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  • The Gate Thief: Mithermages, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Rankin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2030)
    Performance
    (1843)
    Story
    (1851)

    Here on Earth, Danny North is still in high school, yet he holds in his heart and mind all the stolen outselves of 13 centuries of gatemages. The Families still want to kill him if they can’t control him - and they can’t control him; he is far too powerful. On Westil, Wad is now nearly powerless - he lost everything to Danny in their struggle. Even if he can survive the revenge of his enemies, he must still somehow make peace with the Gatemage Daniel North, for when Danny took that power from Loki, he also took responsibility for the Great Gates.

    Benjamin says: "Flashes of Great, Ok, and Bad. Overall: Meh."
    "The more I listened to it the less I liked it."
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    Story

    Disappointing
    The story did not flow very well, it was like each chapter was written by a different person who only loosely followed what happened in the previous chapters

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Damocles

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By S. G. Redling
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (158)

    When Earth is rocked by evidence that extraterrestrials may have seeded human DNA throughout the universe, a one-way expedition into deep space is mounted to uncover the truth. What linguist Meg Dupris and her crewmates aboard the Earth ship Damocles discover on Didet - a planet bathed in the near-eternal daylight of seven suns - is a humanoid race with a different language, a different look, and a surprisingly similar society. But here, it’s the "Earthers" who are the extraterrestrial invaders, and it’s up to Meg - a woman haunted by tragedy and obsessed with the power of communication - to find the key to establishing trust between the natives and the newcomers.

    Kathy says: "Swimming against the current!"
    "Fun, Exciting & Fascinating – Silly, Moronic"
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    Performance
    Story

    High Schoolish, 85% to 90% of the story was great, I enjoyed it and was enthralled, and then out of the blue it would turn in to a silly high schoollish event. Rolling around in the mud, throwing temper tantrum. At one minute they are highly trained professionals, handpicked for the mission then they are on. The next minute they are silly children acting out.

    Overall the story was interesting and i enjoyed, but it could have been so much more.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Full Blooded: Jessica McClain, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Amanda Carlson
    • Narrated By Casey Holloway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (128)

    It's not easy being a girl. It's even harder when you're the only girl in a family of werewolves. But it's next to impossible when your very existence spells out the doom of your race.... Meet Jessica McClain - she just became part of the pack. In the vein of Kelley Armstrong and Patricia Briggs, a new urban fantasy that rewrites the werewolf myth....

    Roberta says: "Terrible narration ruined it for me"
    "This is paranormal romance series"
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    Performance
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    They say it is an Urban Fantasy series but it has all the hallmarks of a paranormal romance series.
    As I have heard the paranormal romance series described in the past “Paranormal Romance novels are pornos: They have meaningless hot sex and really bad dialog.”
    Logic, commonsense and intellect is not important in these stories, the authors can force any shaped peg to fit their round hole.

    To make it worse, the performer sounds like a 10 year old girl who thinks she is the best reader in her class and is trying to prove it be reading slowly and over annunciating every syllable.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Scent of Magic: Healer, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (261)

    As the last Healer in the Fifteen Realms, Avry of Kazan is in a unique position: in the minds of friends and foes alike, she no longer exists. Despite her need to prevent the megalomaniacal King Tohon from winning control of the Realms, Avry is also determined to find her sister and repair their estrangement. And she must do it alone, as Kerrick, her partner and sole confidant, returns to Alga to summon his country into battle.

    Randy says: "Disappointing"
    "Disappointing"
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    I enjoyed her earlier books; however the last 3 she put out seem to be written for a much younger audience. The story is silly and the characters are supposed to be adults, yet they act, think and behave like young teens at times. They make ridiculous decisions then spend a good deal of the story justifying the decisions or overcome the consequence of those decisions.
    I don’t remember her other books doing this. But again maybe my taste in books has changed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stone of Tymora

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By R. A. Salvatore, Geno Salvatore
    • Narrated By Ramon DeOcampo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    Meet Maimun - an orphan who couldn’t imagine how unfortunate it would be to discover a stone that makes him forever lucky. Fleeing a powerful demon named Asbeel, Maimun stows away aboard the ship Sea Sprite, where he encounters a cast of characters well-known to Salvatore fans: Captain Deudermont, Drizzt Do’Urden, Wulfgar, Catti-brie, and the dwarf Bruenor. Drizzt becomes a mentor to Maimun and aboard Deudermont’s ship, they sail the treacherous seas of the Forgotten Realms.

    spyros says: "Must Listen! I love it!"
    "Very disappointing"
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    This is a kids story, Audible failed to mark it as so. I purchased it because it said it was a science fiction story. now I am left wondering if all of R. A. Salvatore books are kids books or if all of the forgotten realm books or kids books.

