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  • The Titan's Curse: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2269)
    Performance
    (1220)
    Story
    (1231)

    When Percy Jackson receives an urgent distress call from his friend Grover, he immediately prepares for battle. He knows he'll need his powerful demigod allies, Annabeth and Thalia, at his side; his trusty bronze sword, Riptide; and...a ride from his mom.

    Fiammetta Rey says: "Nice Book, Bad Audio"
    "Great continuation of the Percy Jackson Series"
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    my only issue is that the narrator did not keep all the characters' voices consistent from the first book to this book, which makes it more difficult to follow the flow of the book since it is different from what your mind expects.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4927)
    Performance
    (4538)
    Story
    (4534)

    Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

    Magpie says: "Two books in one - keep listening!!"
    "Exceeds Expectations"
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    So I picked this book almost randomly from a $4.95 sale thinking it would be as quick fantasy troupe. I was blown away by this book. No mere troupe, that is for sure. Sullivan mastered the art of manipulating readers into believing the wrong conclusions that kept me guessing where the conspiracy was turning.

    Sullivan envisioned great characters for his books. I loved the witting byplay between the thieves, and Harian's "annoying" need to do good deeds that gets them deeper and deeper into the conspiracy. I loved watching the prince transform out of a petulant boy into a leader.

    You can count on the next two books I buy being books 2 and 3 of the Riyria Revelations.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wise Man's Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9818)
    Performance
    (8136)
    Story
    (8210)

    "My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep...."

    Joe says: "Excellent, Imaginative, Beautiful, Page Turning!!!"
    "Amazing Story, Amazing Narration"
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    Great continuation of Kvoth's story. Unbelievably believable narration. wholehearted recommendation except for the slight spoiler below


    I did not enjoy Kvoth's time in the Fae, mostly because his companion was the Fae Queen of Cavorting. I know a lot of young men think about sex a lot, but I don't like my books to dwell on it so much.

    0 of 1 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
    (11727)
    Performance
    (9403)
    Story
    (9516)

    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!"
    "A Very Intriuging Story"
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    I loved listening to this book, both because of the masterful storytelling and the amazing Narrator.

    Patrick Rothuss wove an awesome tale out of three stories: the ancient past, the recent past, and the present. each time the story returned to present, I must have felt like Chronicler and Bast, ripped out of an enchanted dream for mundane things like dinner, yearning to sink back into Kvoth's Story.

    Nick Podehl really makes the divers regional accents come alive, making me feel like I was actually listening to a group of people from various walks of life, various countries, much better than i could have managed reading from a print book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Enchantment

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (1410)
    Performance
    (706)
    Story
    (711)

    As one of the most consistently exciting writers to emerge in the last 25 years, Orson Scott Card has been honored with numerous awards, while immersing readers in dazzling worlds only he could create. Now, in Enchantment, Card works his magic as never before, transforming the timeless story of Sleeping Beauty into an original fantasy brimming with romance and adventure.

    Annette says: "Enchanting"
    "A Marvelous Modern Day Fairy Tale For Adults"
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    I absolutely loved Cards spin on Sleeping Beauty! I've never read such a good fairy tale novel that was not written for children or teenagers. I was enthralled the entire time I listened to the book. I liked it so much that i listened to the book three times in a row (of course i was recovering from surgery and couldn't do anything else...).

    I also loved Rudnicki's Russian accent while narrating the book, it made the Russian characters in the book come alive much more believably than if anyone else would have narrated the book.

    However, whenever the book is told from the point of view of a female character, the narrator changes to a woman, who is awful at narrating believable male characters. the woman narrator does not have very good male character voices. In her voice, all the men sound like they are yelling, or if not, they all have exactly the same voice. I would have preferred the whole book narrated by Rudnicki.

    Overlooking the second narrator (which fortunately is less than half of the book) I recommend this book to everyone who loves fairy tales!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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