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Palmer, AK, United States | Member Since 2011

  • 9 reviews
  • 168 ratings
  • 513 titles in library
  • 30 purchased in 2014

  • Dangerous Women

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin, Gardner Dozois
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Jonathan Frakes, Janis Ian, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    All new and original to this volume, the 21 stories in Dangerous Women include work by 12 New York Times best sellers, and seven stories set in the authors’ best-selling continuities - including a new "Outlander" story by Diana Gabaldon, a tale of Harry Dresden’s world by Jim Butcher, a story from Lev Grossman set in the world of The Magicians, and a 35,000-word novella by George R. R. Martin about the Dance of the Dragons, the vast civil war that tore Westeros apart nearly two centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones.

    Hassan says: "To All Men Out There, Women Are Dangerous"
    "Horrid compilation of stories"

    Several of these authors must have thought the title was just slutty women or confusing women as I found very little dangerous about them. I think part of my problem with this anthology was that the authors and genres were too diverse. The two historical fiction pieces were interesting. The western wasn't my thing. I enjoyed one piece about the old lady whose kids were going to put her in a nursing home.

    I mainly bought this one for Jim Butcher's contribution as I'm a big Harry Dresden fan. Having a Brandon Sanderson story was a bonus, though this wasn't one of his more compelling's gotta be hard for him to write something so short.

    I gave up on reading George Martin's stuff after the the second Song of Ice and Fire book because he was just to crass and violent for my taste. I was surprised that his story in this book was bearable.

    Overall, I didn't enjoy this book enough to recommend it to anyone. At some point the copyright to Butcher and Sanderson's work will revert back to them and they'll release the stories in some other way.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Royal Ranger: Ranger's Apprentice, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By John Flanagan
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Will Treaty has come a long way from the small boy with dreams of knighthood. Life had other plans for him, and as an apprentice Ranger under Halt, he grew into a legend - the finest Ranger the kingdom has ever known. Yet Will is facing a tragic battle that has left him grim and alone. To add to his problems, the time has come to take on an apprentice of his own, and it's the last person he ever would have expected. Fighting his personal demons, Will has to win the trust and respect of his difficult new companion - a task that at times seems almost impossible.

    Jason says: "Saying goodbye to old friends"
    "Saying goodbye to old friends"

    John Flanagan had originally picked Lost Stories to tell the end of Will Treaty's tale. It did that, but we fans almost felt cheated as it was a collection of short stories. This book, set about 20 years after the events of the last full length story brings things to an end. It gives us the opportunity to meet a new generation. He has tied down most of our original adventurers in ways that prevent continuations of the old stories, but this story offers a lot of the same excitement we saw in earlier books with Will in a slightly different role. I don't give up all hope of seeing another Will Treaty book, as Flanagan has released books that take place between already published books before.

    The story is a compelling one. It dealt with darker plots than we had seen since Icebound Land, but managed to keep things lighter than that story. Introducing a new generation was Flannagn's way to say, "I'm done with this series, but I'm leaving my options open for more stories in this realm." There were several sub-plots to keep the story moving and offer character development. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed any of the books in this series. I wouldn't recommend it as a first book to read as it would provide spoilers for just about every book in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • State of Emergency

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Marc Cameron
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Two agents, Russian and American, are brutally murdered. College students, working as drug mules, die gruesome deaths from radiation poisoning. Powerful dirty bombs explode minutes apart in San Francisco and St. Petersburg, Russia - slaughtering citizens and spreading blind panic throughout the world. But this is only a warning. The next attack will be nuclear.

    Jason says: "The series matures"
    "The series matures"

    I love what Marc Cameron has done with this series: National Security introduced the main characters and established the tone for the series. Act of Terror picks up where the last book left off, introduced some more characters for the series. State of Emergency starts shortly after AoT, lets us know that one of the previous villains is still being pursued, but takes us to more pressing matters. Jericho picks up more allies and enemies and we can see the stage being set for some interesting story arcs in both his professional and personal life.
    Jericho Quinn ranks with Scot Harvath, Mitch Rapp, and Jason Bourne as my favorite counter-terrorist agents.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Gauntlgrym: Legend of Drizzt: Neverwinter Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By R. A. Salvatore
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Drizzt joins Bruenor on his quest for the fabled dwarven kingdom of Gauntlgrym: ruins said to be rich with ancient treasure and arcane lore. But before they even get close, another drow and dwarf pair stumbles across it first: Jarlaxle and Athrogate. In their search for treasure and magic, Jarlaxle and Athrogate inadvertently set into motion a catastrophe that could spell disaster for the unsuspecting people of the city of Neverwinter - a catastrophe big enough to lure even Jarlaxle into risking his own coin and skin to stop it.

