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Bruce

Canada | Member Since 2012

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  • 13 reviews
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  • The Paladin Prophecy: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Mark Frost
    • Narrated By Nick Chamian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (179)

    Readers of I Am Number Four, The Maze Runner, and Legend will love this exciting new adventure series by the co-creator of the groundbreaking television show Twin Peaks, with its unique combination of mystery, heart-pounding action, and the supernatural. Will West is careful to live life under the radar. At his parents' insistence, he's made sure to get mediocre grades and to stay in the middle of the pack on his cross-country team. Then Will slips up, accidentally scoring off the charts on a nationwide exam.

    Now Will is being courted by an exclusive prep school...and followed by men driving black sedans.

    Bruce says: "For Younger Readers"
    "For Younger Readers"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The book had good flow at times. It really was for twenty or under.
    At times hard to follow.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    More suspence. More of a story. Nothing was that interesting except for assumed revenge


    What three words best describe Nick Chamian’s performance?

    Not very good


    Was The Paladin Prophecy: Book 1 worth the listening time?

    Not worth listening to.


    Any additional comments?

    If I were fifteen maybe this book would have been o.k.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (5943)
    Performance
    (5375)
    Story
    (5436)

    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."
    "Fourteen of the best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Sometimes after finishing a book or series of books you wish there was a little more to quench the thirst of emotion you received after listening to them. I found with this series I was always waiting to listen to more, always thirsty to encounter more stimulation through the minds eye. I don't know of any way that this could have been done better. Very well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tower Lord: Raven's Shadow, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Anthony Ryan
    • Narrated By Steven Brand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2435)
    Performance
    (2281)
    Story
    (2287)

    Vaelin Al Sorna, warrior of the Sixth Order, called Darkblade, called Hope Killer. The greatest warrior of his day, and witness to the greatest defeat of his nation: King Janus' vision of a Greater Unified Realm drowned in the blood of brave men fighting for a cause Vaelin alone knows was forged from a lie. Sick at heart, he comes home, determined to kill no more. Named Tower Lord of the Northern Reaches by King Janus's grateful heir, he can perhaps find peace in a colder, more remote land far from the intrigues of a troubled Realm.

    Jack says: "The Great Swampy Middle!"
    "Second book just o.k."
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    Performance
    Story

    The second book started out o.k. but seemed to mesh into a kind of soup in the middle. At times it was confusing. When you really get into a series you know the characters, their names and even emotions. I found this book hovered on the edge of all of this although some descriptions of individuals were easily transformed into the mind and stayed as you saw them all the way through both books. I feel it was written with the ending not known at all before the beginning was even started. Some characters were well fitted in while others should have been left out as the confusion with names and their closeness to other names made it hard to visualise who the author was talking about for awhile. The ending was the biggest shock as I thought it was only a two book series. Perhaps the next book will make you a part of it more than this one. It was still a good book to listen to but I think only on audio.

    0 of 0 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
    (5555)
    Performance
    (3283)
    Story
    (3306)

    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..."
    "AWESOME"
    Overall
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    The whole series is just Awesome. No series I have read so far are so complete in the minds eye. You picture yourself beside each character as if you were there and see the surroundings and absorb the feelings that at times can be very deep. This series will stay with the reader a very long time and it's all very good. Brandon Sanderson did a masterful job of completing this series. I don't think any one else could have finished this so wonderfully.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wise Man's Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12342)
    Performance
    (10460)
    Story
    (10548)

    "My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep...."

    Joe says: "Excellent, Imaginative, Beautiful, Page Turning!!!"
    "99 out of 100"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    One of the best series I have read since being with audible !!!
    I tried to find out when the third book will be out as it has been published but audible didn't answer two e-mails. Look forward to the third and final book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Footfall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (1101)
    Performance
    (705)
    Story
    (702)

    They first appear as a series of dots on astronomical plates, heading from Saturn directly toward Earth. Since the ringed planet carries no life, scientists deduce the mysterious ship to be a visitor from another star. The world's frantic efforts to signal the aliens go unanswered. The first contact is hostile: the invaders blast a Soviet space station, seize the survivors, and then destroy every dam and installation on Earth with a hail of asteriods.

    Flatlander says: "Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle at Their Best"
    "Could have been Good"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The Alien description and voices were absolutely terrible.
    Ruined the whole book. Story line was o.k.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ice Hunt

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By John Meagher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (400)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (209)

    Carved into a moving island of ice twice the size of the United States, Ice Station Grendel has been abandoned for more than 70 years. The twisted brainchild of the finest minds of the former Soviet Union, it was designed to be inaccessible and virtually invisible. But an American undersea research vessel has inadvertently pulled too close - and something has been sighted moving inside the allegedly deserted facility, something whose survival defies every natural law.

    Mobilis says: "Scooby Doo With Scarier Monsters"
    "Left me in the cold"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A Ho Hum book. Not good but not bad enough to return. James Rollins has written far better books. It's like he was under pressure to write something and this was the result.

    0 of 0 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
    (10903)
    Performance
    (5753)
    Story
    (5798)

    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.

    Venita says: "Lenghtly but good, ending was rushed"
    "Great Listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Most every book gets to the heart of the matter fairly soon after you know the problem. This book however goes into very discriptive detail about every thing and its all very intersting and keeps you riveted to the story. I found that because of this you remember much more before the next listen.
    It was a very good book as most of this authors books are. I would highly recomend this book to any mature reader. It is long but worth every moment. Looked forward every day to be able to listen to it at night. I found the book 11-22-63 to be a bit better listen but thats just my opinion. Narration was quite good except for one character but once again maybe it was just me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7864)
    Performance
    (6986)
    Story
    (7048)

    This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

    Keith says: "Worth the wait!"
    "Really makes you think about what we are and where"
    Overall
    Performance
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    If you could sum up The Stand in three words, what would they be?

    Possibly the future


    Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

    To many vivid characters to pick one.


    Any additional comments?

    Very well done. It will be hard to find another book that will interest me more. The depth of the characters, the self image of being there. The unknown future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (19566)
    Performance
    (17410)
    Story
    (17370)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "The best book I have read !"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What made the experience of listening to 11-22-63 the most enjoyable?

    It was so life like.
    You were there.
    How can some one put this on paper ?


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 11-22-63?

    The Dance with Sadie
    The ending


    What about Craig Wasson’s performance did you like?

    He was so real. He put the characters in your mind so you knew even after 31 hours of listening who every one was.


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

    The relationship between Jake and Sadie.


    Any additional comments?

    Without question the very best book I have listened to or read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelve: A Novel: The Passage Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3197)
    Performance
    (2832)
    Story
    (2833)

    In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as "Last Stand in Denver", has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin.

    Amanda says: "Expanding The Story In Every Direction"
    "Different exciteing Whats next"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Twelve: A Novel the most enjoyable?

    It started off quite interesting and got more so as the book went on.
    Always wondering what is next.


    What other book might you compare The Twelve: A Novel to and why?

    The length of the book and time periods make it hard to compare this with any other book.
    Quite unique.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Amy--who was she really.
    Kept you thinking.
    Didn't find out till the end


    If you could rename The Twelve: A Novel, what would you call it?

    Hard to rename this novel. What it is, it is.


    Any additional comments?

    Naration can make or break a book. This was in my opinion one of the best narrations I have listend to.
    Very good book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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