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  • Spell or High Water

  • Magic 2.0
  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,229
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,161

A month has passed since Martin helped to defeat the evil programmer Jimmy, and things couldn't be going better. Except for his love life, that is. Feeling distant and lost, Gwen has journeyed to Atlantis, a tolerant and benevolent kingdom governed by the Sorceresses, and a place known to be a safe haven to all female time-travelers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SQUID PRO QUO

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 10-16-15

I had to put it down, but picked it up again...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-13-17

The climax was a bit too much for me... Overly descriptive. It has its moments. I did find the author's depictions of how stupid people think to match my experiences.

I couldn't take the climax though and had to put the book down. I picked it up again just to finish it and now look forward to the next one, so... hummmm...

I don't know what else to say, but: "it was ok."

I see it's getting about 4.5 Stars, I'm glad people are enjoying it.

  • The Name of the Wind

  • Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 27 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53,806
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48,704
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48,818

This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Joanna on 05-10-11

Solid 4.6 out of 5, I gave it 5/5 stars.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-21-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I would recommend this book to my friends who liked Fantasy, and already have. I did so and would do so because the story is well told and everything I hope to get from Fantasy. Adventure, Romance (without any of the trappings of a romance novel), Heroics! Its solid fantasy, well written.

What other book might you compare The Name of the Wind to and why?

This book is difficult to compare to others, but I will try. It is similar to Shadow's Edge in that it sort-of begins with a young boy, though technically he's an older man now telling his story of when he was a young boy. Its similar to The Steel Remains, though The Steel Remains was slightly more R/X rated, and honestly not as good of a book IMO as this one.I want to compare and share more, but I don/t want to give any spoilers away. If you like Shadow's Edge, Lord of the Rings, NPCs, and/or Ready Player One (A SciFi, not Fantasy) then you will probably like this book.This book gets very high-fantasy at times, and very dark fantasy at other times. Its a well written roller coaster of a ride.

What does Nick Podehl bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Nick Podehl did a wonderful job voicing the characters and I really enjoy his narrator voice. There are many audio books now days that are not "dramatized" and yet the author gives each character their own unique voice, and you come to know the voices with the characters so that you know who is speaking even before the reader says, "So-and-so said." - Sometimes readers make mistakes on the voice, I've noticed about half the books have at least one mistake, but overall the readers do a good job. I'm not going to say Nick didn't make any mistakes, but if he did I don't recall or didn't notice. Well done, good job. Keep up the good work Nick Podehl.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were handful, though I don't wish to give any spoilers away.

Any additional comments?

I'm sad that the third book has not been released yet, I don't recall when I purchased this book but I have a rule I've broken too many times to count now, where I do not purchase a book in a series until the series is complete. I'm moving onto the second book, but suspect I'll have it finished long before the third book is released. This disrupts my binging and will likely cause me to reread/relisten to the books again (Not that they're not good enough to hear a second time, they definitely are!) - I still haven't finished The Wheel of Time, despite the last book(s) be written by one of my all time favorite authors, because I recall what a slog some of The Wheel of Time books were and I fear I can't remember enough of the story to enjoy the last book(s) without starting over. I hope that doesn't happen here. - Though, I will never rush an author: A rushed author writes horrible books, I've seen that happen with Tad Williams and the Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn series: A wonderful series that got me into reading, and the last book was two volumes and still felt rushed. I suspect his fans and/or publisher/editor were pushing him to finish the books, and so he did, and the ending fell a little flat IMO because of it. I felt the books tone change, from the beautiful paintings and deep discussions and such, to "this happened, and then this happened, and then this happened" in the final chapters. I could feel the book had been rushed. So, I don't want to rush Patrick Rothfuss, but I do hope the third volume comes out soon.

  • The Silver Ships

  • The Silver Ships, Book 1
  • By: S.H. Jucha
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,258
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,261

An explorer tug captain, Alex Racine detects a damaged alien craft drifting into the system. Recognizing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make first contact, Alex pulls off a daring maneuver to latch on to the derelict. Alex discovers the ship was attacked by an unknown craft, the first of its kind ever encountered. The mysterious silver ship's attack was both instant and deadly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smart protagonists!

  • By William R. Brown on 05-28-16

Want to feel the boredom between the action?

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-24-17

If so, this book is for you!

This book started alright, and despite the very brief moments of action the book does TECHNICALLY have, and a love scene that is telegraphed more than just foreshadowed, this book never seems to get going.

The characters talk a lot, they plan a lot, the talk and plan some more, then the action happens in about three sentences, and then they go back to talking and planning.

This author does a good job of portraying how boring space travel, repairing, and building space ships can be.

  • V for Vendetta

  • By: Alan Moore
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,367
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,007
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,001

Imagine a Britain stripped of democracy, a world of the not-too-distant future in which freedom has been surrendered willingly to a totalitarian regime which rose to power by exploiting the people's worst fears and most damning weaknesses.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Visceral Vindictive Vicarious Vicissitudes?

