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Outside1

Outside1

So. Calif. USA | Member Since 2010

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  • The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10662)
    Performance
    (7880)
    Story
    (7925)

    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.

    D says: "A GREAT TRILOGY!!!"
    "Interestering fresh ideas."
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    Any additional comments?

    This book was entertaining because of it's fresh and original ideas. The story progressed well, the characters were well developed and consistent, and the content was new and different. To bad the second story in the series couldn't live up to the expectations that this book created.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (8559)
    Performance
    (6342)
    Story
    (6385)

    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"
    "Where's an editor when you need one?"
    Overall
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Rewrite and edit the story.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was interesting in that it was the first time I could clearly see the process by which a book was written. Sanderson wrote it over time in discrete segments. You could see this through the lack of continuity of the plot and story, contradicting statements about events and the story itself, and his need to constantly reiterate the basic aspects of the story. This resulted in an extremely uneven story, and the need to exclude all of the repetitive verbiage that accompanied Sanderson's reentry in to the story each time he returned to it.--- It would have been a much better book at 12 hours rather then 27.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond the Hundredth Meridian: John Wesley Powell and the Second Opening of the West

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Wallace Stegner
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (46)

    Pulitzer Prize winner Wallace Stegner recounts the remarkable career of Major John Wesley Powell, the distinguished ethnologist and geologist who explored the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon, and the homeland of the Southwest Indian tribes. This classic work is a penetrating and insightful study of the Powell’s career, from the beginning of the Powell Survey, in which Powell and his men famously became the first to descend the Colorado River, to his eventual expulsion from the Geological Survey.

    Roy says: "History repeats itself."
    "narrator was horrible!"
    Overall
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    What would have made Beyond the Hundredth Meridian better?

    Someone else to present it.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Wallace Stegner? Why or why not?

    no.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Mark Bramhall’s performances?

    Absolutely not! I couldn't figure out what was so terrible about this guy, but I could Not stand to listen to him.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Beyond the Hundredth Meridian?

    n/a Did not listen long enough.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Necromancer's House

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Christopher Buehlman
    • Narrated By Todd Haberkorn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (48)

    Andrew Ranulf Blankenship is a handsome, stylish nonconformist with wry wit, a classic Mustang, and a massive library. He is also a recovering alcoholic and a practicing warlock, able to speak with the dead through film. His house is a maze of sorcerous booby traps and escape tunnels, as yours might be if you were sitting on a treasury of Russian magic stolen from the Soviet Union thirty years ago.

    David says: "Finally - Magic / Fantasy Novel for adults."
    "Very vulgar and directionless"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    NOTHING!


    What could Christopher Buehlman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Never written it!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Todd Haberkorn’s performances?

    Depends upon the text/story


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Necromancer's House?

    I would send the writer back to try and write a completely different book.


    Any additional comments?

    Avoid it!

    1 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Cryoburn: A Miles Vorkosigan Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1344)
    Performance
    (752)
    Story
    (751)

    Kibou-daini is a planet obsessed with cheating death. Barrayaran Imperial Auditor Miles Vorkosigan can hardly disapprove—he’s been cheating death his whole life, on the theory that turnabout is fair play. But when a Kibou-daini cryocorp—an immortal company whose job it is to shepherd its all-too-mortal frozen patrons into an unknown future—attempts to expand its franchise into the Barrayaran Empire, Emperor Gregor dispatches his top troubleshooter, Miles, to check it out

    Kevin says: "Its nice to come Home!"
    "Not up to snuff!"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Lois McMaster Bujold and/or Grover Gardner?

    Of course.


    Has Cryoburn turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Nope


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

    Well


    Did Cryoburn inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, fall asleep.


    Any additional comments?

    I have followed Miles through many a book, and this was the first time I was disappointed. Her Worst!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Sea Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Don Brown
    • Narrated By James Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (99)

    As the U.S. Navy searches for weapons-grade plutonium that has been smuggled by terrorists out of Russia, a submarine mishap in the Black Sea brings the United States and Russia to the brink of nuclear war. It is a race against the clock, with Russian missiles activated and programmed for American cities.

    John Gardner says: "The book disappoints on many levels"
    "So poorly thought out, illogical, and just dumb."
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Don Brown and/or James Adams?

    Never


    Has Black Sea Affair turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    How could the performance have been better?

    Absolutely


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Black Sea Affair?

    I would cut the entire book.


    Any additional comments?

    Poorly written Christian zealtory, in the form of an adventure story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blood of the Prodigal: An Amish-Country Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By P. L. Gaus
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (144)

    In the wooded Amish hill country, a professor at a small college, a local pastor, and the county sheriff are the only ones among the mainstream, or "English", who possess the instincts and skills to work the cases that impact all county residents, no matter their code of conduct or religious creed. When an Amish boy is kidnapped, a bishop, fearful for the safety of his followers, plunges three outsiders into the traditionally closed society of the "Plain Ones".

    Greg says: "A Solid 4 for kids"
    "Sooooo Sloooowww..."
    Overall
    Performance
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    Any additional comments?

    This book was So slow, that my kids grew up and moved out while I was listening to it!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dissolution: A Novel of Tudor England Introducing Matthew Shardlake

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (938)
    Performance
    (814)
    Story
    (822)

    This riveting debut set in 1534 England secured C. J. Sansom’s place “among the most distinguished of modern historical novelists” (P. D. James). When Henry VIII’s emissary is beheaded at an English monastery, hunchbacked lawyer Matthew Shardlake is dispatched to solve the crime. But as he uncovers a cesspool of sin, three more murders occur - and Matthew may be the next target.

    Grcla says: "Very good"
    "An excellent murder mystery set in medieval Eng."
    Overall
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    Where does Dissolution rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The best in the last 15 or so, regardless of the genre.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like history, and murder mysteries, this is the book for you!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21235)
    Performance
    (15133)
    Story
    (15037)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Harlequin Romance"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    It is a well written harlequin romance with a touch of time travel, and adventure.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Shadows: Night Angel Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3027)
    Performance
    (2114)
    Story
    (2125)

    For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art---and he is the city's most accomplished artist, his talents required from alleyway to courtly boudoir. For Azoth, survival is precarious, something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he's grown up in the slums and learned to judge people quickly---and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint. But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name.

    Jake says: "Shockingly good."
    "Excellent"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to The Way of Shadows the most enjoyable?

    So well written. He is an accomplished writer, who has the true insights into life and people, and a way with language, that are always a joy to encounter in an author.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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