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Noktelfa

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  • Storm Born: Dark Swan, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1023)
    Performance
    (676)
    Story
    (682)

    Eugenie Markham is a powerful shaman who does a brisk trade banishing spirits and fey who cross into the mortal world. Mercenary, yes, but a girl's got to eat. Her most recent case, however, is enough to ruin her appetite. Hired to find a teenager who has been taken to the Otherworld, Eugenie comes face to face with a startling prophecy - one that uncovers dark secrets about her past and claims that Eugenie's first-born will threaten the future of the world as she knows it.

    Leesa says: "Good Listen."
    "Like The Dresden Files on aspirin"
    Overall

    Magical adventure in the modern world, but from a female perspective, including angles I hadn't considered. I decided to listen while waiting for the next Dresden book, and I'm glad I did. The story line had enough twists to be interesting and unexpected. The narrator was decent, but not great. Still, by far, not the worst I've heard. Also, the characters were rich and colorful, not as flat as a lot of stories portray. I'm tempted to buy the paper version just to share with my friends who can't be bothered with audiobooks.

    If The Dresden Files are written more for men, this seems written more for women, although in my opinion both should work for either.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • 10 Books That Screwed Up the World: And 5 Others That Didn't Help

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Benjamin Wiker
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    You've heard of the "Great Books"? These are their evil opposites. From Machiavelli's The Prince to Karl Marx's Communist Manifesto to Alfred Kinsey's Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, these "influential" books have led to war, genocide, totalitarian oppression, family breakdown, and disastrous social experiments. And yet these authors' bad ideas are still popular and pervasive. Here with the antidote is Professor Benjamin Wiker.

    Aaron says: "Some merit, but more religious masquerade"
    "Deceptive marketing at work"
    Overall

    This book was recommended based on a science book I bought, "13 Things That Don't Make Sense". That book was science. This book is preaching. I wish I had known that when I got it. I expected my mind to be stimulated, but I couldn't finish the second chapter.

    It's not about books that screwed up the world, but about books that the author feels offend his religious sensibilities. That information needs to be made clear to anyone purchasing this book. This book should be in the religious section.

    And, personally, I'm offended by some of the things this author says.

    That said, the audio quality of the book is excellent, and Audible did a fine job encoding it. So listening in my car was like riding in the car with my grandfather, whose vehement and preaching and subsequent abuse frequently left me in tears as a child.

    I would not let this author speak with me, given a choice, so I'm saddened that I made the mistake of putting money in his pocket.

    25 of 35 people found this review helpful
  • A Spy by Nature: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Charles Cumming
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Alec Milius is young, smart, and ambitious. He also has a talent for deception. He is working in a dead-end job when a chance encounter leads him to MI6, the elite British Secret Intelligence Service, handing him an opportunity to play center stage in a dangerous game of espionage.

    Chou Young says: "I highly recommend this little gem"
    "No plot, no ending"
    Overall

    It's a book about a basically dishonest man who does everything wrong. The book has little story, no plot and no real ending. The story just comes to an end with no conclusion.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Pulp Physics: Astronomy: Humankind in Space and Time

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Dr. Richard Berendzen
    • Narrated By Richard Berendzen
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (34)

    In this unscripted recording, renowned astrophysicist Dr. Richard Berendzen takes you on a journey through space and time that is captivating from the moment he begins to speak. Enjoy the best of both worlds: an expert's knowledge in a user-friendly format!

    Dell says: "Pulp Physics is insightful history"
    "Good, but..."
    Overall

    This book had lots of good information, but there were several glaring errors. Not factual errors, but rather the kind of errors that would be edited out of a written work. For example, in the discussion of relativity, the author says that the hypothetical light-speed traveler would return to find himself younger than his parents. Aren't most people younger than their own parents? Also, he states that the highest tides occur when the earth and moon are lined up. Aren't they always? Still, a pretty good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tanequil: High Druid of Shannara, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Terry Brooks
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    Overall
    (365)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (143)

    The danger is increasing for Grianne Ohmsford, rightful High Druid of Shannara, who has been banished to the harsh world called the Forbidding by a treasonous fellow Druid. Her only hope for rescue is her nephew Pen, but Pen is under siege as well. Both he and his parents are sought by the Druids, who want to make sure that their magic will never help Grianne to return.

    Lainee says: "Wrong Narrator"
    "Good book, adequate narration"
    Overall

    As always, Terry Brooks has managed to build new pieces into a world both dark and inviting, pieces that add to the world's magic and mystery in a way that few can. The events story as it exists has become so far removed by time and events from the first story that they're barely recognizable as being the same, but still believable as the same world nonetheless.
    That said, I found the narration to be disjointed and distracting. The speaker made poor attempts at distinguishing one voice from another, and at times would shift "voices" amidst a sentence, making dialog more difficult to distinguish from the rest. He has the voice and stylings of one well-suited to children's stories, of which this is definitely not one.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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