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Aaron Brown

Portland, OR USA | Member Since 2009

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  • 13 reviews
  • 24 ratings
  • 275 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2015
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  • The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11033)
    Performance
    (8211)
    Story
    (8257)

    For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

    D says: "A GREAT TRILOGY!!!"
    "Unique Magic system, good plot twists."
    Overall

    This is a good tale that will keep you hooked. The magic system is quite unique and there are some plot twists near the end that will catch you by surprise. Characters are very enjoyable and there is good humor here. I recommend it.

    22 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6559)
    Performance
    (5653)
    Story
    (5647)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "One of the best in the series!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Loved the twist of having Harry deal with things with a subtle hand (by necessity). A lot has been made of the narrator being different. Took a bit to get used to, and then it was fine. Glad they are redoing it with Marsters for consistency, but honestly this narrator does a good job as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Critical Failures: Caverns and Creatures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Robert Bevan
    • Narrated By Jonathan Sleep
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (330)

    Tim and his friends find out the hard way that you shouldn't question the game master, and you shouldn't make fun of his cape. One minute, they're drinking away the dreariness of their lives, escaping into a fantasy game and laughing their asses off. The next minute, they're in a horse-drawn cart surrounded by soldiers pointing crossbows at them.

    M. Maryanow says: "Audible Studio...More Please!"
    "Crass Gamer Humor...but funny!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Not an original or even well plotted story, but still fun. This is a story about gamers who are forced to enter the game world...where they bumble around causing mayhem and do not role play (the cleric, for example neglected to choose a deity to worship). The fun is in the infighting of the party (which gamers will undoubtedly recognize) and trying to explain the rules to the newbies. There were lots of times I was cracking up.

    The weakness was in the narration with several of the voices being annoying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Drew Hayes
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Timid, socially awkward, and plagued by self-esteem issues, Fred has never been the adventurous sort. One fateful night - different from the night he died, which was more inconvenient than fateful - Fred reconnects with an old friend at his high school reunion. This rekindled relationship sets off a chain of events thrusting him right into the chaos of the parahuman world.

    Zuhal says: "another great story from Drew Hayes"
    "Loved the title...but this was riveting..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I almost didn't get this book. I listened to NPCs and found it clever and fun and that brought this one on my radar. The title sounded amusing, but it also sounded like one of those stories that would lag after the initial idea wore thin (a Vampire Accountant). But the author did a good job of continually adding a colorful cast that kept it fresh. Plus Fred the vampire stays true to his mild mannered roots and never loses his appeal. The author stays away from the temptation of turning Freddy into a badass and making him like every other vampire anti hero out there. If you have a sense of humor you will enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • NPCs

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Drew Hayes
    • Narrated By Roger Wayne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (483)
    Performance
    (444)
    Story
    (444)

    What happens when the haggling is done and the shops are closed? When the quest has been given, the steeds saddled, and the adventurers are off to their next encounter? They keep the world running, the food cooked, and the horses shoed, yet what adventurer has ever spared a thought or concern for the Non-Player Characters? In the town of Maplebark, four such NPCs settle in for a night of actively ignoring the adventurers drinking in the tavern when things go quickly and fatally awry.

    Jonathan says: "Charming and Cute"
    "Great fun for gamers"
    Overall

    If you used to game you will love this fun little gem for gamers. Lots of humor and playing with tropes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16341)
    Performance
    (15121)
    Story
    (15124)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "A ton of fun and very creative"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you love geeky 80s references you will love this!. Very satisfying story. Will Wheaton was an excellent narrates tot as well. I kept picturing him as the main character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Mark Adams
    • Narrated By Andrew Garman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (158)

    Writer for the New York Times and GQ, Mark Adams is also the acclaimed author of Mr. America. In this fascinating travelogue, Adams follows in the controversial footsteps of Hiram Bingham III, who’s been both lionized and vilified for his discovery of the famed Lost City in 1911—but which reputation is justified?

    Thelma says: "Now I'm ready for Machu Picchu"
    "Great Travel Log"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Listened to it almost straight through. Never drags. I was sad to see it end. No false drama, just clever pacing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Half a King: Shattered Sea, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (395)
    Performance
    (358)
    Story
    (356)

    Yarvi, second son of the feared King Uthrik and the ruthless Queen Laithlin of Gettland, was born with a useless hand, and cannot hold a shield, or do any of the things expected from a man. Left an outcast, he's surrendered his birthright and been given a woman's place as apprentice to Mother Gundring, Gettland's Minister, training to be an adviser, diplomat, healer and translator. But when his father and brother are murdered by Grom-gil-Gorm, King of neighboring Vansterland, Yarvi is forced to take the Black Chair and become king himself.

    Lanfear says: "Abercrombie Light"
    "Solid offering from Abercrombie."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Narrator took me awhile to get used to, but once I got used to it he was fine. Not as 'gritty' as much of Abercrombie, but still very much in his style. Characters may not be as memorable, but the story flowed well to a satisfying conclusion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Murder in Corvis

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Richard Lee Byers
    • Narrated By Scott Aiello
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Death stalks Corvis by night, and only an unlikely group of heroes known as the Black River Irregulars can put an end to the terror. The labyrinth of tunnels beneath Corvis is home to some of the city's worst criminals, but now even these hardened thugs have reason to watch their step in the dark, shadowy undercity. Death moves in that darkness, leaving behind a trail of horribly mangled bodies.

    mike says: "Good"
    "Light, fun, entertainment"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I enjoyed this setting, but sometimes the date is very mixed. This was a fun mystery and a fun group of characters. I'd love to see more of the Black Water Irregulars in the future...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor's Blades: Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Brian Staveley
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (2002)
    Performance
    (1853)
    Story
    (1859)

    In The Emperor's Blades by Brian Staveley, the emperor of Annur is dead, slain by enemies unknown. His daughter and two sons, scattered across the world, do what they must to stay alive and unmask the assassins. But each of them also has a life-path on which their father set them, destinies entangled with both ancient enemies and inscrutable gods.

    GLENNO says: "Doesn't compare with other fantasy books"
    "Well told epic fantasy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Emperor's Blades again? Why?

    I'd recommend this to Epic fantasy fans. There is a lot of world building here and much of it is pretty good. There were a couple times when things seem a bit convenient (the rival wing, for example, was a bit over the top in being 'the bad guys) or there is a bit too much 'tell' rather than 'show' when learning the history of the world, but overall the story moves at a nice pace. I never felt listening was a chore and I really got into it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked the Kettral training parts the best...but my favorite character was Adare. I liked how she was clever and actually was very proactive in dealing with things.


    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
    (3389)
    Performance
    (3043)
    Story
    (3057)

    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..."
    "Original idea fairly well executed."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Ex-Heroes in three words, what would they be?

    Ton of fun


    What did you like best about this story?

    When you cross two genres like zombie apocalypse and super heroes it is difficult to get all the pieces to fit like a puzzle. Some of it is going to be jammed in for 'best fit'. And I think the author did a very good job of fitting the pieces together enough for the reader to willingly suspend disbelief.

    This is a fun story. Great action and tension. Plus there are things that the author sets up in earlier chapters that seem to be random that turn out to be key elements later. But he doesn't belabor them. He keeps the pace moving.


    What does Jay Snyder and Khristine Hvam bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Nothing outstanding about the narration, but it works. You forget that you are being read to at times and that is a good thing (in my opinion).


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

    I love it when Cerebus finally got her power back.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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