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Steven

Mahboula, Kuwait | Member Since 2010

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  • Oath of Swords: War God, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (731)
    Performance
    (636)
    Story
    (644)

    Bahzell is no knight in shining armor, and besides he has too many problems of his own to be messing with anybody else's problems - let alone the War God's. Unfortunately, the War God has other ideas for him.

    breckoz says: "Almost Returned This One"
    "Not Bad"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think a younger audience interested but less familiar with the fantasy genre might enjoy this story.


    What could David Weber have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I think this is a competent story, but not very interesting.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance did not match the topic. The voice was too deep and reading a bit stilted so that none of the humor in the story played through very well.


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

    meh.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Hammered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6772)
    Performance
    (6138)
    Story
    (6141)

    Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is worse than a blowhard and a bully - he’s ruined countless lives and killed scores of innocents. After centuries, Viking vampire Leif Helgarson is ready to get his vengeance, and he’s asked his friend Atticus O’Sullivan, the last of the Druids, to help take down this Norse nightmare.One survival strategy has worked for Atticus for more than two thousand years: stay away from the guy with the lightning bolts. But things are heating up in Atticus’s home base of Tempe, Arizona....

    Hallie says: "Love this series!"
    "Didn't Wanna Like It"
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    If you could sum up Hammered in three words, what would they be?

    Funny. Clever. Amusing.


    Would you recommend Hammered to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not really. This is a guilty read. I did not want to like it, but come on, this is like Buffy in Druid form.


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    The text and the performer were well matched.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hero of Ages: Mistborn, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (6076)
    Performance
    (4127)
    Story
    (4159)

    The conclusion of the Mistborn trilogy fulfills all the promise of the first two books. Revelations abound, connections rooted in early chapters of the series click into place, and surprises, as satisfying as they are stunning, blossom like fireworks to dazzle and delight. It all leads up to a finale unmatched for originality and audacity that will leave listeners shaking their heads in wonder, as if awaking from an amazing dream.

    Julio says: "Well concluded!"
    "Gets You"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Hero of Ages in three words, what would they be?

    Wait For It.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hero of Ages?

    The ending is the best part because the author does a great job of getting you there.


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

    The performance annoyed me at first, but grew on me with time. The story is good and the performer is talented, so the combination makes for an experience unique to the audio format.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Daniel O'Malley
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1922)
    Performance
    (1740)
    Story
    (1740)

    Myfanwy Thomas awakes in a London park surrounded by dead bodies. With her memory gone, her only hope of survival is to trust the instructions left in her pocket by her former self. She quickly learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in a secret agency that protects the world from supernatural threats. But there is a mole inside the organization - and this person wants her dead.

    Ethan M. says: "Harry Dresden meets English bureaucracy"
    "Charming"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Rook?

    I enjoyed the main character and the performer who gave her extra character.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character.


    Which character – as performed by Susan Duerden – was your favorite?

    The main character.


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

    The rook-your next move may be your last.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a fun modern fantasy find. Parts got a bit cluttered, but overall the story moved well, the performance was great, and the take on fantasy proved engaging.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (879)
    Performance
    (758)
    Story
    (745)

    Richard Dawkins, the world’s most famous evolutionary biologist, presents a gorgeously lucid, science book examining some of the nature’s most fundamental questions both from a mythical and scientific perspective. Science is our most precise and powerful tool for making sense of the world. Before we developed the scientific method, we created rich mythologies to explain the unknown. The pressing questions that primitive men and women asked are the same ones we ask as children. Who was the first person? What is the sun? Why is there night and day?

    Connie says: "Audio version is superb for us grown-ups"
    "Needed To Be Done"
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    Performance
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    What did you love best about The Magic of Reality?

    I thought this was a nice review of reality, bringing the big picture into a small space for everyone to think about in one sitting.


    Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?

    The concepts were painstakingly easy to follow.


    What about Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward ’s performance did you like?

    The performers played well off of each other, lighting the text up with their exchange of roles.


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

    Yes.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Conversation

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Catherine Blyth
    • Narrated By Catherine Blyth
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    In The Art of Conversation, Catherine Blyth eloquently points out the sorry state of disrepair that conversation has fallen into - and then, taking examples from history, literature, philosophy, anthropology, and popular culture, she gives us the tools to rebuild. Her prose embodies the conversational values she promotes: It's smart, succinct, self-deprecating, and light on its feet.

    Steven says: "Pleasant"
    "Pleasant"
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    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Art of Conversation the most enjoyable?

    The author and narrator were the best parts.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The authors anecdotes made the story interesting.


    Which character – as performed by Catherine Blyth – was your favorite?

    The author shares story from her personal experiences, there aren't really characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No.


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

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3982)
    Performance
    (3609)
    Story
    (3626)

    Earl Harbinger may be the leader of Monster Hunter International, but he's also got a secret. Nearly a century ago, Earl was cursed to be a werewolf. When Earl receives word that one of his oldest foes, a legendarily vicious werewolf that worked for the KGB, has mysteriously appeared in the remote woods of Michigan, he decides to take care of some unfinished business.

    Nicholas says: "Unexpectedly Enjoyable"
    "Okay"
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    Would you try another book from Larry Correia and/or Oliver Wyman?

    I did not like the first part at all. The story is light and snarky, but the narration is deep and moody. The incongruity did not sit well at first, but I got into it by the second half. By the last third of the story I was pretty interested to see how it would turn out.


    What could Larry Correia have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Actually it makes me a little weary of the "modern werewolf " "updated supernatural" genre


    Would you be willing to try another one of Oliver Wyman’s performances?

    Not really. This story might read better than it is heard.


    Was Monster Hunter Alpha worth the listening time?

    I will have to try another book by Larry Correia. I am not sure if it is the author or the narrator, but the story does not fit well with Oliver Wyman.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Jonathan Haidt
    • Narrated By Jonathan Haidt
    Overall
    (544)
    Performance
    (465)
    Story
    (462)

    In The Righteous Mind, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt explores the origins of our divisions and points the way forward to mutual understanding. His starting point is moral intuition - the nearly instantaneous perceptions we all have about other people and the things they do. These intuitions feel like self-evident truths, making us righteously certain that those who see things differently are wrong. Haidt shows us how these intuitions differ across cultures, including the cultures of the political left and right.

    Douglas says: "A Brilliant And Insightful Book!"
    "Exploring Emotion and Reason"
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    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Righteous Mind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a good audiobook.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Righteous Mind?

    I have enjoyed thinking about how some people are unable to grasp things not because they are stupid, but because they have already formed an idea about them.


    What does Jonathan Haidt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The author is rare for being a good performer as well. Given the divisiveness the topic could engender in some, the open, thoughtful voice of the author lends an even tone that allows everyone to enjoy and learn.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    The importance of emotion to reason.


    20 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Vortex

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Troy Denning
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (656)
    Performance
    (417)
    Story
    (416)

    In a stunning turn of events, Luke Skywalker and his son, Ben, joined forces with members of the Sith armada sent to kill them - and turned their combined might against the monstrous being Abeloth. But with Abeloth gone, the Sith reverted to form, making a treacherous attempt on Luke's life. Luke and Ben have no time for retaliation. A new and even more insidious threat is rising. Unless the Skywalkers survive to sound the alarm, the galaxy will suffer as it has never suffered before.

    John says: "Fate of the Jedi - Vortex"
    "Vanilla"
    Overall

    I like the audio productions of these books because they add a little something. The stories are so tightly contolled that there is never any real risk involved, so hearing a production helps immensely. Of course, the biggest problem is the protrayal of Lando. Um, has the performer never seen the movies? When did Lando become a Texan?

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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