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  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 199,215
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 186,013
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185,614

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Solid beginning to a cliche filled ending

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

Reviewed: 05-29-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

As an actual gamer, I found this book at first intriguing.

What was most disappointing about Ernest Cline’s story?

It is filled with cliche after cliche. The main character stumbles into every answer or has practiced something '150 times', so he never has a problem with anything.Perfect game of Pac-man (check), beating an AI in Joust on your first try (check), knowing every line of War games (check), infiltrate the largest computer corporation and hack their intranet (check). It get's to the point of being ridiculous. Every time the Wade had to do something, I literally rolled my eyes because I knew, "he's got this".

Which scene was your favorite?

I don't know if I had a favorite scene. Most of the good was ruined 1/4 into the book.

Could you see Ready Player One being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Could it be a movie? Maybe. Most movies are cliche anyway, so why not?

Any additional comments?

It was painful for me to finish. I had to actually force myself to do it.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Warbreaker

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: James Yaegashi
  • Length: 24 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,079
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,009
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,033

An author whose previous, wildly successful novels have earned him a reputation as fantasy's master of magic, Brandon Sanderson continues to dazzle audiences with this tale of princesses and gods. In this extraordinary world, those who attain glory return as gods. And those who can master the essence known as breath can perform the most wondrous miracles - or unleash the most devastating havoc.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What's Your god like?

  • By Robert on 05-24-13

Probably a good book, done in by a poor reader

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

Reviewed: 05-06-15

Would you try another book from Brandon Sanderson and/or James Yaegashi?

Brandon Sanderson, Yes. James Yaegashi, No.

Would you be willing to try another book from Brandon Sanderson? Why or why not?

Yes, but this was quite a deviation of his other books. It was too Shakespearean for me, but unfortunately, not in a good way.

How could the performance have been better?

A different reader probably would have made the book tolerable for me. I can't describe how bad James Yaegashi is.

Could you see Warbreaker being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I can't say. I couldn't get past the first few chapters.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Name of the Wind

  • Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 27 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60,483
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54,943
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,040

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

Holy Metaphor, Batman!

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

Reviewed: 05-06-15

Would you try another book from Patrick Rothfuss and/or Nick Podehl?

Not sure at this point. While the interaction and conversations were well told and somewhat engaging, I could not get around nearly every description having a metaphor.

Would you recommend The Name of the Wind to your friends? Why or why not?

In it's current state, no. Not that I'm an editor or reviewer, but if 95% of the metaphors were gone, i'm quite sure it would be a good book

What three words best describe Nick Podehl’s performance?

He did well, but it was the author's use of metaphors that turned me off.

Did The Name of the Wind inspire you to do anything?

Stop listening unfortunately. Patrick Rothfuss tried to be a little too intelligent and added way too much fluff.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • World War Z

  • An Oral History of the Zombie War
  • By: Max Brooks
  • Narrated by: Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,476
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,437
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,452

The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of 30 million souls, to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant production, criminally abridged

  • By J. Huntington on 01-04-07

Should not be missed!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-29-09

A few words sum this book up. Engaging, scary, fun, thought provoking. While some of the voice acting is questionable, the overall sum/story makes this a great read. I am a true believer in the unabridged, and I really wanted to keep hearing more. I have listened to this 4 times!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Scanner Darkly

  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Paul Giamatti
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,611
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,269
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,269

Bob Arctor is a dealer of the lethally addictive drug Substance D. Fred is the police agent assigned to tail and eventually bust him. To do so, Fred takes on the identity of a drug dealer named Bob Arctor. And since Substance D, which Arctor takes in massive doses, gradually splits the user's brain into two distinct, combative entities, Fred doesn't realize he is narcing on himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Drugs are bad

  • By Randall on 04-25-09

Not for the faint of heart.....

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-29-09

A deep introspective of a brilliant writer. Dick causes confusion, induces humor and grips you with truth. Paul Giamatti does an admirable job, but I get the feeling he didn't read the book before performing it. Although some of the characters sound the same, he still does a worthwhile job. Dick though, hit everything right on the spot, take out the bell bottom references and this easily could be present day. But, the book can be so strange at times, that I really don't know who to recommend it to. So, as the title states, it is very dark. At times it can almost satire like too. I guess it's a dark, trippy, mystery satire.....

6 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • The Eye of the World

  • Book One of The Wheel of Time
  • By: Robert Jordan
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 29 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,940
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,964

When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Your first step down a very long and winding road.

  • By Lore on 06-29-12

Worth the time!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-23-09

I was a little apprehensive at first. I tried to block out of my mind the Tolkien comparisons and that was hard at first. The beginning was very rough for me, as the narrator takes time getting used to. He is very bland and monotone at first (at first I stress). But, by the middle, you can feel the characters being fleshed out. And, as the book moved along and more characters started getting developed, I really started to enjoy it. The well written book has details in spades to its characters and landscape. Some might think it's too much, but I think exactly the opposite. The way the story is told really draws you in and makes you feel as if you were there (that's nerdy, but true). All in all, very well done, however the climax was a little meh for me.

*** for the first 1/3
***** for the last 2/3

Bottom line, give this book a chance and don't judge it by the first couple chapters. You won't regret it!

17 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • American Gods [TV Tie-In]

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 20 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,769
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,789

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow's best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charming mystery, romance and epic

  • By Jody R. Nathan on 11-26-03

Good God!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-05-09

I only knew Neil Gaiman from his work in The Sandman comics, and even then my knowledge was pretty limited. However, knowing the acclaim he has gotten for his work, I decided to give American Gods a read. It's weird and it's strange, but it's also very engaging. The characters and scenes came to life very easily and that could be attributed to the reading of George Guidall. He is one of the best I have heard so far and he was able to convince me that every character that I heard was very different indeed. I give the book itself a ****, but I add another * for the excellent reading. If there's one Neil Gaiman book you buy, start here.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Ender's Game

  • Special 20th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,620
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,393

Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Enderverse

  • By Joe on 06-13-05

One of the best!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-05-09

Ender's Game is one heck of a ride. Brilliantly told and very well narrated. There's not much more to say as to not spoil it. This is definitely an essential must have for any type of reader. You won't regret it!

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Odyssey

  • By: Homer
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

One of the supreme masterpieces of world literature, the Homeric saga of the shipwrecks, wanderings, and homecoming of the master tactician Odysseus encompasses a virtual inventory of the themes and attitudes that have shaped Western culture. The tale of Odysseus' encounters with such obstacles as Calypso, Circe, Scylla and Charybdis, the Sirens, and the lotus-eaters, and his dramatic return to Ithaca and his patient wife, Penelope, forms a prototype for all subsequent Western epics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good British Sound

  • By Melissa Phillips on 08-16-07

Only So So.....

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-05-09

I had high hopes going into this. I didn't remember reading this in High School and Greek mythology interests me. Honestly, I ended up being somewhat disappointed. While it was great in some parts with a lot of interest, there were large parts of what I can only term as fluff. The beginning and end really hampered the story for me, while the middle was truly enjoyable. I could be wrong and this is a good translation of an interesting myth and I just don't know how to appreciate it. In truth, it's probably best to seek out an abridged version as that will keep your interest piqued.

On another note, the narrator is more than admirable. The comparison to Sean Connery is there and he reads with very well pronounced words and feeling behind him.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Richard Matthews
  • Length: 18 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,484
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,283
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,241

Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating; Perfect for Adult ADHD

  • By Sean on 05-13-04

Encore!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-26-08

All I can say is this. I WANT MORE! Simply incredibly engrossing.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful