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Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.

Cape Town, South Africa | Member Since 2011

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  • Enchanters' End Game: The Belgariad, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By David Eddings
    • Narrated By Cameron Beierle
    Overall
    (1004)
    Performance
    (542)
    Story
    (552)

    The quest was over. The Orb of Aldur was restored. And once again, with the crowning of Garion, there was a descendant of Riva Iron-grip to rule as Overlord of the West. And yet the prophecy was unfulfilled. In the east, the evil god Torak was about to awaken and seek dominion. Somehow, Garion had to face the god, to kill or be killed. On the outcome of that dread duel rested the destiny of the world.

    Kevin says: "Kevin"
    "If there is nothing else..."
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    I guess that if you have nothing else in your library and can’t find anything else worthwhile to read, then this is not the worst choice that you can make. I read this book when I was still a kid, and loved it then, it is David Eddings after all. Since then I have become more stimulated by writers like Robert Jordan, George RR Martin, Brandon Sanderson etc. This might be one of those cases where I am simply over critical, but…

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Season

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Samantha Shannon
    • Narrated By Alana Kerr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1375)
    Performance
    (1268)
    Story
    (1265)

    The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people's minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant, and in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.... It is raining the day her life changes forever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford - a city kept secret for 200 years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race.

    linda says: "Engaging, Room for Improvement"
    "YA Warning!"
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    Too much girl teenage romance angst. I guess the story would have been good if I was a 15 year old girl. I found myself being so irritated with this story that I almost indulged in Road Rage.
    I really wish they would create a new category for this new flood of Romance Fantasy. Maybe if there was a Vampire like warning label on the book we would already know: Innocent but powerful (in something) girl, hates hot unbearable beautiful weirdo. Turns out he is different from the others and blah blah love for ever and ever.
    I would have given it a minus 10, but I have to be fair, just because something is not my genre, does not mean that it was that bad. I should have given it a three, but I just could not force myself. If you are older than 15 - don't do it! If you are male, rather go chew on your hand, it would be less painful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nine Princes in Amber: The Chronicles of Amber, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Roger Zelazny
    • Narrated By Alessandro Juliani
    Overall
    (1485)
    Performance
    (1334)
    Story
    (1350)

    Amber is the one real world, of which all others including our own Earth are but Shadows. Amber burns in Corwin's blood. Exiled on Shadow Earth for centuries, the prince is about to return to Amber to make a mad and desperate rush upon the throne.

    Robert says: "Great book, lame deal!"
    "What nonsense"
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    I have no idea what the raving about this book is. Non at all. It is immature, childish and inconsistent. I enjoy teenage scifi and fantasy (Harry Potter/Hunger Games/Divergent… even Twilight (errr.. sorry)!) This book is not like that. It is simply very badly written. The characters jump in their speech from “high fantasy English” to “ok, yeah”. Really? This is rated as – Wow by readers?

    I guess there is something in the story, otherwise I would have asked for my money back. But it is just so badly written and it terrifies me that this is where literature is going. Read Brandon Sanderson, then you will understand what I am talking about. I was very disappointed, really looked forward to a new series that I could get into. I will not be getting the next book.

    One last thing. The narrator did an awesome job. Shame it was such a book, but he was extremely heroic in his attempt to save it.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Doomfarers of Coramonde: Coramonde Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Brian Daley
    • Narrated By Cameron Beierle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    Just yesterday, Sergeant Gil MacDonald and his APC crew had been fending off an ambush in a Viet Nam jungle. In the middle of the firefight, some kind of magic spell had transported them to this Fantasy Land complete with flying dragons, wizards, crazy castles, and dispossessed princes. They would stay trapped here forever unless they could rescue the sorceress Gabrielle. Master magician Amon held her captive in his palace; and to reach her, Gil and his men would have to infiltrate Hell itself!

    Naomi says: "Waited over twenty years for an audiobook version!"
    "I wish I didn't"
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    Well, it was a book, and there were words in it. It was not completely awful, but it was not anything to write a review about. I will not recommend this book to any reader that has a couple of brain cells.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • March Upcountry: Prince Roger Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By David Weber, John Ringo
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (1399)
    Performance
    (733)
    Story
    (733)

    Roger Ramius Sergei Chiang MacClintock was young, handsome, athletic, an excellent dresser, and third in line for the Throne of Man. So it wasn't surprising that he became spoiled, self-centered, and petulant. After all, what else did he have to do with his life?

