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Wesley

I love to read and since 2011 I have been mostly listening to audiobooks because oftentimes there is nothing like a good narrator.

New Britain, CT, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Last Threshold: Legend of Drizzt: Neverwinter Saga, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By R. A. Salvatore
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (297)
    Story
    (295)

    In the final book of the number-four New York Times best-selling Neverwinter saga, Drizzt Do’Urden navigates a winding path littered with secrets and lies. Tangled up in his companion Dahlia’s dark secrets, the ties that once held her close to Drizzt threaten to tear as her bonds to his former foe, Artemis Entreri, continue to grow.

    Derek says: "Really Good"
    "The legend fizzled away"
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    I agree with another reviewer, Tom from CA, in that the author seems to have lost interest in the Drizzt Character. He does seem like he wanted to wrap this up and finish it.

    Mini-Spoiler Alert- I'm going to try and stay away from some details so I don't ruin this for those who have not read this book but some things I can't help but mention. Please, be warned. The book started out a little slow and it never really sped up. The action scenes always left me wanting a little more which can be a good thing but the author never delivered. I read page after page trying to figure out where everything was going but I just couldn't. The mother-son storyline was cliche in the extreme between Dalia and Effron the Broken Tiefling. It was easily predictable where that storyline would lead. The Drizzt, Entreri, and Dalia triangle was more of an obtuse rhombus and if my description there doesn't make sense then I succeeded in showing exactly how that "triangle" led nowhere and made no sense. Sorry for that.

    I have enjoyed Salvatore's writing style and his Drizzt books for years and even if I wasn't interested in the story specifics themselves, Salvatore was always able to pull me in and keep me turning pages. He is that good a writer and storyteller. This time it seems his heart just wasn't in it. I was very interested in the Regis and Cattie-Brie teasers but they ended up going nowhere. The ending was just like a flooded back yard that slowly just drained and faded away. If this is to be the end of Drizzt Du'Orden, and it is by no means clear that this is the end, then he met quite the sad ending. Again, to be clear, I can't even tell you if this was the end of Drizzt, that was how unclear it was. I was forced to go back and re-read the advertising for this book to make sure it was the end of the series and sadly it was.

    The ending timeline was perfect for ending this book in 1,000 different directions but I am dissappointed in the way the author chose Drizzt to go.

    I am very happy that at least Artemis Entreri isn't dead or even close to it. I hope he comes back in a trilogy all his own someday. He is one of my favorite characters and I don't want to see him go.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Egg

    • UNABRIDGED (8 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R.C. Bray
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    You were on your way home when you died.It was a car accident. Nothing particularly remarkable, but fatal nonetheless. You left behind a wife and two children. It was a painless death. The EMTs tried their best to save you, but to no avail. Your body was so utterly shattered you were better off, trust me.And that’s when you met me." A short story about the universe.

    K. Allenby says: "Excellent"
    "LOL, one heck of a short story. I loved it. :)"
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    This is well worth the 8 minutes of time. You can't go wrong. Get it, you don't regret it.

    To be honest, this short story had the potential to be an awesome novel. I hope the author one day expands on this story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Flight of the Silvers

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Daniel Price
    • Narrated By Rich Orlow
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (71)

    A thrilling genre-bending saga about six extraordinary people whose fates become intertwined on an Earth far different from their own. Without warning, the world comes to an end for Hannah and Amanda Given. The sky looms frigid white. The electricity falters. Airplanes everywhere crash to the ground. But the Givens are saved by mysterious strangers, three fearsome and beautiful beings who force a plain silver bracelet onto each sister' s wrist. Within moments, the sky comes down in a crushing sheet of light and everything around them is gone.

    Lisa says: "Glad I took a gamble"
    "Enjoy the ride!"
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    This book, and likely the series if the author maintains this level of writing, will be a classic. It wasn't exactly what I expected, I can say that for certain. The storyline spun off in so many directions that I wasn't able to guess what was going to happen next. Usually, when an author manages to cram so much into a book it feels disjointed or you get the feeling that the author is just throwing a ton of facts and information at you but Daniel Price does a masterful job and the storytelling is very well done. Mr. Price fleshed out the characters beautifully and I found myself caring for many of the characters. I always have favorites sure but in this novel I felt connected with a couple of the characters and I found myself wishing they'd be OK, in the typical cliche "edge of my seat" when going through much of the action.
    This should easily be among the top Audiobooks of the Year. The story is well done and the narration was spot on.

