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Trae

Plano, TX, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • 13 reviews
  • 73 ratings
  • 144 titles in library
  • 26 purchased in 2014
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  • Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 3: The Last Command

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1449)
    Performance
    (1350)
    Story
    (1374)

    Overwhelmed by the ships and clones at Thrawn's command, the Republic has one last hope: sending a small force, led by Luke Skywalker, into the very stronghold that houses Thrawn's terrible cloning machines. There a final danger awaits, as the Dark Jedi C'baoth directs the battle against the Rebels and builds his strength to finish what he had already started: the destruction of Luke Skywalker.

    Ron says: "UNABRIDGED! Finally hear it all."
    "Marc Thompson makes the book."
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    The story is definitely a good one, but Marc Thompson's voice acting makes the book amazing. Pretty decent wrap of the trilogy, but does leave you wanting more. Even if you are a passing Star Wars fan, this is worth the read.

    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
    (7113)
    Performance
    (6759)
    Story
    (6780)

    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"
    "Great Story Extension"
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    I was concerned that the story was running too fast after the first book and just the first few chapters of this book. I worried Sanderson wouldn't be able to keep me interested at the pace the story was taking, or that things would go in a crazy different direction and disappoint me.

    But this was masterfully done. Great characters, great story, great narration. I enjoyed Shalan's story much more than the original book, she's still a frustrating character, but much more enjoyable. I was impressed with the inclusion of new characters and how well they fit in. There's also some serious news about how each character is related to one another, and this makes the next book even more intriguing.

    If I had to knock one thing in the book. The interludes are still confusing and provide little to no payoff for the reader. Some of them I can agree they are introducing new characters that we might see in later books, but others are simply confusing and made me question why was my time spent learning about this person. There's no immediate benefit and in some cases nor is there a future with that character.

    Overall, great!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    Overall
    (3302)
    Performance
    (2592)
    Story
    (2594)

    An orphan's life is harsh---and often short---in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains---a man who is neither blind nor a priest. A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected "family" of orphans---a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards.

    Luke A. Reynolds says: "Stupendous, but be warned."
    "Good Narrator, Great Plot, Bad Storytelling"
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    I've thought about this for a while and what was so disappointing about this book. The reviews are great, and the story if very intriguing. Honestly, Scott Lynch is an excellent writer when it comes to prose. He's not overly advanced and tedious, but definitely not juvenile. The problem comes with the way the story was constructed.

    I liken the style to a speech by a great orator. Imaging you were listening to Martin Luther King, Jr. and his great speech went like this "I have a dream...but wait, I forgot to mention this happened a while back...the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners, oh yeah, there's this story about slaves and slave owners I want to mention...will be able to sit together..."

    Flashbacks are hard to get right in books. Movies have the advantage of visual queuing, but in books it's hard to help the reader understand it is a flash back. And this book is full of flashback. Due to the heavy integration of characters, there is never a clear delineation of time save a chapter change. The first 2/3rd of this book is disorienting and difficult to follow. But does get much better after that.

    The story it great, you have the appropriate level of empathy for those intended, excellent writing and prose, narration is good (although the children are done in an annoying voice), great characters, and fun twists. Just bad storytelling. And that aspect completely clouds the good in this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5083)
    Performance
    (4676)
    Story
    (4675)

    Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

    Magpie says: "Two books in one - keep listening!!"
    "Great start to a trilogy that I feel I will enjoy"
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    Picked this book up on a whim. I was looking for something about thieves for some strange reason. I'm glad I did. Sullivan throws you into a world that will be instantly familiar (humans, elves, and dwarfs) to any fantasy reader and doesn't worry about all the details of why the world is this way. It just setups the world, the rules, and scope and runs off.

    I'm happy Sullivan did this because what you get is a great story and you don't have to worry about all the little details that often invade fantasy epics. You get a solid story that is heavy on the events. Paces very well without blowing to quickly through what is happening.

    T.G. Reynolds does a wonderful job on the reading and gives you a vivid mental picture of what each character. I'm going to read the rest of this series soon.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5723)
    Performance
    (5338)
    Story
    (5336)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Paige says: "Not his Wheal-house"
    "Wil Weaton fits, but is still out of place"
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    This book is good, not great, just good. Scalzi's writing style is a bit out of place in audiobook form, as none of his dialog flows. Scalzi makes a point to add "she said", "he said", etc. after every piece of dialog and therefore translates to audiobook in a very jerky and difficult to follow style. This is why Wil Weaton feels a bit out of place. He's trying to audibly read a book that's not meant to be read aloud.

