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Karen

BigZ's Mom

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  • The Warded Man

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2873)
    Performance
    (2203)
    Story
    (2220)

    Peter V. Brett has won accolades from critics, fans and fellow authors alike for this riveting debut novel. The Warded Man features a world where demons stalk the night, hunting humans who have long forgotten the magic of their ancestors. But all is not lost, as some hold out hope that a savior will release humanity from the demons' terrifying reign.

    Meloney says: "Brilliant"
    "I Wanted to Love This"
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    Would you try another book from Peter V. Brett and/or Pete Bradbury?

    I don't think so. The story isn't bad. The characters are well done and we are given enough of their backstory to really feel like we know them. My problem is twofold: are all the other people in this world seriously STUPID?? They never thought of the rather simple solution that the Warden Man comes up with? REALLY?? I found myself asking "why don't they just do ***" almost immediately. It was a long wait for someone in the story to think of it.
    My other problem is with the character *****SPOILER****** who is savagely raped. I get how it "made sense" in the story but I cannot believe that a few days after that attack she would be throwing herself at a man she isn't even sure she likes. I thought it was callous and out of character for me.


    Has The Warded Man turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Absolutely not.


    Which character – as performed by Pete Bradbury – was your favorite?

    Bruna.


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

    Yes. All those. I saw a pathway where this could have been an amazing book.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe I'm just getting old. I dunno.I love character development, but the main characters can't be the only smart people on the whole planet.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Between Two Fires

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Christopher Buehlman
    • Narrated By Steve West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (101)

    The year is 1348. Thomas, a disgraced knight, has found a young girl alone in a dead Norman village. An orphan of the Black Death, and an almost unnerving picture of innocence, she tells Thomas that plague is only part of a larger cataclysm - that the fallen angels under Lucifer are rising in a second war on heaven, and that the world of men has fallen behind the lines of conflict. Is it delirium or is it faith? She believes she has seen the angels of God. She believes the righteous dead speak to her in dreams. And now she has convinced the faithless Thomas to shepherd her across a depraved landscape to Avignon.

    Tango says: "Mesmerizing Knight Errant Tale"
    "Not To Be Missed!"
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    If you could sum up Between Two Fires in three words, what would they be?

    Mesmerizing. Haunting. Compelling.


    What other book might you compare Between Two Fires to and why?

    I honestly can't think if another book like this. Maybe The Canterbury Tales if Neil Gaiman had written them.


    Have you listened to any of Steve West’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but he was magnificent! I'll definitely keep my eyes open for more from this talented narrator.


    Who was the most memorable character of Between Two Fires and why?

    I adored Thomas from the beginning, and my affection only grew as the story unfolded. A marvelously well rounded, flawed hero.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't tell you how much I loved this book. Give it a chance, and you'll be ensnared by it too. I believe I'll wait a month or do and listen to it again. There are many beautiful layers and more to be gleaned a second time through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Shrouded World - Whistlers: A Shrouded World, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo, John O'Brien
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (81)

    Jack Walker and Michael Talbot come from two worlds; the same, yet different. They both find themselves transported into an alien one, where things aren’t as they seem. While it appears similar to the ones they come from, there are some terrifying differences. Is it a dream? Or has reality been somehow warped? Jack comes from a world filled with nocturnal creatures that were once human, but now seek to destroy the last vestiges of humanity.

    Mike Naka says: "entertaining collaboration!"
    "I Don't Think We're in Kansas Any More!"
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    What did you love best about A Shrouded World - Whistlers?

    Let's be honest....we'd listen to anything with Sean Runnette reading Mike a Talbot. Anything. But this is good stuff! I love Mike and BT's witty banter, but his sidekick on this adventure is none other than John the Tripper!!! Trip cracks me up!


    What other book might you compare A Shrouded World - Whistlers to and why?

    All the other Mike a Talbot novels.


    What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

    He is Mike Talbot. And his reading of Trip is absolutely perfect.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh!