    I hope the author can maintain this level of writing for the next books in the series. I can't wait to find out.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Once Dead: A Rho Agenda Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Richard Phillips
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (114)

    Jack Gregory, the CIA’s top assassin, went rogue after a mission gone wrong. When a confrontation leaves him bleeding out on death’s doorstep, he is faced with an offer from a dark figure named Anchanchu. If Jack is willing to act as a human host for Anchanchu, the entity will revive him and give him another shot at life. Jack takes the deal...but he must now face the consequences of having the same dark creature in his head as some of history’s greatest villains. Struggling with desires and memories that are not his own, Jack is not the man he once was.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great story should be first of the Rho Agenda"
    "Just got much better!"
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    I enjoyed the 3 books in The Rho Agenda Series but they were clearly YA or Young Adult. I tend to stay clear of YA but occasionally a book or series catches my attention and this one obviously did that. This book is before the teen protagonists came along. It is about Jack Gregory and some of his past. No Spoilers, don't worry. We finally get to find out more about Jack and this book did answer a few questions I've had since finishing the last 3 books.
    One thing I liked about the book was that it didn't seem to be specifically geared toward YA. I don't know the author's history so I apologize if he has many titles under his belt but it seems to me the author has grown. It feels like he is getting better and better and his storytelling skills are really improving. His writing style is evolving nicely and he kept me riveted to this book. I wanted to finish it in one sitting. I didn't feel that in the other 3 books. While I liked those books I really loved this one. I hated seeing it end.
    I would like to see more about the 3 kids from the Rho Agenda Series but I would really like to see more about Jack Gregory. The teens have these wild special abilities now but I think Jack is the most able of the bunch by a long shot.
    Lastly, MacLeod Andrews is awesome, as always. He never disappoints.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Game: Victor the Assassin Series, #3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Tom Wood
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (297)
    Story
    (300)

    Victor the assassin is living a solitary, peaceful life in Iceland when he's drawn into a job for an unidentified Swiss broker. Having passed the test, he's introduced to a group of mercenaries and killers who are tasked to perform the ultimate assassination.In this group, Victor meets someone from his past, someone who recruited him to the life he now knows-someone he thought was dead. And when he wants out, it's too late-his former mentor has other plans for him...

    John says: "1 Review for 3 books in series"
    "More suspense than usual but still a fun read."
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    Before I start the review I'd like to ask the aether why no one has mentioned the description's blaring error. What mentor? Who on the team was Victor's mentor that he thought was dead? I haven't read anything about this in any of the reviews and it surprised me no one noticed. Oh well... (I suppose no one cared but it should still be fixed)
    Back to the book. Obviously, if you like Victor and the previous 2 books you'll really like this book. I normally hate it when information is withheld for too long but the way the author handled the story I think he did an awesome job building the suspense without going overboard. I especially liked the last several chapters. Most books are at their best approaching the end but Victor was in perfect form once everything is finally revealed. Sure, it gets a little Sherlock Holmsy (apologies to Sir Doyle the boorish use of his character) the way Victor always deduces everything spot on but that is part of the fun in the Victor the Assassin Series.Tom Wood is at the top of his game in this book. I think this is my favorite out of the 3 books so far. I can not wait to start book #4 to see if the author can maintain this level of enjoyment.
    I had no reservations or compunction at all giving this book a lot of stars. They are well deserved in my opinion.
    Lastly, the narrator, Robert Shapiro, is excellent. He is becoming one of my favorite narrators. He does an awesome job and I found no reason at all to complain about his narration. To be honest, for me he did what I wanted him to; he made me forget someone was just reading me a story. I bad narrator can never do that and it can make finishing a book a real chore. I hope that makes sense (it does in my head. :) )

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guardian: Jack Sigler: Continuum, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jeremy Robinson, J. Kent Holloway
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    Jack Sigler, Callsign: King, has been a lot of things in his life. A soldier, a father, a hero. But now he's taking up a new title: guardian. After a life fighting billionaire madmen, terrorists, and unnatural threats, he's stuck thousands of years in the past, using his knowledge of history and modern warfare to right wrongs and stand up for those in need.

    K. Allenby says: "Fantastic!"
    "King thousands of years in the past."
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    This book/novella takes place after Omega when Jack is living in the past. Sure, it is nice to know what happened in the previous books but if you've never read a Chess Team book you'll still be able to enjoy the book. Jeremy Robinson doesn't hand hold you through the back story the way some authors do but he does fill in the relevant parts well enough.

    The narrator, as in previous books, does a great job. I never have a problem immersing myself in the story when Jeffery Kafer is narrating.

