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Jason

Some days you need to take a break from getting better and just enjoy a great tale. Whatever your mood you can find it here at Audible.

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  • A History of the Arab Peoples

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Albert Hourani
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (69)

    Despite the turmoil of Arab nationalism and fundamentalism, Middle Eastern wars, and oil crises, the history of the Arab world has been little known and poorly understood in the West. One reason may be that, for more than half a century, there has been no up-to-date single volume work that chronicles the story of Arab civilization - until now.

    Tim says: "Daunting quantity of information!"
    "Thorough but not riveting"
    Overall

    Albert Hourani was recommended by my Arabic instructor as being reputable in both the Arab and Western Worlds. This exhaustive work is not for the casual student. You must have a keen interest in Arabic history and be willing to listen to a text book style read. I will most likely purchase the printed version to add it to my personal library. I would recommend listening to the works of Bernard Lewis first. They are much easier to digest. For a more biased, but not necessarily untrue perspective, check out the works of Robert Spencer.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • A Crucible of Souls: The Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Mitchell Hogan
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1547)
    Performance
    (1399)
    Story
    (1403)

    When Caldan’s parents are brutally slain, he is raised by monks and taught the arcane mysteries of sorcery. Vowing to discover for himself who his parents really were, and what led to their violent end, he is thrust into the unfamiliar chaos of city life. With nothing to his name but a pair of mysterious heirlooms and a handful of coins, he must prove his talent to earn an apprenticeship with a guild of sorcerers. But he soon learns the world outside the monastery is a darker place than he ever imagined, and his treasured sorcery has disturbing depths. As a shadowed evil manipulates the unwary and forbidden powers are unleashed, Caldan is plunged into an age-old conflict that brings the world to the edge of destruction.

    Isaac says: "Good, but... Something is missing"
    "Meh"
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    The book is just OK but the performance is good. Get it only if you're bored.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Pierce Brown
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3055)
    Performance
    (2779)
    Story
    (2788)

    Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

    Charles says: "It Got Better and Left Me Wanting More."
    "Great first book!"
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    I first heard of Pierce Brown a year ago when he attended the Phoenix Comicon as guest speaker. I picked up the Read Rising audio book shortly thereafter but it sat neglected in my library. I tried starting it at least four times but moved on to other titles. What a mistake that was! I just needed to hang in a little longer and it got good... really good.

    I can't remember the last time I stayed up way too late to continue listening to a book. I just couldn't turn it off - I had to keep listening. I found myself really caring about the characters and the outcome. There were times I was pissed, overjoyed, depressed, excited, and apprehensive.

    For a first book, Pierce did an amazing job.

    Science fiction really isn't my favorite but I really enjoyed this book.

    Should you get this book?

    As Nike says - "Just do it".

    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
    (7243)
    Performance
    (6387)
    Story
    (6364)

    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 young adult novel"
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    Brandon Sanderson delivers an even better sequel to his first book in this series. As young adult novels go this is as good as they come.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Circle of Reign: The Dying Lands Chronicle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jacob Cooper
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (709)
    Performance
    (656)
    Story
    (661)

    Lands die. The living light fades. An ancient darkness awakens. The Living Light that sustains Arlethia is dwindling. An unknown, vicious enemy approaches in stealth from beyond the northern glaciers, a wasteland of ice that spans hundreds of miles. A clandestine brotherhood of assassins, held in check by the Light for millennia, seeks to break their maledictive shackles and unleash their bloodlust upon the world.

    Ana says: "A rich, exciting fantasy world"
    "Great narrator for a well written book"
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    Let me start by saying that Michael Kramer delivers an outstanding performance as a narrator. I love his other works and this one does not disappoint.

    The story feels like an author's first book. Meaning that there are portions that are well written with a deep back story but at times the transitions are rough. There are several sections that you are just forced to plough through. With about four hours remaining I found myself wishing that he would just be done with it already.

    Something strange happened as the story progressed - I found myself liking the characters less as the story unfolded. It wasn't a fatal flaw, just unfortunate. I think it came from every protagonist character being deeply conflicted. I don't think we really need to see inside the head of every protagonist. At some point you get tired of listening to them whine and you're just ready for them to start kicking some ass. You can go see your therapist later.

    It feels like this story could have used some additional editing (you could say the same for Robert Jordan's later books though).

    Overall the story was good. It isn't fair to compare Jacob to the masters of fantasy but I think for an early work this is a good book.

    If you haven't already checked out the masters - Sanderson, Jordan, Rothfuss, Butcher - I'd recommend those first. If you've already gone through their works then this book would be a good addition to your library.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Shattered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4254)
    Performance
    (3948)
    Story
    (3934)

    For nearly 2,000 years, only one Druid has walked the Earth - Atticus O’Sullivan, the Iron Druid, whose sharp wit and sharp sword have kept him alive as he’s been pursued by a pantheon of hostile deities. Now he’s got company. Atticus’ apprentice, Granuaile, is at last a full Druid herself. What’s more, Atticus has defrosted an archdruid long ago frozen in time, a father figure (of sorts) who now goes by the modern equivalent of his old Irish name: Owen Kennedy. And Owen has some catching up to do.

