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Ryan

Los Angeles, CA, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • 23 reviews
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  • 370 titles in library
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  • Shadow's Edge: Night Angel Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1839)
    Performance
    (1206)
    Story
    (1219)

    Kylar Stern has rejected the assassin's life. The Godking's successful coup has left Kylar's master, Durzo, and his best friend, Logan, dead. He is starting over---new city, new friends, and new profession. But when he learns that Logan might actually be alive and in hiding, Kylar is faced with an agonizing choice: will he give up the way of shadows forever and live in peace with his new family, or will he risk everything by taking on the ultimate hit?

    Brooke says: "Not his best, and NOT a great reader!"
    "Worth it"
    Overall

    Better than the first one. Good depth and enjoyable. Go for it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Daylight War: The Demon Cycle, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    Overall
    (1339)
    Performance
    (1230)
    Story
    (1238)

    In this heart-stopping installment of the Demon Cycle, humanity continues to struggle against the demon plague - even as survivors hold out hope that the Deliverer will save them all. On the night of the new moon, the demons rise in force, seeking the deaths of two men, both of whom have the potential to become the fabled Deliverer, the man prophesied to reunite the scattered remnants of humanity in a final push to destroy the demon corelings once and for all.

    Joe says: "Can't Believe Audible Didn't Announce The Release."
    "Best so far"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Mr Brett has definitely found himself in this sequel. The writing was excellent and pulls you right in. Even scenes that are just fighting sequences are brought to life

    If you are a fan of the first two (and you should be) this sequel does not disappoint!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wretched of Muirwood: Legends of Muirwood, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jeff Wheeler
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (287)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (272)

    The Wretched of Muirwood, the opening novel in the Muirwood Trilogy, is the tale of the orphan Lia - who is part of a pariah caste known only as the "wretched", a people unloved, unwanted, and destined to a life of servitude. Forbidden to read or write, and forced to slave away in the Abbey kitchen, Lia is all but resigned to her fate. But when an injured squire named Colvin is abandoned at the Abbey kitchen, opportunity arises, and Lia conspires to hide Colvin and change her life forever.…

    CJ says: "Nice Surprise from Unknown Author"
    "Average"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I had high hopes after reading previous reviews. There was nothing special about this book, it was very average. It filled the time, but I found the main character pretty annoying at times. It is a coming of age story, however the young girl just comes off as a complaining winer rather than a woman trying to find herself. There were times when you just wanted to tell her to "shut up" :-X

    I would move on. There is better stuff on Audible.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Blinding Knife: Lightbringer, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (755)
    Performance
    (693)
    Story
    (691)

    Gavin Guile is dying. He'd thought he had five years left - now he has less than one. With 50,0000 refugees, a bastard son, and an ex-fiancée who may have learned his darkest secret, Gavin has problems on every side. All magic in the world is running wild and threatens to destroy the Seven Satrapies. Worst of all, the old gods are being reborn, and their army of color wights is unstoppable. The only salvation may be the brother whose freedom and life Gavin stole 16 years ago.

    robert says: "great book but missing content in chapter 90 and 9"
    "Some of his best work"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Blinding Knife rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is definitely some of Mr. Weeks best work. It is even better than the preceding book. The development is more fluent. Also, it will catch you off gaurd and you might find yourself laughing in public. Some of the banter in the dialogue is very enjoyable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Perfect Shadow: A Night Angel Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By James Langton
    Overall
    (394)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (336)

    Discover the origins of Durzo Blint in this original novella set in the world of Brent Weeks' New York Times best-selling Night Angel trilogy.... "I got a bit of prophecy," the old assassin said. "Not enough to be useful, you know. Just glimpses. My wife dead, things like that to keep me up late at night. I had this vision that I was going to be killed by forty men, all at once. But now that you're here, I see they're all you. Durzo Blint."

    Dillon says: "Good, but not great."
    "For fans of the series"
    Overall
    Performance
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    A fun little novella. I do not think it would hold up on it's own, but it was enjoyable if you have read the others in the series.

