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Ryan

I am a person that tries and get through 1 book a week if possible. I am Dyslexic so this is really the only way I can get through a book. I have listened to more book in a year than I read my first 20 years of my life. I found the joy of audio books in the early 2000 and have been a audible customer since 2000 or 2001. I have over 490 books in 2 different accounts and listened to 90%.

Batesville, IN, United States | Listener Since 2005

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  • 60 reviews
  • 76 ratings
  • 667 titles in library
  • 52 purchased in 2014
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  • The Throne of Fire: Kane Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free, Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1935)
    Performance
    (1540)
    Story
    (1558)

    Ever since the gods of Ancient Egypt were unleashed in the modern world, Carter Kane and his sister, Sadie, have been in trouble. As descendants of the House of Life, the Kanes have some powers at their command, but the devious gods haven’t given them much time to master their skills at Brooklyn House, which has become a training ground for young magicians. And now their most threatening enemy yet—the chaos snake Apophis—is rising.

    Craig says: "Rick is masterful with history and incrporation."
    "Awsome book for the young at heart"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Throne of Fire the most enjoyable?

    I think having two different people reading this book helped out a lot. Taking the old egyptian gods and giving them a twist is very good by Rick.


    What other book might you compare The Throne of Fire to and why?

    I usually do not read a lot of books like this, but this series is so good that I will read everyone from here on out.


    What does Kevin R. Free and Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    they bring a different listening experience that is unique. They bring life to the characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The dwarf god at 4th house at the end.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17929)
    Performance
    (16222)
    Story
    (16348)

    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."
    "Much better than the movie"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tris was my favorite but she should be everyone's favorite. Four was a close second.


    What does Emma Galvin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I struggle with female readers for some reason, but Emma kept me stuck to the book the whole time. She did a great job.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Spoiler: Her mother giving up her life so she could live on. Very moving of how to be brave.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A March of Kings: The Sorcerer's Ring, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Morgan Rice
    • Narrated By Wayne Farrell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (148)

    A breathtaking new epic fantasy series. Morgan Rice does it again! This magical saga reminds me of the best of J.K. Rowling, George R.R. Martin, Rick Riordan, Christopher Paolini and J.R.R. Tolkien. I couldn’t put it down!” (Allegra Skye, Bestselling author of SAVED) A MARCH OF KINGS (BOOK #2 in THE SORCERER’S RING) takes us one step further on Thor’s epic journey into manhood, as he begins to realize more about who he is, what his powers are, and as he embarks to become a warrior. After he escapes from the dungeon, Thor is horrified to learn of another assassination attempt on King MacGil. When MacGil dies, the kingdom is set into turmoil. As everyone vies for the throne, King’s Court is more rife than ever with its family dramas, power struggles, ambitions, jealousy, violence and betrayal. An heir must be chosen from among the children, and the ancient Dynasty Sword, the source of all their power, will have a chance to be wielded by someone new. But all this might be upended: the murder weapon is recovered, and the noose tightens on finding the assassin. Simultaneously, the MacGils face a new threat by the McClouds, who are set to attack again from within the Ring.

    Amazon Customer says: "The story was unfinished"
    "Good but not great"
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    What did you love best about A March of Kings?

    I love the story line but this part of the book was slow.


    Have you listened to any of Wayne Farrell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Wayne does a great job with the books he reads.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sky Raiders: Five Kingdoms, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Brandon Mull
    • Narrated By Keith Nobbs
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (122)

    Cole Randolph was just trying to have a fun time with his friends on Halloween (and maybe get to know Jenna Hunt a little better). But when a spooky haunted house turns out to be a portal to something much creepier, Cole finds himself on an adventure on a whole different level.

    Shileen says: "A little scary at first, but a great story!"
    "Kept you entertained"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I thought it was a great book for kids


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sky Raiders?

    Where he never give up on helping his friends


    Have you listened to any of Keith Nobbs’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but i will now


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Vision of the Future: Star Wars (The Hand of Thrawn): Book II

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    Overall
    (464)
    Performance
    (443)
    Story
    (443)

    The Empire's master plan is under way. The New Republic is on the verge of civil war and the rumor that the legendary Admiral Thrawn has returned from the dead is rallying the Imperial forces. Now Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, and their allies face the challenge of their lives. They must infiltrate a hidden fortress filled with Imperial fanatics, rendezvous with a double-dealing Imperial commander, and journey into enemy territory to learn the identity of those responsible for an act of unthinkable genocide. But most important of all is the truth about Thrawn.

    Desmond says: "An excellent conclusion"
    "Way to finish the book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely I was a little nervous after the first book but this book was very well laid out and covered a lot of gaps from the first one.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The opening for a whole another direction to take Star Wars books. I will read every Star Wars book Timothy Zahn puts out. I am a huge fan with both Thrawn series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Quest of Heroes: The Sorcerer's Ring, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Morgan Rice
    • Narrated By Wayne Farrell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (297)

    A dazzling new fantasy series. A QUEST OF HEROES (BOOK #1 IN THE SORCERER’S RING) revolves around the epic coming of age story of one special boy, a 14 year old from a small village on the outskirts of the Kingdom of the Ring. Thorgrin senses he is different from the others. He dreams of becoming a great warrior, of joining the King’s men and protecting the Ring. When he comes of age and is forbidden by his father to try out for the King’s Legion, he journeys out on his own, determined to force his way into King’s Court and be taken seriously.