    D says: "The third druid"
    "His best book since Hounded"
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    In this work Kevin returned to the formula that made his first book, Hounded, so entertaining. He also developed the overall story by fleshing out the tale by providing additional points of view. I found myself laughing heartily more times than I can count. Luke Daniels is amazing as always and the voices he develops for new characters contributed significantly to my overall enjoyment.

    I think you'll enjoy this as much as I did. If you're a fan of the series this is a can't miss chapter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elantris

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5866)
    Performance
    (4198)
    Story
    (4248)

    Legendary science fiction author Orson Scott Card calls Brandon Sanderson a writer to watch, and Publishers Weekly says his debut is "outstanding." Once the godlike rulers of the capital of Arelon, the inhabitans of Elantris have been imprisoned within themselves, unable to die after the city's magic failed years ago. But when a new prince falls victim to the curse, he refuses to accept his fate.

    Lore says: "What if your body could never heal?"
    "Good but not Brandon Sanderson's best work."
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    I enjoyed the writing and the narration was good enough. After listening to the other works by Brandon Sanderson I'd become spoiled by both the writing and the narration.

    When you're listening you can tell this an early work from Brandon. You can see how far he come as a writer and how much better his dialog has become. His core ability to tell a compelling story is clearly evident even in this, his first published book.

    I do recommend this book but I recommend Brandon Sanderson's other books more.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14268)
    Performance
    (11431)
    Story
    (11493)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Katy Crumpton says: "Very enjoyable (but a slight warning)"
    "Another Good Book by Brandon Sanderson"
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    I have to admit that my first exposure to Brandon Sanderson was not positive (initially). I encountered his writing when finishing Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time series. I found the change in writing styles jarring at first but by the end I came to really appreciate Brandon's storytelling (and his succinctness in comparison to Robert Jordan). Since that time I've become a huge fan of his writing. His inventiveness when creating magic systems sets him apart from his contemporaries.

    If you like epic fantasy, do yourself a favor and get this audio book. The story itself is good and the narrators are outstanding (Kate Reading & Michael Kramer are two of my favorite narrators).

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond Band of Brothers: The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Dick Winters, Cole C. Kingseed
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (578)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (217)

    They were called Easy Company, but their mission was never easy. Immortalized as the Band of Brothers, they suffered huge casualties while liberating Europe in an unparalleled record of bravery under fire. Dick Winters led them through the Battle of the Bulge, the attack on Foy, where Easy Company reached its breaking point, and finally into Germany, by which time each member had been wounded. Outside Munich, they liberated an S.S. death camp and captured Berchtesgaden, Hitler's alpine retreat.

    Tom says: "A decent listen"
    "Amazing book about an amazing man!"
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    I'd watched the HBO series "Band of Brothers" so I was already familiar Easy Company and Major Dick Winters. I'd recommend that you watch that first but even if you don't this is still a great book.

    Major Winters was the rarest of men. He hails from a time where service to country was viewed differently. The book is worth listening to just to experience that different perspective but it is so much more than that.

    This is one of my most often recommended audio books.

    Do yourself a favor and pick this up, you'll enjoy it and be better for the experience.

    2 of 2 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10977)
    Performance
    (6894)
    Story
    (6941)

    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"
    "The beginning of an epic fantasy!"
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    I first read this book when it came out and put it on my list of favorite fantasy novels. I then took a 10 year break from fantasy and on a whim I picked up the audio book. I was so enthralled with the story that I couldn't wait to pick up the next audio book (though I'd read it when it was first published).

    Narrators - This deserves its own section. Michael Kramer and Kate Reading are outstanding. I've come to view them as the best performers in the audio book arena today. I've gone so far as to search for other books by Michael Kramer because I know he always delivers an amazing performance.

    I do want to warn you - this book is the beginning of a very long series and not all the books are as good as this one. That being said, you don't have to commit to the whole series. This book stands alone as a great story.

    If you're a fan of fantasy you should absolutely pick this up. You won't be disappointed. I don't know any fantasy reader who hasn't been thrilled with this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Eric Ries
    • Narrated By Eric Ries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2737)
    Performance
    (2255)
    Story
    (2240)

    Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.

    Taufiq says: "A great read!"
    "Outstanding-A must for anyone working in software!"
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    I've been working in software for well over 15 years and this book contains so many fundamental principles in delivering a quality product that I recommended to my entire team. I'm a product manager in ecommerce at the number one sportswear company in the world and everyone I've convinced to read or listen to this book has had a similar reaction.

    If you are involved with (or want to be) delivering software products you should make this an essential part of your business book library. I insist that all my direct reports listen or read this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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