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david

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  • The Blade Itself: The First Law: Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (4055)
    Performance
    (2987)
    Story
    (3000)

    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."
    "Good book building on more"
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    This book has allot of character development and is pointless in listening to unless you plan on listening to the series.
    It took me more than half of this book just to gain some vested interest in the characters, and about the same time frame for the plot to unveil itself.
    That said I am deep into the second book and am very glad I slogged through many beginning hours.
    This book does not strap itself down to one directed theme. You will get war, politics, magic and deep understanding of the characters and what makes them who they are.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ice Limit

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (2947)
    Performance
    (1674)
    Story
    (1676)

    The largest known meteorite has been discovered, entombed in the earth for millions of years on a frigid, desolate island off the southern tip of Chile. At four thousand tons, this treasure seems impossible to move. New York billionaire Palmer Lloyd is determined to have this incredible find for his new museum. Stocking a cargo ship with the finest scientists and engineers, he builds a flawless expedition. But from the first approach to the meteorite, people begin to die....

    Lyn says: "Wonderful, Well researched, Page Turner"
    "Great out of the Box story"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I know this story has some bad reviews, I just didn't see it.
    The authors told a very smooth story that does not follow a typical recipe; I felt they did a great job coming up with new story line.
    I didn't see this as a dull story about a meteorite, I saw it as an epic engineering story, testing man, machine, and politics.
    The characters were well developed and interesting.
    I would recommend you give it a chance it may surprise you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sword of Shannara: The Shannara Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs)
    • By Terry Brooks
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1745)
    Performance
    (917)
    Story
    (934)

    Long ago, the wars of the ancient Evil ruined the world. In peaceful Shady Vale, half-elfin Shea Ohmsford knows little of such troubles. But the supposedly dead Warlock Lord is plotting to destroy everything in his wake. The sole weapon against this Power of Darkness is the Sword of Shannara, which can be used only by a true heir of Shannara. On Shea, last of the bloodline, rests the hope of all the races.

    Nicholas says: "Finally Unabridged!"
    "Not worth my time commitment"
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    I listened to this book as it was on the recommended list of Patrick Rothfuss (my favorite author).
    This was a very expensive book, and or 2 credits, I didn't feel it was justified after finishing the book.
    The book spends 85% of its time building up to the pinnacle and I even felt it fell short on delivering that. At no point in this book did it keep me sitting in the driveway to listen to just a few more minutes.
    There were no highs and lows to the story line, flat to small high at the end. It almost seemed to me as a dully written Lord of The Rings.
    This is not to say I hated the book, I just invested allot of time into it for not allot of fulfillment; for this I would not recommend the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Old Man's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3986)
    Performance
    (2932)
    Story
    (2956)

    John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

    Michael says: "As good as Heinlein"
    "Interesting twist on interstellar war."
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    This book had a very creative twist to the typical outer-space war books.
    I enjoyed the many twists and turns packed into this short book; leading up to the also creative ending.
    I did find the character development a little week, I left the book with very little vested interest in any character aside from the main character, and even that wasn't a great interest.
    I would recommend it as it is an enjoyable out of the box listen, especially as it has a very little time commitment to complete.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Last Argument of Kings: The First Law: Book Three

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (2997)
    Performance
    (2216)
    Story
    (2228)

    The end is coming. Logen Ninefingers might only have one more fight in him but it’s going to be a big one. Battle rages across the North, the King of the Northmen still stands firm and there’s only one man who can stop him. His oldest friend and his oldest enemy. It’s time for the Bloody-Nine to come home. With too many masters and too little time, Superior Glokta is fighting a different kind of war. A secret struggle in which no-one is safe and no-one can be trusted.

