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  • A Lion Among Men: The Wicked Years, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (526)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (301)

    While civil war looms in Oz, a tetchy oracle named Yackle prepares for death. Before her final hour, a figure known as Brrr - the Cowardly Lion - arrives searching for information about Elphaba Thropp, the Wicked Witch of the West. Abandoned as a cub, his path from infancy is no Yellow Brick Road. In the wake of laws that oppress talking Animals, he avoids a jail sentence by agreeing to serve as a lackey to the warmongering Emperor of Oz.

    Michael says: "Gregory and John Together Again"
    "This was the best one for me."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Lion Among Men to be better than the print version?

    Never read the print, but love the voice characterizations and wouldnt be able to read this now with out those coming into the mix.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I love how the political flavor hits, but I like the simple twists. You can see it coming.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I love old mother yackley and how her and the lion would banter, my favorite would have been at the beginning when she comes out and they all had thought her dead.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The Lion, the Witch, and the Dragon Clock!


    Any additional comments?

    I have not read the 4th book yet but I enjoyed the Lion character the best thus far.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow Rising: Book Four of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5688)
    Performance
    (3431)
    Story
    (3467)

    The seals of Shayol Ghul are weak now, and the Dark One reaches out in The Shadow Rising, book four of the Wheel of Time, as The Shadow is rising to cover humankind. In the Stone of Tear, the Lord Dragon considers his next move. It will be something no one expects, not the Black Ajah, not Tairen nobles, not Aes Sedai, not Egwene or Elayne or Nynaeve. Against the Shadow rising stands the Dragon Reborn.

    Mica says: "The BEST of the Wheel of Time"
    "Evil rears it head"
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    If you could sum up The Shadow Rising in three words, what would they be?

    Empire Strikes back of the Series


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Shadow Rising?

    I love the transformation of the characters in this book. I think this book was were evil becomes evil and makes it presence known and that each of the main characters understands who they are and what they are to become, whether they choose to fight it or concede to the wheel and follow their path.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the sword battle towards the end. It made Rand unstand what he has to do.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The narrators breath life into the story that helps make you get really invested into the story.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fires of Heaven: Book Five of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5105)
    Performance
    (3110)
    Story
    (3150)

    In this sequel to the phenomenal New York Times best seller The Shadow Rising, Robert Jordan again plunges us into his extraordinarily rich, totally unforgettable world.

    Jeff says: "The fires of Heaven"
    "Still going"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, great narrators and awesome story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really am starting to like Matt. His is the dark hero of the story.


    What about Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s performance did you like?

    They bring life to the book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Felt the pain that Rand has due to his destiny getting in the way of what he wants.


    Any additional comments?

    This series is awesome.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John J. Medina
    • Narrated By John J. Medina
    Overall
    (1639)
    Performance
    (935)
    Story
    (936)

    Most of us have no idea what's really going on inside our heads. Yet brain scientists have uncovered details every business leader, parent, and teacher should know - such as the brain's need for physical activity to work at its best. How do we learn? What exactly do sleep and stress do to our brains? Why is multi-tasking a myth? Why is it so easy to forget - and so important to repeat new information? Is it true that men and women have different brains?

    Beenre says: "My favorite book for students."
    "Real eye opener"
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    If you could sum up Brain Rules in three words, what would they be?

    Who'd of thunk!


    What other book might you compare Brain Rules to and why?

    This is unique for me. I don't normally read books like this, but it was on the cheap through Audible so I thought I would give it a shot. So glad I did. the Author is a great orator and was very easy to listen to. The books went fast and was super informational. I walked a way packed with knowledge about the brain.


    Which character – as performed by John J. Medina – was your favorite?

    There was no characters. This was a informative book regarding the brain.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The adventure with brains.


    Any additional comments?

    Great narrator and author. Felt almost like I was in my favorite professors lecture. The author/narrator was super engaging.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Hunt: Book Two of The Wheel Of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6971)
    Performance
    (4181)
    Story
    (4208)

    The Wheel of Time turns and ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the age that gave it birth returns again. For centuries, gleemen have told the tales of The Great Hunt of the Horn. So many tales about each of the Hunters, and so many Hunters to tell of. Now, the Horn itself is found: the Horn of Valere long thought only legend, the Horn which will raise the dead heroes of the ages.

    Tony Deleeuw says: "Great Series, Great Readers"
    "Love this series"
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    Where does The Great Hunt rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 20


    What other book might you compare The Great Hunt to and why?

    The other Wheel of Time Books, The story is very much like most of the stories of this genre. Down trodden kid meets destiny and must over come a great evil. The difference is all about the story and the characters, which Jordan does a great job bringing to life with their unique personalities. Then the narration gives them a voice. Great listen.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is just what I have come to expect from these two they are phenomenal.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, it is hard to put down.