  • By John on 09-06-08

Better Than The Movie

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-23-17

I have often found that books written after a movie (much like movies written after a book) are found wanting. This was not the case here. I have not read the graphic novel(s). (It's on my bucket list) Perhaps the graphic novels helped shape this book in ways a mere movie alone could not have. (It is my underrating the comics came first.)

I recommend this book to everyone. It's one akin to The Princess Bride, though more modern and much darker.


  • Algorithms to Live By

  • The Computer Science of Human Decisions
  • By: Brian Christian, Tom Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Brian Christian
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,876
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,692
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,632

All our lives are constrained by limited space and time, limits that give rise to a particular set of problems. What should we do, or leave undone, in a day or a lifetime? How much messiness should we accept? What balance of new activities and familiar favorites is the most fulfilling? These may seem like uniquely human quandaries, but they are not: computers, too, face the same constraints, so computer scientists have been grappling with their version of such problems for decades.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I will Re-Read this one!

  • By Hobbit Taz on 10-07-16

4.5 Stars

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-30-17

I do not know how one could improve this book... Maybe shorter chapters.

I liked this book, I learned from it. Among the things I learned were names for ideas I already had, but had no names for.

I also, more importantly to me, learned new concepts and ideas, and picked up some trivia along the way.

I recommend this book to everyone.





  • The Emperor's Soul

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Angela Lin
  • Length: 3 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,618
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,165

When Shai is caught replacing the Moon Scepter with her nearly flawless forgery, she must bargain for her life. An assassin has left the Emperor Ashravan without consciousness, a circumstance concealed only by the death of his wife. If the emperor does not emerge after his hundred-day mourning period, the rule of the Heritage Faction will be forfeit and the empire will fall into chaos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Short Novella that is Long in Story

  • By debbie on 11-02-12

4.5 out of 5!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-10-17

Would you consider the audio edition of The Emperor's Soul to be better than the print version?

This is an unfair question when asking me; I always enjoy audio over printed when it comes to fiction, so yes.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Protagonist, Shai, followed closely by Gaotona.Shai was the protagonist, so we get a lot of detail about her. I feel she was well written. I also feel I got a glimps into Brandon's mind while reading/listening to Shai. I feel like the Stamp Magic is a look into Brandon's character creation process. I can see him writing up characters, adding in little details to the character's histories, and then going back and changing details and getting a whole new character out of them, and eventually we end up with Kelsier and Vin. - After all, I read somewhere that Vin was originally a male, but of course Vin is female in Mistborn. It's like Brandon stamped Vin to rewrite her past so she was born female, and *poof*!So, I liked Shai. Though, its hard to not like the protagonist in the story, I'm told people even like Humbert Humbert (Though I've tried to read that book so many times and can't get past the first couple chapters. Not because of the topic of the book, but because of the fancy prose. I found myself lost in sentances that were beautiful, but then found I had lost the larger picture of the story. Its a bit like, I'm sure how you feel about my review right now. - I digress.)I also like Gaotona, though without calculating I think he appeared on page the most often besides Shai herself, and we get to know him a bit as well. That's the key, knowing the characters. Its something Brandon does well.

Have you listened to any of Angela Lin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I'm GENERALLY not a big fan of female readers; Which is strange because I love listening to female singers over male singers. I especially don't like female readers doing male voices, which again is odd because male readers doing female voices doesn't USUALLY bother me. - I like to think of myself as an equal opportunity person, so I always give female readers a chance. A female reader for a female POV character has always made sense to me, but again... I'm not sure if its the pitch of female reader's voice (though I suspect it), or if its something else like inflection, breathing patterns, etc.I was not bothered by Angela Lin's reading, which can be considered high praise. I gave her five stars, because I found nothing wrong with her reading and feel she did a five star job. - Its too bad for me that any woman who does a four star job of reading, I probably can't listen to. - Its my own problem, and one I regret. - She did a good job, I would listen to more of her reading, as long as it was for female characters.I know what I just posted makes me sexist, but it is a comfort thing that have been trying to get over. I wan't uncomfortable listening to her, and she does a very good job.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

This is not Brandon Sanderson's best work, but it is still a cut above most of the Fantasy books I've read.I didn't know this book was included in Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection. I recommend the collection over the single, but the signal is very good.

  • The Spirit Eater

  • By: Rachel Aaron
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 822
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 729
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 729

With the pressure on after his success in Gaol, Eli Monpress, professional thief and degenerate, decides it’s time to lie low for a bit. Taking up residence in a tiny seaside village, Eli and his companions seize the chance for some fun and relaxation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I wish the next one was offered as an audiobook

  • By Jessica on 07-04-12

I Had A Hard Time Finishing This One...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-08-17

This book is not bad, but it is so different from The Spirit Thief that I had a hard time finishing it. I've had similar issues with other authors, and I think I understand why. Clearly the author has a certain epic tale in mind, and again it's not bad... But, where I was laughing and enjoying the ride in The Spirit Thief, and even had fun with The Spirit Rebellion, I found this book too stressful and a bit too predictable, all at the same time. It's like sitting down to watch a comedy and getting a tragedy instead. Both comedy and tragedies can be good, but when you're hoping and expecting one, and then get the other, it can leave one feeling unsatisfied.

