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Anthony

Avid book lover and listener. Nuff said for this purpose.

Dunnellon, FL. United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 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
    Overall
    (9263)
    Performance
    (5310)
    Story
    (5356)

    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"
    "My First Robert Jordan Experience, but not my last"
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    I don't write reviews on every book although I read many reviews before I choose. Hmm, guess I should write more? However, after reading Brandon Sanderson's "The Way Of Kings" and finding I'll have to wait ?? For Book 2, I stumbled on to Wheel of Time series. Having only finished Book 1 I'm not as impressed with it as WoK, but it's only one out of 12, 13+/- so I'll reserve judgement. The reviews tell me it's worth it though so I've already bought Book 2 in the series.

    The world Jordan builds is much like most in the sci-fi fantasy genre no big surprise, but his characters are coming from a different POV, IMHO. Having listened to an interview with him at the end of Book 1, I now understand that. It's refreshing to find a 'Hero' who really only wants to be back home with his father tending their sheep. If I had to face some of the trials he and his friends faced I'd be packing now to find a lonely country lane myself!

    I've only recently started reading Sci-Fi/Fantasy. I'm more of a Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Adam Johnson fan and so many others in the Horror/sci-fi genre, Elizabeth Peters, Preston & Child, Ken Follett, Martin Cruz Smith to name only a few in the Fiction Genre. Only a smattering of authors and books in my vast Audible library from Great Courses to Classics, History, Science/Medicine......But, I read George R. R. Martins Game of Thrones and got hooked. So far, so good! I'm not sorry about any of them I've spent a credit on.I believe that the Wheel series is going to be a good ride down Fantasy Lane but I'm worried about saddle sores by Book 5/6 maybe. Don't know yet.

    This first book seems to be laying the foundation for future books (at least I hope so), so wasn't knee deep in substance. If Jordan can deliver the goods since the main characters have now been solidly introduced then it will be a fascinating ride....if he can't lets just say I'll be eagerly awaiting Sanderson's Book 2 WoK, ha, who am I kidding, I'm already waiting with baited breath for it regardless of intermissions! Still uncertain rather I should have picked Mistborn series before this one but I'll get to it eventually and won't have to wait for the dang sequel(s)! Still Jordan is a great interlude and who knows I might be pleasantly surprised and hunger after every book in the series as much as I am for Sanderson's . Have nothing to lose since Sanderson is having to "unfortunately" write the last(?) in the Wheel series since the untimely death (aren't they all?), of Jordan.

    Long and short of it.....if you like this genre I think you'll be glad you got this one. In fact my wife who normally IS NOT a Fantasy/myth fan type, loved the book and can't wait to start listening to Book 2. Go figure...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Desert Spear

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1922)
    Performance
    (1450)
    Story
    (1457)

    The world remains under siege by demonkind stalking the land when the sun goes down. But a new hero has risen from the desert. Claiming to be the mythical Deliverer, Ahmann Jardir now rides alongside the allied desert tribes of Krasia. Jardir and his fellows are on an epic quest to vanquish the demons plaguing the world and bring humanity back from the brink of extinction.

    John says: "Worth My Credit"
    "2nd and Ready for #3"
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    I can't say this book was as good as the first cause they are both great. I sincerely hate Corelings! Who is the Deliverer? Anyone, no-one? Beats me, but can't wait to find out if there is one or not.This 2nd book of the Trilogy took some surprising turns. I thought I knew who Arlen (sp?) would choose. Don't know if I know yet. Also thought I knew who/what he was. Again, don't think I do yet. It's a pleasure to 'listen' to a book where the author can turn the tables on you before you can guess what's going on. The people could certainly be real along with the demons, well almost anyway. The dichotomization of the major regions in the book to our East and West world culture is totally believable. How can you dislike a character so much while really liking him/her? No, I don't know either but if you have read the Warded Man & The Desert Spear, continuing on to The Daylight War, you probably already have this conundrum, but what a pleasant one to have.I know that I'm going to be sad when I finish Book 3, but I can't wait to do just that. Then maybe I'll read/listen again. The big war is coming up. I hope my heart can take it. Most of the time I want to tattoo myself all over and go fight in it, the other half of the time I want to hide under my bed and never....go out at night. What a world this would be if we had to contend with the wood, fire, clay, et al demons every night. No, huh uh no way.Great series y'all so go for it is you're still trying to decide on your next series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Innocence: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1030)
    Performance
    (919)
    Story
    (936)

    He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen. She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found. But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance - and nothing less than destiny - has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching.

