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Aaron Brown

Portland, OR USA | Member Since 2009

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  • 249 titles in library
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  • Tigana

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Guy Gavriel Kay
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (954)
    Performance
    (607)
    Story
    (617)

    Tigana is the magical story of a beleaguered land struggling to be free. It is the tale of a people so cursed by the black sorcery of a cruel, despotic king that even the name of their once-beautiful homeland cannot be spoken or remembered.

    But after years of devastation, a handful of courageous men and women embark upon a dangerous crusade to overthrow their conquerors and bring back to the dark world the brilliance of a long-lost name: Tigana.

    Robert says: "Says a lot about who we are."
    "Well thought out and beautifully written"
    Overall

    There are times when you might feel Tigana is over-written. Sometimes you want to yell at the narrator, "I get it! They feel very very oppressed. Do we have to wallow in yet ANOTHER memory of this!" :) But the language is very beautiful and the concept is pretty unique. The characters (even the bad guys) have true depth and the world feels very very real. Someone compared this to Sanderson's Mistborn. While Mistborn is more action packed and may be a bit more fun to listen to it feels artificial and shallow when compared to this setting. Kay creates legends, mythology, rituals that make this world live and breath. Kay is definitely a master. And best of all he FINISHES a very complex plot in ONE BOOK. Everything ties together quite nicely and doesn't feel rushed at all. Recommended...

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor's Blades: Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Brian Staveley
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (1392)
    Performance
    (1305)
    Story
    (1309)

    In The Emperor's Blades by Brian Staveley, the emperor of Annur is dead, slain by enemies unknown. His daughter and two sons, scattered across the world, do what they must to stay alive and unmask the assassins. But each of them also has a life-path on which their father set them, destinies entangled with both ancient enemies and inscrutable gods.

    Ethan M. says: "Of the various new fantasy series, this is... fine"
    "Well told epic fantasy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Emperor's Blades again? Why?

    I'd recommend this to Epic fantasy fans. There is a lot of world building here and much of it is pretty good. There were a couple times when things seem a bit convenient (the rival wing, for example, was a bit over the top in being 'the bad guys) or there is a bit too much 'tell' rather than 'show' when learning the history of the world, but overall the story moves at a nice pace. I never felt listening was a chore and I really got into it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked the Kettral training parts the best...but my favorite character was Adare. I liked how she was clever and actually was very proactive in dealing with things.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ex-Heroes

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3151)
    Performance
    (2834)
    Story
    (2845)

    Stealth. Gorgon. Regenerator. Cerberus. Zzzap. The Mighty Dragon. They were heroes. Vigilantes. Crusaders for justice, using their superhuman abilites to make Los Angeles a better place. Then the plague of living death spread around the globe. Despite the best efforts of the superheroes, the police, and the military, the hungry corpses rose up and overwhelmed the country. The population was decimated, heroes fell, and the city of angels was left a desolate zombie wasteland like so many others.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Superheroes vs. Zombies? Sure, why not..."
    "Original idea fairly well executed."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Ex-Heroes in three words, what would they be?

    Ton of fun


    What did you like best about this story?

    When you cross two genres like zombie apocalypse and super heroes it is difficult to get all the pieces to fit like a puzzle. Some of it is going to be jammed in for 'best fit'. And I think the author did a very good job of fitting the pieces together enough for the reader to willingly suspend disbelief.

    This is a fun story. Great action and tension. Plus there are things that the author sets up in earlier chapters that seem to be random that turn out to be key elements later. But he doesn't belabor them. He keeps the pace moving.


    What does Jay Snyder and Khristine Hvam bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Nothing outstanding about the narration, but it works. You forget that you are being read to at times and that is a good thing (in my opinion).


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

    I love it when Cerebus finally got her power back.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elantris

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4621)
    Performance
    (3079)
    Story
    (3125)

    Legendary science fiction author Orson Scott Card calls Brandon Sanderson a writer to watch, and Publishers Weekly says his debut is "outstanding." Once the godlike rulers of the capital of Arelon, the inhabitans of Elantris have been imprisoned within themselves, unable to die after the city's magic failed years ago. But when a new prince falls victim to the curse, he refuses to accept his fate.

    Lore says: "What if your body could never heal?"
    "Very long and logically inconsistent"
    Overall

    I loved mistborn. So was quite excited to see Elantris while I waited for the other mistborn books get converted to audio.

    This book, however, is not good. I can't believe Orson Scott Card has such high praise for it on the paper back cover. The idea of Elantris is quite original...but there is very little forward momentum in this book. Instead we get endless banter between characters or long internal monologues. To make up with it the series ends comes to a rapid 'dramatic conclusion'. Only because so much of the first part of the book was needlessly wasted character revelations/etc seem forced, rushed, and inconsistent.

    By all means read Mistborn, which is both original and finely crafted. But I can't recommend Elantris.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8990)
    Performance
    (6399)
    Story
    (6437)

    For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

    Lore says: "Book 1 of a great series that is not to be missed!"
    "Unique Magic system, good plot twists."
    Overall

    This is a good tale that will keep you hooked. The magic system is quite unique and there are some plot twists near the end that will catch you by surprise. Characters are very enjoyable and there is good humor here. I recommend it.

    22 of 23 people found this review helpful

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