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Roger

SAINT PETERS, MO, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Dragon Reborn: Book Three of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5370)
    Performance
    (3050)
    Story
    (3091)

    The Wheel of Time returns, and Ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

    Karl Knight says: "Top Quality Audio Entertainment"
    "Captivating"
    Overall

    Since starting this series late last year, I have been pacing myself. This book, however, was so captivating that I downloaded the next book as soon as I finished this one. The story lines are becoming quite rich and enjoyable. Of course, the readers are still doing a great job.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5774)
    Performance
    (5388)
    Story
    (5409)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "Another great one from the best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Brandon Sanderson has quickly become my favorite author. But even with higher expectations, he has yet to disappoint. This story has characters that are enjoyable to like, with interesting magic (his trademark), and fun twists and turns. I found myself unwilling to stop the book. And although there was a satisfying ending, it still left me wanting more. It is amazing that one author can create such diverse worlds that work and keep creating interesting characters that are fun to follow.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (23751)
    Performance
    (17723)
    Story
    (17779)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Too much filth to enjoy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    First the good. I only made it 5 hours into the book, but there were already plenty of diverse characters. The narrator also did a good job distinguishing the voices. I was picking up on who was speaking based on his work faster than I was learning the names.

    I cannot continue the book, however, because the author does too good of a job painting this world as debauched. He casually throws in dirty and descriptive sex on a frequent basis. That simply ruins it for me.

    If you want a well written and well-read story that leaves you feeling as though you just spent the last hour trudging through the sewers, then this is the book for you.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • No Simple Victory: World War II in Europe, 1939-1945

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Norman Davies
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (373)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (164)

    If history really belongs to the victor, what happens when there's more than one side declaring victory? That's the conundrum Norman Davies unravels in his groundbreaking book No Simple Victory. Far from being a revisionist history, No Simple Victory instead offers a clear-eyed reappraisal, untangling and setting right the disparate claims made by America, Great Britain, France, and the Soviet Union in order to get at the startling truth.

    Nikoli Gogol says: "The Best Account of WWII in Europe"
    "Interesting thesis, but not so interesting book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I enjoy books on history, but this one left me checking how much time was left. Having grown up during the cold war, it was interesting to hear the ideas people had of Russia during WWII. Some of the raw figures from the East vs. West were staggering. But most of what was interesting could have been said in about a third of the space. The rest felt like filler and might be better as a reference book. This was like trying to listen to a text book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Princeps' Fury: Codex Alera, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2575)
    Performance
    (1643)
    Story
    (1662)

    Tavi of Calderon, now recognized as Princeps Gaius Octavian and heir to the crown, has achieved a fragile alliance with Alera's oldest foes, the savage Canim. But when Tavi and his legions guide the Canim safely to their lands, his worst fears are realized. The dreaded Vord - the enemy of Aleran and Cane alike - have spent the last three years laying waste to the Canim homeland. And when the Alerans are cut off from their ships, they find themselves with no choice but to fight shoulder to shoulder if they are to survive.

    Christopher says: "Great Book. Fantastic Narrator. Engrossing Series."
    "Wow!"
    Overall

    I have thoroughly enjoyed this series and this is the best book yet. The author pulls you into the story so that you feel the emotions of the events as they happen. I just finished and am already downloading the next book. During this series, I could not limit my listening time to my commute only.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Captain's Fury: Codex Alera, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2706)
    Performance
    (1728)
    Story
    (1732)

    In his acclaimed Codex Alera novels, best-selling author Jim Butcher has created a fascinating world in which the powerful forces of nature take physical form. For millennia, the people of Alera have used their unique bond with these elementals for protection. Now, as enemies become allies, and friends become bitter foes, a danger beyond reckoning looms. . . .

    Mysticalsister says: "The mind of Jim Butcher is a wonderful place."
    "Great book in a great series"
    Overall

    This entire series has been one big page-turner. I usually listen to books during my commute. Since starting this series, however, I find myself finding time to listen.

    Butcher has done an excellent job developing the characters. They are both internally consistent while still growing from book to book. A new facet is seen for most of the major characters in each subsequent book.

    Kate is a masterful story-teller. I enjoyed her in the Wheel of Time series as well. With her, it is easy to discern who is speaking.