    Michael says: "Among Koontz’s Best Slow Interesting Books"
    "Koontz hits again"
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    After reading everything Koontz has written and not to happy about the last couple I was delighted that he is back in form.
    He continues to show us insight into the human condition. At the ending I found the appearance of one of the main characters a complete surprise. All thru the book I was racking my brain to figure out what the deformity might be and missed it by maybe not a mile but a few country blocks!
    This book runs the gamut of emotions. I felt anger, remorse, sadness, joy, tenderness, and shock. Amazingly all at the same time.
    A definite "ear" turner [as opposed to page :) ].
    I would recommend that you listen to this when you have time to spare as you won't want to stop listening.
    It's difficult to really say what the book is about without being a spoiler. I can say that it makes you rethink what is ugly as we perceive it in other people. You will not be able to pass anyone with some type of deformity again without remembering 'Innocence.' One can't help but admire the main character who is IMHO a Saint. It's akin to a fairy tale sort of like Beauty and the Beast.
    The book will definitely make you think and take a good look at yourself and how you treat others you deem different.
    Best thing, BUY IT. For sure you won't be disappointed. This book is for everyone really not only those of the Sci/fi genre. I think Mr. Koontz really tapped into our psyche through the years and he is spot on.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Warded Man

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2607)
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    (1956)
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    (1969)

    Peter V. Brett has won accolades from critics, fans and fellow authors alike for this riveting debut novel. The Warded Man features a world where demons stalk the night, hunting humans who have long forgotten the magic of their ancestors. But all is not lost, as some hold out hope that a savior will release humanity from the demons' terrifying reign.

    Meloney says: "Brilliant"
    "Fantasy aka G.R.R. Martin"
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    This is what I was waiting for after finishing Game of Thrones. At least it is starting out to be a great series. I'm off to #2 now.The character development in the beginning was worth it. The time period exact. I like the take on the "Creator vs Demons" especially right after listening to 'Between Two Fires' by Christopher Buehlman which was pretty good! Unexpectedly good as a matter of fact. Even tho this book deals with demons as well and a 'creator' they are very different.If you like fantasy, and I didn't use to....this is the series!Some twists in the book were completely unanticipated which I really like. The 3 main characters at least up to this point are easy to care about and their trials are similar but different at the same time. I think Arlen rocks and I would love to meet Allessa(?) anytime..Can't tell you enough how much I enjoyed it. But warning.....no, not a spoiler..BUT....it does drag a bit in the beginning, so much so that I almost gave up. Lucky my wife has more sense than I. She made me keep listening and I am more the fortunate for it. So wait it out, you won't be sorry!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Between Two Fires

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Christopher Buehlman
    • Narrated By Steve West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (92)

    The year is 1348. Thomas, a disgraced knight, has found a young girl alone in a dead Norman village. An orphan of the Black Death, and an almost unnerving picture of innocence, she tells Thomas that plague is only part of a larger cataclysm - that the fallen angels under Lucifer are rising in a second war on heaven, and that the world of men has fallen behind the lines of conflict. Is it delirium or is it faith? She believes she has seen the angels of God. She believes the righteous dead speak to her in dreams. And now she has convinced the faithless Thomas to shepherd her across a depraved landscape to Avignon.

