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Gregory

I listen to a books while riding my bike, driving, running or working around the house. Keep your mind active.

MD | Member Since 2008

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  • Victory and Honor

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth IV
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (202)

    Wars come to an end. But then new ones begin. Just weeks after Hitler's suicide, Cletus Frade and his colleagues in the OSS find themselves up to their necks in battles every bit as fierce as the ones just ended. The first is political-the very survival of the OSS, with every department from Treasury to War to the FBI grabbing for its covert agents and assets. The second is on a much grander scale-the possible next world war, against Joe Stalin and his voracious ambitions.

    Rick says: "Classic W.E.B. and Brick's narration wins big."
    "Outstanding Read"
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    First book I have listened to of the honor bound series. Will not be the last. Well performed, well written and exciting historical fiction. Enjoyed the characters, the plot and writing. Did not want it to end.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Gate Thief: Mithermages, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Rankin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2224)
    Performance
    (2015)
    Story
    (2025)

    Here on Earth, Danny North is still in high school, yet he holds in his heart and mind all the stolen outselves of 13 centuries of gatemages. The Families still want to kill him if they can’t control him - and they can’t control him; he is far too powerful. On Westil, Wad is now nearly powerless - he lost everything to Danny in their struggle. Even if he can survive the revenge of his enemies, he must still somehow make peace with the Gatemage Daniel North, for when Danny took that power from Loki, he also took responsibility for the Great Gates.

    Benjamin says: "Flashes of Great, Ok, and Bad. Overall: Meh."
    "Worth listening to if you read Book 1"
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    I liked The Lost Gate. I did not love it, but liked it. It was a solid 3 & ¾ star book. When I read the reviews of The Gate Thief, I was concerned.

    Seemed like all the audible reviewers really liked the first book, but disliked the second book, thinking it was a significant departure from book 1. There are lots of discussions on OSC being overly “preachy”. I have read or listened too many of OSCs books, and almost all contain Moral dilemmas and have underlying moral lessons. I wanted to see where Mither Mages was going, so I took a chance.

    I really did not find The Gate Thief much of a departure from the Gate Thief. It was a bit slower than book one but I did not find it any more “preachy” than I was accustomed to from OSC. If you liked the Lost Gate, I would recommend listening to the Gate Thief. I intend to purchase book 3 when it comes out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Gate: Mithermages, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4646)
    Performance
    (3420)
    Story
    (3441)

    Danny North knew from early childhood that his family was different - and that he was different from them. While his cousins were learning how to create the things that commoners called fairies, ghosts, golems, trolls, werewolves, and other such miracles that were the heritage of the North family, Danny worried that he would never show a talent, never form an "outself"....

    joshua says: "Card doing what he does best."
    "Very good, but not up to par with some from OSC."
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    The Ender series books are great and some of my favorites. I am not that big of a fan of the Maker series. This book falls in between. An interesting tie to ancient mythology in modern day. Limited action, but entertaining. Narration typical of other OSC novels. Still debating if I want to get the 2nd book, reviews seem questionable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Timebound

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Rysa Walker
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (831)
    Performance
    (754)
    Story
    (758)

    When Kate Pierce-Keller’s grandmother gives her a strange blue medallion and speaks of time travel, sixteen-year-old Kate assumes the old woman is delusional. But it all becomes horrifyingly real when a murder in the past destroys the foundation of Kate’s present-day life. Suddenly, that medallion is the only thing protecting Kate from blinking out of existence. Kate learns that the 1893 killing is part of something much more sinister, and her genetic ability to time travel makes Kate the only one who can fix the future.

    Lessa says: "Completely Enjoyed It"
    "Time travel well done"
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    I purchased it before realizing it was a YA book and when I noticed that, I was not expecting much. I was pleasantly surprised. The pace is fast, the action believable and the romance isn't over done. Overall it was fun to adventure in a fictionalized first person perspective. I look forward to the sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Watership Down

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Richard Adams
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2868)
    Performance
    (2171)
    Story
    (2187)

    Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren; he felt sure of it. They had to leave immediately. So begins a long and perilous journey of survival for a small band of rabbits. As the rabbits skirt danger at every turn, we become acquainted with the band, its humorous characters, and its compelling culture, complete with its own folk history and mythos.

