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SHAWN

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  • Reamde

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3726)
    Performance
    (3260)
    Story
    (3297)

    Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

    ShySusan says: "Not perfect, but worth a listen."
    "Surprised at the good reviews...."
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    I should have trusted the review that said they should have stopped after "Ready Player One".. I too LOVED that book (just a simple story that I clicked with) and I too should have stopped after that one..

    Admittedly this is my first Stephenson book, but it just bored me to tears.. I've fallen asleep 4 times already trying to listen and I'm only 5 hours in.. Dry characters with uninteresting back stories plague the beginning, and nothing I've heard so far has made me interested in what happens to them further in the story..

    I've heard such good things about Stephenson's books and I LOVE this genre, so I'm truly shocked at my opinion of this one, but I you live and learn I guess.. I won't let this one complete my opinion of the author and I'll try another one of his books, I just hope it's better.. Maybe Snow Crash??

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5714)
    Performance
    (5310)
    Story
    (5309)

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "Well worth the wait... Another awesome book.."
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    I set my alarm last night and started this book the instant it was available for download..

    I'm well into the 2nd file, (about 10 hours) and it was WELL worth the wait. Another FANTASTIC Dresden book...

    The only thing wrong???? That it'll be over sooner than later...

    THANK YOU Jim Butcher..!!!

    9 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Tricked: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5822)
    Performance
    (5373)
    Story
    (5367)

    Druid Atticus O’Sullivan hasn’t stayed alive for more than two millennia without a fair bit of Celtic cunning. So when vengeful thunder gods come Norse by Southwest looking for payback, Atticus, with a little help from the Navajo trickster god Coyote, lets them think that they’ve chopped up his body in the Arizona desert. But the mischievous Coyote is not above a little sleight of paw, and Atticus soon finds that he’s been duped into battling bloodthirsty desert shape-shifters called skinwalkers.

    Nicholas says: "Hooked in an Instant"
    "Good series, just not much character development.."
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    I originally purchased this series after reading opinions that "if you like The Dresden Files books, you'll like these"... I agree and disagree simultaneously with that opinion though, mainly because of the difference of the writing style of different authors I suppose..

    These are good audiobooks.. Don't get me wrong... There are interesting characters (what you know about them at least), the narrator does a good job, and the world created by the author is full of some interesting people/creatures/gods/etc.

    HOWEVER, after the first hour of listening to the first book, I almost felt like I was listening to the 2nd book of the series, and that I had missed all of the character development that would happen on the first book of a series..

    I guess I would liken it to going to a party full of strangers where your date knows everybody and is walking around laughing at inside jokes and secrets, and you are just standing around stumbling into conversations trying to learn names and how she knows everyone... BY YOURSELF.

    I just felt thrown into the world abruptly and left to figure things out on my own instead of being introduced to it and guided into their lives.. The character development just didn't exist.

    Just don't expect Jim Butcher's style and James Marsters' narration on these like The Dresden Files series... In comparison, there really isn't one in my opinion..

    HOWEVER (again), these books will stand on their own just fine.. I suppose my love for Dresden Files books made my expectation of this series a bit out of reach.

    All in all though, good series, w/ good narration... Just lacking in character development in my opinion..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hammered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7050)
    Performance
    (6401)
    Story
    (6404)

    Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is worse than a blowhard and a bully - he’s ruined countless lives and killed scores of innocents. After centuries, Viking vampire Leif Helgarson is ready to get his vengeance, and he’s asked his friend Atticus O’Sullivan, the last of the Druids, to help take down this Norse nightmare.One survival strategy has worked for Atticus for more than two thousand years: stay away from the guy with the lightning bolts. But things are heating up in Atticus’s home base of Tempe, Arizona....

    Hallie says: "Love this series!"
    "Good series, just not much character development.."
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    I originally purchased this series after reading opinions that "if you like The Dresden Files books, you'll like these"... I agree and disagree simultaneously with that opinion though, mainly because of the difference of the writing style of different authors I suppose..

    These are good audiobooks.. Don't get me wrong... There are interesting characters (what you know about them at least), the narrator does a good job, and the world created by the author is full of some interesting people/creatures/gods/etc.

    HOWEVER, after the first hour of listening to the first book, I almost felt like I was listening to the 2nd book of the series, and that I had missed all of the character development that would happen on the first book of a series..

    I guess I would liken it to going to a party full of strangers where your date knows everybody and is walking around laughing at inside jokes and secrets, and you are just standing around stumbling into conversations trying to learn names and how she knows everyone... BY YOURSELF.

    I just felt thrown into the world abruptly and left to figure things out on my own instead of being introduced to it and guided into their lives.. The character development just didn't exist.

    Just don't expect Jim Butcher's style and James Marsters' narration on these like The Dresden Files series... In comparison, there really isn't one in my opinion..

    HOWEVER (again), these books will stand on their own just fine.. I suppose my love for Dresden Files books made my expectation of this series a bit out of reach.

