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Arthur

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  • The Heart of Matter: Odyssey One, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Evan Currie
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1107)
    Performance
    (1007)
    Story
    (1015)

    On her epic maiden voyage, the NAC spacecraft Odyssey introduced Earth to the wonders of an untouched universe - and the unimagined horrors lurking in the black. Now the Odyssey’s second voyage will carry Captain Eric Weston and his crew back to a familiar battlefield, to face an enemy unlike any they have ever known. For on war-torn Ranquil, homeworld of Earth’s newest ally, the Priminae, the invading Drasin are but foot soldiers for a powerful unseen force. Unmasking the mysterious puppet masters means defying orders and venturing into deep space.

    Joki says: "Mixed Bag"
    "Generally, a very good story"
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    I enjoy a good military space opera. This one is no exception. However, I am rather annal about using the correct terminology especially when the author tries to explain a term in detail. In this case, either the author or the reader did not know the difference between the term ecliptic and elliptic. This was a flaw in both volumes of this work. There was a great deal of explanation in the book describing the meaning of elliptic when the term that was being defined was ecliptic. Even though I had to grate my teeth whenever the term was used, I enjoyed the book and recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Nameless Witch

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By A. Lee Martinez
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Being born undead can have its disadvantages, such as eternal youth and flawless beauty-things most unsuitable for a witch. Hiding behind the guise of a grimy old crone, the witch is content living outside Fort Stalwart with her unlikely band of allies: a troll named Gwurm, an enchanted broom, and a demonic duck named Newt. She leads a simple life filled with spells, potions, and the occasional curse.

    mary says: "Star crossed lovers"
    "I bumped this to triple speed to finish it"
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    The pace of this book is excruciatingly slow. Neither the plot nor the characters have any complexity or depth. The heroine has no redeeming qualities and her companions are so two dimensional that you have no empathy for them at all. After mumbling, get on with it over and over again, I finally bumped up to triple speed just to finish it. I cannot truly blame the narrator as I believe she was saddled with truly pathetic material. Of all the books I have listened to on Audible, this one was truly the worst.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sovereign Stone: Sovereign of the Seven Isles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David A. Wells
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (286)

    After gaining entrance to Blackstone Keep and recovering the legendary Thinblade, Alexander must seek out the Sovereign Stone, and quickly. Contained within the ancient teardrop ruby is the secret of Wizard's Dust, the source of magic and the one thing that will ultimately decide the final battle of the Reishi War. Prince Phane will stop at nothing to lay claim to the Stone and with it the world.

    Josie says: "I am enjoying this book and keep putng things off"
    "Not worth the effort to continue with the series"
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    I listened to the first two books of this series and enjoyed them. I waited for the third book to become available. Then books 4, 5, and 6 showed up in the future and the seventh was announced to be coming. At that point, I gave up. Neither the characters nor the plot line could possibly support a seven book arc. Dragging this out can only be a rehash of the same problems and same villains over and over. This series could have been ended easily as a trilogy. I will likely wait till the seventh book comes available and listen to it. I am sure I will not have missed any important story line in the other 4 books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Choosing: The Blood and Brotherhood Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jeremy Laszlo
    • Narrated By B. J. Harrison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Seth is a young man torn by fear and indecision. His life no longer in his hands, he fears an uncertain future where the only certainty is a life of servitude to the kingdom. Fortunately for Seth, he is not alone. His brother, Garret, too attends the choosing ceremony where their fates will be decided. Together, the twins make their way to the castle city of Valdadore for the choosing ceremony but along the way Seth notices a strange new trend in his life.

    Arthur says: "Enjoyed this Story"
    "Enjoyed this Story"
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    I normally do not listen/read books labeled as "1" unless I see the remaining books in the series are available. I have no patience and waiting for the others to come out is a huge annoyance. The synopsis here was intriguing enough to get me to listen. I am glad that I took the chance. If you are into sword and fantasy this is a book for you. There are 4 other books in this series. I hope they are available on Audible soon.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Caine Black Knife: The Third of the Acts of Caine (Act of Atonement, Book One)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Matthew Stover
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (107)

    In Heroes Die and Blade of Tyshalle, Matthew Stover created a new kind of fantasy novel, and a new kind of hero to go with it: Caine, a street thug turned superstar, battling in a future where reality shows take place in another dimension, on a world where magic exists and gods are up close and personal. In that beautiful, savage land, Caine is an assassin without peer, a living legend born from one of the highest-rated reality shows ever made.

    Arthur says: "Not a finished piece"
    "Not a finished piece"
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    In my opinion, this novel is not a finished piece. The length is less than half the previous two books. While not definitive, the book just ended leaving too much unresolved. It is an obvious segue way into more books in the series, but more than that, it leaves you the feeling that the book was rushed to publication unfinished just to get something out the door.

    While, in general, I enjoy the series as it is well written and a unique concept, this book was a major stumble. The protagonist has devolved from a tough, self assured winner to a self pitying loser (at least in this portion). Perhaps if the book had been finished, we would be seeing a different outcome.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost of A Smile: A Ghost Finders Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Simon R. Green
    • Narrated By Toby Leonard Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (85)

    In Ghost of a Smile, the Ghost Finders answer a desperate call for help from one of the world’s biggest drug companies. A team of police enforcement agents has already disappeared, and the Ghost Finders have no idea how to proceed. But they’d better figure something out fast, because time is running out—and failure means an entire building full of innocent victims will cease to exist.

    Arthur says: "Ghost Finder, another good Simon R Green series"
    "Ghost Finder, another good Simon R Green series"
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    Simon R Green, prolific author of the Nightside and Secret Histories series scores another hit with the Ghost Finders. Ghost of a smile is the sequel to Ghost of a Chance and in order to understand much of what is going on here, you should really listen to (or read) Ghost of a Chance first. The protagonists, each somewhat off putting on the surface, have a much deeper depth of character and come together to become a cohesive and compassionate team who truly care for each other. The ending leaves no doubt more is to follow, and I look forward to the next installment. Whether or not you are lucky enough to be a fan of Green, I highly recommend this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Inheritance: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4531)
    Performance
    (3964)
    Story
    (4020)

    Not so very long ago, Eragon - Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider - was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders. months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can.

    Robert says: "All the reviews had me worried for nothing!"
    "An unfortunate disappointment"
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    After waiting years for this conclusion to be published, it was a major disappointment. The only good thing to say about it was that the narrator did an outstanding job.

    The story was horribly overblown. Paolini never missed a chance to use 100 words where 10 would have sufficed. But, the worst part was the incredibly disappointing ending. It is obvious that the author is young. He resorted to the prosaic comic book super hero ending where the super hero must sacrifice his own happiness for the good of all and give up any chance for love, family, friendship and a normal life.

    As has been stated in other reviews, the ending also left a multitude of story threads dangling with no resolution. If this was merely a ploy to garner support for an outcry for a followup to resolve all these issues, he has lost me.

    This was a weak and unnecessary ending to what could have been a powerful series.

    16 of 21 people found this review helpful

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