    Tango says: "Mesmerizing Knight Errant Tale"
    "Different...Medieval Demons"
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    I enjoyed this book a lot. The fact that the characters were so different from most quasi-type Evil Vs Good. Tomas was interesting and you could really get a sense of how he thought what changed him and why. The female lead was also very different from most 'touched by angels' characters. Yes, it's a book of demons vs God in a battle for men's souls,,seemingly a God who has forgotten earth and his creation. Demons who always remember His creation. But they are different in this story and I enjoyed it. The Author's second book I think, but certainly with a lot of promise.I would definitely read another book by Buehlman. And I really liked the unexpected ending, what a nice surprise.This book isn't over religious and I don't want to give that impression. It's more about how we interact with and treat others and some of the consequences that result. It is a novel and not written as "This is the way it is" feeling one gets from reading an Author who is trying to state that his point of view is the only one, the true one. That sort of judging is not in this book. If you like a good story that has really scary parts, really gruesome parts, really endearing parts that span the continuum then get this book. You won't be disappointed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • White Fire: Agent Pendergast, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1840)
    Performance
    (1639)
    Story
    (1648)

    Special Agent Pendergast arrives at an exclusive Colorado ski resort to rescue his protégée, Corrie Swanson, from serious trouble with the law. His sudden appearance coincides with the first attack of a murderous arsonist who - with brutal precision - begins burning down multimillion-dollar mansions with the families locked inside. After springing Corrie from jail, Pendergast learns she made a discovery while examining the bones of several miners who were killed 150 years earlier by a rogue grizzly bear.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Grand Slam Tale of Terror"
    "Enjoyed but not as much as others!"
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    I thought Corrie was much different than in past appearances in the series. At times she was bloody rude, ungrateful, selfish, and almost disdainful of Pendergast. If it had been me I would have told her to, er, "take a hike" more than once. Then towards the end Pendergast himself gets silly. Too much explaining the obvious, way too tolerant of Corrie. His character just didn't seem all that Pendergast....and I love these books, waited with bated breath for this sequel. Was also glad as others that the attentions was not focused on his wife, although I enjoyed those books thoroughly.
    Would I have read this book knowing what I do now? YUP. As I said it is still Pendergast. I do hope that the next in the series will go back to Constance and D'Agosta who I find much more enjoyable than this...Corrie. Or at least change her back to the character she was...that one had promise.
    Sorry people, but in good conscience I just couldn't let this one by without expressing my disappointment.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2700)
    Performance
    (2489)
    Story
    (2490)

    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

    Tango says: "Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!"
    "Who would have thunk?"
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    What a great first novel! I have to say a Golem and a Jinni would seem to make an unlikely pair of characters in the same book but what do I know? Wrecker and Guidall what a pair as well!This author will go along way if this isn't a "one-of" and I can't even conceive how it could be.She takes two characters that are usually either stuff of cartoons or in the case of the Golem, maybe violence directed by blind revenge and the resulting destruction the mindless clay monster can exact, and turns them into ones that you really care about.What a surprise!I didn't find any of this book slow moving, verbose, or even unbelievable and that's saying something on its own.So the short and the sweet of it? Get the book, experience this author and enjoy yourself...I certainly did To say much more would almost have to be a spoiler and that I am not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • God and Mankind: Comparative Religions

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Oden
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    How do the major religions answer unanswerable questions? What can we gain from their answers? Why are we here? Will we ever discover the source of the mystery? Each of these questions raises countless more, and these eight eye-opening lectures are an ideal starting point for gaining some progress in considering them. Professor Oden's lectures approach religious belief and ritual as possible answers to these most difficult and enduring questions, which have occupied humanity from the beginning.

    Anthony says: "Great understanding of topic"
    "Great understanding of topic"
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    The writer/reader has a great understanding about his subject. There were a few places where his humor came through which I enjoyed! But, isn't there always...his manner of lecturing was difficult for me because of his Uhs, and uh"s and uh's.
    He knows his topic extremely well, but yet his stammering made me crazy. But that's only me. It also made me crazy in college and medical school, and I even do it at times when lecturing...but. And that's all I can say.
    If none of the above bother you, then it's well worth a listen. The subject matter is right on. There are a could of terms I wasn't familiar with and am enlightened.
    These courses are a great asset to Audible!

