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  • Fire & Blood

  • 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones (A Targaryen History)
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 26 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,835
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,827

Centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones, House Targaryen - the only family of dragonlords to survive the Doom of Valyria - took up residence on Dragonstone. Fire & Blood begins their tale with the legendary Aegon the Conqueror, creator of the Iron Throne, and goes on to recount the generations of Targaryens who fought to hold that iconic seat, all the way up to the civil war that nearly tore their dynasty apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 150 years of Westeros history

  • By Kingsley on 11-22-18

Terrible compared to Game of Thrones, has no story

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

Reviewed: 11-24-18

This book reminds me of the history books I was supposed to read in high school - terminally boring.
Unlike Game of Thrones which has many plots and intricately developed characters, it has nothing!
He just lists off one after another, after another, after another person by name, who quickly gets killed,
or who marries someone else who's name seems unimportant, who then is related to the king, who is
either a nice guy or mean. I don't know, it seems to me he has completely gone into the thing I most
hated about Game of Thrones, when he made references to tournaments of the past and supposedly
famous name who won or were defeated, but whom had nothing of consequence to do with the ongoing
plots in the kingdom.

Maybe at some point he'll pull all this together and have a plot to it instead of just listing things in order,
but after wasting 4 hours of my life, I'm not willing to bet on it and waste another 22 hours on this POS!

4 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Neverwhere

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,079
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,189
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,178

Richard Mayhew is a young man with a good heart and an ordinary life, which is changed forever when he stops to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk. His small act of kindness propels him into a world he never dreamed existed. There are people who fall through the cracks, and Richard has become one of them. And he must learn to survive in this city of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels, if he is ever to return to the London that he knew.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Vivid, imaginative.

  • By Joseph on 10-29-09

REALLY not my cup of tea!

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

This book kind of gave me the creeps before I could really get into it. Having characters with animal like
characteristics and rats and rat faces was a turn off. Also, there are sections where (maybe for the purpose)
of trying to make it sound more eerie or dreamlike, dreams or strange mental states were narrated with a
sound effect that sounded like the narrator was talking from the bottom of a deep well or cylinder, etc. -
that to me was a turn off, I would have preferred if they just kept using the regular voice, only maybe modulated
a bit differently. It didn't seem to have any outright demons or gods early on - as far as I 'read' before just
giving up as a turnoff and waste of time. It seemed most of the characters were sinister and even when he went
to find someone good to help him (the main character) he had to go through weird sinister characters first - blah!

  • L'art de la Simplicité

  • How to Live More with Less
  • By: Dominique Loreau
  • Narrated by: Jenny Funnell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 90

Dominque Loreau is the master of the art of decluttering and simplifying. Now her groundbreaking L'art de la Simplicité, a huge best seller in her native France, is translated into English for the first time. Loreau's principle of "less is more" is set to change your life forever. Living in Japan and inspired by Asian philosophy, Loreau takes you on a step-by-step journey to a clutter-free home, a calm mind, and an energized body.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A droning list of commands - maybe a better book to read?

  • By Professormom on 01-09-17

Seems to be for women only!

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

Reviewed: 06-02-18

I like the idea of using zen and Japanese spareness to establish a more desirable home, but when she
goes into all the ways of simplifying your life she keeps referencing women. Like all you need in your
purse is money, something else I forget, and lipstick - not exactly info I need as a man!
She also seems to be proposing living in near austerity as she several times said that the only colors
you need are black and white, and grey! (How dull!)

I just found too many things only related to how women "should" live and too much sterility. Not for me!

  • Transcendent

  • Ascendant, Book 2
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,135
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,615
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,582

Koren Bladewell's future was stolen from him, by wizards who chose to lie, to conceal the fact that Koren is a wizard. Crown princess Ariana Trehayme must find a way to become queen before her 16th birthday - before her indecisive mother allows all of Tarador to be conquered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't wait for the next one...

  • By Christopher on 01-08-18

Finally getting somewhere!

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

Reviewed: 05-04-18

As I complained in the review of the first book, I think the author takes too long to get to the point and I fear
he may be dragging out a shorter story just so he can get paid for more books rather than fewer books in the
series that I had thought or hoped would be a trilogy.
So meanwhile, the story is really good, and the narrator is very good. In this book the young wizard finally finds
out that he is, indeed, a wizard, and unfortunately, he also gets very angry about having not been told that and
not been trained and guided since childhood.

It's worth a read, but I appeal to the author to not be so verbose and convoluted in future books and series.

  • Ascendant: Book 1

  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 17 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,090
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,753
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,736

The Wizard's Council of Tarador was supposed to tell young Koren Bladewell that he is a wizard. They were supposed to tell everyone that he is not a jinx, that all the bad things that happen around him are because he can't control the power inside him, power he doesn't know about. The people of his village, even his parents, are afraid of him, afraid he is cursed. That he is a dangerous, evil jinx.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A skeptic entertained

  • By David M on 11-22-17

Good but too slow and drawn out!

