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  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

  • By: Michael Chabon
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 26 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,688
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,354
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,378

It's 1939, in New York City. Joe Kavalier, a young artist who has also been trained in the art of Houdiniesque escape, has just pulled off his greatest feat: smuggling himself out of Hitler's Prague. He's looking to make big money, fast, so that he can bring his family to freedom. His cousin, Brooklyn's own Sammy Clay, is looking for a partner in creating the heroes, stories, and art for the latest novelty to hit the American dreamscape: the comic book. Inspired by their own fantasies, fears, and dreams, they create the Escapist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Escape From Reality is a Worthy Challenge

  • By Dave on 07-11-12

Misleading publisher's summary

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

Reviewed: 02-10-19

The summary leads one to believe this is an exciting adventure and will be filled with endless comic invention and unforgettable characters, written in the exhilarating prose - as quoted. It turns into a real slog after a looong ten plus hours. I am barely half way through and cannot wait until it ends, constantly fast-forwarding looking for some interesting action. Nope, not yet.

This is really a play by play life story of two unlikely talents who join together to write comic books and all the minutia that surrounds that industry. There is an underlying theme of WWII and the Nazi persecution of Jews that was good, but it so lightly treated that it falls by the wayside. Too bad as it could have increased my enjoyment of the book. The part about Joe's early profession as a magician is mildly interesting, and as it slogs along, the book starts to feel like nonfiction. It relies heavily on what appear to be historical events. So, notice the genre, it IS listed as Fiction-Historical. That is what one will get, more of a dissertation about the history of the rise of comics and a mildly entertaining relationship between Sam and Joe.

The reader was pretty good to start, but after a while, he sounded like an old man and did not fit the characters. Just not the best choice for the novel, IMHO.

If I make it through the end and something miraculous happens, I will be back to edit my review.

  • The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter

  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Michael J. Sullivan, Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,555
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,243

When Gabriel Winter's daughter mysteriously disappears and is presumed dead, the wealthy whiskey baron seeks revenge. Having lived in Colnora during the infamous Year of Fear, he hires the one man he knows can deliver a bloody retribution - the notorious Duster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • By Mar! A brilliant addition to my favorite Chronicle

  • By Gina on 12-30-17

Just a tad off the mark

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

I have so enjoyed the Riyria Chronicles. This is set pre-Riyria when Royce is still a mercenary but has grudgingly agreed to pursue a missing baron's daughter. This installment did not have the deliciously dark and moody Royce and Hadrian was irritatingly goody-goody. They did not play off each other nearly as well as in Sullivan's other books. I think my bar was very high for this book and although it was very good, it was not up to his par.

Reynolds is flawless, outstanding and THE voice of the heroes of Novron and all of its sparkling characters!

I will be re-reading all of the other books at some point, but not this one. It does not add anything to their story line.

  • The Wise Man's Fear

  • (Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2)
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 42 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 52,073
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 47,438
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 47,472

"My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth your time

  • By Robert on 09-08-11

An epic let down.

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

Reviewed: 11-20-18

Just be forewarned about this epic novel. Although the novel is interesting and holds the reader's attention it is a complete copout at the end. It seems that the author just gave up and tried to close a 20 something hour book in one quick chapter and some final gibberish entitled Epilogue. Thus, the overall one star rating. What a monumental waste of time!

  • Beartown

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Marin Ireland
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,621
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,960
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,936

People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semifinals, and they actually have a shot at winning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Barrel To The Head, A Slug To The Gut--

  • By Gillian on 04-28-17

Bear Town ROCKS!

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

Fredrik Backman has done it again with this beautifully written novel about a small town hockey hero. Backman's style is so deep. He knows how to pull at your heartstrings with clear and melodic prose. It was funny, sad, and very very sweet. I loved every minute of this book, and became invested in the realistically flawed characters due to their incredible depth of development by the author. I am a hockey nut and really felt this opened up the world of the game to the reader. I was invited in to see behind the scenes of a young boy's rise in the sport he loves so thoroughly.

There are very distinct relationships between the boys and their coach, and the coach and the GM, and the town and the team that are all expertly explored through the months of training, games and personal growth of all the characters. The delicate subject of sexual assault is handled so well and we see how such a shameful act in a small town can bring out the worst and the best in all of us.

I believe there is a sequel but this story is complete on its own. You can bet the second book will be hitting my library soon. I so highly recommend this book - do yourself a favor and download Bear Town now.

  • The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain Man Story

  • By: Keith C. Blackmore
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,694
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8,506
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8,536

"Mountain Man" Augustus Berry is a survivor in undead suburbia. He scavenges what he can from what's left over. He is very careful in what he does and where he goes, taking no chances, no unnecessary risks, and weighing every choice...until he decides to visit the hospital at the edge of town, and experiences terror the likes he's never encountered before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 40 ROLLS OF ASS CLEANING GOODNESS

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 04-25-15

Yuck! Glad I listened to the Free Short first...

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

Wow - gory, crass and just not for me. This is a guy's book, overflowing with gratuitous descriptions of Gus' junk, his balls and the atrocities the crazy lady and zombie babies commit against humanity. I know it is a zombie Apocalypse story, but I have absolutely read better novels that are much more interesting without the yuck and shock factors. I wont be purchasing the series after this, thank goodness.

Try Patient Zero for a really well done thriller that doesn't just bark at reality but seems plausible and has a plot without the heavy use of gore.

