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  • The Gate Thief

  • Mithermages, Book 2
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Rankin
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,945
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,508
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,526

Here on Earth, Danny North is still in high school, yet he holds in his heart and mind all the stolen outselves of 13 centuries of gatemages. The Families still want to kill him if they can’t control him - and they can’t control him; he is far too powerful. On Westil, Wad is now nearly powerless - he lost everything to Danny in their struggle. Even if he can survive the revenge of his enemies, he must still somehow make peace with the Gatemage Daniel North, for when Danny took that power from Loki, he also took responsibility for the Great Gates.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Flashes of Great, Ok, and Bad. Overall: Meh.

  • By Benjamin on 04-04-13

Great, but not proofread

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

I liked the story, but Card really ought to have had it proofread. It was inconsistent with The Lost Gate in too many ways.
<spoiler alert>
In TLG the North family is a hard bunch used to harsh conditions. Card makes this very clear by letting Danny run around barefoot his whole life. He hardly knew what shoes were for. But in TGT he is too footsore to walk barefoot over the gravel on the driveway.

In TLG Card makes an elaborate plot to get Danny a fake birth certificate with “Stone” as his last name so he can enroll high school. So when his high school friend calls him “Danny North” in the start of TGT, I was convinced he was possessed.... but later everyone in the school, including the principal calls him “North”.
And wasn’t the wild gate a one way gate in TLG? I might have that one wrong though.

  • An Ember in the Ashes

  • By: Sabaa Tahir
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham, Steve West
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,644
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,298
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,282

Laia is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire's greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fabulous listen!

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-01-15

An ember of something big to come

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

It’s a story that really caught my interest from the get go. I had a hard time putting it down. It’s beautifully narrated and except for a few all to familiar quirks I found it really interesting.

#Fantasy #Magical #ComingOfAge #TorturedHero #FemaleProtagonist #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes

  • Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle
  • By: Daniel L. Everett
  • Narrated by: Daniel Everett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

Daniel Everett, then a Christian missionary, arrived among the Pirahã in 1977 - with his wife and three young children - intending to convert them. What he found was a language that defies all existing linguistic theories and reflects a way of life that evades contemporary understanding. The Pirahã have no counting system and no fixed terms for color. They have no concept of war or of personal property.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Profound Read

  • By Joshua Brewer on 11-16-17

Something different

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

Reviewed: 04-23-18

Daniel Everett is an extraordiary man with a extraordinary tale. Meet the Pirahã indians with a cuture so different from anything you ever imagined and a language that has leading linguistic scholars totally baffeled. It's intriguing, funny, exciting and humbling to listen to. Perfect as an audiobook (due to the central role of the Pinahã language... you get to hear it spoken) read by Daniel Everett.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Stranger in a Strange Land

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,437
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,605
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,640

Stranger in a Strange Land tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, an earthling born and educated on Mars, who arrives on Earth with superhuman powers and a total ignorance of the mores of man. Smith is destined to become a freak, a media commodity, a scam artist, a searcher, and finally, a messiah.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • We live in the world this book made

  • By W. Seligman on 02-26-04

Hippie in a Strange Cult

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

Reviewed: 03-28-18

The first few chapters were really good, and intriguing. It rapidly went downhill from there. Safe to say, it was the weirdest book I ever finished. Cults like "Heaven's Gate" and "The Family of Love" comes into mind.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 978
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 602
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 605

A Short History of Nearly Everything is Bill Bryson's quest to understand everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization. He takes subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us, like geology, chemistry, and particle physics, and aims to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science. In the company of some extraordinary scientists, Bill Bryson reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superbly whimsical

  • By Marius on 08-30-05

A short history

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

Reviewed: 03-16-18

Entertaining, enthilling and thought provoking. However, it's a bit outdated. Science has come a long way in the last few years. We now know Pluto has three moons, not one. And it's not even a planet anymore... (just to mention one thing). The conclusion drawn that life only appeared once in the history of the universe is extraordinary, considering that, as mentioned in the book, we are not even close to have discovered all life on this planet. And we have no idea how much life there is in our own solar system. Mars have fluent water and a few moons can theorerically be teeming with life. According to some estimates there's more planets in the (known) universe then grains of sand in the Sahara desert. We will never know if there's life out there unless we find it, or evidence there of.

