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R. Reed

Seattle, WA USA
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  • An Echo of Things to Come

  • The Licanius Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: James Islington
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 26 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,641
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,203

In the wake of a devastating attack, an amnesty has been declared for all Augurs - finally allowing them to emerge from hiding and openly oppose the dark forces massing against the land of Andarra. As the Augur Davian and his new allies hurry north toward the ever-weakening Boundary, however, fresh horrors along their path suggest that their reprieve may have come far too late. His ally in the Capital, the new Northwarden, contends with assassins and politicians and uncovers a dangerous political secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Footnotes, please!

  • By Joe B. on 09-10-17

Damn Good Story

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

Reviewed: 05-27-18

As the title says, it's a good story. Multiple readings are a must as many of the details of later events are told earlier in the story but it's not a chore to do so.

Micheal Kramer's naration is, as always, a delight. Never over acted, never pulls you out of the story, a pleasure to listen to.

  • The Darkest Minds

  • Darkest Minds, Book 1
  • By: Alexandra Bracken
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,504
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,196
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,188

When Ruby woke up on her 10th birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overall, I really enjoyed this thrilling book

  • By Sash & Em: A Tale of Two Bookies on 08-06-13

Not Your Daughter's Heroine

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

Reviewed: 05-19-18

Being 40 and male, I am probably not the perfect choice to critique this book (also, I am not an author so my opinion truly counts for nothing). However, I am a father of three girls so maybe what I have to say might be a little relevant.

I am an imperfect feminist. While I have my faults, I applaud and appreciate strong female characters and I seek them out in stories. Ruby, the main character in this story is not a strong female character. If my daughters behaved like her, I would be disappointed. She is not smart. She is not a leader. She is not skilled. There is nothing to like. Oh, but she is pretty.

How can a female author, at this critical point in time, have her lead character be so blah, so much like the female characters featured in the literature of the last two hundred years. It boogles the mind.

Ruby is a damsel in distress, waiting and relying on the wants and whims of her male companions. And the poorly done romance. I don't mind romance in my fiction but to have it be such a strong motivation, especially that of an abused teenage girl is just...bad. I don't give a crap how dreaming some guys eyes are, if one has spent the last five years in hell, pleasing a guy isn't and shouldn't be a priority. There's more to be said but I'll leave it at this; I hope the author gains more respect for her genders strength and Ruby becomes someone my daughters can use an example worth following.

22 of 24 people found this review helpful

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 201,257
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 187,938
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187,532

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

A Good Story Told Well

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

Reviewed: 04-22-18

The worst that can happen when reading (or listening to) a story is being pulled out of it by nonsense, whether it's character stupidity or improper research. And audio books have it tougher if the narration is subpar. Luckily, that doesn't happen with this story. Kudos to both the author and Will Weaton. Good job gents.

  • Fool's Quest

  • Book II of the Fitz and the Fool trilogy
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Elliot Hill
  • Length: 33 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,782
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,595
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,578

The harrowing adventures of FitzChivalry Farseer and his enigmatic friend, the Fool, continue in Robin Hobb's triumphant follow-up to Fool's Assassin. But Fool's Quest is more than just a sequel. With the artistry and imagination her fans have come to expect, Hobb builds masterfully on all that has gone before, revealing devastating secrets and shocking conspiracies that cast a dark shadow over the history of Fitz and his world - a shadow that now stretches to darken all future hope.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What's with the Fool's weird accent?

  • By M. Casale on 08-11-15

Almost terrible narration

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

Reviewed: 11-15-16

I appreciate the difficulty in the narration of a story with so many different characters. But come on. Some of the voices used in the narration of this story are so bad that it takes so much away from the story. Elliot Hill uses some weird nasal whine for most of the royalty and nobels, with odd inflictions and pacing. It sounds like a high school play. The Fool sounds like a crusty old man (which he is not) but can somehow overcome this when he becomes a very feminine Amber. One of the characters sounds as if he never opens his mouth when he talks, he just speaks through his teeth.

Great story but the narration is terrible.