    I would have liked a little more of a traditional story arc, but I don't regret spending the $4.

    The narrator was pretty horrible though. He became very distracting at times. Definitely pulled me out of the story. He has a awkward cadence to his sentences and puts pauses where they do not belong.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Michael Scott
    • Narrated By Denis O'Hare
    Overall
    (2339)
    Performance
    (1203)
    Story
    (1224)

    Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330. Nearly 700 years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest alchemist of his day. It is said that he discovered the secret of eternal life. The records show that he died in 1418. But his tomb is empty. The legend: Nicholas Flamel lives, but only because he has been making the elixir of life for centuries. And Sophie and Josh Newman are about to find themselves in the middle of the greatest legend of all time.

    Allison says: "High Fantasty in a modern world setting"
    "Mindless, but enjoyable."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Not really much depth in this series...it reads very much like a TV show.

    That said, sometimes you are in the mood for TV! I am an older reader, so I might be a bit skewed. Maybe my review would be different if I was a teen.

    If you are looking for something to pass the time on vacation or a road trip this series would be a good one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon Blood: The Hurog Duology, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Joe Manganiello
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (165)

    Wardwick of Hurog wishes to live in peace. Destiny has other plans. He is about to be arrested and imprisoned in the Asylum for Nobel Embarrassments and Inconveniences. Worse still Ward has learned that the same man bent on his imprisonment, Jakoven Tallven, High King of the Five Kingdoms, is seeking Hurog blood to activate the supernatural equivalent of a weapon of mass destruction. Once again Ward must play the fool to survive. Yet that will not suffice.

    Pauline says: "Surprising Twist From Patricia Briggs"
    "Not the best."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was ready for a sequel after enjoying the first in the series, but like so many sequels this one really fell short. It just seemed like they tried to do too much with it and in the process lost a lot of what made it great.

    Can't really recommend it...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Alchemist and the Executioness

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi, Tobias S. Buckell
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (722)
    Performance
    (345)
    Story
    (344)

    It is a world where magic is forbidden – yet practiced in secret every day. But each small act of magic exacts a dreadful price – for it brings the bramble, which chokes farmland, destroys villages, and kills with its deadly thorns. In this world an alchemist believes he’s found a solution to the curse. But will the cure be worse than the disease? And a woman is forced to take up the mantle of her father, the Executioner. But it will not be the only death that she faces.

    Rand says: "Not What I Expected..."
    "A fun little listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It wasn't the most in depth of stories, but it was an interesting construct of how the two tales came together. I was drawn in for both and it is definitely worth a download.

    I opted to spend the $5 rather than a credit.

    Narrators were good, even if they overdid it at times.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Arrows of the Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Carole Edie Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (423)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (236)

    Talia has always known that she isn't suited for the life her elders have chosen for her. As part of a small, conservative community, she's never been allowed beyond the boundaries of her father's lands. Her only window to the outside world has been the few books she's been allowed to read, but this only fuels her desire to know more.

    Amazon Customer says: "Highly Recommend"
    "I enjoyed it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It has been a few years since I have read (or listened to!) Lackey's work and this one sucked me right back in. Characters are engaging and it is a fun story.

    After reading the first of the trilogy, I had to track down the other two!

    It is a bit YA, but very enjoyable- even for an older audience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17505)
    Performance
    (15830)
    Story
    (15955)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Too Young Adult for me"
    Overall

    I had higher hopes after reading such positive reviews. The book was inconsistent at best. The conflict was very low hanging and seemed to resolve itself in the most predictable way.

    I might have enjoyed it more if I was 12.

    9 of 12 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
    (10234)
    Performance
    (8532)
    Story
    (8605)

    "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...."

    Geoff says: "I dig it."
    "Even better than Day 1"
    Overall

    It has been a long time since I have been captivated so entirely by such a good story. I have listened to over 80 titles on Audible and this one would surely make it into my top five. It was even better than the first in the series.

    You may be hesitant due to the length, but not once did I feel like it was dragging. It was one long tale of adventure and you will finding yourself hanging on from chapter to chapter. I didn't want it to end!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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