    Samuel says: "Hackneyed, *and* repetitive"
    "Bring on the rest of the books"
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    Any additional comments?

    I thought it was a well put together book. Very easy to listen to and this story made me question the author a lot. I find that is ok as long as it doesn't take away from the story. I would like to see the rest of the books done and I will get them as soon as they are done. Strange enough I compare this to the Vlad Taltos Series which is very very good series of books.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Specter of the Past: The Hand of Thrawn, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (604)
    Performance
    (578)
    Story
    (579)

    The Empire stands at the brink of total collapse. But they have saved their most heinous plan for last. First a plot is hatched that could destroy the New Republic in a bloodbath of genocide and civil war. Then comes the shocking news that Grand Admiral Thrawn--the most cunning and ruthless warlord in history--has apparently returned from the dead to lead the Empire to a long-prophesied victory.

    Cam T. says: "The Rerelease surpasses the Original"
    "Not as good as the original series but it is OK"
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    Where does Star Wars: Specter of the Past: The Hand of Thrawn, Book 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is not the best book I have listened to, but not the worst. I expected so much more from this series due to how good the first Thrawn series was.


    What about Marc Thompson’s performance did you like?

    Marc is a awesome reader of any story and can always listen to him.


    Any additional comments?

    I like it so far.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sands of Nezza: Adventurers Wanted, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By M. L. Forman
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (140)

    After hundreds of years without a true king, the desert land of Nezza is in danger of falling under the rule of a ruthless lord advised by an evil wizard with dark intentions. A desperate cry for help brings Alexander Taylor to this perilous land and sets events in motion that will require him to rescue an old friend from and impenetrable dungeon.

    Kelly Jewess says: "give me the old narrator."
    "Good Story but took a while to get use to Bray"
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    What made the experience of listening to Sands of Nezza the most enjoyable?

    The story was well put together. Forman is a great writer and I would probably read anything he put out there.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sands of Nezza?

    Alex coming into being a true wizard and earning respect everywhere he goes.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Serpent in the desert


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

    Yes


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Adventurers Wanted: Book 2, The Horn of Moran

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By M. L. Forman
    • Narrated By E. B. Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (168)

    The land of Alusia is on the brink of war as two men have each claimed the throne. Only the true king can sound the Horn of Moran and prove his nobility. But the Horn has been lost for years. If it is not found - and soon - it could mean the destruction of an entire nation. It wasn’t that long ago that young Alexander Taylor embarked on his first adventure, where he discovered he was a wizard and destroyed the fearsome dragon, Slathbog.

    Taylor says: "Great Listen!!!"
    "Great book and great story for everyone"
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    What did you love best about Adventurers Wanted?

    It is a simple story for a lot of complex topic we go through in everyone's everyday life.


    What other book might you compare Adventurers Wanted to and why?

    Eragon, Eldest, Harry Potter, the books are endless


    What about E. B. Stevens’s performance did you like?

    all of it gives life to the characters and keeps you coming back for more.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    the battle and struggle to do what is right


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adventurers Wanted, Book 1: Slathbog's Gold

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By M. L. Forman
    • Narrated By E. B. Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (192)

    Do you have the courage, the wits, and the skill to claim a dragon's hoard? If so, apply within . . . The sign is small, tucked into the corner of Mr. Clutter's bookshop window: “Adventurers Wanted. Apply Within.” No one but fifteen-year-old Alex Taylor even seems to notice it is there. And for Alex, who has wished for a change in his life, it is an irresistible invitation.Upon entering Mr. Clutter's shop, Alex is swept away on an incredible adventure to a faraway land filled with heroic warriors, mysterious elves, and hard-working dwarves.

    A says: "Great Story!"
    "Great book for all ages. Hard to put down"
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    Where does Adventurers Wanted, Book 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a book that is great for kids and adults. I really enjoyed it and it was very well put together. Already 3/4 down with book 2 and it is as good as the first one.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alex Taylor is a must for the best characters. He has honor without measure.


    Have you listened to any of E. B. Stevens’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No first time I have listened to E.B. Steven's but will keep listening to him going forward.


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

    Yes the way the world was built with the limits on magic and adventures was great.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fyre: Septimus Heap, Book Seven

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Angie Sage
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (332)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (301)

    Now that Septimus, Jenna, and Beetle are 14 years old, they have assumed larger roles in their Magykal world. Beetle is the Chief Hermetic Scribe of the Manuscriptorium and Jenna will soon be Queen, but Septimus is still battling the remnants of the Darke Domaine, which will remain until the power of the evil Two-Faced Ring is destroyed forever. To accomplish that, the ancient Alchemie Fyre must be relit - a task that sends Septimus to the very origins of Magyk and Physik.

    Inge says: "Should have been an epilogue to Darke"
    "I great end to a great Series"
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    Would you listen to Fyre again? Why?

    I would listen to it again there was a lot going on in the book and it is easy to miss something.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fyre?

    Septimus seeing himself in the house. That means new series is coming.


    What does Gerard Doyle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Gerard is one of the best vocal performers I have listened too. I don't think there is anything I wouldn't listen too that he reads.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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