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  • Super Powereds: Year 1

  • Super Powereds, Book 1
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 26 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,594
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,092

Knowledge is power. That would be the motto of Lander University, had it not been snatched up and used to death by others long before the school was founded. For while Lander offers a full range of courses to nearly all students, it also offers a small number of specialty classes to a very select few. Lander is home to the Hero Certification Program, a curriculum designed to develop students with superhuman capabilities, commonly known as Supers, into official Heroes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Series In Recent Memory

  • By Get Off My Lawn! on 10-08-16

Horrible writing; decent story

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

I have yet to encounter a book so poorly written, but with a fairly interesting premise . Mr. Hayes clearly had no advice or editing for this book to help improve his writing style. The story was likable until....he said, he commented, he agreed, she emphasized, she confirmed, Mr X explained, he said, N said, Alice asked, she surmised, he said... All of this within 2 minutes of narration. Really? Is this not taught in a rudimentary writing class? I just do not understand the high scores. In all fairness, if one can get past this significant flaw, the story of super powered humans going through university to become heroes, is actually a pleasant distraction.

And the sad part is that the reader actually emphasized the horribly disjointed and irritating writing by pausing and placing pacing emphasis on each instance of "he said" etc. Unbearable. Well, almost. I am going to slog on to the end, putting the speed up to 1.25x to end the torture as quickly as possible, just wanting to know how it "ends." This is part of a series, but I will definitely NOT be reading another book by Drew Hayes.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Furies of Calderon

  • Codex Alera, Book 1
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 19 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,451
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,652
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,682

In the realm of Alera, where people bond with the furies - elementals of earth, air, fire, water, and metal - 15-year-old Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. But when his homeland erupts in chaos - when rebels war with loyalists and furies clash with furies - Tavi's simple courage will turn the tides of war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, how I HATE the horns!!!!

  • By Sarah on 09-14-13

Expected so much more from Jim Butcher

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

What a let down. I have read a half dozen of Mr Butcher's novels and enjoyed them. Furies is no where near as entertaining, both in the writing and the narration. And the trumpets and horns in between chapters - well flatly obnoxious. While Butcher has always been at the forefront of creative fantasy/sci-fi, I found the 'elementals' and the bonding with humans, etc., simply boring and tedious. As another reviewer wrote, there is just too much internal conflict, indecision, thinking, etc. Too many times I was rolling my eyes, thinking get on with it already!

Kate Reading is ok and did what she could with the haphazard story line. Maybe it gets better in the series, but I wont be reading them. I would have returned, but Dreamer's Pool won that raspberry. I will try another from Butcher at some point, just now for awhile.

  • Canada

  • By: Mike Myers
  • Narrated by: Mike Myers
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,279
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,194
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,193

Comedy superstar Mike Myers writes from the (true patriot) heart about his 53-year relationship with his beloved Canada. Mike Myers is a world-renowned actor, director and writer and the man behind some of the most memorable comic characters of our time. But, as he says, "No description of me is truly complete without saying I'm a Canadian". He has often winked and nodded to Canada in his outrageously accomplished body of work, but now he turns the spotlight full-beam on his homeland.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book by my favorite comedian

  • By Spencer cox on 09-21-17

One man’s love story with Canada

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

Reviewed: 09-20-18

This was such a funny book to start out with. Had me laughing out loud. However toward the last third of his book it begins to be an autobiography of Mike Myers. The Canada-isms turn out to be Mike- isms although funny, just not as funny. Sweet and humorous it’s a nice primer for my trip to the great white north with some fun history and lingo under my belt. And of course lots of hockey games planned! What could be more Canadian than that, eh?

  • Patient Zero

  • The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,052
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,810
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,787

When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills - and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective who has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new task force created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yes! It IS that good. Five stars and more.

  • By Kim Venatries on 10-05-12

Do not be scared off by the cover art

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

What a blast! This is probably the fastest paced book I have listened to. Think Jack Reacher on steroids. The action is nonstop and exciting. The walkers - you will find out what they are - are creepy, believable (more so than run of the mill zombies). But they are not as the book cover depicts; they are more developed and real.
The hero, Joe Ledger, is just a tiny bit too superman, indestructible and unkillable, but oh, does it add so much to the story. I would not change a thing. He is badass and his men know it, trust him and are willing to die for him. The females in the story are not as well developed, but that is a minor gripe.

The science, conspiracy and terrorist thread is right out of the FBI files and when you hear the credits Maberry lavishes at the end, you feel better for saying the story is believable!

As always, Ray Porter is flawless. He does military, middle East, British very well with a couple tiny bleedovers between characters, but still outstanding and entertaining!

Do yourself a favor and download it now!

  • Flowers for Algernon

  • By: Daniel Keyes
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,479
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,475

Charlie Gordon knows that he isn't very bright. At 32, he mops floors in a bakery and earns just enough to get by. Three evenings a week, he studies at a center for mentally challenged adults. But all of this is about to change for Charlie. As part of a daring experiment, doctors are going to perform surgery on Charlie's brain. They hope the operation and special medication will increase his intelligence, just as it has for the laboratory mouse, Algernon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal Classic

  • By FanB14 on 03-22-13

Everything you thought it would be

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

Beautiful. Heart wrenching. Perfect. This is an absolute must read. You have heard of it before, on TV or in school, but listening to it is a gift. This is so worthy and I will come back to it from time to time and enjoy all over again.