    B. Cable says: "Still one of the best!"
    "So good you want to give it to your best friend"
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    I was a freshman in High School when I had to read Watership Down for an English class. Typical of a 13 year old boy just arriving in High School, I approached the assignment with dread. A children’s book, about rabbits, please do not let my friends see me reading it. From the moment I picked it up, I could not put it down. I still have that original paperback, worn and tattered, I have read it more times than I can remember. Re-reading the book always seemed like reuniting with old friends. It had been years since I last picked it up. Listening to the audible version added a new dimension to a story I love, and the narration was wonderfully done. If you have never read this book or if it has been a long time, I encourage you to listen to it again. I believe you will enjoy the experience. I look forward to the day when I can share Watership Down with my Grandchildren.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witch with No Name: The Hollows, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (558)
    Performance
    (529)
    Story
    (534)

    In The Witch with No Name, Kim Harrison brings back her wildly popular heroine for one final, epic battle. Rachel Morgan's come a long way from the klutzy runner fleeing a bad job. She's faced vampires and werewolves, banshees, witches, and soul-eating demons. She's crossed worlds, channeled gods, and accepted her place as a day-walking demon. She's lost friends and lovers and family, and an old enemy has become something much more.

    LeSLiE says: "Thank you Kim Harrison for the memories!"
    "Last book in the series does not dissapoint"
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    The best indication that a series is well done is when the reader/audible listener approaches the end with regret, knowing that they story is coming to an end. Kim Harrison provided many hours of enjoyment and I thought she did a great job wrapping things up. I felt the series provided a good balance between romance and action and I really enjoyed the sarcastic humor Kim weaved into her characters. I will miss Racheal, Jenks, Al and Biz. Marguerite Gavin did an outstanding job throughout the series bringing voice to Kim's work. I look forward to seeing where Kim goes next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heir of Novron: Riyria Revelations, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3795)
    Performance
    (3493)
    Story
    (3514)

    On the holiday of Wintertide, the New Empire plans to burn the Witch of Melengar and force the Empress into a marriage of their own design. But they didn’t account for Royce and Hadrian finally locating the Heir of Novron—or the pair’s desire to wreak havoc on the New Empire’s carefully crafted scheme.

    Ron says: "Spectacular fantasy series"
    "True Epic Adventure and sad to see it end"
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    I have no doubt that I will listen to this series again someday. It was that good. The final book in the trilogy is by far my favorite. It is very well written and has a really gripping and entertaining story-line with twists, turns and surprises. As with all the books about Riyria, Michael J. Sullivan has masterfully blended humor, sadness and excitement. What a wonderful culmination to a fantastic series. I had never listened to anything narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds before the Riyria books but I really enjoyed his style. Tim keeps you interested throughout the long story. I look forward to other books narrated by him. For those of you who's only visibility into Riyria has been the Revelations Trilogy, there are prequels to the trilogy that are very enjoyable and you get more time to spend with characters that it is hard to not see as old friends. Highly recommended for Fantasy or SciFi fans and well worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Crown Tower: The Riyria Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2584)
    Performance
    (2406)
    Story
    (2415)

    Michael J. Sullivan garnered critical raves and a massive readership for his Riyria Revelations series. The first book in his highly anticipated Riyria Chronicles series of prequels, The Crown Tower brings together warrior Hadrian Blackwater with thieving assassin Royce Melborn. The two form a less-than-friendly pairing, but the quest before them has a rare prize indeed, and if they can breach the supposedly impregnable walls of the Crown Tower, their names will be legend.

