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Bryan

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  • Seventh Son: The Tales of Alvin Maker, Book 1

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Nana Visitor
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Thomas says: "Horrible Quality"
    "Leaves you hanging"
    Overall

    This book delivers the wonders of being a boy this is different from the norm. We see his life evolve as his powers start to appear and he and his family must deal with the problems they bring. In the background the powers of darkness (or disorder) start to array themselves against young Alvin and try to bring him down. Thus the story also deals with the persecution of Alvin by the ignorant and the understanding of him by the few who begin to recognize who he can become. All of these characters are introduced and described wonderfully well, as is the world where they live, and the conflicts they have. Unfortunately, just when the conflicts have grown to their crisis point and must be resolved, the novel ends

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Infected: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Scott Sigler
    • Narrated By Scott Sigler
    Overall
    (457)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (279)

    Across America a mysterious disease is turning ordinary people into raving, paranoid murderers who inflict brutal horrors on strangers, themselves, and even their own families.

    Jessica says: "Confused? This review might help."
    "Just a OK story line"
    Overall

    the story line was just ok, I was expecting more of a zombie based story line, but it was a ok listen driving back and forth to work. However the narration is horrible. The character voices are very bad it takes away from the book, almost to the point you think it is a joke

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lighthouse: An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By P.D. James
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (432)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (101)

    Combe Island off the Cornish coast has a bloodstained history of piracy and cruelty but now, privately owned, it offers respite to over-stressed men and women in positions of high authority who require privacy and guaranteed security. But the peace of Combe is violated when one of the distinguished visitors is bizarrely murdered.

    jb says: "Outstanding!"
    "The Lighthouse Could Shine Brighter"
    Overall

    P.D. James' eloquence and descriptive storytelling shines in this story about murder on an isolated island, but when we get 3/4 into the investigative procedure and out of nowhere, the solution to the crime simply pops into a sick Adam Dalgleish feverish mind, I felt cheated, and that I had wasted the last 6 hours. We, who went through all the investigation, realize that it proved mostly meaningless, since Adam seems to have the clarvoyance necessary for the solution.
    Go figure? No, don't. I will be VERY interested to see how this story will flesh out on video, if it ever does. Perhaps in the video, a "dah-dah" sound effect will justify Adam Dalgeleish's unexpected and out-of-nowhere solution, but it won't remedy our sense of bewilderment and disappointment at being deprived of a fitting ending to an otherwise satisfying tale.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Autobiography of Santa Claus

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jeff Guinn
    • Narrated By John H. Mayer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    Jump on Santa's sleigh for a journey though 17 centuries of Christmas magic!

    Bryan says: "A story that will be in my heart for years to come"
    "A story that will be in my heart for years to come"
    Overall

    What a wonderful Christmas story. This story takes place over 17 hundred years of the life of Saint Nicholas and how he became Santa Claus. The story reviles how he started and all of his adventures of himself and companions thru the ages. starting from 300AD until present, and you would not believe who his companions are. The story even tells how the reindeer came to fly. I loved the story so much, I went and bought the book so I can read to my kids. This story will be in my house and my heart for years to come. This story is a must for all readers..

    20 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Edenborn

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Nick Sagan
    • Narrated By Holter Graham, Clayton Barclay Jones, Jenna Lamia, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    A microbial apocalypse has wiped humankind from the globe, with the exception of six survivors. Edenborn continues what Neil Gaiman called a "roller-coaster ride of fusion fiction".

    Mary Ann says: "Listen to the WHOLE book"
    "What type of book is this?"
    Overall

    Edenborn by Nick Sagan, what gives with this book? The first 5 min. of this book was the best, so much potential then came minutes 10 then 60 on and on..I guess this is a new way to write books reading like you are hearing read you a diary, or a "Captains log from Star Trek. There are only a hand full of people in the world who have survived epidemic known as Black Ep. the Story is nothing more than Diary inputs. I found it very distracting I have to struggle just to force myself to keep to it finish, finely after the 5th hour I couldn't take it anymore and had to stop . Sorry Nick

    6 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Ray Bradbury
    Overall
    (449)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (154)

    In lyrical prose, Bradbury describes the decline of the mysterious and fragile Martian civilization, overwhelmed by the human newcomers. Bradbury reads these tales of common people - families, truck-stop owners, priests - who confront a new world with their human pride, fears, tenderness, and greed intact. And at the heart of each story lies the basic conflict between man's search for new frontiers and his irresistible urge for the comfort of the past.

