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Kryton2725

Kryton

Fort Wayne, IN USA | Member Since 2007

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  • 19 reviews
  • 288 ratings
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  • 31 purchased in 2014
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  • The Assault on Reason

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Al Gore
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (973)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (134)

    Here is a visionary analysis of how the politics of fear, secrecy, cronyism, and blind faith have combined with the public sphere's degradation to create an environment dangerously hostile to reason. Never has there been a worse time for us to lose the capacity to face the reality of our long-term challenges, from national security to the economy, from issues of health and social welfare to the environment. As The Assault on Reason explains, we have precious little time to waste.

    Walter says: "Partisan but Valuable"
    "Worth A Listen"
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    I have always been a conservative republican. But, the older I get, the more I realize that the opinions I have are not my own. They have been instilled in me by others, especially my parents. At this point in my life I prefer to listen to as many diverse opinions as possible before considering if I should form my own... In most cases I now find it pointlessly stupid to even bother with an opinion... They are not who I am... But excuse me please... the book... It's not half bad... Quite a bit of Bush bashing..as expected..but overall I would still recomend it. Gore touches on many unexpected issues and Will Patton is a good narrator...

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Childhood's End

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3260)
    Performance
    (2257)
    Story
    (2294)

    The Overlords appeared suddenly over every city - intellectually, technologically, and militarily superior to humankind. Benevolent, they made few demands: unify earth, eliminate poverty, and end war. With little rebellion, humankind agreed, and a golden age began.

    Ryan says: "Still a classic of visionary science fiction"
    "Timeless and Extraordinary"
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    Would you listen to Childhood's End again? Why?

    I rarely have or make the time to listen to books a 2nd time... or this would be one of them...


    Any additional comments?

    I would never have though that a dated book such as this could be so timeless and wonderfully written... It will stand as a great literary work for decades to come.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You're Next

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2848)
    Performance
    (2426)
    Story
    (2411)

    Mike Wingate had a rough childhood  —  he was abandoned at a playground at four years old and raised in foster care. No one ever came to claim him, and he has only a few, fragmented memories of his parents. Now, as an adult, Mike is finally living the life he had always wanted  —  he’s happily married to Annabel, the woman of his dreams; they have a precocious eight-year-old daughter, Kat.

    Janice says: "Edge of my seat."
    "Complling & Hard Driving All The Way!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of You're Next to be better than the print version?

    I don't do reviews... Well..almost don't..but this book deserves it. I listen to a lot of books but seldom does any book pick up this fast.. almost from the start.. and continue to escalate without a hick up..or hint of slowing down. This was an excellent book! The highest praise I can give! If this genre is your cup of tea..get ready for a ride!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3635)
    Performance
    (3285)
    Story
    (3320)

    Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is now on the verge of modernity, with railroads to supplement the canals, electric lighting in the streets and the homes of the wealthy, and the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds.Kelsier, Vin, Elend, Sazed, Spook, and the rest are now part of history—or religion. Yet the old magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy continue to play a role in this reborn world....

    Timothy says: "Pleased, yet wanting more..."
    "Not Just Another Mistborn Novel!"
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    Wonderful character development as usual for Sanderson. More humor than I found in the Mistborn series. This book had me laughing out loud more times than I can count. It still had all the great aspects of Mistborn too! As always, the door is open to other books in the end. Also, there's a nice subtle tie in with characters from the Mistborn series toward the very end. Very Nicely Done!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13230)
    Performance
    (5564)
    Story
    (5607)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "Do You Really Need Another Review?"
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    NO... You don't need yet another person telling you this is a great book.This book will blow you away... Yes... It's that good! It's not better than Watership Down... or... any number of different books I've listened to.. but... it is EXCELLENT!... a book you won't be sorry you listened to... It's one you'll be happy you didn't miss...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4985)
    Performance
    (1859)
    Story
    (1872)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "NOT ALL 5 STAR!"
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    THIS ONE IS... Magical, mystical, wonderful... THIS IS IT!...What a ride... This is a story from an author of greatness.... Painted pictures of mysterious lands... You can't hope for a better deep plot woven story... This is a priceless! Listen!... You will hear that which I have seen... You will never regret the time spent... NEVER!....