    The story is good, funny, and witty. And whereas the main story is well done, I wish it was more fleshed out. Things move quickly. Honestly, I felt the best portion of the book was the Second Coda. The Second Coda is extremely well written and is perfectly suited for narration. It's a shame the entire book wasn't in the same style.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart: Reckoners, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    Overall
    (6433)
    Performance
    (6003)
    Story
    (6027)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "Loved Every Second..."
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    Steelheart was an amazing read. Andrews does a superb job with the voices and pacing that I felt he was the characters. Completely engrossing without getting in the way. Sanderson wrote a great book set in a dystopian future where the people with superpower are pretty much all villains.

    It's a great spin on the superhero genre, now superheros are bad and enslave the "common" humans, but can the humans rise up and defeat their overlords? Honestly, I think I'm going to listen to this one again and again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mimus

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Lilli Thal
    • Narrated By Maxwell Caulfield
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    War has cast its cold shadow over the kingdom of Moltovia, but finally, peace appears to be at hand. Prince Florin races to join his father at the joyous banquet in the court of their former enemy, but is greeted by betrayal. Spared the dungeon that is the fate of his father and his loyal followers, he is enslaved as a lowly apprentice to the spiteful and wily court jester, Mimus.

    Gil Kleinert says: "Not only for children"
    "Neatly Packaged Young Reader"
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    Honestly I really didn't care for this book. It's a good story and stars off strong, but things begin to move way too rapidly towards the end of the book and the ending is very..."neat".

    Based on the Amazon.com description I was given a bit too much of the plot and kept waiting for a certain event to happen, and when it does I was pretty disappointed. There are complex characters and many are simply ignored at the end and the events unfolding are wrapped up in a nice and orderly fashion, therefore feeling fake.

    Couple that will juvenile narration, I cannot recommend this book. The narrator does voices and the producer felt the need not to worry about audio normalizing, so many times Mimus is yelling at you then you have to turn the volume up to hear other characters. Frustrating read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • They're Watching

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (472)
    Performance
    (364)
    Story
    (366)

    Patrick Davis is a man with troubles. First his Hollywood dreams crumble, then his storybook marriage hits a snag. Finally, DVDs start being delivered to his house – DVDs which show that someone is watching him and his wife, that the two of them are being stalked and recorded by cameras hidden around and within their house. Then the e-mails start, and someone offers to fix everything, to take the mess his life has become and make it all right. Patrick figures it's the offer of a lifetime.

    B.J. says: "Umm, no. They're not watching."
    "Completely surprised by this one..."
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    I bought this one one whim, never heard of the author or this book, but I'm glad I did. This might be one of the best books of fiction I've read this year.

    Characters are completely believable. At no time did I think the characters did something opposite of what the author had established earlier. The situations and circumstances were well plotted out and was very engrossing. I'm also a sucker for stories that don't take the modern narrative of "disposable marriages". I'd recommend this to any reader.

    Note: It's narrated by Scott Brick. People either love him or hate him. I tend to enjoy his narration mostly because he doesn't succumb to common pitfall of making female voices overly comical. Many male readers do this and Brick establishes a vocal and maintains it throughout the reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan, Jim DeFelice
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2985)
    Performance
    (2697)
    Story
    (2688)

    From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan ("the devil") and placed a bounty on his head.

    William says: "Rough and tumble Texas boy makes USA proud"
    "Interesting, but not engrossing..."
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    I've been wanting to read this for a while, and finally got the time to start it. It is an interesting story of the U.S.'s most lethal sniper, but you have to understand, Kyle is no one special. His story is interesting, but it isn't amazing. He even states his title was mostly because of luck, not luck in ability but just being in the right place at the right time. It's more interesting to hear the tension his job put on his family and his ties to what he felt was honorable.

    The narration was a little rough but I personally think it is because Pruden makes an attempt at a Texan accent which most people not from Texas most always fail to do. But you can tell he has had military service which does help the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Decision

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2791)
    Performance
    (2496)
    Story
    (2505)

    Linda McKinney is a myrmecologist, a scientist who studies the social structure of ants. Her academic career has left her entirely unprepared for the day her sophisticated research is conscripted by unknown forces to help run an unmanned - and thanks to her research, automated - drone army. Odin is the secretive Special Ops soldier with a unique insight into the faceless enemy who has begun to attack the American homeland with drones programmed to seek, identify, and execute targets.

    Madeleine says: "What's that droning sound?"
    "Interesting story, rough reading..."
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    The story is pretty interesting and has a great premise. There is a bit of political leaning from the author, but didn't feel preachy. Main female character felt unrealistic and made a few odd choices, and the reader could have made things worse because he read her in a way that she constantly sounded upset/whiny.

    I like the subject and the way it was paced. Suarez has an issue with suddenly making huge jarring leaps in time, but this book had the leaps but wasn't quite as jarring...but still some lost time that felt odd. The action was very well put together and didn't have many "video game injuries" (like when someone gets shot a few time, but can still fully function).

    Thoroughly enjoyable read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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