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  • Oathbringer

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 55 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 32,074
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30,190
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 30,137

Dalinar Kholin's Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost. The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, which now sweeps the world with destruction and in its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that the newly kindled anger of the parshmen may be wholly justified.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Strong Storytelling, will upset Kaladin fans

  • By Deana on 11-16-17

After several times listening:

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

Reviewed: 04-12-19

The first time through, I was just a bit disappointed. The mystery was largely mitigated as questions were answered (double edge sword) and the character development necessarily became more subtle. And, well, it is very much, a third book in a series of ten, —but still a dynamic masterpiece.

After more times through, and after reading Acanum Unbounded, I am in pure awe at the brilliance of the whole Cosmere, the variations of investiture, the absence of plot confusing coincidences, the Aristotelian’ish qualification of virtues (so different than the A-moral “virtues” of other fantasy books that try to create hero’s out of ambiguity and carnality), the superb dialogue, and the whole aesthetic.

I do think there needs to be a way to soften Mr Kramer’s S whistle sounds. He is a great talent, but I have to listen in high volume, as my work includes using long hours with noisy grinders. The S becomes piercing and even painful at times. Perhaps there is a software program that can minimize the high harsh whistle when Michael gets tired?

  • Darkness of Dragons

  • Wings of Fire, Book 10
  • By: Tui T. Sutherland
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 273
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 225

The new prophecy comes to a thrilling conclusion in the New York Times best-selling Wings of Fire series! A young NightWing may have had the first true prophecy in generations... Something is coming to shake the earth. Something is coming to scorch the ground. Jade Mountain will fall beneath thunder and ice. Unless the lost city of night can be found. Will the return of Darkstalker bring a horrible future to Pyrrhia? Or can five young dragons save the world - again?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By scott on 04-10-18

Bait and snatch.

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

Reviewed: 02-26-19

I’ve been so glad, while listening to this series that it has been clean and fun — BUT in book TEN they pull in homosexuality???? Sneaking it into the narrative ... ???

Probably, it’s a publisher ultimatum, but I’m not impressed that the author acquiesced.

I feel betrayed. It’s under handed.

Plus, this one has plot holes.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Let My People Go Surfing

  • The Education of a Reluctant Businessman - Including 10 More Years of Business Unusual
  • By: Yvon Chouinard, Naomi Klein
  • Narrated by: Christopher Grove, Yvon Chouinard
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,027
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,027

In his long-awaited memoir, Yvon Chouinard - legendary climber, businessman, environmentalist, and founder of Patagonia, Inc. - shares the persistence and courage that have gone into being head of one of the most respected and environmentally responsible companies on earth. From his youth as the son of a French Canadian blacksmith to the thrilling, ambitious climbing expeditions that inspired his innovative designs for the sport's equipment.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good presentation, though a little preachy

  • By Jim Perkins on 05-25-17

Seminar on radical environmentalism

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

Reviewed: 02-12-19

Well... I guess everyone needs to be embraced by their favorite data that supports their epistemic delusions. This is a book full of dichotomy and slippery slopes; Logical fallacies that promote the authors allegiance to his brand of alarmism.

But I do like Black Diamond products!

  • The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.

  • A Novel
  • By: Neal Stephenson, Nicole Galland
  • Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard, Shelley Atkinson, Laural Merlington, and others
  • Length: 24 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,025
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,511
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,497

From best-selling author Neal Stephenson and critically acclaimed historical and contemporary commercial novelist Nicole Galland comes a captivating and complex near-future thriller combining history, science, magic, mystery, intrigue, and adventure that questions the very foundations of the modern world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional voice cast, unconventional format

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-03-17

What dreams may come

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

Reviewed: 01-31-19

The night after finishing this book, my dreams were haunted by the encroachment of many strands: for power of over and manipulation of hundreds of situations, almost lucid.

Once Uncle Screwtape told Wormwood that the ultimate victory for their “father” would be to create the materialistic magician... Well, touché.

  • The Crimson Vault

  • The Traveler's Gate Trilogy, Volume 2
  • By: Will Wight
  • Narrated by: Will Wight
  • Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373

As the conflict between Enosh and Damasca builds to war, Simon finds himself caught in the middle. Alin is bound by prophecy to the Grandmasters of Enosh, but he begins to doubt his fate when he discovers that their talk of freedom hides a darker agenda. Leah has never questioned her loyalty to Damasca. Now, she finds that allegiance tested as she is forced to oppose her own rebellious brother. With these two powers on the brink of open war, the land soon trembles in the face of an even greater threat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, the authors reading has improved

  • By Caleb A. Lohrer on 05-05-16

“The right kind’a luv’n on Sunday morneen”

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

Natural development with some surprises. Good stuff.
The author is becoming a better narrator too.