    Karen says: "Wonderful!"
    "very fragmented"
    Overall

    The The Martian Chronicles has always been one of my favorites, however this story was very fragmented, Ray Bradbury gave his comment thou out the book, and at the beginning of each chapter. When the book starts drawing you in all of the sudden Ray Bradbury stated whys and how comes of why he wrote the book this way and how he came up with the idea of the Martian masks, all of his commentary's should have been at the first or the last of the book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Still Life with Crows

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    Overall
    (799)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (184)

    Medicine Creek, Kansas, has been slowly dying for the last century. In a town where nothing changes, the community is terrified after a series of grisly murders takes place. Even more alarming, the bodies are displayed in bizarre tableaus. With the entire town in shock, FBI Agent Pendergast arrives from New Orleans to investigate. From the fields to the local caves, Pendergast discovers the remnants of a Prohibition-era moonshine operation and the truth behind one of the town's greatest mysteries.

    Venice says: "So Exciting! Like watching a film!"
    "If you like the X-Files you will love this book."
    Overall

    The story follows Special Agent Pendergast and local law enforcement personnel on a hunt for a brutal serial murderer in rural Kansas. Pendergast enlists the aid of a young high school outcast as he delves into the towns secrets and solves the grisly murders. If you like the X-Files you will love this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Jay O. Sanders
    Overall
    (310)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (38)

    A blisteringly paced tale of one family's struggle to stay together in the face of the most terrifying psychotic killer to haunt a novel in some time, Mr. Murder is one of Dean Koontz's most harrowing, thought-provoking stories.

    Salty says: "Enjoy Dean's visual imagination"
    "Keeps you on the eadge of the seat--NOT"
    Overall

    Mr.. Murder takes the evil twin theme to new heights. In fact Koontz manages to allow you to feel sorry for Marty Stillwater's twin, named Alfie who has been programmed by evil men to be a serial killer/assassin. Alfie doesn't know he has a twin, nor does Marty and his family, or the detectives investigating the murders. Alfie in fact does not know much about his life, so assumes he actually is Marty upon seeing a photograph of what he assumes is himself on a book cover. Unfortunately The book falls short in expectations and leaves many unanswered questions, can a clone really inherit the memories of the host..?? This was not one of the books that keeps you on the eadge of the seat.

    1 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Wolves of the Calla: Dark Tower V

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3536)
    Performance
    (1707)
    Story
    (1739)

    Roland Deschain and his ka-tet are bearing southeast through the forests of Mid-World, the almost timeless landscape that seems to stretch from the wreckage of civility that defined Roland's youth to the crimson chaos that seems the future's only promise. Followers of Stephen King's epic series know Roland well, or as well as this enigmatic hero can be known. They also know the companions who have been drawn to his quest for the Dark Tower: Eddie Dean and his wife, Susannah; Jake Chambers; and Oy.

    Amazon Customer says: "The Dark Tower Review - Part Five"
    "It is a entertaining but..."
    Overall

    If you have not read any of the Dark Tower Books read them first. You will need the history. However at the start of the book it will summarize all of them, however it is brief

    The Gunslinger
    The Drawing of the Three
    Wasted Lands
    Wizard and Glass

    In the Wolves of Calla, it is the continuation story of Roland Deschain and his ka-tet trying to reach the dark tower, however again I am disappointed in Steven King. Flagg will be back. Father Callahan (Salem's Lot) Has turned up, and if that wasn't enough (don't want to spool it )but you would never believe who is the guardian of the Tower.
    I feel that King is running out of ideas, It is a entertaining however, I am just disappointed that King is pulling from his other books and not original story lines.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Speaker for the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7808)
    Performance
    (4305)
    Story
    (4359)

    In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: the Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War. Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered by Portuguese colonists on the planet Lusitania. But again the aliens' ways are strange and frightening...again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery...and the truth.

    Joe says: "The Enderverse"
    "The return of Ender"
    Overall

    Another great chapter in the Ender seres. You find out what happens to Ender after his incounter at command school, and as a young man he finaly finds a place for him and the "Buggers".

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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