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Robert

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  • Impulse

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Steven Gould
    • Narrated By Emily Rankin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (617)
    Performance
    (562)
    Story
    (568)

    Cent has a secret. She lives in isolation, with her parents, hiding from the people who took her father captive and tortured him to gain control over his ability to teleport, and from the government agencies who want to use his talent. Cent has seen the world, but only from the safety of her parents' arms. She's teleported more than anyone on Earth, except for her mother and father, but she's never been able to do it herself. Her life has never been in danger. Until the day when she went snowboarding without permission and triggered an avalanche. When the snow and ice thundered down on her, she suddenly found herself in her own bedroom.

    Brian says: "Refreshing!"
    "Disappointing"
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    What disappointed you about Impulse?

    Childish, political correct, and boring.


    What could Steven Gould have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Make the characters more realistic


    Which character – as performed by Emily Rankin – was your favorite?

    none


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It had the same kidnap rescue thing as the first two books, I didn't hate it, just disappointed as I liked the first two books, and this one wasn't as good.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hollow World

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (329)
    Performance
    (305)
    Story
    (307)

    Ellis Rogers is an ordinary man who is about to embark on an extraordinary journey. All his life he has played it safe and done the right thing. But when he is faced with a terminal illness, Ellis is willing to take an insane gamble. He's built a time machine in his garage, and if it works, he'll face a world that challenges his understanding of what it means to be human, what it takes to love, and the cost of paradise. Ellis could find more than a cure for his disease; he might find what everyone has been searching for since time has begun.

    Carol says: "We Aren't in Riyria Any More"
    "What the hell?"
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    Would you try another book from Michael J. Sullivan and/or Jonathan Davis?

    I liked the Riyria Revelations, I can't believe this crap was written by the same author


    What was most disappointing about Michael J. Sullivan’s story?

    The story was boring and predictable, and the ending was so disgusting I almost puked.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jonathan Davis’s performances?

    Yeah, he wasn't that bad, it was the writing that was bad.


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

    disgust


    Any additional comments?

    Stick with the Riyria Revelations please, Michael. This book sucked!

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9786)
    Performance
    (9211)
    Story
    (9241)

    In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

    D says: "Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radieance" shines"
    "Great Book!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Words of Radiance to be better than the print version?

    For me it is, as I am a truck driver and I can listen while driving, but I can't read while driving.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is a very interesting and entertaining story, a lot of ups and downs, twist and turns. Likeable characters, hateable villains, etc.


    What about Michael Kramer and Kate Reading ’s performance did you like?

    They are a great team. I liked them since the Wheel of Time series.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Epic something, I don't know, I'm not a marketing a-hole.


    Any additional comments?

    One part of the ending left me depressed, I don't want to give it away, but anyway, I am still looking forward to the next book in the series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Rose and the Thorn: The Riyria Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    Overall
    (2355)
    Performance
    (2172)
    Story
    (2178)

    For more than a year, Royce Melborn has tried to forget Gwen DeLancy, the woman who saved him and his partner, Hadrian Blackwater, from certain death. Unable to get her out of his mind, the two thieves return to Medford but receive a very different reception - Gwen refuses to see them. The victim of abuse by a powerful noble, she suspects that Royce will ignore any danger in his desire for revenge. By turning the thieves away, Gwen hopes to once more protect them. What she doesn't realize is what the two are capable of - but she's about to find out.

    Cecil says: "Great Series but don't start here"
    "Happy to have more Riyria"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Rose and the Thorn to be better than the print version?

    As a truck driver, I don't have much time to read, but lots of time to listen. So, of course I consider the audio edition better


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the story of how the Rose and Thorn was built


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't think I have a favorite.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I don't know.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hyperion

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4587)
    Performance
    (3053)
    Story
    (3085)

    On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

    Michael says: "The Shrike Awaits. Enter The Time Tombs..."
    "Could not finish it, very boring and pointless"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A very boring person


    What was most disappointing about Dan Simmons’s story?

    That he is a published writer and so many others, who are surely better are not.


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

    maybe, the narrator was okay, not great, but he was probably bored out of his mind, so I give him a pass.


    What character would you cut from Hyperion?

    All of them


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Last Argument of Kings: The First Law: Book Three

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (3423)
    Performance
    (2605)
    Story
    (2617)

    The end is coming. Logen Ninefingers might only have one more fight in him but it’s going to be a big one. Battle rages across the North, the King of the Northmen still stands firm and there’s only one man who can stop him. His oldest friend and his oldest enemy. It’s time for the Bloody-Nine to come home. With too many masters and too little time, Superior Glokta is fighting a different kind of war. A secret struggle in which no-one is safe and no-one can be trusted.

    Lore says: "You have be realistic about these things."
    "Torture!"
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    What would have made Last Argument of Kings better?

    A better author.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    anything not writen by Joe Amercombie.


    What about Steven Pacey???s performance did you like?

    The one good thing about this audiobook is the narration.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Last Argument of Kings?

    The ending sucks.


    Any additional comments?

    Say one thing about Joe Amercombie, say he's a horrible story teller! But if your into torture, listening to people being tortured, or being tortured yourself by listening to this horrible story, then buy this audiobook. If you are a normal person, on the other hand, avoid it like the plague.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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