  • Oathbringer

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 55 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 32,128
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30,239
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 30,186

Dalinar Kholin's Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost. The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, which now sweeps the world with destruction and in its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that the newly kindled anger of the parshmen may be wholly justified.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Strong Storytelling, will upset Kaladin fans

  • By Deana on 11-16-17

Journey Before Destination

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

The characters are as good as always, and the magic system is unique and intriguing. The plot is interesting and there are a lot of subplots, twists and turns which I like. However, the battles are too long and tedious and, as always, the magic is too powerfull and the characters becomes gods. I prefer the first books in the series where the characters discovers there powers but still are mortal... or as Kaladin would put it: Journey before destination!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Video Game Plotline Tester

  • Dark Herbalist Series, Book 1
  • By: Michael Atamanov
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,115

Would you be prepared to work for free? How would you like to bust your hump for a large corporation 60-plus hours a week without a wage or a single day off for the vague promise of some mysterious perks in the distant future? You'd refuse point blank, wouldn't you? But what if the job in question was playing a state-of-the-art fantasy MMORPG game? And what if this was the only thing you're really good at? Especially considering that your in-game partner is someone really special to you - and this person already lives a virtual life?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Different and Good LitRPG

  • By Don Gilbert on 06-15-18

MMORPG adventure

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

Reviewed: 10-23-17

To (fully) enjoy this you really need to have experience from at least one MMORPG, preferably in fantasy settings.
Once started I just couldn't put the audiobook away. I want more.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Discovery of the Saiph

  • Saiph, Book 1
  • By: P. P. Corcoran
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 372
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 357

The TDF Marco Polo embarks on its maiden voyage outside Earth's solar system, leading to the discovery of an extinct civilization destroyed by orbital bombardment. Deep underground is a mysterious library of alien secrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable listening...

  • By Dennis on 08-01-15

Homogeneous sci-fi

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

Reviewed: 10-19-17

I like the idea, and the story is not that bad. However it lacks more complex intrigues. This book could easily been three books twice it's size. It's all too easy, and the planets act too homogeneous and act too much as a unit. Where's the resistance? Why do noone question the soundness of the operations? I'll still pick up the next volume though. I want to know what happens next!

  • Brain Myths Exploded

  • Lessons from Neuroscience
  • By: The Great Courses, Indre Viskontas
  • Narrated by: Indre Viskontas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,702
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,519
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,507

Much of the layperson's knowledge of the brain is predicated on a lack of understanding about this mysterious organ. To start building a more straightforward, accurate understanding of current breakthroughs in neuroscience, you have to start by shattering popular brain myths.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great lecturer, very enjoyable

  • By Jared T Wilsey on 02-14-17

Mythbusters of the brain

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

Reviewed: 10-08-17

Have you ever heard that we only use 10% of our brain? Is that really true? This is only one of many myth/urban ledgens that are put to the test. Look at it as a "Mythbusters for the brain" kond of a series. Very worth while and highly recomended!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Arrival

  • By: Ryk Brown
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 18 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 772
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 707
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 708

The Eden Project was a dream. To start the first extra-solar colony.... To avoid the mistakes of our past.... To start anew. Three generations, born and raised on a starship hurtling through space. To never know an open sky.... To never feel the wind on their face…. To never witness the sun rise or set. It is up to the advance team to set foot on each of these worlds, conduct their surveys, and send their findings back to the colony ship. Everything must go as planned, for the welfare of all the colonists depends on them.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • CHILDREN. IN. SPAAAaaaAaAaAACE!!!!

  • By Kindle Customer on 08-30-16

Arrival

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

Reviewed: 07-11-17

The story is acctually not all that bad. However, most of the characters are shallow and stereotypical. The female characters are very juvenile and does not fit in.
I would also have liked to see a lot more interaction with the alien inviroment.
There are a lot of storyline possibilities not explained or explored by the author. Maybe they will reemerge in the sequel?