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Aaron Brown

Portland, OR USA | Member Since 2009

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  • 14 reviews
  • 25 ratings
  • 280 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2015
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  • Elantris

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6142)
    Performance
    (4437)
    Story
    (4487)

    Legendary science fiction author Orson Scott Card calls Brandon Sanderson a writer to watch, and Publishers Weekly says his debut is "outstanding." Once the godlike rulers of the capital of Arelon, the inhabitans of Elantris have been imprisoned within themselves, unable to die after the city's magic failed years ago. But when a new prince falls victim to the curse, he refuses to accept his fate.

    Lore says: "What if your body could never heal?"
    "Very long and logically inconsistent"
    Overall

    I loved mistborn. So was quite excited to see Elantris while I waited for the other mistborn books get converted to audio.

    This book, however, is not good. I can't believe Orson Scott Card has such high praise for it on the paper back cover. The idea of Elantris is quite original...but there is very little forward momentum in this book. Instead we get endless banter between characters or long internal monologues. To make up with it the series ends comes to a rapid 'dramatic conclusion'. Only because so much of the first part of the book was needlessly wasted character revelations/etc seem forced, rushed, and inconsistent.

    By all means read Mistborn, which is both original and finely crafted. But I can't recommend Elantris.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Pears and Perils

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Drew Hayes
    • Narrated By Matt Armstrong
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Most people would be overjoyed to win $50,000 and the chance to star in a nation-wide commercial, even if it was just for a fast food joint like Camelot Burger. Then again, Clint Tucker has never been like most people. Ushered to the tropical paradise of Kenowai, he and the other winners undertake an island tradition for the cameras, one meant to free a local imprisoned deity. One with very specific requirements that have yet to be met. One that might just be a bit more authentic than any of them expected.

    K. April Holgate says: "From Eargasms Audiobook Reviews"
    "Hard to classify, reminds me of Anansi's Boys"
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    What did you love best about Pears and Perils?

    Thunder PUNCH!!! I enjoyed the set up and the quirky characters. These are areas where Drew Hayes is strong.

    I've also read the 'Fred Vampire Accountant' stuff and, while I prefer those, I thought this was pretty great as well. I thought the ending was a bit weak (the guy at the end suddenly seems to have skills that were never hinted at before), but by then I was pretty well hooked. If you enjoyed 'Fred Vampire Accountant' you'll like this stuff as well.


    0 of 0 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
    (6639)
    Performance
    (5728)
    Story
    (5720)

    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
    (445)
    Performance
    (416)
    Story
    (413)

    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
    (41)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    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
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • NPCs

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Drew Hayes
    • Narrated By Roger Wayne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (611)
    Performance
    (563)
    Story
    (561)

    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.

    1 of 1 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
    (17554)
    Performance
    (16227)
    Story
    (16228)

    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
    (187)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (165)

    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
    (433)
    Performance
    (390)
    Story
    (389)

    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
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    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
    (2087)
    Performance
    (1925)
    Story
    (1931)

    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
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    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

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