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Rose Troy

BRIDGEPORT, AL, US | Member Since 2011

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  • 20 reviews
  • 44 ratings
  • 354 titles in library
  • 20 purchased in 2015
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  • Reliquary: Pendergast, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2880)
    Performance
    (1923)
    Story
    (1921)

    Hidden deep beneath Manhattan lies a warren of tunnels, sewers, and galleries, mostly forgotten by those who walk the streets above. There lies the ultimate secret of the Museum Beast. When two grotesquely deformed skeletons are found deep in the mud off the Manhattan shoreline, museum curator Margo Green is called in to aid the investigation.

    Anastasia says: "Should have made this one into a movie..."
    "Good sequel"
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    This was a good sequel but I thought the original book had more intensity to it. This story picks up 18 months after the museum beast is killed and adds to the plot bunny that was created in the epilogue of Relic. There are more mysterious killings, more bumbling cops and political characters, and of course the dry humor of Pendergast, the surprising intellect of D'Agosta, and the reluctant hero of Margo Green.
    What stopped me from giving this book 5 stars across the board was the revealing of the evil overlord. Who it turned out to be was not believable and there was no build up before the 'big reveal' to prepare the reader for the disappointing revelation. Maybe if this part had been written better, I would have liked this book as well as the first one.

    0 of 0 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
    (10922)
    Performance
    (10225)
    Story
    (10251)

    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"
    "I Wish Audible offered a 6th star for this book!"
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    Where does Words of Radiance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is hands down the best audible I've listened to! Even thought this book is 48 hours long, I have already reread the last 3 hours of this book 2x! I didn't want it to end and pray I don't have to wait as long for the 3rd book as some did between the Way of Kings and this masterpiece.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I LOVED the climax of this book (no spoilers). What amazed me is that I knew what the climax was going to be and it is still my favorite part of the book. Most of the time I get annoyed when a writer is so transparent that it's obvious what is about to happen. Well, Sanderson is such a masterful writer that even though I knew what was coming, it still blew me away! I was actually cheering and jumping up and down as I listened! My poor dogs didn't know what was going on with their crazy owner.


    What does Michael Kramer and Kate Reading bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    First of all, I really appreciate how a female is one of the main characters in this series. Women are sadly lacking as main characters in a lot of sci-fi/fantasy books I have read. What Kate Reading adds to this book is remarkable. I love the way she changes her voice and adds 'action' to many scenes by slowing down or speeding up her reading. I especially enjoy her take on the character Pattern. She truly makes this character come to life in a way that wouldn't occur if I was reading this novel.

    Since the two of the main characters are male, we hear Kramer the most in this book. He is very easy to listen to and follows through with the action sequences and the more mundane every day events with the correct amount of inflection in his voice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Well, technically you can't listen to a 48 hour book in one setting. I did go some days at 10-12 hours of listening though! This is such a remarkable book that I would have listened to additional hours. I absolutely can't wait until the 3rd book in this series comes out!


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend making a list of characters and a brief description of them as you read this series. I became a bit lost at certain times during the book, especially in the interludes. Now, I didn't realize that is something that should have been done until I finished the 2nd book. I know I'll reread the series before the 3rd book comes out, so you better believe I'm going to have a notepad by me to write down notable tidbits in the first 2 books in this amazing series.

    0 of 0 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
    (14290)
    Performance
    (11447)
    Story
    (11509)

    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.

    Katy Crumpton says: "Very enjoyable (but a slight warning)"
    "Wonderful introduction!"
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    This 45 hour 'introduction" to the Stormlight chronicles is AMAZING! It is awe inspiring how Sanderson can completely build a new world in such a way that you can 'see' it as you listen. I highly recommend writing down the characters names and a brief description as you listen since I became a bit confused on who did what as the epic novel progressed.
    It is very important to do this since most of these characters are going to be important in the following 8 books of this series. Now, I didn't take my own advice but I know I'll reread the series when the 3rd book comes out and I will make my list then!

    I was blessed to not find this book until the 2nd book was almost ready for audible. I loved reading these 2 books almost back to back. As I said in my title the Way of Kings is just the introduction! Just wait until you get to book 2, it is one of the best books I've ever read!!!! I know 45 to 48 hours of listening may turn some people off, but if the books are as well written as the Stormlight series, you actually want MORE hours to listen to not less hours.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Pierce Brown
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3075)
    Performance
    (2796)
    Story
    (2805)

    Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

    Charles says: "It Got Better and Left Me Wanting More."
    "Leading up to a great sequel"
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    Like most books that are going to be in a series, this first book is full of character development and world building...ummm, I mean Mars building. There isn't a lot of action in the first half of the book, but it is setting the stage for the later half of the novel that is full of action. It is slightly annoying that it is so obvious the main character is going to win 'the game, ' but if you can overlook this, I recommend this novel and will definitely buy the sequel, which is set up to be an ever better book than Red Rising.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sense of an Ending: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Julian Barnes
    • Narrated By Richard Morant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (973)
    Performance
    (832)
    Story
    (834)

    Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumor, and wit. Maybe Adrian was a little more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is retired. He’s had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He’s certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer’s letter is about to prove.

