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  • The Sorcery Code: Volume 1: A Fantasy Novel of Magic, Romance, Danger, and Intrigue

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Dima Zales, Anna Zaires
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Once a respected member of the Sorcerer Council and now an outcast, Blaise has spent the last year of his life working on a special magical object. The goal is to allow anyone to do magic, not just the sorcerer elite. The outcome of his quest is unlike anything he could've ever imagined - because, instead of an object, he creates Her.

    Ira says: "I'm Looking For Volume 2 Already"
    "Story was allright, but..."
    Would you listen to The Sorcery Code: Volume 1 again? Why?

    I think I would rather read the paperback, if I were to return to this book again.

    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Emily Durante does a good job with the voices. I can see how some would complain about the male voices, but even there she is doing at least an average job. But her narrator voice... it sounds like a synthesized voice occasionally. Strange intonations, especially at the end of the sentences. Frankly before writing the review I tagged her as "inexperienced but with lots of potential." Now I saw she allready did hundreds of books, so I don't know what to think. Maybe it's because English is not my native language and I had different expectations. But I never had this experience with another performer before. Listen closely to the sample before buying.

    Any additional comments?

    The story is okay. It was just right for me for cleaning on the weekend. Not worth 5 stars, but I am interested in the sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Scar

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Sergey Dyachenko, Marina Dyachenko, Elinor Huntington (translator)
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Sergey and Marina Dyachenko mix dramatic scenes with romance, action and wit, in a style both direct and lyrical. Written with a sure artistic hand, The Scar is the story of a man driven by his own feverish demons to find redemption and the woman who just might save him. Egert is a brash, confident member of the elite guards and an egotistical philanderer. But after he kills an innocent student in a duel, a mysterious man known as “The Wanderer” challenges Egert and slashes his face with his sword, leaving Egert with a scar that comes to symbolize his cowardice.

    Robert says: "Highly, highly, Highly Recommended"
    "Highly enjoyable!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yeah, definitely. As a matter of fact, I already did.What I enjoyed most about this book was it's generous dose of originality. In addition the character development is both drastic and still believable and Jonathan Davis' job as a narrator was excellent. I am looking forward to hearing more both from him and from the authors who I now count as part of my favorites.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Scar?

    Egert driving in a coach that is stopped by robbers.

    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Davis – was your favorite?

    Jonathan Davis did such a good job, it's difficult to say. Egert's change of character is very lifely performed, easy to grasp not only in what he says but also how he says it. But I also liked to Wanderers cold voice.

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

    Not at first. Egert's...well... predicament made me stop more than once in the beginning, feeling too ashamed for Egert to listen on. But I always did listen in the end, and later I didn't stop until well into the night.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Songs of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Elspeth Cooper
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner

    Songs of the Earth is the most compelling debut fantasy novel since Patrick Rothfuss first hit the shelves four years ago, with the stunning The Name of the Wind. Combining superb characterisation with an epic story, it is beautifully told and engaging from the very first word. Gair is under a death sentence. He can hear music - music with power - and in the Holy City that means only one thing: he's a witch, and he's going to be burnt at the stake.

    Eivind says: "The beginning"
    "Good start"
    Would you listen to Songs of the Earth again? Why?

    Yes. The book started out very slow (and a bit boring) but it slowly got better and better as it progressed.

    What did you like best about this story?

    As the story developed I couldn't help starting to care about the different characters. How would they deal with the challenges they faced? Would they succeed? Would they at least survive? It kept me listening well into the night.

    Any additional comments?

    I do not agree with this being

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Nicholas Carr
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia

    Weaving insights from philosophy, neuroscience, and history into a rich narrative, The Shallows explains how the Internet is rerouting our neural pathways, replacing the subtle mind of the book reader with the distracted mind of the screen watcher. A gripping story of human transformation played out against a backdrop of technological upheaval, The Shallows will forever alter the way we think about media and our minds.

    Douglas says: "Exceedingly Important Reading!..."

    Since a long while I had a feeling of being able to concentrate less and less on long texts. I would start to read a book but soon check something on the internet instead, switching between book and internet and finally sticking to the net in the end. Nicholas Carr explains not only why I had that strong urge to jump to the net, but also (among other things) why later on I would have to struggle to remember what I read in the book.
    I highly recomend this book to everyone who wonders why its so difficult to part with the net for longer periods of time.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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