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  • Armageddon's Children

  • The Genesis of Shannara, Book 1
  • By: Terry Brooks
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,805
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,316

Logan Tom is doomed to remember the past and determined to rescue the future. Far behind him lies a boyhood cut violently short by his family's slaughter, when the forces of madness and hate swept our world after decadent excesses led to civilization's downfall. Somewhere ahead of him rests the only chance to beat back the minions of evil that are systematically killing and enslaving the last remnants of humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The start of something really good

  • By R. Jones on 02-23-09

The start of another great series from Brooks.

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

Reviewed: 01-28-18

This story moves along at a quicker pace than the authors earlier work.

Some of the comments here are very negative about the Terry Brooks take on the post-apocalyptic Earth, and although there are some holes in the science, the world he describes is self-consistent and adds to the tenuousness of the world our characters occupy.

  • The Sword of Shannara

  • The Shannara Series, Book 1
  • By: Terry Brooks
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 26 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,003
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,753
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,777

Long ago, the wars of the ancient Evil ruined the world. In peaceful Shady Vale, half-elfin Shea Ohmsford knows little of such troubles. But the supposedly dead Warlock Lord is plotting to destroy everything in his wake. The sole weapon against this Power of Darkness is the Sword of Shannara, which can be used only by a true heir of Shannara. On Shea, last of the bloodline, rests the hope of all the races.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Underwhelmed

  • By M.S. Valdez on 10-30-13

Fantastic story. Poor Narration.

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

Reviewed: 01-08-18

A classic fantasy story. The narration is tough to listen to, but the quality of the writing more than makes up for that after an hour or so.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Art & Fear

  • Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking
  • By: David Bayles, Ted Orland
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,059
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 908
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 892

Art & Fear explores the way art gets made, the reasons it often doesn't get made, and the nature of the difficulties that cause so many artists to give up along the way. This is a book about what it feels like to sit in your studio or classroom, at your wheel or keyboard, easel or camera, trying to do the work you need to do. It is about committing your future to your own hands, placing free will above predestination, choice above chance. It is about finding your own work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing!

  • By zozobraswife on 05-10-12

An intellectual & emotional gut-check for artists

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

Reviewed: 01-07-18

A must read for artists of all types and at all levels. The most articulate yet realistic book about making Art that I've ever read.

  • A Newfoundlander in Canada

  • Always Going Somewhere, Always Coming Home
  • By: Alan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Alan Doyle
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 47

Often in a van, sometimes in a bus, occasionally in a car with broken wipers "using Bob's belt and a rope found by Paddy's Pond" to pull them back and forth, Alan and his bandmates charted new territory, and he constantly measured what he saw of the vast country against what his forefathers once called the Daemon Canada. In a period punctuated by triumphant leaps forward for the band, deflating steps backward, and everything in between.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Newfoundlander

  • By Deedra on 12-28-17

One of the best 10 books I read in 2017! Wicked.

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

Reviewed: 12-31-17

As an Australian I wasn't familiar with Doyle's music, I stumbled onto the author via a random and then fanatical viewing of "Republic of Doyle". I dug into the incredibly talented cast including supporting actors (which included Doyle) and I'm happy I did.

The book is touching yet funny, deep yet maintains its momentum - one of the best 10 books I read in 2018. And the audio book had me speaking like a Newfoundlander for weeks in my own head.

For months at work I'd find myself laughing about stories from "A Newfoundlander in Canada" and saying 'yes b'y, 'wicked', 'deadly', 'whatta yat?' and 'best kind' ... I felt like I was let into a very special (and funny) Club, and my host was sir Alan Doyle.

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  • The Elfstones of Shannara

  • The Shannara Series, Book 2
  • By: Terry Brooks
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 23 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,618
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,945
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,955

Before the Great Wars and the Old Race of Man, there was a world populated by different beings: elves, demons, faeries, and the like. The Elves and the Demons constantly fought each other, until the Elves finally imprisoned them with the enchanted tree called the Ellcrys. Thousands of years later the Ellcrys still survives and still keeps the Demons imprisoned within the Spell of Forbidding, but not for much longer, the Ellcrys is dying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great Shannara Story

  • By Daniel on 02-03-16

The strongest Shannara audio I've heard thus far!