    If you enjoy the Chess Team series then this novella is a no-brainer, get it. but I recommend this even if you haven't read any of the Chess Team books. It is written well and the pace of the story moves along quite nicely. The author's writing style always makes it hard for me to put the book/audiobook down. It's the cliche wanting to know what happens next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eternity: Immortals and Magick, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Teresa Federici
    • Narrated By Hollie Jackson
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Anna Greer is a quiet microbiologist with her feet planted firmly in reality. Her life gets turned upside down when she finally meets her elusive employer, Gareth Macgregor. Gareth is mysterious, sexy, powerful… and a vampire. Soon she's drawn into a world she only thought was mythical, creatures and beings that existed only in nightmares that turn out to be very real. Anna and Gareth are drawn together in a fight for their lives, and Anna finds that there is a part of her that has lain dormant since her childhood.

    Wesley says: "Surprisingly good. A lot of romance tho...."
    "Surprisingly good. A lot of romance tho...."
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    NOTE: No Spoilers. I tried to stay away from revealing any spoilers.

    I read the other review before mine that compared this book to A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. It said that this story had been done before and better by Ms Harkness. I might have passed on it because of that alone but although I did enjoy the All Souls Trilogy overall, I was disappointed by the lack of magic and it's lack of use in that series. Because of this I bit the bullet and bought this book. Honestly, I didn't really notice I was hooked until I was almost 2 hours into the story. It felt like 10 minutes had gone by and I was yearning for more. Hollie Jackson does a great job of narrating in that she made me forget I was hearing someone read a story to me. I felt like I was a fly on Anna's shoulder and I was actually a part of what was happening. I hope that makes sense. It does in my head. :)
    One thing I have to mention is my mild annoyance with the protagonist's borderline bi-polar disorder. Ok, I'm being judgmental I know but often Anna goes from being giddy to quite angry at the drop of a hat. Sometimes it is funny but sometimes it gets tiresome. That said, overall she is a pretty enjoyable character to follow. The author does a wonderful job keeping me interested. Her writing style is akin to the Great Authors IMO. I wish I could explain it better but up above I mentioned that at the start of the book a couple of hours went by while it felt like 10 or 15 minutes. That is a rare experience for me, especially considering this book could be categorized as a Romance Novel. A contradiction I know, but I do not like Romance Novels. I stay away from Romance Novels. I am quite happy I invoke the paradox occasionally because I would have missed this great story if I never looked into them. :)
    This story does bring to mind Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont from the All Souls Trilogy when you look at Anna and Gareth; with the Vampire/Witch combination how can it not? However, I think Ms Federici pulls it off quite nicely and this story stands on its own quite easily.
    I will most definitely purchase the next book in December I think it is.

    Thank you for your time and also for allowing me to express my opinions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Paladin Prophecy: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Mark Frost
    • Narrated By Nick Chamian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (165)

    Readers of I Am Number Four, The Maze Runner, and Legend will love this exciting new adventure series by the co-creator of the groundbreaking television show Twin Peaks, with its unique combination of mystery, heart-pounding action, and the supernatural. Will West is careful to live life under the radar. At his parents' insistence, he's made sure to get mediocre grades and to stay in the middle of the pack on his cross-country team. Then Will slips up, accidentally scoring off the charts on a nationwide exam.

    Now Will is being courted by an exclusive prep school...and followed by men driving black sedans.

    Bruce says: "For Younger Readers"
    "Overall a good book but its for YA readers."
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    I might have given this book an extra star if it was labeled as a teen or YA (young adult). I would not have purchased it if I had know because many of the obvious teen plot lines end up in the book. To be fair to the author, I did continue on reading even after I realized this book was written for kids in mind. The author is quite talented and I did enjoy his writing style. He kept me interested enough to keep reading. Will I get book 2? I'm not sure. I suppose it depends on how interesting the Summary sounds but right now I'm thinking no, I will not.

    Final Words: The book's description is accurate. If you liked books like I am Number Four you will enjoy this book.

    Thanks
    --Wesley

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadows in Flight

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card, Scott Brick, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1683)
    Performance
    (1512)
    Story
    (1526)

    At the end of Shadow of the Giant, Bean flees to the stars with three of his children--the three who share the engineered genes that gave him both hyper-intelligence and a short, cruel physical life. The time dilation granted by the speed of their travel gives Earth’s scientists generations to seek a cure, to no avail. In time, they are forgotten - a fading ansible signal speaking of events lost to Earth’s history. But the Delphikis are about to make a discovery that will let them save themselves, and perhaps all of humanity in days to come.

