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  • Beyond the Shadows: Night Angel Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1582)
    Performance
    (1000)
    Story
    (1025)

    Logan Gyre is king of Cenaria, a country under siege, with a threadbare army and little hope. He has one chance---a desperate gamble, but one that could destroy his kingdom. In the north, the new Godking has a plan. If it comes to fruition, no one will have the power to stop him. Kylar Stern has no choice. To save his friends---and perhaps his enemies---he must accomplish the impossible: assassinate a goddess.

    Kenya says: "let down"
    "A perfect conclusion to a beautiful trilogy"
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    What did you love best about Beyond the Shadows?

    Everyone seems so real. They all have hopes, dreams, problems, and sacrifices. Brent weeks makes everyone seem human and because of that these books have great value.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Even though this was the end of the trilogy, it did not seem like weeks was just trying to tie everything up ( I'm looking at you inheritance). This was an indepenedent story, complex and compelling the entire way through even though there are things that suggest another book, weeks did not leave things " hanging" just so we would be obligated to buy it.


    Have you listened to any of Paul Boehmer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. This book fit him to a tee. He made the characters come to life and he made the story exciting. I have listening to this story 3 times and I believe his voice has played a huge part in that.


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

    If he fights, the ones he love are in grave peril. If he doesn't, everyone dies.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy this book. You will not regret it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Evolutionary Void: Void Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1630)
    Performance
    (1037)
    Story
    (1043)

    Exposed as the Second Dreamer, Araminta has become the target of a galaxywide search by government agent Paula Myo and the psychopath known as the Cat, along with others equally determined to prevent---or facilitate---the pilgrimage of the Living Dream cult into the heart of the Void. An indestructible microuniverse, the Void may contain paradise, as the cultists believe, but it is also a deadly threat. For the miraculous reality that exists inside its boundaries demands energy....

    Ingwe says: "Brilliant end to the trilogy"
    "Couldnt have loved anything more"
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    The first books can be a little confusing but by this one you know every character and are completely consumed by their actions. The only tough part is wanting to know what everyone is doing at all times because you love all of them equally and having to wait.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Laini Taylor
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1781)
    Performance
    (1590)
    Story
    (1608)

    Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war. Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages - not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color.

    Coffee says: "Amazing story & INCREDIBLE Narrator!"
    "What an amazing story ruined"
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    For the first half of the book we are shown an amazing world with a creative magic system and interesting characters. You spend most of that wondering if our main character really is a good guy or a bad guy. Then the angel comes in and its whining and wishing and longing to be together but stay apart. "I love you but I don't know why and I shouldn't". This alone is not enough to hate the book but for the entire second half nothing really happens and majority of the time it is just them boringly talking about how they want to be together...but cant.

    The world really had me captured but unfortunately this author is nowhere near a romance writer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, The Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Edward Dolnick
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (959)
    Performance
    (707)
    Story
    (719)

    The Clockwork Universe is the story of a band of men who lived in a world of dirt and disease but pictured a universe that ran like a perfect machine. A meld of history and science, this book is a group portrait of some of the greatest minds who ever lived as they wrestled with natures most sweeping mysteries. The answers they uncovered still hold the key to how we understand the world.

    Alison says: "The Royal Society comes alive."
    "The stories are fascinating"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Clockwork Universe to be better than the print version?

    Yes. The author gives great value to the text and makes me feel like someone is having a conversation with me.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to it. You will not regret it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Subtle Knife: His Dark Materials, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman, Full Cast
    Overall
    (3672)
    Performance
    (1094)
    Story
    (1109)

    In this stunning sequel to The Golden Compass, the intrepid Lyra finds herself in a shimmering, haunted otherworld, Cittagazze, where soul-eating Specters stalk the streets and wingbeats of distant angels sound against the sky. But she is not without allies: twelve-year-old Will Parry, fleeing for his life after taking another's, has also stumbled into this strange new realm.

    Geoffrey says: "The second book in a fantastic trilogy!"
    "The first one was so interesting, what happened?"
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    Any additional comments?

    It seems as soon as they came into the real world all interesting things ceased to exist. I loved the golden compass. This is sooooooo boring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9317)
    Performance
    (6850)
    Story
    (6893)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Jason says: "Brandon's Best Work Yet"
    "It's long! Everything is amazing!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Way of Kings the most enjoyable?

    The narrators are the two most impressive you will ever find. The characters are deep and believable. The author makes nothing simple and uses true art for each scene. Did I mention the magic system is creative and follows rules which never are altered for convenience.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Way of Kings?

