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Konstantine

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  • Plato: A Very Short Introduction

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Julia Annas
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    This lively and accessible introduction to Plato focuses on the philosophy and argument of his writings, drawing the listener into Plato's way of doing philosophy, and the general themes of his thinking. This is not an audiobook to leave the listener standing in the outer court of introduction and background information, but leads directly into Plato's argument. It looks at Plato as a thinker grappling with philosophical problems in a variety of ways, rather than a philosopher with a fully worked-out system.

    Konstantine says: "Just very unclear not well put"
    "Just very unclear not well put"
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    I listened to this book multiple times. I seriously could just be dumb. I totally and wholeheartedly agree with that. But I just wanted a good idea of what Plato was about, and even though the subject matter is quite difficult to explain I feel that I should have at least been able to grasp something. But I just couldn't so if you're really smart get but if you are not or are not in the mood to paste things together and listen multiple times do not get

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin, Elio Garcia, Linda Antonsson
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice, Nicholas Guy Smith
    Overall
    (872)
    Performance
    (768)
    Story
    (771)

    If the past is prologue, then George R. R. Martin's masterwork - the most inventive and entertaining fantasy saga of our time - warrants one hell of an introduction. At long last, it has arrived with The World of Ice & Fire. This volume is a comprehensive history of the Seven Kingdoms, providing vividly constructed accounts of the epic battles, bitter rivalries, and daring rebellions that lead to the events of A Song of Ice and Fire and HBO's Game of Thrones.

    Daniel says: "Calm Down, Fanboys"
    "Sorry but no"
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    Biggest GoT fan BOI you will ever meet. The narration was freaking awesome. Learning some facts about a super interesting series was awesome

    But overall

    It's just a history book, and I was craving GoT. Like GOT G-O-T action adventure darkness violence rape uber entertaining shock value but also depth and all that good stuff. This failed miserably I literally get frustrated listening to it like okay okay okay the series is so cool and the history is to but dude release the next book not this this feels like a lame I'm stalling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4206)
    Performance
    (3418)
    Story
    (3421)

    An orphan's life is harsh---and often short---in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains---a man who is neither blind nor a priest. A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected "family" of orphans---a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards.

    Luke A. Reynolds says: "Stupendous, but be warned."
    "I swear I'm not a troll"
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    I saved listening to this book for the gap that would come in between waiting for the malazan book to be released. The malazan book in its series that is. I thought it would be a sure fire win, something I had to like if not love. And I truly mean it when I say this it was one of the biggest surprise of my life and I'm not even a huge reader or listener there's just like every so often some books come out like the first law books or malazan or the books where the character has the blood song (honestly can't even remember the name). That I freaking love and cannot stop listening to. And I am so angry that Joe Abercrombie what young adult, but that being said I had to revert to the second book in his young adult series over this one. This book was so freaking boring I had no idea what was going on and like honestly was just terrible I'm just shocked. Seriously just so super surprised. Like I love rogues and thieves and knaves and assassins and that whole aspect of role-playing games and fantasy books and this book somehow managed to make them seem like accountants, I feel like I'm reading a book where all the characters are accountants. Just like the whole mentality and personality of a really organized accountant.

    Just my two you know whats.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Half the World

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By John Keating
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (179)

    Sometimes a girl is touched by Mother War. Thorn is such a girl. Desperate to avenge her dead father, she lives to fight. But she has been named a murderer by the very man who trained her to kill. Sometimes a woman becomes a warrior. She finds herself caught up in the schemes of Father Yarvi, Gettland’s deeply cunning minister. Crossing half the world to find allies against the ruthless High King, she learns harsh lessons of blood and deceit. Sometimes a warrior becomes a weapon. Beside her on the journey is Brand, a young warrior who hates to kill, a failure in his eyes and hers, but with one chance at redemption. And weapons are made for one purpose. Will Thorn forever be a pawn in the hands of the powerful, or can she carve her own path?

