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Megan

Aurora, Colorado, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • 6 reviews
  • 6 ratings
  • 103 titles in library
  • 18 purchased in 2014
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  • The Palace Job

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Patrick Weekes
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (68)

    Loch is seeking revenge. It would help if she wasn’t in jail. The plan: To steal a priceless elven manuscript that once belonged to her family, but is now in the hands of the most powerful man in the Republic. To do so, Loch - former soldier, former prisoner, and current fugitive - must assemble a crack team of magical misfits that includes a cynical illusionist, a shape shifting unicorn, a repentant death priestess, a talking magical war hammer, and a lad with seemingly no skills.

    Cynthia A. Thornton says: "Surprisingly good!"
    "I think I've read this story before.."
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    Would you try another book from Patrick Weekes and/or Justine Eyre?

    No. Thanks though. Was bored and didn't find anything new or interesting for that matter.


    Has The Palace Job turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I know there are better fantasy novels out there


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Justine Eyre?

    No because had I known the story I'd never cared to listen in the first place.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Not a fan. At all. Ridiculous story, silly characters, and few memorable lines. Not impressed.

    1 of 4 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
    (7744)
    Performance
    (5343)
    Story
    (5381)

    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.

    Robert says: "It doesn't get any better than this!"
    "Whaaaat.... Can't wait for the next!!!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Wow. I am so happy I delved into Sanderson's writing more. I really loved the setup of this book, the characters in this book, and pretty much all of this book. I had thought that this book would be a rehash of all fantasy clichés, but was exceptionally surprised!! I listened to this novel pretty much nonstop, and was so enthrall end that I found my heart ache a bit when it ended. If you're up for a long but fun listen, please try this book! The magic system is so interesting! I find myself wishing to try it firsthand!! I'm sorry Mr Sanderson, for not giving you a chance in the beginning. I've since learned the errors of my ways.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Knight

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Miles Cameron
    • Narrated By Matthew Wolf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (311)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (286)

    Twenty-eight florins a month is a huge price to pay for a man to stand between you and the Wild. Twenty-eight florins a month is nowhere near enough when a wyvern's jaws snap shut on your helmet in the hot stink of battle, and the beast starts to rip the head from your shoulders. But if standing and fighting is hard, leading a company of men - or worse, a company of mercenaries - against the smart, deadly creatures of the Wild is even harder. It takes all the advantages of birth, training, and the luck of the devil to do it.

    Amazon Customer says: "A New Favorite in the Epic Fantasy Biz"
    "Great set up... But lacking some development"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Red Knight to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version, but may feel differently if I had.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was guessable. I could already see the direction the book was heading.


    What does Matthew Wolf bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I really like his narration, I feel he does a great job keeping the tonal inflections consistent between characters.


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

    Not necessarily. As it wore on, I did listen in longer intervals, but in one sitting it'd be too much.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a fun idea, with good characters. However the characters lack depth and their motives before and after their actions seems a second thought. The world building was not done very well. The different species and the idea of "thorn" is cool, but was not developed. I was left wondering why characters did what they did, and weary of the nonstop battle scenes that didn't allow for much character development.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragons of Autumn Twilight: Dragonlance: Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (359)

    Lifelong friends, they went their separate ways. Now they are together again, though each holds secrets from the others in his heart. They speak of a world shadowed with rumors of war. They speak of tales of strange monsters, creatures of myth, creatures of legend. They do not speak of their secrets. Not then. Not until a chance encounter with a beautiful, sorrowful woman, who bears a magical crystal staff, draws the companions deeper into the shadows, forever changing their lives and shaping the fate of the world.

    Cherie says: "Dissapointing Narration of a Classic Favorite"
    "Mediocre"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Probably would have liked to have spent my time on another book, honestly.


    Would you recommend Dragons of Autumn Twilight to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not especially. I got bored with the story and honestly fell asleep often. At least the narrator has a soothing voice!


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Both were slow, so I suppose so.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No. The relationships between characters seemed flippantly described and the characters had no depth to them overall.


    Any additional comments?

    Not my cup of tea. Main issue was with the character development. Severely lacking

    0 of 3 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
    Overall
    (1020)
    Performance
    (962)
    Story
    (963)

    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.

    JPaladin says: "Wonderful Epic! Mature and well-written."
    "Loved!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes!! Because it is a well wrought story and relatable characters. I felt despair along with the main character as loved characters died, etc.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hmm, since they all were so good in the story, I refuse to answer this one :)


    What about Steven Brand’s performance did you like?

    He brought life to the characters and narrated with emotion that kept me enthralled.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6931)
    Performance
    (4442)
    Story
    (4471)

    For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

    Lore says: "Book 1 of a great series that is not to be missed!"
    "Good idea... But..."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Well I seemed to have fallen asleep during most of it, and was still able to understand the shallow story...


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Wasn't able to finish it. It was super anticlimactic


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator did decent renditions of a few characters, but some were laughable. No, I sincerely laughed aloud.


    Could you see The Final Empire being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I'd be worried, the magic system is interesting but movies have been known to do more harm than good


    Any additional comments?

    Could have been fantastic, gonna see about the second book--the first was slow and the background story was given shallowly. I didn't connect with the main character at all--the characters were very cookie cutter for me, though I sure did try to like them. I found a supporting character (a steward) to be the only character who I liked. The dialogue seemed forced, and redundant in many ways. I got so tired of "Vin," she had potential to be relatable. I ended up rolling my eyes a lot at her actions/interactions/ and decisions. Oh well, not a winner for me. I'll try book 2 but am skeptical.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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