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  • The Rift Walker

  • Vampire Empire, Book 2
  • By: Clay Griffith, Susan Griffith
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 630
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 594
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 595

Set in a postapocalyptic world, this tale of courage, sacrifice, and heroism takes place against the backdrop of an age of steam and rational humanism, where the social elite have rejected religion and spiritualism as nothing more than quaint superstition. Brutal Vampire Clans rule half the world, keeping human herds for food, and Princess Adele, heir to the throne of Equatoria, is faced with grim choices. War is imminent and her marriage to the odious Senator Clark of America will cement an alliance uniting the Equatorian Empire and the American Republic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Buzzy and Marsters Hit Another Homerun!

  • By Roberta on 03-30-13

Enthralling

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

Reviewed: 09-05-16

After being drawn in by the first book, I was anxious to listen to the second. James Marsters is a master narrator that brings the great story to life. I couldn't put it down, listening whenever I had a free minute. I immediately downloaded the third book and will be listening to it right after I finish this review. :-)

The characters pull you into this story. The twists and turns keep you on the edge. 'nuff said. I have the third book to listen to now!

  • The Aeronaut's Windlass

  • The Cinder Spires, Book 1
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 21 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,002
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,128

Since time immemorial the Spires have sheltered humanity, towering for miles over the mist-shrouded surface of the world. Within their halls aristocratic houses have ruled for generations, developing scientific marvels, fostering trade alliances, and building fleets of airships to keep the peace. Captain Grimm commands the merchant ship Predator. Fiercely loyal to Spire Albion, he has taken their side in the cold war with Spire Aurora, disrupting the enemy's shipping lines by attacking their cargo vessels.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Brave New World

  • By Don Gilbert on 10-02-15

Another great series beginning!

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

Reviewed: 10-18-15

This first book captured me just like Codex Aleria! I love the characters, especially Grim and the girls. My only critique is about the cats. I'm not a cat owner but I can absolutely see how he projected their behaviors into Rawl and others. It took me a bit to get used to, but they did start to grow on me. The cat arrogance seems to be too heavy and got a bit old in some parts. I guess it's an acquired taste...like catnip? :-)

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Alloy of Law

  • A Mistborn Novel
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,978
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18,326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,330

Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is now on the verge of modernity, with railroads to supplement the canals, electric lighting in the streets and the homes of the wealthy, and the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds.Kelsier, Vin, Elend, Sazed, Spook, and the rest are now part of history—or religion. Yet the old magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy continue to play a role in this reborn world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shorter, but very entertaining

  • By Robin on 12-14-11

It's like a brand new series, but familiar from the first paragraph.

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

Reviewed: 10-03-15

I wasn't sure how Brandon was going to continue the final entire series after the epic ending of the Final Empire. I was pleasantly surprised. The story started out interesting with great references to the past sparking my memory of how much I love those first three books. Keep it up Mr. Sanderson!

  • Firefight

  • The Reckoners, Book 2
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,948
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,051
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,019

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like a cherry on top of a Sundae in the North Pole

  • By Zenpaca on 01-16-15

Can't wait for the next book!

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

Reviewed: 07-10-15

He keeps me guessing and builds incredible characters that I love to read about! I was hooked from the first chapter of the first book.

  • Innocence

  • A Novel
  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,196
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,757
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,768

He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen. She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found. But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance - and nothing less than destiny - has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Story dragged on and anti-climatic

  • By roz79 on 02-06-15

Cool but flat.

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

Reviewed: 06-02-15

I really enjoy the characters in the story. I felt for them. I could see what they're going through. I also really enjoyed the twists and turns of the story. It surprised me. But the ending left me flat. It's seem too perfect. Too far fetched. It seemed like the story wouldn't continue. Everything was wrapped up. No sequel.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Saint Odd

  • Odd Thomas, Book 7
  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: David Aaron Baker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,958
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,489
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,485

Odd Thomas is back where it all started…because the time has come to finish it. Since he left his simple life in the small town of Pico Mundo, California, his journey has taken him to places strange and wonderful, mysterious and terrifying. Across the land, in the company of mortals and spirits alike, he has known kindness and cruelty, felt love and loss, saved lives and taken them - as he's borne witness to humanity's greatest good and darkest evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I smiled as I again recognized his mannerisms

  • By Derek B. on 05-16-15

Closure

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

Reviewed: 05-20-15

Great end to a great series. I could almost feel his joy as he was hugging stormy. Nice work Dean!