    Chris Reich says: "Stunning. I'm Guilty. Are You?"
    "BORING!!!!!!!"
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    This book was horrible! The plot wasn't interesting, the characters were as limp as a dish towel, and even the setting of London was reduced to a boring and mindless place! I really don't understand how listeners could give this an overall rating of 3 1/2 stars and have 710 reviews.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Wrinkle in Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Madeleine L'Engle
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (714)
    Performance
    (622)
    Story
    (629)

    Meg Murray, her little brother Charles Wallace, and their mother are having a midnight snack on a dark and stormy night when an unearthly stranger appears at their door. He claims to have been blown off course, and goes on to tell them that there is such a thing as a "tesseract," which, if you didn't know, is a wrinkle in time. Meg's father had been experimenting with time-travel when he suddenly disappeared. Will Meg, Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin outwit the forces of evil as they search through space for their father?

    Patricia says: "Thank You for a New Narrator"
    "Timeless classic!"
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    This book never gets old even though it was written in the 1960's. For over 10 years I have read this book (or let them listen to this book) to my 4th graders and they love it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hunted: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4873)
    Performance
    (4515)
    Story
    (4512)

    For a 2,000-year-old Druid, Atticus O’Sullivan is a pretty fast runner. Good thing, because he’s being chased by not one but two goddesses of the hunt - Artemis and Diana - for messing with one of their own. Dodging their slings and arrows, Atticus, Granuaile, and his wolfhound Oberon are making a mad dash across modern-day Europe to seek help from a friend of the Tuatha Dé Danann. His usual magical option of shifting planes is blocked, so instead of playing hide-and-seek, the game plan is...run like hell.

    D says: "Another Serving of Hilari-tea"
    "Don't You Dare Kill Off Atticus or Oberon!"
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    I love this series and even have bought the books for my husband to read (for some reason he doesn't want to listen to a book). This series gets more complicated and adds new characters with every new book that is produces. It also seem that the danger level is going up as Atticus approached Ragnarork, which makes sense, right!?
    For a tiny second I actually thought Atticus may have really bit the dust in this book, but then common sense came into focus. You can't have the main character die, right?? You better listen, Kevin. You better not kill off Atticus, or more importantly Oberon! I was concerned that Oberon wouldn't recover from going mad and have to be killed and was actually distraught at the thought!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13215)
    Performance
    (11998)
    Story
    (12029)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Charles says: "Completely Engaging"
    "Interesting Plot"
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    I really enjoyed listening to this book. It was unique, creative. and entertaining..all things a sci-fi book should be! The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars across the board is that too many questions lingered in my mind after this book wrapped up. Most of the questions were sub plots and it bothered me that they were never explained. For example, it was never explained why people in some apartments slept well and others left after 6 months due to not sleeping or having nightmares. Why even add this info if the author never explains why this occurs!? !It seemed that the book ended abruptly and was a little rushed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Touch of Crimson: Renegade Angels Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (598)
    Performance
    (547)
    Story
    (549)

    An angel with immense power and insatiable desire, Adrian Mitchell leads an elite Special Ops unit of the seraphim. His task is to punish the Fallen - angels who have become vampires - and command a restless pack of indentured lycans. But Adrian has suffered his own punishment for becoming involved with mortals - losing the woman he loves again and again. Now, after nearly 200 years, he has found her: Shadoe, her soul once more inhabiting a new body that doesn’t remember him. This time he won’t let her go.

    CAROLYN says: "A HEAVENLY PARANORMAL LISTEN"
    "Decent intro book"
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    This book is about a girl who doesn't know why she is faster than normal and can pick out 'evil' people, but she eventually finds out all about angels, demons, vampires, and lycans. You see, she shares a soul with Shadoe, who brought down the angel Adrian through love and seduction and comes back to him time after time. The way this book ends makes me think the sequel is going to be better than the first book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Vendetta

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5741)
    Performance
    (5125)
    Story
    (5137)

    Accountant turned professional monster hunter, Owen Zastava Pitt, managed to stop the nefarious Old Ones' invasion plans last year, but as a result made an enemy out of one of the most powerful beings in the universe. Now an evil death cult known as the Church of the Temporary Mortal Condition wants to capture Owen in order to gain the favor of the great Old Ones.

    Jason says: "Exciting story, well told, with a great villain"
    "Great sequel!"
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    In this book, we continue the monster killing from the first book, but find more about why Z is the chosen one. It includes more interaction with his parents, brother, and future in-laws as well. We also find out more about Special Agent Franks in this sequel and of course the Dread Overlord makes an appearance as well.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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