    Euryleia says: "Lots of fun!"
    "Enjoyable"
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    Just a nice relaxing book. The narrator did an excellent job and the story was often amusing. If you want a deep and serious book, this is not it, but listening to it after some other terribly choices, I found it wonderful!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Game: GhostWalkers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (772)
    Performance
    (520)
    Story
    (529)

    A man and woman possessed of telekinetic powers. She is the doctor. He is the experiment. What comes between them is a terrifying secret history that could save them or destroy them.

    Lia says: "Sensual and Action Packed"
    "Too MUCH!"
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    I do not mind the occasional sex scene, especially if read by good narrator. This book however, did not contain sex scenes. What it did give the poor reader was a spinster’s idea of sex in a tub of syrup. Exhausting! Utterly to much burning love, throbbing this and that’s. Too much feeling and explanation of feeling – so to justify the frequent sex. This book had potential, but the writer killed it with long scenes that was supposed to be sizzling, but just bored the living daylights out me.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Sheepfarmer's Daughter: The Deed of Paksenarrion, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    Overall
    (1155)
    Performance
    (831)
    Story
    (839)

    Refusing to marry a pig farmer and joining the army, even if it means never seeing her family again, Paksenarrion begins an adventure that enables her to restore an overthrown ruler.

    Christopher says: "Intriguing start"
    "Did not even improve in double speed"
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    What would have made Sheepfarmer’s Daughter better?

    A narrator. that can read. a whole sentence. without putting inappropriate pauses. everywhere.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    In every way that a narrator can possible detract


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story line was not to bad.


    Any additional comments?

    It was incredibly boring. I struggled through this book. What a waste of my money.

    2 of 3 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
    (9659)
    Performance
    (8613)
    Story
    (8589)

    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"
    "Wonderfully Refreshing"
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    I have been reading some serious fantasy for a while now (Jordan, Martin, Sanderson) and then accidently listened to a really bad one (Luck in the Shadows). Then I found Hounded. I have not laughed out load listening to a story in long time. Thoroughly enjoyable, witty and totally different from my usual meals. If you want a really nice desert, I recommend Hounded.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Luck in the Shadows: Nightrunner, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Lynn Flewelling
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    Overall
    (541)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (207)

    Spy, rogue, thief, and noble, Seregil of Rhiminee is many things, none of them predictable. And when he offers to take on Alec as his apprentice, things may never be the same for either of them. Soon Alec is traveling roads he never knew existed, toward a war he never suspected was brewing. Before long he and Seregil are embroiled in a sinister plot that runs deeper than either can imagine and that may cost them far more than their lives if they fail. But fortune is as unpredictable as Alec's new mentor.

    Julie says: "Looking forward to the second book in this series"
    "Horrible narrator"
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    I am an audiobook addict and listen to fantasy continuously – doing everyday tasks like driving, preparing food, even programming while listening. I have never had a problem following the stories narrated. This narration however set my teeth grinding. I lost the plot so many times because my mind simply wondered – no, tried to run away screaming from the narrator.
    If I got the book for free, I would have stopped listening after 30 min. I will try and get this book in paper format and will give it another go, one day. Right now, I just wish this torment will end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (246)

    According to mythology mankind used to live in The Tranquiline Halls. Heaven. But then the Voidbringers assaulted and captured heaven, casting out God and men. Men took root on Roshar, the world of storms, but the Voidbringers followed. The Almighty gave men powerful suits of armor and mystical weapons, the Shardblades. Led by ten angelic Heralds and ten orders of knights known as Radiants, mankind finally won (or so the legends say).

    Carmen says: "Epic"
    "Brilliant"
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    I have listened to over 100 Audiobooks, and this is the first time I really felt the need to write a review. I picked up a Brandon Sanderson book about two years ago, and was immediately impressed by his writing style. Too many fantasy writers forget how important it is that their worlds should also have rules and limits and plausible (if fantastic) magic. Every brilliant writer is an artist on his own, and should not be compared to another. Brandon Sanderson completed the Wheel of Time series, and I hope that he wouldn’t therefor mind being compared to Robert Jordan. An amazing story and a satisfying end, although I feel the itch of the addicted for the next book. The brilliant narration by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading (the narrators for the Wheel of Time) takes you right into the world and leave you hungry for more. I give this book my highest recommendation and my only wish is that I can have a selective memory loss so that I can enjoy this one again.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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