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  • The Spirit Well

  • By: Stephen R. Lawhead
  • Narrated by: Simon Bubb
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223

The quest for the Skin Map, originally tattooed on The Man Who is Map is now in pieces and scattered across time and space in a universe of multiple realities.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • intriguing concept. Love the story

  • By Paul on 10-08-12

Short on plot

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

Decent character development, and kind of interesting, but also just a bit laggy because sometimes it’s just about traveling, without all of that much going on or much connection between characters.

The belief systems are fairly loose, and do not necessarily hold together very well.

I will probably listen to the next book anyway because they are somewhat refreshing and easy to listen to.

  • Child of a Mad God

  • The Coven, Book 1
  • By: R. A. Salvatore
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 18 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 598
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 557
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 556

From R. A. Salvatore, the legendary creator of Drizzt Do'Urden, comes the start of a brand new epic journey. When Aoleyn loses her parents, she is left to fend for herself among a tribe of vicious barbarians. Bound by rigid traditions, she dreams of escaping to the world beyond her mountain home. The only hope for achieving the kind of freedom she searches for is to learn how to wield the mysterious power used by the tribe's coven known as the Song of Usgar. Thankfully, Aoleyn may be the strongest witch to have ever lived, but magic comes at price.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why did it have to end!!

  • By Think about this on 03-16-18

Brutal and extreme sexism in main tribe

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

The world building in this book is very good and there are quite a few interesting elements, however I found the repeated rape and control scenes to be too much. The abuse goes beyond making a point into creating a culture out of it – and right now this resonates much with the current politics.

  • The Three-Body Problem

  • By: Cixin Liu
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,369
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,374

Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hard science fiction

  • By DarthVal on 03-11-16

Inventive, scientifically stimulating, but . . .

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

This book is lacking in a unitive principal and in heart. It is not very human in some ways as there are no loving relationships or truly wise characters. It does it successfully point out or elucidate different human feelings and points of you that are not functional. I was left with this certain emptiness.

The book is slightly disjointed.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Giovanni's Room

  • By: James Baldwin
  • Narrated by: Dan Butler
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 940
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 854
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 859

Set in the 1950’s Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence, a young man finds himself caught between desire and conventional morality. With a sharp, probing imagination, James Baldwin’s now-classic narrative delves into the mystery of loving and creates a moving, highly controversial story of death and passion that reveals the unspoken complexities of the human heart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Baldwin: sensational. Butler: great. One caveat.

  • By Music Man on 06-28-14

There is something obscene about

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

Reviewed: 08-09-18

The glaring discrepancy between the first person voice being honest with the reader while actively and cruelly lying to everyone throughout. While the presentation seems feeling and is well worded, the pretense of wisdom evaporates with the lack of emotional IQ and nonexistent personal development. This renders what starts with a degree of promise into drivel.

I gave it three stars only because the sentences are well constructed and often evocative.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Replay

  • By: Ken Grimwood
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,704
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,724

In 1988, 43-year-old Jeff Winston died of a heart attack. But then he awoke, and it was 1963; Jeff was 18 all over again, his memory of the next two decades intact. This time around, Jeff would gain all the power and wealth he never had before. This time around he'd know how to do it right. Until next time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite Book for the past 10 years

  • By psnorb on 12-29-08

Somewhat juvenile, voyeuristic, & spiritually lame

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

Reviewed: 07-25-18

The main character doesn't gain real wisdom. Despite a number of lifetimes for experience, he returns to sex instead of developing a sense of meaning, uses drugs or alcohol to escape feeling, and avoids the emotional honesty that would make his life more fulfilling. For the most part he has the courage to be honest with only one person. He and the book remain shallow, despite a few nods in the general direction of spirituality. Social conditioning and lack of personal integrity limit the scope of this work and make it rather annoying, despite the good initial idea.

  • Wild Seed

  • By: Octavia E. Butler
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,698
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,416
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,413

Doro is an entity who changes bodies like clothes, killing his hosts by reflexor design. He fears no one...until he meets Anyanwu. Anyanwu is a shapeshifter who can absorb bullets and heal with a kiss and savage anyone who threatens her. Together they weave a pattern of destiny unimaginable to mortals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most terrible villain I've ever read about.

  • By Steven L Stringfellow on 09-03-16

Inconsistencies

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

Reviewed: 03-31-18

How is it that a woman who had lived for hundreds of years would still be so annoyingly compliant with whatever a narcissistic, controlling man wants. For her to go along with it just for sex seems really thin.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Get Well Soon

  • History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them
  • By: Jennifer Wright
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,561
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,178

In 1518, in a small town in Alsace, Frau Troffea began dancing and didn't stop. She danced until she was carried away six days later, and soon 34 more villagers joined her. Then more. In a month more than 400 people had been stricken by the mysterious dancing plague. In late-19th-century England an eccentric gentleman founded the No Nose Club in his gracious townhome - a social club for those who had lost their noses, and other body parts, to the plague of syphilis for which there was then no cure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't know syphilis could be so fascinating.

  • By Carrie Arnold on 02-09-17

The author pushes an opinion

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

Reviewed: 03-31-18

About vaccinations that shows a sad (but common) ignorance. The documentary “The Truth About Vaccines” has 7 ninety minute episodes that includes both sides of the issue. She presents herself as wanting to feel superior to those who engage in poor science so this seems hypocritical.

  • Wizard's First Rule

  • Sword of Truth, Book 1
  • By: Terry Goodkind
  • Narrated by: Sam Tsoutsouvas
  • Length: 34 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,405
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,264

In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, Richard Cypher encounters a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, in his forest sanctuary. She seeks his help...and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as I remembered

  • By Shari on 03-28-18

Engaging story but the author

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

Reviewed: 03-31-18

Spent such a long and detailed amount of time on sadistic torture that it became tedious, overwhelming and annoying at one very long stretch. I don’t mind some violence but when it is overdone to the point of becoming gratuitous, one wonders about the subconscious of the author.

Excellent narration. Strong female character appreciated.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Never Hero

  • The Chronicles of Jonathan Tibbs, Book 1
  • By: T. Ellery Hodges
  • Narrated by: Steven Barnett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,888
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,899

Reclusive college student Jonathan Tibbs wakes in a pool of blood, not a scratch on him. His life is about to undergo a massive shift. A violent and merciless otherworldly enemy unleashes slaughter in the streets, calling out in a language only he understands. And it is seeking its challenger. In order to defeat the threat, Jonathan must become a temporal weapon...while remaining completely anonymous. Unfortunately, harnessing off-world powers has its own special challenges...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tip: clear your schedule first.

  • By rhodry on 06-12-17

Some freshness and intelligence

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

Reviewed: 03-28-18

Along with what one generally finds in this kind of book, and good consistency and flow. Docked one point for the non-ending. It’s the first half of a book.

  • Persepolis Rising

  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 20 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,149
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,676
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,662

The seventh novel in James S. A. Corey's New York Times best-selling Expanse series - now a major television series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beginning of a new story

  • By Michael G Kurilla on 12-17-17

6*s -- spoils a lot of other reading

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

Reviewed: 12-29-17

Sets a high bar: Emotionally and socially intelligent, excellent character development, engaging plot, likable and widely varied characters, loving--in a spiritually mature way that is not naive. In fact, naive people would benefit from reading the series to deepen thought about how the world works, without feeling preached to. Genuine entertainment with meaning.