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allison

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  • The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8586)
    Performance
    (6022)
    Story
    (6056)

    For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

    Lore says: "Book 1 of a great series that is not to be missed!"
    "Fantastically creative!"
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    What a unique storyline! Sanderson creates a world totally unlike any fantasy series I've read so far. I just came off the Wheel of Time series (which I hear Sanderson will be completing, rest in peace Robert Jordan).

    I'm excited to complete this series and see where Sanderson takes WOT!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Christopher Hitchens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2763)
    Performance
    (1500)
    Story
    (1493)

    In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris' recent best-seller, The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos.

    ben capozzi says: "...Though Hitchens Is!"
    "Brilliantly written and narrated"
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    I have had this audio book for over a year now, and have listened to it so many times I have lost count. From this, I have devoured anything Hitchens I can get my hands on, in both audio and written form.

    To hear that this man who has opened my eyes to so many new ways of thinking has today passed away has hit me harder than any other "celebrity" death.

    Christopher, you will be sorely missed. Thank you for your written and oral works, that can now remind us that there is a fight to be fought. Your legacy of published works will be an immortality of free-thinking.

    To be able to say "I lived in the days of Christopher Hitchens" is a great and humbling thing.

    If you are not familiar with Hitchens, this audio book is certainly the place to start.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jarka Ruus: High Druid of Shannara, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Terry Brooks
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (404)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (171)

    Despite denouncing her former life as the dreaded Ilse Witch, Grianne Ohmsford still has bitter enemies within the Third Druid Council. Among the highest ranks lurk those who cannot forget her reign of terror, who covet her seat of power, and who will stop at nothing to see her deposed, or destroyed. Even Grianne's few allies know of the lots against her. But they could never anticipate her sudden, ominous disappearance in the dead of the night without a trace.

    Jimmy says: "Brooks is Back!"
    "Great Book, random ending"
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    I loved this book, but it ended very oddly mid story. There was no "finale" or wrap-up of current struggles, there was simply an epilogue that explained how the book was randomly ending and a teaser that the next book would continue where this one left off.

    Very odd...

    I also found out that this is not the first book of the Shannara series, but the 7th series within several sets of books.

    Those gripes aside, I'll probably get the next book to see what happens, and may some day go back to start with Armageddon's Children (what appears to be the actual first book).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil's Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jeanne Kalogridis
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    Catherine de Medici is one of the most maligned monarchs in history: blamed for the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre in which hundreds of innocents died. What motivated this Renaissance woman who was born of Florence's most powerful family, and one day came to rule France?

    allison says: "Very interesting twist on this infamous queen"
    "Very interesting twist on this infamous queen"
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    I enjoyed this take on Catherine M. History tends to make her out to be an evil, calculating, cold woman. This book gave a refreshing point of view on the struggles of women in the political scene of Renaissance Europe. Her involvement with astrology/occult and her keen intelligence of people, politics and herself, even at times very lurid and gritty, was very provocative.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Just How Stupid Are We?: Facing the Truth About the American Voter

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Rick Shenkman
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Americans of all political stripes are heading into the 2008 election with the sense that something has gone terribly wrong with American politics. But what exactly? The only thing everyone seems to agree on, in fact, is that the American people are entirely blameless. InJust How Stupid Are We?, best-selling historian and renowned myth-buster Rick Shenkman takes aim at our great national piety: the wisdom of the American people.

    John says: "Cynical but accurate"
    "Poor, naive Libs v/s evil, manipulative Repubs"
    Overall

    While the stats that overwhelm a majority of the book do a great job of supporting Shenkman's primary argument, that the current American voter is less civic-minded and more influenced by TV and entertainment, he uses this argument to bash one side's faith in the voter and the other's manipulation of the voter.

    As someone who feels that BOTH parties have good and bad qualities, and BOTH have let us down, I was really hoping for a more unbiased look at American politics. Shenkman spent most of the book appearing only mildly one-sided, only to end the book completely left.

    In the end, it felt more like a Michael Moore movie... good stats and facts completely manipulated to be one-sided when they have ample application to politics and corruption in general and across the board.

    If you're a Liberal, you'll love it.
    If you're a Conservative, you'll be offended.
    If you dislike the polarities of both parties, it's a somewhat interesting read if you take it with a grain of salt and leave the author's choice of application behind.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Robert Stanek
    Overall
    (1074)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (88)

    After the Great War that divided the peoples, the kingdoms of men plunged into a Dark Age that lasted 500 years. To heal the lands and restore the light, the great kings decreed that magic and all that is magical, be it creature, man, or device, shall be cleansed to dust. The cleansing raged for so long that no human could recall a time without it and it is in this time that the Dark Lord Sathar returned from the dark beyond.

    Lawrence says: "What the....?"
    "Terribly dramatic narration for anyone over 7"
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    For the record, I'm rating the audiobook, not the book itself...

    I'll have to read this one. I couldn't get past the overly dramatic reading. Kids will probably like it.

    3 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mark Haddon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4155)
    Performance
    (1860)
    Story
    (1878)

    Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has Asperger's Syndrome, a condition similar to autism. He doesn't like to be touched or meet new people, he cannot make small talk, and he hates the colors brown and yellow. He is a math whiz with a very logical brain who loves solving puzzles that have definite answers.

    Robert says: "Endearing. Pathos, humor, reality, and insight."
    "Tediously boring and NOT a children's book"
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    This entire book would be a quirky, interesting short story, but the ridiculous length of the constant, childish rabbit trails and the asinine non-sequesters for hours on end was draining. Terribly predictable. Terribly repetitive.

    Also, unless your kids are used to people dropping f-bombs regularly, this book isn't for them. It has no business in the children's section.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow Rising: Book Four of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5396)
    Performance
    (3155)
    Story
    (3190)

    The seals of Shayol Ghul are weak now, and the Dark One reaches out in The Shadow Rising, book four of the Wheel of Time, as The Shadow is rising to cover humankind. In the Stone of Tear, the Lord Dragon considers his next move. It will be something no one expects, not the Black Ajah, not Tairen nobles, not Aes Sedai, not Egwene or Elayne or Nynaeve. Against the Shadow rising stands the Dragon Reborn.

    Mica says: "The BEST of the Wheel of Time"
    "Best in the series yet"
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    This series has been fantastic, and this book is the best so far. Can't wait to get the next one...

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7029)
    Performance
    (2828)
    Story
    (2836)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "Excellent read/listen"
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    I am facinated by the history of earth and where we came from. Even more so, I enjoyed learning about the personal lives and quirks of the big players we all learned about in grade school sciences. Schoolbook history was always so tedious to me, but I've already listened Bryson's book twice over. Fantasticlly entertaining and enlightening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Marriage

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Covey
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Covey, Sandra Covey, John MR Covey, and others
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (34)

    In today's world, the desire to create a strong marriage and family is not enough, it takes a new mind-set, a new skill-set, and a new tool-set to deal with the challenge. The principles of The 7 Habits provide a time -tested mind-set and skill-set. In this program, Dr. Stephen R. Covey and his wife Sandra along with his brother John and his wife Jane offer insights and personal experiences in applying these proven principles to marriage and home.

    Dawn says: "Excellent advise"
    "Tedious listen. Might be better in book form"
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    I wasn't really able to get through much of this audio book. The intro, as read by the author and his wife, seemed very surface value and fluffy. "This is how you should feel and what you should do if you were a good Godly person and life was perfect." Silly and idealistic. The rest of the book may be totally different, and it may be better in book form, but I just couldn't get past the intro and first chapter.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful

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