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I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.

Bayonne, NJ, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 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
    (5812)
    Performance
    (5539)
    Story
    (5552)

    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"
    "As good as the first"
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    This was a fantastic continuation of the The Way of Kings. It kept me interested and intrigued from begin to end. I believe this is the longest book I've tackled on audible, so it's no small thing that it kept its momentum the entire time.

    The narration was perfect--adding distinction without distraction.

    I listened to the entire Mistborn series and other Sanderson works before this novel was released. I am in awe of how much high quality storytelling he can generate.

    Now begins the long wait for part III.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robin Sloan
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2331)
    Performance
    (2100)
    Story
    (2090)

    The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything....

    Susan says: "Fun, thought-provoking, mysterious.... and FUN !"
    "Engaging & lots of potential--but fell flat"
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    The story promises to be more exciting than it actually is. The setup hints at the supernatural and extraordinary... instead we find that all the mysterious stuff is not so magical after all.

    Also, Robin Sloan did not do her research. As a result, the ending of the book is not just stupid, but flat out WRONG.

    In spite of this unforgivable flaw, I did enjoy the narrative flow, and the story did keep my attention the whole time.

    It gets 3 stars from me because it was fun, and there were some clever bits.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5893)
    Performance
    (5504)
    Story
    (5523)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "Sanderson is just phoning it in"
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    I love Stormlight Archives and Mistborn, and a bunch of other Sanderson stand alone books, despite the fact that he has significant overlaps in plot and character development.

    He has a formula and it works. He's one of my favorite authors, I'd say.

    I can even say that I honestly enjoyed this book. It might even get 4 stars from me if this was the first Sanderson book I'd ever read. But I am taking away a star because of the lack of originality.

    Mr. Sanderson, I KNOW you can entertain me... but would it be too much to ask for you to surprise me with something new?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ringworld

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    Overall
    (2801)
    Performance
    (1480)
    Story
    (1504)

    Welcome to Ringworld, an intermediate step between Dyson Spheres and planets. The gravitational force created by a rotation on its axis of 770 miles per second means no need for a roof. Walls 1,000 miles high at each rim will let in the sun and prevent much air from escaping. Larry Niven's novel, Ringworld, is the winner of the 1970 Hugo Award for Best Novel, the 1970 Nebula Award for Best Novel, and the 1972 Ditmars, an Australian award for Best International Science Fiction.

    Kennet says: "Genuinely Creative"
    "Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz"
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    So, I guess I hate Larry Niven's writing.

    I mean, I've listened to at least three of his best books, and they've all bored me. His characters are people I just can't force myself to care about, and his plots are all pretty dull.

    Once again I've sat through a book where Niven took a perfectly good premise and turned it into a dull experience where none of the dramatic moments have any emotional impact because you simply don't care about any of the characters at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3119)
    Performance
    (2813)
    Story
    (2841)

    Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is now on the verge of modernity, with railroads to supplement the canals, electric lighting in the streets and the homes of the wealthy, and the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds.Kelsier, Vin, Elend, Sazed, Spook, and the rest are now part of history—or religion. Yet the old magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy continue to play a role in this reborn world....

    Timothy says: "Pleased, yet wanting more..."
    "Big fan of the Mistborn Trilogy - not so much this"
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    I wanted more of the Mistborn universe, but this book had none of the charm of the original trilogy.

    It was okay as a thought experiment to see what the mistborn magic system would look like in a different technological era... but the value of the book begins and ends right there.

    If you finished the Mistborn trilogy and you want more Sanderson, I'd point you away from this book and towards either The Stormlight Archives, or for something lighter, The Rithmatist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heir of Novron: Riyria Revelations, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3369)
    Performance
    (3100)
    Story
    (3117)

    On the holiday of Wintertide, the New Empire plans to burn the Witch of Melengar and force the Empress into a marriage of their own design. But they didn’t account for Royce and Hadrian finally locating the Heir of Novron—or the pair’s desire to wreak havoc on the New Empire’s carefully crafted scheme.

    Ron says: "Spectacular fantasy series"
    "A very satisfying conclusion"
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    When I first started this series, I was on the fence about it. It seemed a bit lightweight and fluffy.

    The second book in the series changed my find. I started to appreciate the scope of the backstory, and really started to like the main characters.

    In this finale, I really felt that all the time I'd invested was worth it. The ending was superb.