    Tango says: "Delicious Icing on a Terrific Cake"
    "Glad I found this one"
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    I am new to the world of Riyria, and am aware that this is the first book of a prequel to another series. I chose to start hear and was not disappointed. I enjoyed Crown Tower very much. Well worth the credit. The narration was outstanding and the book kept my interest from the start. Having never read any of the series before, the author’s intro had me guessing as to where the book was leading. Michael J. Sullivan’s writing style and character development was outstanding. I look forward to enjoying many more hours with the characters. I am starting the Rose and the Thorn right now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Breaks: Kate Daniels, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    Overall
    (666)
    Performance
    (630)
    Story
    (630)

    No matter how much the paranormal politics of Atlanta change, one thing always remains the same: If there' s trouble, Kate Daniels will be in the middle of it. As the mate of the Beast Lord, Curran, former mercenary Kate Daniels has more responsibilities than it seems possible to juggle. Not only is she still struggling to keep her investigative business afloat, she must now deal with the affairs of the pack, including preparing her people for attack from Roland, a cruel ancient being with god-like powers.

    RabidReads says: "Characters die, power shifts, a new path is forged"
    "Urban Fantasy with action"
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    Magic Breaks is book 7 in the Kate Daniels series and this book is worth your credit. You need to start at the beginning, but if you like urban fantasy, I think you will enjoy this series.

    My first exposure to the husband and wife team that uses the pseudonym Illona Andrews came when I listened to a collection of short stories. I am a huge Harry Dresden fan and the collection contained one of Jim Butchers works. In that collection I stumbled into another short story that I really enjoyed. The story was by the author Illona Andrews and I liked it so much that I wanted to read more. The story contained magical creatures from fairly tails, combined with some great action. So I went to the library and found Magic Bites and I have been hooked since.

    Kate Daniels is a sarcastic, kick ass heroine set in a world where magic returns in waves. The series is an outstanding collection of urban fantasies, well narrated and with lots of action and great supporting characters that you will come to call friends. This series is more than the common romance urban fantasy. In Magic Breaks much will come to a head for Kate and pack, but not to an end. The narration even contains bonus short story about Julie at the end. Fans must now wait impatiently for the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Serpent Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Martha Wells
    • Narrated By Christopher Kipiniak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (339)

    Moon, once a solitary wanderer, has become consort to Jade, sister queen of the Indigo Cloud court. Together, they travel with their people on a pair of flying ships in hopes of finding a new home for their colony. Moon finally feels like he’s found a tribe where he belongs. But when the travelers reach the ancestral home of Indigo Cloud, shrouded within the trunk of a mountain-sized tree, they discover a blight infecting its core.

    Magdalena says: "Wow - An original universe"
    "A World devoid Humans"
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    An exotic world forms the backdrop for continuing a fantastic adventure by Martha Wells. This is book 2 of an outstanding SCIFI/Fantasy Series. You really need to read/listen to the first book, The Cloud Roads before starting this one. If you enjoyed the first, you will not be disappointed here. Moon, the stories hero continues to learn about his people and their customs, as he sets out on a quest to save their new home.

    Just as in the first book, the world continues to introduce imaginative landscapes, characters and races, the likes of which I have not seen in other works. The narration is again excellent, and the second book in the series was not a letdown. I am on to the third book now, but already know I will be disappointed to see the story end. I hope the author considers exploring this world further.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cloud Roads

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Martha Wells
    • Narrated By Christopher Kipiniak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (541)
    Performance
    (476)
    Story
    (475)

    Moon has spent his life hiding what he is - a shape-shifter able to transform himself into a winged creature of flight. An orphan with only vague memories of his own kind, Moon tries to fit in among the tribes of his river valley, with mixed success. Just as Moon is once again cast out by his adopted tribe, he discovers a shape-shifter like himself... someone who seems to know exactly what he is, who promises that Moon will be welcomed into his community.

    Amazon Customer says: "M. Wells' RAKSURA books narrated by Chris Kipiniak"
    "Original and Captivating"
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    As a long time SciFi reader, I agree with other reviews that characterized the story Martha Wells has authored and the species that inhabit this world as original and fascinating. The author introduces the three worlds of Cloud Roads as Air, Earth and Sea and they make a wonderful background for a great story about a young hero. The characters are well developed, likable and the story exciting. The narration fits the books and I was hooked within minutes of the start. If you are looking for something new, try this one. Worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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