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Sarah

Mesa, AZ, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Wizard's First Rule: Sword of Truth, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Sam Tsoutsouvas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3894)
    Performance
    (2305)
    Story
    (2336)

    In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, Richard Cypher encounters a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, in his forest sanctuary. She seeks his help...and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.

    A User says: "Better than the show"
    "Very good so far"
    Overall

    Like all good sci fi series, it takes a bit to get into the flow of the story. But this is a good one.
    Some of the minor characters are a bit predictable and formulaic, but the story is fresh and engaging.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Phantom

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (634)
    Performance
    (531)
    Story
    (530)

    When Harry left Oslo again for Hong Kong - fleeing the traumas of life as a cop - he thought he was there for good. But then the unthinkable happened. The son of the woman he loved, lost, and still loves is arrested for murder: Oleg, the boy Harry helped raise but couldn't help deserting when he fled. Harry has come back to prove that Oleg is not a killer. Barred from rejoining the police force, he sets out on a solitary, increasingly dangerous investigation that takes him deep into the world of the most virulent drug to ever hit the streets.

    Fran Murphy says: "Jo Nesbo hates Harry Hole"
    "Perfect Nesbo"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Like all Nesbo books, this is one where, if you think you know who did it and there is more than five minutes left in the book, you probably don't. I ended up staying up way too late both nights during the two days it took me to listen to this book. Another fabulous addition to the Harry Hole series.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11826)
    Performance
    (9489)
    Story
    (9605)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "When Does The Next One Come Out ... AAAUUGGHHH!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The only negative thing I could possibly muster up about this series is that the third book isn't out yet. The world, characters, story line, and narration are all fabulous. This will rank up with the series I've most enjoyed if the next books stay true to form.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stone of Tears: Sword of Truth, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Jim Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2631)
    Performance
    (1435)
    Story
    (1456)

    The veil to the underworld has been torn, and Rahl, from beyond the veil, begins to summon a sinister power more dreadful than any he has wielded before. Horrifying creatures escape through the torn veil, wreaking havoc on the unsuspecting world above.

    Bo Laughlin says: "Great Book - Almost ruined by the narrator"
    "Bad narrator"
    Overall

    I'm only a bit in to this book, but I'm already gritting my teeth. I love the story and author, and intend to listen to the entire series. But the dude that reads this reminds me of the guys you hear on automated response systems ... "if you would like to speak to the customer service division, press 1." He is horrible. But I see he doesn't do the third book, and hope the people who cast these books realize this in all the books after number two.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dragonflight: Dragonriders of Pern

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Anne McCaffrey
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1029)
    Performance
    (712)
    Story
    (733)

    On the beautiful planet Pern, colonized for centuries, Land Holders and Craftsmen have traditionally tithed food and supplies to the dragonweyrs to which they are bound. In times past, the mighty telepathic dragons and their riders were the only protection from the dreaded, life-threatening Thread. Now those times may be returning....

    Suzanne says: "Anne Fan...Still"
    "The Pern series is very engaging"
    Overall

    Having only recently discovered downloadable audio books, I have also only recently discovered a love of science fiction. But this series sucked up every moment of my available listening time, to the point I was putting my iPod on for even the shortest trip to the loo at work. Like all series, it has it's high and low points, and sometimes the narrator grates a nerve with his accents, but I chewed through the series so fast I had some 'splaining to do when the bill came. It's a great story and a fun listen/read.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Scarpetta

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (871)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (237)

    Leaving behind her private forensic pathology practice in Charleston, South Carolina, Kay Scarpetta accepts an assignment in New York City, where the NYPD has asked her to examine an injured man on Bellevue Hospital's psychiatric prison ward. The handcuffed and chained patient, Oscar Bane, has specifically asked for her, and when she literally has her gloved hands on him, he begins to talk - and the story he has to tell turns out to be one of the most bizarre she has ever heard.

