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Stan Lee's Alliances: A Trick of Light audiobook cover art

I just can't get into it.

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

Reviewed: 07-12-19

I love the Marvel Comics Universe. I love the books, the games, and of course the movies. This audiobook however, let's me down. I want to like it, but it just drags on without going anywhere. I'm hours into it, and just don't see a light at the end of the tunnel. Sorry, Stan! Please forgive me!

28 of 33 people found this review helpful

Overcome audiobook cover art
  • Overcome
  • Replacing the Lies That Hold Us Down with the Truths That Set Us Free
  • By: Clayton King
  • Narrated by: Clayton King

Good stuff! Mr. Clayton gets to the point!

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

Reviewed: 01-19-18

Would you consider the audio edition of Overcome to be better than the print version?

Hearing the author's words spoken from his own perspective adds to the testimony and emphasis of the book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Overcome?

He may reference it quite a bit, but the part where the security staff member tells Clayton that the lady that had moved and restarted her life's boyfriend was saved when Clayton told her story is pretty awesome!

Any additional comments?

When Clayton starts breaking down each of the circumstances in his examples to the core lie that fuels the whole scenario, it's amazing how many of them I've struggled with myself. It's easy to believe them because the world emphasizes them which means to question the lies means you have to re-evaluate where you put your faith's stock. There are times in this book that I've had to stop it in tears, and other times I wish that family members could/would hear and take the message to heart. We've all struggled in life at some point, and if you have, this is the message you need to hear!

Mind Dimensions, Books 0, 1, & 2 audiobook cover art

Absolutely Worth a Listen

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

Reviewed: 03-06-17

Would you listen to Mind Dimensions, Books 0, 1, & 2 again? Why?

Let me address the biggest issue everyone has with the book. Yes, Roberto Scarlato was a bit dry and monotone when narrating the main character. It's odd that he puts more life and emphasis in the Russian-accented characters than the main character. I could also go the rest of my life without hearing the words "I, Darren" again! Despite the performance from the narrator for book 1 and 2, this is still absolutely worth a listen!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mind Dimensions, Books 0, 1, & 2?

To state the scene without ruining it, it's the scene where Darren is in his therapist's office for the first time after learning that he's a "Reader". That was a great moment! Even worse, I would have been in a lot of trouble if it were me in that moment! :)

What three words best describe Roberto Scarlato and Laura Jennings ’s performance?

Roberto Scarlato - Monotone, Dry, Lacking
Laura Jennings - Provocative, Exciting, Spot-On

Any additional comments?

For a modern day sci-fi this works well and is believable! I enjoyed these three books greatly and can't wait to start the next on the way home this afternoon!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Just doesn't seem to be going anywhere fast enough

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

Reviewed: 02-25-15

What disappointed you about ORBS?

I wanted to enjoy the book. The synopsis sounds interesting, but in the end it tends to drag on without making progress.

What was most disappointing about Nicholas Sansbury Smith’s story?

The story itself isn't bad. The way it's told just doesn't keep my interest.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Again, the story itself is interesting. The aliens and their agenda fits nicely in the world of "almost believable" while at the same time being different enough to distinguish this from a typical alien apocalypse story.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Better than the Hunger Games

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

Reviewed: 12-17-13

Where does Divergent rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Divergent isn't my favorite book I've listened to, but it's definitely worth listening to.

What other book might you compare Divergent to and why?

This shares many of the things that draw you to The Hunger Games, but the book is written to the target audience a little better. It definitely feels like it's meant for a mature teen in the initial storyline and monologs, but the scenes and action are less reserved and compassionate.

What about Emma Galvin’s performance did you like?

She does a decent job of captivating the emotion, fear, selflessness, and courage that the main character is experiencing internally.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

At first, no, I wasn't drawn in enough for a single sitting listen. However, by the time of the testing, I was hooked and looked for every chance to continue the story further. When it picks up pace and interest, it will reel you in!

Any additional comments?

I'm excited to see this movie now that I've listed to the book. Unless they completely botch this story on film, it's going to be awesome!

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The least of the Speaker Series

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

Reviewed: 12-02-13

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This book does get bogged down in the theology behind the thoughts of the main characters. It's good because it helps you understand where they're coming from and how complex their decisions are, but much of it could be reduced down to improve the flow of the book.

Would you be willing to try another book from Orson Scott Card? Why or why not?

Yes! I've thoroughly enjoyed the Speaker series in the Ender-verse. The storytelling gets a little bogged down in the theological debate and explanation at times, but the story is still compelling all the same.

Which scene was your favorite?

I loved the scene where where two of our protagonists are aboard the Starways Congress Fleet Flagship and the realization that allows them to be there. There's not much I can say without spoiling the story since so much of it is building to that point. However, for those of you who have read it, it's an awesome moment in the story where the tables of power turn in our favor finally.

Could you see Children of the Mind being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

It would loose much of it's soul to become one since the theological and philosophical debates wouldn't survive the conversion to script. However, I could see the storyline itself being adapted if the Ender's Game movie does well enough to justify sequels.

