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Joe Slucher

Covington, KY, United States
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  • Grey Sister

  • By: Mark Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Heather O'Neill
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,750
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,646
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,637

Behind its walls, the Convent of Sweet Mercy has trained young girls to hone their skills for centuries. In Mystic Class, Novice Nona Grey has begun to learn the secrets of the universe. But so often even the deepest truths just make our choices harder. Before she leaves the convent, Nona must choose which order to dedicate herself to - and whether her path will lead to a life of prayer and service or one of the blade and the fist. All that stands between her and these choices are the pride of a thwarted assassin, the designs of a would-be empress wielding the Inquisition like a knife, and the vengeance of the empire's richest lord.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It Shouldn't Be Great, But It Is

  • By Scott Simons on 04-19-18

Great Sequel

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

It's a great follow-up book to Red Sister. It starts off feeling somewhat similar to Red Sister as a new bully is introduced and the same rich and powerful family seeks to ruin Nona. The thing is...that bullying and rage against the system/authority REALLY hooks me into the story. It makes me root for the villains to get their comeuppance. The book moves beyond that though with much more of a focus on the Sisters at Sweet Mercy, their machinations and Nona's struggle with her demon. Everything from the first book escalates in this book with the abilities growing much more powerful and the threats become larger. There's also a lot more revealed about the world-building. I actually thought the book moved along quickly. I was certainly never bored. Victories come at a cost and require the help of friends. Our protagonist isn't the special country bumpkin of old fantasy where she is so awesome she can single handedly save the day and walk away happy. There's some great political intrigue as well as some over-the-top action scenes that read like an anime. Every part of the story had my attention so I'll be recommending it to friends.

  • Six of Crows

  • By: Leigh Bardugo
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder, Brandon Rubin, Fred Berman, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,604
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,606

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price - and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is everything!

  • By Steele Reviews on 07-21-16

Excellent heist book

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

Reviewed: 02-20-17

A motley group bands together to carry out a high risk heist. Definitely reminded me of Lies of Lock Lamora but less anxiety inducing and a larger cast. I really grew to like the entire cast of characters and learning their back stories. There are twists but they weren't jarring or shocking which I think is actually a credit to the writing as it usually just seems sensible.

  • Pawn of Prophecy

  • The Belgariad, Book 1
  • By: David Eddings
  • Narrated by: Cameron Beierle
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,343
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,365
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,393

Long ago, so the Storyteller claimed, the evil god Torak sought dominion and drove men and Gods to war. But Belgrath the Sorcerer led men to reclaim the Orb that protected the West. So long as it lay at Riva, the prophecy went, men would be safe. That was only a story, and Garion did not believe in magic dooms, even though the man without a shadow had haunted him for years.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • My literary "comfort food"

  • By Michael on 07-27-09

Older style of writing

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

Reviewed: 12-13-16

This book was recommended to me by trusted friends but I suspect nostalgia has a lot to do with the appeal. When the book was published in the 80's it may have been quite novel but today, having read books likely inspired by Belgariad, it feels cliche. The story focuses on a very special little farm boy who goes off into the world to do big things. This intro seems to match so many others books of the period (which I also dislike).

I listened to half of the book before finally stopping. The protagonist still had no agency, no information and barely any sort of curiosity about what the hell was going on with his life. The writing seems to cast everyone as an archetype and all of the races were described as behaving a certain way and then proceeded to do so. This race is dumb but noble,etc. Something about that just rubbed me the wrong way.

The writing style wasn't very affable to me. I had no attachment to any of the characters and felt like I was often told things rather than shown them. The first 25% feels like a lot of jumping around to random things to give some idea of the characters while also filling time before jumping into the actual adventure. I felt myself thinking, "okay what's the point of the bit about the girl running off after a boy fell from a tree?" and so on and so on.

If you love the prologue then you may like the story. The prologue is like listening to an author read their world-building notes on the setting. It just feels very disconnected and leaves you with no attachment to anything that was described within it.

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  • 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 13,819
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,970
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,962

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

Fun start to a series

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

Reviewed: 05-20-16

Overall I enjoyed the story but I seem to hold an opposite opinion to many reviewers. I actually thought the cats had the most personality and were some of the best characters. They had strong personalities and they seemed neither underpowered or overpowered. The book really has me interested in the setting. Particularly the surface although with the air ships I'm not sure how much we'll get to see of the surface in future books.

