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Andrew

I'm a web developer based out of Sacramento, I listen to books while I work, and love audible.

FAIR OAKS, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Shadow's Edge: Night Angel Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2252)
    Performance
    (1580)
    Story
    (1596)

    Kylar Stern has rejected the assassin's life. The Godking's successful coup has left Kylar's master, Durzo, and his best friend, Logan, dead. He is starting over---new city, new friends, and new profession. But when he learns that Logan might actually be alive and in hiding, Kylar is faced with an agonizing choice: will he give up the way of shadows forever and live in peace with his new family, or will he risk everything by taking on the ultimate hit?

    Charles says: "more great action"
    "Wow is Weeks 12 years old?"
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    I found this series to have the kind of "well written" and "witty" dialogue that every 12 year old pervert will love, due to it's "well" thought out and "intellectual" nature. However I beseech one to read that series as one will not be surprised in the least by the plot twists, in fact from page 1, a discernible reader will know the basic ending of the story, and thus can praise it for being a well written work of fantasy. The author's characterization of women as being either virgins or whores will astound even the most ignoble character. And one can only marvel at the rate which the lesser characters die off, while the major ones do not. Seriously though, all I can say is WOW!This was the MOST overhyped book I have ever read. So many people recommended it to me I expected something really good. What I got was a book that felt like a young adult book that was trying to be adult by swearing and talking about sex, just like a 12 year old boy would do.While the book was entertaining and had some good concepts, it was deeply flawed in many ways, and really felt like it was targeted to 12-20 year old crowd, or should have been a CW network TV show. It was full of overused tropes and the way side characters all died off was like watching horror movie where everyone gets killed really easily while the hero can miraculously survive. And lastly there where many similarities in this book to the first book of the Mistborn Series, only the Mistborn book was, way, way better. Now given that this was the authors first book I will give him some slack and say that the battle scenes where well done and the way magic was used was cool, if not fully explained with rules applied to it. I will check out the next book to see if the writing improves (which I heard it does, but from what I heard this was one of the best books ever written too, so what I heard my also be false) and the overall plot does get your interest, the machinations of foreign powers taking over. For people who have not read The Broken Sword by Paul Anderson, The Black Company, Fritz Leiber, The Chronicles of Amber or the Deed of Paksenarrion by Elizabeth Moon, I recommend all those over this. And if you want a long read, then Game of Thrones and Wheels of Time are both better as well. Unless you are in your late teens or early 20's, then you will probably love this story.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Doomsday Book

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2482)
    Performance
    (1760)
    Story
    (1780)

    For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

    Sara says: "A Haunting First Book in the Series"
    "Don't Know How People Like this"
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    To be honest I've only gotten 6 hours into the audiobook, but those 6 hours where pure torture.

    I when thinking of reviews to write for this book, I was hard put to come up with something that didn't insult those that liked it. At first I was going to write, "Author embarks on project to write story for idiots and succeeds." But then I realized that there are many people that like this book, and I know they are all not idiots so I will just explain what happened in those first tortuous 6 hours and other can form their own opinions of this book.

    First off I can't fathom how this book was nominated for any Sci-Fi awards. As this book has very little to do with science. Sure there is time travel, but it's never explored in a scientific manner at all, in fact that author sends a lot more time writing about railway time tables than time travel.

    This book winning a Sci-Fi award would be like 50 Shades of Gray winning a literary award.

    So this book starts out on an utterly idiotic premiss and only gets worse from there. A woman is to be sent back to the middle ages alone to study the middle ages. Now just think about that for a second, they are going to send a person alone to the most brutal time in human history, an this person happens to be a woman, in a time when women where considered to be property.

    Now first off to send anyone back to the middle ages alone would require that everyone in an organization had gone full retard, yet the author portrays these people as being intelligent professors. Second to accept going back in time alone would to the middle ages of a female historian, that knows more about the middle ages that 90% of the world population put together requites that an author go full retard.

    So the woman goes back in time, then she immediately gets sick and so does one of the technician.

    In between all the action of 2 people getting sick, I know action packed right? People miss trains and catch trains, then call each other about the trains the people missed or caught. And just to make the story seem more intelligent, all the women blush when a someone mentions the name of the man they like, because that just makes the book seem so much more real right?

    And that is literally all that happened in 6 hours of audiobook. And honestly I'm not willing to suffer through another 20 hours of this drivel about railway time tables and women blushing at the mention of the man they love, while two people slowly get sick.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Canticle for Leibowitz

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Walter M. Miller
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (1145)
    Performance
    (1008)
    Story
    (1014)

    Winner of the 1961 Hugo Award for Best Novel and widely considered one of the most accomplished, powerful, and enduring classics of modern speculative fiction, Walter M. Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz is a true landmark of 20th-century literature—a chilling and still-provocative look at a postapocalyptic future.

    Joel D Offenberg says: "A Classic"
    "Brilliant and Haunting Story"
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    First off I am going to say that I am not a Christian, but I found this book to be very good. The characters where written in a very provoking and interesting way, while I didn't agree with everything they believed, it only served to make these characters more realistic to me.

    I must say I found the last story to be sad but it made me want to ensure our government and all other governments stop their crazy production of nuclear weapons. They can blow the planet up several times over, yet our government still produces them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magic of Recluce: Saga of Recluce, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By L. E. Modesitt Jr.
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (841)
    Performance
    (754)
    Story
    (767)

    Young Lerris is dissatisfied with his life and trade, and yearns to find a place in the world better suited to his skills and temperament. But in Recluce a change in circumstances means taking one of two options: permanent exile from Recluce or braving the dangergeld, a complex, rule-laden wanderjahr in the lands beyond Recluce, with the aim of learning how the world works and what his place in it might be. Many do not survive. Lerris chooses the dangergeld.

    Captain Skurvy says: "Epic Fantasy"
    "It was OK"
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    This book was OK. It was far from the worst book I've ever read, but it felt like an introduction to the authors world with a pointless plot thrown in, just so we would have a reason to explore it. And the world was actually pretty cool. It's just the story that was not that interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Fleet: Dauntless

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5426)
    Performance
    (3890)
    Story
    (3924)

    Captain John "Black Jack" Geary's legendary exploits are known to every schoolchild. Revered for his heroic "last stand" in the early days of the war, he was presumed dead. But a century later, Geary miraculously returns from survival hibernation and reluctantly takes command of the Alliance fleet as it faces annihilation by the Syndics.

    Appalled by the hero-worship around him, Geary is nevertheless a man who will do his duty. And he knows that bringing the stolen Syndic hypernet key safely home is the Alliance's one chance to win the war. But to do that, Geary will have to live up to the impossibly heroic "Black Jack" legend.

    crazybatcow says: "Perfect example of decent military sci-fi"
    "Forgettable and Uninspired"
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    How this book makes it on the list of Best Military Sci-Fi books is beyond me. Either military Sci-Fi is really bad or the people that are picking books for that are....

    Unfortunately, I know that there are really good books in this genre, so that means that later must be true.

    The only book this list belongs on is the most forgettable, idiotically unrealistic Sci-Fi books ever written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daughter of the Forest: Sevenwaters, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Juliet Marillier
    • Narrated By Terry Donnelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (525)
    Performance
    (474)
    Story
    (471)

    Lovely Sorcha is the seventh child and only daughter of Lord Colum of Sevenwaters. Bereft of a mother, she is comforted by her six brothers who love and protect her. Sorcha is the light in their lives and they are determined that she know only contentment. But Sorcha's joy is shattered when her father is bewitched by his new wife, an evil enchantress who binds her brothers with a terrible spell, a spell which only Sorcha can lift - by staying silent.

    Bruce says: "My gratitude for this work of art!"
    "More is not Always Better"
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    A beautifully tragic story ruined by massive page count bloat. I listened to the audio version of this, which weighted in at a staggering 26 hours.

    Now this is actually a good story, and the author can write some good prose, but the story just keeps going on and on, in a very whiny manner.

