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  • A Beautiful Friendship: Star Kingdom, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1117)
    Performance
    (986)
    Story
    (988)

    Stephanie Harrington had always expected to be a forest ranger on her homeworld of Meyerdahl until her parents relocated to the frontier planet of Sphinx in the far distant Star Kingdom of Manticore. It should have been the perfect new home - a virgin wilderness full of new species of every sort, just waiting to be discovered. But Sphinx is a far more dangerous place than ultra-civilized Meyerdahl, and Stephanie's explorations come to a sudden halt when her parents lay down the law: no trips into the bush without adult supervision!

    brendanstallard says: "Wow, Weber hits the target."
    "Great Book"
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    This is a very good book. Unlike the Safehold series there is almost no action, however even an action fan liek me enjoyed this book. The character development is astounding, even in the treecat's view. My only issue is that it is relatively shorter than the Safehold series, but I would still put it very high on my top 10 list. The choice for a narrator is also great, she was also able to pull of the male voices with enough definition that if the next spoken line was also a guy you could tell it was different person. I believe this series will be very close to Safehold in my favorite series list, and that alone is complement enough.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (25057)
    Performance
    (18948)
    Story
    (19010)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "It's to late for me! Save yourself!"
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    I give this book, one of five books in my entire life I've never finished better than it deserves by even writing a review. The first clue is that a child falls several stories to paving stones to be put into a coma and be permanently paralyzed after being tossed out of a window for witnessing the married queen having incestuous sex with her twin brother while her husband the king meets with said boy's father in the father's own castle! If i remember correctly that happened in the first approximately forty five minutes. From there on till past halfway into the book there is only political maneuvering and a decisive coup killing off three main characters. There are so many characters and plots even i got lost and I read an entire Robert Jordan book in less than eighteen hours! The only plots i followed was this. In a fictional realm there is never any happiness and never any true love, people die for no reason and rape is one of the most common forms of interaction. There are so many sex scenes i skipped about one sixth of the story and it didn't detract any more from a story i grew to detest. In my opinion you have to be slightly cracked to come up with some of this stuff. A twelve year old kid wanting to see people "fly" by throwing them off a cliff? What in the world?! A girl barely into puberty being basically sold onto marriage with a foreign lord and then being raped by her "husband" ?! Said girl getting pregnant just past halfway into the story ?! Who would support this stuff? Just because it's fiction and it's not real it makes this stuff okay? Despite all this, this story will keep getting five stars from people. Please do not listen to this story .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inheritance: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4230)
    Performance
    (3692)
    Story
    (3743)

    Not so very long ago, Eragon - Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider - was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders. months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can.

    Robert says: "All the reviews had me worried for nothing!"
    "Amazing ending for an amazing series."
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    While the end is bittersweet it is an epic ending for an even more epic series. I could not have imagine a better ending.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (16732)
    Performance
    (15142)
    Story
    (15262)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Great, just Great"
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    This is a must have for anyone who likes near future stories. While at times you couldn't tell the narrator switched to a guy her voice was perfect for Tris. I have heard a lot worse from quite a few narrators. While the sexuality and action don't kick into top gear near the end, it's worth the wait. If you are like me and love adrenaline you'll also wish you could be Dauntless.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Goliath

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Scott Westerfeld
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (561)
    Performance
    (521)
    Story
    (520)

    Alek and Deryn are on the last leg of their round-the-world quest to end World War I, reclaim Alek’s throne as Prince of Austria, and finally fall in love. The first two objectives are complicated by the fact that their ship, the Leviathan, continues to detour farther away from the heart of the war (and crown). And the love thing would be a lot easier if Alek knew Deryn was a girl. (She has to pose as a boy in order to serve in the British Airforce.) And if they weren’t technically enemies.

    The tension thickens as the Leviathan steams toward New York City with a homicidal lunatic on board....

    Eileen says: "Wow!"
    "Amazing ending for an amazing series."
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    The third and final book of this series, was by far worth the wait I had to endure. I won't spoil the story, however the series changing twist happens halfway through. This change doesn't kill the book, there are far more twists to come. I only wish that a second series would follow, the changes made to the world seem only open up the story even more.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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