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  • The Guns of Empire

  • By: Django Wexler
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 19 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351

After their defeats at the hands of General Janus bet Vhalnich, the opposing powers have called all sides to the negotiating table in hopes of securing an end to the war. Queen Raesinia of Vordan is anxious to see the return of peace, but Janus insists that any peace with the Sworn Church of Elysium is doomed to fail. Soldiers Marcus d'Ivoire and Winter Ihernglass find themselves caught between their general and their queen. Now they must decide which leader truly commands their loyalty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Return to Form With A Concerning Clifhanger

  • By Sabs ben on 08-31-16

Staying the course

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

Good over all... a little Deus Ex-ey. Great performance. Fun action. Shocking finish. Had no idea this was a 7 book series... so long! But it stays interesting so no complaint

  • A Memory of Light

  • Wheel of Time, Book 14
  • By: Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 41 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 19,312
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,631
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17,644

Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally we have closure!

  • By Cliff on 08-29-13

4.5 stars, 5 for the ending

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

Reviewed: 03-10-17

Glad I toughed it out through the middle books. Good ending. Some parts I didn't understand which left me confused rather than lost in reverent mystery, but I'll look them up and see what I think of what I find.

  • The Gathering Storm

  • Book Twelve of the Wheel of Time
  • By: Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 32 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,101
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,344
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10,348

Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, struggles to unite a fractured network of kingdoms and alliances in preparation for the Last Battle. As he attempts to halt the Seanchan encroachment northward - wishing he could form at least a temporary truce with the invaders - his allies watch in terror the shadow that seems to be growing within the heart of the Dragon Reborn himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I normally wouldn't, but...

  • By D. Ramirez on 10-28-09

The magic is back

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

Reviewed: 12-20-16

With the new author comes new life to this wonderful series. The last few books were a legitimate struggle to get through but this one brought back the excitement, intrigue, and intensity from earlier books. Honestly my favorite of the series so far.

  • Crossroads of Twilight

  • Book Ten of The Wheel of Time
  • By: Robert Jordan
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 26 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,553
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,188

The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow. Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time. Crossroads of Twilight is book ten of Robert Jordan's best selling Wheel of Time series.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Yawn

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-18-17

Few shining moments amid a challenging slog

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

Reviewed: 10-11-16

I've heard this is the low point of the series, and I hope that's true. Seems to be. Very boring and slow throughout, with very few memorable moments. The most important, exciting moment in the book was sort of glossed over. Questions were answered, promises delivered, but in a lackluster sort of way that left me saying "...oh." Even the voice talent seem fatigued by the monotony of this volume. I toughed it out because I heard the next book is better, and Sanderson's finale is expected to make the middle slog worthwhile.

  • A Crown of Swords

  • Book Seven of The Wheel of Time
  • By: Robert Jordan
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 30 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,710
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,998
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,980

In this volume, Elayne, Aviendha, and Mat come ever closer to the bowl ter'angreal that may reverse the world's endless heat wave and restore natural weather. Egwene begins to gather all manner of women who can channel: Sea Folk, Windfinders, Wise Ones, and some surprising others. And above all, Rand faces the dread Forsaken Sammael, in the shadows of Shadar Logoth, where the blood-hungry mist, Mashadar, waits for prey.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid performance, and a good book.

  • By D. Jenne on 11-30-12

Still good but beginning to drag

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

Reviewed: 03-30-16

Title says it all. Some parts are feeling a little repetitive, unnecessary, and tough to get through, but it still has lots of parts that shine.

  • Lord of Chaos

  • Book Six of The Wheel of Time
  • By: Robert Jordan
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 41 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,212
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,260
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,239

As the Wheel turns, the winds of fate roil across the land. Rand al 'Thor struggles to unite the nations for the Last Battle when the Dark One will break free into the world to spring the snares laid by the immortal Forsaken for unwary humankind. The White Tower in Tar Valon, under the Amyrlin Elaida, has decided that Rand must be controlled immediately.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally here!

