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Robert

I am a "Life is Awesome! Strive to be Worthy of it." student of life kind of guy. Feeding on Chaos and Empowering the Good. Group Hug!

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada | Member Since 2012

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  • Eldest: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3949)
    Performance
    (1950)
    Story
    (1993)

    Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in the skills of the Dragon Rider: magic and swordsmanship. Soon he is on the journey of a lifetime, his eyes open to awe-inspiring new places and people, his days filled with fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and nothing is what it seems.

    Teddy says: "You see growth in the Author"
    "Great Book! OMG!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would.


    What other book might you compare Eldest: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 2 to and why?

    None to compare as of yet.


    Which character – as performed by Gerard Doyle – was your favorite?

    Gerand Doyle was amazing all the way through.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Rasaak


    Any additional comments?

    For some reason they didn't save my first review of this book. I am sorry I didn't feel like typing it all over again. It was a good book and worth the money..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Politics: Blood Destiny, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Helen Harper
    • Narrated By Saskia Maarleveld
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (186)

    You'd think that life would finally be dealing Mack Smith a kind hand. Living in London and with the opening of the new and improved city version of Clava Books mere days away, things appear to be settling down. Other than the terrible nightmares about dragons, that is. Or the fact that she's being constantly tailed by a string of mages, shifters, and faeries, all of whom are constantly demanding her attention. And that's without even bringing the temptation of Corrigan, Lord Alpha of the Brethren, into the equation.

    Sarah Silverstone says: "Disappointing - Quality Sacrificed to Create Drama"
    "hmmm, Not really thrilled... Thoughts?"
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    Have you ever started a book in the middle of a series where some amount of time has past for the characters between the books (i.e.: 10 years later). When that happens they will usually summarized things for you during the main storyline. That is exactly what this book should have been (a Summary). With the exception of one thing all of which happened over the last few chapters. This book should have been book 3.5 (Not book 4). I want to give more details as to why but even though I am disappointed I don't what to give any spoilers.

    For those people who are really into the drama behind the relationship buildup (not sure if that is a spoiler or not) then that is what this book is about. I think I could have pulled out about 5 chapters and put them at the beginning of the next book to get the same result. You know when a writer completes a novel and it is not quite long enough for the publisher... The writer will go back through the book and add what I call filler, more details here and there and maybe a side adventure, With the exception of a few chapters, that is how I feel about this whole book. I would not be surprised if she wrote book four first, then decided she needed something in between and wrote this one.

    Another thing that bugs me is the ending didn't really fly for me. The writer pushed the last part without any real reason behind it. Yes it did add some senseless drama, but the urgency didn't make sense to me, the writer was clearly trying to hook you in for the next book (skip a little common sense and BLAM, you have DRAMA), which after reading this book I can see why Helen Harper panicked, however I was already invested, I know the Lord Alpha wouldn't be manipulated by the last event like the drama suggests, it's out of character. I have no doubt something will be explained in the next book to iron out the ridiculousness of the final drama. Still like I said the last few chapters were good, it felt more like the beginning of the book should not the end.

    I am with HIGH HOPES, the next book brings it... !!!

    I'll let you know. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shattered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2439)
    Performance
    (2307)
    Story
    (2306)

    For nearly 2,000 years, only one Druid has walked the Earth - Atticus O’Sullivan, the Iron Druid, whose sharp wit and sharp sword have kept him alive as he’s been pursued by a pantheon of hostile deities. Now he’s got company. Atticus’ apprentice, Granuaile, is at last a full Druid herself. What’s more, Atticus has defrosted an archdruid long ago frozen in time, a father figure (of sorts) who now goes by the modern equivalent of his old Irish name: Owen Kennedy. And Owen has some catching up to do.

    D says: "The third druid"
    "This series is AWESOME!"
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    This is one of my favorite series. Kevin Hearne has a grasp of the reality he writes about like no other. He plays the Gods and puts them into a reality created by man, I think it some how hits the nail on the head. He portrays a reality with enough detail and history to make it more believable. The play on words his whole demeanor of life and the way people see a reality based on their own perceptions and ignore what is really going on around you. Seriously this is a book series that I will listen to over and over and take notes. :) Awesome.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Heavenly Fire: The Mortal Instruments, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Jason Dohring, Sophie Turner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (989)
    Performance
    (907)
    Story
    (910)

    Darkness has descended on the Shadowhunter world. Chaos and destruction overwhelm the Nephilim as Clary, Jace, Simon, and their friends band together to fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary's own brother. Nothing in this world can defeat Sebastian - but if they journey to the realm of demons, they just might have a chance.... Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world will change. Who will survive the explosive sixth and final installment of the Mortal Instruments series?

