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Matt

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  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13234)
    Performance
    (10836)
    Story
    (10958)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "The next great fantasy writer"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    There are not enough positive things I can say about this book or the writer. Patrick Rothfuss maybe new as an author but he has already reach the heights of Jordan, Martin, or Sanderson with this series. The writing style and quality is only matched by the world and characters it describes. While the story follows certain aspects of traditional fantasy, Rothfuss has drawn new lines and expanded the genera. If you enjoy fantasy do yourself a favor and listen to this series.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wise Man's Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11035)
    Performance
    (9284)
    Story
    (9370)

    "My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep...."

    Joe says: "Excellent, Imaginative, Beautiful, Page Turning!!!"
    "Buy it now, better than the first book!"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Not always does the second book in a series equal the first or for that matter exceed it; however, this is one case where it does just that. Book 2 proves that Rothfuss is a name to be admired in the fantasy genera. This book captures all the depth and power of the first book and builds upon it. There are few characters that as a reader you feel so connected to, Kvothe is one of them. He is everything a hero should be but with all the failings true humanity forces upon us. I remain poised on the edge of my seat awaiting the next book in this series.


    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
    (10685)
    Performance
    (9548)
    Story
    (9524)

    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"
    "Fun and entertaining"
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    What did you love best about Hounded?

    If you are looking for a good story full of well placed humor this is for you. Kevin Hearne does an excellent job of melding a fantasy, mystery, and comedy all in one. He creates several enjoyable characters you can't help but want to know. Additionally, if you have spent any time in Phoenix or attended ASU the story will tickle you with countless inside jokes.


    0 of 0 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
    (4129)
    Performance
    (2514)
    Story
    (2548)

    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"
    "Dont waste your credit or your time"
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    Would you try another book from Terry Goodkind and/or Sam Tsoutsouvas?

    I would not listen to another book in this series, nor would I choose to listed to anything written by Terry Goodkind. The writing style is forced, childish, predictable, and empty. I could accept these failings if the book was specifically written for children or was written by middle school students. To put it into perspective this is only the second book I have been unable to finish in over 8 years of listening to audio books. The writers' incessant need to explain everything as if the reader is an idiot becomes unbearable. As does his complete inability to create suspense, twists, or surprises. The characters lack depth and personality results in no connection to any of the main characters. How this series has achieved any success with the numbers great authors out there, I will never know. Finally the narrator should not be overlooked as his heavy pauses and limited character voices add nothing positive to the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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