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Kathryn

elgin, TX, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • The Dragon Reborn: Book Three of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5444)
    Performance
    (3117)
    Story
    (3159)

    The Wheel of Time returns, and Ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

    Karl Knight says: "Top Quality Audio Entertainment"
    "Epic Story Telling"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you're after epic fantasy, this is it. From breath of the world to the size of download this book shouts epic, the missing piece is Jordan's characters.

    The characters are well drawn. The story moves at breakneck pace. The evil enemy is malicious and omnipresent, and the description is thorough. Here lies the problem, the story is so grandly detailed the main characters remain at arms length.

    Jordan seems too concerned with setting a scene, or detaining heraldry to paint an actor I can connect with. I own the entire set and enjoyed the series, but never empathized with the characters.

    Overall, you'll love it. Great story, but not perfect.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10605)
    Performance
    (9625)
    Story
    (9645)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Great Mystery, and Unexpected Romance"
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    Worth your money. I love modern day fantasies that find the unexpected lurking in the ordinary.

    A group of young people find mystery, friendship, Romance and a nice little paranormal adventure in their old apartment building. You can trust this author to bring your heros to a great ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26427)
    Performance
    (20336)
    Story
    (20523)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    Sue Schreiber says: "A very satisfying ending"
    "Not as good as the first two"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you're really into the characters and the story, and who isn't, then you'll read this whatever I say. Be warned the ending is grim, but isn't that what you expect.

    This is my least favorite of the three and I wonder if the author didn't write herself into a corner. You will need to swallow several unlikely situations. The romantic conflict is exploding inside Kat, and often gets in the way.

    Ultimately it's an unsatisfying ending, and not as smooth and believable as the first.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6678)
    Performance
    (5071)
    Story
    (5151)

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    Haden says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    "A long pointless ride with 'Honest Abe' the thug."
    Overall
    Performance
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    An interesting concept, but poorly executed.

    I found this book unsatisfying. It started with great promise, but the author never seemed to decide where he wanted to take the story. In-fact he takes several directions at once, but we never arrive at any destination. The authors point is lost somewhere in the wondering, leaving the reader wondering what to take away from your ten hour commitment.

    We begin with a modern day horror, switch rapidly to a biography, and then an alternate-history supernatural fiction. I'm certain the author wanted this story to make a statement, but he changes voice with every change of theme. I found it all quite annoying and was disappointed he never tied the modern-day with the historical.

    Fans of Lincoln should avoid this. The Great Emancipator is hateful, unforgiving, cold-blooded and hates God. I don't know much about Abe, but this book adds little to the debate over his motives and beliefs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Clockwork Angel: The Infernal Devices, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ehle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2347)
    Performance
    (1770)
    Story
    (1776)

    When 16-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

    Sam says: "Fantastic book!!"
    "Typical Clare, Demons, Mystery, Love triangle"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Good read, if this is your thing. Handsome, but troubled boys fight demons while vying for the girl, who until recently thought she was average. Throw in demons, Down Worlders, a mystery and you have a nice little story.

    It's probably better than my rating, but as you see from my earlier comments, it's a bit formulaic and predictable.

    This isn't really my favorite, but it was a nice ten hour adventure. I don't plan on continuing with the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Marie Lu
    • Narrated By Mariel Stern, Steven Kaplan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1005)
    Performance
    (902)
    Story
    (921)

    What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem. From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths - until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect.

    Arwen says: "A Legend in Some Minds..."
    "Could have been better"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Typicaal post-apocalyptic thriller. Extraordinarily talented teens battle wicked government plot.

    To be honest, the plot is a bit predictable, but the characters are likable. Nice little romance. If you're stuck for a read, go for it. Personally I wasn't impressed enough to buy more of the series.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Mongoliad: The Foreworld Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, Mark Teppo, and others
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (468)
    Performance
    (410)
    Story
    (412)

    In the late nineteenth century a mysterious group of English martial arts aficionados provided Sir Richard F. Burton, well-known expert on exotic languages and historical swordsmanship, a collection of long-lost manuscripts to translate. Burton’s work was subsequently misplaced, only to be discovered by a team of amateur archaeologists in the ruins of a mansion in Treiste. From Burton's translations and the original source material, the epic tale of The Mongoliad was recreated.

    Daniel says: "Good story - but"
    "Can't wait for the next installment"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Wow, grabs you from the start and keeps hold of you. I honestly couldn't stop listening.

    The book is fun and informative, great characters and break-neck pace. You won't be sorry you listened,

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Goliath

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Scott Westerfeld
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (542)
    Performance
    (504)
    Story
    (502)

    Alek and Deryn are on the last leg of their round-the-world quest to end World War I, reclaim Alek’s throne as Prince of Austria, and finally fall in love. The first two objectives are complicated by the fact that their ship, the Leviathan, continues to detour farther away from the heart of the war (and crown). And the love thing would be a lot easier if Alek knew Deryn was a girl. (She has to pose as a boy in order to serve in the British Airforce.) And if they weren’t technically enemies.

    The tension thickens as the Leviathan steams toward New York City with a homicidal lunatic on board....

    Eileen says: "Wow!"
    "Loved it. Wonderful conclusion to this series."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Great ending, to a good trilogy.

    The middle book left me wondering if the author had lost his way and doubting I wanted to continue, but this book was closer to the first, loads of intrigue and a satisfying conclusion that involves more historical figures.

    A must read, well worth your money.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Wizard of Earthsea: The Earthsea Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (663)
    Performance
    (503)
    Story
    (516)

    When Sparrowhawk casts a spell that saves his village from destruction at the hands of the invading Kargs, Ogion, the Mage of Re Albi, encourages the boy to apprentice himself in the art of wizardry. So, at the age of 13, the boy receives his true name - Ged - and gives himself over to the gentle tutelage of the Master Ogion. But impatient with the slowness of his studies and infatuated with glory, Ged embarks for the Island of Roke, where the highest arts of wizardry are taught.

    Finance Guy says: "Elegant & unique fantasy, deliciously performed"
    "Well developed world, but hard to stay interested."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Slow paced and the story itself is not terribly engaging. The reader does a decent job with the author's style which is rather elevated.

    The world is developed, but the characters did not engage me.

    Over-all, an average tale, in the epic fantasy style, but I won't read more in this series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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