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Winters, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

  • 6 reviews
  • 32 ratings
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  • 5 purchased in 2015

  • Ruins: Pathfinder, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Rigg and his friends crossed the Wall between the only world they knew and a world they could not imagine, he hoped he was leading them to safety. But the dangers in this new wallfold are more difficult to see. Rigg, Umbo, and Param know that they cannot trust the expendable, Vadesh - a machine shaped like a human, created to deceive - but they are no longer certain that they can even trust one another. But they will have little choice. Because although Rigg can decipher the paths of the past, he can’t yet see the horror that lies ahead: A destructive force with deadly intentions is hurtling toward Garden.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Story Stretching 101"
    "Huge Card fan left slightly disappointed."

    I'll start this by saying I'm a huge Card fan. Ender's Game is my favorite book, and I loved Pathfinder. I counted down the days until this was published, but now I'm left disappointed.

    Card's usual depth and complexity are there in the story, and I cannot deny it isn't well written. But he significantly faulted, in my judgement anyways, by making the drama in this book all about the characters and their inabilities to trust each other.

    A little bit of resentment towards each others is one thing, but there were whole chapters where the characters would argue or fight or just plain whine the whole time. It was distracting, removed me from the story, and even made me stop listening for chunks at a time. Honestly, it was so bad I wanted to slap the characters. It didn't really feel "real" considering what we'd known about them from the last book.

    He's all set up for a climactic book three in which there will hopefully be real drama and conflict. This one felt forced, as though in order to justify a book two he forced out character drama that didn't need to exist and borderline overwhelmed the rest of the story.

    I cannot wait for book three and I put my hopes on that one. This one felt as if half of it was unneeded, and downright annoying.

    18 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Circle of Reign: The Dying Lands Chronicle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jacob Cooper
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Lands die. The living light fades. An ancient darkness awakens. The Living Light that sustains Arlethia is dwindling. An unknown, vicious enemy approaches in stealth from beyond the northern glaciers, a wasteland of ice that spans hundreds of miles. A clandestine brotherhood of assassins, held in check by the Light for millennia, seeks to break their maledictive shackles and unleash their bloodlust upon the world.

    Ana says: "A rich, exciting fantasy world"
    "A very solid first novel with minor flaws"

    On the whole, this was a very solid read with a vivid world, detailed characters, a well-through magic system and enjoyable twists and turns. Hopefully this serves as a launching point for an even more developed series to come.

    I could tell while listening that this was the authors' first book - there were parts I wish had more editing or more developing.This book has the tendency to skip forward by months or a year, and while this keeps the pace going it's often confusing if you don't cognate immediately the calendar the author puts in at the beginning of each chapter.

    I'm one who enjoys a slower, exceptionally developed fantasy epic, and the difference between this novel and others like The Wheel of Time and the ilk is in that pacing. Cooper would skip ahead a year or so and we'd be expected to accept character development on face value. While this kept the action going and allowed Cooper to get this arc completed in one novel, rather than the three novels or so we'd have gotten with Robert Jordan, at times it was very jarring. The characters never felt as developed to me as I wanted them. This left the characters feeling a tad unreal by the end of story, because I needed to see more of the journey in order to believe they'd become who they "were" by the final chapter.

    That said, my nit-picking should not keep anyone who likes fantasy from giving this a shot. It's got a good world and likable characters, and you can tell Cooper has the creativity and drive to become an excellent author in the field. As a launching point for what will hopefully become a stellar series, it's more than enjoyable.

    Also, Michael Kramer is the absolute best, and he doesn't do bad projects. That's all the recommendation you should need.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Firefight: Reckoners, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Newcago is free. They told David it was impossible, that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet Steelheart - invincible, immortal, unconquerable - is dead. And he died by David's hand.Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life simpler. Instead, it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And no one in Newcago can give him answers.Babylon Restored, the city formerly known as the borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "If you loved Steelheart you will love Firefight!"
    "Sanderson does it again - absolutely stellar."

    Great plot twists, well-written action, and solid, believable character development makes this a stellar follow-up for Steelheart. Can't wait for the next one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Song: Raven's Shadow, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Anthony Ryan
    • Narrated By Steven Brand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Sixth Order wields the sword of justice and smites the enemies of the Faith and the Realm. Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of 10 when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order. The Brothers of the Sixth Order are devoted to battle, and Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate, and dangerous life of a Warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order.

    Ron says: "Great Epic Fantacy"
    "One of the best stories let down by narration."

    This story, in itself, is fantastic. The world-building, the prose, the characters, all fantastic. Ryan did an amazing job of keeping the story unique (despite all the obvious similarities to another god-send, The Name of the Wind) and keeping the pace going strong. It's a bloody tale full of political intrigue with a main character in Vaelin who COULD have become a Mary Sue but didn't. Absolute applause for Anthony Ryan.

    The major letdown is the narration; Steven Brand has an amazing voice and it could have complimented this story fantastically, but he does exactly two voices the entire book. Given that this book doesn't always have "character A said" or "character B inquired", it's often really easy to get lost and have NO idea who is talking. It's a disappointing letdown, but in no way one that should keep you from picking it up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Earth Unaware

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Stephen Hoye, Arthur Morey, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The mining ship El Cavador is far out from Earth, in the deeps of the Kuiper Belt, beyond Pluto. Other mining ships, and the families that live on them, are few and far between this far out. So when El Cavador’s telescopes pick up a fast-moving object coming in-system, it’s hard to know what to make of it. It’s massive and moving at a significant fraction of the speed of light.

    El Cavador has other problems. Their systems are old and failing. The family is getting too big for the ship. There are claim-jumping corporate ships bringing Asteroid Belt tactics to the Kuiper Belt.

    D says: "The beginning- or a plot filler"
    "One of Card's Best"

    I am a huge fan of Orson Scott Card, but I, like many of his fans, worry that he's overdoing the series. There comes a point when I hear he is writing a new Enderverse book and I just groan.

    That said, the books are always fantastic, and this one may seriously be my second favorite Ender book (aside from Ender's Game, of course). The characters, the plot depth, it's all vintage Card. I expected it to be rushed, but aside from the ending, it wasn't.

    The producers always get the best out of a fantastic narrating cast as well. Props to them for continued excellence.

    The ending was rushed, yes. We'll have to see in the final two books if the whole thing could have been stuck together in one book, especially considering WE ALL KNOW HOW THIS ENDS. But it wasn't a let down, it's vintage, fantastic Card.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Big Trouble

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dave Barry
    • Narrated By Dick Hill

    A chain of events that will change the lives of each and every character will leave some of them wiser, some of them deader, and some of them definitely looking for a new line of work. With a wicked wit, razor-sharp observations, rich characters, and a plot with more twists than the Inland Waterway, Dave Barry makes his debut a complete and utter triumph.

    Scott says: "Classic Barry at his Best"
    "Very Ammusing and Well Written"

    Excellent book, very comical. It wasn't "oh my gawd my sides are splitting" funnybut it was clever, well-developed, kept my interest. Easily recommended.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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