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  • 15 reviews
  • 42 ratings
  • 744 titles in library
  • 32 purchased in 2014
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  • The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1897)
    Performance
    (865)
    Story
    (878)

    At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

    Stephen says: "River of Doubt"
    "Super historical Snaphsot with Insight into TR"
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    This book delivered. I LOVE listening and reading all kinds of books. I probably prefer sci-fi and fantasy, but like everything. Books like this and 1776 are compelling and interesting. They transport you to a different time and place and what you get when you walk away is a glimpse of insight into one of history's most interesting characters. I've long admired Teddy Roosevelt and still savor the tiny insights into his personality and character that this book left.

    In short, a darn good story, with a good performance, and a captivating lead character. I'd give it 4.5 across the board and tried to reflect that in my ratings.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (17284)
    Performance
    (15640)
    Story
    (15765)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Favorite book of 2011! Great for Hunger Games fans"
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    Fantastic sorry. Great characters. Fascinating world. Gripping plot. Get this!

    If you liked Hunger Games, Trudi Caravan books, Fire by Kristin Cashore, or Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson, and/or Ready Player One, we may share tastes in audiobooks. And if we do, you will LOVE this book more than many of those!!!

    Flat out my favorite book I downloaded in 2011. An excellent entry in this genre!

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • One Dog Night

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (641)
    Performance
    (520)
    Story
    (516)

    For six years Noah Galloway has lived with a horrible secret and the fear that his rebuilt life could be shattered at any moment. Now his dread has become a certainty, and he has been arrested for the arson murder of 26 people. David Rosenfelt, a native of Paterson, New Jersey, is a graduate of NYU. He was the former marketing president for Tri-Star Pictures before becoming a writer of novels and screenplays.

    A User says: "The wait is over!"
    "Another Solid Entry of a Favorite Series"
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    If you love this series like I do, you know what you are going to get. Laughs! Great characters. A superb narration. And plenty of drama that never feels formulaic.

    If you aren't familiar with this series, then what are you waiting for. Click on David Rosenfelt. Start from the beginning and ENJOY! This is one of the only series with such short entries (in terms of time) that I would say are worth the credit and more. Simply delightful!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower I

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7092)
    Performance
    (3494)
    Story
    (3549)

    Eerie, dreamlike, set in a world that is weirdly related to our own, The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead, of In-World that was, as he pursues his enigmatic antagonist to the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea in the first volume of The Dark Tower series. Roland, the last gunslinger, is a solitary figure, perhaps accursed, who with a strange single-mindedness traverses an exhausted, almost timeless landscape of good and evil.

    Valerie says: "Just As Wonderful as I Remembered!"
    "Can't endorse, won't continue with series"
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    I wanted another series. I thought I could become a Stephen King fan. This topic intrigues me.

    Unfortunately, I've never met a George Guidall narration I could even remotely tolerate. I somehow missed it was him. Wish I could get my credit back. Still, I went forward. I just loathe his narration. I've never met a single listener who has ever said the same thing and don't expect anyone to agree with me. His voice is just like nails on a chalkboard (but worse) for me. There may be no rhyme or reason to it, but I've listened to about 8 books and end up loathing them all because it just gets to me.

    And no, I'm not picky. Grover Gardner, Kate Reading, Scott Brick, or the author themselves are all usually great with me. Just not him.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Inheritance: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4317)
    Performance
    (3769)
    Story
    (3820)

    Not so very long ago, Eragon - Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider - was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders. months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can.

    Robert says: "All the reviews had me worried for nothing!"
    "Disappointing limp to the finish of beloved series"
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    I thought this series was getting stronger. I believed and looked forward to this conclusion for a long time. I bought the book even though I hadn't bought any others.

    It just left me disappointed. It was really GREAT for 70% of the way. But then it simply fizzled. It ran out of emotional oomph and wandered from what made it special.

    Worth listening to. Worth completing the series. But somehow lessens overall a series that probably needed its strongest installment in order to become great. Take it for what it is: an ending and not a compelling conclusion.

    Enjoy, but don't get over-excited and try to make the series into something it's not.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wise Man's Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10125)
    Performance
    (8430)
    Story
    (8502)

    "My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep...."

    Geoff says: "I dig it."
    "A Book that Adds to a Series that MUST be Read!!"
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    If you like Brandon Sanderson, Jim Butcher, Kevin Hearne, Timothy Zahn, Suzanne Collins and many authors like them, you should listen to this book.

    Patrick Rothfuss is an author. He's not just a writer. He has built a world and crafted characters. This is the second installment in a series. It is fantastic in its own right and leaves this listener hungry for more.

    I simply love this series. I wish EVERYONE would read or listen to it. There are magic in these pages and minutes of listening to this book. There are deep characters who grow as the book progresses. There is an interesting story, a great world, and polished writing.

