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Joshua

Lincoln, NE, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 5 reviews
  • 30 ratings
  • 74 titles in library
  • 32 purchased in 2014
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  • Star Wars: Darth Plagueis

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By James Luceno
    • Narrated By Daniel Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1588)
    Performance
    (1492)
    Story
    (1490)

    Darth Plagueis: one of the most brilliant Sith Lords who ever lived. Possessing power is all he desires. Losing it is the only thing he fears. As an apprentice, he embraces the ruthless ways of the Sith. Darth Sidious: Plagueis’s chosen apprentice. Under the guidance of his Master, he secretly studies the ways of the Sith, while publicly rising to power in the galactic government, first as Senator, then as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor. as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor.

    Mike Naka says: "couldn't stop listening"
    "an awesome book"
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    This book actually contributes to the EU and the Star Wars films. it broadened my view of Episodes 1,2,&3 and how they effect 4,5,&6. this book is fantastic and a must read/listen to for ANY fan of Star Wars whether you read other EU books or not

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12884)
    Performance
    (10493)
    Story
    (10613)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Absurdly good, and very smooth listening"
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    an excellent story that keeps you going. the language is more modern than any other fantasy book I have read or listened to, and frankly is a huge bonus making the narrative enthralling and easy to follow.
    I will confess that at first I did not especially enjoy or dislike the reader's performance, I went into this book with nearly no foreknowledge of any of the contents, so the reader seemed a bit too youthful.However after a bit of preamble and the first chapter or so it made sense, and Nick Podehl does a great job at moving the book along.

    the story follows the life of Kvothe, his unusual questions, talents, and the effects of having more than his fair share of just about everything as told by himself to a famous Chronicler.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susanna Clarke
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (3405)
    Performance
    (1392)
    Story
    (1396)

    English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

    David says: "Hang in there!"
    "fantastic"
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    it seems to me a rare thing that an author can me feel like I know characters as though they are old friends. to the point that finishing this listen, makes me sad in the same way as when I know that I will not see a good friend or brother for a long while.
    this book seems to take a more human and practical look at magic, and how it could be the pride of a nation, but also how such a thing could be feared and despised as well as every grey area in between.

    the writing style and cadence is paced, but not slow and moves with the story and events naturally. I personally found the footnotes enlightening and humorous, although I suspect that some may find them to be a bit of a distraction.

    Simon Prebble only adds to the enjoyment of this book. although I have not listened to anything he has narrated before, I will be listening to some books solely because he is reading them.
    His narration is rich and clear, and he seems to have no trouble keeping up with different cadences and intonations of the various characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    Overall
    (2334)
    Performance
    (2075)
    Story
    (2090)

    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming The Dark Knight Rises, lent her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    Thomas M Clifford says: "In Time for the Holiday.Give the GIFT of a STORY!"
    "Most excellent"
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    The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a fun and whimsical tale that is vastly enhanced by Anne Hathaway's performance. Her reading is smooth and consistent with well timed intonations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12118)
    Performance
    (8945)
    Story
    (8944)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "a great time"
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    the dresden files book 1, a fun listen, James Marsters vocal ability adds a nice flair to the story and really hits the mark

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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