    Butcher does a great job of mixing in political intrigue, individual and epic battles, new and unique races and romance. I especially enjoy his unique implementation of "magic".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow Rising: Book Four of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5006)
    Performance
    (2792)
    Story
    (2823)

    The seals of Shayol Ghul are weak now, and the Dark One reaches out in The Shadow Rising, book four of the Wheel of Time, as The Shadow is rising to cover humankind. In the Stone of Tear, the Lord Dragon considers his next move. It will be something no one expects, not the Black Ajah, not Tairen nobles, not Aes Sedai, not Egwene or Elayne or Nynaeve. Against the Shadow rising stands the Dragon Reborn.

    Mica says: "The BEST of the Wheel of Time"
    "Still enjoyable..."
    Overall

    The plot is still enjoyable and the readers do a great job. However, Jordan is starting to have so many threads of thought running at the same time, that you have to catch up a little every time he switches from from one thread to another. Also, this many independant threads are really slowing down the progression of the overall story.

    At this point, though, I am still enjoying the adventures of these people enough to deal with the slow progress. But it is a little like reading three or four different books at the same time -- Even if the books are all about the same world and the same time period.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Four Loves

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By C.S. Lewis
    Overall
    (400)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (166)

    In this remarkable recording, C.S. Lewis shows why millions of readers have acclaimed him the greatest spokesman for Christianity in the twentieth century. In a resonant, baritone voice, Lewis explores the nature of the four Greek words that are translated love in English: "storge" (affection), "philia" (friendship), "eros" (sexual or romantic love) and "agape" (selfless love).

    William says: "Insightful Views on Love"
    "Very Technical"
    Overall

    This is a very technical discussion about love. That, in and of itself, would not keep me from liking it. My rating of this book probably had more to do with my expectation.

    I thought this was going to be a discussion about what the Bible says about love. Instead, it is more about what the intellectual elite would say about love. Lewis does make some interesting points and gives some good food for thought. And if that is all you want/expect, then you may enjoy the book. But I would warn against going into the book expecting a Biblical explanation of love. He uses the Bible some, but it is very clear that the Bible is not the basis of his conclusions. He does talk about how his conclusions affect love in relation to God. But it feels more like using man’s wisdom to try to explain God’s ways. However, if you are interested in a book about love by an intelligent man with a Christian world view, then this book might do quite well.

    This brings me to a small annoyance of the book. Lewis comes across as quite arrogant in parts of the book. That may have turned me off to what he was saying.

    5 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • What's So Amazing About Grace?

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Philip Yancey
    • Narrated By Bill Richards
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (44)

    The author of 6 Gold Medallion award-winning books challenges Christians to become living answers to a world that desperately wants to know, what's so amazing about grace? Philip Yancey gives the listener a probing and impassioned look at grace: what it looks like - but more importantly, what it doesn't look like. Yancey contends that grace is a concept at the heart of God's plan for salvation, and that it is the responsibility of every Christian to reveal the grace the world is searching for.

    Cary says: "Great Book!"
    "Inspiring"
    Overall

    First, the small negative: The reader was very slow. I got around this by turning up the speed on my iPod. If I would not have been able to do that, I am not so certain I could have stayed interested.

    But now to the content. I am very glad I did stay interested. I love the way Yancey teaches us about grace. He uses many stories to make his point. At the same time, it is not as though he is simply stating his opinion and leaving the Bible out of it. He actually gives very good interpretation of and application from parables. He just simply has a masterful way of relating the concepts of grace to real life.

    I like this book a lot and would recommend it to anyone. It impacted my life personally, as I was able to recognize the un-grace I practiced so readily. Through his stories, he shows us what grace looks like and gives us tangible examples to follow in an area where so few examples are obvious in my daily experience. For the first time, I feel as though I have at least a good idea how to start practicing grace without simply piling on more rules which lead instead to ungrace.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Obsessed

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (52)

    Stephen Friedman is just inches away from everything he could ever desire. It's Los Angeles in the early 70s, and Friedman is living the groovy southern California life of a real-estate wheeler dealer. He's making money hand-over-fist and has long given up hope of finding the family he's lost in worn-torn Poland. But when a deceased woman's papers reveal that she possessed a priceless religious relic, and that she may have been his mother, Stephen becomes hungry for answers. A hunger that may kill him.

    Patricia says: "Wonderful except ..."
    "Only OK"
    Overall

    There was a long stretch in the early to middle part of this book that left me wanting to put it down. But it wasn't quite bad enough to simply walk away. Thankfully, it made a turn for the better after the start of the second part. By the end of the book, I was actually interested in the characters and rooting for them. Still, the ending was only decent and I would have a hard time recommending this book. Maybe it is simply not up to what I had come to expect from Dekker after reading Thr3e and the color trilogy.

    The reader was only average, but much better than the reader for Thr3e.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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