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Andrew

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  • Impulse

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Steven Gould
    • Narrated By Emily Rankin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (587)
    Performance
    (536)
    Story
    (543)

    Cent has a secret. She lives in isolation, with her parents, hiding from the people who took her father captive and tortured him to gain control over his ability to teleport, and from the government agencies who want to use his talent. Cent has seen the world, but only from the safety of her parents' arms. She's teleported more than anyone on Earth, except for her mother and father, but she's never been able to do it herself. Her life has never been in danger. Until the day when she went snowboarding without permission and triggered an avalanche. When the snow and ice thundered down on her, she suddenly found herself in her own bedroom.

    Brian says: "Refreshing!"
    "Seriously amazing"
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    It's a weird combination of all the teen girl novels that are huge these days (Hunger Games, Twilight, etc) and the previous 2 Jumper's. Lots less gross bodily functions, lots more emotional high school girls, but altogether, a seriously wonderful (if sometimes predictable - nothing's wrong with a bit of predictability) follow-up to Reflex.

    I was a bit leery of the narrator at first (I hate when a series isn't consistent with its narrators), but since 2/3 of the novel is from a female PoV, it wouldn't have made much sense to get Macleod Andrews to do it, and I think this might be my favorite non-Kate Reading female narrator, now, so it worked out.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Dan Wells
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (309)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (287)

    As the clock ticks closer and closer to the final Partial expiration date, humans and Partials stand on the brink of war. Caught in the middle, thousands of miles apart, are Samm and Kira: Samm, who is trapped on the far side of the continent beyond the vast toxic wasteland of the American Midwest; and Kira, now in the hands of Dr. Morgan, who is hell-bent on saving what's left of the Partials, even if she has to destroy Kira to do it.

    Milkwrapper says: "A Disappointing Finish To A Decent Series"
    "Such a great ending"
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    The other YA dystopian trilogies I've read all have terrible final books. This one doesn't. Julia Whalen does a great job. The end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Faith of the Fallen: Sword of Truth, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By John Kenneth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1711)
    Performance
    (957)
    Story
    (987)

    A Sister of the Dark captures Richard and takes him deep into the Old World, to the very heart of the Order, while his beloved Kahlan remains behind. Free because of Richard's sacrifice for her, but unwilling to abandon the cause of the Midlands, Kahlan violates not only prophecy but her last pledge to Richard and raises an army against the advancing horde of the Imperial Order.

    Sarah says: "One of the most inspiring books ever written"
    "Yet another new narrator"
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    This series has the most random narrating ever. Every book up to this one has had a different narrator. At least this one pronounced the names correctly, which is more than could be said about the previous one. Good book, though. My favorite in the series thus far I think.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Debt of Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Sam Tsoutsouvas
    Overall
    (329)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (281)

    A milestone of storytelling set in the world of The Sword of Truth, Debt of Bones is the story of young Abby's struggle to win the aid of the wizard Zedd Zorander, the most important man alive. Abby is trapped, not only between both sides of the war, but in a mortal conflict between two powerful men. For Zedd, who commands power most men can only imagine, granting Abby's request would mean forsaking his sacred duty. With the storm of the final battle about to save the life of a child....

    Kurt says: "Wonderful back story"
    "Not bad, but not great"
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    Would you try another book from Terry Goodkind and/or Sam Tsoutsouvas?

    I wouldn't have read this one if I'd not read others. And I wouldn't recommend this until after reading others, actually.


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

    It's pretty decent, but it's more like the extra features on a DVD than its own movie, when compared to the other books. That's not to say it's not good, but it seems like there's a start and a finish, but no real body to the story.


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

    He's pretty consistent.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    It would probably make a pretty epic movie, actually.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd read at least Wizard's First Rule before reading this one. You miss a lot if you don't already understand the world at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wizard's First Rule: Sword of Truth, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Sam Tsoutsouvas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4223)
    Performance
    (2601)
    Story
    (2635)

    In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, Richard Cypher encounters a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, in his forest sanctuary. She seeks his help...and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.

