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Richard

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  • Chainfire: Chainfire Trilogy, Part 1, Sword of Truth, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Jim Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1232)
    Performance
    (678)
    Story
    (694)

    As Richard fought to focus his mind on his need to remain conscious, the breathless voices sounded to him as if they were coming from some great, dim distance. He wasn't sure who they were. He knew that he knew them, but right then it just didn't seem to matter. He struggled to put voice to his burning concern, but he couldn't form the words, couldn't get out any more than a gasping moan.

    Karanja says: "Much improved from the Naked Empire"
    "Not your typical damsel in distress story."
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    I loved Chainfire! The story is definitely a unique one. It has the epic elements of a damsel in distress story, but with original, and really good, twists.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
    Overall
    (3677)
    Performance
    (1810)
    Story
    (1846)

    Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to stay out of trouble. But can he really be expected to stand by and watch while a bully picks on his scrawny best friend? Or not defend himself against his pre-algebra teacher when she turns into a monster and tries to kill him? Of course, no one believes Percy about the monster incident; he's not even sure he believes himself.

    Teddy says: "Fun KIDS Book"
    "Good Book!!!"
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    Would you listen to The Lightning Thief again? Why?

    Yes. I just finished the Series and LOVED IT!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hmm. Well, it's a toss-up between Percy and Annabeth. I like Percy because i can sort of relate to his mortal life, and i like his ability to take action on the quest. And Annabeth is just awesome. Period.


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

    Jesse has a knack for expressing the emotions and attitudes of the characters very well.


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

    No. To be honest, it took me a bit to get into it, but that's more because I'm not 12 anymore, but i still loved it!


    Any additional comments?

    You won't regret reading (listening) to this!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fractured: Guards of the Shadowlands, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Sarah Fine
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (40)

    In the week since Lela returned to Rhode Island, local news has been dominated by chilling sightings of human-like creatures running on all fours. Lela knows there’s only one explanation: The Mazikin have arrived in the land of the living. Needing to maintain the appearance of a normal life, Lela returns to Warwick High along with Malachi. At night they hunt for the Mazikin nest along with two new Guards. Jim, one rogue recruit, repeatedly challenges Lela’s authority. Lela struggles to keep all her Guards on the right side of the law, but their mistakes come at a terrible cost.

    Holly Booms Walsh says: "better than the 1st book! Unusual YA"
    "Slow start, but great read!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Fractured the most enjoyable?

    The story was slow going at first but it really picks up. It definitely had it's share of twists and turns.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Sarah Fine? Why or why not?

    YES! I WANT GUARDS OF THE SHADOWLANDS BOOK 3!!!


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

    She's very good at portraying the teenage attitudes of the characters, both when she narrates the thoughts of the main character and when she reads the words of others.


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

    No. Not until it picked up, that is.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (16677)
    Performance
    (15092)
    Story
    (15209)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Great book!"
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    What did you love best about Divergent?

    I loved the whole idea of the factions, each one representing a virtue. Dauntless is a really cool faction!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Four. He is a strong character. He is usually calm, cool, and collected. He is stern, but can be sensitive and affectionate at times, too. He's tough, but not so tough that he's forgotten to be human.


    What about Emma Galvin’s performance did you like?

    She performed really well. She portrayed Tris' emotions really well.


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

    Oh, yes!!


    Any additional comments?

    Was much better than i expected at first. Great book. Looking forward to reading "Insurgent".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29372)
    Performance
    (22540)
    Story
    (22698)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "Slow start, but great read!"
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    The book started off kind of slow, and I kept thinking "okay, the first book was great, so i'll finish this one, give it a chance." And i'm so glad i did! There's a major twist in the book that changed my mind. Well worth the wait! Highly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6226)
    Performance
    (5818)
    Story
    (5838)

    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"
    "Great book!"
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    I found this by way of audible advertising. Great book. Loved the story. Looking forward to the next one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Kingdom: Richard and Kahlan, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Sam Tsoutsouvas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (558)
    Performance
    (510)
    Story
    (518)

    "Three knives were buried up to their brass cross guards in the man's chest. Richard recognized the knife handles. All three were the style carried by the men of the First File. He looked from those blades that should have killed the big man, up to his face. That was when he realized the true horror of the situation, and the reason for the unbearable stench of death." Sequel to the #1 New York Times best seller The Omen Machine.

    Nimue says: "Good story, too much rambling"
    "A dark twist to the series."
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    Both this and it's predecessor, The Omen Machine, are very dark compared to the rest of series. I can't decide which take is better, the original books or the new, darker side of the story. They're both great and highly recommended. Anyway, I loved this book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Phantom: Chainfire Trilogy, Part 2, Sword of Truth, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Sam Tsoutsouvas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1196)
    Performance
    (652)
    Story
    (672)

    On the day that she awoke remembering nothing but her name, Kahlan Amnell became the most dangerous woman alive. For everyone else, that was the day when the world began to end.

    Marie says: "Phantom Review"
    "Sam Tsoutsouvas is back!"
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    The Chainfire Trilogy contimues in all it's epic glory! And who better to finish out the series than Sam Tsoutsouvas, the narrator of Wizard's First Rule. Great story, great narration, great book all around!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Temple of the Winds: Sword of Truth, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2014)
    Performance
    (1096)
    Story
    (1125)

    The dangerous, fanatical Imperial Order, under the leadership of the power-mad Emperor Jagang and his multitude of demonic underlings, unleashes a deadly plague. To find a cure, Richard Cypher and his beloved Kahlan Amnell must seek out the legendary Temple of the Winds, a fortress of evil sealed away for three thousand years. But the path of the Seeker of Truth is never an easy one - even if he can reach the Temple at all, there is no guarantee he'll ever return.

    Danielle says: "Good book, poor narration"
    "Great story!"
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    Mr. Goodkind does it again! This was a really great story. Lots of twists and turns. Throughly enjoyed it. My only complaint is that the narrator mispronounced Cara's name, but that sort of thing is to be expected.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood of the Fold: Sword of Truth, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2052)
    Performance
    (1100)
    Story
    (1117)

    In a fantasy world as rich and real as our own, Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell stand against the ancient forces which besiege the New World - forces so terrible that when last they threatened, they could only be withstood by sealing off the Old World from whence they came. Now the barrier has been breached, and the New World is again beset by their evil power.

    Donald says: "Finally!!!"
    "Great book!"
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    Great read. My favorite part was when Richard came to power as the new Lord Rahl.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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