    There is a scene where kelseir must decide between honor and freedom and listening to it gives me chills every time. I've never been do moved in my life.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Kate reading is the reason I listen to audio books. I fell in love with her in the codex alera series and will listen to her read the ingredients on the back of bubble gum if I could.


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

    A storm is coming. Can a world at war unite in time to save it?


    Any additional comments?

    I know some of you look at this book and are dismayed by the 45 hours. But there is a reason it is that long and that's because Brandon Sanderson knows what he's doing. There is never a dull moment or a scene where it feels like he's just trying to transition. It may seem slow at first but they passes very quickly and you can't help but root for everyone even the ones you know are bad people. That's the mark of a gifted writer.
    Also, if you don't know Brandon Sanderson pick up the must born trilogy and read immediately.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Shadows: Night Angel Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2393)
    Performance
    (1530)
    Story
    (1539)

    For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art---and he is the city's most accomplished artist, his talents required from alleyway to courtly boudoir. For Azoth, survival is precarious, something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he's grown up in the slums and learned to judge people quickly---and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint. But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name.

    Ethan M. says: "A good grim fantasy series, with caveats"
    "There will never be anything better!"
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    Would you listen to The Way of Shadows again? Why?

    I have read and listened to this book a total of 4 times. It doesn't get old and there is something more to love each time.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I wouldn't dare spoil a second of this book for anyone. Buy it, listen closely.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I cried and laughed. I've never cared so much about a character since Harry potter. This of course, is a far more complex boom with a brilliant magic system which is barely touched upon until the second book. That's how good it is.


    Any additional comments?

    This is how assassin tales should be told.

    0 of 1 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
    (4406)
    Performance
    (3206)
    Story
    (3226)

    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."
    "Give it time, its amazing"
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    Would you listen to The Lost Gate again? Why?

    I have listened to it twice. The first time I was confused on the storyline until almost the end, so the second time I really enjoyed it.


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

    No. At least not the first time.


    Any additional comments?

    It was annoying at first since I thought two different characters were the same people just in different time. Once I figured it out the story, the magic system, the characters were all so impressive that I'd strongly suggest listening to this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • One for the Money: A Stephanie Plum Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1993)
    Performance
    (1735)
    Story
    (1730)

    You’ve lost your job as a department store lingerie buyer, your car’s been repossessed, and most of your furniture and small appliances have been sold off to pay last month’s rent. Now the rent is due again. And you live in New Jersey. What do you do? If you’re Stephanie Plum, you become a bounty hunter. But not just a nickel-and-dime bounty hunter; you go after the big money. That means a cop gone bad. And not just any cop. She goes after Joe Morelli, a disgraced former vice cop who is also the man that took her virginity....

    Pat H. says: "NOT THE GREATEST."
    "The narrator was annoying. Story has some interest"
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    Would you listen to One for the Money again? Why?

    No. I just don't like stories with rape.


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

    They did make the movie. It is fairly close to the book and it is much more subtle.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to it all. It was very funny but I didn't enjoy reading all the rape and attempted rape. The main character was fascinating and her male counterpart really made it worth finishing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10604)
    Performance
    (7525)
    Story
    (7529)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "I couldn't listen to much. Still funny."
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    Would you listen to Storm Front again? Why?

    I didn't finish this book because I did not like the detailed murder. What I did listen to was spectacular and super interesting. If you can stomachs strong violence then read this, the author and narrator are amazing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert L. Wolke
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (861)
    Performance
    (723)
    Story
    (717)

    Why is red meat red? How do they decaffeinate coffee? Do you wish you understood the science of food but don't want to plow through dry, technical books? In What Einstein Told His Cook, University of Pittsburgh chemistry professor emeritus and award-winning Washington Post food columnist Robert L. Wolke provides reliable and witty explanations for your most burning food questions, while debunking misconceptions and helping you interpret confusing advertising and labeling.

    colleen says: "It was actually pretty interesting"
    "Listen to this immediately!"
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    If you could sum up What Einstein Told His Cook in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, relative, re-readable


    What other book might you compare What Einstein Told His Cook to and why?

    The botany of desire. Stay with me here, they are not necessarily on the same page since this one is more like a q and a while the other is a look into various plants but they both promptly explain how the things they're talking about apply directly to me.


    What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

    I loved his voice. He, perhaps because of the context, made me feel as if a very patient professor was explaining the foods I ate and why they were so fascinating.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did laugh quite a few times. I'm not sure if it was the author or the narrator but some of the lines just made me giggle. I honestly loved this book and I never expected to.


    Any additional comments?

    It has great value. I love knowing why my sugar s different, why we don't have to shake milk before drinking it, how " less sodium" salt can be chemically possible, and that food is not something we should pass of as being tedious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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