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liveon2legs

St. Louis, MO | Member Since 2008

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  • The Curse of Chalion

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2102)
    Performance
    (910)
    Story
    (918)

    Amidst the decaying splendor and poisonous intrigue of Chalion's ancient capital, Cazaril is forced to confront not only powerful enemies but also the malignant curse that clings to the royal household, trapping him, flesh and soul, in a maze of demonic paradox, damnation, and death for as long as he dares walk the five-fold pathway of the gods.

    Pete says: "Excellent Fantasy... Epic in feel, finite in pace"
    "Great addition to the genre"
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    I like fantasy stories, just not the cast-molded Lord of the Rings derivatives; fortunately The Curse of Chalion stands out from the clones in large part to the unique mythology in the story. The self-effacing protagonist is impossible to dislike, and the prose is clean and enjoyable.



    I would give it five stars if not for the simple good/evil character alignment.That being said, it is well worth a listen if you like the genre and are looking for something fresh. I am excited to listen the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Road of Lost Innocence: The True Story of a Cambodian Heroine

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Somaly Mam
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby Sirois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (44)

    Born in a village deep in the Cambodian forest, Mam was sold into sexual slavery by her grandfather when she was 12 years old. For the next decade, she was shuttled through the brothels that make up the sprawling sex trade industry of Southeast Asia. Trapped in this dangerous and desperate world, she suffered the brutality and horrors of human trafficking - rape, torture, deprivation - until she managed to escape with the help of a French aid worker.

    S. Larsen says: "Inspired to Action"
    "Heartbreaking and Empowering - A Must Listen"
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    If you have only a little knowledge of the evils of human trafficking, this book is the perfect primer. It puts a name, a face, a soul to the countless faceless victims, and it gives us the strength to know that if this woman can overcome and achieve so much despite her humble and tragic beginnings, that we too can affect change by our actions and choices.

    When I was much younger, maybe 16 or 17, I saw a news story on Dateline or 60 Minutes about a Doctor from the US that had traveled to Cambodia to take advantage of the poor children in Cambodia's sex trade industry. That segment moved me to do research on Cambodia's History, the growing human trafficking trade both here in the states and abroad, and modern slavery in general. I have been keeping informed on the issues and challenges ever since which is how I first learned of Somaly Man, and there is no stronger voice for the fight against these evils than that of Somaly Mam.

    Read her story, share her story, help restore innocence.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Gate: Mithermages, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4519)
    Performance
    (3308)
    Story
    (3329)

    Danny North knew from early childhood that his family was different - and that he was different from them. While his cousins were learning how to create the things that commoners called fairies, ghosts, golems, trolls, werewolves, and other such miracles that were the heritage of the North family, Danny worried that he would never show a talent, never form an "outself"....

    joshua says: "Card doing what he does best."
    "Fantastic Listen"
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    Both the narration and the story here are amazing. I am an avid fantasy fan and especially love the mixing of the modern contemporary world with hidden supernatural worlds. Card does a masterful job of mixing a unique mythology with our everyday society. The character's that matter are all fully fleshed out, and the wit and humour can't be topped. I love Ender's Game, but I think that this is his best work to date. I can't wait for the rest of the books in the series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17919)
    Performance
    (8120)
    Story
    (8152)

    Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority.

    B.J. says: "Perfect."
    "Conflicted but pleased."
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    I really enjoyed this series. The narration was fantastic, the plot was great, and the main characters were all well fleshed out. I would normally give a five star rating (which I gave the first book) considering how much I enjoyed this series. However, I nearly gave it three stars before finally settling on four. My issue is from the unnecessary detail and frequency of the sex scenes, both forced and consenting. I'm no prude, and I understand that to confront a problem, you must first face it, but after hours of listening through all three books, the graphic scenes lose their shock value and in a way become the very thing Larrson seems to be so strongly against, i.e. the denigration of women for entertainment. Despite this, the story was still well worth reading if you can stomach it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6933)
    Performance
    (3301)
    Story
    (3304)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Lite horror worthy of a credit"
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    When I purchased this book, I was expecting the next thing in the horror genre; unfortunately, the horror elements in the book only seemed to be present in the first parts leading up to the event and just after. The second part of the book attempts to achieve the same level terror, but doesn't really come close. Fortunately, there is still a great story to be told, and if you don't mind the pacing, following along with the band of survivors as they seek out answers to how their world came to be is just as entertaining as the first part.

