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Chris

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  • The Blade Itself: The First Law: Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (3869)
    Performance
    (2806)
    Story
    (2820)

    Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

    Steven says: "Steven Pacey is magnificient."
    "One of the greatest authors and narrators!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would and have recommended this series to as many people as I could find. I have listened to this series 3 times now and all 3 times it's like it was new. I still get goose bumps and chills every time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Black Dow, you'll see why!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    When I review this book, I review the whole trilogy. Why? Because I couldn't finish one without moving right to the next! This trilogy grips you and the narration is top notch! Steven Pacey did such an awesome job of developing each and every character so completely. If you let this book pass you by then you have missed the chance of a lifetime.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Best Served Cold

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1181)
    Performance
    (805)
    Story
    (820)

    It's springtime in Styria. And that means war. There have been nineteen years of blood. The ruthless Grand Duke Orso is locked in a vicious struggle with the squabbling League of Eight, and between them they have bled the land white. While armies march, heads roll, and cities burn, behind the scenes bankers, priests, and older, darker powers play a deadly game to choose who will be king.

    Lore says: "Solid, but not as good as the First Law trilogy."
    "And he continues to do it again!"
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    What did you love best about Best Served Cold?

    Joe Abercrombie is a master story teller as evident by the First Law trilogy. In this book he builds on old characters and develops new ones that you quickly love and love to hate. If you loved the First Law series, this is more of the same good stuff!


    What does Michael Page bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Michael Page does a decent job but nothing compares to Steven Pacey from the First Law series.


    Any additional comments?

    I had to read all of his books! You can't stop after the first trilogy and not want more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Warded Man

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    Overall
    (2517)
    Performance
    (1873)
    Story
    (1885)

    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"
    "This book is a breath of freash air!"
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    What did you love best about The Warded Man?

    I loved the fact that nothing is sacred in this book. No one is safe from death or misfortune. Through the whole book I never knew who would live or who would die and it kept me on my toes to the end. Further more I like the system of magic the author uses and the style of enemy he has chosen.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a fresh twist on magic and will suck you in fast. Be ready to listed for hours!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Light of the Sun

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Guy Gavriel Kay
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (91)

    From the multiple award-winning author of Tigana, A Song for Arbonne, and the three-book Fionavar Tapestry that "can only be compared to Tolkien's masterpiece" (Star-Phoenix), this powerful, moving saga evokes the Celtic, Anglo-Saxon, and Norse cultures of a thousand years ago.

    B. Picard says: "Wonderful story"
    "Don't let this one slip by!"
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    Where does The Last Light of the Sun rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book was an unexpected gem. I was looking for books based on viking and Celtic backgrounds and this book did not fail me. I did get this book just to kill time but was pleasantly surprised how well written and exciting it was. Definitely on of my favorite books!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3215)
    Performance
    (2508)
    Story
    (2512)

    An orphan's life is harsh---and often short---in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains---a man who is neither blind nor a priest. A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected "family" of orphans---a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards.

    Luke A. Reynolds says: "Stupendous, but be warned."
    "Really great read!"
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    What did you love best about The Lies of Locke Lamora?

    This book kept me on my toes. There are plenty of twists and turns which will keep you listening long past your intended time. The end is truly unexpected and makes this book so very worth it!


    What did you like best about this story?

    As a fantasy fanatic, it's nice to read a book every now and then that doesn't have magic or a main character who is so far above everyone else. There is nothing grand about anyone in the book, just their exceptional skill at what they do and the training they have poured into their art.


    What about Michael Page’s performance did you like?

    The narrator did an outstanding job. He managed to give all the characters their own personality and helped me see each of them in my minds eye perfectly.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    There were spots that seemed to drag a bit but altogether I remained interested.


    Any additional comments?

    I keep waiting for a third book to come out and check back regularly to see if it has.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan, Jim DeFelice
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2945)
    Performance
    (2661)
    Story
    (2652)

    From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan ("the devil") and placed a bounty on his head.

    William says: "Rough and tumble Texas boy makes USA proud"
    "Great story from a real hero!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of American Sniper to be better than the print version?

    I have to admit I have not read the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course the main character since this book is about him in his own words.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I wouldn't say a moment, but instead say it is his passion and drive to do what is right in his mind for his family, country and fellow combatants.


    Any additional comments?

