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  • The Godfather

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Mario Puzo
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (522)
    Performance
    (476)
    Story
    (478)

    More than 40 years ago, Mario Puzo wrote his iconic portrait of the Mafia underworld as told through the fictional first family of American crime, the Corleones. The leader, Vito Corleone, is the Godfather. He is a benevolent despot who stops at nothing to gain and hold power. His command post is a fortress on Long Island from which he presides over a vast underground empire that includes the rackets, gambling, bookmaking, and unions. His influence runs through all levels of American society, from the cop on the beat to the nation's mighty.

    Dana says: "Huge fan of the movie, loved this audiobook!"
    "A Classic For a Reason"
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    Where does The Godfather rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Godfather is an excellent piece of storytelling. I love good character stories, and Puzo delivers. One of the best books I have listened to this year, I had a hard time putting down my headset while immersed in Puzo's world of love, lust, greed, betrayal and power. If you liked the movies, you'll love the book!


    What other book might you compare The Godfather to and why?

    I have a hard time comparing the Godfather to any one book. The character work is reminiscent to Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn & Way of Kings) or Robert Jordan (Wheel of Time). The gritty feel and milieu in general are something straight out of a Robert Parker (author of the Spencer novels).


    What about Joe Mantegna’s performance did you like?

    Joe Mantegna's performance of the book was one of the major factors that helped with my personal immersion. Through his voice, I could see the emotions of the characters. Also, his narration style was a good fit for the milieu established by Parker.


    If you could take any character from The Godfather out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Michael Corleone. His character journey was particularly exquisite and by far the most sympathetic character in the book for me.


    Any additional comments?

    I picked up this book on a strong recommendation, even though it doesn't fit into what is "normal" for my tastes. I'm glad that I did! Excellent listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6813)
    Performance
    (6011)
    Story
    (6006)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Konstantin says: "Suprizingly entertaining"
    "I Got What I Paid For and Loved Every Moment"
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    When I purchased Monster Hunter International (MHI), I was expecting an action packed book filled with violence, cool guns, interesting tactics and a good time. The literary equivalent of an action movie. And you know what? Like action movies, this book was awesome. Correia provides a book that is entertaining from beginning to end, the plot was engaging, the prose was littered with gallows humor and I enjoyed the narrative voice. I felt as if a war buddy was telling a story about the good old days. The characters (especially many of the females) are a bit flat, gun porn is rampant and few deep thoughts are inspired by the book. However, the book is very honest about what it is from the first chapter and if you can accept that, you'll have a great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Fleet: Dauntless

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4707)
    Performance
    (3226)
    Story
    (3261)

    Captain John "Black Jack" Geary's legendary exploits are known to every schoolchild. Revered for his heroic "last stand" in the early days of the war, he was presumed dead. But a century later, Geary miraculously returns from survival hibernation and reluctantly takes command of the Alliance fleet as it faces annihilation by the Syndics.

    Appalled by the hero-worship around him, Geary is nevertheless a man who will do his duty. And he knows that bringing the stolen Syndic hypernet key safely home is the Alliance's one chance to win the war. But to do that, Geary will have to live up to the impossibly heroic "Black Jack" legend.

    AudioAddict says: "A hero with a sexy voice!"
    "Quality Reading"
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    If you could sum up The Lost Fleet: Dauntless in three words, what would they be?

    Impossible odds, impossible solutions. (I know, four words, but sue me)


    What did you like best about this story?

    The protagonist finds himself in an impossible situation. He sucks it up and wins. With style, with class, with honor. Campbell's done well.


    Have you listened to any of Christian Rummel and Jack Campbell ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    My first listen to either of these narrators, but the narration was great. Rummel's the voice of Blackjack now.


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

    Extreme outward reaction? Not this book, though some of the later in the series. I did not hesitate to get the next in the series though. One book and I was hooked.


    Any additional comments?

    I purchased the physical copies of the entire series to lend out. Yeah, they are that good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Omen Machine: A Richard and Kahlan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Sam Tsoutsouvas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1038)
    Performance
    (905)
    Story
    (910)

    An accident leads to the discovery of a mysterious machine that has rested hidden deep underground for countless millennia. The machine awakens to begin issuing a series of increasingly alarming, if minor, omens. The omens turn out to be astonishingly accurate, and ever more ominous. As Zedd tries to figure out how to destroy the sinister device, the machine issues a cataclysmic omen involving Richard and Kahlan, foretelling an impending event beyond anyone’s ability to stop. As catastrophe approaches, the machine then reveals that it is within its power to withdraw the omen....

    Alan says: "Different"
    "Same Old Tricks - I Had to Put it Down"
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    Would you try another book from Terry Goodkind and/or Sam Tsoutsouvas?

    Not likely. I was an avid fan of the Sword of Truth series, but this book was a disappointment. I might pick up another Goodkind given a good review from a friend, but I don't plan on searching anymore out. I have no strong feelings on Tsoutsouvas.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Terry Goodkind again?

    I'll go back and listen to his earlier works, definitely. I did and still do enjoy them..


