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Oli

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” ― Jorge Luis Borges

Member Since 2008

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  • 60 reviews
  • 456 ratings
  • 1129 titles in library
  • 101 purchased in 2014
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  • The Indigo Spell: A Bloodlines Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Emily Shaffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (678)
    Performance
    (606)
    Story
    (613)

    Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets - and human lives. In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch - a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run.

    Brooke says: "Adrian ADRIAN A D R I A N"
    "Finally!"
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    Richelle Mead is very unpredictable writer in a way that I can't tell if her next book is going to be good or bad. Her stories are always interesting and keep me coming back, but the way she writes sometimes makes me want to scream so loud,it reaches her all the way to Seattle. I started this series with big expectations and got a bit disappointed. I admit, I got so frustrated when I finished previous book that The Indigo Spell was going to decide if I will ever buy her books again. I will. This book was well written , interesting and thankfully angst free. I'm looking forward to the next one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11032)
    Performance
    (10283)
    Story
    (10288)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Wow"
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    It's been a while since I've listened to a book as well written and entertaining as this one. I was not even a teen in '80s, but I got most of the references. The book is interesting, smart and it points to the few things that we should pay attention more: overpopulation, pollution and energy crisis. It's all done in a way that it doesn't look like preaching, but an inevitability. Scary, but true. Will Wheaton's narration is perfect, as always. I highly recommend this awesome novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Life: All Souls, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2520)
    Performance
    (2366)
    Story
    (2353)

    After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness's enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew's ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches - with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.

    Loren says: "too many loose threads in this weaving"
    "Meh"
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    I don't know why this happens, but lately every trilogy I read, the last book has been terrible disappointment. This one less than some and still it left me wondering wtf?!
    Characters were inconsistent, story wobbly and the ending blah. Oh well, Ill just stay away from trilogies from now on, but if you enjoyed the the first two books and must find out what the hell was the book of life, prepare for a mild, if not stronger disappointment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Breaks: Kate Daniels, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    Overall
    (684)
    Performance
    (647)
    Story
    (647)

    No matter how much the paranormal politics of Atlanta change, one thing always remains the same: If there' s trouble, Kate Daniels will be in the middle of it. As the mate of the Beast Lord, Curran, former mercenary Kate Daniels has more responsibilities than it seems possible to juggle. Not only is she still struggling to keep her investigative business afloat, she must now deal with the affairs of the pack, including preparing her people for attack from Roland, a cruel ancient being with god-like powers.

    RabidReads says: "Characters die, power shifts, a new path is forged"
    "The best in the series"
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    Okay, I am a bit subjective when it comes to Ilona Andrews but her books are awesome and this one is the best so far. This was supposed to be the last one in the series, but the authors got contract for few more and voila, we are to expect more goodies from them. However, this didn't derailed them from the story, it just made this book that much better. It's one of the most satisfying ending I read in a while. I honestly can't wait to see what is going to happen next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Unbound: Immortal Guardians, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dianne Duvall
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (227)

    For centuries, Lisette d'Alençon has been a warrior against the dark. She fights alongside her brothers and comrades. But when the dreams start coming, she can't bear to confess them to the Immortal Guardians' command. She dreams of a dark-haired man with soft eyes and brutal wounds, a man her heart aches for-and a man she knows has been declared a traitor. Zach is an exile, a loner. He won't defend himself against false accusations or grovel to those who should have faith in him.

    Melanie says: "LEATHER PANTS AND WINGS! HOW COULD YOU GO WRONG!!!"
    "This series is getting better"
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    This is one example that some writers(most of them really) get better with time. Ms.Duvall is writing clearer, better and her books are coming out of mary-sue-ish kind prose that used to drive me crazy. I kept up with this series not because of the quality of books, but because the story was interesting. Now, I'm glad I did since she is obviously changing her stile slowly but steadily.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Archangel's Legion: Guild Hunter Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Nalini Singh
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    Overall
    (400)
    Performance
    (360)
    Story
    (366)

    Angels are falling from the sky in New York, struck down by a vicious, unknown force. Vampires are dying impossibly of disease. Guild hunter Elena Deveraux and the Archangel Raphael must discover the source of the wave of death before it engulfs their city and their people, leaving New York in ruin and Raphael's Tower under siege by enemy archangels. Yet even as they fight desperately to save the city, an even darker force is stirring, its chill eyes trained on New York . . . and on Raphael.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Soooo good!"
    "Nalini's best"
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    Of all of her books I read until now, this one was by far the best. Everything in this book worked for me, especially the war against the evil Archangel. I can't wait for the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Up from the Grave: Night Huntress, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1763)
    Performance
    (1625)
    Story
    (1622)

    There's always one more grave to dig. Lately, life has been unnaturally calm for vampires Cat Crawfield and her husband, Bones. They should have known better than to relax their guard, because a shocking revelation sends them back into action to stop an all-out war…. A rogue CIA agent is involved in horrifying secret activities that threaten to raise tensions between humans and the undead to dangerous heights. Now Cat and Bones are in a race against time to save their friends from a fate worse than death…because the more secrets they unravel, the deadlier the consequences.

