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Spencer

Downingtown, PA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • 14 purchased in 2014
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  • Elantris

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3974)
    Performance
    (2489)
    Story
    (2530)

    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?"
    "Well written and interesting to read"
    Overall

    If I owned the actual book and not the audiobook I would classify this as a real page turner.

    This is one of the most original pieces of fantasy literature that I have had the pleasure of reading in a long time. The magic system, religions and cultures, while not totally unique, have enough of a twist on them to keep the story interesting. The book is not as complex as some other books in the fantasy genre but its simplicity is, in a sense, refreshing. Brandon does a superb job of helping the reader feel like they are part of the story.

    Once I started listening I just couldn't stop... I found myself looking forward to driving to and from work so I could listen to the book... once I arrived at my destination I found myself sitting in the car for those few extra minutes just to hear what was going to happen next.

    Since listening I have purchased it as a gift for my two brothers and will be buying it for my nephew this Christmas.

    34 of 38 people found this review helpful
  • Furies of Calderon: Codex Alera, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3931)
    Performance
    (2608)
    Story
    (2644)

    In the realm of Alera, where people bond with the furies - elementals of earth, air, fire, water, and metal - 15-year-old Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. But when his homeland erupts in chaos - when rebels war with loyalists and furies clash with furies - Tavi's simple courage will turn the tides of war.

    Eric says: "great fantasy series"
    "Interesting Concept with a Solid Story."
    Overall

    The Furies of Calderon is book 1 of a 6 book series. It is basically one big story broken up into chunks. I enjoyed the story and thought the magic system, called fury craft, was fun and well thought out. While I enjoyed the story it was a bit simplistic in nature. It felt like something a young adult would read and really enjoy however; there were parts (in all six books) where sexual innuendo is used. As an adult I didn't mind these short parts and Mr. Butcher did a good job of keeping things relatively clean... I just think that they seemed unnecessary. As a result I would not recommend this book for kinds under 12 or 13 years of age. I rated this story as a three because I thought it was good but not great. It kept me interested and I ended up listening to all six books. Just don't expect something on par with some of the more involved or complex fantasy series'.
    Age Rating: 13+
    Sex: No overt sex scenes but significant innuendo throughout the series
    Language: Unless you consider "bloody" to be a swear word there is none in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Puss in Boots

    • UNABRIDGED (23 mins)
    • By Rabbit Ears Entertainment
    • Narrated By Tracey Ullman
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Claude, the youngest son of a miller, feels short-changed when his dearly departed father leaves him nothing more than a retired tomcat. However, when Claude decides to do away with his feline inheritance, the cat devises a clever plan to save his own skin by promising to transform his dim-witted owner into a noble prince. This is a splendid adaptation of the classic French fairy tale.

    Spencer says: "Timeless story, poor reading"
    "Timeless story, poor reading"
    Overall

    I purchased this book for my 6 and 4 year old to listen to during a road trip. The story was the same standard story that I grew up with, which is what I expected, however; The background music was too loud and the all of the cat's dialogue was done with a french accent. This would have been fine except my children couldn't understand what the cat was saying! I recommend that the sample portion of the audio book be listened to before purchase. It was a good story but probably not appropriate for my children.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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