  • Towers of Midnight

  • Wheel of Time, Book 13
  • By: Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 38 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15,915
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,779
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,799

The Last Battle has started. The seals on the Dark One’s prison are crumbling. The Pattern itself is unraveling, and the armies of the Shadow have begun to boil out of the Blight. The sun has begun to set upon the Third Age. Perrin Aybara is now hunted by specters from his past: Whitecloaks, a slayer of wolves, and the responsibilities of leadership. All the while, an unseen foe is slowly pulling a noose tight around his neck....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!

  • By Corey on 11-09-10

Good stuff

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

Reviewed: 03-27-15

Can't wait to listen the the final book. Brandon Sanderson really does Robert Jordan justice. I can feel both of them in the writing.

  • The Gathering Storm

  • Book Twelve of the Wheel of Time
  • By: Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 32 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12,924
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,176
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10,181

Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, struggles to unite a fractured network of kingdoms and alliances in preparation for the Last Battle. As he attempts to halt the Seanchan encroachment northward - wishing he could form at least a temporary truce with the invaders - his allies watch in terror the shadow that seems to be growing within the heart of the Dragon Reborn himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I normally wouldn't, but...

  • By D. Ramirez on 10-28-09

Powerful Start of the End

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

Reviewed: 03-08-15

I've only listened to the wheel of time through audible and have been entranced ever since the first chapter. The performances by the two readers are awesome. I found this series after listening to them read other books, ironical the last one being written by Brandon Sanderson. Having Brandon finish the wheel of time series is amazing. I've loved everything he has written and this is no exception. I can't wait to finish the final two!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lean In

  • Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
  • By: Sheryl Sandberg
  • Narrated by: Elisa Donovan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,383
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,357

Sheryl Sandberg - Facebook COO, ranked eighth on Fortune's list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business - has become one of America's most galvanizing leaders, and an icon for millions of women juggling work and family. In Lean In, she urges women to take risks and seek new challenges, to find work that they love, and to remain passionately engaged with it at the highest levels throughout their lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lean In, Lead On

  • By Cynthia on 03-14-13

Mixed Feelings

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

Reviewed: 04-30-13

What did you like best about Lean In? What did you like least?

I liked the honesty of what she was sharing. I don't know if what she has felt is what the majority or the minority of women are feeling. The issue of not having enough women in technology is very real, but many of the female technical leaders I have met are very confident and strong. What I'm conflicted with is if there are real things, as she called out, masked from me and my perspective since I am a man. I have a 15 year old daughter and I hope that she is not feeling these same things, but after listening to this book, I will be observing her and asking these questions. Secondly, I am hosting a women in technology quarterly meeting in my team. All of the women in the team will share their perspectives and hopefully educate me on reality. I'm looking forward to clarifying or changing my "mixed feelings" about this book and this issue.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Lean In?

The mention of people that I know of or have worked with in the industry and their influence or engagement with Sheryl in her career.

What three words best describe Elisa Donovan’s performance?

Engaging and enjoyable.

Do you think Lean In needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Is what she is feeling the same for the majority or minority of women out there? The stage has been set, now her data driven approach should be able to quantify this.

  • Small Favor

  • The Dresden Files, Book 10
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15,815
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,866
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,810

No one's tried to kill Harry Dresden for almost an entire year, and his life finally seems to be calming down. For once, the future looks fairly bright. But the past casts one hell of a long shadow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Missing 2 minutes of audio!

  • By Daniel Eggert on 12-15-15

I can't get enough of Butcher!

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

Reviewed: 03-03-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Small Favor to be better than the print version?

I believe audiobooks are 10 times better than print version. The reader gives you more dimension to the story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Dresdin himself. He is just a cool cat who gets into incredible messes and somehow gets out of them.

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

Yes!

Any additional comments?

I can't wait to get the next book. I hope he keeps writing more in this series.