  • By Elias on 08-14-05

Excellent story plods along slowly

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

Reviewed: 01-14-16

The fantastic story, featuring excellent characters and a beautiful setting and interesting people, is a grind to get through. Some parts are frustrating, but in a way I think it's important to be frustrated because it drives home the qualities of the characters acting out the frustrating scenes. Still, I think this could have been a 35 or 30 hour book instead of 40 and change. I understand why others are frustrated by the length of this series. Still, I'm loving it, the performance of the readers is exquisite, and I plan to finish the series. Some quibbles, but thumbs up.

  • The Shadow Rising

  • Book Four of The Wheel of Time
  • By: Robert Jordan
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 41 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,888
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,873
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,917

The seals of Shayol Ghul are weak now, and the Dark One reaches out in The Shadow Rising, book four of the Wheel of Time, as The Shadow is rising to cover humankind. In the Stone of Tear, the Lord Dragon considers his next move. It will be something no one expects, not the Black Ajah, not Tairen nobles, not Aes Sedai, not Egwene or Elayne or Nynaeve. Against the Shadow rising stands the Dragon Reborn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The BEST of the Wheel of Time

  • By Mica on 04-27-08

Dragonball Syndrome

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

Reviewed: 08-17-15

Great continuation of a great serious. Shining performances from both narrators. My only complaint is the length. Took a really long time and some of the chunks didn't seem very necessary. Easy to forget where characters are, what they're doing, much less remember their goals, any subtle motivations, etc. You almost need a reference handy to keep abreast of what's going on. But worth it all at any rate.

  • The Eye of the World

  • Book One of The Wheel of Time
  • By: Robert Jordan
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 29 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,626
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,181

When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Your first step down a very long and winding road.

  • By Lore on 06-29-12

Off to a good start

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

Reviewed: 04-24-15

I liked it a lot. I was worried that after all the hype it wouldn't hold up, but for me at least, it did. And it held up well. Male narrator has a unique style, and it feels right for this story. He has a way of adding to the story in a subtle way. He sets the tone for a scene, whether intense or calming, without drawing attention to himself. Masterful, IMHO. The female narrator had only a couple of scenes so can't judge her yet, but she seems equally good so far...? It's a little distracting that the two narrators have different pronunciations for some character names, wish the director would have caught that. So overall a great "read," only a few criticisms. Some elements feel excessively familiar, maybe borrowed, in an unsubtle way. And certain parts dragged on unnecessarily. The main plot seems to be its own, but it's interesting how Tolkienesque some parts feel, coming from an author who, in the afterword by Jordan himself, tries to contrast his work against Tolkien's. But these gripes are not enough to hinder a five star review. Left me wanting more, more, more!

  • The Shadow Throne

  • Book Two of the Shadow Campaigns
  • By: Django Wexler
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 21 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 414
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 414

Anyone can plot a coup or fire an assassin's bullet. But in a world of muskets and magic, it takes considerably more to seize the throne. The ailing King of the Vordan lies on his deathbed. When he dies, his daughter, Raesinia Orboan, will become the first Queen Regnant in centuries - and a ripe target for the ambitious men who seek to control her. The most dangerous of these is Duke Orlanko, Minister of Information and master of the secret police.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great book!

  • By Bob-o on 08-01-14

Something's awry but I remain cautiosly optimistic

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

Reviewed: 04-02-15

What did you love best about The Shadow Throne?

I love the characters. Not all of them, but the vast majority. Well developed, consistent, appropriately likeable/hateable. Well written, great prose helped to keep me hooked where the story was necessarily slow. Some of the best fight scenes of any writer/book I've read. Vivid, clear, delightfully brutal. The epic moments, the crescendos in this book are, like in The Thousand Names, miniature masterpieces in themselves. There are very few books with scenes so potent that they actual give me physical shivers or bring tears to my eyes, but both books in this series have given me that experience.