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

Reviewed: 11-21-17

The writing in Elfstones is some of the authors best and most complete work, and the audio brings much of that universe he has created to life.

Not the biggest fan of the narrator, but after a few hours I got used to his tone, and then didn't notice much about the narration after that - except that it was particularly good during the more tense scenes in the text (being chased by wolves, everything around the Reaper and The Dagda Mor).

  • Unscripted

  • Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Entrepreneurship
  • By: MJ DeMarco
  • Narrated by: Scott Thomas
  • Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,392
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,266
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,259

You live in your dream house, but there's no mortgage. No alarm clock, no boss, no bills. No claims on the day's time other than what you choose. It is making more money before breakfast than you made for an entire week at your last job. It is a crazy expensive car parked in your garage, a victorious symbol that your dreams no longer sleep in fantasies, but are awake with reality.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Making money, yeah. Cut the rant though.

  • By Mary C. Dunford on 07-31-17

Even better than TMF. No punches pulled!

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

Reviewed: 06-26-17

This book has done what so few books actually can -
it has me reengaging with process, and travelling a different road..

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Business of Belief

  • How the World's Best Marketers, Designers, Salespeople, Coaches, Fundraisers, Educators, Entrepreneurs and Other Leaders Get Us to Believe
  • By: Tom Asacker
  • Narrated by: Tom Asacker
  • Length: 2 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

In this thought-provoking and entertaining book, Tom Asacker, author of Sandbox Wisdom and A Clear Eye for Branding, pulls back the curtain on the workings of the mind and reveals the hidden logic to motivating behavior, both in ourselves and in others.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly Good and Short

  • By Jefferson on 02-22-14

His Podcast is much much better!

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

Reviewed: 01-30-17

What did you like best about The Business of Belief? What did you like least?

Tom is clever and funny. I thought the ideas were a little thin at times and lacking clarity, but I guess belief itself can be seen as amorphous.

  • Wizard's First Rule

  • Sword of Truth, Book 1
  • By: Terry Goodkind
  • Narrated by: Sam Tsoutsouvas
  • Length: 34 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,062
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,122

In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, Richard Cypher encounters a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, in his forest sanctuary. She seeks his help...and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is a blast

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 05-09-12

Fantastic story telling, and one of the best narrations I've heard!

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

Reviewed: 01-04-17

This audiobook (both the writing and the narration) had me completely transfixed. If it were possible I would have given the performance 10 Stars! Incredible work.

  • The End of Ownership

  • Personal Property in the Digital Economy
  • By: Aaron Perzanowski, Jason Schultz
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

If you buy a book at the bookstore, you own it. You can take it home, scribble in the margins, put it on the shelf, lend it to a friend, or sell it at a garage sale. But is the same thing true for the eBooks or other digital goods you buy? Retailers and copyright holders argue that you don't own those purchases, you merely license them. That means your eBook vendor can delete the book from your device without warning or explanation - as Amazon deleted Orwell's 1984 from the Kindles of surprised readers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A well researched book about w/ an important theme

  • By Shannara World podcast on 11-23-16

A well researched book about w/ an important theme

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

Reviewed: 11-23-16

What did you love best about The End of Ownership?

The subject itself is both fascinating, and if you're a working creative, a little worrying.

  • H Is for Hawk

  • By: Helen Macdonald
  • Narrated by: Helen Macdonald
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,045
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,764
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,755

When Helen MacDonald's father died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated. An experienced falconer captivated by hawks since childhood, she'd never before been tempted to train one of the most vicious predators: the goshawk. But in her grief, she saw that the goshawk's fierce and feral anger mirrored her own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mabel The Hawk--The Fire That Burned The Hurts Away

  • By Sara on 04-09-15

Stunning!

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

Reviewed: 04-10-16

I don't really know how best to describe the feeling I had while reading this particular book, but simply "it's one of the best pieces of writing I've ever read."