The author did a great job of making the ship combat scenes interesting and exciting but that may not be for everyone. It's not the sort of thing I usually enjoy in books.

You already know the captain before reading the book. He seemed a bit generic to me. I listened to the first 4 or so hours with my wife present and I was cringing at how incompetent the author made the two lead female characters. Everyone else is skilled so they often seem insultingly bad or just tools for exposition. Near the end one of the female characters shows a proficiency in a kill and it just made her suddenly much more likeable. My wife thought perhaps the reader's performance was making me dislike the female characters but I'm not sure about that. Hopefully this books sets things up for those two characters working hard to become amazing in a couple skills.

There is something like magic in the book and it's limits and uses are left completely undefined. This left me with a feeling of dread that the book was going to end with some unforeseen magic being used out of the blue to control the direction of the story. Luckily that doesn't swoop in to ruin the ending but it also seems odd how little magic had to do with the ending.

If a friend was asking whether to read or listen to this, I would probably recommend waiting until the second book is released to see how it is received first before jumping into the series.

  • Endsinger

  • The Lotus War, Book Three
  • By: Jay Kristoff
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 21 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220

As civil war sweeps across the Shima Imperium, the Lotus Guild unleashes their deadliest creation - a mechanical goliath, intended to unite the shattered Empire under a yoke of fear. Yukiko and Buruu are forced to take leadership of the rebellion, gathering new allies and old friends. But the ghosts of Buruu's past stand between them and the army they need, and Kin's betrayal has destroyed all trust among their allies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic Finale

  • By Nikita on 04-26-16

Great Series Finale

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

Reviewed: 04-04-16

This is the best book in the series. I know I started reading this because of the samurai steampunk fusion thing and this final book really brings everything together in a big spectacle and connects a lot of the dots. There are parts of the previous books that I thought were perhaps mainly for adding flavor to the setting that end up being important in this last book. Overall it is just a really satisfying ending and it left me thinking of what a fun setting Jay had created.

My only complaints are that there are some characters that behave in a way that seems irrational and just meant to create a hurdle for the protagonists. This is somewhat rectified when at least one of these characters comes around to acknowledge they were being irrational.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Foreigner

  • Foreigner Sequence 1, Book 1
  • By: C. J. Cherryh
  • Narrated by: Daniel Thomas May
  • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,097
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,106

The first book in C.J.Cherryh's eponymous series, Foreigner begins an epic tale of the survivors of a lost spacecraft who crash-land on a planet inhabited by a hostile, sentient alien race. From its beginnings as a human-alien story of first contact, the Foreigner series has become a true science fiction odyssey, following a civilization from the age of steam through early space flight to confrontations with other alien species in distant sectors of space. It is the masterwork of a truly remarkable author.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • struggled to relate to human

  • By kesia martin on 11-07-16

Hard to get through.

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

Reviewed: 08-06-13

The narrator does his best Shatner impression for the first several chapters and it was absolutely maddening. Sadly, after the first few chapter the book becomes pretty stale. There's awkwardness/turmoil that arises between characters because of their race differences and that same turmoil is just repeated over and over.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Homicidal

  • By: Paul Alexander
  • Narrated by: Paul Christy
  • Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 1,073
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 933
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 951

Homicidal is the story of the almost 25-year serial-murder crime spree of Lonnie Franklin Jr., who is alleged to have killed at least 10 women in Los Angeles, if not more. Nicknamed by the media the Grim Sleeper, because there appeared to be a 13-year lull in the killings, Franklin met most of the women through random encounters that ended in murder. Significant blunders by the Los Angeles Police Department helped Franklin avoid arrest for years.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Why was this written?

  • By Ian on 07-25-13

Waste of time

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

Reviewed: 08-06-13

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Police officers.

What do you think your next listen will be?

A science fiction or fantasy book.

Any additional comments?

This book is more like a journal than any sort of narrative storytelling. Spoiler alert..................there isn't an end to the book. It just stops. It's as if the author didn't have the patience to wait and see the outcome before publishing. This was a complete waste of time to listen to.