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

Reviewed: 05-04-18

I like the sword and sorcery aspects, the way the story goes, but I feel the author takes to long to get to the damned point, and draws out the action too long so I wind up feeling like it's taking forever to get to the good parts.
I also thought this was going to be a trilogy, but am now at the beginning of book 3 and fear this guy may turn this into
a dozen books just so he can earn more money, rather than let us get to the natural ending as it should in book three.

In this first book - called Ascendant - you'd think the boy was going to ascend to the power of a wizard, but no, that
is drawn out too much and doesn't even begin until the end of the second book! There's too much time wasted on
all the intrigues and misunderstandings that cause people to not get to where they should be. Perhaps he's too enamored of the "skills" of the author of Game of Thrones who also (although the HBO series is Fabulous) takes
far too long to get to the point in his books - stopping to wander around in conversations about who was a champion
in a past tournament, etc. which adds nothing at all to the story - thank God they left that crap out of the TV version!

  • Fear the Sky

  • The Fear Saga, Book 1
  • By: Stephen Moss
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 20 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,618
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,542
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,500

From the Audie-nominated narrator of The Martian. In eleven years' time, a million members of an alien race will arrive at Earth. Years before they enter orbit, their approach will be announced by the flare of a thousand flames in the sky, their ships' huge engines burning hard to slow them from the vast speeds needed to cross interstellar space. These foreboding lights will shine in our night sky like new stars, getting ever brighter until they outshine even the sun, casting ominous shadows and banishing the night until they suddenly blink out.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Caught me by surprise, and held me till the end.

  • By Brian Perry on 07-21-15

Fantastic!! Buy it!

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

Reviewed: 03-25-18

This is a great book! Lots of action and lots of tension!
It's very different from what I expected. I thought the fear in the sky
would be the tail burners of the approaching spaceships, but instead this
book has to do with fear of satellites that aliens sent ahead of their invasion
fleet to watch over agents also sent in advance. These (mild spoiler) satellites
were equiped with a tremendous AI that connected the agents and which
watched and collected trillions of bits of data from Earth to feed to them to
help them in their mission. The agents were also fantastically constructed
mechanical beings with tremendous strength and multiple built in weapons.
It appeared Earth had no chance, but with some help from one (bigger
spoiler) of the agents who disagreed with the plan to wipe out humanity
just so they could take over Earth, they got a chance at least to try! ; >)

  • Dawn of Wonder

  • The Wakening, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Renshaw
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 29 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,690
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32,612
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,530

When a high-ranking officer gallops into the quiet Mistyvales, he brings a warning that shakes the countryfolk to their roots. But for Aedan, a scruffy young adventurer with veins full of fire and a head full of ideas, this officer is not what he seems. The events that follow propel Aedan on a journey that only the foolhardy or desperate would risk, leading him to the gates of the nation's royal academy - a whole world of secrets in itself. But this is only the beginning of his discoveries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Instant Favorite

  • By Joe on 03-21-16

Fabulous book, great story and great reading!

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

This was definitely a wonderful book, a great "coming of age" story with a lot of twists
in it including adventure, trials, enemies, and the overcoming of internal conflicts.
Then after all that wonderful stuff, it's also the opening and beginning of great new
abilities and powers in the main character.

Now the only problem is: Where is the follow-up? I want books 2 and 3 or however
many there are!

Excellent!!!

  • Year One

  • (Chronicles of The One, Book 1)
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,513
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,092
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,050

It began on New Year's Eve. The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed - and more than half of the world's population was decimated. Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sub-par fantasy novel written by a great romance author

  • By Nate P. on 02-28-18

Fabulous, interesting, excellent!

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

Reviewed: 12-18-17

This was a great book. Just one thing: Nora Roberts: Get Off Your Butt and start writing faster, I want to read books 2 and 3 and more if there are more!! This had an excellent plot, excellent characters, good emotional writing (almost made me cry a couple of times), I hardly know where else to go or what to say, just very well done and looking forward to the next book!!

  • Earth Defiant

  • The Ember War, Book 4
  • By: Richard Fox
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,965
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,864
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,857

Betrayed by allies. Beset by new foes. Earth faces its darkest hour since the Xaros invasion. The Toth come to the solar system with a fleet of warships, and they demand the only tool that can rekindle the human race. It falls on Marine Lieutenant Hale to negotiate a pact that will save the human race at the cost of its soul - or start a war with a race of alien predators.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • satisfying installment in a great series

  • By Adam Rast on 09-06-16

Excellent series

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

Reviewed: 09-12-17

One thing I find amazing is the voice actor who manages to sound like 10 or 12 different speakers including some aliens!! Excellent book and series try it!

  • The Curse of Chalion

  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 18 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,993
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,001

Amidst the decaying splendor and poisonous intrigue of Chalion's ancient capital, Cazaril is forced to confront not only powerful enemies but also the malignant curse that clings to the royal household, trapping him, flesh and soul, in a maze of demonic paradox, damnation, and death for as long as he dares walk the five-fold pathway of the gods.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What makes a hero... LMB knows

  • By Terri on 04-12-12

Drags considerably in several places

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

Reviewed: 08-19-17

I almost quit reading this book after several chapters which seemed too bogged down in needless details that slowed the pace but later it picked up enough to avoid a really low rating.

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