the plot along very far.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Son of Avonar: Bridge of D'Arnath, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Carol Berg
    • Narrated By Angele Masters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (54)

    Magic is forbidden throughout the Four Realms. For decades, sorcerers and those associating with them were hunted to near extinction.But Seri, a Leiran noblewoman living in exile, is no stranger to defying the unjust laws of her land. She is sheltering a wanted fugitive who possesses unusual abilities-a fugitive with the fate of the realms in his hands...

    SAMK says: "Great fantasy"
    "Decent Start to New Series BUT"
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    Told through constant flashbacks from present to about a decade earlier, this initial book 1 of 4 in series does its dutiful job in fleshing out universe and staging characters. It's a little slow at times as it does take a good bit of time to really get going. It is a fairly standard medieval setting. What is good overall is the author can at times move you to actually care about what's happening emotionally.

    BUT later books in series switch from a single reader to readers for particular chapters - I'll relate the issues with that in those book reviews, but beware that change before you decide to start this one.

    0 of 3 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
    (1554)
    Performance
    (1385)
    Story
    (1394)

    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"
    "Written to Confuse On Purpose"
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    Started listening to this on an airplane and then continued on return trip. Spent the 1st 4-5 hours convinced I'd somehow bought a middle book or the 1st book in a series that had the background told previously. Nope - author just writes characters, their actions, the landscape, the whole entire universe like he wrote it down as he thought of them. Spur of the moment - no context for anything. You have parts, books, chapters all loosely driving a threadbare storyline.

    While the Audible description outlines a plot seemly based on "WhiskeyJack" character, he's actually one of the least visible characters in book. Hours 5 - rest of book didn't get any better.

    For those who talk about how complex the book is... badly written doesn't make a book complex. Will not be purchasing further books in series.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Blood of Tyrants: Temeraire, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Naomi Novik
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (266)

    Shipwrecked and cast ashore in Japan with no memory of Temeraire or his own experiences as an English aviator, Laurence finds himself tangled in deadly political intrigues that threaten not only his own life but England's already precarious position in the Far East. Age-old enmities and suspicions have turned the entire region into a powder keg ready to erupt at the slightest spark.

    Tango says: "Setting Up for the Grand Finale"
    "Another Great Volume in Excellent Series"
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    Initially begins so oddly that you wonder if you somehow missed a volume between the last book mostly set in South America and this one. You slowly learn that it does indeed pick up the tale. Overall, this book is divided between 3 situations - each as interesting as the last. I again deduct a star for overall rating because the author again randomly ends the book. This ending is even more abrupt than the ending in Book 7.. It's not so much a cliff hanger as the book just stops. Not particularly fond that that practice in this series and given the free form storyline, you begin to wonder if the series will conclude.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Siren Depths

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Martha Wells
    • Narrated By Christopher Kipiniak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (193)

    All his life, Moon roamed the Three Worlds, a solitary wanderer forced to hide his true nature - until he was reunited with his own kind, the Raksura, and found a new life as consort to Jade, sister queen of the Indigo Cloud court. But now a rival court has laid claim to him, and Jade may or may not be willing to fight for him. Beset by doubts, Moon must travel in the company of strangers to a distant realm where he will finally face the forgotten secrets of his past, even as an old enemy returns with a vengeance.

    Sharon says: "Excellence in Worldbuilding"
    "Great "Conclusion""
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    While the book leaves open possible opportunity for more (hopefully), it neatly closes most of the back-story elements of the 1st two books and even provides much of the pre-history that moved the 1st two books forward. The author manages to propel the characters into yet another new situation (this time more politically oriented initially) without loosing a step. I'm very impressed with the author's skills as she has managed to create 3 separate storylines in 3 books that are non-repetitive and leave you wishing for more.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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