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Jacob

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  • The Elves of Cintra: Genesis of Shannara, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Terry Brooks
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (656)
    Performance
    (341)
    Story
    (352)

    Across the ruined landscape that is America - hopelessly poisoned, plague-ridden, burned, and besieged by demon armies bent on exterminating all mortal life - two pilgrims have been summoned to serve the embattled cause of good. Logan Tom has journeyed to desolate Seattle to protect a ragged band of street urchins and the being known as the gypsy morph, who is both mortal and magical, and destined to save mankind unless he is destroyed.

    Neil says: "Don't be so harsh on the narrator"
    "Second of a Trilogy"
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    What did you love best about The Elves of Cintra?

    Elves continues the story created by Terry Brooks in the Genesis of Shannara trilogy. The well-written characters develop very well, growing out of old problems and confronting new ones.


    If you’ve listened to books by Terry Brooks before, how does this one compare?

    I've listened to Book 1 from this series, Armageddon's Children. Unfortunately they had to switch readers for this book, and it suffered a little for it. The content has the same great setting and pace, but suffers a little for being the second of third book in a cliffhanger series. So it seems to wrap up the first book, but only set the stage for the third, with nothing to help it breathe on it's own.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Like Mayflies in a Stream

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Shauna Roberts
    • Narrated By Hollie Jackson
    Overall
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    (1)

    In the great city of Uruk, there is no peace when Gilgamesh is restless, and he is never at rest. Shamhat, a priestess of Inanna, goes into the wilderness to find and civilize a match for Uruk's violently active God-King. Like Mayflies in a Stream brings new life to the Epic of Gilgamesh, diving into one of the earliest conflicts between civilization and wilderness, civic order and freedom, romance and sexuality. A book of the Hadley Rille Books Archaeology Series.

    Jacob says: "Great content, simple deliviery"
    "Great content, simple deliviery"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If already interested in historical fantasy or the time period, this is a valuable addition to your library.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Shauna Roberts? Why or why not?

    Yes, though I would steer towards work more non-fiction in nature.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the trapper from the wild first enters Uruk. The descriptions of the city let me imagine life in the ancient world.


    Was Like Mayflies in a Stream worth the listening time?

    Hollie Jackson did a great job, and added voices without them becoming fake as is easy to do. As someone who read a translation of Gilgamesh and am interested in knowledge and stories from the ancient world, I found it valuable if a bit simple at times.


    Any additional comments?

    The lack of flowery language in the prose brought this on the lower end of a 3.5 for me. This is taste though, and if you want a good story with a simple narrative, this is it. Caution: The first chapter is odd, either voice acting or writing I couldn't tell. Keep listening before making your decision.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Journey of Crazy Horse: A Lakota History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Joseph M. Marshall III
    • Narrated By Joseph M. Marshall III
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (480)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (229)

    Most of the world remembers Crazy Horse as a peerless warrior who brought the U.S. Army to its knees at the Battle of Little Bighorn. But to his fellow Lakota Indians, he was a dutiful son and humble fighting man who, with valor, spirit, respect, and unparalleled leadership, fought for his people's land, livelihood, and honor. In this fascinating biography, Joseph Marshall, himself a Lakota Indian, creates a vibrant portrait of the man, his times, and his legacy.

    Brian says: "The Journey of Crazy Horse"
    "Bringing reality to history"
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    What does Joseph M. Marshall III bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The use of Lakota words that I would struggle with and familiarity with concepts made this feel natural and right, bringing me into the narrative more and allowing me to see behind the character's eyes.


    Any additional comments?

    The author provides a disclaimer that Crazy Horse is part of a hero story, but also a part of history. He treats the topic very well, giving all points of view and elevates the character by distilling the real man out of the legend and history books. I would highly recommend this to any fan of historical book.

    0 of 0 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
    (8461)
    Performance
    (7613)
    Story
    (7629)

    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"
    "Strong, but not an equal"
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    What other book might you compare Hexed to and why?

    Compared to Hounded, this story was less interesting and pressing. It does, however, show an awareness of consequence in Hearne's urban fiction that excites me for the series.


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    Daniels captures the voices and speech patterns of the ancient, modern, and inhuman characters masterfully.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
    Overall
    (1170)
    Performance
    (980)
    Story
    (992)

    Many consider this rich social commentary to be Jane Austen's finest novel. It is certainly among her more famous ones. Austen sets her entertaining study of manners and misconceptions against the backdrop of a class-conscious society in 18th-century England.

    Rachel Kapila says: "Flo Gibson Reads You Stories"
    "A well thought out love story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this book offers a very enjoyable read with insight into how people view themselves, their character, and what it projects to others.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters grow quite well and Flo Gibson manages to capture their differences in continence marvelously.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gypsy Morph: The Genesis of Shannara, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Terry Brooks
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (683)
    Performance
    (335)
    Story
    (346)

    Eighty years into the future, the United States is a no-man's-land: its landscape blighted by chemical warfare, pollution, and plague; its government collapsed, its citizens adrift, desperate, and fighting to stay alive. Survivors in fortified compounds hold the line against wandering predators, rogue militias, and hideous mutations spawned by the toxic atmosphere. But from around the country, allies of good have been summoned to challenge the rampaging evil.

    A User says: "Almost..."
    "At this point you have to keep going"
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    If you could sum up The Gypsy Morph in three words, what would they be?

    A long conclusion.


    If you’ve listened to books by Terry Brooks before, how does this one compare?

    I started with the first Genesis book, and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the characters and the ideas presented. By this book, the surprises were gone as all the knots are tied up.


    Any additional comments?

    I would still recommend the series, and to read the series is to read this book. Standing alone, however, this book offered little depth or thought.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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