    This series is not for everyone. But there is simply so many things to love about this book and this audio version that this reviewer finds himself hoping EVERYONE listens so Rothfuss can get the attention and following he so richly deserves!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Spellbound: Book II of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3788)
    Performance
    (3526)
    Story
    (3524)

    Dark fantasy goes hardboiled in Book II of the hard-hitting Grimnoir Chronicles by the New York Times best-selling creator of Monster Hunter International. The Grimnoir Society’s mission is to protect people with magic, and they’ve done so—successfully and in secret—since the mysterious arrival of the Power in the 1850s, but when a magical assassin makes an attempt on the life of President Franklin Roosevelt, the crime is pinned on the Grimnoir.

    Paulette says: "Spellbound is Pure Magic"
    "For Your Daily Testosterone Boost"
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    Lots to like about this continuation of a solid series. Guns. Fights. Fun narration by Bronson Pinchot. In short, it's a solid testosterone-pumping novel with lots to like.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Spirit Bound: Vampire Academy, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Emily Shaffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1116)
    Performance
    (656)
    Story
    (668)

    After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri’s birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladimir’s—and to her best friend, Lissa. It is nearly graduation, and the girls can’t wait for their real lives beyond the Academy’s iron gates to begin. But Rose’s heart still aches for Dimitri, and she knows he’s out there, somewhere.

    Natalia P. Valdes says: "The gang is back together"
    "Exactly What You'd Expect"
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    Another solid installment in a light, fun, good series that is well-narrated. I like books like this that are easier to digest while gasping for air on the treadmill or fighting crazy New Jersey drivers in traffic. This series is very solid and improves from beginning to end. I'd essentially give it 3.5 stars for story and overall, but bumped it to an average of 4 because it is one of the better installments in the series and the narration is so solid.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    Overall
    (12124)
    Performance
    (9774)
    Story
    (9892)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Most recommended book of 2011-12"
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    I read A LOT. I'm now approaching 500 audiobooks in my collection. I also read 30-60 additional books a year on my Kindle.

    Let me put it this way: I loved this book soooooo much while I was I reading it on my Kindle, that I used a credit so I could listen to it while I drive (which I do a lot for work). That is how compelling this story is. Throw it in the category of books that are under-appreciated, under-read and under-the-radar. I even found myself reading little insights to my fiancé as I read it.

    Bottom line: this book a well-written, great story, with interesting characters. I have recommended this book to more friends, who like different kinds of books, than any other book I read in the last two years. To me, it has mass appeal.

    If you like good characters, get this book. If you like great, well-written stories, get this book. If you like fantasy stories, get this book. If you like books when the characters seem to have super-human powers, get this book. If you like books that are not predictable but are compelling page-turners, get this book. You WON’T regret it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    Overall
    (10675)
    Performance
    (9941)
    Story
    (9945)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Pulse-pounding, Addictive, and Delightful!"
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    I love this book on so many levels. I have 470+ audible books. Written less than 10 reviews. I considered getting this one about 6 times before I finally used a credit and boy am I glad I did.

    I LOVE this book in at least the following ways :
    (1) good characters – like all of the best books, it becomes easy to root for the protagonists and characters. The main protagonist is smart but young. He’s imperfect, easy to root for, but also very skilled. He also has opportunities to take an easy path or do the right thing several times and his choices seem human and believable to me.

    (2) good world building – this story takes place in a world that is so much like our own, but not far off from where could end up within a few years. What you get is a sense of the direction we may be heading technologically, socially, governmentally, and economically. This makes the “world” created in the story feel possible, and almost realistic, at the same time it is a fantastical alternate reality that is cleverly built.

    (3) plot, tension, and captivating story – this story MOVED for me. It was so engaging. The dual levels of the characters “searching” for the easter egg and doing so with competition drives this along, thanks to excellent pacing by the author in terms of when to speed up time, or focus in on event.

    (4) cultural references – a lot of great references to the 80s, as others have written. The juxtaposition of the 80s which seems this time of purity, family values, and prosperity, with now and with the alternate reality created in the book is skillfully done.

    In short, get this story.

    NARRATION: I will say for me that as opposed to other books, I was a bit neutral on the narrator. What was great, is that there was not a lot to complain about. I didn’t “notice” the narration like I did in those books/narrators who can become annoying. But for me at least, it didn’t stand out as a reason to get this book either. This is in fact, why I put off getting this audiobook for so long. PLEASE learn from my mistake! Get this delightful story, which is so fully enthralling, that I actually sped up the narration speed some times just to try to know what happened next even more quickly.

    What a great story! I look forward to listening to this story again and again. There is no greater compliment than that!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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