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  • Year One

  • Chronicles of The One, Book 1
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,085

It began on New Year's Eve. The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed - and more than half of the world's population was decimated. Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Magical Apocalypse "Lite"

  • By Kitty on 12-07-17

Holy Not-What-I-Expected, Batman! This is Awesome!

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

Reviewed: 12-25-17

Nora Roberts is a master storyteller My wife and I expected a much different book than what we found. I completely enjoyed the divergence from her usual romance and mystery. When I grow up, I want to write as well as she does.

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  • The White Mage Omnibus: Books 1-3

  • By: Ben Hale
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 32 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,350
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,131

The Last Oracle, book one: Forced into hiding, the mages of Lumineia have been forgotten. In their absence the world has become known by another name: Earth. The humans have flourished with time, unaware that The Last Oracle is destined to unite them. At her touch magic will be unbound and known again as truth. But an ancient war harbors a deadly secret. Draeken, the Lord of Chaos, had a second apprentice, one who became trapped with the defeated fiends.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW

  • By Corey Wicks on 10-30-15

Captivating story

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

Reviewed: 08-29-16

Where does The White Mage Omnibus: Books 1-3 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The story is captivating and intricate. The author created a rich, full world that fits well into reality.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The main characters are from the US, but have British and Scottish accents. It is distracting. The narrator is great, but the British accent on a character raised in Richmond, VA just doesn't work.

  • Developing the Leaders Around You

  • By: John C. Maxwell
  • Narrated by: John C. Maxwell
  • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139

Do you see tremendous leadership potential in somebody on your staff, but aren't quite sure how to bring out the leader in her? Do you wish you could provide your child with the right tools to fulfill his dreams? You can. This remarkable audiobook by Dr. John C. Maxwell will help you help others to reach their full potential.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Developing the Leaders Around You

  • By Kennard on 08-24-03

Good outline for Leadership Development

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

Reviewed: 04-26-16

The author outlines a great plan for leadership development of subordinates as well as developing oneself. I plan to look into his other books.

The author should not read his own book. The audio quality felt like it was recorded in the 1940s, rather than the 1990s.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Magicians

  • A Novel
  • By: Lev Grossman
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15,729
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,885
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,906

Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not an average book

  • By Kyle on 04-30-11

Self-centered characters - Save yourself the time

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

Reviewed: 02-19-16

What disappointed you about The Magicians?

Two major things disappointed me about this book--so strong was the was the first that I couldn't finish it--and I really tried. My sisters, both avid readers, couldn't get through the book either.
First, the characters lacked depth and were completely unlikeable. At no point did the main character think of anything beyond himself. He imagines how his former friends must be without him, but only to feed his self-pity or self-importance.
Second, the plot was missing. It felt like I was listening to a diary. Diary of a self-centered, stereo-typed millennial brat failing to grow into an actual functioning adult.

What do you think your next listen will be?

My next listen was Brotherhood in Death by J.D. Robbs, a futuristic mystery novel with a plot and character development. I recommend the entire series to anyone looking for quick, fun books.

What three words best describe Mark Bramhall’s performance?

Solid reading, but his voice is a bit monotonous.

What character would you cut from The Magicians?

I'd cut the main character and probably Elliot and most of the students, which really means that this whole story needs some work.

  • Leadership and the New Science

  • Discovering Order in a Chaotic World
  • By: Margaret J. Wheatley
  • Narrated by: Margaret J. Wheatley
  • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 66

Recent discoveries in quantum physics, chaos theory, and biology have transformed the way we think of the "orderly universe." But did you know that the "New Science" can also be applied to the way we organize work, people, and our lives? Author Margaret J. Wheatley shows us how our new understanding of science and the meaning of life can lead to a powerful new view of the business world.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Short version

  • By cocopuff on 08-24-17

Only because it was required

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

Reviewed: 02-07-15

What disappointed you about Leadership and the New Science?

The author argues that leadership must adjust as society, culture, and technology changes. The old leadership styles (vaguely defined as not current stuff) relied on the culture and society to define how to lead. New technology, culture, and society requires that leadership be based on those difference.

I think the author missed the mark on defining "leadership" and how the "new science" changes leadership or requires change to leadership. Leadership isn't stagnant, nor is it simply a followed formula employable by everyone. Leadership has different styles and methods which can be applied independently or jointly, and dependent on the audience.

The author's analysis does not offer a better understanding of the subject.

The Commandant of Marine Corps should remove this from his reading list.

Has Leadership and the New Science turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, it hasn't. I've read and listened to other books analyzing leadership. This one is not worth the time or money.

What didn’t you like about Margaret J. Wheatley’s performance?

Ms. Wheatley does not have a voice for audiobooks. For me, the performance sounded like a scripted lecture with little room for emotion or engagement.

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  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 156,706
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 144,610
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 144,452

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Mars can't kill Mark

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

Reviewed: 01-23-15

Any additional comments?

I was glued to the story the entire time. Mars found as many ways to hinder Mark, his survival, and rescue at every stage. Every moment was baited with tension, science, and sarcasm. This is an absolutely fantastic book.

4 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Shattered

  • The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 7
  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,901
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,213
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,188

For nearly 2,000 years, only one Druid has walked the Earth - Atticus O'Sullivan, the Iron Druid, whose sharp wit and sharp sword have kept him alive as he's been pursued by a pantheon of hostile deities. Now he's got company. Atticus' apprentice, Granuaile, is at last a full Druid herself. What's more, Atticus has defrosted an archdruid long ago frozen in time, a father figure (of sorts) who now goes by the modern equivalent of his old Irish name: Owen Kennedy. And Owen has some catching up to do.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The third druid

  • By Don Gilbert on 07-24-14

Darker

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

Reviewed: 06-26-14

Any additional comments?

Kevin Hearne's titles his books very well. Throughout the series the titles reflect an overall mood and intent for the main character. As the title suggests, the main character will suffer, but he does not suffer alone--his former apprentice also experiences her own woes. The overall feel of the story is darker, with less "laugh-out-loud" moments and more serious character development and back story.

Hearne does a fantastic job of picking up the plot where he left it in the last book, while also splitting the narration between three characters.

The only problem I had with this audiobook centered around the character voice changes for Granuaile and Oberon. Both character voices changed subtly from the last book, Hunted. I probably would not have noticed if I had not gone through the entire series in the month leading up to Shattered's release.