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James

Jim Henderson

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Hero of Ages: Mistborn, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8074)
    Performance
    (5951)
    Story
    (5987)

    The conclusion of the Mistborn trilogy fulfills all the promise of the first two books. Revelations abound, connections rooted in early chapters of the series click into place, and surprises, as satisfying as they are stunning, blossom like fireworks to dazzle and delight. It all leads up to a finale unmatched for originality and audacity that will leave listeners shaking their heads in wonder, as if awaking from an amazing dream.

    Julio says: "Well concluded!"
    "A good conclusion to a good series"
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    What did you love best about The Hero of Ages?

    It wrapped up the series nicely


    What other book might you compare The Hero of Ages to and why?

    The early books in Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series (before they got REAL slow). It has a similar feel, with similarly interesting facets (esp. the magic), and also some similar annoyances.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer – was your favorite?

    Elend


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

    The wrap-up of the two "gods"/powers


    Any additional comments?

    I really liked the 3 magic systems and the discussion of the 3 races created by the Lord Ruler.

    There were annoying parts to this book, as there were with the others (esp. book 2). In particular:
    1) Sazed's melancholy and obsession with religious review seemed FAR overdone and quite out of character for one so stoic and logical. His "analysis" of the religions also seemed deeply flawed.

    2) As in the previous books, Elend and the crew's refusal/hesitancy to kill evil leaders cost hundreds of lives and wasted valuable time (though it theoretically "proves" right in the end).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Smoke at Dawn: A Novel of the Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jeff Shaara
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (92)

    Summer, 1863: The Federal triumph at Vicksburg has secured complete control of the Mississippi River from the Confederacy, cementing the reputation of Ulysses S. Grant. Farther east, the Federal army under the command of William Rosecrans captures the crucial rail hub at Chattanooga. But Rosecrans is careless, and while pursuing the Confederates, the Federal forces are routed in north Georgia at Chickamauga Creek. Retreating in a panic back to Chattanooga, Rosecrans is pursued by the Confederate forces under General Braxton Bragg.

    James says: "Good book and good history"
    "Good book and good history"
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    I enjoyed the book and learning more about the history. It did, however, at times seem like that many of the characters were cookie-cutter -- smart, good guy; slightly crazy, dumb guy; etc. The author definitely has clear views of the historical figures involved.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6878)
    Performance
    (5892)
    Story
    (5914)

    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    FanB14 says: "Glad I Took the Trip"
    "Good but too much profanity"
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    This book was enjoyable but was spoiled by far too much profanity to no effect.

    At times it seemed a little like "Crime and Punishment" -- watching someone destroy their life.

    But, I was uplifted by what she found on the PCT and it was good to see REI get its rightful plaudits.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Speaker for the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9011)
    Performance
    (5387)
    Story
    (5445)

    In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: the Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War. Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered by Portuguese colonists on the planet Lusitania. But again the aliens' ways are strange and frightening...again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery...and the truth.

    Joe says: "The Enderverse"
    "Great book, good reading"
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    This is a great, classic book and an outstanding (though very different) sequel to Ender's Game.

    The overall presentation was pretty good, but I found the frequent shifting between narrator's somewhat off-putting. I've seen other books work well with multiple narrators, but here the shifts seemed too frequent and the narration jarringly different.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Firefight: Reckoners, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6583)
    Performance
    (5805)
    Story
    (5784)

    Newcago is free. They told David it was impossible, that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet Steelheart - invincible, immortal, unconquerable - is dead. And he died by David's hand.Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life simpler. Instead, it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And no one in Newcago can give him answers.Babylon Restored, the city formerly known as the borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though.

    G. House Sr. says: "Fabulous -- A Must Read Sequal"
    "Great second book"
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    Sanderson has created another great series and this is a great instance of this series. The story is good, the characters solid, and the plot has some good twists.

    A great book and a very good presentation of it.

    Anxiously awaiting the next one.

