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Randall

San Jose, CA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • 10 reviews
  • 117 ratings
  • 507 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2014
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  • Bloodring: Rogue Mage, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Natalie Gold
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (431)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (309)

    In a near-future world, seraphs and demons fight a never-ending battle. But a new species of mage has arisen. Thorn St. Croix is no ordinary neo-mage. Nearly driven insane by her powers, she has escaped the confines of the Enclaves and now lives among humans. When her ex-husband is kidnapped, Thorn must risk revealing her true identity to save him.

    pewter says: "Bloodring Redux"
    "A bit too romancey"
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    I listened to the entire series, but I just found it a bit too...romancey. Grant it, not a lot of sex, just lots of compulsatory lust. The story elements, on the other hand, were good, and it was entertaining.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Warded Man

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2879)
    Performance
    (2209)
    Story
    (2226)

    Peter V. Brett has won accolades from critics, fans and fellow authors alike for this riveting debut novel. The Warded Man features a world where demons stalk the night, hunting humans who have long forgotten the magic of their ancestors. But all is not lost, as some hold out hope that a savior will release humanity from the demons' terrifying reign.

    Meloney says: "Brilliant"
    "Highly Enjoyable"
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    If you are into fantasy, get this book! It is in my top 5 book series of all time, and I have over 200 Audible purchases. It has an interesting magic system, deep and like-able characters, and a generally suspenseful and exciting read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pathfinder: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Don Leslie, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2965)
    Performance
    (2268)
    Story
    (2284)

    Rigg is well trained at keeping secrets. Only his father knows the truth about Rigg’s strange talent for seeing the paths of people’s pasts. But when his father dies, Rigg is stunned to learn just how many secrets Father had kept from him - secrets about Rigg’s own past, his identity, and his destiny. And when Rigg discovers that he has the power not only to see the past, but also to change it, his future suddenly becomes anything but certain.

    Paul from Washington says: "Story OK, Narration Mixed"
    "Fantastic New Series"
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    I really enjoyed this book, and I can't wait for the next ones to come out. It is an interesting sci-fi/fantasy book, which has an interesting take on time travel. It was such an exciting listen, I couldn't put it down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Gate: Mithermages, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4746)
    Performance
    (3505)
    Story
    (3524)

    Danny North knew from early childhood that his family was different - and that he was different from them. While his cousins were learning how to create the things that commoners called fairies, ghosts, golems, trolls, werewolves, and other such miracles that were the heritage of the North family, Danny worried that he would never show a talent, never form an "outself"....

    joshua says: "Card doing what he does best."
    "Another Fantastic OSC book"
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    Excellent book of urban fantasy. As always, from OSC, a thick and intricate plot with deep characters and an exciting story.

    0 of 0 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
    (11021)
    Performance
    (9272)
    Story
    (9357)

    "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...."

    Joe says: "Excellent, Imaginative, Beautiful, Page Turning!!!"
    "I laughed, I cried, I couldn't put it down."
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    Best book I have listened to since...The Name of the Wind. This is certainly in the top 5 book series of all time, which I have read/listened to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magician King: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Lev Grossman
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1893)
    Performance
    (1650)
    Story
    (1646)

    Quentin and his friends are now the kings and queens of Fillory, but the days and nights of royal luxury are starting to pall. After a morning hunt takes a sinister turn, Quentin and his old friend Julia charter a magical sailing ship and set out on an errand to the wild outer reaches of their kingdom. Their pleasure cruise becomes an adventure when the two are unceremoniously dumped back into the last place Quentin ever wants to see: his parent's house in Chesterton, Massachusetts.

    Douglas says: "King Grossman the Magician"
    "Excellent Sequel"
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    This series is full of surprises. I really enjoyed this book, and I am hoping for there to be a next one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Seraphs: Rogue Mage, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Natalie Gold
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (164)

    Living among humans in a post- apocalyptic ice age, neomage Thorn St. Croix is a source of both fear and fascination for the people of Mineral City - and now she faces her ultimate test. Deep under the snow-covered mountains beyond the village, an imprisoned fallen seraph desperately needs her help. There, hidden in the hellhole, the armies of Darkness assemble to ensure this subterranean rescue will be Thorn's final descent.

    Pauline says: "This Series Is Awesome!"
    "A bit too romancey"
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    I listened to the entire series, but I just found it a bit too...romancey. Grant it, not a lot of sex, just lots of compulsatory lust. The story elements, on the other hand, were good, and it was entertaining.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Host: Rogue Mage, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Natalie Gold
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (142)

    In a post-apocalyptic ice age, neomage Thorn St. Croix was nearly driven insane by her powers. She lived as a fugitive, disguised as a human, channeling her gifts for war into stone-magery. When she was discovered, her friends and neighbors accepted her, but warily. Not so the mage who arrives from the Council of Seraphs, who could be her greatest ally or her most dangerous foe. And when her long-gone sister, Rose, is revealed to still be alive, Thorn must make a choice - and risk her own life in the process.

    Stephaney says: "I am glad I purchased this book"
    "A bit too romancey"
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    I listened to the entire series, but I just found it a bit too...romancey. Grant it, not a lot of sex, just lots of compulsatory lust. The story elements, on the other hand, were good, and it was entertaining.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11662)
    Performance
    (10874)
    Story
    (10883)

    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.

    Julie W. Capell says: "I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book."
    "Fantastic listen. Couldn't put the book down."
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    This book is particularly relevant for those of us who are children of the 70's and 80's, who have been addicted to n MMORPG. Wil Wheaton does his best performance yet, which I have listened to.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Steel Remains

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (495)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (272)

    In just a few short years, Richard K. Morgan has vaulted to the pinnacle of the science fiction world. Now he turns his iconoclastic talents to epic fantasy, crafting a darkly violent, tautly plotted adventure sure to thrill old fans and captivate new readers.

    Tizroc says: "This isn't your father's gay hero!"
    "A bit....disturbing"
    Overall

    Decent story and audio, but....the graphic scenes of homosexuality fairly well grossed me out.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful

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