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Roger

If you always have a book with you...

Ontario, Canada

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  • Gauntlgrym: Legend of Drizzt: Neverwinter Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By R. A. Salvatore
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (504)
    Performance
    (465)
    Story
    (463)

    Drizzt joins Bruenor on his quest for the fabled dwarven kingdom of Gauntlgrym: ruins said to be rich with ancient treasure and arcane lore. But before they even get close, another drow and dwarf pair stumbles across it first: Jarlaxle and Athrogate. In their search for treasure and magic, Jarlaxle and Athrogate inadvertently set into motion a catastrophe that could spell disaster for the unsuspecting people of the city of Neverwinter - a catastrophe big enough to lure even Jarlaxle into risking his own coin and skin to stop it.

    K. McDowell says: "Pleasantly Surprised."
    "Annother Home Run!"
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    I have been a fan of R.A.Salvatore's work since the Crystal Shard hooked me and sent me down this path. Gauntlgrym is another epic beginning. If your new to the Forgotten Realms or an old adventurer like myself, your going to love this book!
    True to his style, the action is awesome! and you don't want to put the book down.
    The narration was well done and enjoyable to listen to. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Free: The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By R. A. Salvatore
    • Narrated By An All-Star Cast
    Overall
    (644)
    Performance
    (592)
    Story
    (597)

    The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories expands upon the epic legend of the dark elf with 12 tales performed by the all-star cast of Felicia Day, Dan Harmon, Greg Grunberg, Tom Felton, Danny Pudi, Sean Astin, Melissa Rauch, Ice-T, Wil Wheaton, Al Yankovic, Michael Chiklis, and David Duchovny!

    Robert Eric Koch says: "Just Plain Awesome"
    "12 Great short stories... but no Athrogate :("
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    If you are already a fan of R.A. Salvatore's work, you will really enjoy these stories. For those of us who have been following these character's for the past 25 years, it is really cool to get to listen to some of the 'behind the scenes' stories of the other novels we have read. How Bruenor's axe got it's first notch...Wulfgar's last days...the origin of Gwen ... and of course Jarlaxle and Entreri just rock.
    If this is your first foray into the Forgotten Realms, I suggest that you put this collection in your library while it is free and download a couple of the Salvatore's other novels and start with those, you will appreciate these stories more if you already know who the characters are.
    With a stellar cast of narrators, greats like Wil Wheaton, Felicia Day and David Duchovny do a fantastic job.
    Really, the only downside to this collection is there's no Athrogate story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How to Become a Rainmaker: The Rules for Getting and Keeping Customers and Clients

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jeffrey J. Fox
    • Narrated By Jeffrey J. Fox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (48)

    Ever notice that there are people you work with who just make business happen? Listen to How to Become a Rainmaker to figure out the secret of being a storm front in your company. Let it pour!

    Kenneth says: "Short effective parables on selling"
    "Great, even if your not in sales."
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    This book is full of great tips for anyone. You don’t have to be in sales to benefit from listening to this book. But if you are in sales, you should give it a listen, it will help you become better at what you do. Like most books, this one is full of common sense tips, things you just don’t think of everyday. These bits of awesomeness are presented as rules, so you can break it down and just implement one thing at a time.

    If you are just starting your career in sales, this book will offer you a boost and the motivation we often need. If you are experienced in sales, listening to this book every once in a while, will refresh your perspective, get you out of a rut and propel you forward.

    This book is a quick listen with straight forward fresh ideas. Take notes, take action and make it Rain!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Forsaking Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By A. American
    • Narrated By Duke Fontaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (369)
    Performance
    (347)
    Story
    (347)

    Morgan Carter has weathered the weeks after the collapse of the nation's power grid, reuniting with his family and ensuring their safety, but his struggle isn't over yet. Carter must focus on survival in an increasingly unstable society - but the challenges he faces are beyond his wildest imagination. Meanwhile, the enclosed quarters of the nearby government-run refugee camp make for an environment where injury, assault and murder are the norm.

    Jan says: "Completes the series nicely... with a 3.5 read"
    "Closure to the series"
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    This book wrapped up the series nicely. Although there is still the possibility of a fifth book, this book did not end with a cliff hanger. Duke Fontaine does a fantastic job narrating the book and I look forward to listening to other titles by him.
    If you enjoyed the first three books, you will definitely enjoy this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amongst the Ruins: The Chronicles of 2020, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Saewod Tice
    • Narrated By Erin Mallon
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    In the year 2220, only about 15% of Earth's population have survived and thrived after the Nuclear Disaster of 2020. With the collapse of modern society, the population has regressed into eight clans. Amongst these clans, an unusual girl grows from child to adult. Raised on the run and in hiding, Shilo wants to be free of the expectations of women. But in a ruined world where anyone could be an enemy, only the radiation-twisted mutants are clearly identifiable. A fertile female is a precious treasure, and any lapse in caution can mean a loss of the freedom she longs for.

    Roger says: "A teenage romance novel with a dystopian setting"
    "A teenage romance novel with a dystopian setting"
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    The book started off well and had a great finish. But them middle was primarily sex and feelings, a dystopian romance. I understand that the author wanted to portray a future dystopian society where women were objects to be claimed and how wrong that would be. That part was made really clear.
    This would have been a much better book if it concentrated more on the story then on the long drawn out and descriptive sexual parts.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Holding Their Own: A Story of Survival

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Joe Nobody
    • Narrated By D. Allen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (135)

    This first book of the Holding Their Own series, A Story of Survival, is set in the year 2015, when the world is burdened by the second Great Depression. The United States, already weakened by internal strife, becomes the target of an international terror plot. A series of attacks results in thousands of casualties and disables the country's core infrastructure. The combination of economic hardship and the staggering blow of the terror attacks results in a collapse of the government.

