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  • Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Ramon De Ocampo
    Overall
    (329)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (302)

    The author of the Mistborn trilogy and Elantris, Brandon Sanderson is winning abundant praise for this rollicking - and unusual - tale. Alcatraz Smedry can’t exactly be described as someone who doesn’t break things. In fact, he breaks lots of things. The truth is, he’s a major klutz. Breaking things, however, might just be the ace in the hole he needs when he goes up against a cabal of nefarious (gasp!) librarians.

    Joe says: "Incredibly good!"
    "Good storyline, tedious styling."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Only if they like this author enough to hope the next one is better. Which is what I'm doing. I am hoping he dials the incessant self commentary way back in the sequel.


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

    I've read several of his books and this is the first one I almost didn't finish.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swordspoint: A Melodrama of Manners

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ellen Kushner
    • Narrated By Ellen Kushner, Dion Graham, Katherine Kellgren, and others
    Overall
    (774)
    Performance
    (693)
    Story
    (694)

    On the treacherous streets of Riverside, a man lives and dies by the sword. Even the nobles on the Hill turn to duels to settle their disputes. Within this elite, dangerous world, Richard St. Vier is the undisputed master, as skilled as he is ruthless--until a death by the sword is met with outrage instead of awe, and the city discovers that the line between hero and villain can be altered in the blink of an eye.

    Stacy says: "What a beautiful book..."
    "Kept waiting for it to get better."
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    What did you like best about Swordspoint? What did you like least?

    It was an interesting premiss but the characters were annoying, broken, or nasty. Why would I want to be around them any longer than necessary. I kept waiting for the characters or the story to improve, but they didn't.


    Was Swordspoint worth the listening time?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The sound effects were distracting. For example: having a bell ring, and then the narrator says "a bell rang", just seems dumb.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Alcatraz Versus the Knights of Crystallia: Alcatraz, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Ramon de Ocampo
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (186)

    When Alcatraz and Grandpa Smedry make a pilgrimage to the Free Kingdom city of Crystallia, the Smedry home base, Alcatraz is shocked to see that he is, in fact, a legend. When he was a baby he was stolen by the Evil Librarians, and his mother, a Librarian herself, was behind the whole scheme. Now, with his estranged father, who is acting indeed strange, Bastille, who has been stripped of her armor, and Grandpa Smedry, who is, as always, late to everything (that's his Talent), Alcatraz tries to save a city under siege.

    Hassan says: "As Funny As Before!!!!"
    "Same pluses and minuses as the first two."
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    What did you like best about Alcatraz Versus the Knights of Crystallia? What did you like least?

    I've listened to the first three and they've all had the same pluses and minuses. Addictive storyline. obnoxious writing style. I'd like to delete the continual stupid commentary, and combine the series into a single book. That gives you an idea of how much stupid commentary you have to endure.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alcatraz Versus the Scrivener's Bones: Alcatraz, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Ramon de Ocampo
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (229)

    Brandon Sanderson won instant acclaim with young listeners for the first volume of his humorous and action-packed Alcatraz series, Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians. In his second adventure, Alcatraz has his hands full with a Scrivener’s Bone - a half-human, half-machine assassin - pursuing him. And if that’s not enough, Alcatraz receives word that his father is in mortal danger. Now it’s up to Alcatraz and a quirky band of his relatives to mount a daring rescue.

    Joe says: "The sequel was also quite good!"
    "Same pluses and minuses as the first."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes and no. I've listened to the first three and they've all had the same pluses and minuses. Addictive storyline. obnoxious writing style. I'd like to delete the continual stupid commentary, and combine the series into a single book. That gives you an idea of how much stupid commentary you have to endure.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Firespell: Dark Elite, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Chloe Neill
    • Narrated By Mary Kane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    From the author of the Chicagoland Vampires novels, a new series about a boarding school filled with something worse than homework. Lily's parents have sent her to a fancy boarding school in Chicago filled with the ultra-rich. If that wasn't bad enough, she's hearing and seeing bizarre things on St. Sophie's creepy campus. Her roommate, Scout, keeps her sane, but keeps disappearing at night. When one day Lily finds Scout running from real-life monsters, she learns the hard way that Scout is involved in a splinter group of rebel teens.They protect Chicago from demons, vamps, and dark magic users....

    Rocky Mountain Reviewer says: "Story is Good - But the Performance Is Lacking"
    "Chloe's done much better."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    It's difficult to give a fair review of this book since the narration was so irritating that I almost gave up listening to the book. Then the book ends, just as the storyline begins to develop. The only reason to recommend this book to a friend would be based on the author's past performance and hope that sequels will build on the weak start.


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

    The metaphysics and the characters both have potential, but the book was too short to really get hooked. I suspect the editor tried to make a trilogy out of one good sized book.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Anna Lathrop’s performances?

    I wish I could post a note that would warn me the next time I'm about purchase a book narrated by Anna. She did get a little better as the book continued. She kept using the same cadence, for each sentence. Her main character's voice was this irritating whine and her range of voices was rather limited.


    Was Firespell worth the listening time?

    No. I like the author well enough that I might risk a sequel.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Laddertop

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 58 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card, Emily Janice Card
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card, Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    Twenty five years ago, the alien Givers came to Earth and bestowed upon the human race the greatest technology ever seen—four giant towers known as Ladders that rise 36,000 miles and culminate in space stations that power the entire planet. Then, for reasons unknown, the Givers disappeared.

    Brad says: "For immature readers (no offense intended)."
    "Where's the rest of the story?"
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    I didn't notice how short this book was until after I downloaded it. That was irritating but the real annoyance was that the storyline was just beginning when it suddenly stopped. It's obviously written for a young audience (Anime type crowd) but the story is interesting enough. This book should be re-released when the remaining two thirds of it are completed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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