    Again Very disappointing!

    0 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Imager: The First Book of the Imager Portfolio

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By L. E. Modesitt Jr.
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (686)
    Performance
    (435)
    Story
    (442)

    Although Rhennthyl is the son of a leading wool merchant in L'Excelsis, the capital of Solidar, the most powerful nation on Terahnar, he has spent years becoming a journeyman artist and is skilled and diligent enough to be considered for the status of master artisan - in another two years. Then, in a single moment, his entire life is transformed when his master patron is killed in a flash fire and Rhenn discovers he is an imager.

    Timorell says: "I didn't love it"
    "Interesting idea but poorly done."
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    Any additional comments?

    I liked the general idea of the book and the way the author depicts the main character. However I agree with several of the other reviews that he does a poor job on character building. It is hard to imagine any other characters exists except for when they are dealing with the main character. Also you get the general feeling that their only purpose is to help or hinder the protagonist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5632)
    Performance
    (5052)
    Story
    (5043)

    Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

    Hallie says: "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
    "Interesting with a few twists"
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    What other book might you compare Shadow of Night to and why?

    Similar to Outlander but with more of a mystery


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she met her father


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    when she met her father


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to the conclusion.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Prince Charming (Ascension Trilogy)

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Gaelen Foley
    • Narrated By Nell Geisslinger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (297)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (248)

    Destiny casts its hand one perfect moonlit night when Ascencion's most elusive highwayman, the Masked Rider, chooses the wrong coach to rob. For inside is Rafael, the prince of the kingdom, renowned for his hot-blooded pursuits of women and other decadent pleasures. The failed raid leaves the equally notorious Masked Rider wounded and facing a hangman's noose.

    Benoibe says: "Excellent novel. Absolutely a must read!"
    "Was not able to finish"
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    What would have made Prince Charming (Ascension Trilogy) better?

    The antagonist was too much like a cartoon character.


    Has Prince Charming (Ascension Trilogy) turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No but it is a close call


    What three words best describe Nell Geisslinger’s voice?

    she does fine


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    At some points it was funny and entertaining. But it kept getting closer and closer to silly.


    Any additional comments?

    Glad its over

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Glory Road

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (347)
    Story
    (354)

    . C. “Scar” Gordon was on the French Riviera recovering from a tour of combat in Southeast Asia, but he hadn’t given up his habit of scanning the personals in the newspaper. One ad in particular leapt out at him: "Are you a coward? This is not for you. We badly need a brave man. He must be 23 to 25 years old, in perfect health, at least six feet tall, weigh about 190 pounds, fluent English with some French, proficient with all weapons, some knowledge of engineering and mathematics essential...."

    ShySusan says: "Heinlein's only fantasy"
    "Blah Blah Blah"
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    Any additional comments?

    I guess if I was using LSD or whatever he was using when he wrote this I would think it was great also. However, unfortunately I could not find such a bliss. I had to listen to it completely sober and not drooling on myself. The characters were unlikable; the story was unlogical and offered no explanations for the direction it took you in. I kept thinking that it must come to a logical conclusion but I was gravely mistaken. The romance for him was basically “WOW, SHE IS NAKED AND HOT I AM IN LOVE” and for her it was “OH DEAR I AM A DAMSEL IN DISTRESS AND HE IS MY HERO, I MUST BE IN LOVE” so they jump over a sword and are married. Unfortunately this is the most logical part of the story. It only gets worst form there.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Cloud Roads

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Martha Wells
    • Narrated By Christopher Kipiniak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (507)
    Performance
    (446)
    Story
    (444)

    Moon has spent his life hiding what he is - a shape-shifter able to transform himself into a winged creature of flight. An orphan with only vague memories of his own kind, Moon tries to fit in among the tribes of his river valley, with mixed success. Just as Moon is once again cast out by his adopted tribe, he discovers a shape-shifter like himself... someone who seems to know exactly what he is, who promises that Moon will be welcomed into his community.

    Gail says: "M. Wells' RAKSURA books narrated by Chris Kipiniak"
    "FUN, EXCITING AND MOST IMPORTANT DIFFERENT"
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    What did you love best about The Cloud Roads?

    If you’re tired of the same creatures with the same story line as I was, then this is a great series. Once you get use to the sexual role reversal, the hero is insecure, emotional and cuddly the heroin is stoic, strong and protective the rest of it is a whirl wind of excitement battles and intrigue. Martha wells does a good job of building up the characters and getting you cheering for them, while still guessing at what comes next. It was fun and refreshing to listen to. Christopher Kipiniak did a good job with the different characters and accents while putting the right amount of passion and fear behind his performance.
    The only thing I am disappointed about is that I am done listening to it and must wait for the next book in the serious to come out.


    6 of 10 people found this review helpful

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