    Steve says: "Could not listen to it...."
    "Good story, terrible narration"
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    This was a tough one to get through because of the narration. The reviews from other people who had read the print edition were good enough so I thought I would give it a listen. The story was alright but the narration was by far the worst I have ever listened to. It amazes me that there doesn't seem to have been any quality control when approving this narration.
    Its TEOTWAWKI and one couples experiences as everything falls apart. Some of it is a little far fetched and the couples banter gets pretty bad but the overall story is alright. There are also quite a few tangents that never seem to be followed up which would have made the story more interesting.
    If you enjoy the SHTF genre and have read all of the others, then maybe give this one a shot, but not until the narration is re-done!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition): An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
    Overall
    (2949)
    Performance
    (2794)
    Story
    (2798)

    World War Z: The Complete Edition is a new recording of Max Brooks’ best-selling novel, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, featuring 21 additional Hollywood A-list actors and sci-fi fan favorites performing stories not included in the original edition. New narrators include Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, Spiderman star Alfred Molina, The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont, rapper Common, Firefly star Nathan Fillion, Shaun of the Dead’s Simon Pegg, and members of the casts of Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Heroes and more!

    Kim Venatries says: "A Good Story with an All Star Cast but ABRIDGED"
    "I don't know why so many people liked it."
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    This is by far the worst Zombie book I have listened to. I just don't get what everyone else sees in this book. After the first couple of hours it was just boring to listen to the basically repetitive stories. The book was hardly entertaining. It's only saving grace was a stellar cast of narrators. I don't think anyone could complain about the narration, but for me, the end could not come soon enough.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining: Fractured

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1028)
    Performance
    (967)
    Story
    (962)

    The Camp Ryder Hub is broken. Lee is nowhere to be found, and his allies are scattered across the state, each of them learning that their missions will not be as easy as they thought. Inside the walls of Camp Ryder, a silent war is brewing, between those few that still support Lee's vision of rebuilding, and the majority that support Jerry's desire for isolation. But this war will not remain silent for long.

    Mike Naka says: "incredible continuation of a great series"
    "I want book 5 !"
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    This is definitely my favorite Zombie Apocalypse series, and this, the fourth book does not disappoint. Ending with a fantastic twist I am very much looking forward to book 5.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Companions: Forgotten Realms: The Sundering, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By R.A. Salvatore
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (409)
    Performance
    (387)
    Story
    (384)

    This latest installment in New York Times best-selling author R.A. Salvatore's beloved fantasy saga, The Companions moves Salvatore's signature hero Drizzt into a new era of the Forgotten Realms. As Drizzt's fate hangs in the balance, he reflects on the lives of the trusted allies who stood by his side throughout his early life - the friends now known as the Companions of the Hall. Meanwhile, the first stirrings of the Sundering begin.

    Roger says: "BWAHAHA! R.A. Salvatore does it again!"
    "BWAHAHA! R.A. Salvatore does it again!"
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    I have been reading Salvatore's books since the early '90's when I picked up the Crystal Shard, and he has remained one of my all time favorite authors. Lots of action and lots of story building. He has made such an impact on Faerun over the years, campaigns would not have been the same without his influence.
    This, book one of the Sundering, is the most exciting book since the Crystal Shard. This book sets the stage for the 'rebirth' of Faerun and the return of the Gods and magic. The Companions of the Hall are reunited and it was not cheesy at all.
    I'm glad to hear Mr. Bevine is the narrator again. He does a fantastic job and I look forward to hearing more from him. I can't wait to see what adventures befall the Companions in the next book. As with all of Salvatore's books, this one is well worth the credit.
    CAUTION: If you have not played D&D for a number of years, this novel may make you want to blow the dust off your books and call up your old adventuring party. Faerun is going to get really really interesting.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The Magic of Recluce: Saga of Recluce, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By L. E. Modesitt Jr.
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (595)
    Performance
    (545)
    Story
    (554)

    Young Lerris is dissatisfied with his life and trade, and yearns to find a place in the world better suited to his skills and temperament. But in Recluce a change in circumstances means taking one of two options: permanent exile from Recluce or braving the dangergeld, a complex, rule-laden wanderjahr in the lands beyond Recluce, with the aim of learning how the world works and what his place in it might be. Many do not survive. Lerris chooses the dangergeld.

    Captain Skurvy says: "Epic Fantasy"
    "Slow....not quite epic"
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    I found this book really slow and almost void of adventure. It was a good listen, but largely because I was always thinking, 'OK, now it is going to get interesting'. Being the first in a series, it is often tough for an author to lay down all of the ground work for the world, the history and the characters and then throw in a few things to make it interesting. I found this novel to be a good foundation to build on, but just didn't capture me enough to go onto the second book in the series. But, I do like a good Orc bashing, and there are no Orcs.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • A Meeting at Corvallis: A Novel of the Change

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (591)
    Performance
    (366)
    Story
    (366)

    In the 10th year of the Change, the survivors in western Oregon have learned how to live in a world without technology. They have held the Lord Protector, Norman Arminger - the warlord of Portland - at bay. The tensions between these factions have been building for some time, and the only reason they haven't confronted one another on the battlefield is because Arminger's daughter has fallen into Clan Mackenzie's hands. But Lady Sandra has a plan to retrieve her, one that may spark open warfare.

    J. M. Cousins says: "Series Finding It's Stride"
    "The end of a Great trilogy"
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    I really enjoyed this, the third book in the series. If you enjoyed the first two, you will enjoy this one. The author wraps up the trilogy nicely and writes one of the best 'death of a hero' scenes I have read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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