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Aaron

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  • Don't Take It Personally: Conquering Criticism and Other Survival Skills

    • NONE (40 mins)
    • By Susan Granger
    • Narrated By Susan Granger
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Nathan says: "Good advice from a great speaker"
    "The most common of common sense"
    Overall

    The observations contained in this title were mostly outdated, stereotypical, and childish. The only help offered is in reminding the reader what he/she almost definitely already knows. The "pendulum technique" for deciding whether to accept criticism or not is rather similar to using a magic 8 ball, only with flawed logic to pass it off as being scientific. Despite being so short I still felt this title was a waste of time.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Sword of Shannara: The Shannara Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs)
    • By Terry Brooks
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1631)
    Performance
    (814)
    Story
    (831)

    Long ago, the wars of the ancient Evil ruined the world. In peaceful Shady Vale, half-elfin Shea Ohmsford knows little of such troubles. But the supposedly dead Warlock Lord is plotting to destroy everything in his wake. The sole weapon against this Power of Darkness is the Sword of Shannara, which can be used only by a true heir of Shannara. On Shea, last of the bloodline, rests the hope of all the races.

    Nicholas says: "Finally Unabridged!"
    "Poor story, poorly read"
    Overall

    It you can get past the narrator's HORRIBLE accents which seem to come and go at random, then you'll still have to contend with this basic, simplistic, boring, plagiarized story. It seems as though it was written by an eleven year old who just finished The Lord of the Rings for the first time and decided to use it as a step-by-step recipe for his own story (actually not far from the truth though Brooks was a decade or two older). My assumption is that those who have enjoyed it, read it first as children and like it for the nostalgia.

    Parts of the story that should be tense are resolved almost instantly and without difficulty while other parts are drawn out past the limits of a reasonable attention span. Interesting points are left unexplained...What exactly are the Elfstones and what do they do? I guess they just get the author out of any difficulty he is too lazy or un-imaginative to write his way out of.

    Characters are two dimensional, and don't ellicit much sympathy, empathy, or any other thy's.

    Pretentious, juvenile, and unintelligent, a real dissapointment. Better to go with an unabridged Robert Jordan title or wait until Audible adds some additional fantasy works.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Soldier of the Legion

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Marshall S. Thomas
    • Narrated By Bill Sebastian
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    A rough truce divides the known galaxy between the System, the despotic slave empire that rules the inner systems, and the Confederation of Free Worlds. The ConFree is defended by the Legion. Beta Three, call sign Thinker, like so many young fools before him, joined the Legion after the love of his life walked out. Fresh from the boot camp called Planet Hell, Thinker's unit is called to defend a remote ConFree world from a mysterious System incursion.

    James says: "adolescent enhanced narration, not audiodrama"
    "Time to kill?"
    Overall

    Mostly bland and poorly acted but it has enough going for it to hold your attention. If you can't find anything else to buy, buy this. Otherwise look elsewhere.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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