    Cronin's prose is great as well, I especially liked the sections on Carter, a simple and sympathetic death row inmate; at times it felt like I was listening to characterizations from Truman Capote.

    I would give the review 5 stars, but the post script ending kind of left a bad taste in my mouth, by no means did it ruin the 36hr experience though.

    As far as the narration goes, it was Scott Brick at his best, which is to say, some will love it and some will hate it. I think his voice fits well for the horror/high tension sections, but not as much for the action parts. If you're relatively new to the audio book world and have yet to listen to his work, listen to the sample a couple of times to really get a feel for his style and cadence.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman, full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5070)
    Performance
    (1578)
    Story
    (1599)

    When Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon decide to spy on a presentation her uncle, the commanding Lord Asriel, is making to the elders of Jordan College they have no idea that they will become witnesses to an attempted murder, and even less that they are taking the first steps in a journey that will lead them into danger and adventure unlike anything Lyra's unfettered imagination has conjured up.

    Arnold says: "A Terrific Book"
    "Fantastic Series"
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    I have read/listened to a lot of books, and this series has to be my favorite. The full cast narration does the text justice. This first part of the trilogy is my least favorite, but I still enjoyed it immensely. Along the journey, Pullman shows us so many aspects of our own world from the capriciousness of youth, to the sorrow of innocence lost; from the trappings of tradition to the wonders of nature and science; from the power of friendship to the beauty of sacrifice.

    The world he creates is stunningly complex and the story he spins is nothing less than captivating. Do yourself a favor and give the series a try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Tower: The Dark Tower VII

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3611)
    Performance
    (1737)
    Story
    (1758)

    All good things must come to an end, Constant Listener, and not even Stephen King can write a story that goes on forever. The tale of Roland Deschain's relentless quest for the Dark Tower has, the author fears, sorely tried the patience of those who have followed it from its earliest chapters. But attend to it a while longer, if it pleases you, for this volume is the last, and often the last things are best.

    Dawn says: "Unbelieveable"
    "Brilliant"
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    A lot of the reviews are telling listeners to end the series early, but some of my favorite parts of the adventure take place in the final 3 dark tower books. And it seems that most people either love or hate the ending, I happen to be of the kind that loves the way the story ended.

    The very first audiobook that I had listened to was Hearts in Atlantis. I was always a little disheartened at the way Ted Brautigan and the other world of the Low men and the breakers remained a mystery. After finishing the Dark Tower, I feel like that has been satisfied along with Roland's tale.

    And of course, Guidall's narration is once again a pleasure to listen to.

    3 of 4 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
    (3955)
    Performance
    (1678)
    Story
    (1701)

    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."
    "Wonderful"
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    The narrator did a wonderful job of capturing Christopher's systematic and structured view of the world. I am more than an arms length away from anyone with autism or Asperger's, but from listening to the story, I really feel like the author knew his subject well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower I

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6985)
    Performance
    (3399)
    Story
    (3451)

    Eerie, dreamlike, set in a world that is weirdly related to our own, The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead, of In-World that was, as he pursues his enigmatic antagonist to the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea in the first volume of The Dark Tower series. Roland, the last gunslinger, is a solitary figure, perhaps accursed, who with a strange single-mindedness traverses an exhausted, almost timeless landscape of good and evil.

    Valerie says: "Just As Wonderful as I Remembered!"
    "Just do it"
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    If you have ever thought about reading or listening to this series, just do it. This first book was my least favorite of them, but it started something that I don't want to end. As I am reviewing this, I am halfway through the 6th book and am so glad that I decided to give it a try; it is easily one of my favorite book series.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5178)
    Performance
    (2070)
    Story
    (2082)

    For the three years Shadow spent in prison, all he wanted was to get back to the loving arms of his wife and stay out of trouble for the rest of his life. But days before his release, he learns that his wife has been killed in an accident, and his world becomes a colder place.

    Joseph says: "Amazing, powerful book about America."
    "Modern Mythology = Good Stuff"
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    American Gods was my introduction to Gaiman, and what a first impression. This was one of those books that I only put down once or twice from cover to cover. I think I started it on a monday and finished it by that wednesday.

    When I saw that it was available here, I spent a credit on it in a heartbeat. If you like fantasy...scratch that, no hobbits or goblins here, if you like old school mythology, think Edith Hamilton, you will love this modernization.

    The narration was average, shined a lot in some places, but nothing amazing. Guidall does much better in the later books of King's Dark Tower series than he does here.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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