    Any additional comments?

    Love anything Mark Tufo wants to share with us featuring Mike and his merry band.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lesser Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Christopher Buehlman
    • Narrated By Christopher Buehlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    New York City in 1978 is a dirty, dangerous place to live - and die. Joey Peacock knows this as well as anybody - he has spent the last forty years as an adolescent vampire, perfecting the routine he now enjoys: womanizing in punk clubs and discotheques, feeding by night, and sleeping by day with others of his kind in the macabre labyrinth under the city's sidewalks.

    Doris says: "Just fell in love with the main character..."
    "Wow!!"
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    Where does The Lesser Dead rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I listen to a lot of audio books. It's probably in my top 25.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lesser Dead?

    The ending. Can't say much more than that.


    Which character – as performed by Christopher Buehlman – was your favorite?

    I usually steer clear of authors reading their own works, but If Mr. Buehlman ever decides to give up writing (and I sincerely hope he doesn't) he could absolutely read audio books! He has an amazing versatility-- each character had a distinct and believable voice. I liked Margaret a lot.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    No idea, but I'd definitely go see it!


    Any additional comments?

    Buy it, listen to it, love it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • House to House: An Epic Memoir of War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, John Bruning
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (449)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (272)

    In one of the most compelling combat narratives ever written, Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, an Army infantry platoon leader in Iraq, gives a teeth-rattling, first-hand account of 11 straight days of heavy house-to-house fighting during the climactic second battle of Fallujah. His actions in the firefight, which included killing five insurgents in hand-to-hand combat, earned Bellavia the Bronze Star, the Silver Star, and New York state's highest military honor, the Conspicuous Service Cross.

    Robert says: "As raw as it gets"
    "A Masterpiece!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! It is a phenomenal story of battle and brotherhood, read by (in my humble opinion) the finest audio book narrator EVER.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The sense of the author as a human shines through. I love the camaraderie the men share, and the lengths they are willing to go to for one another. War is terrible, but for some men it brings out the very best of human nature. Absolutely incredible. And even with the serious subject matter, there were several times I laughed out loud!


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

    You are probably all tired of hearing me say that Ray Porter is the God of Audio. TOUGH!! I'm gonna say it again!! With his masterful telling of the story, each character is immediately recognizable and you get a real sense of the person. Mr. Porter, if you ever read these reviews, I'd like to personally thank you for the hundreds of hours we've spent together. You are a genius!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but circumstances dictated otherwise. I will listen to this book again.


    Any additional comments?

    Want to know what a stand up guy Mr. Bellavia is? He was awarded the Silver Star for his actions during the second Battle of Fallujah and he never once refers to that award in the book. Instead he focuses on the bravery of his comrades while openly discussing his own perceived shortcomings and fears. He is a true Hero. Bless you, Sergeant Bellavia.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Million Steps: A Marine Platoon at War

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Bing West
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    Aware of U.S. plans to withdraw from the country, knowing their efforts were only a footprint in the sand, the fifty Marines of 3rd Platoon fought in Sangin, the most dangerous district in all of Afghanistan. So heavy were the casualties that the Secretary of Defense offered to pull the Marines out. Instead, they pushed forward. Each Marine in 3rd Platoon patrolled two and a half miles a day for six months - a total of One Million Stepsin search of a ghostlike enemy that struck without warning.

    Karen says: "Stunning look at Afghanistan and the Marine Corps"
    "Stunning look at Afghanistan and the Marine Corps"
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    Where does One Million Steps rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    For non-fiction it's absolutely in the top three.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Like is a hard word to use. It's a hard story, which clearly points out how military "leaders" in Washington fubar-ed the troops with boots on the ground. I was deeply moved by the stories of the individual Marines, their heroism, bravery and loyalty to each other.


    Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. Ray Porter is an audio god. If he reads a book, I listen. He is, in my opinion, the finest voice in audiobooks.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It certainly gave me a lot to think about.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a stunning book. Read it, prepared to be both disgusted by our government and proud to the point of tears for all the members of the United States Marine Corps.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Nemesis

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (2388)
    Performance
    (2233)
    Story
    (2240)

    Agent Franks of the U.S. Monster Control Bureau is a man of many parts - parts from other people, that is. Franks is nearly seven feet tall and all muscle. He's nearly indestructible. Plus he’s animated by a powerful alchemical substance and inhabited by a super-intelligent spirit more ancient than humanity itself. Good thing he’s on our side. More or less.

    Bruce Selzler says: "Another Winner"
    "Agent Franks is the Man. Well, mostly a man."
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    Would you listen to Monster Hunter Nemesis again? Why?

    I will probably revisit the whole series again before the next book comes out, just to refresh my memory.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Agent Franks has always been a high point in the series, so it was nice to "flesh" out his backstory (see what I did there?).


    Have you listened to any of Oliver Wyman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Just as great as always. Very. Consistent reader and the voices never change from one story to the next.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I have no idea.


    Any additional comments?

    Another winning installment in a fun series.

    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
    (8320)
    Performance
    (7878)
    Story
    (7907)

    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"
    "WOW"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Words of Radiance to be better than the print version?

    Dunno. I've only experienced the audio version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Words of Radiance?

    Ha! Nice try. My lips are sealed.


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

    Kalladin and Pattern.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. There is a lot going on and it's nice to take a break and process it all.


    Any additional comments?

    Love this series. I cannot wait for the 3rd installment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alfred Lansing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2677)
    Performance
    (1975)
    Story
    (1983)

    In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

    Jennie says: "Unbelievably riveting!"
    "I Will Not Whine This Winter"
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    If you could sum up Endurance in three words, what would they be?

    Compelling, succinct, and evocative.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The tenacity and adaptability of the men in extremely adverse conditions. There wasn't anything uninteresting about the story. In fact, I wish there had been more info on the men before and after the voyage. I wanted to know more.


    What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

    Very good with all the voices and excellent pacing.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    We are all wussies now.....these were REAL men.


    0 of 0 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
    (11630)
    Performance
    (9027)
    Story
    (9085)

    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.

    Lore says: "Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!"
    "Why are you wasting your time reading this review?"
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    Would you listen to The Way of Kings again? Why?

    Yes. Because it was magnificent. Stop reading this review right now and download the book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Way of Kings?

    You're still here? What's wrong with you?


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

    Sigh. You need more convincing? The narrators knocked this one out of the park both were amazing.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I couldn't stop listening. All the characters, the world they inhabited, their social customs, how everything worked...just amazing.


    Any additional comments?

    Ok, you're done. Now go get the book. You might as well get the second one tool it's even better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Any Other Name: Walt Longmire, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (979)
    Performance
    (891)
    Story
    (886)

    Sheriff Walt Longmire had already rounded up a sizable posse of devoted readers when the A&E television series Longmire sent the Wyoming lawman’s popularity skyrocketing. Now, in Any Other Name, Walt is sinking into high-plains winter discontent when his former boss, Lucian Conally, asks him to take on a mercy case in an adjacent county. Detective Gerald Holman is dead and Lucian wants to know what drove his old friend to take his own life.

    C. Telfair says: "Lost in Fog with Buffalo"
    "ANOTHER WINNER!!"
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    If you could sum up Any Other Name in three words, what would they be?

    Walt Longmire Rules.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    True confession time. The mysteries always take a backseat to the characters and their interactions for me. I would enjoy a story where Walt, Henry, Lonny,and Lucian and went camping and did nothing bust fish and talk just as much as the most mysterious mystery.


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

    Well, he IS Walt Longmire and even more so, he IS Henry Standing Bear. He completely ruined the television series for me.


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

    Walt, at the end.


    Any additional comments?

    You won't go wrong with this series, but you'll get so much more out of it if you listen to it in order.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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