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  • Treecat Wars: Star Kingdom, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By David Weber, Jane Lindskold
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (279)

    Book Three by international writing phenomenon David Weber. Two young settlers on a pioneer planet seeks to stop a war and to save the intelligent alien treecats from exploitation by unscrupulous humans. The fires are out, but the trouble’s just beginning for the treecats. On pioneer planet Sphinx, ruined lands and the approach of winter force the now Landless Clan to seek new territory. They have one big problem - there’s nowhere to go. Worse, their efforts to find a new home awaken the enmity of the closest treecat clan - a stronger group who’s not giving up a single branch without a fight.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Third 'chapter' of "Tree cats' meet "Humans""
    "Leaves me wanting more..."
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    The Treecat interactions with each other are a big part of what this book is about. I don't know if there will be more in this series but I want more...That said, a bit too much time is spent on Stephanie and Anders and their relationship. All in all a good book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Dragons of Dorcastle: The Pillars of Reality, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (263)

    The Mechanics and the Mages have been bitter rivals, agreeing only on the need to keep the world they rule from changing. But now a Storm approaches, one that could sweep away everything humans have built. Only one person has any chance of uniting enough of Dematr behind her to stop the Storm, but the Great Guilds and many others will stop at nothing to defeat her.

    Benjamin says: "Interesting if somewhat stereotypical"
    "SO...FREAKING...GOOD...0_0"
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    So, I really dig Jack Campbell's military sci-fi books. It's a genre I don't feel is done well by many people, but I think his stories are quite satisfying. He is one of two authors I feel this way about...and when I saw he was writing a Fantasy novel I admit I was trepidatious to say the least. The switch in Genre after writing SO much military Sci-Fi left me assuming I was going to get that but with Wizards and Dragons and armies of humans clashing in great big battles all over the world.

    And, to be fair, we might yet get there.

    Instead, what I got was incredibly different then I expected and it was wonderful! We get a very well developed world, with real problems and believable social classes. And all through it there are sprinkled little hints of an even deeper story.

    Great story. Great characters. Great start to a hopefully great series. I can't wait for more.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Allegiant: Divergent Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8977)
    Performance
    (8201)
    Story
    (8292)

    What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

    Judy says: "What a let down!"
    "Fantastic Series, and a fitting end to it."
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    What other book might you compare Allegiant to and why?

    The Giver. I know a lot of people compare it to The Hunger Games but I really don't think there is much comparison there other then basic framing. The Giver was a book that actually addresses similar themes and asks similar questions about the way we live.


    Have you listened to any of Emma Galvin and Aaron Stanford ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I only ever listened to Emma in the previous 2 books of this series, and she was excellent in all 3 books. Aaron was hit or miss on the characters but that likely has more to do with the fact that I already had 2 books under my belt with Emma's style rather then anything he was doing wrong. Looking at it from a more isolated perspective it was a good performance.


    Any additional comments?

    This book blew me away in that I just did not expect it to go the direction that it took. And that is an enormously good thing. Too many books aimed at teens always go for the happy ending where everybody is okay at the end. Well, this book is not that. This book tells a story, and it is not a happy ending. It's real, and it's a very human look at the way things really are today and our society as a whole.

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18851)
    Performance
    (17044)
    Story
    (17189)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Great listen"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely. It's a story that almost anybody can relate to, and it holds together extremely well.


    Any additional comments?

    The ending isn't great...it kind of feels like it was cut off mid-chapter, which is fine considering it just made me want to immediately pick up the second book and begin listening to that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Kingdom: Richard and Kahlan, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Sam Tsoutsouvas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (648)
    Performance
    (594)
    Story
    (601)

    "Three knives were buried up to their brass cross guards in the man's chest. Richard recognized the knife handles. All three were the style carried by the men of the First File. He looked from those blades that should have killed the big man, up to his face. That was when he realized the true horror of the situation, and the reason for the unbearable stench of death." Sequel to the #1 New York Times best seller The Omen Machine.

    Nimue says: "Good story, too much rambling"
    "Eh..."
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    What did you like best about The Third Kingdom? What did you like least?

    It's still a solid performance by the narrator.


    What was most disappointing about Terry Goodkind’s story?

    The book repeats itself endlessly...re-affirming things already stated over and over without actually adding anything new, and the magic continues to be inconsistent to the rules set down earlier.


    Have you listened to any of Sam Tsoutsouvas’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have, this is on par with his other performances. He is a great narrator.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    This book wouldn't really fit in a movie. Maybe a tv show, but that's been done and already messed up.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Outlaw Demon Wails

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Gigi Bermingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2000)
    Performance
    (1203)
    Story
    (1202)

    To save the lives of her friends, Rachel did the unthinkable: she willingly trafficked in forbidden demon magic. And now her sins are coming home to haunt her. As Rachel searches for the truth behind a terrifying murder, an even greater menace threatens, for the demon Algaliarept will stop at nothing to claim her, and the discovery of a shocking family secret throws Rachel's entire life into question.

    Carol says: "Horrible Narration Take 2"
    "Vaguely racist narrator?"
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    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Hell Yes! This is easily the most important book in the story so far. Peices of the overarching plot are tied together and made whole, and the status-quo of the series is broken.


    What didn’t you like about Gigi Bermingham’s performance?

    Her portrayal of Keasley is surprisingly racist. I cringed every time he spoke, which was thankfully only very small amounts of time. She tries to keep distinct character voices, but slips into the wrong voices at some points leading to some confusion. Also her pixie voices, while probably more accurate to what the author was going for then with the previous narrator, were none the less aggravating to listen to and broke my suspension of disbelief each time. I found myself hoping my favorite character would remain vacant from scenes to spare my gritted teeth when he talked. On the other hand, I thought her actual narration voice was quite pleasant. If she could stay in the right characters and didn't use voices that made me need to use q-tips after listening, I would totally listen to more of her work.


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

    When Rachel realized it was time to 'grow up' so-to-speak, it really struck home. Everybody has that sort of moment in their lives and it resonated with me.


    Any additional comments?

    The sudden addition of musical interludes between chapters was unpleasant. It added nothing but extremely awkward pauses before

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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