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Marty

Los Angeles, CA USA | Listener Since 2009

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  • Elantris

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4049)
    Performance
    (2557)
    Story
    (2599)

    Legendary science fiction author Orson Scott Card calls Brandon Sanderson a writer to watch, and Publishers Weekly says his debut is "outstanding." Once the godlike rulers of the capital of Arelon, the inhabitans of Elantris have been imprisoned within themselves, unable to die after the city's magic failed years ago. But when a new prince falls victim to the curse, he refuses to accept his fate.

    Lore says: "What if your body could never heal?"
    "Totally refreshing, with atypical good & bads guys"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It is hard to choose just one one favorite characters. The prince is the kind of person most people would want to be--positive in the face of impossible circumstances, someone who trusts people and believes in the innate goodness of Man, and who pulls out the best in nearly everyone he meets.

    The Dula, Galadin, is an interesting person, the counter-point to the prince's positive outlook, but one of the more fun characters in the book.

    The Yorn (the main priest in the book) is also one of my favorites, trying to manipulate others to his plans and trying to do the best to covert the people's of the new kingdom he is assigned to.


    Any additional comments?

    It was so interesting that I picked it back up a week later, and re-listened to it. I do like more audio books I get, but this one was unique, seeing the way the author wove the different characters and their games and purposes into an interesting story. There were some parts that moved slower than others, but it is definitely a story I would (and have) recommended to all my friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Legion

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3290)
    Performance
    (2980)
    Story
    (3042)

    Stephen Leeds, AKA 'Legion,' is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the story begins, Leeds and his 'aspects' are drawn into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera whose astonishing properties could alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society.

    Joshua says: "The only flaw..."
    "Great story with totally unexpected twists to it."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Brandon Sanderson writes a story with a totally new twist. The main character is not crazy, but his hallucinations are! This would make an excellent movie. The story was short and sweet, fast paced and unexpected. If you like to be surprised, then you should listen to this.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Legion?

    When you find out why JC (a Navy Seal and one of the main character's hallucinations) was in the entire story!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely a refreshing listen. Not like any other story I've read or heard.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Mark of Athena: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Joshua Swanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1595)
    Performance
    (1437)
    Story
    (1458)

    Annabeth is terrified. Just when she’s about to be reunited with Percy - after six months of being apart, thanks to Hera - it looks like Camp Jupiter is preparing for war. As Annabeth and her friends Jason, Piper, and Leo fly in on the Argo II, she can’t blame the Roman demigods for thinking the ship is a Greek weapon. With its steaming bronze dragon figurehead, Leo’s fantastical creation doesn’t appear friendly. Annabeth hopes that the sight of their praetor Jason on deck will reassure the Romans.

    Jm says: "Felt like an episode of a weekly tv series..."
    "Great book for any Percy Jackson fan!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Mark of Athena the most enjoyable?

    Joshua Swanson does a great job of reading these books. He gets each character right. The story pulls you along and you don't really know what is going to happen, other than it isn't EXACTLY how you thought it would end up.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That the characters are trying to do their best with what they know and what they have. And things do turn out in unexpected ways because they are sincere, because they mean to help and not just win at all costs.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    it was too long to listen to in one sitting, but I definitely was stuck in the story across the several days it took me to finish the book.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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