    Julius says: "Missed Kat and Bones"
    "Uh-oh"
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    I'm writing this review well aware that I'm going to be bombarded with unhelpful votes. However, books, like everything else in life are a subject to personal like or dislike and it would be against my principals to lie and say I liked this book. On the contrary, I was extremely disappointed, since this was the last one in the series. I'm hoping Ms. Frost's new series are going to be worth my credits, otherwise I'm done with her.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Lost and Found: The Taken Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Alan Dean Foster
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (247)

    Not so long ago Marcus Walker was just another young commodities trader in Chicago, working hard and playing harder. But that's all in the past, part of a life half forgotten-a reality that vanished when he was attacked while camping and tossed aboard a starship bound for deep space. Desperately, Walker searches for explanations, only to realize he's trapped in a horrifying nightmare that is all too real. Instead of being a rich hotshot at the top of the food chain, Walker discovers he's just another amusing novelty, part of a cargo of “cute” aliens from primitive planets....

    Ken says: "Alien abduction with a twist"
    "Loved it!"
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    This book reminded me a bit of John Scalzi's way of writing; funny, interesting and with great characters. It's a story about a human abducted by aliens who is trying to figure out why was he abducted, together with many other different aliens. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Nerd's Guide to Being Confident

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Manson
    • Narrated By Fleet Cooper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (640)
    Performance
    (571)
    Story
    (567)

    Everyone knows confidence when they see it; but seemingly no one can actually describe what goes into it or how to get it. The Nerd's Guide to Being Confident is an unconventional way of looking at one of the most basic and obvious human traits and what one can do to gain a little more of it without feeling like a phony. Laughter included.

    Ken says: "Don't buy this book OR his ideas"
    "Okay"
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    I don’t like to read self-help books unless they are of educational kind(science, art,etc..) Since this one was free (thank you Audible.com), I thought why not. It was less than two hours in length, after all; I could take it.
    It’s a short, interesting read, and in places very funny, about how we shouldn’t let our fears of failure stop us from trying to succeed. It’s a lecture about moral integrity and taking responsibility for our actions that would make us more confident and successful. The point of the book was that we all want something we don’t have, so let’s just be grateful with what we have and learn to enjoy it. Not bad for a self-help book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Black: Odyssey One

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Evan Currie
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1547)
    Performance
    (1429)
    Story
    (1434)

    Captain Eric Weston and his crew encounter horrors, wonders, monsters, and people; all of which will test their resolve, challenge their abilities, and put in sharp relief what is necessary to be a hero. A first-rate military-science-fiction epic that combines old-school space opera and modern storytelling, Into the Black: Odyssey One is a riveting, exhilarating adventure with vivid details, rich mythology, and relentless pacing.

    C. Hartmann says: "Great, Solid Military SciFi / Evolving Space Opera"
    "I'd buy it if I were you"
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    A well written military sci-fi.
    It’s a story about first human exploration spaceship (kind of like Enterprise from Star Trek) that rescues the only living Alien from a ship full of dead somethings. Alien turns out to be-guess what- a human, and the mystery ensue. I couldn’t put it down. I kept listening when I got home. Highly recommended for fans of military sci-fi.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Going Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By A. American
    • Narrated By Duke Fontaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1577)
    Performance
    (1454)
    Story
    (1462)

    If society collapsed, could you survive? When Morgan Carter's car breaks down 250 miles from his home, he figures his weekend plans are ruined. But things are about to get much, much worse: the country's power grid has collapsed. There is no electricity, no running water, no Internet, and no way to know when normalcy will be restored - if it ever will be.

    Randall says: "A page turner, if. . ."
    "So-so"
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    I really don’t know to which genre I should shelve this one. Maybe post apocalyptic, suspense thriller. Maybe just the-end-of-the-world survival guide. This is one book that put me on the path of becoming one of the crazy doom-preppers. Very interesting read, although I’m not sure I would buy the next in the series. Made me just a tiny bit more paranoid than I would like to feel after a good read. No aliens or zombies, just the regular, human catastrophe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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