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Paul

American Fork, UT, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Incarceron: Incarceron Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Catherine Fisher
    • Narrated By Kim Mai Guest
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (310)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (131)

    Incarceron is a prison so vast that it contains not only cells, but also metal forests, dilapidated cities, and vast wilderness. Finn, a 17-year-old prisoner, has no memory of his childhood and is sure that he came from Outside Incarceron. Very few prisoners believe that there is an Outside, however, which makes escape seems impossible.

    Laurene says: "Exciting and imaginative"
    "Creative and Entertaining"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book and thought that the narration was good.

    The book is interesting for the first 30 minutes and then drags for an hour or so but once your're into it 2 hours it is great This book takes place in two worlds/dimensions, the "real world" and Incarceron. I found the portions about Incarceron to be more interesting, probably because it is a new and foreign world. The chapters in the book flip focus back and forth between Incarceron and the "real world". One chapter is about Incarceron, the next is about the "real world" and so on.

    The book focuses on the parallel lives of the two main characters: Fin and Claudia. Both are trying to escape their own prisons, Finn who is literally trapped in Incarceron and Claudia whose life is like a prison.

    This is a great book and I would and have recommended it to others. The world, people, creatures and concept of Incareceron is creative, interesting and entertaining.

    I look forward to the second book: Sapphique, which should be released in Dec 2010.

    Incarceron is a lot like Elantris by Brandon Sanderson. If you like Elantris then you will like Incarceron and vise versa.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Scorch Trials: Maze Runner, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By James Dashner
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (808)
    Performance
    (644)
    Story
    (650)

    Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end. No more puzzles. No more variables. And no more running. Thomas was sure that escape meant he and the Gladers would get their lives back. But no one really knew what sort of life they were going back to. In the Maze, life was easy... until Teresa triggered the end. In the world outside the Maze, however, the end was triggered long ago. Burned by sun flares and baked by a new, brutal climate, the earth is a wasteland....

    Paul says: "Fast pace, new twists and more mysteries"
    "Fast pace, new twists and more mysteries"
    Overall

    Who will survive the Scorch Trials? This book literally begins right where The Maze Runner left off. The Gladers believe they have escaped WICKED and are beginning a new life but those who read the epilogue from The Maze Runners know that WICKED actually has the Gladers right where they want them.

    If you enjoyed The Maze Runner then you will love The Scorch Trials.

    The narrator Mark Deakins does a great job; if you enjoyed him in The Maze Runner then you will enjoy him in The Scorch Trials. He brings life and personality to each individual character.

    This book does contain more graphic content than The Maze Runner, if you did not like descriptions of the final battle between the Gladers and the Grievers then you will probably not enjoy portions of this book.

    I enjoyed this book and cannot what for the third installment.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Maze Runner: Maze Runner, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By James Dashner
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1446)
    Performance
    (1125)
    Story
    (1134)

    When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he's not alone. When the lift's doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade - a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

    Jake says: "Good book, but a bit violent"
    "Fun and entertaining"
    Overall

    The Maze Runner is a fun and entertaining read. The mysteries of the maze and the community the gladers have built is interesting and exciting to discover and just when you get comfortable with the story something develops and the next thing you know you've been listening for another hour or two.

    This is a great book but it does have some mild fighting and death in it as other reviewers have pointed out. It does describe some of the fighting/gore in detaill so I wouldn't recommend it for children (8-13) but I think teenagers and older would enjoy it.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kristin Cashore
    • Narrated By Xanthe Elbrick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (333)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (195)

    She is the last of her kind...It is not a peaceful time in the Dells. In King City, the young King Nash is clinging to the throne, while rebel lords in the north and south build armies to unseat him. War is coming. And the mountains and forest are filled with spies and thieves. This is where Fire lives, a girl whose beauty is impossibly irresistible and who can control the minds of everyone around her.

    Allison says: "Totally Different from Graceling"
    "Not my style but could be yours"
    Overall

    I have read Graceling and Fire and have come to the realization that these books are not my style, however you may like them.

    This book is about the self discovery of the main character; Fire. She is the last human monster in the Dells and is asked by king Nash to use her powers to help save his kingdom.

    I think that Fire is better and more complete than Graceling, however to me, Kristen Cashores books focus more on relationships than story development. Her books are like a pirate on his/her death bed who after spending a lifetime trying to find treasure with no luck realizes that the real treasures in life were the people they met and the experiences they had.

    I much rather read about the adventures of the pirate than the friends of the pirate.

    I still give the book four stars because the book is well written and is interesting but I have realized that her style of writing is not my forte but that doesn't mean it is bad.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Graceling

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Kristin Cashore
    • Narrated By David Baker, Chelsea Mixon, Zachary Exton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (651)
    Performance
    (406)
    Story
    (405)

    Set in a world where some people are born with a Grace - a unique, sometimes uncanny, gift - this is the story of Katsa, whose Grace, demonstrated at an uncomfortably early age, is for killing. This makes her a perfect tool for her uncle, King Randa But Katsa chafes at the way she is being used - and even more at the injustices she sees around her.Then she meets Prince Po, who has a Grace to match hers...

    Kari says: "Outstanding first novel!"
    "Good but lacks depth."
    Overall

    First of all, the full cast narration for me was difficult to get through and at times distracting (like the little jingles when the main character runs)

    Overall the story is good but not great, wished the author would have done more. (I read Fire before writing this review and still feel like the author could do so much more)

    The author has some really great ideas but to me they are never fully developed. The concept of a graceling, the powers, the limitations, the types, is all very intriguing but not explained in depth. The author does explain two or three types of graceling powers but left me wanting to know much more about the graceling concept.

    The book really focuses on two main characters and glosses over the other characters. There seems to be a lot of traveling that doesn't advance the storyline. Events do happen while the characters travel but overall they are insignificant.

    Once you’re a quarter into the book the rest of the storyline is pretty obvious, no big surprises.
    If you are looking for a book about an unprecedented assassin as other reviews would lead you to believe, this is not your book. This book focuses more on relationships between characters.

    Overall it is an alright book but could have been amazing if the author would have done more.

    I have read Fire and intend to read Bitterblue when it is release.

    Side Note: I consider myself to be fairly conservative and in no way did this book offend me as it relates to the act of sex, fornication or an anti-marriage message. Other reviewers make it sound horrendous and it is not.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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