    K. McDowell says: "Pleasantly Surprised."
    "I'm not a high fantasy fan"

    Had a friend recommend Salvatore and I bought this book without reading the synopsis. Had I, I likely wouldn't have. I'm not a fan of high fantasy with its elves and dwarfs. I actually stopped listening to this book until and didn't pick it up again until I'd exhausted all the audiobooks in my library. Once I finally got into the story (and it took about a few hours of listening) I found it enjoyable. I might actually pick up the next book in the series to see where this all leads.The book ends in such a way that much of the story presented thus far has been tied well enough to end here. I do have a few questions that I'd like answered.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Infection: Alaskan Undead Apocalypse

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Sean Schubert
    • Narrated By Daniel May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When a plague strikes, Anchorage becomes a deadly trap for its citizens. The only two land routes out of the city are cut, forcing people to fight or die as the infection spreads. Danny and Jules, just children, witness the beginning stages of the pestilence. Neil watches helplessly from his office cubicle as Midtown is ravaged. Dr. Caldwell attempts to flee the madness of Providence Hospital, the epicenter of the outbreak. The lives and survival of these few become intertwined in the aftermath of the onslaught.

    Mike Naka says: "actually quite good"
    "Decent story but some characters were too cliche"

    I liked that the story was in a setting I know well and I could almost picture the travels the groups made through Anchorage. I enjoyed the story enough that I'll likely check out the sequel, but I had a few issues with it.
    The only person portrayed as having any religious faith was a caricature of a religious fundamentalist. He had no redeeming qualities. Too me, he was too flat of a character despite the added time spent on character development with flashbacks.
    I got confused which characters were which. I think this was primarily because a lot of the women weren't described when we first met them, but in later scenes when others meet them. As a result I had trouble figuring out who was the grocery store manager, medical transcriptionist, or convince store clerk.
    I also had so e issues with the foul language as it does nothing to move the story along and it's use to characterize a person likely missed the mark with me. There are ways to cleverly work around it if an author feels they must cuss.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "Things are coming together!"

    Dresden is back with some new skills and an impossible task to perform. We are giving a better look at things which have been hinted at throughout the series. A few more clues about the black council and deeper look at the fairy queens.

    As I read and reread the Dresden files, it becomes clear that Jim Butcher had this series sketched out very well before he wrote the earlier books. He does a great job of pointing out that Dresden was getting clues about all of this stuff as early as Storm Front.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 18 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Ann Patchett

    We are excited to present our members with a gift that is truly unique: an original essay, available exclusively here at Audible, written and voiced by best-selling author – and fellow listener – Ann Patchett. This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage is a very real love story, and one that is much more about the journey than the destination.

    Lee says: "Was this our holiday present?"
    If you’ve listened to books by Ann Patchett before, how does this one compare?

    I've never read any of Patchett's works before, so I have nothing with which to compare this work. In truth, I probably would not like the genre in which she writes, so my critique is likely of little value to anyone.

    How could the performance have been better?

    The main problem I had with the performance was that it sounded like she was reading it. This was the author reading an essay about her life. I thought it should have sounded more conversational.

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

    I was disappointed that for generations this family has not known the beauty that can be had in a loving, functional family. I was happy that she has at last found happiness in her marriage despite her horrible family track record.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • National Security

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Marc Cameron
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When terrorism goes viral, one man goes ballistic. They can strike anytime, anywhere. A public landmark. A suburban shopping mall. And now, the human body itself. Three Middle Eastern terrorists have been injected with a biological weapon, human time bombs unleashed on American soil. They are prepared to die. To spread their disease. To annihilate millions. If America hopes to fight this enemy from within, it needs a new kind of weapon. Meet Special Agent Jericho Quinn.

    John says: "Excellent!"
    "Harvath & Rapp Have Help in War on Terror"
    Where does National Security rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    National Security is one of the best spy/thriller books I've listened to in quite some time. The book doesn't try to be something that it's not (no

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really enjoyed a minor character at the beginning of book. A police officer whose eyes were used for us to see a terrorist attack. Marc Cameron did such a good job of having me connect with the cop that I was disappointed when I realized he was not the main character.
    Cameron made up for this disappointement with Jericho Quinn. Quinn is up there with Mitch Rapp (Vince Flynn), Scot Harvath (Brad Thor), and Gabriel Allon (Daniel Silva) in the fight against terrorists. Smart, multi-lingual, and able to blend behind enemy lines, he reminded me a bit of Jason Bourne without the split personality.

    What about Tom Weiner’s performance did you like?

    At first, Weiner would not have been my first pick for a narrator. His vocal style just didn't seem well suited for this genre, but I do think he did a great job with a few of the characters. His voice for Thibodaux helped paint the picture of this man in my mind's eye. By the end of the book Weiner's voice had become transparent to me.

    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy thriller/spy books, I recommend you give this one a try. I know I am looking forward to the sequel.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "Worst synopsis ever, but the book is good"

    Don't believe the synopsis of this book. I don't think the person who wrote it has read the book or possibly I missed an entire chapter or three. The main character is not a detective, he's a bounty hunter with magical talent who is used by the government to capture rogue "actives" (those with magic).
    This is not even close to being a rip off of the Dresden files. It's set in the USA during the 1930s, but one in which magic has changed the course of history.
    Language can get harsh at times. The violence level is high, but it's not intensely graphic. I wouldn't recommend this to my 14 year old son, but I might to an adult friend.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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