    I immediately went on to read the prequels, and I will happily keep reading more as they are published.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7820)
    Performance
    (5295)
    Story
    (5331)

    For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

    Aaron Brown says: "Unique Magic system, good plot twists."
    "Fantastic book, fantastic series"
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    George R .R. Martin got me into the fantasy genre, and Brandon Sanderson kept me there.

    This book has likable characters and really interesting and well thought out system of magic, something which I didn't realize existed until Sanderson came along. Even Martin's Game of Thrones suffers from the deficit that magic unexplained and unbounded is just a wide open door to deus ex machina crutches.

    This book had me hooked instantly, entertained thoroughly, and I rushed right onto the other two in the series.

    I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a great adventure epic. It was incredibly fun and satisfying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • It

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4395)
    Performance
    (3131)
    Story
    (3157)

    They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror of their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name.

    Parola138 says: "I thought I was desensitized"
    "The ending annoyed me less than expected"
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    So, I love Stephen King's style. He draws me in and keeps me engaged the whole time. MOST of the time, I find that he ends his books really, really badly. I'm look at you, "The Stand", "11.22.63", "Bag of Bones", "Dolores Claiborne", etc...

    Now, "It" started out being all weird and supernatural, instead of starting out normal and turning all weird and supernatural, so at least I knew what I was getting into.

    I don't have any aversion to long books... I won't even go near a story that's been abridged. That being said, however, this book could have been half as long and been just as powerful.

    The narration was spectacular, and the book was entertaining all the way through. It was a fun journey, and I actually cared about the characters, which makes all the difference.

    I find the idea of an evil clown to be inherently silly, and the supernatural to be ridiculous, so I didn't find the book scary at all. (For scary Stephen King, I point you to "Misery" instead). Maybe I'm just too old and cynical for ghost stories.

    Anyway, I'm right in the middle on this one. I wasn't moved by this story or bored by it. Not a waste of my time, but it didn't exactly leave me feeling enriched.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Footfall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (969)
    Performance
    (589)
    Story
    (585)

    They first appear as a series of dots on astronomical plates, heading from Saturn directly toward Earth. Since the ringed planet carries no life, scientists deduce the mysterious ship to be a visitor from another star. The world's frantic efforts to signal the aliens go unanswered. The first contact is hostile: the invaders blast a Soviet space station, seize the survivors, and then destroy every dam and installation on Earth with a hail of asteriods.

    Flatlander says: "Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle at Their Best"
    "No one to care about in this book. Weird pacing."
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    So, I'm working my way through all the top sci-fi classics, and I keep bumping into Larry Niven and his okay-ish novels.

    My problem with Niven is that he has no clue how to write an interesting character. Throughout all of his novels I haven't been able to make myself care about any of them. That being said, it's hard to care about any plot if you don't have a stake in the outcome.

    Footfall was one of those books I had to really work to get through. I was bored almost the entire time.

    I found the pacing weird as well. How long did it take for this story to unfold? Months? Years? Decades? I'm not sure. I found the time transitions to be confusing, and I didn't like the book enough to sort it out.

    Oh, and the narrator's alien voice was a bold choice... that annoyed the heck out of me. "A" for effort, "D-" for execution.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mote in God's Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By L J Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3762)
    Performance
    (2219)
    Story
    (2246)

    The Mote In God's Eye is their acknowledged masterpiece, an epic novel of mankind's first encounter with alien life that transcends the genre. No lesser an authority than Robert A. Heinlein called it "possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read".

    J. Rhoderick says: "A great read!"
    "Unmemorable, plodding book"
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    When I say unmemorable, I mean it. I listened to this less than a year ago and I remember almost nothing about it, except that I had to force my way through most of it.

    I didn't care about a single character in it, and the plot devices were not interesting enough to be memorable on their own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shoggoth's Old Peculiar: A Free Short Story by Neil Gaiman, Plus a Preview of The Ocean at the End of the Lane

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 6 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (1114)
    Performance
    (1004)
    Story
    (1011)

    "Shoggoth’s Old Peculiar", a short story from Neil Gaiman's collection Smoke and Mirrors, follows an American student’s walking tour of the British coastline, which takes an odd turn when he comes to the town of Innsmouth.

    Janice says: "Change of selection"
    "I got this story for free - worth every penny"
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    Neil Gaiman is such a hack. Seriously. Between this story and American God's I'm just completely baffled by his success.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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