    Brittani says: "Great Build Up, and then Just Ends"
    "I didn't realize I liked Bean this much."
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    Hello. I am a fan of fantasy books but I often delve into the scifi genre, especially when Orseon Scott Card is the author. I am a huge fan of Ender's Game and the sequels involving Ender and Valentine. I stayed away from the other books involving Peter the Hegemon and Bean because they didn't involve Ender, at least not directly. Boy, was I wrong to do so. I sampled the free preview for this book and found myself wanting to know more. I really enjoyed this book and although I wish it had ended differently (I won't say how because I don't reveal spoilers) butI'm hoping in the future Mr Card will continue on with this story line. It is not Ender but it is enjoyable in its own right. The characters pull you in and as always, the author's writing style keeps you reading. Often I plan on spending maybe 30 miuntes but end up putting it down 2 hours later. Card's talent shines throughout this book.

    If you like Ender and his "universe", you will enjoy this book. One thing I think I should add.....I didn't read the previous (I think it was 3) books in this series and I didn't feel I missed out on anything in this book because of it. Sure, I would have known more of the back story if I had read the earlier books and sometime I will go back and read them because as the Title above states, I didn't realize I liked Bean this much.

    Thanks
    --Wesley

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Prisoner of Birth

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Roger Allam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2488)
    Performance
    (514)
    Story
    (523)

    One evening, Danny, an East End cockney who works as a garage mechanic, takes his girlfriend up to the West End to celebrate their engagement. He crosses the path of Spencer Craig, a West End barrister tipped to be the youngest Queen's Counsel of his generation. A few hours later Danny is arrested for murder and later is sentenced to 22 years in prison.

    Debbie McKelvey says: "Very Entertaining"
    "Interesting take on Count of Monte Cristo theme"
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    Many reviews I read complained about this story being a ripoff of the Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas but I don't understand the criticism because this book is intended to be a modern take on that story and it is admitted by the author.
    This book held my interest easily. Roger Allam does a wonderful job narrating and I will most definitely be looking for more work from him in the future. Much like other great narrators, he made me forget that I was listening to someone read a book. It's hard to explain but I was able to concentrate on just the story and enjoy the tale.

    There were times where I couldn't see how Danny, our protagonist, would be able to get out from under the huge mess he was thrust into but everything came together quite well in the end. I did rage a little at many of the injustices and some parts were a little painful such as at the start; it did not seem plausible that Danny would be found guilty of murder in such an improbable situation but overall I was able to see just how easily one man's situation can change. I did remember reading many times how innocent people were sent to jail and it does happen much more often than most people would think. It is a sad but true fact of life in a country where money buys you a better defense.

    The Count of Monte Cristo is a classic that should be enjoyed by every reader in my opinion and I would recommend this take on the story to anyone who enjoyed the Count of Monte Cristo. I daresay Alexandre Dumas would enjoy this take on his classic story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Didymus Contingency

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeremy Robinson
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (436)
    Performance
    (388)
    Story
    (393)

    If you could go back in time...and witness any event...where would you go? When Dr. Tom Greenbaum faces that question after successfully discovering the secret to time travel, he knows the time, place, and event he will witness: the death and failed resurrection of Jesus Christ. Dr. David Goodman, Tom's colleague and closest friend follows Tom into the past, attempting to avert a time-space catastrophe, but forces beyond their control toss them into a dangerous end game.

    Wesley says: "Not what I expected at all."
    "Not what I expected at all."
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    Reading the description for the book I thought this would be another book preaching the Christian religion and trying to get everyone on the path to God but I was pleasantly surprised. I try to stay away from Spoliers in my reviews so I'll just say that our protaganists and their interaction with people in the past was a lot of fun. I found myself laughing at many points in the book. I am not a strictly devout Roman Catholic but I was raised in the faith so although my recollection of every story in the bible isn't near perfect I was able to remember enough to really enjoy the different events Tom and David encountered. My foreknowledge so to speak, did not ruin parts for me but instead enhanced the story I think.

    On to the elephant in the room. Will a strict atheist enjoy the book? I have to say they might not. A very lage part of the core of this book takes for granted that Christianity is correct. I can't say more without offering up Spoilers so that is all I can say about that. I think that in order to really enjoy this book you must at least believe that a higher power just might exist. If you can not at least concede that point then sure, you might enjoy the book simply for its fictional storytelling value, but I think that you might not enjoy this book.

    43 of 46 people found this review helpful

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