    A User says: "Better than the show"
    "Surprisingly good."
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    Where does Wizard's First Rule rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a pretty good book. It's the first book of the Sword of Truth series. The fight scenes are far more violent than necessary (very detailed blood and guts type stuff), so this is definitely not a book for children, but it's a good opening book. It foreshadows the theme that Terry Goodkind later attempts to physically force down his readers' throats, and sets up a series that's well worth reading. I wouldn't say this is among the best audiobooks I've read, but it's very good.


    What other book might you compare Wizard's First Rule to and why?

    The obvious comparison here is the Wheel of Time (Wot). Unfortunately this series (The Sword of Truth, SoT) loses in that comparison in almost every way. The narration in particular is amazing for the WoT, while in SoT the lack of consistency dooms all chances at excellent narration. Where Terry Goodkind is very intense and later in the series attempts to shove the moral of the story down his authors throats on every page, the WoT is much less preachy. And the WoT is rated PG, maybe PG-13 in some places, while the SoT is definitely rated PG-13 to R throughout. All that said in favor of the WoT, it's very long-winded, and has entire books full of marginally necessary side stories, while the SoT is much less meandering.


    What about Sam Tsoutsouvas’s performance did you like?

    It took an hour or so to get used to, but I wish they'd gotten him for the rest of the books in the series. He makes the books much more exciting.


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

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    Great series, overall, if you can get past the preaching. You definitely want to read this one before the prequel. It sets up a lot of stuff you won't get if you try reading the prequel first.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Six

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Larry Correia, Mike Kupari
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1265)
    Performance
    (1184)
    Story
    (1192)

    Michael Valentine, veteran and former member of an elite private military company, has been recruited by the government to conduct a secret counter-terror operation in the Persian Gulf nation of Zubara. The unit is called Dead Six. Their mission is to take the fight to the enemy and not get caught. Lorenzo, assassin and thief extraordinaire, is being blackmailed by the world's most vicious crime lord. His team has to infiltrate the Zubaran terrorist network and pull off an impossible heist or his family will die.

    K says: "Great story, characters, narration, and more"
    "Starts slow, but worth the buildup."
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    Larry Correia is a genius. This one builds up a bit sower than his others at the start, but it's well worth the wait. I started listening to this 3 or 4 days ago, and I've already finished the sequel, Sword of Exodus (Which is quite possibly even better). If you're hesitant to try this one, because there's a second author on the cover, don't be. It's maybe not 100% as good as his other stuff, in my opinion (It's military thriller genre, rather than semi-realistic fantasy, or whatever MHI and Hard Magic are, and I'm a big fantasy guy), but it's probably 90% as good, and considering how good those are, I recommend this one for sure.

    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
    (6070)
    Performance
    (5208)
    Story
    (5204)

    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"
    "Classic Dresden, only dead"
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    James Marsters IS Harry Dresden to me. He gives a lot of feel to the characters and brings them to life. It seems like he's not reading, but telling his own story. It's ironic to me that Ghost Story is about the dead, and the reading just doesn't have the life that the previous books have had. That said, if this was a stylistic choice, because of the death of Dresden, I'd say it was a good choice. John Glover is WAY better than a lot of the others I've listened to. After the first chapter I only thought of how much better it would have been to have James Marsters reading every couple hours. That said, they better bring Marsters back for the next one, or I'm not going to continue to buy these. And if they did a rerecord of this one with Marsters, I would buy it and forget this one ever existed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13 - Free First Chapter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    Overall
    (480)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (266)

    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...

    Lifelong Reader says: "Beyond disappointed"
    "Great story, average reader"
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    John Glover seems to be a decent audiobook reader. I don't understand people's claims of mispronounced words. I only noticed one or 2 mispronunciations during the whole book, and every reader does that. But, to me, James Marsters wasn't reading. He IS Harry Dresden. He's telling a story from his own point of view, not reading a book. That's how good James Marsters is. I very much enjoyed the book as read by John Glover. But every couple hours I would think about how much better it would be if it was James Marsters. So, though I still enjoyed the book and would recommend it if this is the way you consume most of your books, I still really hope they make sure and bring Marsters back for the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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