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Christopher

My name is Chris and I am an addict.

Kailua, HI, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • The Rook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Daniel O'Malley
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2220)
    Performance
    (2011)
    Story
    (2015)

    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
  • Reign of Ash: Ascendant Kingdoms, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Gail Z. Martin
    • Narrated By Tim Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (87)

    Blaine McFadden endured six long years in the brutal Velant prison colony, exiled for murder. War devastated his homeland of Donderath and destroyed the magic on which the Ascendant Kingdoms relied. Now Blaine and a small group of fellow exiles have returned to a lawless wasteland, where unrestrained magic storms wreak havoc and monsters roam free. Yet, amidst the chaos, rumors persist of a new magic that could restore the kingdoms. But the key lies with a dangerous, ancient ritual and a group of vanished survivors.

    Scott says: "I actually wasted a credit on this!"
    "Not as good as the first."
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    I actually enjoyed the first book, but this book seemed to just drag on. There were a few too many scenes that were just a little too obvious. Some things happen in the book that I was looking forward to, but they were very anti-climatic. Some of the main characters in this book also take a large step backwards. There is a good amount of whining from one and others make some really unbelievably stupid choices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Skull Throne

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    Overall
    (516)
    Performance
    (459)
    Story
    (457)

    The Skull Throne of Krasia stands empty. Built from the skulls of fallen generals and demon princes, it is a seat of honor and ancient, powerful magic, keeping the demon corelings at bay. From atop the throne, Ahmann Jardir was meant to conquer the known world, forging its isolated peoples into a unified army to rise up and end the demon war once and for all. But Arlen Bales, the Warded Man, stood against this course, challenging Jardir to a duel he could not in honor refuse.

    Daniel says: "Does little to move the overall story along"
    "Not as expected, but still good"
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    Alright so I do not want to spoil this book for anyone, but I want people to know a few things. The first thing is that Arlen and Jardir take a backseat for this book. The book is still great, but I wanted more of the warded man.

    When you read this book it will be sad. Sure people die, but at the end of the book you will have this feeling of something bad is going to happen, even though bad things just happened. In a way it is a little worse than a cliffhanger since we now see a set up for the last book. This book will probably make you cry and then scream for the next.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Emissary: Legends of the Realm: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Thomas Locke
    • Narrated By John Keating
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Hyam is a likeable lad who will make a fine farmer someday. But he carries a burden few can fathom. As his mother slips toward death, she implores him to return to Long Hall, where he spent five years as an apprentice. It was there that Hyam's extraordinary capacity for mastering languages came to light - and soon cast him into the shadows of suspicion. How could any human learn the forbidden tongues with such ease?

    Christopher says: "More about the world than the characters."
    "More about the world than the characters."
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    This book is actually well written and is actually a quick and easy read. The problem I had was the great lack of character development. The characters do have some good qualities, but everything is forced and usually unexplained. The romance story in the book is probably one of the worst I have read. It is kind of love at first sight, then too barely talking to one another, then suddenly married. There is very little in between these stages.

    The world is full of life and well described. The struggle is real, but it seems that the hero has some of the most amazing gut instincts in the world. Again if I knew more about the character I might of understood more, but I think not. The main character walks in the a village of people that he barley knows to warn of war and ends up the emissary. Also much of the story is too instinctual for the main character. He always finds the power, skills, or words needed "all of a sudden" a few too many times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pawn of Prophecy: The Belgariad, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David Eddings
    • Narrated By Cameron Beierle
    Overall
    (1969)
    Performance
    (1175)
    Story
    (1202)

    Long ago, so the Storyteller claimed, the evil god Torak sought dominion and drove men and Gods to war. But Belgrath the Sorcerer led men to reclaim the Orb that protected the West. So long as it lay at Riva, the prophecy went, men would be safe. That was only a story, and Garion did not believe in magic dooms, even though the man without a shadow had haunted him for years.

    Michael says: "My literary "comfort food""
    "Great writing, but not for everyone."
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    This book was well written and the dialogue really got you into the story. The narration is much better than I thought, since some people reviewing said it was awful. This book starts a young man's journey to be a hero. The problem I had was that he was probably the least read character. I laughed at some banter he had with his aunt, but I found him very aggravating. He seems incapable of believing in anything out of the norm. His aunts protects her secrets and his very poorly. He asks questions, but stops after he is rebuffed each time. Much of their relationship seems much odder than it should be. I did in a way enjoy the book so then I looked on goodreads for some reviews and read someone say that the main character having little self insight. No complex emotions or insights. I understand they wanted him ignorant, but I want more than a reluctant hero when the time comes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow of What Was Lost: The Licanius Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By James Islington
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (2220)
    Performance
    (1979)
    Story
    (1980)

    It has been 20 years since the end of the war. The dictatorial Augurs, once thought of almost as gods, were overthrown and wiped out during the conflict, their much-feared powers mysteriously failing them. Those who had ruled under them, men and women with a lesser ability known as the Gift, avoided the Augurs' fate only by submitting themselves to the rebellion's Four Tenets.

    Justin says: "The book of a thousand names!"
    "A good start, but not for everyone."
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    I read many reviews before I bought this book and it was about what I expected. Many people compare this book to Sanderson or Jordan, but while there are similarities I would not say everyone would like both. The book is well written, but it just seems that it is only a set up for the next book. I was a little aggravated at the amount of prophesies and confusing parts of conversation in this book. I understand that people keep secrets and everything, but it is aggravating when every few chapters you are given some cryptic message or a secret that they will understand when the time comes. Other than my few gripes I would say the book is good even if it is a bit confusing at times.

    Michael Kramer does a wonderful job narrating as always.

    20 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • The Providence of Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brian Staveley
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1059)
    Performance
    (945)
    Story
    (941)

    Having learned the identity of her father's assassin, Adare flees the Dawn Palace in search of allies to challenge the coup against her family. Few trust her, but when she is believed to be touched by Intarra, patron goddess of the empire, the people rally to help her retake the capital city. As armies prepare to clash, the threat of invasion from barbarian hordes compels the rival forces to unite against their common enemy.

    L. Sheldon Clark says: "Miscommunication driven plot ruined a good story"
    "Leaves you wanting more."
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    This book was not as enjoyable as the first, but still a good continuation of the story. The biggest gripe I had with the book was probably the lack of communication between characters, and how some characters believe that they are smarter than all the others. There are some good twists and preparation for the next book as well. I saw one of the main characters in this book make one bad decision after another, but I also saw others countering the characters decisions behind the scenes in a way. The only problem is that now I have to wait for the next book to see how it finally plays out, and I want to see some characters put in their places.

    5 of 5 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
    (647)
    Performance
    (583)
    Story
    (585)

    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.

    1 of 2 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2756)
    Performance
    (2561)
    Story
    (2567)

    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.

    19 of 21 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
    (11062)
    Performance
    (10348)
    Story
    (10375)

    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 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
    (16217)
    Performance
    (13536)
    Story
    (13662)

    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

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