    What does Sam Tsoutsouvas bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I'm not sure that he brought anything special to the book.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was simply too predictable. When I found myself successfully predicting the next line (s), I was done. I was not engaged after the first third of the book, so I moved on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elantris

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4163)
    Performance
    (2666)
    Story
    (2710)

    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?"
    "The Work of Young Author"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes. The heroine made it worth it. I loved her spirit, wit and humor. I also enjoyed watching the male lead work to turn a dystopia into a home.


    If you’ve listened to books by Brandon Sanderson before, how does this one compare?

    I've listened to most of Sanderson's library. This book was his first published work and my least favorite. His writing ability gets much better from here.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jack Garrett?

    Yes. Garrett's narration added to the story yet remained unobtrusive.


    Do you think Elantris needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. It's fine as a stand alone and is self contained enough to do so. Also, I'd say that the author's skill has grown to such a degree that a follow up would seem out of place.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Sanderson's other works, this is a good read. If you've never read anything from him, I'd recommend starting elsewhere. This book does not do his current skill level justice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3238)
    Performance
    (2920)
    Story
    (2951)

    Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is now on the verge of modernity, with railroads to supplement the canals, electric lighting in the streets and the homes of the wealthy, and the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds.Kelsier, Vin, Elend, Sazed, Spook, and the rest are now part of history—or religion. Yet the old magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy continue to play a role in this reborn world....

    Timothy says: "Pleased, yet wanting more..."
    "Where's the Next Book?"
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    Would you listen to The Alloy of Law again? Why?

    Without hesitation. The Alloy of Law was entertaining, engaging, thought provoking and well written. I alternatively wanted to buy the characters drinks and smack them upside the head.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Alloy of Law?

    The opening scene. It has stuck in my head incredibly vividly and serves to shape the protagonist for the rest of the book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the protagonist's lab is blown up by an agent of the antagonist. Surprising, but inevitable, the twist added a great deal to the story.


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

    Laugh frequently. And curse. And hold my breath. Towards the end of the book a decision is made by a character. When I heard it, I blurted, "You moron!" The gentleman in line in front of me did not take that so well...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (10095)
    Performance
    (7573)
    Story
    (7617)

    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!"
    "Epic In All Proportions - A Masterpiece!"
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    Where does The Way of Kings rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Way of Kings has climbed to the top of my favorites list, a book I've listened to three times since purchasing. I've enjoyed it as much the latest time as the first as new layers become visible with each new read. The characters are complex, believable and interesting. The milieu is expansive and explored in a way that makes me want to know more, to visit again. The storylines are well paced and engaging.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I have to pick one thing? *ponders* Characters. I love good character stories, and this book is character driven. You can see the effect each character's decisions have on the world around them and the effects the actions in the rest of the world have on the characters.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to readings by both Kate Reading and Michael Kramer many times. They both deliver in this book the excellence I have come to expect of their performances.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, the book was too massive for that. But I rarely noticed the hours passing as I listened.


    Any additional comments?

    Fantastic work! When asked for a recommendation, one of my first questions is usually, "Have you read The Way of Kings?"

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  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34565)
    Performance
    (25682)
    Story
    (26041)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Hungry for More"
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    What did you love best about The Hunger Games?

    Like many, I read this book in anticipation of the movie. I wasn't disappointed in either count. Collins tells an action driven story from the front to the back cover and the book is very entertaining. Katniss is a strong, sympathetic character and watching the world from her point of view adds depth and interest.


    What other book might you compare The Hunger Games to and why?

    The Hunger Games stands out in its storytelling style, very reminiscent of television (which is where Collins' experience apparently lies). It's very different from anything else in the library.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    How to say this without spoiling...? The final scene of the Hunger Game itself. How Katniss chooses to end the main conflict of the book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. Alas my life does not allow that amount of time. However, it was pretty close to being listened to in that way.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book greatly and intend to relisten some time. The book can stand as a stand alone if you are not interested in listening to the other parts of the triology.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26808)
    Performance
    (20673)
    Story
    (20872)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    A User says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "Traumatized Teens Slow Down Stories"
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    What did you like best about Mockingjay? What did you like least?

    What I liked most and least about Mockingjay are related. Starting positive, I really enjoyed the believability of the characters, that their reactions and actions seemed inevitable given the world that Collins has established. However, I think that Collins takes this approach too far with the emotional damage she heaps on her protagonist, Katniss. As reasonable as her reactions are, the reactions in and of themselves had the tendancy to slow down the story as Katniss "checks out" for sections of the book. Not something I appreciated from the only viewpoint into this world.


    What was most disappointing about Suzanne Collins’s story?

    As mentioned above, it was the pacing. The viewpoint character is so strongly effected by the situations she finds herself in that the pacing is very strongly effected.


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

    To my knowledge, I haven't listened to anything else by Mrs McCormick. I have neither high praise for her performance, nor any real criticism. Her voice was a very good mechanism for the delivery of the book and faded into the background. Like good prose, a good narration does not distract the reader from the story.


    Was Mockingjay worth the listening time?

    Yes. I enjoyed the book. It was a good finale to the series. However, I will not be listening to it again. My girlfriend chose this book as the soundtrack to a road trip, but could not finish it (for many of the reasons I mentioned above). I however, pushed through and was glad I did.


    Any additional comments?

    If you liked the first two books of the series, listening to Mockingjay would give good closure.

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