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Kevin

Checking out Brandon Sanderson's work

Herndon, VA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Among Others

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jo Walton
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (840)
    Performance
    (728)
    Story
    (730)

    Startling, unusual, and yet irresistably readable, Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and SF, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment.

    Eoin says: "Subtle Character Piece"
    "Good Performance, okay book"
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    I read this book because it is the 2011 Hugo award winner for best SCI-FI novel. Now my assessment is based on the fact that I expected SCI-FI. What I got was a pretty good story told from the first person via a diary about a teenage girl with an odd past. There is mention of magic and some use of magic, alot of discussion about fairies and even more discussion about SCI-FI authors. But very little actual SCI-FI.

    That being said, the story is compelling and the performance is great. The setting is the late 1970s in england and the reader brings off the various accents very well. I loved the reading and the story is pretty good. It is just not SCI-FI (at least from my background).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Saturn's Children

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (109)

    In Saturn's Children, Freya is an obsolete android concubine in a society where humans haven't existed for hundreds of years. A rigid caste system keeps the Aristos, a vindictive group of humanoids, well in control of the lower, slave-chipped classes. So when Freya offends one particularly nasty Aristo, she's forced to take a dangerous courier job off-planet.

    G. House Sr. says: "Pleasent, Complicated Space Opera - Very Enjoyable"
    "Intriguing concept weak finish"
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    This is an interesting idea with some holes in concept. I found the idea that the robots left after the humans died out would act like their creators disturbing. The creation of a slave culture with the robot class was a concept I did not expect and the development of a class of slave owners unlikely.

    But the story kept my interest. The idea of many robots of the same model existing was interesting and made it somewhat difficult to keep up.

    The performance was done very well with just enough spice to carry the story off.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated By Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9452)
    Performance
    (8228)
    Story
    (8249)

    Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

    Annie M. says: "Time well spent"
    "Different Twist on a Chaotic Time"
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    This is a very well written book about a french blind girl and a german orphan boy. The story burns the candle from both ends - jumping from the beginning to the end and back. It holds your attention the entire book because of the constant pending - but not happening action. It is a very touching story that crosses both world wars and how totally unconnected actions bring hope during dark times. It will leave you ... wanting in the end. Wanting to find peace in a time when only war ruled.

    Very well written - its a great book. The performance is very good and does a great job capturing the spirit of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ancillary Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Ann Leckie
    • Narrated By Celeste Ciulla
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (558)
    Performance
    (520)
    Story
    (516)

    On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest. Breq is both more than she seems and less than she was. Years ago, she was the Justice of Toren - a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of corpse soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy. An act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with only one fragile human body.

    M. Jarret says: "I can't get in to the story because of reader."
    "Good book - poor read"
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    The story behind Ancillary Justice is very good. The concept is that in the future, Artificial Intelligence rules the human race. Basically, inter-stellar ships are driven by AI entities which manifest themselves in hundreds of human bodies. These bodies have no mind of their own - as they were conquered and then brain wiped, then frozen until needed. These entities make very good soldiers and provide a pretty interesting way to watch many things at one time.

    And something goes wrong with one of them. The book is written so there everything is a she (that is sort of irritating) and is told from the point of view of an AI that has become one individual (the rest having been killed). Interesting concept. The second book may be pretty interesting as well.

    The reading was not as good. The reader was a female voice and had trouble intoning all the different characters. Her voice was pushed when it came to mail voices or important voices. I thought it could have been much better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eifelheim

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Flynn
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (418)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (116)

    In 1349, one small town in Germany disappeared and was never resettled. Tom, a contemporary historian, and his theoretical-physicist girlfriend, Sharon, become interested. By all logic, the town should have survived, but it didn't. Why? What was special about Eifelheim that it utterly disappeared more than 600 years ago?

    Andrew says: "Poignant, Profound, Absorbing and deeply moving."
    "Interesting medieval story"
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    The concept of this book is interesting. An race from another system crashes into a forest in medieval germany. It is told from two sides - the 1340s religious side and the 20xx side of scientists trying to figure out why a particular part of Germany never repopulated after the plague.

