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Lance W. Larsen

Middleton WI | Member Since 2006

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REVIEWS
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FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
12

  • The Emerald Atlas: Books of Beginning

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By John Stephens
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (613)
    Performance
    (496)
    Story
    (494)

    Kate, Michael, and Emma have been in one orphanage after another for the last ten years, passed along like lost baggage. Yet these unwanted children are more remarkable than they could possibly imagine. Ripped from their parents as babies, they are being protected from a horrible evil of devastating power, an evil they know nothing about. Until now. Before long, Kate, Michael, and Emma are on a journey to dangerous and secret corners of the world....

    Stacey says: "Fantastic addicting fantasy"
    "Fantastic"
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    What an awesome book -- whole family (7 and 10 year old daughters, my wife and I) enjoyed thoroughly -- you know it a great book when after you've driven 5 hours and are at your destination - the girls say - awww can't we keep driving... :)

    Eagerly await next book in the series.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Skin Game: A Novel of the Dresden Files, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3662)
    Performance
    (3501)
    Story
    (3479)

    Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day.… Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful. He doesn’t know the half of it… Mab has just traded Harry’s skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help a group of supernatural villains - led by one of Harry’s most dreaded and despised enemies, Nicodemus Archleone - to break into the highest-security vault in town, so that they can then access the highest-security vault in the Nevernever.

    D says: "Hold onto your staff; Harry’s back."
    "BEST book in the entire Dresden Series!"
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    Outstanding adventure! It's the Great Bank Heist of all time and of all dimensions -- fantastic lineup of characters -- easily my favorite book in the entire series of great books from Jim Butcher.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Appalachian Overthrow: Vampire Earth, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By E. E. Knight
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (69)

    Captured and sold to the Kurian-allied Maynes Conglomerate, to work as a slave in the coal mines of Appalachia, Ahn-Kha is angered and appalled by the dangerous working conditions, and the brutal treatment inflicted upon his fellow miners. When a protest against shortages is deliberately and bloodily suppressed, Ahn-Kha sets himself against the ruling Maynes family and sets out on a trail of vengeance through the Coal Country. Finally, the people of the Coal Country are driven to the breaking point....

    Laura says: "This Audiobook is Missing a Number of Pages"
    "Least favorite of entire series"
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    This was easily my least favorite of the entire series, switched main characters and really seemed jumbled in places. Very disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Boneshaker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Cherie Priest
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, Kate Reading
    Overall
    (996)
    Performance
    (666)
    Story
    (665)

    In the early days of the Civil War, rumors of gold in the frozen Klondike brought hordes of newcomers to the Pacific Northwest. Anxious to compete, Russian prospectors commissioned inventor Leviticus Blue to create a great machine that could mine through Alaska’s ice. Thus was Dr. Blue’s Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine born.

    Tracey says: "Doesn't live up to potential"
    "Just Ok - not recommended."
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    I liked the premise, but did not find myself engaged in the story. If you're looking for Steam Punk - I found the Spring Healed Jack book more engaging.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spellbound: Book II of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3661)
    Performance
    (3410)
    Story
    (3405)

    Dark fantasy goes hardboiled in Book II of the hard-hitting Grimnoir Chronicles by the New York Times best-selling creator of Monster Hunter International. The Grimnoir Society’s mission is to protect people with magic, and they’ve done so—successfully and in secret—since the mysterious arrival of the Power in the 1850s, but when a magical assassin makes an attempt on the life of President Franklin Roosevelt, the crime is pinned on the Grimnoir.

    Paulette says: "Spellbound is Pure Magic"
    "Wow - even better than the first one..."
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    Fantastic story - great alternate history with super powers world. Characters are very enjoyable and ones for which you really find yourself on their side. Highly highly recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spellbound: The Books of Elsewhere, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jacqueline West
    • Narrated By Lexy Fridell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (46)

    With no way into the house's magical paintings, and its three guardian cats reluctant to help, Olive's friend Morton is still trapped inside Elsewhere. So when Rutherford, the new oddball kid next door, mentions a grimoire - a spellbook - Olive feels a breathless tug of excitement. If she can find the McMartins' spellbook, maybe she can help Morton escape Elsewhere for good. Unless, that is, the book finds Olive first. The house isn't the only one keeping secrets anymore....

    Michael says: "Great book.My kids love it.Looking forward to more"
    "Fantastic Listen for the whole family!"
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    Another book that the family doesn't want to stop listening too in the car --- get the "awwww can't we drive around more dad?"

    Fun series for all ages - we have two girls 10 and 8 - we eagerly await the 3rd book in the series... :)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dreadnaught: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2856)
    Performance
    (2285)
    Story
    (2290)

    The first book of best-selling sci-fi author Jack Campbell’s new series Beyond the Frontier returns to find Captain John “Black Jack" Geary, the hero of the Lost Fleet series, awoken from cryogenic sleep to take command of the fleet. Geary’s legendary exploits have earned him the adoration of the people—and the enmity of politicians convinced that a living hero can be a very inconvenient thing.

    Jean says: "A welcome new series"
    "Fantastic Series"
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    One of my all time favorite Sci-fi series. If you're at all interested in military space tactics -- these are the most realistic combat scenarios, fast and fun books. Highly recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (5419)
    Performance
    (4907)
    Story
    (4920)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "Lots of fun!"
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    Great book -- alternate history with super-powers. Great characters - really fun story. I'm also a big fan of the Dresdin files, but this is completely different. Highly highly recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Zodiac

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Ax Norman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (302)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (149)

    Sangamon Taylor's a New Age Sam Spade who sports a wet suit instead of a trench coat and prefers Jolt to Scotch. He knows about chemical sludge the way he knows about evil -- all too intimately. And the toxic trail he follows leads to some high and foul places.

    Edie Snow says: "Love that dirty water!"
    "Avoid -- not on par with Snow Crash, etc"
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    I'm a fan of Neal Stephenson -- and loved Snow Crash and a couple others -- but this book is not one that I could recommend -at all- I found it a great challenge to even get through it, let alone wanting to see how it turned out.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Fleet: Dauntless

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4707)
    Performance
    (3226)
    Story
    (3261)

    Captain John "Black Jack" Geary's legendary exploits are known to every schoolchild. Revered for his heroic "last stand" in the early days of the war, he was presumed dead. But a century later, Geary miraculously returns from survival hibernation and reluctantly takes command of the Alliance fleet as it faces annihilation by the Syndics.

    Appalled by the hero-worship around him, Geary is nevertheless a man who will do his duty. And he knows that bringing the stolen Syndic hypernet key safely home is the Alliance's one chance to win the war. But to do that, Geary will have to live up to the impossibly heroic "Black Jack" legend.

    AudioAddict says: "A hero with a sexy voice!"
    "Fantastic! Buying the Full Series"
    Overall

    Loved the main character, and the premise of the Arthurian hero back from the proverbial dead to save his people - but with the twist that his legend grew after his "death" into someone he really isn't. Great perspective on this classical twist.

    Also, fantastic ship battles in space as it's never been told before - found that I was eagerly putting other downloaded books on hold to get the rest of the series. Highly recommended!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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