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  • The Magician's Guild: The Black Magician Trilogy: Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Trudi Canavan
    • Narrated By Richard Aspel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Sonea is caught up in a confrontation between the hated Guild magicians and the angry youth of the slums. To her dismay, she discovers that she possesses the same powers as the reviled magicians. To avoid capture, she must seek protection from the city's feared underworld, The Thieves. In return, she must use her powers for them, but her magic never seems to do quite what she intends it to.

    Jeremy says: "The book is like a wooden roller coaster..."
    "The book is like a wooden roller coaster..."

    This book is like a wooden roller coaster ride. It starts out slow: Some people complain that it is boring while others just enjoy the view. However, like the wooden roller coaster, once you crest the first and tallest hill things really pick up.

    I set this book down twice and I'm glad I picked it up the third time. I started listening to it at night when I was trying to fall asleep, and at first it was great for that...

    Other reviews have mentioned the 'monotone voice' of the reader. This reader uses a very monotone voice as the 'narrator voice'.

    This reader uses many voices for the different characters (and you can recognize which character speaks by the voice the reader uses!) as the characters are introduced into the book. There is more narration at the start of the book, setting things up, than the rest of the book.

    My Personal; About This Book:

    Each night I would find the beginning of the last chapter I could remember hearing and start there, and listen again until I fell asleep...

    ... In the early chapters I fell asleep pretty quickly (not 'because' of the book, but the sound of someone reading muffled other sounds, and the images I formed in my head helped me to forget about stuff I had to do the next day or other worries I had)...

    ... However, about the third or fourth night I found the book was keeping me awake. I had to stop listening to it at night because I found myself staying awake to find out what happened 'next'!

    The book had me cheering for 'both sides' of 'the conflict'.
    Review Wrap Up:

    I can understand why some people gave it a low rating, and if you just don't like slow starts then don't buy this book.

    If you don't mind enjoying the scenery and just going with the flow, understanding that things will be explained later, then this is a good book.

    I couldn't put the second book down and I'm reading the third book right now.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Naoki Higashida
    • Narrated By Tom Picasso
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, The Reason I Jumpis a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. Parents and family members who never thought they could get inside the head of their autistic loved one at last have a way to break through to the curious, subtle, and complex life within.

    Janice says: "Cracking the code"
    "A Must Read"
    Any additional comments?

    Extremely Informative
    Everyone should read this book, Period.

    Whether you know someone with autism or not.
    Whether you are interested in how the brain works or not.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Snowybrook Inn: Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Scott Reeves
    • Narrated By Fred Kennedy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Welcome to the magical land of Snowybrook Vale! While you're here, enjoy the good company, fine drink and elegant lodging to be had at the Vale's premier vacation spot, Snowybrook Inn. But if you venture into the countryside, watch the shadows! Because Goblins lurk behind every rock, and Imperial soldiers are always around, looking to teach an unruly frontiersman a lesson. Snowybrook Inn is an ongoing whimsical fantasy series in episodic format. Each book consists of four to five stand-alone short stories.

    L. Kragh says: "A nice little collection of fantasy stories"
    "Sphincter Clasps"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Not including the sphincter clasps. Also, the story seemed rushed. It seems like something that could have been made into a longer novel and been great, but instead is so short it isn't even good IMO.

    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The reader was nice, his voice was pleasant and suited the characters. The author did a good job of invoking imagery. There were some very charming parts to the story, it wasn't all bad.

    Which character – as performed by Fred Kennedy – was your favorite?

    The narrator was my favourite. Aside that, the tavern owner who was the protagonist.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Snowybrook Inn: Book One?

    The scene with the goblin king. A different object could have been used to implicate the goblin hoard. The author does such a good job of conjuring up imagery that I was very put off and almost didn't finish listening to the book.

    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

    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"
    "Amazing story! Very well written!"

    This book is elegant in it's terseness. The story is truly unique and has many unpredictable twists and turns. I couldn't stop listening! It's like a roller coaster that had me hanging on the whole time!

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful

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