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Tom

Somonauk, Illinois, United States | Listener Since 2008

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  • 23 reviews
  • 91 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2014
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  • 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
    (11424)
    Performance
    (9118)
    Story
    (9225)

    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!"
    "At last!!"
    Overall

    Well... i started my audio experiance on Robert Jordan's Wheel of time. Then Brandon Sandersons mistborn series..then George R.R. Martains song of fire and ice... from there i bought books and they didnt match those 3 authors talent and story telling, i thought i would never get the story writing those autors gave me ...until now. Patrick Rothfuss's writing style and story telling is awesome I found it hard to put my headphones down at the end of the day...and the narrator is one of the best i heard to date.

    I recomend this book. you wont be disapointed!!

    46 of 51 people found this review helpful
  • The Storyteller

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3041)
    Performance
    (2652)
    Story
    (2658)

    Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

    Suzn F says: "The Baker, The Nun, The Virgin and The Monster"
    "Great narrators..but bad story"
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    I really like some of Picoult's books. But this one was not very good. It's not what i would expect from her. Dont know what i can say that wont give anything away in the book, other then, The audible description of this book doesn't mention the holocaust. and it a big part of this book. And the ending is pretty awful.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Memory of Light: Wheel of Time, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4829)
    Performance
    (4390)
    Story
    (4438)

    Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

    Amazon Customer says: "End of one of my favorite fantasy series ever."
    "The best of the best"
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    Never have i read a series where the author gave such life to his characters. Not only did the story make me smile....but his writing style also made me smile though out the series. Its a long one. 500 hours or so of listening pleasure.

    I'm not writing this review for the Memory of Light. if you listened to this, you are a fan. This is a review to let those who didnt know about or start Robert Jordans epic story. It is worth every credit spent...along with every minute of your time listening. Two of the best narrators in the business giving more life then reading the books could ever do.

    This is a epic story. So epic it took 14 books to tell it. So epic...that even after the death of Robert Jordan. He outlined the story so another author could take up the story, and give us a ending he wanted us to hear. The fan base is huge. as the reviews of all the other books will prove.

    In my opinion, This series is better the The lord of the Rings. Better the The Game of Thrones (The Song of Fire and Ice by George RR Martain) Its a fantasy readers must read!!

    So do yourself a favor. Spend your credits on The Wheel of Time series.

    “The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again.”

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • House Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mark Turetsky, Nicole Poole, Andy Paris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3058)
    Performance
    (1269)
    Story
    (1276)

    One of America’s most popular authors, Jodi Picoult has earned a reputation for crafting riveting, topical fiction. In House Rules she examines how being different can have dire consequences. Teenager Jacob Hunt has Asperger’s syndrome. A forensic science wizard, he follows his scanner to show up at crime scenes and give law enforcement officials his advice.

    Charlotte says: "Great book until the ending"
    "Great Story...horrible ending"
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    I love the narraters. they did a great job. I love the story and the charaters, But the ending was bad. I cant go into why i hated the ending without giving anything away.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11556)
    Performance
    (10056)
    Story
    (10093)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Ryan says: "Enjoyable, but a lot of setup"
    "YAY!!! Roy Dotrice is back!!!"
    Overall

    Well for some reason Roy wasnt the narrator for book 4...but hes back in book 5. (as well in the HBO series Game of Thornes) He does a awesome job reading for this series. And i am so glad to hear his voice again. im only 4 hours or so into this book so far..and am so excited.... Terrian Lasnister (the imp) is my favorite...and im happy to see him again...and only after 4 hours...im so excited. And i hate to say this...but i cant wait to goto work tomarrow..so i can put my cans on and listen to the rest of this book...almost 50 hours of pure enjoyment im sure. oh happy happy joy joy :o)

    8 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Shadows: Night Angel Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2427)
    Performance
    (1560)
    Story
    (1571)

    For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art---and he is the city's most accomplished artist, his talents required from alleyway to courtly boudoir. For Azoth, survival is precarious, something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he's grown up in the slums and learned to judge people quickly---and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint. But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name.

    Ethan M. says: "A good grim fantasy series, with caveats"
    "good ....but not great"
    Overall

    I had high hopes for this one. I bought it cause a friend said it matched up with George RR Martain "song of ice and fire" series. but fell way short. Weeks isnt the writer Martian is....nor does he match up with Sanderson or Jordan in the fantasty realm. It seems he dont bring the story to life. And the narrator isnt the best either. I like detail....and to me, it lacks in that.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26747)
    Performance
    (13384)
    Story
    (13429)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Great listen"
    Overall

    I never tried a book in this genere. Im a big swords and magic fan...along with legal thrillers. And other manley type books. but i gave this a whirl cause of the reviews. And i loved it. the narrators where awesome They brought the characters to life. I give it 5 stars even though i thought the aurthor could have added more at the end of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Towers of Midnight: Wheel of Time, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5496)
    Performance
    (3191)
    Story
    (3218)

    The Last Battle has started. The seals on the Dark One’s prison are crumbling. The Pattern itself is unraveling, and the armies of the Shadow have begun to boil out of the Blight. The sun has begun to set upon the Third Age. Perrin Aybara is now hunted by specters from his past: Whitecloaks, a slayer of wolves, and the responsibilities of leadership. All the while, an unseen foe is slowly pulling a noose tight around his neck....

    Jacob says: "Doesn't wrap as nicely as Gathering Storm"
    "The best so far"
    Overall

    i never enjoyed a book (audio book that is) so much as i did this one. With Robert Jordan passing away i never thought the series would be finished. or at least as grand as it has been with Sanderson co writing. I cant belive theres only one more book left. theres soo much that has yet to be told. if they told us that there woud be another 6 books...i would be so happy. i dont want it to end!!

    if you never started reading this series. i suggest you start. the narators are awesome. the story is EPIC. and wont get a better story. Roll the dice...and become a thread in the wheel of time!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2316)
    Performance
    (1641)
    Story
    (1664)

    With unforgettable characters, a sweeping backdrop, and passionate storytelling, this is a fantasy debut to rival that of Robert Jordan. Filled with adventure and bloodshed, pageantry and piracy, mystery and menace, Assassin's Apprentice is the story of a royal house and the young man who is destined to chart its course through tempests of change.

    Jake says: "Great book"
    "i wanted to like it"
    Overall

    I gave Hobb a second chance with this book. I read shammans crossing and the forest mage. and didnt like it. no action...and hoped there would be some kind of action in this book. and no, i didnt get it. Hobb tells a good story. but no action. no wars...no fights to but you at the edge of your seat. Good story telling...but the story is boring

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Blade Itself: The First Law: Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (3718)
    Performance
    (2668)
    Story
    (2682)

    Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

    Steven says: "Steven Pacey is magnificient."
    "Great Listen!!"
    Overall

    What a Great book!. The Story is very smooth. The Characters are well developed and likable. Its got all you want in a fantasy book. Blood, guts, magic, heroes and villains. its got alot of action and some good humor blended in. The narrator does a great job. cant wait to listen to the next two books. And im sure if your a Geaorge RR Martain fan..you will enjoy this too.

    26 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • It

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4414)
    Performance
    (3149)
    Story
    (3175)

    They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror of their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name.

    Parola138 says: "I thought I was desensitized"
    "one of the best"
    Overall

    This is one of Kings best works by far. The narrator takes some time to get used too. but after a few hours, you wouldnt want anyone else to read this for you.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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