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  • Enchanter

  • Spellmonger, Book 7
  • By: Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 24 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,318
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,047
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,025

Minalan the spellmonger faces the boredom of house arrest after being confined to his lands by Prince Tavard for his defiance with the Wilderlands refugees. The Alka Alon have returned to their seclusion, dealing with their own crisis, the dead god is being quiet within the Umbra, and Min’s plans toward reestablishing a functional Duchy of Alshar are progressing. Min sees his punishment as a unique opportunity to indulge in thaumaturgical research. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Felt like I was back in school

  • By Rob on 02-02-19

Cheesy, predictable, and a bit lame main character

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

Reviewed: 02-22-19

The story was lame and predictable, and the Spellmonger behaved with excess bravado and flamboyance, with all the other characters basically groveling over his awesomeness.... this made everything unbelievable and cruddy because it felt like the Spellmonger basically pushed a "god mode" cheat button. None of the "trials" felt like real danger. Just soooo lame.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Liberal Redneck Manifesto

  • Draggin' Dixie Outta the Dark
  • By: Trae Crowder, Drew Morgan, Corey Ryan Forrester
  • Narrated by: Trae Crowder, Drew Morgan, Corey Ryan Forrester
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,400
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,302
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,283

Smart, hilarious, and incisive, the Liberal Rednecks confront outdated traditions and intolerant attitudes, tackling everything people think they know about the South - the good, the bad, the glorious, and the shameful - in a laugh-out-loud funny and lively manifesto for the rise of a New South. Home to some of the best music, athletes, soldiers, whiskey, waffles, and weather the country has to offer, the South has also been bathing in backward bathroom bills and other bigoted legislation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A southern grandma's opinion

  • By Lisa K. Ray on 02-19-17

Interesting.

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

I am with neither political party, but found this book interesting. It reminded me to be more considerate of others, and that Southerners are people also.

  • The Hundredth Queen

  • By: Emily R. King
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,976
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,758
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,755

As an orphan ward of the Sisterhood in the ancient Tarachand Empire, eighteen-year-old Kalinda is destined for nothing more than a life of seclusion and prayer. Plagued by fevers, she's an unlikely candidate for even a servant's position, let alone a courtesan or wife. Her sole dream is to continue living in peace in the Sisterhood's mountain temple. But a visit from the tyrant Rajah Tarek disrupts Kalinda's life. Within hours, she is ripped from the comfort of her home.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A mix of religion, politics, and magic

  • By LexiLikesLiterature on 07-11-17

Really lame, predictable, cliche/stereotypical.

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

Reviewed: 03-26-18

This was recommended by a co-worker and I wanted to like it but couldn't get through it. I re-started listening at least half a dozen times, but the characters were extremely boring, predictable, cliche/cookie-cutter, and everything fit into over used stereotypes. Even the descriptions of things felt premade, cliche, and fit awkwardly. Heroine has a bunch of men in love with her for no apparent reason; unrealistic and disproportionate amount of devotion and risk taking, compared to what the heroine actually has to offer. Unbelievable in the way the characters interact; extreme but predictable and lame. God-mode for protagonists, without actual challenge to characters. One dimensional, and reads closer to a cheap romance novel than actual fantasy work. Returned this audio book because it wasn't worth keeping.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Deviate

  • The Science of Seeing Differently
  • By: Beau Lotto
  • Narrated by: Beau Lotto
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 639
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 574
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 574

Perception is the foundation of human experience, but few of us understand why we see what we do, much less how. By revealing the startling truths about the brain and its perceptions, Beau Lotto shows that the next big innovation is not a new technology: It is a new way of seeing. In his first major book, Lotto draws on over two decades of pioneering research to explain that our brain didn't evolve to see the world accurately. It can't!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal

  • By Randy on 12-05-17

The reading was awful to the point of detraction.

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

Reviewed: 02-18-18

The whole book was weak and almost all points were redundant, boring, and 'no-duh". Writing was tangential, inconsistent. The awful reading with mispronounced words, incorrect stresses on sentence parts, re-reading of erred-upon-words, stuttering, and odd pauses made this too wretched to finish. Geebus. Blegh.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,621
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,899
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9,868

An all-new Stormlight Archive novella, "Edgedancer", is the crown jewel of Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection, the first audiobook of short fiction by number one New York Times best-selling author Brandon Sanderson. The collection includes nine works in all. Originally published on Tor.com and elsewhere individually, these wonderful tales convey the expanse of the Cosmere and tell exciting tales of adventure Sanderson fans have come to expect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Where to Find It (chapter #'s for stories)

  • By V. Smith on 07-25-18

Great set of stories that give glimpses.

