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Christopher

My name is Chris and I am an addict.

Kailua, HI, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13216)
    Performance
    (10818)
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    (10941)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Fantastic Writing"
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    Would you listen to The Name of the Wind again? Why?

    I have listened to it a second time because I really enjoyed the way the author writes. He makes everything so descriptive and makes you understand their world well. I also listened again to see if I could make out some extra information I did not notice until I read the second book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Name of the Wind?

    I enjoy how he describes Trapis and how he shows how the man did not see anything, but the hearts of those he helps. His details on the small things are the most memorable to me.


    What about Nick Podehl’s performance did you like?

    He is great at giving characters their unique voice. I can always understand who is speaking without being told which is very nice.


    Any additional comments?

    The Kingkiller Chronicles might have some characters you may not like in particular, but the way that it is written makes you want to listen. You understand why most people are the way they are and it goes into the depths of many characters. After you read this once you will realize how beautifully it is written.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fool's Assassin: Book One of the Fitz and the Fool Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Elliot Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (376)
    Performance
    (346)
    Story
    (347)

    FitzChivalry - royal bastard and former king’s assassin - has left his life of intrigue behind. As far as the rest of the world knows, FitzChivalry Farseer is dead and buried. Masquerading as Tom Badgerlock, Fitz is now married to his childhood sweetheart, Molly, and leading the quiet life of a country squire. Though Fitz is haunted by the disappearance of the Fool, who did so much to shape Fitz into the man he has become, such private hurts are put aside in the business of daily life, at least until the appearance of menacing, pale-skinned strangers casts a sinister shadow over Fitz’s past...and his future.

    Andrew says: "Painful"
    "FItz is back"
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    Fitz is back and there are many new things going on in his life. If you expect a lot of Fitz and Fool action in this book though you will be very disappointed. This story is well written, but ease to figure out early on. It seems that Fitz is blind sometimes and very stubborn at what is in front of him too. The book was enjoyable, but the whole time you may have an urge to smack Fitz's head to make him see what is in front of him.
    This book also ends with a fairly large cliffhanger, so of course I will be reading more. If you enjoy Robin Hobb's writing style pick this up and you probably will regret it. If you hate people making terrible choices by withholding information from each other you might not like this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tower Lord: Raven's Shadow, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Anthony Ryan
    • Narrated By Steven Brand
    Overall
    (1823)
    Performance
    (1724)
    Story
    (1730)

    Vaelin Al Sorna, warrior of the Sixth Order, called Darkblade, called Hope Killer. The greatest warrior of his day, and witness to the greatest defeat of his nation: King Janus' vision of a Greater Unified Realm drowned in the blood of brave men fighting for a cause Vaelin alone knows was forged from a lie. Sick at heart, he comes home, determined to kill no more. Named Tower Lord of the Northern Reaches by King Janus's grateful heir, he can perhaps find peace in a colder, more remote land far from the intrigues of a troubled Realm.

    Jack says: "The Great Swampy Middle!"
    "Different, but still awesome."
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    I have been waiting for this book for a while now, but I believe it was worth the wait. I have read some reviews that do not like the multiple point of views, but I could not see another way to tell his story. In this book you will receive some answers that you might of asked in the first book about things like the 7th order, and who some of the assassins were. As in all good writing though you will have a few more after you read the book.

    Some of the best parts of this story are how the characters developed since the last book. In this book many of the characters go through some really bad things. Some become the better for it, others much worse. In the first book most things worked out in a way. In this one expect a little more grime and hardships throughout the story. Truly a great read.

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8394)
    Performance
    (7947)
    Story
    (7976)

    In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

    D says: "Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radieance" shines"
    "Different angles make this series come alive."
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    The Stormlight Archive is really beginning with this book in my opinion. Sanderson really makes you explore other characters and makes you feel that you really know them. You really get to know Shallan in this book which at first annoyed me in a way, but at the end she did really start to feel so much more real and I am starting to like her in a way. I think that might be because of the jokester she has along for the ride though as well.

    This book is long, but it actually solves many questions from the first book. Then it adds on about a million more, but really what else can you expect. If you really love character development and getting to know Roshar you will love this book.

    Then of course at the end their is about 4 consecutive "curve balls" thrown your way to make you even more confused and of course more excited for the next book.

