Bartonville, TX | Member Since 2012
Brandon Sanderson is a favorite on Audible, but I had a hard time getting into the story, not sure if it was the narrator or just the story. I liked the prolog a lot, it just seemed to go down hill from there.
A woman on the run with her children to keep from losing them to a tyrannical ex-husband who has unlimited recourses. Somewhat predictable with a slow plot that finally moves along towards the last third of the book. The characters were likable but here again predictable.
The narrator for me was fairly monotone but others thoroughly enjoyed.
Another good story with Atticus and Oberon helping Coyote, (a shape shifter), and some Arizona Navajo Indians. Atticus has been trying to disappear off of the magical grid for quite some time so that he can train a new Iron Druid. Just when he thinks he may have succeeded, Coyote shows up and bribes him into helping him rid a piece of desert from some pretty nasty skin walkers, (man, tiger, serpent mix).
Action adventure and an unexpected visit from and old friend soon to be foe, keeps the wonderful Chronicle wheels turning. The narration is as always first rate and I loved the teaser at the end. Will Granuail pass her Druid training and become the only other Iron Druid walking the earthly plain?
This was a good short about Jack when he was 16. It's hard to picture JR ever being young so this was just a little insight into how worldly and mature he was very early on in his life.
It's the 70's and Jack is on his way to visit his brother at West Point when he stops off in NY for a very full night of fun, that includes: a female FBI agent, the mob, a blackout, an unexpexted death, scorching heat, Son of Sam, a trist with a college girl and lots of action packed fighting. Just a night in the life of Jack Reacher.
A wonderful start to a fantastic series that is centered around two very audacious characters. Hadrian Blackwater was raised by his father who taught him the blacksmith trade but beyond that, demanded relentless, everyday practice, in the art of combat. Royce Melborn is an odd fellow, never accepted by society and raised by a group of thieves called, The Wolves. These two men are brought together by Arcadius, a Professor, (who some think to be a wizard), at a college for Royals. Arcadius often visited Hadrian and his father when he was but a child and now has summoned him to return from a foreign battlefield. Arcadius has also rescued Royce from a salt mine for criminals, where he was serving a life time sentence for thievery. Neither Hadrian nor Royce know why he has chosen them for a mission to steal a book from the Crown Tower, only to have them return it, but both know that they are indebted to Arcadius and must complete his request. The obstacles that they encounter during their quest are deadly and endless, and somewhere along the way, they realize, that their strength as a unit is undeniably beyond compare. These two men are not at all fond of each other, have completely different morals, and would both like nothing better than to be rid of the other, and yet, as their journey comes to an end they understand that together, they may just make an infallible team.
I loved the Riyria Revelations so this is a treat to go back to the beginning and see where it all began. All of the books in this series are always excellent and over far too fast because the characters and their daring adventures are so exciting, humorous, and addictive. These stories do not have a great deal of magic like some fantasies but Michael Sullivan's meticulous writing and Tim Gerard Reynolds skillful narration make for a splendidly, rare coupling.
I have read all three of the Riyria Revelations and they were all excellent fantasy. This short story is a part of the Riyria Chronicles which are the first three books in the Riyria adventures. Similar to Star Wars where the last three books/movies came out first. A little confusing.
Anyway, this is the second chapter of the second book in the Riyria Chronicles, "The Rose and the Thorn" and what a great teaser, it made me jump right back into Michael Sullivan's wonderful, epic fantasy series. I surely miss the characters and Tim Gerard Reynolds's fantastic narration, so I'm onto, "The Crown Tower".
If you like fantasy at all, or even if you don't, you will not be disappointed with any of these books. Highly recommend.
A good short about one troop in the Vietnam War who are being eliminated one at a time by a female sniper. I don't usually read books about that time because I remember how horrible it was for our Men and our Country, however, Nelson DeMille's writing was excellent and the narration was done perfectly, without exaggeration.
I'm glad this story moved along quickly or I would have lost interest. Sophie, the main character, really goes through a great deal and while a bit sappy for me it is a good tale of survival. I liked the story within the story, it was a nice way of giving some background and depth to the characters, however, I could have done without Sophie's mother describing her private love life in detail to her own daughter. It was just not relative to the story. All in all, a good premise and a fast read.
Louise Penny has a way of bringing you into her stories of "Three Pines" and tucking you in with the characters. This addition is flooded with artists and critics, quite an eclectic group of the talented and those that wish they were. One of the subplots that surround this murder mystery is a look into the depth of alcoholism and how its destructive tentacles can reach into so many innocent lives.
Chief inspector Gamache and Jean Guy Beauvoir, his second, are recuperating physically and mentally from injuries they sustained in their last investigation. Being thrown unexpectedly into the middle of a murder investigation maybe just what they need to get them both back on track. The colorful and diverse friends that they have made in Three Pines, are evolving, and maybe even essential, to help them complete the full journey back to sound and complete well-being. Another great one in the series.
A modern parallel to, The Count of Monte Cristo, done in a much shorter timeline. Jeffrey Archer did a great job of creating a story line that was interesting and characters that were compelling. I enjoyed the writing and the drama very much, it was suspenseful even though predictable. If you have read, The Count of Monte Cristo, this book has enough creative twists to keep it engrossing, if not, your going to love every oscillating turn.
I was not expecting to like this book as much as I did. I found it rather interesting how in the Ravenloft series each book is written by a different author. In this addition Strahd Von Zarovich has lead his men through the war and now they are on their way to claim his land and property. When he arrives at his newly acquired castle his younger brother is there to greet him along with some of the locals. The two brothers eventually fall in love with the same young girl and because Strahd is so much older she chooses, falls in love, and plans to marry Strahd's younger brother. He is heartbroken and in a desperate hour tries to evoke black magic. This is when he is approached by what he considers "death itself", and is promised that he will have all of his hearts desires for a price; in his weekend state he accepts. Strahd is forever changed and lives an endless life in search of his one true love until.....
All in all a pretty good, non sappy vampire story that is a definite throw back to the old, scary kinds of the undead. Paul Boehmer does a great job with the narration. I was not aware until I was finished listening that he also narrates the Nicholas Flamel Series.
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