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  • Sufficiently Advanced Magic

  • Arcane Ascension, Book 1
  • By: Andrew Rowe
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 21 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,807
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,144

Five years ago Corin Cadence's brother entered the Serpent Spire - a colossal tower with ever-shifting rooms, traps, and monsters. Those who survive the spire's trials return home with an attunement: a mark granting the bearer magical powers. According to legend, those few who reach the top of the tower will be granted a boon by the spire's goddess. He never returned. Now it's Corin's turn. He's headed to the top floor, on a mission to meet the goddess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good book

  • By Jason N. on 07-20-17

Great book, very enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 08-12-17

What did you like about this audiobook?

Intriguing; good plot-twists

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

Information is presented in an enjoyable manner and, at times, with use of humor. This keeps the book interesting. I would have enjoyed it more if there was less time spent on main character's performance anxiety; perhaps that would have allowed for more character development. Overall, however, I liked the book very much. There was plenty of action. Characters are likable. I had some reservations when I purchased the book regarding the author's ability to use semi-god characters in a believable fashion, and was pleasantly surprised, as he handled them very well. I'm ready to read the next if there is one.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

I liked the narrator. I have listened to Nick before and feel he does a nice job of presenting the book without getting in the way. I would love a different take on the female voices, but I think it's always difficult for narrators to manage the voices of the opposite sex. I have no quibbles with Nick Podehl!

Do you have any additional comments?

It's a great little book, I think you'll enjoy it!

  • Mage Slave

  • The Enslaved Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: R. K. Thorne
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 622
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 576
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 577

Crown Prince Aven Lanuken wants something more than a trophy for a future wife. He wants a woman who will be more friend than follower. A queen who will be more warrior than diplomat. He wants a partner he can trust...with a dangerous secret that's kept him trapped in a dark mountain fortress his entire life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • story great but the narration is a bit odd

  • By Killian on 01-17-17

Decent romance novel

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

Reviewed: 08-12-17

What did you like best about Mage Slave? What did you like least?

There was some fantasy/adventure, and the plot was decent as far as it went, but it was too predictable. There were no twists or surprises to keep you interested. Characters were not well developed. It is a good book if you just want to waste some time and keep your mind distracted.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Plot twists, characters that were more believable, with both positive and negative traits, less time spent on discussing the main characters obsessive thoughts

What three words best describe Tanya Eby’s performance?

I need 5; pleasant overall, episodes odd stiltedness

Do you think Mage Slave needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, it's not that enthralling. I have no need to follow the characters further. I happy to be done with the book.

Any additional comments?

It was a decent book as a romance. The main characters are likable. It just isn't in the same realm as books by Jeff Wheeler, Denis Taylor, or Andy Weir.

  • For We Are Many

  • Bobiverse, Book 2
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 36,758
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 34,436
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,348

Bob Johansson didn't believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Porter IS Bob!

  • By Kathy on 05-23-17

Great book, interesting premise

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

Reviewed: 05-29-17

I enjoyed the storyline, right level of danger, believable aliens, well developed subplots. where's sequel?

  • Isaac Asimov's I, Robot

  • To Preserve
  • By: Mickey Zucker Reichert
  • Narrated by: Alma Cuervo
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

N8-C, better known as Nate, has been Manhattan Hasbro Hospital's resident robot for more than 20 years. A prototype, humanoid in appearance, he was created to interact with people. While some staff accepted working alongside an anthropomorphic robot, Nate's very existence terrified most people, leaving the robot utilized for menial tasks and generally ignored. Until one of the hospital's physicians is found brutally murdered with Nate standing over the corpse, a blood-smeared utility bar clutched in his hand.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • okay, if you can get past the author's didacticism

  • By Tyler M Petersen on 06-14-18

It's not Asimov,but I loved it

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

Reviewed: 05-15-16

If you could sum up Isaac Asimov's I, Robot in three words, what would they be?

Medical robopsychomystery

What did you like best about this story?

I love medical mysteries and Asimov's robo-mysteries. This combines the two

What about Alma Cuervo’s performance did you like?

It's nice to have a narrator who can correctly pronounce the medical terminology. It's a little thing, but there have been so many that did not. She also does a good job differentiating between characters. She has a voice that's makes listening a pleasure

Any additional comments?

Great book, good plot, likable characters.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Perfect Storm

  • A True Story of Men Against the Sea
  • By: Sebastian Junger
  • Narrated by: Richard Davidson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383

Man’s struggle against the sea is a theme that has created some of the world’s most exciting stories. Now, in the tradition of Moby Dick comes a New York Times best seller destined to become a modern classic. Written by journalist Sebastian Junger, The Perfect Storm combines an intimate portrait of a small fishing crew with fascinating scientific data about boats and weather systems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fact is better than Fiction

  • By Ryan on 11-26-14

not my cup of tea

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

Reviewed: 01-25-16

I tried hard to enjoy this book, having heard so much about it, but found the use of present tense clumsy and off-putting. Furthermore, the author seemed to meander without definite direction at times. The choice of narrator appeared to accentuate these deficits. I stuck it out for five chapters, but in the end could not force myself to listen any further.

