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  • Lord of Chaos

  • Book Six of The Wheel of Time
  • By: Robert Jordan
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 41 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,587
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,606
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,585

As the Wheel turns, the winds of fate roil across the land. Rand al 'Thor struggles to unite the nations for the Last Battle when the Dark One will break free into the world to spring the snares laid by the immortal Forsaken for unwary humankind. The White Tower in Tar Valon, under the Amyrlin Elaida, has decided that Rand must be controlled immediately.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally here!

  • By Elias on 08-14-05

Holy Crap

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

This book is, by far, the best in the series so far. Holy crap. The ending was so good.

  • The Way of Kings

  • Book One of The Stormlight Archive
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 45 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 56,783
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 51,556
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 51,556

Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!

  • By Lore on 03-31-12

Blown Away.

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

I started this book after hearing a lot of hype about Brandon Sanderson in the Wheel of Time community. I already know the narrators and I have appreciated them on the Wheel of Time series. So, I figured it had to be mostly decent and I needed a break from The Wheel of Time series anyway. I didn't want to burn out.

At first, the story was slow. I couldn't figure out the connections between all the stories and I was easily annoyed by the narrators pronouncing names differently.

But wow, once you get past the character/world building mundaneness, the story really takes off. The characters are loveable and I find myself very loyal to them. The climax was intense. I'm excited to listen to the rest of the series.

So my suggestion to you, push past the boring parts because the last 9 hours (or so) are worth it.

  • The Name of the Wind

  • (Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 1)
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 27 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67,184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61,235
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61,324

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

Now that the gates of Hell have closed...

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

Reviewed: 01-08-18

This book was recommended to me by friend and coworker. It has a "Harry Potter" kind of feel to it, but a little more grown up. There is some really great humor that actually made me laugh out loud.

If I had to describe this book to someone, I would say that it's about a powerful kid who is too cocky for his own good and puts himself into some sticky situations while trying to find out more information about the murder of his parents.

Initially, I wasn't excited about Nick Podehl as the narrator of this novel. I'm in the middle of listening to The Wheel of Time and I have certain voice expectations of my high-fantasy, however, after the first couple chapters, I was fully sold with the narration. Podehl did a great job.

  • The Good Girl

  • By: Mary Kubica
  • Narrated by: Lindy Nettleton, Johnny Heller, Tom Taylorson, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,084
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14,341
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14,331

Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, Colin Thatcher seems at first like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant performances, moving story

  • By Roger on 09-11-14

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 12-02-17

I enjoyed my time listening to this book. The storyline seems pretty straightforward as you go along. There’s some twists, but they’re not very shocking, almost anticipated. The narration is well done for the character they’re portraying, however, when they try to do each other’s voices, it’s pretty silly. Overall, a good listen.

  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

  • By: Bram Stoker
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,290
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,287

The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Read, Throughly Enjoyable!

  • By WickedGoodYarn on 03-11-12

Terrifying - In The Classic Sense

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

Classic horror novels always make me laugh a little because I'm entirely desensitized to this kind of a "terror". However, I can always appreciate how a novel would have been received when it was first published, and let me tell you... Dracula probably scared the knickers off of a lot of people.

First thing you should know is that the cast and narration are amazing. So many big names: Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, and Simon Vance? Come on, how great is that? At the same time though, I lost track of which character was speaking at times. Since everything is done in first person, you have to work by process of elimination.

Overall, I enjoyed listening to this novel. The narration was fantastic and the story is classic. Don't expect to be scared, but do expect to be entertained.

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  • The One-in-a-Million Boy

  • By: Monica Wood
  • Narrated by: Chris Ciulla
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,950
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,796
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,804

For years, guitarist Quinn Porter has been on the road, chasing gig after gig, largely absent to his twice-ex-wife Belle and their odd, Guinness records-obsessed son. When the boy dies suddenly, Quinn seeks forgiveness for his paternal shortcomings by completing the requirements for one of his son's unfinished Boy Scout badges. For seven Saturdays Quinn does yard work for Ona Vitkus, the spry 104-year-old Lithuanian immigrant the boy had visited weekly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very moving, thought provoking,

  • By Kelli Stone on 04-12-17

Meh

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

Reviewed: 11-10-17

I don't know. I guess I didn't hate my time listening to this novel. I can't imagine ever recommending it to someone else to read/listen to.