    All in all though, good series, w/ good narration... Just lacking in character development in my opinion..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11768)
    Performance
    (8617)
    Story
    (8617)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "Best book series, EVER.. (Great 1st book too..)"
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    ABOUT THE SERIES: "THE DRESDEN FILES"

    I was originally introduced to Dresden's world by the fairly entertaining show on SyFy, and thought I'd give the books a try since the show had potential (and books are ALWAYS better than the show/movie).. I also hadn't read much "Urban Fiction" up to that point and wanted to see if I liked it..

    BEST DECISION OF MY LIFE.. (in reference to books at least)

    Without giving anything away, the series is about the case files of a wizard/detective named Harry Dresden living in Chicago, IL during modern times.. Each book covers a different case while simultaneoulsy building the life of the main character and a variety of other people in Harry's life.

    The main character is funny, tragic, likeable, and somewhat unlucky at times, but is always interesting and never boring... All supporting characters are developed PERFECTLY as well, and there are a few that I even love more than Harry (I'd love to be Michael for example)..

    Jim Butcher is by far one of the best authors of our time, and is I feel THE BEST in the urban fiction genre.. He has a way of telling a story that not many can match in my opinion and deserves a place alongside greats like Stephen King (comparing to his Dark Tower series)

    Read the synopsis, and if you think it would interest you, give it a try.. Anyone I've introduced these books to have loved them from the very beginning.. Here's hoping that this will help a few more take the plunge into the world of the Dresden Files..

    A Tip: If you start the first book and like it, go back and purchase "Side Jobs", which is a collection of short stories that take place in-between the books... Then listen to each short story from "Side Jobs" in it's correct place in the timeline.. This makes the books even better honestly since these short stories are mentioned throughout the main books.. There is even the original short story that started it all that the author wrote while still in college.. Listen to it even before you continue "Storm Front"..

    Supposedly, the author has 20 Dresden Files books planned and then an "apocolyptic trilogy" to end everything so the series is far from over.. We are on #13 and #14 should be out sometime in 2013.. Ask anyone that has read these and they will agree with me that they too "can't wait until the next one"..

    ABOUT THE BOOK: "STORM FRONT"

    An excellent first book that helps create and build our hero and the world he lives in. I don't think this is the BEST book in the series, but it's certainly better than most books by other authors.. It's just not the best when compared to the other books of the series.

    Bottom line, you have to listen to this one or you'll miss some pretty big points of Harry's life... You'll even enjoy it when you do..

    There's wizards, damsels in distress, evil sorcerers, the Fae, white counsels, Chicago police, etc.. How can you go wrong?

    Also, James Marster's is probably one of the best narrators of all time, and I've listened to A LOT of books over the years.. FANTASTIC job reading this series.. He brings Harry to life..

    Give it a try.. You will be in the minority if you don't love it..


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hexed: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7935)
    Performance
    (7129)
    Story
    (7148)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, doesn’t care much for witches. Still, he’s about to make nice with the local coven by signing a mutually beneficial nonaggression treaty when suddenly the witch population in modern-day Tempe, Arizona, quadruples overnight. And the new girls are not just bad, they’re badasses with a dark history on the German side of World War II. With a fallen angel feasting on local high school students, a horde of Bacchants blowing in from Vegas, and a dangerously sexy Celtic goddess of fire vying for his attention, Atticus is having trouble scheduling the witch hunt.

    Adam says: "Authenticity, Humor and Brilliant Writing"
    "Good series, just not much character development.."
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    I originally purchased this series after reading opinions that "if you like The Dresden Files books, you'll like these"... I agree and disagree simultaneously with that opinion though, mainly because of the difference of the writing style of different authors I suppose..

    These are good audiobooks.. Don't get me wrong... There are interesting characters (what you know about them at least), the narrator does a good job, and the world created by the author is full of some interesting people/creatures/gods/etc.

    HOWEVER, after the first hour of listening to the first book, I almost felt like I was listening to the 2nd book of the series, and that I had missed all of the character development that would happen on the first book of a series..

    I guess I would liken it to going to a party full of strangers where your date knows everybody and is walking around laughing at inside jokes and secrets, and you are just standing around stumbling into conversations trying to learn names and how she knows everyone... BY YOURSELF.

    I just felt thrown into the world abruptly and left to figure things out on my own instead of being introduced to it and guided into their lives.. The character development just didn't exist.

    Just don't expect Jim Butcher's style and James Marsters' narration on these like The Dresden Files series... In comparison, there really isn't one in my opinion..

    HOWEVER (again), these books will stand on their own just fine.. I suppose my love for Dresden Files books made my expectation of this series a bit out of reach.

    All in all though, good series, w/ good narration... Just lacking in character development in my opinion..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10296)
    Performance
    (9196)
    Story
    (9171)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "Good series, just not much character development.."
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    I originally purchased this series after reading opinions that "if you like The Dresden Files books, you'll like these"... I agree and disagree simultaneously with that opinion though, mainly because of the difference of the writing style of different authors I suppose..

