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  • Seeds of Rebellion

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Brandon Mull
    • Narrated By Jeremy Bobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (436)
    Performance
    (389)
    Story
    (394)

    The second epic installment of Brandon Mull’s #1 New York Times bestselling fantasy series!After the cliffhanger ending of A World Without Heroes, Jason is back in the world he’s always known - yet for all his efforts to get home, he finds himself itching to return to Lyrian. Jason knows that the shocking truth he learned from Maldor is precious information that all of his friends in Lyrian, including Rachel, need if they have any hope of surviving and defeating the evil emperor.

    Katherine says: "Solid sequel"
    "Part 2 - Part 1"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The first book was a complete story. This second book marks the first of a two-part sequel. Both the good and the bad elements of the first book also apply here, save the party becomes more well-defined, and a lot of the threads left hanging from the first book come into focus as the larger story starts to move forward.

    Like all fantasies, there's a lot of travel going on. The biggest difference I think is we finally start to get an idea what Rachel's role in the story is going to be, as she was almost superfluous in the first book. The downside is she appears to have swapped roles with Jason, as he appears to be taking the "usless sidekick" role.

    I almost set the series down by the time I finished this book. Ultimately I was glad I didn't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Places in Between

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Rory Stewart
    • Narrated By Rory Stewart
    Overall
    (390)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (105)

    In January 2002, Rory Stewart walked across Afghanistan, surviving by his wits, his knowledge of Persian dialects and Muslim customs, and the kindness of strangers. By day, he passed through mountains covered in nine feet of snow, hamlets burned and emptied by the Taliban, and communities thriving amid the remains of medieval civilizations. By night he slept on villagers' floors, shared their meals, and listened to their stories of the recent and ancient past.

    James says: "Nice Choice"
    "It's eye-opening, but also eye-closing..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It's a story about a people we (in the West) don't hear about, and a culture we know nothing about. From that standpoint it's an important book.

    Being a true story, however, there is a limit to the narrative, and that comes across fairly quickly in that the story becomes a succession of the same event happening over and over again. It's hard to escape because it's about a man doing the same thing every day from the beginning to the end of the book. He's travelling through a different culture, but there isn't a lot of variation in the culture of the people he meets during the journey.

    The performance was good. Usually authors aren't the best narrators, but in this case Mr. Stewart was very easy to listen to.

    Overall I'm glad I listened, but it got a little tedious towards the end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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