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Barton

A fantasy geek through and through, I enjoy listening to books as I do house/yard work and during the drives to and from any destination.

Charlotte, NC, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 122 ratings
  • 290 titles in library
  • 25 purchased in 2014
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  • The Dawning of Power Trilogy: Call of the Herald, Inherited Danger, Dragon Ore

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Brian Keith Rathbone
    • Narrated By Brian Keith Rathbone
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Echoes of the ancients' power are distant memories, tattered and faded by the passage of eons, but that is about to change. A new dawn has arrived. Latent abilities, harbored in mankind's deepest fibers, wait to be unleashed. Ancient evils awaken, and old fears ignite the fires of war. In times such as these, ordinary people have the power to save the world...or destroy it.

    CJ says: "Narrator Ruins Book"
    "I can't rate it any higher..."
    Overall

    The world and the "magic system" are somewhat unique, and the plot as a whole is very good. But it seems that the author was in a hurry to wrap this up. And they should have hired someone else to read it. It sounded like that college professor we all had that read straight from his notes. That being said, this is 30 hours of audio for one credit. Not a bad buy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5530)
    Performance
    (3500)
    Story
    (3532)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Sara says: "A terrifying story"
    "Like a slap in the face..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Wow. I just finished listening to the audiobook on the way into work. I should have finished it last night, but got a little bit upset at a couple of the chapters and needed to "put it down", as it were.

    Knowing this is possible... knowing that people in our government know that it is possible and do not move to protect us...

    This is an absolute "must read". It is haunting, disturbing, empowering description of what will happen if an EMP is ever discharged over the US.

    I have to admit, that I have been distracted today, trying to figure out what I would do and how I would keep myself alive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13 - Free First Chapter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    Overall
    (474)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (260)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends-and his own soul-Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic...

    Lifelong Reader says: "Beyond disappointed"
    "Really?!?"
    Overall

    After 12 books, and especially after the ending in Changes, you are going to switch narrators? Maybe Mr. Butcher wants the series to end? It's almost like he wants to mess with his fan base. Well, I've read the first 5 chapters, and listened to this "preview". I think I'll just start a new series. Without Marsters I am not willing to spend the money, and it is definately not credit worthy anymore.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Changes: The Dresden Files, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5610)
    Performance
    (4076)
    Story
    (4077)

    Long ago, Susan Rodriguez was Harry Dresden's lover-until she was attacked by his enemies, leaving her torn between her own humanity and the bloodlust of the vampiric Red Court. Susan then disappeared to South America, where she could fight both her savage gift and those who cursed her with it.Now Arianna Ortega, Duchess of the Red Court, has discovered a secret Susan has long kept, and she plans to use it-against Harry.

    Amazon Customer says: "WOW. I'm stunned!"
    "Best of the series..."
    Overall

    My 70 year old stepmother turned me on to The Dresden Files... I think I may have to buy her something really special. I have listened, with the last releases, to all of them. Marsters does as good a job with this series as Jim Dale did with the Harry Potter one, if not better. This is the most engaging, most disturbing, most humorous, and most enjoyable book of the entire series. I am, and will always be, a fan of Jim Butcher. This book, however, places him on the same pedestal as I place Robert Jordan, Raymond Feist, Weis & Hickman, Kurtz & Turner-Harris, and Dave Duncan. It is, without a doubt, a book that I will listen to over and over. Thank you, Mr. Butcher! Thank you Mr. Marsters.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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