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

Reviewed: 01-05-17

I loved this set of stories! They give glimpses into amazing new worlds that I hope eventually get their own books. Unique, lively characters, that I found myself very drawn to. Thank you for these lovely pieces.

  • Getting Things Done

  • The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
  • By: David Allen
  • Narrated by: David Allen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,668
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,611

David Allen reads an all-new edition of his popular self-help classic for managing work-life balance in the 21st century - now updated for the new challenges facing individuals and organizations in today's rapidly changing world. Since it was first published more than 15 years ago, David Allen's Getting Things Done has become one of the most influential business books of its era and the ultimate book on personal organization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worthy Upgrade - Worth Your Time

  • By BillLampert on 03-07-16

Too much of this is self-fluffing.

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

Reviewed: 04-14-16

Almost twenty minutes of this straight up in the intro is self-fluffing "my book is awesome" crap. The rest of this is full of really old cliches, no new info or immediate practical application, and is just stuffed full of random thought and overly flowery words that make it sound like the author just enjoys the sound of his own voice. Save your money for something better. This was lame, boring, and incredibly fake and shallow and non-applicable.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Egg

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,741
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,535
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,536

You were on your way home when you died.It was a car accident. Nothing particularly remarkable, but fatal nonetheless. You left behind a wife and two children. It was a painless death. The EMTs tried their best to save you, but to no avail. Your body was so utterly shattered you were better off, trust me.And that’s when you met me." A short story about the universe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Weir is a master of putting words together.

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 12-11-14

Sooooooo good. Short, but very good.

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

Reviewed: 01-23-16

Before you listen to this, take a deep breath, and find a quiet spot. I found the thoughts presented to be changing; enough so that when I find time to recalibrate myself, I keep its message in mind.

Very nice narration too. I loved it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sabriel

  • By: Garth Nix
  • Narrated by: Tim Curry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,064
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,171

Ever since she was a tiny child, Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the random power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who won't stay dead. But now her father, the Mage Abhorsen, is missing, and to find him Sabriel must cross back into that world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enraptured

  • By T. HICKS on 06-20-09

This was worse than I remembered it.

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

Reviewed: 01-23-16

This was cliche, predictable, and far worse than I remembered it being. It is perhaps acceptable for a second grader, but wow....some books are really different from what I recalled. I thought this had a novel magic system....and it kind of did, but the characters were too blegh for me to focus on the paperwing or bells. Too bad.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Dyslexic Advantage

  • Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain
  • By: Brock l. Eide, Fernette L. Eide
  • Narrated by: Paul Costanzo
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 607
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499

Dyslexia is almost always assumed to be an obstacle. And for one in five people who are dyslexic, it can be. Yet for millions of successful dyslexics - including astrophysicists, mystery novelists, and entrepreneurs - their dyslexic differences are the key to their success. In this paradigm-shifting book, neurolearning experts Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide describe exciting new brain science revealing that dyslexic people have unique brain structure and organization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Has the system failed your child?

  • By Ethel on 10-17-11

Interesting concepts.

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

Reviewed: 01-23-16

This book presents some very interesting insight as to the spectrum of how people think differently. I liked it a lot, though I am not certain where exactly I, myself, fall on that spectrum. I also appreciate that the author bothers to cite studies and then explain the results. Well written and the narrator did fine.

  • Lies My Teacher Told Me

  • Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong
  • By: James W. Loewen
  • Narrated by: Brian Keeler
  • Length: 14 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,707
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,716

This national best seller is an entertaining, informative, and sometimes shocking expose of the way history is taught to American students. Lies My Teacher Told Me won the American Book Award and the Oliver Cromwell Cox Award for Distinguished Anti-Racist Scholarship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Historical Fiction Stranger Than Truth

  • By Dubi on 01-17-15

Good for raising awareness, but depressing.

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

Reviewed: 01-23-16

This is an eye opener, but at the same time it is quite depressing too. The whole thing is harping about how crappy western civilization has been...and how our schools are failing to teach unbiased history. Meh. Yeah, a lot is wrong, but hours and hours of complaining about how history is taught incorrectly...it is discouraging.