    Lisa says: "Disappointing Narration for a beloved series."
    "Good stuff"
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    I probably should have re-read all the previous books first, because I felt a little lost getting back in the characters culture. This book rotated around a war and pretty much had a straight feeling of bla or dread. It was a good book but I didn't feel like it pulled me into the story. It was more like "Life sucks, then it gets worse and if you win, you still have nothing to look forward to except the aftermath and the loss" Well that's depressing... Hmmm It may be just because this book was really meant to be read right after the others, it had been over a year since I read the last book in this series and this book didn't really bring you back up to speed. Ya that is probably it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodrage: Blood Destiny, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Helen Harper
    • Narrated By Saskia Maarleveld
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (219)

    Mack begins her training at the mages' academy in the hope that, by complying, the stasis spell will be lifted from her old friend Mrs. Alcoon. However, once there, she finds herself surrounded by unfriendly adults and petulant teenagers, the majority of whom seem determined to see her fail. Feeling attacked on all fronts, Mack finds it harder and harder to keep a rein on her temper. Forced to attend anger management classes and deal with the predatory attentions of Corrigan, the Lord Alpha of the shapeshifter world, her emotions start to unravel.

    Robert says: "Still keeping it interesting"
    "Still keeping it interesting"
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    Finally, the last chapters of the book were on the verge of being intense. :) Fist time I actually feel a little in suspense at what might happen next. Yaay. I hope it meets my expectations. :)

    Getting better.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodmagic: Blood Destiny, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helen Harper
    • Narrated By Saskia Maarleveld
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (286)

    After escaping the claws of Corrigan, the Lord Alpha of the Brethren, Mack is trying to lead a quiet lonely life in Inverness in rural Scotland, away from anyone who might happen to be a shapeshifter. However, when she lands a job at an old bookstore owned by a mysterious elderly woman who not only has a familiar passion for herbal lore but also seems to know more than she should, Mack ends up caught in a maelstrom between the Ministry of Mages, the Fae and the Brethren.

    Robert says: "Still not bad"
    "Still not bad"
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    Book 2 is still keeping my interest. It is not off the charts Awesome, but still has potential. It really is a good story. Although it does keep my interest I am not sitting on the edge of my seat with excitement about what might happen next. I can put the book on pause and not think about it until I am bored again. But there is progress in the storyline and she received some nice new powers, I just want her to kick more butt!!! :)

    So far not bad, I will buy the third book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodfire: Blood Destiny, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Helen Harper
    • Narrated By Saskia Maarleveld
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (433)
    Performance
    (394)
    Story
    (400)

    Mack might be, to all intents and purposes, a normal looking human, but she lives with a pack of shapeshifters in Cornwall in rural England after being dumped there by her mother when she was just a young child. She desperately wants to be accepted by her surrogate family, not least because a lot of them hate her for merely being human, but for some reason her blood just won't allow the transformation to occur.

    Marianne says: "Urban Fantasy at Its Best"
    "Not bad."
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    This book seems to set the stage for the rest of the story. Not a lot of action, just enough to keep it interesting, I definitely like the attitude of the main character and think there is a lot of potential to this story, I hope to see some of that in the next book. :) Narration was Awesomely done.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Mane Event: Pride Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Shelly Laurenston
    • Narrated By Charlotte Kane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (673)
    Performance
    (621)
    Story
    (629)

    Shelly Laurenston turns up the heat with two sizzling novellas. Christmas Pride: How come all the good-looking ones are insane? That's what runs through NYPD cop Desiree "Dez" MacDermot's mind the minute she hooks up again with her childhood buddy, Mace Llewellyn. Shaw's Tail: Brendon Shaw, hotel owner and lion shifter, has seen better days. He's been beaten, had a gun to the back of his head, and had to be rescued by a Pack of shape-shifting wolves.

