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Robin

Iowa Colony, TX, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 6 reviews
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  • 376 titles in library
  • 19 purchased in 2015
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  • Unfettered: Tales By Masters of Fantasy

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Terry Brooks, Patrick Rothfuss, Robert Jordan, and others
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim, Marc Vietor, Bronson Pinchot, and others
    Overall
    (423)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (387)

    You define life or it defines you. In Shawn Speakman’s case, it was both. Lacking health insurance and diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2011, Shawn quickly accrued a massive medical debt that he did not have the ability to pay. That’s when New York Times best-selling author Terry Brooks offered to donate a short story that Shawn could sell to help alleviate those bills—and suggested he ask the same of his other writer friends. Unfettered is the result: An anthology built in order to relieve that debt, featuring short stories by some of the best fantasy writers in the genre.

    gerry says: "Great Crash Course on Fantasy Writers"
    "Meh."
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    While I love fantasy and Sci-fi, I found most of these stories fell squarely into the WTH classification. Several times I was listening and following along then the next tale started. What? That was it?

    Several of the tales fell so flat I was wondering if I had stumbled across some long lost Edwin Abbot story.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Storm from the Shadows

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    Overall
    (474)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (296)

    Rear Admiral Michelle Henke was commanding one of the ships in a force led by Honor Harrington in an all-out space battle. The odds were against the Star Kingdom forces, and they had to run. But Michelle's ship was crippled, and had to be destroyed to prevent superior Manticoran technology from falling into Havenite hands, and she and her surviving crew were taken prisoner.

    Daniel says: "Important for the Honorverse Story!"
    "Classic Weber"
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    Story

    This book, such as it is and what there is of it, will cause you to close your mouth with an audible click and give yourself a mental shake well before the other shoe drops.

    Sorry I couldn't resist.

    OK, being serious now, although the usual clichés riddle this book, over all it was a very well written and entertaining read. While some of the previous books are re-visited in the story line it does fill in some missing history and moves the main plot along nicely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nano

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robin Cook
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (297)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (254)

    Pia Grazdani, the embattled medical student from Death Benefit, decides to take a year off from her medical studies and escape New York City. Intrigued by the promise of the burgeoning field of medical technology and the chance to clear her head, Pia takes a job at Nano, LLC, a lavishly funded, security-conscious nanotechnology insititute in the picturesque foothills of the Rockies. Nano, LLC is ahead of the curve in the competitive world of molecular manufacturing, including the construction of microbivores, tiny nano-robots with the ability to gobble up viruses and bacteria. But the corporate campus is a place of secrets.

    Gerald says: "First time review"
    "Be warned! This book ends in a cliff hanger!"
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    Performance
    Story

    I pretty much enjoyed this story but was quite disappointed when it ended with many loose ends and no conclusion. As a stand alone story it wobbles badly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Here, There Be Dragons

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By James A. Owen
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (442)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (288)

    An unusual murder brings together three strangers, John, Jack, and Charles, on a rainy night in London during the first World War. An eccentric little man called Bert tells them that they are now the caretakers of the Imaginarium Geographica: an atlas of all the lands that have ever existed in myth and legend, fable and fairy tale.

    David says: "Rich Imaginative Fantastic World"
    "Great for kids I guess."
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    Performance
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    I just didn't like it. So much time was spent on introducing the characters, but very little was spent on the climax. As a kids book I guess it is alright but as someone who was looking for some light, entertaining, listening.. well, this wasn't it. Also, there were just too many contradictions.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon Fate: Age of Fire, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By E. E. Knight
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (62)

    Scattered across a continent, three dragon siblings are among the last of a dying breed -the final hope for their species' survival. After fighting a war that cost each of them kingdom and land, friends and family, honor and glory, they have removed themselves from the troubles of the world. But the order they fought to establish is falling apart. Ancient sorceries have been awakened. Dragons battle dragons. And men are taking up arms against their winged overlords. The author of the national best-selling Vampire Earth series presents the fiery conclusion to his epic dragon saga.

    Robin says: "A disappointing ending to a pretty good series."
    "A disappointing ending to a pretty good series."
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    Performance
    Story

    This book feels hurried, flat and lacks the depth and color of the others. The ending was rushed and, in my opinion, ridiculous.

    You might as well read, er.. listen to it though because if you are reading this review you have likely already gone through the rest of the series. Even though this book is not at all in the class of the first three or four books, this is the only ending we are going to get so you might as well go ahead and finish it out.

    If you don't expect much, you won't be disappointed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Raising the Past

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jeremy Robinson
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (60)

    A mammoth, flash frozen in solid ice 10,000 years ago is brought to the surface by a team of scientists. An act of sabotage frees the giant from its icy tomb and reveals the secret held inside: the body of an ancient woman, cloaked in furs, slides out of the mammoth's belly. But it is not the woman that holds the team's attention - it is the object she is clutching: a device created by an advanced civilization.

    Christopher says: "Disappointing"
    "This story is just OK."
    Overall
    Performance
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    The story itself is just OK. The concept was interesting but the execution was a bit lacking. The author could have done with a bit of research on living and working in actual arctic conditions. Especially while exposed to the elements i.e. wet from immersion or with missing clothing. I also find it hard to believe that any paleontologist worth the title would ever suggest that modern humans evolved from Neanderthals. I figured out the plot about half way through and, unfortunately, was not disappointed. Oh and the narrator sounds like the bad guy from The Matrix.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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