    Any additional comments?

    Great second books gets you really invested into the main characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9934)
    Performance
    (5946)
    Story
    (5992)

    When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

    Greg says: "This Series Rocks"
    "Epic"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Eye of the World the most enjoyable?

    The narrators nail it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    In this book I liked Perrin the most. I found his story to be the most enjoyable.


    What about Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s performance did you like?

    They make the characters come to life and keep the


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The journey begins.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the epic beginning of the series. It took me long time to actually get enough time to fouc on listening to this, but once I got into it I could not stop. I would find myself taking the longer route or sitting in my car to see where this was going to go.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Son of a Witch

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By Gregory Maguire
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1156)
    Performance
    (470)
    Story
    (482)

    Ten years after the publication of Wicked, beloved novelist Gregory Maguire returns at last to the land of Oz. There he introduces us to Liir, an adolescent boy last seen hiding in the shadows of the castle after Dorothy did in the Witch. Bruised, comatose, and left for dead in a gully, Liir is shattered in spirit as well as in form. But he is tended at the Cloister of Saint Glinda by the silent novice called Candle, who wills him back to life with her musical gifts.

    Vernette says: "A good writer does not a good reader make"
    "The story as ok but the Narrator was not so good"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think the story was ok, but the author decided to narrate. Gregory can write but he cannot narrate. The characters were flat. The other issue is if you listen to the first book and the life that was given to the characters you cant listen to this one without being overly confused and disappointed.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most was the idea of the son picking up the mantel even after being shunned by his mother. The least was the fact he was so driven to find the girl in the begging that its hard to swallow that shuts off through the middle of the book and all of sudden pops back on at the end.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He made the characters that we had come to love in the first book sound and feel completely different and in some cases they felt almost like he was just reading to read.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Son of a Witch?

    The under city and his lust to find the girl in the begging. I don't think that it drives the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Story was ok, narrator kills it though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4494)
    Performance
    (2152)
    Story
    (2184)

    Heralded as an instant classic of fantasy literature, Maguire has written a wonderfully imaginative retelling of The Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch's point of view. More than just a fairy tale for adults, Wicked is a meditation on the nature of good and evil.

    Kathleen says: "It's not easy being green"
    "Very visceral in its descritions"
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    What did you love best about Wicked?

    The idea that nothing was off limits. Most of the time authors brush over descriptions that are perhaps uncomfortable and taboo. Not Gregory he describes those topics at length.


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

    Sometimes the pungent descriptions were too much and distracting from the story.


    Have you listened to any of John McDonough’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, he is a great voice actor. In my head I have this white bearded old man. Its hard and awkward at first to hear him describe some of the book.


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

    I would say the shock was just the wording of things after half way through you get over that though.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a creepy perspective into the land of oz. I love the creative thought behind it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • New Spring: The Wheel of Time Prequel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (2542)
    Performance
    (1452)
    Story
    (1476)

    For three days battle has raged in the snow around the great city of Tar Valon. In the city, a foretelling of the future is uttered. On the slopes of Dragonmount, the immense mountain that looms over the city, a child is born, an infant prophesied to change the world. That child must be found before he can be killed by the forces of the Shadow.

    H. Brown says: "Well done!"
    "Good one to read after book 6"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the narrators are fabulous.


    If you’ve listened to books by Robert Jordan before, how does this one compare?

    This one is a great back story allows you to see how some of the power players in the story got there.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Right on par with their excellent narrating, they bring the characters to life.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    See how it all began!


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book to pop in right after book 6. Not going to spoil why but this is a great filler after that book. It also allows you to take a breather from the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Canada

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard Ford
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (573)
    Performance
    (480)
    Story
    (482)

    When 15-year-old Dell Parsons' parents rob a bank, his sense of normal life is forever altered. In an instant, this private cataclysm drives his life into before and after, a threshold that can never be uncrossed. His parents' arrest and imprisonment mean a threatening and uncertain future for Dell and his twin sister, Berner. Willful and burning with resentment, Berner flees their home in Montana, abandoning her brother and her life. But Dell is not completely alone. A family friend intervenes, spiriting him across the Canadian border.

    Susan C. S. says: "After the last word, went right back to beginning"
    "and then you die..."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Pretty gloomy all the way through..good detail just hard to believe that if you have that much depression in your life you would still be optimistic.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Richard Ford? Why or why not?

    Perhaps, I grabbed this one from a recommendation from NPR book club suggestions and while it is not generally within my listening scope that I choose was a fast listen.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I thought the narrator did a good job separating characters, but lacked emotion at time when portraying some of them


    Did Canada inspire you to do anything?

    Think about the notion of guiding your own path.


    Any additional comments?

    Not my kind of book but it was not bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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