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Vivian

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  • Skippy Dies

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Paul Murray
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber, Fred Berman, Clodagh Bowyer, and others
    Overall
    (1458)
    Performance
    (857)
    Story
    (869)

    This touching and uproarious novel by author Paul Murray made everyone’s best fiction of 2010 lists, including The Washington Post, Financial Times, Village Voice, and others. Why Skippy dies and what happens next is the mystery that links the boys of Dublin’s Seabrook College (Ruprecht Van Doren, the overweight genius obsessed with string theory; Carl, the teenager drug dealer and borderline psychotic; Philip Kilfether, the basketball-playing midget) to their parents and teachers in ways that no one could have imagined.

    Laura says: "Funny, touching, entertaining"
    "Could not listen to this narrator"
    Overall

    I was looking forward to hearing this story, but could not listen to the whiny narrator's voice for very long, and soon abandoned the entire audio book.

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The King's Blood: The Dagger and the Coin, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Daniel Abraham
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (451)
    Performance
    (414)
    Story
    (420)

    Acclaimed author Daniel Abraham’s works have been nominated for the Hugo Award and the World Fantasy Award. In this compelling follow-up to The Dragon’s Path, Geder Palliako enjoys high social standing as protector to the crown prince of Antea - but a looming war threatens to change his way of life. Meanwhile, Cithrin bel Sarcour is counting her blessings: long under close surveillance, she hopes a battle will be the opportunity she needs to regain her freedom.

    Dave says: "The Best Kept Secret in Epic Fantasy Continues"
    "Makes me want the next book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Again, the story moves swiftly through many channels without losing the listener. Narration is artful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dragon's Path: Dagger and Coin, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Daniel Abraham
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (846)
    Performance
    (761)
    Story
    (763)

    Popular author Daniel Abraham’s works have been nominated for the Hugo Award and the World Fantasy Award. In The Dragon’s Path, former soldier Marcus is now a mercenary—but he wants nothing to do with the coming war. So instead of fighting, he elects to guard a caravan carrying the wealth of a nation out of the war zone—with the assistance of an unusual orphan girl named Cithrin.

    Kristin says: "Epic Fantasy and Something Else"
    "A series worth starting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Believeable characters, great story, and excellent narration. This is the first of three books, and the story arc is long and complicated enough to merit that length.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hero of Ages: Mistborn, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (6313)
    Performance
    (4352)
    Story
    (4383)

    The conclusion of the Mistborn trilogy fulfills all the promise of the first two books. Revelations abound, connections rooted in early chapters of the series click into place, and surprises, as satisfying as they are stunning, blossom like fireworks to dazzle and delight. It all leads up to a finale unmatched for originality and audacity that will leave listeners shaking their heads in wonder, as if awaking from an amazing dream.

    Julio says: "Well concluded!"
    "Nice wrap to the series (SPOILER ALERT)"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book does not disappoint, althought (SPOILER ALERT) the end seemed a bit rushed and hurried, compared to the pace of the three volumes that led up to it. Not the ending I expected, though, which was a pleasant surprise.

    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
    (3336)
    Performance
    (3008)
    Story
    (3040)

    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..."
    "Interesting and worthwhile"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Fans of the Mistborn series will recognize the fantasy elements of this book. The action is good, the narration is great, but it somehow doesn't quite meet the level of Sanderson's other books. Plus, it seems to be part of a new series....

    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
    (10563)
    Performance
    (8021)
    Story
    (8067)

    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.

    Lore says: "Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!"
    "Great Start to a New Series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Sanderson has created a believeable world with credible fantasy elements. The plot takes wonderful twists and turns, and the book is hard to "put down." Narration is outstanding.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7114)
    Performance
    (6760)
    Story
    (6781)

    In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

    D says: "Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radieance" shines"
    "Another Great Book by Brandon Sanderson"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book continues the series, and left me wanting the next book NOW! It's wonderful and complex, with many unexpected plot twists. The narration, as always, is outstanding from these two narrators.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Territory

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Emma Bull
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    Tombstone, 1881: site of one of the richest strikes in American history, where veins of silver run like lay lines under the earth, a network of power that belongs to anyone who knows how to claim it and defend it.

    H. says: "Good book, great reading"
    "Wonderful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I loved the interplay of the Wild West (and its familiar characters) with a whole new fantasy overlay. I wonder, though, when the sequel will come out? It leaves the reader with a lot of loose ends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor's Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Angela Lin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (889)
    Performance
    (808)
    Story
    (817)

    New York Times best-selling author Brandon Sanderson is widely celebrated for his Mistborn Trilogy and contribution to the final three books of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. In The Emperor's Soul, a Forger named Shai can copy and re-create any item by using magic to rewrite its history. After being condemned to death for attempting to steal the emperor's scepter, Shai is given one final chance. She' ll be allowed to live if she can create a new soul for the emperor, who hovers near death.

    debbie says: "A Great Short Novella that is Long in Story"
    "A complete and concise story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The characters are fully developed, and the story is nicely wrapped up in this tale. Fans of Brandon Sanderson will find familiar themes, but all new settings. Very enjoyable.

    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
    (11408)
    Performance
    (8276)
    Story
    (8283)

    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 Guess I'm Not a Mystery Fan"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book kept me occupied, and I listened to the end, but it did not grab me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wife 22: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Melanie Gideon
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (127)

    Maybe it was those extra five pounds I'd gained. Maybe it was because I was about to turn the same age my mother was when I lost her. Maybe it was because my husband and I seemed to be running out of things to say to each other. But when the anonymous online study called "Marriage in the 21st Century" showed up in my inbox, I had no idea how profoundly it would change my life. It wasn't long before I was assigned both a pseudonym and a caseworker. And, just like that, I found myself answering questions.

    Vivian says: "Did not keep my attention"
    "Did not keep my attention"
    Overall
    Performance
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    The narration was fine, but I did not care for the form of the narration or the substance of the book. As much of the book takes place in emails, the narrator is forced to read the ENTIRE email address of the sender and recipient, along with the subject line, date and time. This alone was just about enough to make me stop listening, as it became really tedious to hear. The substance of the book was not new, or clever, or especially sad, moving, or even pathetic - just wasn't much of anything. The subtitle of this book could be: "the musings of a vaguely unsatisfied woman".

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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