    0 of 0 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
    (10474)
    Performance
    (9824)
    Story
    (9851)

    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"
    "Great 2nd book in the series"
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    I found this book to be thoroughly enjoyable and will anxiously await the next. The magic system is interesting, the characters fairly well developed, and he's clearly set up for an epic.

    However, I do have a few comments:
    1) As in his other books, some of the characters occasionally get "noble" to the point of stupidity.

    2) I worry that he's picked up potentially bad habits from his time working with Robert Jordan. It's as if he figures, "If they like this, they'll love another few hundred pages and several more books." I worry that, if he really does 10 books as he's planned, they might lose their way and bog down like Jordan.

    So, I do hope he continues, but I hope he has a good editor keeping his books focused and (relatively) brief. The first two books are already longer than the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy, but haven't told a more entrancing story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Guns of August

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1411)
    Performance
    (827)
    Story
    (816)

    In this Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, historian Barbara Tuchman brings to life the people and events that led up to World War I. This was the last gasp of the Gilded Age, of Kings and Kaisers and Czars, of pointed or plumed hats, colored uniforms, and all the pomp and romance that went along with war. How quickly it all changed...and how horrible it became.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Wonderful"
    "Great explanation of early WWI"
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    Though I had read other books on WWI, I hadn't read this classic. It gave me a much better understanding of the moves in early WWI and the mindsets behind them. I feel I know the war much better than I had. The book was interesting, with a good feel for characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magic Labyrinth: Riverworld Saga, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Philip José Farmer
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (44)

    By universal critical and popular acclaim, Philip José Farmer’s Riverworld novels form one of the most original, majestically conceived science fiction works of all time. In this fourth entry in the saga, a great battle is brewing as extraordinary characters - including Samuel Clemens, U.S. Grant, and Cyrano de Bergerac - find themselves on the verge of discovering the origins of Riverworld.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Still exhibiting a negative slope"
    "Good series, but a slow book"
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    I LOVED "To Your Scattered Bodies Go" and enjoyed the next. However, though this book contained a few of those positive elements, this book was simply too slow and seemed to take a lot of time for not too much action. It kind of reminded me of one of the latter ones in Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series -- lots of philosophical discussion, lots of character introspection, not a lot of action. It was also disturbing that, as the characters had introspective discussions, many seemed similar.

    Also, as they waxed philosophical at GREAT length (about Kas, souls, etc) I found I had a hard time believing that mankind (in general) would respond the way the series suggests upon the surprising resurrection.

    0 of 0 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
    (4318)
    Performance
    (3135)
    Story
    (3179)

    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...."
    "Pretty good, but not as good as I remember it"
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    What made the experience of listening to City of Bones the most enjoyable?

    I love the magic system


    Which character – as performed by Ari Graynor – was your favorite?

    None


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this series when I first read it. However, upon reading it again, I was struck by how "juvenile" and/or stupid most of the characters are. I'm going to have to wait to see if I develop the interest to re-read the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Well of Ascension: Mistborn, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8542)
    Performance
    (6327)
    Story
    (6370)

    The impossible has been accomplished. The Lord Ruler - the man who claimed to be god incarnate and brutally ruled the world for a thousand years - has been vanquished. But Kelsier, the hero who masterminded that triumph, is dead too, and now the awesome task of building a new world has been left to his young protégé, Vin, the former street urchin who is now the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and to the idealistic young nobleman she loves.

    Robert says: "It keeps getting even better"
    "Good book, but some flaws"
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    What did you like best about The Well of Ascension? What did you like least?

    It's a good setting and a I love the magic systems.

    Elend Venture's actions as king are just insipid and his "morality" is anything but -- hundreds of people die because he won't have the assaulting kings assassinated.



    Would you recommend The Well of Ascension to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes. It IS entertaining, despite some flaws.


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

    The book is well and enticingly read. He does a pretty good job with varied voices.


    Could you see The Well of Ascension being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Perhaps a movie. Vinn should be played by Jennifer Lawrence.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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