    This story is a down and dirty look at the job of a special warfare operator. If your looking for fancy writing and catchy scenes then this isn't for you. This book made me feel as if I were sitting with Chris Kyle around a camp fire drinking a beer listening to him tell about his life and the experiences he had. Having met some of the people in his book, they said it is true to his personality and how he tells it in person. No frill, no fluff, just the honest perspective of someone who was in the right places at the right time. The man is truly humble and doesn't see himself as a hero, just someone who did the job he was told to the best he could. This book is a sobering look at the combat zone of today.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Warbreaker

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By James Yaegashi
    Overall
    (2849)
    Performance
    (2026)
    Story
    (2036)

    An author whose previous, wildly successful novels have earned him a reputation as fantasy's master of magic, Brandon Sanderson continues to dazzle audiences with this tale of princesses and gods. In this extraordinary world, those who attain glory return as gods. And those who can master the essence known as breath can perform the most wondrous miracles - or unleash the most devastating havoc.

    Robert says: "What's Your god like?"
    "Not as great as most of his books."
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    What did you like best about Warbreaker? What did you like least?

    I always love the way Sanderson puts a new twist on magic. He always seems to come up with new and creative ways in which one, or all of the people in his worlds can gather power or have power bestowed on them. Hands down this is what I love about his writing.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Then ending was what killed it for me. There were some lose ends and questions as to why some of the key characters didn't use what was at their disposal much sooner. This could have been remedied with a bit more explanation i guess but it did leave me frustrated.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    One character in particular sounded like a surfer dude who was high all the time. Really kept me from caring what was going on with his character development.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably, and only because it would be based on a Sanderson book.


    Any additional comments?

    Visit the Mistborne series first. Sanderson really shines in that trilogy and you can see right away how great an author he is! He really is awesome!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9905)
    Performance
    (8837)
    Story
    (8814)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "Hounded"
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    What made the experience of listening to Hounded the most enjoyable?

    This book put the hooks in for me. I love the fresh way the author embraces multiple myths from multiple religions and cultures to tell his story. A totally new approach and well executed!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like what the story didn't tell more than what it did. There is so much room for the author to expand on this story it has potential to go on and on and on.


    What aspect of Luke Daniels’s performance would you have changed?

    He seems somewhat nonchalant in his narration during what I would consider a high stress time. I had trouble deciding weather the situation was actually as dire as the author intended. Don't get me wrong though, all in all I feel he DID do an excellent job!


    Any additional comments?

    The book is too short. I guess i just love long reads. In my mind, all 3 books could be put together to make the first book in a great series!

    0 of 0 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11877)
    Performance
    (9540)
    Story
    (9658)

    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!"
    "Disappointed"
    Overall

    I spent a credit on this book because of the reviews. I wish I had saved it. Perhaps the main reason I disliked this book so much is because it is the first book following my finishing the Joe Abercrombie series. The book drug on a lot and sometimes I would forget I was listening to something for a full 5 minutes. In short, if you want to listed to someone telling a story about how awesome, smart, intelligent, charmingand cunning they are, then this is the book for you. I felt like I was listening to the "1 Upper" guy tell his story. He has always done something twice as hard, three times as good and experienced more hardship and loss than anyone else. Bleh

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Brisingr: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (4698)
    Performance
    (2302)
    Story
    (2361)

    Oaths sworn . . . loyalties tested . . . forces collide. Following the colossal battle against the Empire's warriors on the Burning Plains, Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have narrowly escaped with their lives. Still there is more at hand for the Rider and his dragon, as Eragon finds himself bound by a tangle of promises he may not be able to keep.

    A User says: "Good but not complete."
    "big let down"
    Overall

    Ok, I have made it to book 3. I'll be honest, I am only downloading this book to finish this series. I hate stopping in the middle so I'm going to choke down the rest of it just so I know what happens.

    In my opinion the writer doesn't allow for the realistic development of the characters skills enough. Am I to believe that at the end of a few months of travel this farm kid can master a sword better than one of the greatest hero's? Then there is the way magic works in this story. If Eragon can summon back an arrow shot into a lake, why not the weapons from his enemies? If he can pull the life force from living things around him, why not land in the center of the enemy's camp in the middle of the night and just suck the life from them? Too many holes in this writers ideas and not well thought out.

    Also, Eragon is hands down the most whiny complaining hero I have ever come across in my life. Half the time I want the bad guys to kill him so I can feel vindicated for having to listen to him complain all the time.

    All in all I would urge people to pass on this series and try something else. Maybe is I had not read stories like the Wheel of Time series first, I may have liked this a bit more. But now... it can't even hold a candle.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful

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