I've already purchased the whole series and plan to finish it, but first I think I need to go read (or listen to) some Discworld or something.

This book is more like a Dresden Files than Discworld, where The Spirit Thief was kinda like a Discworld book to me.

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 74,809
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 69,420
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 69,098

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book and perfect narration

  • By Marilyn Armstrong on 12-15-16

I Don't Like Biographies; I Liked This Book A Lot!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-17

If you could sum up Born a Crime in three words, what would they be?

Gripping, entertaining, and informative.

What other book might you compare Born a Crime to and why?

I'm generally not a big fan of reading (or listening to) non-fiction, I generally don't like biographies, and I really (usually) don't like self-written biographies. And, because I've not read any biographies that I recall, and don't have a very good memory of the non-fiction I've read (or listened to), I really have nothing to compare this book to.

What about Trevor Noah’s performance did you like?

It was entertaining, he kept the story moving. He's a good entertainer.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

What can you do, when you're not supposed to exist?

Any additional comments?

I picked this book up in part because of the high ratings it was getting, in part because I liked what I already knew about Trevor Noah from his stand up and The Daily Show, and because I knew he was born in a part of the world where slavery was legal during a time that slavery was legal, and in the modern age. I had a feeling this book would educate me on South Africa, educate me on life in a place where slavery still exists along with computers and cell phones. I wanted to hear more of his perspectives on people, race, and culture. I also got his perspective on religion and language.I recommend this book to everyone. I'd especially recommend it to people who wouldn't normally buy it this type of book, or a book from this type of author. Expand your mind. Learn something new.This book has changed my thoughts on biographies. I'm considering reading more biographies now.

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  • Terms of Enlistment

  • Frontlines, Book 1
  • By: Marko Kloos
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,084
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,524
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,510

The year is 2108, and the North American Commonwealth is bursting at the seams. For welfare rats like Andrew Grayson, there are only two ways out of the crime-ridden and filthy welfare tenements, where you’re restricted to 2,000 calories of badly flavored soy every day. You can hope to win the lottery and draw a ticket on a colony ship settling off-world, or you can join the service. With the colony lottery a pipe dream, Andrew chooses to enlist in the armed forces for a shot at real food, a retirement bonus, and maybe a ticket off Earth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • TICKET PUNCHER

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 11-16-14

What Can I Say?

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-26-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The book is read in first person, past tense, from the point of view of one character. - In it of its self, this is not a bad thing, The Star Force series by B.V. Larson was written the same way and I loved all of Star Force, despite its occasional continuity flaws.

There are no continuity flaws in Terms Of Enlistment, which is a point in its favor. Its just, some how despite its premise and promise, Terms Of Enlistment feels underwhelming to me. Not once to I fear for the lives of any of the characters in the story, nor would I really cared if any of them or all of them died.

The book, being a memoir (first-person history) style, feels a lot like a bad military report. "This is what happened." - I say, a bad military port because there are some things (like personal emotions) one wouldn't add to a military report.

The book sets things up for a series, and I've seen there are more books in the series. I'm tempted to buy the next book in the series to see if the series does improve.

I was hoping for Starship Troopers, and sort of got it but some how this book just felt flat to me.

Would you recommend Terms of Enlistment to your friends? Why or why not?

Nope, I would not recommend Terms Of Enlistment to any friends. There are plenty of books that are more gripping in the genre out there. Other Military-Space Books I would recommend are: Star Force by B.V. Larson, or Ember Wars by Richard Fox. - Better Military SciFi (Non-Space) I'd say would be The Remaining by D.J. Molles. - Better Military Non-SciFi would be Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes. - Better Space SciFi (Little to no military) would be We Are Legion (We Are Bob) by Dennis E. Taylor, House of Suns by Alastair Reynolds, and Pandora's Star by Petter F. Hamilton.

Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

Yeah, that's kinda one of the problems I was talking about with this book, I really don't feel any attachment with any of the characters in the book. If any of the characters in this book were to 'die' including the main character, I wouldn't care one bit.

Was Terms of Enlistment worth the listening time?

Nope

Any additional comments?

I just returned a whole bunch of books I couldn't finish reading/listening-to. I finished this one, all the way to the end... And since that's my standard for returning a book with Audible (unless its a very short book), I guess I WON'T be returning this one. And while I'm tempted to buy the second book in the series to see IF it gets better or not (I am curious, but not about the 'story' per say, but the author and his writing style... a study in the author, more then the series, LoL)...

... I would not spend another credit on this book again.

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53,352
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 50,088
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,996

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

Simply Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-24-16

I had been avoiding this book based on it's title. just goes to show that the old adage is true, you can't judge a book by it's cover. I recommend this book to any sci-fi fan.