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  • A Memory of Light: Wheel of Time, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5471)
    Performance
    (4963)
    Story
    (5027)

    Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

    Amazon Customer says: "End of one of my favorite fantasy series ever."
    "5 Stars - what else could you give it?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    When one has invested the majority of his adult life in a series, starting from 18 years old to now in the 40's, this was a culmination both sad and sweet. To give it anything less than 5 stars would be disrespectful to the characters I grew up with over the past 20 years. Thanks goes out to Sanderson for finishing what absolutely had to be finished. I could not have lived in peace wondering what happened to my childhood friends in the Wheel of Time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Beth MacDonald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    With Magic Terror Peter Straub, best selling author of The Talisman (with Stephen King), has written one of the most imaginatively unsettling collections in years. The terrain of these extraordinary stories is marked by brutality, heartbreak, despair, wonder, and an unexpected humor that allows empathy to blossom within the most unlikely contexts.

    Plus, hear Peter Straub in a recent Fresh Air interview.

    Toivo says: "I call this pretty good"
    "I really tried hard to make it through this"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I made it through four hours and couldn't take anymore. It was sooo boring. I just don't understand how anyone could think it to be interesting. I know Peter Straub is reputable, so I'm completely perplexed. If you're going to read books by Peter Straub, I recommend avoiding this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ex-Heroes

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3151)
    Performance
    (2834)
    Story
    (2845)

    Stealth. Gorgon. Regenerator. Cerberus. Zzzap. The Mighty Dragon. They were heroes. Vigilantes. Crusaders for justice, using their superhuman abilites to make Los Angeles a better place. Then the plague of living death spread around the globe. Despite the best efforts of the superheroes, the police, and the military, the hungry corpses rose up and overwhelmed the country. The population was decimated, heroes fell, and the city of angels was left a desolate zombie wasteland like so many others.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Superheroes vs. Zombies? Sure, why not..."
    "If you're tired of zombies, this is a great reboot"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The dialogue between characters is very smart and realistic, given that they're super heroes. There's nothing corny about this novel at all, which was my greatest fear when I purchased it. However, to enjoy this book, you must suspend all belief in well-grounded universal physics, even for a fictitious world. There isn't an author-designed ecosystem that explains these supernatural occurrences; the book is simply too brief for that. The focus is on the character interactions and action, so it's a quick, easy, entertaining listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3634)
    Performance
    (3284)
    Story
    (3319)

    Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is now on the verge of modernity, with railroads to supplement the canals, electric lighting in the streets and the homes of the wealthy, and the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds.Kelsier, Vin, Elend, Sazed, Spook, and the rest are now part of history—or religion. Yet the old magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy continue to play a role in this reborn world....

    Timothy says: "Pleased, yet wanting more..."
    "Very entertaining, well paced, never dull"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you like the Mistborn series, don't be put off by the steampunk theme. Sanderson does a great job crafting a very smart novel. Some of the action scenes required a little more suspension of belief than normal, even for science fiction. Regardless, the attention to detail and the physics of the world are continually built upon, keeping it eternally intriguing. The ending, in particular, has me anxious for the next novel to be published.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Survivors: A Novel of the Coming Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By James Wesley, Rawles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (803)
    Performance
    (700)
    Story
    (710)

    America is in the thrall of a full-scale socioeconomic breakdown. The stock market plummets, hyperinflation destroys the value of the dollar, and the population, unprepared for hardship, panics. Practically overnight, the high technology infrastructure and chains of supply collapse and wholesale rioting and looting grip every city. Law enforcement, transportation, electricity, fuel, and medical supplies are all in the past now, as the country staggers beneath its own weight.

    Glenn says: "Good Story Line"
    "Boring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Survivors better?

    Good character development is needed. Rather, we get a lot of military-insider acronyms and quip dialogue that isn't funny. Also, something needs to actually


    Would you ever listen to anything by James Wesley, Rawles again?

    No way.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Get a good voice and actor behind it. It was smarmy.


    What character would you cut from Survivors?

    Scrap them all and start over.


    Any additional comments?

    Sorry to be so harsh, but this was horrible.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Strain

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
    • Narrated By Ron Perlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2576)
    Performance
    (1487)
    Story
    (1496)

    The visionary creator of the Academy Award-winning Pan's Labyrinth and a Hammett Award-winning author bring their imaginations to this bold, epic novel about a horrifying battle between man and vampire that threatens all humanity. It is the first installment in a thrilling trilogy and an extraordinary international publishing event.

    Flavius says: "Hokey But Fun"
    "Aces across the board - love Perlman"
    Overall

    Just get it.
    Cool.
    Intriguing.
    New take on old material, well worth it.
    Great job, Del Toro.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs)
    • By Robert E. Howard
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (737)
    Performance
    (463)
    Story
    (461)

    Between the years when the oceans drank Atlantis and the gleaming cities...there was an Age undreamed of, when shining kingdoms lay spread across the world like blue mantles beneath the stars.... Hither came Conan, the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand...to tread the jeweled thrones of the earth under his sandalled feet.

    Flavius says: "Some Great Stories"
    "Loved it - only read comic books as a kid"
    Overall

    This guys was ahead of his time.
    This is a man's man book and more in touch with how men really are than any of the media outlets today.
    Get it.
    Good stuff that has lasted the test of time.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Law of Nines

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (579)
    Performance
    (283)
    Story
    (278)

    Turning 27 may be terrifying for some, but for Alex, a struggling artist living in the midwestern United States, it is cataclysmic. Inheriting a huge expanse of land should have made him a rich and happy man; but something about this birthday, his name, and the beautiful woman whose life he just saved, has suddenly made him - and everyone he loves - into a target.

    D says: "Can't stand alone"
    "Eh - ok"
    Overall

    I liked the part that was inspired to some degree by One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, but beyond that, not the best Terry has done.
    If you like Goodkind, you'll probably be ok with this.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10549)
    Performance
    (5437)
    Story
    (5479)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Russell says: "Glad I Listened to 11-22-63 First"
    "Excellent characters"
    Overall

    Intriguing and engaging.
    Will keep you entertained for days on end, because this thing is like 48 hours long.
    Nice job, King...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Gathering Storm: Book Twelve of the Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5289)
    Performance
    (3045)
    Story
    (3067)

    Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, struggles to unite a fractured network of kingdoms and alliances in preparation for the Last Battle. As he attempts to halt the Seanchan encroachment northward - wishing he could form at least a temporary truce with the invaders - his allies watch in terror the shadow that seems to be growing within the heart of the Dragon Reborn himself.

    D. Ramirez says: "I normally wouldn't, but..."
    "Well Done"
    Overall

    I have no concerns with Brandon taking over. I'm saddend greatly by Jordan's departure from this world but I feel Brandon can finshed what he was unable to.
    If you're into this series, please stay true until the bitter end.
    This series started when I was a teenager just getting out of high school and is set to complete when I'm in full blown middle age.
    As a side, it kinds of depressing - I was Rand, Perrin and Matt's age when I started. By the time I finished, I'll be Tam's age.
    Heh - life is stange, but this series is awesome.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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