    These are good audiobooks.. Don't get me wrong... There are interesting characters (what you know about them at least), the narrator does a good job, and the world created by the author is full of some interesting people/creatures/gods/etc.

    HOWEVER, after the first hour of listening to the first book, I almost felt like I was listening to the 2nd book of the series, and that I had missed all of the character development that would happen on the first book of a series..

    I guess I would liken it to going to a party full of strangers where your date knows everybody and is walking around laughing at inside jokes and secrets, and you are just standing around stumbling into conversations trying to learn names and how she knows everyone... BY YOURSELF.

    I just felt thrown into the world abruptly and left to figure things out on my own instead of being introduced to it and guided into their lives.. The character development just didn't exist.

    Just don't expect Jim Butcher's style and James Marsters' narration on these like The Dresden Files series... In comparison, there really isn't one in my opinion..

    HOWEVER (again), these books will stand on their own just fine.. I suppose my love for Dresden Files books made my expectation of this series a bit out of reach.

    All in all though, good series, w/ good narration... Just lacking in character development in my opinion..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Einstein: His Life and Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3832)
    Performance
    (1764)
    Story
    (1775)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: You thought he was a stodgy scientist with funny hair, but Isaacson and Hermann reveal an eloquent, intense, and selfless human being who not only shaped science with his theories, but politics and world events in the 20th century as well. Based on the newly released personal letters of Albert Einstein, Walter Isaacson explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos.

    Henrik says: "Surprise: Two books in one!"
    "Great Listen about an amazing life..."
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    I'm not really a huge biography reader/listener, but I've always been interested in Einstein's life...

    When I saw that Walter Isaacson wrote a biography on him, (my first biography by him was Steve Jobs) I downloaded it immediately and was not disappointed for even a second...

    The author catches Einstein's life in interesting ways and tells a good story about the good and bad of his life.. Enjoyed every second..

    If you are looking for a good listen about a great man, give it a try..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2305)
    Performance
    (2104)
    Story
    (2085)

    In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King has returned to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story within a story within a story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a "skin-man", Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter.

    Amazon Customer says: "An exceptional story, but I miss George Guidall."
    "GREAT, as expected..."
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    I was SO excited to hear that Mr. King had written another chapter in The Dark Tower series (you can arrange this one in your library as book number 4.5) and was not disappointed.

    It tells a story inside another story inside another story so it doesn't add much to journey of Roland, Jake, Eddie & Suzanna, but gives you more of Roland's background and life before his journey to the tower really began..

    The only thing I missed were the previous narrators of the other books (George Guidall & Frank Muller) but Mr. King did a good job.. I didn't notice after about 20 minutes in so it certainly didn't ruin the experience for me..

    EVERYTHING about it was fantastic... If you love The Dark Tower, GET IT...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Illusion: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Frank Peretti
    • Narrated By Frank Peretti
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (326)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (297)

    Dane and Mandy, a popular magic act for 40 years, are tragically separated by a car wreck that claims Mandy’s life—or so everyone thinks. Even as Dane mourns and tries to rebuild his life without her, Mandy, supposedly dead, awakes in the present as the19-year-old she was in 1970.

    tracy says: "Peretti is one of kind"
    "EXCELLENT From Start to Finish..."
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    This book was my introduction to this author (my doctor told me about Frank Peretti and called him the "Christian Steven King") and I was NOT disappointed... Wow, what a great book...

    This is not one of his horror titles (look at some of his other works for that) but more of a Sci-Fi book that runs the gambit of human emotions... I was nervous, laughing, had tears in my eyes, and every feeling in-between by the time I finished this one..

    If you just want an EXCELLENT read, you will not be disappointed..

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The 39 Clues, Book 2: One False Note

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Gordon Korman
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (466)
    Performance
    (243)
    Story
    (250)

    The race is on to find 39 Clues that safeguard a great power, and 14-year old Amy Cahill and her younger brother, Dan, are shocked to find themselves in the lead. The search seems to be taking them to Vienna, and they hold a coded piece of Mozart's sheet music that's the key to finding the next Clue. But tailed by a pack of power-hungry relatives, Amy and Dan can't see if they are sailing toward victory - or straight into a deadly trap.

    SHAWN says: "Good read for kids & adults..."
    "Good read for kids & adults..."
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    I will read (listen to) books more directed to kids from time to time just to give myself a break from some of the more serious topics, and this is a great listen if you might do the same, or just enjoy a well written series without wanting to listen to something too long..

    Right now, the 39 Clues books seem to be my go to when I'm taking one of my breaks..

    They are well written, well narrated, and are overall great books for kids or adults. Think of an Indiana Jones adventure from a kids point of view.. Well rounded characters, plot twists that aren't too obvious, etc..

    Overall, I would definitely recommend this book (and this series) if you aren't looking for something good and an ongoing story you can follow from time to time.. This is book 2 but I think I'm up to #5 now & have enjoyed every one so far (even bought the next because I was wanting to hear the next step in the adventure)... It will probably take me a few years before I get up to the last book, but I'm in no hurry..

    Give the series a try (but start at Book 1)...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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