    Lore says: "You have be realistic about these things."
    "Good book building on more"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book has allot of character development and is pointless in listening to unless you plan on listening to the series.
    It took me more than half of this book just to gain some vested interest in the characters, and about the same time frame for the plot to unveil itself.
    That said I am deep into the second book and am very glad I slogged through many beginning hours.
    This book does not strap itself down to one directed theme. You will get war, politics, magic and deep understanding of the characters and what makes them who they are.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Iron Gray Sea: Destroyermen, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (751)
    Performance
    (679)
    Story
    (685)

    In Taylor Anderson's acclaimed Destroyermen series, a parallel universe adds an extraordinary layer to the drama of World War II. Now, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy, the crew of the USS Walker, and their allies battle an ever-growing host of enemies across the globe in a desperate battle for freedom.

    Casey Ferrell says: "I want longer books!"
    "To short for how in depth the plot"
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    This book takes place across an entire alternate planet, two wars are being fought in several locations and new characters are being introduced. This cannot happen in a 16 hour book! After anxiously awaiting this book, it left you more on a precipice than the last, no breaks or conclusions to the story line. And so much of the little time is refreshing the reader on character traits, and situational background, very frustrating.
    Write longer or wrap up some of the loose ends!
    A nice 40 hour book like the King Killer Chronicles would get this book 5 stars.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Live Free or Die: Troy Rising, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2182)
    Performance
    (1529)
    Story
    (1546)

    When aliens trundled a gate to other worlds into the solar system, the world reacted with awe, hope and fear. But the first aliens to come through, the Glatun, were peaceful traders and the world breathed a sigh of relief.

    Amazon Customer says: "Republican Physicists in Space!!!"
    "Only if you have time to kill."
    Overall
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    If you enjoy a SCI-FI you might enjoy this book. If I were to rate this as a movie I would say it is worth renting, but probably not worth spending the money at a theater.
    Aliens invading Earths orbits, with an unconventional means of destroying the enemy. Oh and "Blonds in heat" that cracked me up.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rain Gods: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1085)
    Performance
    (369)
    Story
    (367)

    When Hackberry Holland became sheriff of a tiny Texas town near the Mexican border, he'd hoped to leave certain things behind: his checkered reputation, his haunted dreams, and his obsessive memories of the good life with his late wife, Rie. But the discovery of the bodies of nine illegal aliens, machine-gunned to death and buried in a shallow grave behind a church, soon makes it clear that he won't escape so easily.

    Richard says: "Dynamic Duo"
    "Good summer read"
    Overall
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    This book kept my attention, and the Narrator made it even better. This wasn’t one of those books that you just keep listening, even though you have other things to do. I break my books into dynamic story’s that I need a quite place to listen, and listen while you work. This story line was very straight forward and easy to listen to while to multitasking. I like murder mysterious, just not gory ones; this book told the story without the strong displeasing gore.
    I would recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • METAtropolis

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jay Lake, Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, and others
    • Narrated By Michael Hogan, Scott Brick, Kandyse McClure, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1377)
    Performance
    (619)
    Story
    (628)

    Armed camps of eco-survivalists battle purveyors of technology in this exclusive, original production featuring five sci-fi masters and five all-star narrators.

    Karen says: "Fascinating stories"
    "I guess I am not a short story man"
    Overall
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    The book was well written, but I could never get into the characters, as the stories were so short, a true charter development couldn't be reached.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Distant Thunders: Destroyermen, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (1203)
    Performance
    (806)
    Story
    (806)

    After the battle in which the men of the destroyer Walker and their Lemurian allies repelled the savage Grik, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy is shocked by the arrival of a strange ship captained by one Commaner Jenks of the New Britain Imperial Navy - an island-nation populated by the descendants of British East Indiamen swept through the rift centuries before.

    John M says: "Very enjoyable - could have used more action"
    "Great series, to repetitive"
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    I have really enjoyed the Destroyermen series; with its epic battles, fights for survival, nation building. It is a grand story told on a grand scale. However I find myself constantly annoyed at the book. The author is constantly providing character assessments, shedding introspective light, and providing background for thought. Great once maybe twice, but I was perturbed in the first book, livid in the next, flabbergasted in the third, and so on. Maybe if I had read the books a year or so apart I would have appreciated the reminders, but as I read them in succession I was just annoyed.
    Despite this I would recommend the book, it has a great dynamic story told well enough to draw you into the alternate realm.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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