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McCarthy king Martin Abercrombie Sanderson and Tolkien My favorite book as of 900 listened to ... Sutree

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  • The Dragon Reborn: Book Three of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6143)
    Performance
    (3767)
    Story
    (3813)

    The Wheel of Time returns, and Ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

    Karl Knight says: "Top Quality Audio Entertainment"
    "people I dont like doing things I dont care about"
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    Would you try another book from Robert Jordan and/or Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ?

    yes reading and kramer are great and do well with good material like the way of kings


    What could Robert Jordan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    come up with original ideas


    What three words best describe Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s voice?

    pros reading tripe


    Any additional comments?

    ths whole series is bsed on ideas other writers have used more skillfully but at least its not read by john lee

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cannibal Reign

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Thomas Koloniar
    • Narrated By Brian Hutchison
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    First the asteroid would come, slamming into the earth just north of the Montana border, followed by earthquakes, tsunamis, and unending night. And after that... Hell. Astronomer Marty Chittenden is the first to recognize the approaching doom - a discovery that makes him a marked man. Green Beret Jack Forrest knows the catastrophe is inevitable and begins stockpiling an abandoned missile silo with supplies while gathering together a small community of men, women, and children he prays can survive the apocalypse.

    Kenneth Cox says: "if you love non zombie post apocalyptic stuff..."
    "This is a good formulaic novel"
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    Lots of apocalypse novels follow the formula this one does it well
    I have to say that the narrative is extremely rape happy
    I get that people would eat people but ,this book puts sex On an equal footing with survival and in doing so it lost me, the moriarty character was glaringly lifted from the postman , but other than that this book is exactly what the title suggests good clean fun

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Claudius the God

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Robert Graves
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (116)

    Robert Graves continues Claudius' story with the epic adulteries of Messalina, King Herod Agrippa's betrayal of his old friend, and the final arrival of that bloodthirsty teenager, Nero.

    Darwin8u says: "The Deified King of Historical Fiction"
    "It's a time machine"
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    I read a review that said listening to this narrator made one believe that you were listening to Claudius himself , to me that is the best description I could make , and is high praise I couldn't recommend this book more
    Also I loved the little digs in these books that basically say Homer wasn't the end all be all

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Firefight: Reckoners, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3472)
    Performance
    (3081)
    Story
    (3065)

    Newcago is free. They told David it was impossible, that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet Steelheart - invincible, immortal, unconquerable - is dead. And he died by David's hand.Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life simpler. Instead, it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And no one in Newcago can give him answers.Babylon Restored, the city formerly known as the borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though.

    Michael Scandizzo says: "Like eating a Hershey bar on Venus"
    "Puzzling"
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    Brandon Sanderson is young and brilliant in my opinion
    I've consumed everything he's put out , he makes puzzling decisions about what to do I almost feel cheated each time he puts out a book that isn't part of the stormlight archive , which is so fresh and original and just well brilliant.
    First I dealt with him typing Jordan's rehash and now this super hero , formula series ,
    I just can't understand why authors today can't ride the thoroughbred in the stable
    Steel heart was pretty good but I felt myself fading out on this one and not needing or wanting to go back to get it all.
    It wasn't a waste but I didn't say wow

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • New Year Island

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Paul Draker
    • Narrated By Teri Schnaubelt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (69)

    Ten strangers, recruited by an edgy new reality show and marooned on an abandoned island overrun by wildlife. One dies in a horrible accident. Nine realize they are all past survivors, alive only because they've beaten incredible odds once before. One by one, their hidden secrets are revealed. Eight discover they are trapped. Caught in a game so deadly that the most terrifying experiences of their lives were only its qualifying round, they must now face the greatest danger on the island... each other.

    Terri B. says: "Wow, just wow!"
    "Too many povs"
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    This book is filled with forced characters
    I it just isn't well done I think the narrator added to the disjointed story with her wierd tempo and the abrupt chapter endings threw me off

    4 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Voice from the Edge, Vol. 1: I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Harlan Ellison
    • Narrated By Harlan Ellison
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (115)

    Harlan Ellison has won more awards for imaginative literature than any other living author, but only aficionados of Ellison’s singular work have been aware of another of his passions…he is a great oral interpreter of his stories. His recordings have been difficult to obtain…by his choice. In 1999, for the first time, he was lured into the studio to record this stunning retrospective.