  • The Mammoth Hunters

  • Earth's Children, Book 3
  • By: Jean M. Auel
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 31 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,643
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,185

Ayla, the independent heroine of the Earth's Children series, sets out from the valley on Whinney, the horse she tamed. With her is Jondalar, the tall, handsome, yellow-haired man she nursed back to health and came to love. Together they meet Mamutoi - the Mammoth Hunters - people like Ayla.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting 3rd episode in this 'Mammoth' series

  • By PlantCrone on 08-10-15

Great book

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

Reviewed: 10-09-15

Would you listen to The Mammoth Hunters again? Why?

Absolutely. I've read it a couple of times already, so listening was at least my third time through the book. I really enjoy the genre, and I think Jean Auel's the master of it. I wish she would write more.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main character, Ayala. I can really identify with her desire to be allowed to follow a more male role, as well as her difficulty with social skills.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Sandra Burr?

I'd rather not, and I did look to see if anyone else has done these books. She makes everyone sound as if they are about 10yrs old. It becomes annoying and detracts from the story.

  • The Forest

  • By: Edward Rutherfurd
  • Narrated by: Lynn Redgrave
  • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 71

Edward Rutherfurd's new audiobook covers four centuries of British history, with the New Forest as background, culminating in a five-family saga set in the days of Jane Austen. Rutherfurd tells a tale of woodsmen, monks, sailors, craftswomen and families. The largest family in the novel is modeled loosely upon the extended family of Jane Austen. And so, we have the magical formula of previous Rutherfurd novels with the same sense of the passing of centuries but a shorter time period allowing for more character development and drama, culminating in the Austen period, a favorite in British history.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Beware, Abridged. Just a "Readers Digest" version.

  • By Bob on 07-18-14

not enough

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

Reviewed: 10-09-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Yes. The length. It's too short. I liked the characters, and was ready to enjoy it as much as I had his other books, but it was over almost before he was really able to develop the plot and characters

What did you like best about this story?

the setting. I'm familiar with that area of England, and know some of the history, so it was enjoyable to have someone but the history into a storyline

Which scene was your favorite?

the deception on the beach

Any additional comments?

It was a good read. I'm glad I bought it. I'd just love to have had more.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Providence of Fire

  • By: Brian Staveley
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 24 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,400
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,011
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,005

Having learned the identity of her father's assassin, Adare flees the Dawn Palace in search of allies to challenge the coup against her family. Few trust her, but when she is believed to be touched by Intarra, patron goddess of the empire, the people rally to help her retake the capital city. As armies prepare to clash, the threat of invasion from barbarian hordes compels the rival forces to unite against their common enemy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I'm trying really hard to like this series.

  • By Mike on 02-09-15

Good foundation.

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

Reviewed: 06-14-15

I liked the basic story, but it began to drag about three quarters of the way through. I found violence overdone, which may have been part of the reason I began to lose interest.
The narration, however, is wonderful.

  • My Mysterious Son

  • A Life-Changing Passage Between Schizophrenia and Shamanism
  • By: Dick Russell
  • Narrated by: Mirron Willis
  • Length: 16 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

What does a father do when hope is gone that his only son can ever lead anything close to a "normal" life? That's the question that haunted Dick Russell in the fall of 2011, when his son, Franklin, was 32. At the age of 17, Franklin had been diagnosed with schizophrenia. For years he spent time in and out of various hospitals, and even went through periods of adamantly denying that Dick was actually his father.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • 2hrs in...

  • By uber_neko_zero on 01-26-16

a more stilted way of reading is hard to imagine

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

Reviewed: 05-22-15

The storyline is good, but the writing is some difficult to follow. This deficit is intensified by a narrator with wonderful pronunciation, but a style similar to that of a text to speech program. The combination made listening to the book a struggle. I would not recommend it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Reaching Down the Rabbit Hole

  • A Renowned Neurologist Explains the Mystery and Drama of Brain Disease
  • By: Brian David Burrell, Dr. Allan H. Ropper
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

How does one begin to treat such cases, to counsel people whose lives may be changed forever? How does one train the next generation of clinicians to deal with the moral and medical aspects of brain disease? Dr. Ropper and his colleague answer these questions by taking the listener into a rarified world where lives and minds hang in the balance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What An Absolute Surprise!

  • By Gillian on 04-28-15

I was warned

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

Reviewed: 04-02-15

I read the reviews about miss pronunciation of words. It really makes it tough to listen to

2 of 6 people found this review helpful