    TSTBren says: "Why speed up Johanna Parker/Charlotte Kane?"
    "Disappointing."
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    This book is a Drama Love Story. Love and Lust although that description may seem a little more entertaining than the actual story. The Narrator did a great job, I am not sure I could have kept up with this book the way it goes from one character viewpoint to another without the awesome Narrations. I am not from Chicago so I don't know enough to comment on the accent but it was the Narrator that kept me from asking audible for my money back.

    It wasn't a bad story, it was like an episode of the Days of Our Lives. I buy a book like this I want action, near death experience, excitement not Drama and Redneck Lust and sex.

    I was hoping that maybe this book just built up the characters and the next book would add the adventure and action, but .... They play a couple of hours of the next book at the end of this book and it is just another episode of Drama type Love Story with another odd couple.

    One thing that really bugged me about this book is the author's depiction of Werewolves, I question whether the Author has ever read anything about them. His depiction of the Werewolves is off compared to where everyone else is. For example werewolves can get drunk in his book. There are several contradictions and I just found the overwhelming amount of sexual dialog to be a little primitively written in a redneck-ish style of Lustyness.. (sorry I am making up words now... :).

    It didn't suck but... Not buying the next one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hunting Ground

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1554)
    Performance
    (1090)
    Story
    (1100)

    Mated to werewolf Charles Cornick, the son - and enforcer - of the leader of the North American werewolves, Anna Latham now knows how dangerous being a werewolf is, especially when a werewolf opposes Charles and his father is struck down. Charles's reputation makes him the prime suspect, and the penalty for the crime is execution. Now Anna and Charles must combine their talents to hunt down the real killer - or Charles will take the fall.

    Bethany says: "Excellent!"
    "It's ok, not that bad.."
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    Both this series and the Mercy Thompson had so much potential. I keep hoping for more umph, but just not getting it with these books. It seems very basic, or maybe I just read to many books that had the OMG factor built in to the point I thought I was going to change (fingers crossed)... ;) I will buy the next and last book, with the same hope I had for this one. It is interesting enough to keep my attention, but no real WOW factor. I am still giving it four stars, but it would only be deserving of 4 if it was out of 6 stars, three stars just seems a little petty and I am not petty.

    ...Robert

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hunted: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3931)
    Performance
    (3656)
    Story
    (3659)

    For a 2,000-year-old Druid, Atticus O’Sullivan is a pretty fast runner. Good thing, because he’s being chased by not one but two goddesses of the hunt - Artemis and Diana - for messing with one of their own. Dodging their slings and arrows, Atticus, Granuaile, and his wolfhound Oberon are making a mad dash across modern-day Europe to seek help from a friend of the Tuatha Dé Danann. His usual magical option of shifting planes is blocked, so instead of playing hide-and-seek, the game plan is...run like hell.

    D says: "Another Serving of Hilari-tea"
    "Awesome to the max!"
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    This series is in the list of my Favorites, Awesome! The whole series from start to finish, both the storyline and narration, flawless (unless you are an over critical hardcore historian in this type of folklore, but I think even they would like this series). If you like these type of books, you will not be disappointed with this series. I hope Kevin Hearne comes out with another one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cry Wolf

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1937)
    Performance
    (1337)
    Story
    (1340)

    Anna never knew werewolves existed until the night she survived a violent attack...and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she'd learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. But Anna is that rarest kind of werewolf: an Omega. And one of the most powerful werewolves in the country will recognize her value as a pack member - and as his mate.

    Teleasa says: "WOW!!"
    "Read the "Mercy Thompson" Series First!"
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    You will get a lot more out of this book if you read the "Mercy Thompson" Series First!

    I wish they would have used the same Narrator, a word or two is pronounced differently between the two readers and of course the characters that play in both books have a different voice. But besides that, it is pretty good. I think he does a perfect Charles voice, once you get over these slightly annoying differences it is a pretty good book.

    I think this series is starting out a little better then the Mercy Thompson series. But I keep looking for an equal to the "Night Huntress World" series. If you find one let me know.

    After this book I can say if you liked "Mercy Thompson" you will definitely like this book too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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