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Jack

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  • Geomancer: Well of Echoes, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Ian Irvine
    • Narrated By Grant Cartwright
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (94)

    Two hundred years after the Forbidding was broken, Santhenar is locked in war with the lyrinx - intelligent, winged predators who will do anything to gain their own world. Despite the development of battle clankers and mastery of the crystals that power them, humanity is losing. Tiaan, a lonely crystal worker in a clanker manufactory, is experimenting with an entirely new kind of crystal when she begins to have extraordinary visions.

    Jack says: "Pre-teen Drama"
    "Pre-teen Drama"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Ian Irvine and/or Grant Cartwright?

    No


    What was most disappointing about Ian Irvine’s story?

    Too much teen age angst


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Grant Cartwright?

    yes


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointed in the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    The premise is pretty good but the story arcs are too high/low.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • A Distant Eden: Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Lloyd Tackitt
    • Narrated By Michael Hacker
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (58)

    December 2012, a massive solar storm knocks out the power grid. Three hundred million Americans are suddenly faced with a survival situation. They have no water, electricity or fuel. Food rapidly disappears from the store shelves, not to be replaced. Only three percent will survive. Those three percent will have much in common. What does it take to be one of them?

    Sullivan says: "Prepper training parable"
    "Technical problems with production?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. A compelling story packed with useful information.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The thoughtfulness and planning for survival.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Hacker’s performances?

    First of all, there seems to have been problems during production that resulted in a tinny quality to the sound, right from the beginning. There are also faint sounds in the background, which as difficulty to ignore!

    I was distracted the reader's accent and tone. Would have enjoyed the story more with a different reader -- and with better sound quality!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. It's easier to digest in small pieces.


    Any additional comments?

    Please clean up the recording's technical problems and re-release. Thank you!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Magician King: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Lev Grossman
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1486)
    Performance
    (1286)
    Story
    (1279)

    Quentin and his friends are now the kings and queens of Fillory, but the days and nights of royal luxury are starting to pall. After a morning hunt takes a sinister turn, Quentin and his old friend Julia charter a magical sailing ship and set out on an errand to the wild outer reaches of their kingdom. Their pleasure cruise becomes an adventure when the two are unceremoniously dumped back into the last place Quentin ever wants to see: his parent's house in Chesterton, Massachusetts.

    Douglas says: "King Grossman the Magician"
    "Lev Grossman = Great Fun"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book and it's predecessor were creative and entertaining. If there is a third in the series we will get it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9189)
    Performance
    (6711)
    Story
    (6751)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Tim says: "True Blood PG13"
    "Good premise but didn't like the perspective"
    Overall

    As I started listening I thought this might be a fanatasy genre. It morphed into a romance novel. OK maybe its akin to Diana Gabaldon. That is, enough story to counterweight the romance. Not this book, I stopped reading with (paraphrased here )

    The Vampire said, "Close your eyes and smell this wine", in his best Oxford Don voice
    the Witch obediently complied

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Day By Day Armageddon

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By J L Bourne
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3136)
    Performance
    (2231)
    Story
    (2227)

    In your hands is the handwritten journal depicting one man's struggle for survival. Trapped in the midst of global disaster, he must make decisions; choices that ultimately mean life, or the eternal curse to walk as one of them. Enter, if you will, into the world of the undead.

    rob haight says: "Great book! More more more!!"
    "Author Got Bored and Didn't Finish Story?"
    Overall

    The work that Mr/Ms. Bourne did was by-and-large both clever and fun. The "ending" led me to believe that either there is a part two (unannounced) or that S/he got tired of writing the story, There is no ending so don't expect closure.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Katherine Howe
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1025)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (386)

    Connie's mother asks her to sell an abandoned house once owned by her grandmother in Salem, Mass. Relunctantly, Connie moves to the small town and inhabits the crumbling, ancient house, trying to restore it to a semblance of order. Curious things start to happen when Connie finds the name "Deliverance Dane" on a yellowed scrap of paper and begins to have visions of a long ago woman condemned for practicing "physick," or herbal healing, on her neighbors in 1690s Salem.

    Darinda says: "Love it!"
    "Enjoyable journey"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the journeys to the past and connections to the present. This book was written in a way that gave me vivid images of the places where it was taking place.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Against the Tide of Years

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (393)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (225)

    In the years since the Event, the Republic of Nantucket has done its best to re-create the better ideas of the modern age. But the evils of its time resurface in the person of William Walker, renegade Coast Guard officer, who is busy building an empire for himself based on conquest by technology.

    When Walker reaches Greece and recruits several of their greater kinglets to his cause, the people of Nantucket have no choice.

    B. Bozeman says: "I've Finished the entire series"
    "Mis-classified as Sci-Fi"
    Overall

    I have always learned more about science from a well-contrived sci-fi book. The premise of this book and its following events lack any scientific foundation. Additionally, I had to restart the book because the events were poorly explained. The narration is good but the story jumps around too much without giving an indication as such.

    I'm not sure how I'd classify this book, maybe marginal fantasy.

    I don't recommend it.

    4 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • Against the Day: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (53 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Thomas Pynchon
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (76)

    This novel spans the period between the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 and the years just after World War I. With a worldwide disaster looming just a few years ahead, it is a time of unrestrained corporate greed, false religiosity, moronic fecklessness, and evil intent in high places. No reference to the present day is intended or should be inferred.

    Rebecca Lindroos says: "brilliant!"
    "Seemingly Random"
    Overall

    Difficult to follow and seemingly disjointed. I never finished the first segment. Given that life is finite, I urge you to spend your time wisely; don't buy it.

    6 of 16 people found this review helpful

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