    The reading is very good. the story seems to get stuck in the what is my point mode. It carries well, but fails to end in a way that brings closure. But still worth the read.

    0 of 0 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
    Overall
    (7666)
    Performance
    (6762)
    Story
    (6740)

    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.

    G. House Sr. says: "Fabulous -- A Must Read Sequal"
    "Fun second book"
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    I loved Steelheart - the performance was great fun and the story was very interesting. This is another great book that adds to the previous story and yet continues to be told from a basically teenage character who is still developing into himself. While not has fun as the first book, it is a pretty good story in its own right. It does leave you hanging for the next book - where as the first book was pretty self-contained.

    But the reading is very good and worth the time.

    0 of 0 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
    (11274)
    Performance
    (10540)
    Story
    (10567)

    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"
    "Great story - setting you up for another long seri"
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    This is the second book in what may be many books (five are planned). Brandon does a great job setting the reader up for some interesting future reading. It is a very long book and covers several fascinating characters. By the end of this book, the primary characters are established - the next few books revisit some characters one may have thought were gone.

    But it is a great story and well worth the read. The performance is great. The reader captures the personalities very well and it was a delight to listen to.

    0 of 1 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
    (14598)
    Performance
    (11739)
    Story
    (11803)

    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.

    Katy Crumpton says: "Very enjoyable (but a slight warning)"
    "Start of another great series"
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    Brandon has produced another pretty good starting book for a new series - another long series it seems like. The four main threads do a great job of developing characters for the long run. The story line is interesting, the characters changing with their fortunes (usually for the worse at least at the beginning) make for a fun story and a great audiobook.

    The reading is great with the actors providing great voice track for the various entities both human and not. I look forward to the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The System of the World: Book Eight of The Baroque Cycle

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Kevin Pariseau, Neal Stephenson
    Overall
    (467)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (315)

    In this concluding volume of Neal Stephenson’s epic work, “Half-Cocked Jack” Shaftoe must escape the noose of Jack Ketch; the rivalry between Newton and Leibniz comes to a head; and Daniel Waterhouse pursues his dream to build the Logic Mill

    Matthew A. Razzano says: "Great conclusion"
    "The Final Chapter"
    Overall
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    This is a fitting end to this series. Its a well told story tracing parts of the true Baroque period in the guise of SCI-FI. This series was okay. Some of the books are great, others are a bit slow. Overall, its a fun few of our history told through some interesting characters. Over the course of the books, the fun heros do get somewhat lost in the story. The are very compelling in the first few books and not so compelling in the last.

    But I am glad I read the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fall of Hyperion

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2927)
    Performance
    (1936)
    Story
    (1968)

    In the stunning continuation of the epic adventure begun in Hyperion, Simmons returns us to a far future resplendent with drama and invention. Onthe world of Hyperion, the mysterious Time Tombs are opening. And the secrets they contain mean that nothing - nothing anywhere in the universe - will ever be the same.

    Darwin8u says: "Hyperion is FALLEN, am I too to fall?"
    "Its a sequel - but still pretty good"
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    The first book was a great story. This one takes a different slant and tells another interesting story. It is not as compelling as the first, but still holds together. The bad guy is surprising (figuring out who or what it is). The time tombs are still confusing to me - must just be a bit dense for this one.

    Overall a pretty good audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms: Inheritance Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By N. K. Jemisin
    • Narrated By Casaundra Freeman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (275)

    Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle.

    Bleu says: "Great Writing, Fantastic Worldbuilding"
    "Interesting Concept, well performed"
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    I picked this up as one of those books that did well in the SCI-FI award competition. The concept is interesting in that you have immortal beings with great power who have been cast down so to speak to serve a particular human family. This has had the result of stopping wars and disputes due to the overwhelming power of that one family.

    It also brings in infinite corruption and a total lack of human dignity in those rulers. The story goes about how this is all changed by a young woman brought in to be a sacrifice. Its a good story but lacks energy. It spends alot of time with the young woman moping around once it is clear what will happen to her.

    I thought it could have been held together better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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