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  • A Book of Five Rings

  • The Strategy of Musashi
  • By: Miyamoto Musashi
  • Narrated by: Alan Munro
  • Length: 4 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 180
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 154

This special edition of A Book of Five Rings contains one hour of traditional Japanese flute (shakuhachi) and 43 minutes of music by traditional japanese ensemble. The music appears track by track at the end of the two and a half hour audiobook and is included as wonderful compliment to this dynamic and elegant listening experience. Legendary 17th-century swordsman Miyamoto Musashi’s exposition of sword fighting, strategy, and Zen philosophy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wasted Space

  • By Logical Paradox on 12-20-15

what the heck is with the flute?

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

why was it 2 hrs of book and 2 hrs of flute music? Seriously?! Was there not another short book instead?

  • Ethan and the Key

  • By: Dennis Canfield
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Twelve-year-old Ethan Mason is focused on baseball, math tests, and staying out of Howard Russman's way. That is, until a mysterious puddle of green light appears in the upstairs hallway of his home. The light brings Ethan to the kingdom of Abentur, a beautiful world defended by a dragon against vicious invaders and Draykik, their brutal leader. Ethan can't tell his parents or friends or anyone else about the new world he's discovered, because he has no way to prove, even to himself, that it really exists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect Audio Book for Young and Old

  • By Love2Read on 07-23-18

Great pre-teen read

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

Reviewed: 03-28-18

Any additional comments?

I listened to Ethan and the Key, narrated by Nick Podehl on audible.

This is a fantasy story about a young boy that gets transported to a kingdom with strange people, dragons and castles. Its starts off right away and needs little build up to get the reader hooked early. It will be a great read for that pre-teen kid. Story is straight forward, but there are a few age appropriate struggles, if you include..... well I won't say because that could impact the your enjoyment. Our MC overcomes some personal doubt and mediocrity and rises to the occasion and help save those that are in need. It is well worth a read.

Podhel did a really good job narrating. His regular reading voice is clear and pleasant and his character voices were very good. He did such a good job I would want to hear him read more books.

I received this edition in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • Vigilante: Into the Darkness

  • American Post-Apocalyptic EMP Thriller
  • By: Cliff Deane
  • Narrated by: K. A. Rood
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 6

Levi Levins retires from the army and is off on vacation before starting his new job. He suffers a horrendous loss accompanying "lights out" and must find a way to help humanity in order to keep his own sanity. He has no bug-out bag, no hidden weapons cache, no transportation. What does he do, and how does he do it? Levi will walk us through his path to survival. Perhaps it may also be yours.... This gripping tale takes us on a journey to try to stave off the New Dark Age brought on by a worldwide EMP apocalypse.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing...

  • By BookBelle on 04-28-18

Dystopian "not so" thiller

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

Reviewed: 03-19-18

Any additional comments?

I am going to round up and give this a 3 for content.

I listened to "Vigilante: Into the Darkness", narrated by K. A. Rood on audible. This is a dystopian style story. The novel starts with a married couple out for a get-a-way trip together and hangs a "left at Albuquerque." Right at the start of the story it gets bad and we follow the MC through a series of events that nearly force our modern world into the abyss. What would happen if suddenly all aspects of our modern life came crashing to a halt?

Deane, nails the aspects of a post apocalyptic EMP caused future. He must have some experience in the world of "prepping" because this book almost lays out a "how to" survival guide for dealing with an 18th century style world. What do you do about food, water, health and safety? Would emergency services still continue to operate and would civility reign or would society breakdown into an every man for himself struggle? If you want an insight into the world of prepping and some ideas on what to plan for, then this story will feed your hunger.

If Deane, nails it on post EMP life, he misses it on the story telling. The characters are flat and fall into cookie cutter stereotypes. The dialogue throughout feels like a bad play with little intriguing interaction between characters. The scenarios that Deane proposes, are on the money, but our MC never struggles and the "good guys" always win. In this story all the "bad guys" are idiots that can't think or plan ahead. Lee Child is able to allow his Reacher character to succeed, but in ways that we love or feel are challenging despite knowing Reacher will always win in the end. In "Vigilante" our MC will always get a good deal, and everyone always wants to be his friend but it is way too easy.

K.A. Rood read this story and parts of it were painful. His normal reading voice is pleasant enough, but his character voices were challenging to listen to. Everything sounded sort of "vaudeville" like and over the top. I always listen at a faster speed and this caused one of his voices to sound like Screech from "Saved by the Bell." This does not happen for many of the other readers I listen to weekly. 2/5 for him because his normal voice was still pleasant.

I received this edition in exchange for an unbiased review.

  • The Final Enemy

  • By: Dan Petrosini
  • Narrated by: Joseph Kidawski
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

Like all reporters, Jack longs for a breaking story but is stuck writing obituaries for a small-town rag. As his frustration mounts, it hits him that no one has died in over three days. Jack's odd observation becomes something far stranger when he connects a meteorite to the bizarre phenomenon. Seizing the opportunity, Jack breaks the story and after a struggle to control the meteorite's power is resolved, a swelling population begins to create havoc. With the survival of the human race hanging in the balance, politicians enact increasingly horrific measures and desperate citizens take matters into their own hands.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • It's not great!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 03-27-18

Solid dystopian endeavor!

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

Reviewed: 03-19-18

Any additional comments?