    Katherine says: "Amazing audio performance"
    "It's good but I really didn't like the guy"
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    It's like Stephen king and his silly rock band
    Ellison clearly fancies himself an ACTOR
    And he ain't but he is a very talented and unique writer . I get the feeling he's the kind of guy who would demand a narrator be fired for this performance .... If the narrator wasn't He.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Revival: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By David Morse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2028)
    Performance
    (1863)
    Story
    (1876)

    In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs - including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession.

    Thug4life says: "Not fit for a King"
    "I liked it"
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    In my humble opinion this book was over edited the catalyst to the only super natural aspect of the book felt underdeveloped , I liked it a bunch and it reminded me a lot of 11 22 63

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin, Elio Garcia, Linda Antonsson
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice, Nicholas Guy Smith
    Overall
    (540)
    Performance
    (484)
    Story
    (485)

    If the past is prologue, then George R. R. Martin's masterwork - the most inventive and entertaining fantasy saga of our time - warrants one hell of an introduction. At long last, it has arrived with The World of Ice & Fire. This volume is a comprehensive history of the Seven Kingdoms, providing vividly constructed accounts of the epic battles, bitter rivalries, and daring rebellions that lead to the events of A Song of Ice and Fire and HBO's Game of Thrones.

    Daniel says: "Calm Down, Fanboys"
    "First ever post finish review 1/2 thru"
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    If you criticize the writing you are an a $$
    This book gives exactly what I want more westeros more Roy dotrice , if you don't get goosebumps when young bariston Selmy rescues Aries
    And you don't chuckle when Roy nails the voice of pycell , then move on to the next twilight
    You have to respect martins grasp of politics if nothing else.
    This is my favorite of the series so far because it fleshes out all the other books
    In my opinion they should start referring to Tolkien as the 20th century Martin
    I loved the LOTR but Got is full of real people.

    11 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Ilium

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (179)

    From the towering heights of Olympos Mons on Mars, the mighty Zeus and his immortal family of gods, goddesses, and demigods look down upon a momentous battle, observing - and often influencing - the legendary exploits of Paris, Achilles, Hector, Odysseus, and the clashing armies of Greece and Troy. Thomas Hockenberry, former 21st-century professor and Iliad scholar, watches as well. It is Hockenberry's duty to observe and report on the Trojan War's progress to the so-called deities who saw fit to return him from the dead.

    Ryan says: "Achaeans and robots and post-humans, oh my"
    "very good time travel story"
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    this is my favorite simmons story so far less snobby than hyperion and more fun its worth it just to hear Achilles throwing f bombs and what red blooded nerd boy hasn't wanted to fight in the Trojan war?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End Is Now: The Apocalypse Triptych

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Joseph Adams, Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Mur Lafferty, Kate Baker, and others
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Famine. Death. War. Pestilence. These are the harbingers of the biblical apocalypse, of the End of the World. In science fiction, the end is triggered by less figurative means: nuclear holocaust, biological warfare/pandemic, ecological disaster, or cosmological cataclysm. But before any catastrophe, there are people who see it coming. During, there are heroes who fight against it. And after, there are the survivors who persevere and try to rebuild. "The Apocalypse Triptych" will tell their stories.

    shane says: "amature hour"
    "amature hour"
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    some of these authors have impressed me in the past but there is nothing good here or anything original really the mechanical man story is the best of a bad lot , the narration is really bad especially the super intense whispering guy and the woman who reads like shes late for something.save your credit.

    2 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Rogues

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin (editor), Gardner Dozois (editor), Gillian Flynn (contributor), and others
    • Narrated By George R. R. Martin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (283)
    Story
    (284)

    If you’re a fan of fiction that is more than just black and white, this latest story collection from number-one New York Times best-selling author George R. R. Martin and award-winning editor Gardner Dozois is filled with subtle shades of gray. Twenty-one all-original stories, by an all-star list of contributors, will delight and astonish you in equal measure with their cunning twists and dazzling reversals. And George R. R. Martin himself offers a brand-new A Game of Thrones tale chronicling one of the biggest rogues in the entire history of Ice and Fire.

    gerry says: "A fun way to sample Authors- More Rothfuss Please!"
    "okay, just"
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    martin and Abercrombie are predictably good, and Rothfuss is predictably mediocre I really don't get why he is so popular.
    its a treat to hear roy dotrice read anything ,(neal gaiman should be read by him exclusively imo) and there is thankfully only a little scott brick you can get through it but really the only great story is martins .
    as always please help stop scott brick and john lee ruining good stories by reading them aloud.

    5 of 13 people found this review helpful

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