    D says: "Hated the Voice Actor"
    "I guess it's alright"
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    Like the first book a disappointment if your expecting anything like first law. Period. Let me just lay that out right now. People might say different because of bias or because of whatever, but from me to you sitting across from each other at a chuckie cheese I swear on my life just floating in the air and having this book enter my ear nostril tunnels it's ALRIGHT but dudebroman SOOOOOOOOO far from the first law series or heroes or red country or the other one.

    Now that the elephant has been killed let me leave the room and say it's a bit better then the first one and was decent at holding me off until BOOK NINE MALAZAN WHICH JUST CAME OUT TIME TO QUIT MY JOB.

    BUT YEA

    it's YA and you can tell, I was legit all jokes aside really mad really disgruntled in real life that he went to YA because his books truly brought me that much joy. But no wait I know what your going To say. I didn't become disgruntled when he went young adult I became disgruntled after I listened to his young adult books, this is my first experience with anything young adult. I looked it up and saw that it didn't have to be rated lower so I didn't care whatsoever, that is to say, I went into this book or at least its predecessor with full hopes high like I had zero apprehension I didn't thinkit would be any worse whatsoever except maybe more action if anything I was excited.

    Then I listened. It's hard to tell that the authors are the same but it's just completely different dude it sucks, in my humble opinion.

    But this one sucks less than the first and knowing what I was getting into took away the huge disappointment thing or at least the surprise of it.

    I'd say it's still worth the credit have fun.

    Oh and the narrators awesome. He does great that's all good and everything and really makes the story much more listenable.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dust of Dreams: Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Steven Erikson
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    The fate awaiting the Bonehunters is one no soldier can prepare for, and one no mortal soul can withstand - the foe is uncertainty and the only weapon worth wielding is stubborn courage. In war everyone loses, and this brutal truth can be found in the eyes of every soldier in every world.

    Jesse says: "Warning this is book 9 not 8!"
    "OH MY GOD YES"
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    I thought it would be released May 10! Yes yes yes it's out! Finally!

    If you truly love stuff like game of thrones and joe abercrombies NON YOUNG ADULT BS then you will love the Malazan series. But you already know that after all this is book 9.

    But if you have stumbled across this and your revolted by Robert Jordan's heinous classics, by Patrick r's kvothe uber boringness tales, or sandersons g rated repeat into oblivion power rangers, then you will love this deep and dark and awesome series. It's got it all. Philosophical crap that you really get a nostalgic buzz feeling from. I have no idea what philosophy and nostalgia have to do with one another but that's the best way I can describe the feelings invoked. You'll get that plus a badass fantasy tale with giant beasts, Wizards, assassins (God the assassins are so cool theirs like multiple groups to like THE CLAW and THE TALON (talons? I forgot because it TAKES FOREVER FOR THE MALAZAN BOOKS TO BE RELEASED ON AUDIBLE), and just awesomeness.

    Epic battles like dragon ball a where a dark elf master Demi God fights like 8 grandmaster Mage humans, a dude who is half Orc like race half human who if he gets super pissed levels and annihilates civilizations but has amnesia afterwards and is almost so much of a puss in his normal state that you just burn with anticipation for someone to piss him off. (Puss in terms of philosophy and not wanting to fight, he still however can and does fight and is a badass. I could go on and on there's all sorts of magicand races and battles and weapons it's just got everything, believe me start the series if you haven't and you're a fan of fantasy.

    This series and the first law series are the stuff** that make me want to climb the Eiffel Tower. God, God bless us all kids I'm so happy that this was just released.

    Get it you won't regret it, if you love the first law series but despise g rated fantasy with huge descriptions of clothes and massive amounts of the same thing in the book being repeated over and over. Like those books That are made so that you can be in the airport and pick up the sixth book in the series and know what's going on because there's that much explanation and repetition, forget that that's for sales, if you did that with the series you would be totally lost. And honestly you wouldn't be entertained because even though there's a ton of cool action you need the back story because there is so much of it. But that's okay. That's what makes it good.