    Don't hesitate. If you want to know more about this subject get the lectures. Also try Science vs Religion. Pleasantly surprised with that one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hybrids: The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (453)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (217)

    Scientists (and lovers) Mary Vaughan, who is human, and Ponter Boddit, who is Neanderthal, embark on the harrowing adventure of conceiving a child together. To overcome the genetic barbed wire of mismatched chromosomes, they must use banned technology obtainable only from a Neanderthal scientist living in the northern wilderness.

    dissipatedfog says: "Hated it!"
    "God is only in your Parietal Lobe!"
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    Where does Hybrids rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the middle


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    Would have been 31/2 stars overall but can't do that!
    Hybrids, the last book in Sawyers trilogy is a hit or miss for me. I'm secure enough to be able to read a book purporting to be sci-fi but that is more social commentary, that is 180+/- degrees from what I believe and or know to be true and to still see it for what it is, a book of fiction not fact. I think Sawyer goes overboard in maligning religious experience, miracles, UFO'S, after-life, and any other supernatural experience one might have had or think they have. Where big brother not only watches everyone, but lives with you daily and you're happy about it. Where generations are born every so many years so all grow up as the same age in a particular generation, certainly great birth control..Although this could have made for a great sci-fi book. Could have! But in my opinion, didn't. The sociology was so ingrained in this last book of the trilogy as to be trying to force a mind change on anyone who in reality (not just the fantasy world of the book), doesn't agree with it and that we're probably not as good a society/world as the Neanderthals. Which in a few cases we aren't compared to Neanderthal ideology presented. Sawyer's Calculating God, which I really enjoyed, had some of the god talk as well but in a more comparative way.. Letting the reader on their fantasy trip see more sides to a premise than only the one that Hybrid gives.
    For me, not one of Sawyers best. I'm not sorry I listened to it, it had some good science in it, especially quantum computers, but the end was really a let down for me on what could have been a great comparative analysis of parallel worlds. Hope this helps.
    If you are a very religious person of any faith, you may not want to listen to this. I doubt it will change your mind but I know you won't like the end. If you don't take offense easily about your beliefs in supernatural happenings, miracles etc. and especially religion and can see the social commentary for what it is...then you may enjoy the scientific parts of the book. I'm not sorry I listened to it. It's the fourth book of Sawyers I've listened to, but I do hope his other books aren't based on the same type/hype of social commentary!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Calculating God

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1994)
    Performance
    (1384)
    Story
    (1397)

    In this Hugo-nominated novel, an alien walks into a museum and asks if he can see a paleontologist. But the arachnid ET hasn't come aboard a rowboat with the Pope and Stephen Hawking (although His Holiness does request an audience later). Landing at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the spacefarer, Hollus, asks to compare notes on mass extinctions with resident dino-scientist Thomas Jericho.

    Ione says: "Interesting book, very enjoyable narration"
    "Pleasantly Surprised"
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    I really liked this book. It's the first Sawyer book I've listened to and was pleasantly surprised. Being a scientist myself and familiar with gene sequencing, DNA, evolution and the master design theories, etc. I have to say Sawyer did a great job.
    Add the Aliens to the mix and you have a great vichyssoise!
    If you are a 'thinker' or let's say are able to think for yourself that which others think you should think similarly, you too will enjoy it. If you are a steadfast follower of some ideology that leaves no room for personal interpretation I suggest you don't bother.
    It makes a nice change to have a science fiction book written as an antithesis to most others in this genre and do so without imposition. The book isn't trying to change your mind or for that matter your beliefs, it simply offers a rather unique viewpoint between people of Earth and other planets, and not one that one might think initially.

    I thoroughly enjoyed it. Wasn't crazy about Jericho's illness...that bit was sad but also part of life isn't it. But it worked for this book. Sawyer is somehow in the stew pot with Crowley, Hawking, Darwin, and Pope Francis. It's up to you to figure how what you think of the taste. Me? I thought he got all the condiments just about right.
    I believe I will now try another of his dishes: Hominids!

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful

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