It's sad and heartfelt but also predictable and uneventful. This may make a great short Facebook video.

The narrator was pretty decent, although a lot of the book is monotonous.

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  • Big Magic

  • Creative Living Beyond Fear
  • By: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,365
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,487
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,402

Readers and listeners of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert's books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Biggest Inspiration In a Long Time

  • By Gillian on 09-23-15

I was hesitant and surprised.

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

Reviewed: 11-07-17

My mom recommends books to me all the time. It’s not that I don’t trust her judgement, it’s that she’s a little bit more of a hippie than I am. So I’m normally hesitant to listen to her suggestions.

I’m glad I went against that impulse this time. This book is short, but full of inspiring ideas about creativity and how to welcome it into your life.

I was also happy that the author didn’t butcher the narration; which seems to happen whenever an author narrates their own book.

I’ve already suggested this book to an artistic friend.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Shadow Rising

  • Book Four of The Wheel of Time
  • By: Robert Jordan
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 41 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,176
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,176

The seals of Shayol Ghul are weak now, and the Dark One reaches out in The Shadow Rising, book four of the Wheel of Time, as The Shadow is rising to cover humankind. In the Stone of Tear, the Lord Dragon considers his next move. It will be something no one expects, not the Black Ajah, not Tairen nobles, not Aes Sedai, not Egwene or Elayne or Nynaeve. Against the Shadow rising stands the Dragon Reborn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The BEST of the Wheel of Time

  • By Mica on 04-27-08

The Action Begins!

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

Reviewed: 11-06-17

So, sure... there was action in the other novels... but it really takes shape in this aptly named book. There is a lot of conflict; both internal and external. This has to have been my favorite book in the series to date. On to the next one!

  • Whoever Fights Monsters

  • My Twenty Years Tracking Serial Killers for the FBI
  • By: Robert K. Ressler, Tom Shachtman
  • Narrated by: Tom Perkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,033
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,032

Face-to-face with some of America's most terrifying killers, FBI veteran and ex-Army CID colonel Robert Ressler learned from them how to identify the unknown monsters who walk among us - and put them behind bars. Now the man who coined the phrase "serial killer" and advised Thomas Harris on The Silence of the Lambs shows how he has tracked down some of the nation's most brutal murderers. Join Ressler as he takes you on the hunt for America's most dangerous psychopaths. It is a terrifying journey you will not forget.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Murderino checking in

  • By Sarah R Bongiovanni on 06-16-17

Well, Now You're Famous!

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

Reviewed: 06-02-17

I've always been intrigued by serial killers and this book has no shortage of them. It's a healthy mix of serial killers and normal day-to-day FBI jazz. I found it extremely interesting and it kept my attention the whole way through.

And now... it's a show on Netflix! Yay! Mind Hunter is based on this book.

  • New Spring

  • The Wheel of Time Prequel
  • By: Robert Jordan
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,473
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,101

For three days battle has raged in the snow around the great city of Tar Valon. In the city, a foretelling of the future is uttered. On the slopes of Dragonmount, the immense mountain that looms over the city, a child is born, an infant prophesied to change the world. That child must be found before he can be killed by the forces of the Shadow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A+

  • By Dennis on 10-14-05

Don't Start Here

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

Reviewed: 06-02-17

So, I started with New Spring because I was new to the series and in my head, starting with the prequel made sense. However, now that I'm working on the series, I feel that starting with New Spring caused me to have opinions about people that are formed based on this book. It also has a few spoilers. I would suggest that you wait to read New Spring until book 8+.