    JUST TRY IT YOULL LOVE IT I LOVE THESE BOOKS XOXOXOXO

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Providence of Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brian Staveley
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (882)
    Performance
    (797)
    Story
    (795)

    Having learned the identity of her father's assassin, Adare flees the Dawn Palace in search of allies to challenge the coup against her family. Few trust her, but when she is believed to be touched by Intarra, patron goddess of the empire, the people rally to help her retake the capital city. As armies prepare to clash, the threat of invasion from barbarian hordes compels the rival forces to unite against their common enemy.

    L. Sheldon Clark says: "Miscommunication driven plot ruined a good story"
    "FINALLY"
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    Jesus thank god something new and not Sanderson why did joe ambercromb switch styles and do that YA P.o.s. Why aren't the rest of the malazan books available on audible yet ? Why must I wait for these rare gems while you all drone on about Robert Jordan's heinous description of clothes books?

    8 of 22 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
    (15638)
    Performance
    (13008)
    Story
    (13132)

    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!"
    "And see you don't get it"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have no idea people who are just really simple, like no negative connotation whatsoever and I bet the majority of people are smarter than me and I'm an idiot. But I just sit dumbfounded I don't know what to say this book was so boring so dumb so about nothing


    What was most disappointing about Patrick Rothfuss’s story?

    Everything. This book sucks. If you like erikson rr martin Abercrombie steer clear
    It's like Harry potter (which I loved) minus everything that makes Harry Potter good


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Super annoying teenage voice


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

    Extreme disappointment I thought it was going to be awesome


    Any additional comments?

    This is probably one of the worst books I've ever read, I sincerely mean this and have no reason to say so aside from the fact that it really was

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Powerful Phrases for Dealing with Difficult People: Over 325 Ready-to-Use Words and Phrases for Working with Challenging Personalities

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Renee Evenson
    • Narrated By Rose Itzcovitz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    It’s not the work that’s so hard - it’s the people. The micromanaging control freak. The boss who takes credit for everything. The coworker who regularly strolls in late and takes leisurely breaks.There’s no escaping problematic personalities. And there’s no point fighting or letting tensions simmer. Instead, learn to build positive, productive relationships with everyone in your workplace - and put your career on an unstoppable upward trajectory.

    Konstantine says: "Nope"
    "Nope"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something very different from this something that has with the title says it does


    How could the performance have been better?

    If there had been powerful phrases for dealing with difficult people


    Any additional comments?

    I wish there were some phrases for dealing with difficult people powerful or weak or whatever just some

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Free Will

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Sam Harris
    • Narrated By Sam Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (574)
    Performance
    (505)
    Story
    (498)

    A belief in free will touches nearly everything that human beings value. It is difficult to think about law, politics, religion, public policy, intimate relationships, morality—as well as feelings of remorse or personal achievement—without first imagining that every person is the true source of his or her thoughts and actions. And yet the facts tell us that free will is an illusion.

    Ellen says: "LIFE/ WORLD Altering sophisticated thinking!"
    "Doesn't make sense"
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    Simply doesn't make sense. The delay in machines picking up neural activity or whatever doesn't justify no free will. Author just says that it does says that it's that simple and then moves on. Makes the whole premise of the book kind of BS and weak. He quickly says it's because scans pick up this or whatever blah blah and that's why there's no free will but that point that he makes there doesn't make sense, he just moves on and speculates but that point that he moves on from is wrong.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • How to Win Any Argument

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert Mayer
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    The art of argument: It's mysterious and powerful. It's the art of having things go your way. But also it's the art of getting out of your own way. It's having The Moves. But it's also about having The Touch.

    John says: "In one ear, out the other, lots of mediocre advice"
    "Just doesn't do it"
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    Was hoping for a book with a few good debate tactics. This gets philosophical and nonsensical. You won't feel like you have anything to apply from this book in your next argument, it gives you nothing.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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