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Chad

Newton, NC, United States | Listener Since 2008

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  • 11 reviews
  • 30 ratings
  • 126 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014
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  • The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8413)
    Performance
    (5858)
    Story
    (5891)

    For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

    Aaron Brown says: "Unique Magic system, good plot twists."
    "Great start to an even better series"
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    The Final Empire is a pretty good book on it's own. Well written. Wonderfully well narrated.

    Just don't stop with book 1. Keep going. The series goes from Great to Amazing to There Are No Words to Describe How Much I Love This Series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4857)
    Performance
    (4484)
    Story
    (4498)

    A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

    Cynthia says: "Shadows Dissolved in Vinegar"
    "Good book, wanted more"
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    1st of all, let me say, I love Neil Gaiman! I love his writing. The way he puts together words and sentences is beautiful. The Ocean at the End of the Lane will not disappoint with that. And Neil Gaiman's narration is perfect. I don't know how many times I've listened to him read The Graveyard Book.

    The Ocean at the End of the Lane left me wanting more. I want to know more about the characters. I want to know more about their lives and the world around. What exactly are the Hempstocks for example? What was the world they came from?

    Ocean is what it is. A short novel. Nothing more than a day's read. Enough to get your toes wet.

    This review in no way should discourage anyone from reading or listening to Ocean. Just don't expect the depth of American Gods.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hero of Ages: Mistborn, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (6391)
    Performance
    (4428)
    Story
    (4459)

    The conclusion of the Mistborn trilogy fulfills all the promise of the first two books. Revelations abound, connections rooted in early chapters of the series click into place, and surprises, as satisfying as they are stunning, blossom like fireworks to dazzle and delight. It all leads up to a finale unmatched for originality and audacity that will leave listeners shaking their heads in wonder, as if awaking from an amazing dream.

    Julio says: "Well concluded!"
    "A MUST READ SERIES!"
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    When I first found Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1, I was intrigued. It was a good novel. There were some great points and I enjoyed it. It took me a few years before I finally bought book 2 and 3 (The Well of Ascension and Hero of Ages). These two books floored me. I was not suspecting this level of depth and daily twists and turns. Many times I was sitting in the corner with my headphones in my ears HAVING to finish the next chapter, book, etc.

    Things that are great about the series:
    * Burning metals isn't typical 'magic.' I have never heard or read another fantasy novel that presented 'magic' in this way.
    * Many genres are covered. Post apocalyptic, religion, politics, human relations, the nature of good and evil.
    * Many parts of the series had me reflecting on my own life. I learned things from this series that I hope to use to become a better person.
    * The Mistborn Trilogy is intellectual. The writing pulled me deeply into the world. I cared deeply what happened to all the characters.
    * Michael Kramer is a fantastic narrator!

    Overall, I couldn't ask for anything better. I would have to list this series as the best I have listened to and the novel as one of (if not the best) series I have ever read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Well of Ascension: Mistborn, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6760)
    Performance
    (4712)
    Story
    (4748)

    The impossible has been accomplished. The Lord Ruler - the man who claimed to be god incarnate and brutally ruled the world for a thousand years - has been vanquished. But Kelsier, the hero who masterminded that triumph, is dead too, and now the awesome task of building a new world has been left to his young protégé, Vin, the former street urchin who is now the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and to the idealistic young nobleman she loves.

    Robert says: "It keeps getting even better"
    "Spellbinding"
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    This series keeps getting better. I listened to the first novel a little over a year ago. It was good. Finally got back into the story and couldn't put the book down! Sanderson creates a fantastic world. Can't wait to see what happens in the third book.

    Kramer reads the book well. He has an engaging voice that does the characters justice. Great combination!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Among the Hidden

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Margaret Peterson Haddix
    • Narrated By Steven Boyer
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    Luke Garner has spent his entire life - all 12 years - in hiding. The government has outlawed families with more than two children. As the Garners' third child, Luke's very life is in danger. When Luke meets Jen, another "shadow child," he begins to question the government's policies.

    Denise says: "Loved it!"
    "Great story for kids!"
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    I teach 6th grade and used this in my language arts class. My kids loved the story and immediately wanted to read the rest of the series. It is a great book to discuss current events (China's one child policy) and inspires students to read other stories.

    Great story. Simple quick read for adults. Great novels for middle school!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Car Talk, Cleanliness Is Next to Boat Payment, September 17, 2011

    • ORIGINAL (53 mins)
    • By Tom Magliozzi, Ray Magliozzi
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    This week on Car Talk, does a clean car get better treatment from mechanics? Leif in Pennsylvania has been conducting field research, and has some expensive evidence that supports his theory.

    Chad says: "I should have done my research"
    "I should have done my research"
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    I should have done a little research before subscribing to this show through Audible. Don't get me wrong I LOVE Car Talk. However, a quick little stroll over to their website and I quickly discovered that instead of paying Audible $13, I could have subscribed to Car Talk for free.

    So, my question is, where does the money go that Audible is receiving for this? If it was being sent to Car Talk, I'd be okay with that. However, I highly doubt that. This feels a little deceptive on Audible's part.

    So, Yes, subscribe to Car Talk. Just don't do it through Audible!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Room: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4573)
    Performance
    (2044)
    Story
    (2032)

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Kathleen says: "A truly memorable read"
    "Disturbing"
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    This is an amazing read! Hearing this book read in the child's voice makes it even more powerful. There were many times I sat in my dark car outside of the house either enthralled in the story or sitting in silence processing what just happened. I recommend this book to everyone!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bleak Expectations: The Complete First Series

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Mark Evans
    • Narrated By uncredited
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (45)

    A Victorian epic of awful schools inc the aptly named St Bastards, worse prisons, nuns at St Bitches, giant rabbits, and long lost super-hero aunts, in the style of Charles Dickens after far too much gin.

    lynn says: "Brilliant Parody"
    "Wow...just WOW!"
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    I bought this audio drama on a whim. One of the best things I've gotten here on audible. Great humor. Reminds me of the wonderful British comedies of past and present. If you liked Blackadder, Python, IT Crowd, and Hogan's Heroes(I know, not British, but still great!), you will love this!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Barack Obama
    • Narrated By Barack Obama
    Overall
    (1695)
    Performance
    (433)
    Story
    (437)

    In this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, the son of a black African father and a white American mother searches for a workable meaning to his life as a black American. It begins in New York, where Barack Obama learns that his father, a figure he knows more as a myth than as a man, has been killed in a car accident.

    Kathryn says: "A wonderful, insightful, non-political story"
    "Just great!"
    Overall

    Barack Obama is a wonderful writer and a simply fantastic speaker. Very well written and very insightful. A must read for everyone regardless of how you feel politically.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Roald Dahl Audio Collection

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Roald Dahl
    • Narrated By Roald Dahl
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (39)

    Roald Dahl's hilarious and outrageous novels have made him one of the most popular children's authors of all time. Here, the author himself brings five of his wickedly funny stories to life.

    Tina says: "Exceptional and Disappointing"
    "I want more"
    Overall

    This was a very good audiobook. I especially loved hearing Roald Dahl reading this himself. I just wish these wonderful stories were not abridged. Other than that, great book, great reading.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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