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  • The Ruins of Gorlan: Ranger's Apprentice, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Flanagan
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1097)
    Performance
    (818)
    Story
    (826)

    Will is an orphan and a ward of the castle. He hopes to someday become a great hero. But he is a small boy, and only the biggest and toughest are selected as warriors. He has other talents though, and they catch the attention of the mysterious Ranger Halt. Will soon masters stealth and accuracy with the bow.

    Deborah says: "YA?"
    "Doesn't quite connect"
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    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Most interesting aspect of the story would be non-existent. The world is rather straightforward, the crafts/professions are fairly standard and to tie in with the least interesting aspect is the premise that a small skinny boy who is talented in climbing trees, moving unseen, and general theft and mischief has any belief in being a knight (full plate armor and heavy weaponry) but is forced into being a ranger (who fits his talents quite well).


    Any additional comments?

    The book never really gave Will any challenge, his training was skimmed through and appeared to be quite easy. The drama and suspense of the fighting never really drew me into it and Will didn't appear to really develop particularly compared to Horace. The characters are stereotypical and bland.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Kiss of Shadows: Meredith Gentry, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (981)
    Performance
    (537)
    Story
    (549)

    "All it would take was my true name being mentioned after dark, and it would float back to my aunt. She was the Queen of Air and Darkness, and that meant that anything said in the dark was hers to hear, eventually. The fact that spotting the missing Elven American Princess had become more popular than spotting Elvis helped."

    Mysticalsister says: "Not for the prudish reader -- but,"
    "Wrong kind of climax"
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    What would have made A Kiss of Shadows better?

    A little less sex, a little less overly abstract descriptions that left me wondering what the author was actually trying to say, a whole lot more plot development and perhaps a feeling of a conclusion. I literally said aload "that's it?" when the audiobook ended. I understand that it is the first in a series of books but at least have the book that has some tension and a sense of victory of some sort. My review here is longer than a descriptive summary of the book would be.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I have no idea but Laurell Hamilton will not be the author of it


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator failed horribly at any male voice becoming very monotone.


    What character would you cut from A Kiss of Shadows?

    Hard to say since a lot of them may be used later in the series that was just not needed for this book. If anything the queen's second spy did nothing for the story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Betrayal of Thieves: Legends of Dimmingwood, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By C. Greenwood
    • Narrated By Ashley Arnold
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Ilan has narrowly escaped her last encounter with the soldiers of the evil Praetor but many of her outlaw friends have not been so fortunate. When her closest companion is dragged off to Selbius for execution, Ilan has no choice but to defy the captain of the forest brigands and journey to the stronghold of her enemies.

    Amazon Customer says: "Why is this a separate book?"
    "Why is this a separate book?"
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    What did you like best about Betrayal of Thieves? What did you like least?

    This book has an interesting set-up in terms of the world, magic system, and general plot. The problem lies in that this entire book could be done as a chapter or two in an actual book. The events are minor and really do not impress any sort of accomplishment or milestone within the MC. I know its a saga and each book will tell a part of the story but seriously, this is uneventful.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ashley Arnold’s performances?

    I may try another performance just to continue this story line but if I see a performance outside of this saga then I will run away.


    Any additional comments?

    Can Ashly Arnold get some acting lessons? Its borderline monotone and remains at a constant pace regardless of action, and she can only do one voice.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    Overall
    (6420)
    Performance
    (5991)
    Story
    (6015)

    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"
    "Another enjoyable listen from Brandon Sanderson"
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    What did you love best about Steelheart?

    Steelheart has a rather original premise and although I found myself rooting for the premise to be blown out of the water for some good old fashion superpower melee/ neo realizing he is the one awesomeness, I am glad he didn't.


    What about Macleod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    Abraham was a fantastic comic relief brought to life.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes: The Heirloom Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (58 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (342)
    Performance
    (320)
    Story
    (325)

    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes tales are rightly ranked among the seminal works of mystery and detective fiction. Included in this collection are all four full-length Holmes novels and more than forty short masterpieces - from the inaugural adventure A Study in Scarlet to timeless favorites like “The Speckled Band” and more. At the center of each stands the iconic figure of Holmes - brilliant, eccentric, and capable of amazing feats of deductive reasoning.

    Santa Fe Painter says: "A Table of Contents & Audible Part/Chapter Notes"
    "The True Mystery is where to start"
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    Any additional comments?

    I need an index of where the stories are otherwise you cannot argue with the greatness of Sherlock nor Simon Vance's performance.

    23 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocent Mage

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Karen Miller
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (243)

    "The Innocent Mage is come, and we stand at the beginning of the end of everything." Being a fisherman like his father isn't a bad life, but it's not the one that Asher wants. Despite his humble roots, Asher has grand dreams. And they call him to Dorana, home of princes, beggars, and the warrior mages who have protected the kingdom for generations. Little does Asher know, however, that his arrival in the city is being closely watched by members of the Circle, people dedicated to preserving an ancient magic.

    Bruce says: "Heroic Fantasy well written"
    "At least she got the cliff in cliffhanger right"
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    What could Karen Miller have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Karen could have actually made the "innocent mage" actually do something seemingly relevant to the title or heroic and a villian beyond that of a Simpson's Mr. Burns saying "excellent, excellent" and mocking those that surround him. The set-up was there but the author decided to say hell with it and made the action parts bland and could have just called the book "The Innocent guy who befriends a prince and gets his heart toyed with by a descendant of a prophet" I like the hero, but I expect a hero to do perform the duty assigned. For example, a knight protects the kingdom, a barbarian goes crazy with a sharp weapon, and perhaps a mage at least uses magic in some fashion, even if its the last 5 words of the book. "Awakened Mage" is past tense right so shouldn't he awaken prior to it.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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