What other book might you compare The Shadow Throne to and why?

It's the second in the series and similar in style to the first, obviously. The Shadow Throne took a few turns that I didn't like, did a few weird things, but over all I still liked it and will without doubt be snagging the third book as soon as I can get my hands on it. I have to know what happens to Janus and Marcus, my favorite characters.

There are some differences I didn't like in the performance and editing as well, but they're forgivable.

What about Richard Poe’s performance did you like?

Richard Poe has a great voice for this line of work, and I think a great voice for this genre in particular, as well. I give him an overall thumbs up. His character voices are good, I can often tell which character is speaking just by Poe's voicing. I'm not sure whose responsibility it was, but I did notice that the voices were not consistent from book 1 to book 2. I'd expect the director to catch that sort of thing. And there are a few places throughout book 2 where the voicing is inconsistent even among the dialog of the same character. Again, Poe's voicing itself is wonderful, but he applies it inconsistently in this reading.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

If you read the first Shadow Campaigns book, it's no surprise to you that there is a guy in this book named Janus. He does things in this book that bring tears to my eyes. Manly tears of manly awesomeness. Not even kidding, I started crying as I was driving down the freeway listening to stuff about Janus.

Any additional comments?

I don't know how what went wrong, but toward the end the editing just got really sloppy, trashy actually. You can hear dialog and multiple takes and background studio noise, the reader clearing his throat and trying multiple readings / voicings, etc. The Thousand Names was flawless in this regard. In fact, the first 90% of Shadow Throne was flawlessly edited as well. So I don't know what happened, but the last few chapters here had a half dozen or more editing errors. It's distracting and entirely avoidable, quite a shame. Not a deal breaker though, I still recommend the series.

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  • Fight Club

  • By: Chuck Palahniuk
  • Narrated by: Jim Colby
  • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,493
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,641
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,655

When a listless office employee (the narrator) meets Tyler Durden, his life begins to take on a strange new dimension. Together they form Fight Club - a secretive underground group sponsoring bloody bare-knuckle boxing matches staged in seedy alleys, vacant warehouses, and dive-bar basements. Fight Club lets ordinary men vent their suppressed rage, and it quickly develops a fanatical following.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad...

  • By Nate_D on 04-11-14

Great book having loved the movie, well performed

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

Reviewed: 04-02-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you liked the movie, you'll like (or love) the book. I have felt Fight Club was one of my favorite movies since I first saw it, so the book was of course familiar in many ways, but different in many others, enough to make it interesting and worth reading. Without any major spoilers, I was surprised (pleased) at the book's ending, let's just leave it at that. I'd recommend it to any of my friends, definitely. Lots of great ideas, and very well written, besides.

What did you like best about this story?

It's hard to pinpoint a single thing I liked best about Fight Club. The socio-political statements and observations, the examination of the human condition and the perception of self, it's a masterpiece in my opinion. Even from a literary standpoint, the characters and the story are well developed, interesting, there is depth to every aspect of the book. Everything down to the prose is masterful. One of the best books written in and about the modern epoch. Struck and resonated with me on every level. One of few books I plan to invest time in revisiting.

What does Jim Colby bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Jim Colby nailed the tone of the book, in my opinion. He made me feel the emotions of the characters, both at their best and their worst. My one negative note is that he doesn't do the best job of giving distinct voices to each character, so it's hard to follow dialog in some places. This is partly a shortcoming of the format of audiobooks, but some performers do a better job at this than others. Overall, I give him a big, big thumbs-up though. I would be more likely to pick a future book knowing Jim Colby put it to voice.

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

How much can you know about yourself if you've never been in a fight?
When you wake up in a different place at a different time, can you wake up as a different person?
Losing all hope is freedom
Mischief. Mayhem. Soap.
Works great even on blood stains.
[i cheated here]

Any additional comments?

If you don't like Fight Club, you're probably one of 'them.' Honestly, this book was a critical part of my formative years and helped shape the person I see myself as today.