    I like to listen and read along which will give you some opportunities to look at some of the nice illustrations that are in the book. It really helps me understand everything much better when I can see what monsters and areas really look like. Kate Reading and Michael Kramer are really fantastic narrators that really give the book a good flow.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Crown Tower: The Riyria Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2765)
    Performance
    (2565)
    Story
    (2575)

    Michael J. Sullivan garnered critical raves and a massive readership for his Riyria Revelations series. The first book in his highly anticipated Riyria Chronicles series of prequels, The Crown Tower brings together warrior Hadrian Blackwater with thieving assassin Royce Melborn. The two form a less-than-friendly pairing, but the quest before them has a rare prize indeed, and if they can breach the supposedly impregnable walls of the Crown Tower, their names will be legend.

    Tango says: "Delicious Icing on a Terrific Cake"
    "Did not disapoint"
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    The problem with many others that create prequels and sequels is that they try to make the story too outrageous and in a way unrealistic. This is a fantasy book, but the characters actually feel real.

    In revelations Royce and Hadrian seemed like an odd pair, but it was stated that at first they actually despised each other. This book describes how it all began better than I could of imagined. The best thing about this book it made me understand Royce and Hadrian much more. Character development is lacking in some series, but with Riyria Chronicles and Revelations the author makes you feel how they are feeling with every loss and hardship. He makes you understand the type of people they are.

    Also the back story on Gwen makes you understand her more as a character as well. You also start to see how genuine and nice she actually is. In Revelations she was a little bit of a mystery and did not seem as much of an important character.

    There is also some extra mystery coming out in this book that makes me wonder if the author will reveal more of the story from the point of view of the professor. How he knows what he does and whom he is working with.

    All in all I loved the book and would recommend it to anyone that has read Revelations or is just looking for other great books as well. Michael Sullivan really knows how to develop his characters so you can really understand who they are. I would probably still read Revelations first though since I believe you will fall in love with the characters quicker there and really want to know how they came to be.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5942)
    Performance
    (5527)
    Story
    (5526)

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "Dresden is back"
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    If you are a fan of the series this will be one of the more exciting books so far. There are new powers it seems and many ways for everything to turn out. James Marsters is of course an amazing narrator as well. If you like Sci-Fi you will love this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23199)
    Performance
    (14531)
    Story
    (14682)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "The end will astonish you."
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    Ender's Game is an audiobook I have been told was always amazing and it did not fall short. The end took myself by a little bit of surprise and the book is one that is best when finished. If you listen or read it without finishing you may not enjoy it, but the author really knows how to put it all together.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Rook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Daniel O'Malley
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2047)
    Performance
    (1858)
    Story
    (1859)

    Myfanwy Thomas awakes in a London park surrounded by dead bodies. With her memory gone, her only hope of survival is to trust the instructions left in her pocket by her former self. She quickly learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in a secret agency that protects the world from supernatural threats. But there is a mole inside the organization - and this person wants her dead.

    Ethan M. says: "Harry Dresden meets English bureaucracy"
    "If you loose your memories are you still you?"
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    Where does The Rook rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is probably my second favorite standalone audiobook I have listened to.


    What other book might you compare The Rook to and why?

    Truthfully I can not compare the rook to any audiobook I have listened to so far since it is very fresh and new. There are many new ideas that really kept it interesting.


    What about Susan Duerden’s performance did you like?

    She seems to be a perfect match for the book.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a new type of Sci-Fi book to myself. This does not hold to the whole wizard, vampire, and werewolf theme. It goes into many well thought out abilities and makes the book a lot more entertaining.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11672)
    Performance
    (10883)
    Story
    (10892)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Julie W. Capell says: "I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book."
    "Nerdvana"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Ready Player One to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed the narration, but this book must be wonderful in paperback as much as it is as an audiobook.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a story that appealed to my nerdy side. The author really did paint a picture of the story.


    What does Wil Wheaton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Will Wheaton has a good voice for narrating.


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

    When you find out who all the characters are in real life it shows how people do not need to know your face to know you.


    Any additional comments?

    At first the premise of the book did not appeal to myself truthfully, but is possibly one of my favorite standalone audio-books I have ever read. The author does not only make you understand the characters, but makes them really feel like real people.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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