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David

Always on the look out for a great story that sweeps me into another world, time, or person. I hate being bored by literature.

SEATTLE, WA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 7 reviews
  • 44 ratings
  • 173 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2014
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  • The Maze Runner: Maze Runner, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By James Dashner
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2573)
    Performance
    (2146)
    Story
    (2178)

    When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he's not alone. When the lift's doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade - a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

    Jake says: "Good book, but a bit violent"
    "slow starter, great finish"
    Overall

    I'll admit I almost stopped listening a few times but my 15 year old daughter kept urging me on. I am glad I finished it as the last half picked up the pace and offered a thrilling ride as well as surprising ending. This could be a bit on the frightening/gory side for younger listeners, but a fun read for any teen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    Overall
    (6378)
    Performance
    (5953)
    Story
    (5976)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "Engaging, Exciting, and Couldn't Put It Down"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This future-world story has interesting characters, humor, and a just enough of an emotional tapestry to make it credible and worthy of your time. This is something I'd let my 13 year old listen to, but I dont' know if I'd go much younger. Make no mistake, this book is about battles for ideals that often contain blood and death. Sanderson adeptly provides just enough detail for you to create a mental picture, but he doesn't relish in the gruesome or put gore into the scenes.

    What I liked the most about the story is that it isn't a cookie-cutter battle between good and evil, right and wrong. It's a battle that has a lot of gray area which makes for interesting conversation and questions about values, morality, and consequences.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ari Graynor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4084)
    Performance
    (2937)
    Story
    (2973)

    When 15-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing, not even a smear of blood, to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

    Teddy says: "2 Stars because it actually gets worse...."
    "Thought I'd read it before the movie...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I like to keep current with what my kids are reading, so we can connect on the things important to them. So, I thought I'd listen to this along as my daughter read it and would like to see the movie. About three hours into it, I simply can't go any further. It's a great idea, but a terrible story. Seriously, Twilight was much better than this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Present Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Frank Peretti
    • Narrated By Jack Sondericker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (731)
    Performance
    (435)
    Story
    (440)

    A small town newspaper editor and a local minister uncover a web of conspiracy while an unseen battle between the angels of good and evil takes place in the town of Ashton.

    Kimberly says: "The one that started Peretti"
    "great story, poorly recorded"
    Overall

    This is a terrible recording and a terrible narrator. Read the book and build your own version of events in your own head. This should be removed from Audible as garbage.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (17873)
    Performance
    (13719)
    Story
    (13664)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "I peed my pants several times"
    Overall

    Already a fan of Tina Fey, this wonderful journey behind the scenes into her life and career is both hilarious and revealing at the same time. Listening on the bus or plane, I am sure other commuters often wondered what was so funny as I wept with laughter during this delightful listen..... Silly peanuts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow Rising: Book Four of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5281)
    Performance
    (3044)
    Story
    (3079)

    The seals of Shayol Ghul are weak now, and the Dark One reaches out in The Shadow Rising, book four of the Wheel of Time, as The Shadow is rising to cover humankind. In the Stone of Tear, the Lord Dragon considers his next move. It will be something no one expects, not the Black Ajah, not Tairen nobles, not Aes Sedai, not Egwene or Elayne or Nynaeve. Against the Shadow rising stands the Dragon Reborn.

    Mica says: "The BEST of the Wheel of Time"
    "Best Book So Far"
    Overall

    Now totally addicted to the pattern that Jordan has woven, I have to admit this last installment was by far my favorite. YES, critics of Jordan are right in that he can describe every detail in the most mundane scenes...and YES, his characters are a bit one dimensional in their personas...BUT with a story this complex I have to admit I appreciate characters that I know won't change on me from chapter to chapter or book to book. What I think most critics miss is that this book is about the storyline and the pattern, not just about the characters that play within it.

    This past week I learned that Jordon has died and that he didn't finish his last book in the series (and rumor has it the last installment is a mammoth!). I am committed to finishing this out and seeing Rand through as the Dragon reborn, finding out what Lord Perin Golden Eyes does, and discover what's up with Matt and his flair for luck and history. 4 books down, 8 more to go!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (9180)
    Performance
    (5231)
    Story
    (5277)

    When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

    Greg says: "This Series Rocks"
    "Gripping and Expansive"
    Overall

    Having NOT been a fan of the long, epic story that often waxes and wanes over time, I have to admit that Jordan has written a compelling and masterfully woven story...one that I found gripping and thoughtfully expansive each and every hour I listened to it.

    These complex yet understandable characters have been my companions for weeks as I listened to the story of their plight...fearing both what was going to happen next to them, as well as the end of the story which inexorably drew nearer and nearer.

    I can't wait to listen to the remaining stories...I have been captured by the lives of these simple farmers and their motley crew of friends (both dark and light).

    Well worth the time spent listening. Well worth the investment. Thank you Jordan for writing something worthwhile and interesting!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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