    At first you really care about the main character, then you start to get annoyed at her whining, then you want to slap her and tell her to move on with her life, then you cease to care at all. Now if this book where about 10 hours long, it would have been about the perfect length and a truly good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I, Strahd: The Memoirs of a Vampire: Ravenloft: Strahd, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By P. N. Elrod
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (309)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (285)

    Some of the parchment pages were the color of cream, thick and substantial, made to last many, many lifetimes. Other pages were thin and desiccated, positively yellow from age, and crackled alarmingly as Van Richten turned them over. There were no ornate illuminations, no fussy borders, only lines of plain text in hard black ink. The flowing handwriting was a bit difficult to follow at first; the writer's style of calligraphy had not been in common use for 300 years. No table of contents, but from the dates it looked to be some kind of history.

    Ryan Conrad says: "Love it...just one complaint...."
    "Decent Vampire Story"
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    This is one of the better D&D based books I've read. It's pretty much a classic Vampire story, with it's Gothic tragic style. It barrows heavily from the vampire movies that came out in the 1990's. So for me it had a lot of nostalgia value as well.

    I don't know if the modern kids would like it though, since the Vampires don't sparkle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pavane

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Keith Roberts
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (329)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (295)

    Considered Keith Roberts' masterwork, this novel consists of linked short stories (six measures and a coda) of a 20th century in which the Roman Catholic Church controls the Western world, and has done so since Queen Elizabeth of England was assassinated in 1588. The Protestant Reformation never happened, and the world is kept in a Dark Age of steam-power transportation, with no allowance for electrical power, by a tyrannical Rome.

    Amazon Customer says: "It's the Characters that Outline the World"
    "Decent Classic Sci-Fi Alt History"
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    A very interesting classes Sci-Fi/Fantasy short story collection all set in an alternate history. I'm not going to go into the plot as others have already done this.

    The stories are all loosely connected in one way or another. And I found some to be a lot better than the others, I personally thought the last story was the best of the lot. They are all well written, it's just that one tends to enjoy some stories over others.

    A recommended read for all fans of Sci-Fi.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hangman's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Oliver Pötzsch, Lee Chadeayne (translator)
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1743)
    Performance
    (1553)
    Story
    (1546)

    When a dying boy is pulled from the river with a mark crudely tattooed on his shoulder, hangman Jakob Kuisl is called upon to investigate whether witchcraft is at play in his small Bavarian town. When more children disappear and an orphan is found dead with the same mark, the mounting hysteria threatens to erupt. Before the unrest forces him to torture and execute the woman who aided in the birth of his children, Jakob must unravel the truth.

    Brett says: "Disappointing"
    "Good Mystery"
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    This was a fairly entertaining mystery book that focuses on some rough stuff at times, like the torture of prisoners to get confessions, even though the Hangman knows the person to be innocent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Caliban's War: The Expanse, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By James S. A. Corey
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1702)
    Performance
    (1545)
    Story
    (1549)

    James S.A. Corey’s best-selling hit Leviathan Wakes earned Hugo and Locus Award nominations. In Caliban’s War, the second chapter of Corey’s Expanse series, a desperate Earth politician works tirelessly to prevent war from reigniting. Meanwhile, upheaval takes root on Venus and Ganymede. And amidst this tumult, James Holden and his crew on the Rocinante are charged with the impossible task of saving humanity from a terrifying fate.

    Ethan M. says: "No sophmore slump as both plot and writing improve"
    "Good, but not as good as the first"
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    It was a fun read but nowhere near a s good as the first. And anyone that plans on reading this novel needs to read the first book as this story takes up where the last left off. This book ends in a cliff hanger, so I hope the next one is as good as the first.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leviathan Wakes

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James S.A. Corey
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2711)
    Performance
    (2423)
    Story
    (2423)

    James S.A. Corey delivers compelling SF that ranks with the best in the field. In Leviathan Wakes, ice miner Jim Holden is making a haul from the rings of Saturn when he and his crew encounter an abandoned ship, the Scopuli. Uncovering a terrifying secret, Jim bears the weight of impending catastrophe. At the same time, a detective has been hired by well-heeled parents to find a missing girl, and the investigator’s search leads him right to the Scopuli.

    Ethan M. says: "Fun hard SF action with a blue collar bent"
    "Good Space Opera"
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    This was a great start to this series, and the second book is great too. But the 3rd was very disappointing, and I'm planning on reading the 4th soon, which I hear is better.

    Recommended if you enjoy space opera. It's not Dune or Hyperion, but still a fun read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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