    Becky says: "Don't waste your money"
    "please go back to basics"
    Overall

    I LOVE Patricia Cornwell, but I am so tired of the trend her books are taking. If Kay Scarpetta is her alter ego, Ms. Cornwell is a little self-absorbed. No really, are all evil mastermind criminals intent on destroying a certain medical examiner for no apparent reason? Are you feeling persecuted for some reason, Ms. Cornwell. Please make your books about the science and the people, and not about some paranoid fantasy come true. But I nonetheless enjoy revisiting many of your characters. Just try to get back to basics and pull your writing back from the edge of the land of make believe.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman, full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5080)
    Performance
    (1586)
    Story
    (1607)

    When Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon decide to spy on a presentation her uncle, the commanding Lord Asriel, is making to the elders of Jordan College they have no idea that they will become witnesses to an attempted murder, and even less that they are taking the first steps in a journey that will lead them into danger and adventure unlike anything Lyra's unfettered imagination has conjured up.

    Arnold says: "A Terrific Book"
    "Excellent Series. But for children??!"
    Overall

    All books in this series are just wonderful. The story is creative and new, the characters are complex and fascinating, and it is full of shifts and turns that keep you wondering what the author is getting at. I want to listen to the series several times to try and unfold the layers. But, other than the main characters being children, I have a hard time seeing these as children's books. Evan for a middle-aged woman who has spent considerable time mulling over religion, spirituality, and the true nature of man, the themes in the series can be unsettling and disturbing. I imagine for younger or less "mature" readers, this could be just plain confusing and distressing. If your kids are deep thinkers, and you intend to discuss the book with them, it could open the way for some very engaging exploration and discussion. But if your kids are younger, don't be fooled by the cute little "demons" and bears, this book could be very frightening, and could raise questions about God, parents, society, and life they simply may not have the life experience to sort through without help. But if you are over 21, you might as well download all three books now, and wait until you have some serious down time before you start, because these books will suck you in.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth's Last Days

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (565)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (149)

    What would happen if millions of people around the world suddenly disappeared one day? In this fascinating apocalyptic thriller, best-selling Christian inspirational authors LaHaye and Jenkins pool their considerable talents to answer that question. Narrator Richard Ferrone's unusually deep and hypnotic voice will keep you right in the middle of this not-unimaginable end of the world nightmare.

    Shannon L Hendon says: "Great series!"
    "Love/Hate this series"
    Overall

    This series drove me nuts!! There are so many things that were simply aweful, yet I downloaded the entire series in less than three months. Let me be fair and first say what I liked about the books.

    I found many inspirational moments that made me contemplate and deepen my faith. That's the biggest draw. I don't fully agree with the author's interpretations, but the entire journey of the books made me examine where my heart was, and I found many moments of deepening closeness with God. Also, in the early books, they were good at hooking you and making you want to know what happened next.

    Now ... why they drove me crazy. They are terribly written. There are logical gaps throughout the series. There are too many to mention, but suffice it to say the factual or physical circumstances laid out in the first books are caste aside as people and things that could not happen according to the first books continue to appear in the latter. And it isn't because God made it happen. They just do.

    The authors are misogynistic. Particularly in the early books, there is not an intelligent, well-rounded female character to be found. The women are shallow and flighty, and respond to all circumstances in a stereotypic fashion only very young men would think realistic. This improves over the series, but I never see myself in any of the female characters.

    The narrator drives me nuts. He needs to listen to his earlier narrations and make up his mind. Throughout the books, his accents for different characters is all over the place. One day, a character sounds like an American midwesterner, the next day, Dracula in a bad Ed Woods movie. The pronunciation of names and cities also changes from book to book.

    Like all successful authors, the editor must have lost heart. If these were written books, you'd skip whole chapters, but you can't glance at an audio book, so your stuck listening to it all.

    They were worthwhile, but could have been so much better.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Coran, The Holy Quran

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By World Music Office
    • Narrated By Abdelbasset Mohamed Abdessamad
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (13)

    The Holy Quran is the central religious text of Islam. The Quran consists of 114 suras (chapters). Each Sura is formed of several Ayahs (verses). Here is an unabridged recitation of the Quran by Abdelbasset Mohamed Abdessamad, who is perhaps the most famous and best reciter of the Quran in the world.

    Sarah says: "Not in English"
    "Not in English"
    Overall

    Just in case you are downloading to learn more about something you have no exposure to, be aware, it's in Arabic. I wish they'd mentioned that before I downloaded it.

    60 of 66 people found this review helpful

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