I listened to The Final Enemy, narrated by Joseph Kidawski on audible. This is a dystopian style story with a twist. Petrosini takes a genre and turns it on its head in this novel. Normally the reader is faced with 2 dystopian style scenarios, 1)post apocalyptic where we encounter a world in which the catastrophe has already occurred, or 2)the books takes you through some time of world change where the catastrophe develops in course of the story and it most frequently is caused by some major terrible event.

In the Final Enemy, Petrosini starts by guiding the reader through an amazing break through. Life is preserved! The final enemy, or death is conquered by the appearance of some healing properties that accompany the arrival of a meteorite hitting North America. The author explores fabulously, what would happen if people no longer died. Wouldn't that be amazing? Well maybe not. There are other implications that come along with that scenario and what may seem great ultimately may not be. Be careful what you wish for.

Petrosini did a very good job at surprising me with a twist on this type of story. Unintentionally, I recently explored another dystopian style novel so my brain was beginning to work along certain guidelines. This book was the better in story and style. His characters were relatable and believable. The only downside was that I felt like there were some jumpy transitions and a couple of updates in the timeline that seemed very similar to previous ones. Other than these elements I enjoyed this book very much.

Kidawski did a good job narrating. His regular reading voice is clear and pleasant and his character voices were smooth enough to not sound forced. The only exception was grandma's and it was cringe worthy. But overall 4/5 for his part.

I received this edition in exchange for an unbiased review.

  • Stolen

  • Whitley & Keal Mystery, Book 3
  • By: Dawn Kopman Whidden
  • Narrated by: Amy Deuchler
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Another homicide has rocked the small town of Fallsburg, New York. In a cabin nestled deep in the woods, two male victims are discovered, both gunshot victims. One is deceased the other one is barely alive. But it is not the murder itself that has detectives Jean Whitley and her new partner Marty Keal frantic to find out the answers of what occurred in that cabin, it is the identities of the two small children also found at the scene.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Each Character is it's Own Mystery

  • By Ronald Shaw on 03-24-18

Good and getting better

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

Reviewed: 02-21-18

What did you like best about this story?

It is a 3.5 rounded up to a 4 I jumped right in the middle of this Whitley and Keal series with Book #3 so I came into it without feelings good or bad towards any of the characters. It was a little challenging in the first chapter to figure out who was going to be my main characters as many characters were introduced early. Maybe with context from the previous stories it would have been no problem. Once I got that sorted out I began to follow the characters easily.

The story mostly follows a couple of detectives that encounter a kidnapping and abuse case. The story unfolds and involves more people and takes an interesting twist.

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

Amy Deuchler's narrating voice is very good. Her pacing is good and her tone was pleasant. She does a good job carrying the emotion through her voice. My only dislike was when she did male character voices. Changing voice is good for audio books but it was a bit jarring when she changed because her narration voice is really pleasant.

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

The emotion that followed at the conclusion really had me. I even feel like the author could have stretched this part of the story out further. There is a lot to unpack in this portion and questions the reader had.

Any additional comments?

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

  • The Man Who Never Was

  • By: Olga Núñez Miret
  • Narrated by: Chiquito Joaquim Crasto
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

The protagonist, Jesús, is ugly. Extraordinarily ugly. He is so ugly that his friends and relatives are convinced that behind that ugliness there must be something else. A malefic power or possibly a momentous fate. The truth is that fairly special things happen wherever Jesús is. His biological father is a mystery. His half-sister is a child-prodigy who excels at everything she does, his mother becomes the president of the country, his best-friend Vero is a computer tycoon, his brother-in-law also makes it in politics...But for all the success around him he still feels unsettled.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Easy listen

  • By John Campbell on 07-05-17

Easy listen

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

Reviewed: 07-05-17

This was a book following several generations of an interesting family. There were some good themes but the story fell short. It was pretty shallow and the characters were flat and quickly became boring. In the end, I had a story to listen to. Actually mistakenly came upon it while looking for the WWII story by the same name.

  • The Warden and the Wolf King

  • By: Andrew Peterson
  • Narrated by: Andrew Peterson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 443
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 399
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 400

All winter long people in the Green Hollows have prepared for a final battle with Gnag the Nameless and the Fangs of Dang. Janner, Kalmar, and Leeli - Throne Warden, Wolf King, and Song Maiden of Anniera - are ready and willing to fight alongside the Hollowsfolk, but when the Fangs make the first move and invade Ban Rona, the children are separated. Janner is alone and lost in the hills; Leeli is fighting the Fangs from the rooftops of the city; and Kalmar, who carries a terrible secret, is on a course for the Deeps of Throg.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extraordinary Tale!

  • By Nano1 on 11-29-16

Great story

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

Reviewed: 03-03-17

The wingfeather saga is such a great series. Loved it. It is a fun series with great characters and creatures.

  • The Monster in the Hollows

  • By: Andrew Peterson
  • Narrated by: Andrew Peterson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 473
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 429
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 431

Janner Wingfeather's father was the High King of Anniera. But his father is gone. The kingdom has fallen. The royal family is on the run, and the Fang armies of Gnag the Nameless are close behind.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Like the story, NOT the narration

  • By LCNanny on 07-25-16

Great story, new reader

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

Reviewed: 01-18-17

Love this series. Peterson did a wonderful job in creating a world and characters that are easy to like and care about. The narration is performed by the author for this book. Let me just say that the reader for the first 2 was really good.

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