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Jonathan

Athens, GA, USA

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  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Doris Kearns Goodwin, Richard Thomas
    Overall
    (1859)
    Performance
    (478)
    Story
    (484)

    We view the long, horrifying struggle from the vantage of the White House as Lincoln copes with incompetent generals, hostile congressmen, and his raucous cabinet. He overcomes these obstacles by winning the respect of his former competitors, and in the case of Seward, finds a loyal and crucial friend to see him through. This brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln's mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation's history.

    Anders says: "wait for the unabridged version"
    "Wish they had unabridged version"
    Overall

    I very much enjoyed this book, however, the abridged version left me wanting. Many of the details are left out to allow for a smooth storyline, and many of the historic events are glossed over quickly. Overall, i think i would have rather read the full version than listened to the abridged. I am bias however, mostly preferring full listens.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stone of Tears: Sword of Truth, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Jim Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2570)
    Performance
    (1378)
    Story
    (1398)

    The veil to the underworld has been torn, and Rahl, from beyond the veil, begins to summon a sinister power more dreadful than any he has wielded before. Horrifying creatures escape through the torn veil, wreaking havoc on the unsuspecting world above.

    Bo Laughlin says: "Great Book - Almost ruined by the narrator"
    "Good follow up"
    Overall

    Overall a very good book, just as engaging as the first. The narration isn't that bad and you get used to it after a little while. The stories are varied, with several deep subplots. The conclusion seemed a little rushed (just like the first), you can certainly tell that he is just setting the story for the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood of the Fold: Sword of Truth, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2009)
    Performance
    (1059)
    Story
    (1075)

    In a fantasy world as rich and real as our own, Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell stand against the ancient forces which besiege the New World - forces so terrible that when last they threatened, they could only be withstood by sealing off the Old World from whence they came. Now the barrier has been breached, and the New World is again beset by their evil power.

    Donald says: "Finally!!!"
    "Narrator not that bad"
    Overall

    Before I bought this book the reviews had me scared that the narration would be unbearable. The truth is, it's not that bad. It takes some time to get used to, especially considering the fact that my last book was Wizard's First Rule (which had great narration!). But, after only a few minutes, an hour at most, I was acclimated to the style and enjoyed it very much. The book is a little more graphic than the first (hard to believe) and while good, was a bit long winded. Some of the subplots and characters were left unfinished/underdeveloped and the ending came quickly without much closure. However, being that there are several more books in the series it makes sense that alot is left open for the next installment. Overall, a nice easy listen that keeps you engaged throughout.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wizard's First Rule: Sword of Truth, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Sam Tsoutsouvas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3812)
    Performance
    (2229)
    Story
    (2259)

    In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, Richard Cypher encounters a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, in his forest sanctuary. She seeks his help...and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.

    A User says: "Better than the show"
    "Good listen for a long trip"
    Overall

    I just completed a cross-country trip from New Mexico to Georgia and i was honestly sad when it was over cause i had a couple hours left on this book. It kept me entertained the entire trip! Yes, it is a little violent at times, but nothing too bad compared to modern television and movies. The story was great and the subplots kept me interested and on my toes the whole time. Only complaint would be the ending which felt a little rushed, but i'm not going to spoil it, you'll have to listen yourself. If you're a fan of fantasy you will be a fan of this book. If you're a fan of the show, get ready cause this is a completely new story.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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