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Laura

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  • Steelheart: Reckoners, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7281)
    Performance
    (6793)
    Story
    (6820)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "little bit of a slow starter but hang in there"
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    Any additional comments?

    admittedly, I was not sure in the beginning that I was going to like this book (a shock for me w/Sanderson). however, by the time I hit the second part I was hooked and it only got better and better!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ex-Purgatory

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1219)
    Performance
    (1147)
    Story
    (1148)

    When he’s awake, George Bailey is just an ordinary man. Five days a week he coaxes his old Hyundai to life, curses the Los Angeles traffic, and clocks in at his job as a handyman at the local college. But when he sleeps, George dreams of something more. George dreams of flying. He dreams of fighting monsters. He dreams of a man made of pure lightning, an armored robot, a giant in an army uniform, a beautiful woman who moves like a ninja.

    Shams says: "Awesome story, but loss of voice actors jarring"
    "a little different - BUT I LOVED IT!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Based on the previous books, I don't really know where else Clines could have gone with the story and in typical fashion, there are assumptions you make early on that are .... assumptions! I would say stick with it, but if you are like me, Clines writing makes it impossible to do anything else.


    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Matthew Quick
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1948)
    Performance
    (1763)
    Story
    (1766)

    During his years in a neural-health facility, Pat Peoples has formulated a theory about silver linings. He believes that his life is a movie produced by God, that his mission is to become physically fit and emotionally supportive, and that if he succeeds, his happy ending will be the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. When Pat goes to live with his parents, everything seems changed: no one will talk to him about Nikki, and his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as a form of therapy.

    FanB14 says: "Eagles Victory"
    "Not quite as good as the movie..."
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    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book and thought it was a wonderful portrait of someone with a diagnosed mental illness dealing with the real world and all of the undiagnosed crazy-making things that go on in that world. The movie did a good job with this as well but was able to achieve a more uplifting message in the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3208)
    Performance
    (2852)
    Story
    (2859)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "Loved, Loved, Loved this book!"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    The book starts out a little slowly - please don't be put off by that because it really delivers some incredible messages and packs a punch in the end! I actually did laugh and cry and rooted and cheered for Harold and those who love him and show him kindness. This is a very heartwarming and insightful novel and I have recommmended it to family and friends already - I now recommend it to you! Jim Broadbent is masterful and there is no doubt in my mind that if and when this hits the big screen he will be just the man to put a fact to Harold Fry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spellbound: Book II of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4107)
    Performance
    (3834)
    Story
    (3827)

    Dark fantasy goes hardboiled in Book II of the hard-hitting Grimnoir Chronicles by the New York Times best-selling creator of Monster Hunter International. The Grimnoir Society’s mission is to protect people with magic, and they’ve done so—successfully and in secret—since the mysterious arrival of the Power in the 1850s, but when a magical assassin makes an attempt on the life of President Franklin Roosevelt, the crime is pinned on the Grimnoir.

    Paulette says: "Spellbound is Pure Magic"
    "Loved it!"
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    What did you love best about Spellbound?

    I love Correia's ability to create characters with depth and realism within his unreal stories and while it took me a while to adjust to the 20's time period, I really enjoyed both books in this series - even more than the Monsterhunter series! I highly recommend it - great story, Pinchot is an incredible narrator and both pull you in!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hammered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7299)
    Performance
    (6626)
    Story
    (6628)

    Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is worse than a blowhard and a bully - he’s ruined countless lives and killed scores of innocents. After centuries, Viking vampire Leif Helgarson is ready to get his vengeance, and he’s asked his friend Atticus O’Sullivan, the last of the Druids, to help take down this Norse nightmare.One survival strategy has worked for Atticus for more than two thousand years: stay away from the guy with the lightning bolts. But things are heating up in Atticus’s home base of Tempe, Arizona....

    Hallie says: "Love this series!"
    "Just okay"
    Overall
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    These books are pretty good but fairly shallow - think Sookie Stackhouse but with a Druid. Beach reading I guess but not much else.


    1 of 1 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
    (11623)
    Performance
    (9020)
    Story
    (9078)

    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!"
    "Sanderson's Best to Date!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Way of Kings the most enjoyable?

    I loved this book - I actually listened to it 3 times! Such a wonderful story, so well thought out, so solid and such detail that I caught something new every time I listened to it!


    Have you listened to any of Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Kate Reading and Michael Kramer are fantistic - they never fail to please!!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3627)
    Performance
    (3277)
    Story
    (3312)

    Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is now on the verge of modernity, with railroads to supplement the canals, electric lighting in the streets and the homes of the wealthy, and the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds.Kelsier, Vin, Elend, Sazed, Spook, and the rest are now part of history—or religion. Yet the old magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy continue to play a role in this reborn world....

    Timothy says: "Pleased, yet wanting more..."
    "Loved it!!"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a wonderful addition to the Mistborn books - so different and yet so similar. I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it!!


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

    Michael Kramer is always fantastic - this is no exception. He is always able to capture the character of each person so completely - very enjoyable!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Elantris

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4616)
    Performance
    (3075)
    Story
    (3121)

    Legendary science fiction author Orson Scott Card calls Brandon Sanderson a writer to watch, and Publishers Weekly says his debut is "outstanding." Once the godlike rulers of the capital of Arelon, the inhabitans of Elantris have been imprisoned within themselves, unable to die after the city's magic failed years ago. But when a new prince falls victim to the curse, he refuses to accept his fate.

    Lore says: "What if your body could never heal?"
    "Pretty Good"
    Overall
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    What other book might you compare Elantris to and why?

    Elantris shares some similarity to Sanderson's later books - you can tell this is one of his earlier works. It is good but not great like mistborn or TWoK.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was not up to Sanderson's other books which were narrated by Michael Kramer - this guy is not as good at inflection or accents.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Warbreaker

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By James Yaegashi
    Overall
    (3124)
    Performance
    (2278)
    Story
    (2297)

    An author whose previous, wildly successful novels have earned him a reputation as fantasy's master of magic, Brandon Sanderson continues to dazzle audiences with this tale of princesses and gods. In this extraordinary world, those who attain glory return as gods. And those who can master the essence known as breath can perform the most wondrous miracles - or unleash the most devastating havoc.

    Robert says: "What's Your god like?"
    "Worst performance ever!!"
    Overall
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The story is good and creative as Sanderson's books always are - but this narrator is so bad that it was all I could do to listen to the whole book - it was a miserable experience, truly!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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