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Flowers for Algernon

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Daniel Keyes
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1503)
    Performance
    (1230)
    Story
    (1238)

    Charlie Gordon knows that he isn't very bright. At 32, he mops floors in a bakery and earns just enough to get by. Three evenings a week, he studies at a center for mentally challenged adults. But all of this is about to change for Charlie. As part of a daring experiment, doctors are going to perform surgery on Charlie's brain. They hope the operation and special medication will increase his intelligence, just as it has for the laboratory mouse, Algernon.

    FanB14 says: "Phenomenal Classic"
    "GET READY TO CRY!"
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    It won't seem like it a first.. but if you're not distracted.... and you let yourself feel the story... you will be moved... so much so... I dare say... that everything you ever thought about those less fortunate than you are... will slowly melt away...This is a beautiful... sad... story.. worth every spare minute of your time... I don't want to ruin it for you... but... you need to know... that it will enrich your soul... and... it will break your heart...

    15 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • The Shawshank Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (886)
    Performance
    (585)
    Story
    (590)

    Based on a a novella from Different Seasons, this unabridged tale focuses on a man convicted of murder, who finds himself in a prison ruled by a sadistic warden and secretly operated by a clever convict.

    Eric says: "This makes the movie better"
    "Loved the movie... Knew the book had to be better!"
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    YES! It was a great short book... Worth the $?... How can you put a price on something like this... Just my opinion... PENNIES... just pennies... this story is worth dollars... but cost only pennies... I LOVED IT!...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anansi Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Lenny Henry
    Overall
    (4192)
    Performance
    (2023)
    Story
    (2037)

    Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

    A. Hawley says: "Beautifully narrated"
    "What A Trip!"
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    What can I say... You've got to listen to this to believe it (or not)... It's an amazing tale... thoroughly enjoyed to the end... I never wanted to set it aside or check out another book... it was magical... entertaining... and everything you could ask for in a fantasy book... All the characters were well defined and made a strong impression on the story... nothing wasted... Great Book... Well worth you time...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Voyager

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8937)
    Performance
    (6054)
    Story
    (6032)

    Set in the intriguing Scotland of 200 years ago, the third installment in the romantic adventures of Jamie and Claire is as compelling as the first. Now that Claire knows Jamie survived the slaughter at Culloden, she is faced with the most difficult decision of her life. She aches to travel back through time again to find the love of her life, but, in order to do that, she must leave their daughter behind.

    A User says: "7 Stars!! Brilliant!!"
    "NOT JUST A ROMANCE!"
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    I can't believe this book is considered a romance trilogy. The narration is amazing...beyond what I can express... The ancient Scottish dialect is so wonderfully replicated that I was entranced with Jamie's character... Brilliant... enchanting... warmly intoxicating... I wish I could talk that way... Transporting thru time had me troubled in the beginning... but no matter... it was plausibly and mysterically proven to my satisfaction... and became a non issue from that point on... The sex was HOT!... tactfully and erotically expressed... and overall... very well done... not crude or empty... but loving and spicy!... You will not be disappointed!...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By David C. Korten
    • Narrated By Sandra Swafford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    David Korten argues that global corporate consolidation of power is but one manifestation of what he calls "Empire", the organization of society by hierarchies of dominance that have held sway for the past 5,000 years. Empire has always resulted in misery for the many and fortune for the few. Now it threatens the very future of humanity. The Great Turning traces the ancient roots of Empire and charts its long evolution from monarchies to the transnational institutions of the global economy.

    Rob says: "Wakeup call"
    "I Can't Believe What I Heard!"
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    This book had the potential to be a great AWAKENING... Unfortunately... and I've never said this before... the narrator was horrible... beyond bad... I could not listen to this book... even though I wanted desperately to hear the information within... I believe in the great turning... I believe in the cycle of life and the evolutionary growth of human consciousnesses... and that one day their will be a falling away from greed... and the lust for power and control... That said... THE NARRATOR RUINED THIS AUDIO BOOK!... END OF STORY... BUY THE BOOK INSTEAD!...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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