Any additional comments?

I haven't yet read other's comments on this book. I'm sure many will be much more negative than mine. If you're looking for a simple entertaining listen, this isn't your book. However this storyline has depth and brings much of the story from the previous books in the series together. It is worth the listen, but make sure you're in the right frame of mind as it can get pretty heavy at times.

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Better Than Most Reveiws Give It Credit For!

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

Reviewed: 11-19-13

What made the experience of listening to Xenocide the most enjoyable?

The author tells the story from a perspective much like I would normally take on a situation. I tend to enjoy theological debates and the necessary realization that theology and reality must intersect. This book takes you past the cultural differences between the different species that Speaker for the Dead introduced you to and digs deeper into the theological differences behind them. Eventually you get to the root of those theological differences and find that some do intersect nicely and others no longer hold up. As always though, people choose to believe what they choose to believe. If you have any interest in theology or theoretical physics (simplified down to make the story progress of course) then this listen is worth it!

What other book might you compare Xenocide to and why?

I can't compare it to any other book. This diverts some from the previous two books in the series, and no one else that I've read or listened to tells a story quite like Orson Scott Card.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

I wish I could say Ender, but he isn't quite as much of a star in this book as the last two. If I had to pick I would have to say Jane because of her naturally exiled but integral nature in the story. I'm curious to see how she develops from her roll in this book through the next one.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I can't say it's one to listen to in one sitting. The book is read by multiple readers and as such it tends to take on a change in life according to which reader you're listening to. Some require more attention to appreciate than others due to the Chinese influence in the dialog. This is intentional though since the parts that reader covers takes place on Path, a world derived from ancient Chinese tradition. It fits the story though it isn't as fluid as many would like.

Any additional comments?

The comments I read on this book almost diverted me from finishing this series. I'm glad I didn't though. Ignore the comments about the dialog and monotone reading. There are 5 readers in this audio book and only one of them is less than exciting. As mentioned above the one still fits the setting in the book however because it's supposed to be a planet that is steeped in traditional Chinese values. You can't have that read by the typical voice actor without loosing a little of the soul of the story.

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Forget the Movie, Listen to the Book!

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

Reviewed: 11-07-13

Where does Ender's Game rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Ender's Game is one of my top books I've listened to. The story in this book is so much more than what the movie that came out last weekend shows, so if you haven't read or heard it, you'll want to. There are few books that I've listened to that have litteraly gotten my adrenaline running or enraged me because of the situations the protagonist is in, but this one does just that. You don't just read about Ender Wiggin's story, you'll feel it and understand it from the perspective of a torn genius who can't decide between what he must do and what he desperately wants to do.

What other book might you compare Ender's Game to and why?

It's difficult to compare this book to any other because it's a perfect mix of sci-fi setting, action, deep character development, and epic storyline. The only other books that I've ever read that come close to the feel and depth of this one is the Circle Trilogy (Black, Red, and White) by Ted Dekker (don't sweat the tag along book Green).

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite is easily the battle room scene where Dragon Army is paired up against two armies. Without spoiling the situation, all I can say is that the way that the leaders in Dragon Army came together to find a solution to what was a totally unbeatable situation was amazing.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If I had the time to sit for 15 hours I would have. I will say that I listened to both this version and the audio dramatization back to back in a matter of days, so it's definitely something I wanted to listen to earnestly even if I couldn't listen to it in one sitting.

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It's Changing My View of Dyslexia

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

Reviewed: 02-07-13

What made the experience of listening to The Dyslexic Advantage the most enjoyable?

This book isn't about a "learning disorder". It explains the physiological difference between a normal brain and a dyslexic brain, explains how that change effects thinking patterns, and then breaks down those patterns into the different symptoms (both advantageous and disadvantageous) that they cause in the mind compared to the average mind.

Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?

There is a great balance between the technical and generalized knowledge. The authors do an amazing job of stepping us up from general knowledge to higher understanding without getting bogged down in too much of the technical issues.

Which scene was your favorite?

This is a book about a physiological state, not a story. So, there is no favorite scene.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Personally, I did a little crying because it finally explained a few things about myself that I've known but couldn't fully understand.

Any additional comments?

This book has had an impact on my life! I don't say that lightly. ANYONE who is or knows someone who is dyslexic or has an undiagnosed mental condition should listen to or read this book!

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Enaging, Thrilling, and Exciting! Well done Tedd!

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

Reviewed: 09-03-12

Would you listen to Forbidden again? Why?

Definitely! Forbidden follows in step to the storytelling style of Black from the Circle series by Tedd Dekker. I couldn't stop listening to the book! There are many storylines that are coming togather throughout the book leadign to a suprising and awesome end that leaves you salivating for the next book in the series.

What did you like best about this story?

The determination of the main character is insane. His passion for things is extreme leading him to follow his heart through some amazing action and emotional portions of the story in ways most would faulter.

What about Henry Leyva’s performance did you like?

He was engaging and realy drew you into the character, emotion, and excitment of each character.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The dead find life.