  • House of Blades

  • The Traveler's Gate Trilogy, Volume 1
  • By: Will Wight
  • Narrated by: Will Wight
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 645
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 599
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 596

Simon can only watch, helpless, as his family is killed and his friends are captured by enemy Travelers - men and women who can summon mystical powers from otherworldly Territories. To top it off, another young man from Simon's village discovers that he's a savior prophesied to destroy evil and save the realm.Prophecy has nothing to say about Simon. He has no special powers, no magical weapons, and no guarantee that he'll survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a fun and intriguing story!

  • By Kim W on 07-06-15

Among the best fantasies ever.

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

Reviewed: 01-16-19

In 2012, this book was recommended to me by a fantasy buff. At first, the rough sentence structure was so obtuse, that I thought he’d played a joke on me. But 1/4 way through the book I caught the strange rhythm and was hooked.

Now, the author reads. It’s pretty bad, and by his awkward inflections and repetitive voice dynamic, I think I understand why the book itself was so hard to follow. I’m actually not sure that myself or even Michael Kramer could do much better. —still, and in spite of its sentences, the subjects and worlds in this book are original and fantastically brilliant.

  • Desert Solitaire

  • A Season in the Wilderness
  • By: Edward Abbey
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,553
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,397
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,399

When Desert Solitaire was first published in 1968, it became the focus of a nationwide cult. Rude and sensitive. Thought-provoking and mystical. Angry and loving. Both Abbey and this book are all of these and more. Here, the legendary author of The Monkey Wrench Gang, Abbey's Road and many other critically acclaimed books vividly captures the essence of his life during three seasons as a park ranger in southeastern Utah.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can Not Believe I Have Never Read This Book....

  • By kindle on 06-20-15

Antagonism is the avenue for fascination?

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

Reviewed: 01-12-19

For a thesis on human hating, nihilism, it sure is a good read... even though I love people, and have few anti-progress dichotomies as expressed herein.

But/And, especially since only a few months ago, I personally rode a mountain bike along the 100 mile White Rim trail, and have, on foot, experienced much of the wondrous places he spoke of, I cannot help but sympathize with his sentiments, extreme as they may be. (I sure love lake Powell too...)

Quality of pros is almost as good as McCormick, and the non-politically-correct nature of it is liberating.

  • The Big Lie

  • Exposing the Nazi Roots of the American Left
  • By: Dinesh D'Souza
  • Narrated by: David Cochran Heath
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,969
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,956

What is "the big lie" of the Democratic Party? That conservatives - and President Donald Trump in particular - are fascists. Nazis, even. In a typical comment, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow says the Trump era is reminiscent of "what it was like when Hitler first became chancellor." But in fact, this audacious lie is a complete inversion of the truth. Yes, there is a fascist threat in America - but that threat is from the Left and the Democratic Party.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Broken toys need a home

  • By Timeviewer on 03-12-19

Great history, but lousy action plan.

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

Reviewed: 12-20-18

I find in this writ a conundrum that is making it impossibly difficult for me to reconcile with it.

I very much appreciated the history and the basic condemnation of progressive machinations. I do not, however like the deliberation of supporting the pitiful, dichotomized structure of bipartisanship. What about the surveillance state and bail out programs under bush, and the globalization tactics under Regan... to pawn fascism off on only democrats is so pitifully indicative of your party allegiance, that I wonder at Souza’s real intent. It’s as if he is bought and paid for, just as are the denizens of the left, to blind us to the general idiocy of this bipartisan monster.

No... I don’t buy it.

But I did appreciate the book.

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  • Queen of Fire

  • A Raven's Shadow Novel
  • By: Anthony Ryan
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 26 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,793
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,798

After fighting back from the brink of death, Queen Lyrna is determined to repel the invading Volarian army and regain the independence of the Unified Realm. Except to accomplish her goals, she must do more than rally her loyal supporters. She must align herself with forces she once found repugnant - those who possess the strange and varied gifts of the Dark - and take the war to her enemy's doorstep. Victory rests on the shoulders of Vaelin Al Sorna, now named battle lord of the realm. However, his path is riddled with difficulties.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The Completion of the Collapse of Potential

  • By Joe Chad on 07-14-15

An ugly tail, of bad guys fighting bad guys fighting bad guys.

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

Reviewed: 12-19-18

If virtue is the redeeming quality of a story of hero’s, I have a hard time identifying it here. The whole seems overly opaque, and I had a hard time identifying with any single character, as all of them deliberated upon a bleakness and a inner guidance system that was very limited in its scope and variation. I wonder, if the author is not a bitter sad person, with little ability to see beyond his epistemic fear of humanity... or, maybe that is simply the deliberate setting of this book. I’ve not read his others.
But...
I listened to all of it... if that tells you anything.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Song

  • Raven's Shadow, Book 1
  • By: Anthony Ryan
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 23 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,320
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,380
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,373

The Sixth Order wields the sword of justice and smites the enemies of the Faith and the Realm. Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of 10 when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order. The Brothers of the Sixth Order are devoted to battle, and Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate, and dangerous life of a Warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, but the narration did not live up to it.

  • By Anthony on 06-29-16

9 out of 10

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

Good characters but no comic relief. Plot is free of obvious holes and it flows.

I think Steven Brand is my favorite solo narrator...