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  • Fall of Light

  • Kharkanas Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Steven Erikson
  • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
  • Length: 44 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326

It's a conflicted time in Kurald Galain, the realm of Darkness, where Mother Dark reigns. But this ancient land was once home to many a power...and even death is not quite eternal. The commoners' great hero, Vatha Urusander, is being promoted by his followers to take Mother Dark's hand in marriage, but her Consort, Lord Draconus, stands in the way of such ambitions. The impending clash sends fissures throughout the realm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great book, chapters out of order...

  • By Thomas on 10-18-18

Great book, listen in the correct order

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

Reviewed: 01-20-19

I wish I would have realized that the chapters are out of order. Like the other review mentions, start listening towards the end of chapter 61. Just find the start and listen to about Chapter 90, then go back to the start of the book to pick it up in order.

I found this the most tedious Erikson read to date, but the end of the book makes the read completely worthwhile. There are some insightful and heart wrenching conversations at the end of the book between some of the main characters of the series. These are not to be missed for any serious fan of the series. Amazing.

  • 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 13,096
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,339
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10,343

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

Welcome Brandon Sanderson

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

Reviewed: 02-22-15

While these books were enjoyable with Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson takes them to the next level. Sanderson's writes with an edge that Jordan was just not able to deliver. I would not call the books "dark" now, but they do possess a depth that just wasn't there before. That is not an insult to Jordan, it is just that Sanderson is a great writer. There are several scenes in the book that move you to the edge of your seat - and yes, I may have been moved to tears once or twice. Can't wait to start book 13!

  • What Do Women Want?

  • Adventures in the Science of Female Desire
  • By: Daniel Bergner
  • Narrated by: Charles Pasternak
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 331
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 278

When it comes to sex, common wisdom holds that men roam while women crave closeness and commitment. But in this provocative, headline-making book, Daniel Bergner turns everything we thought we knew about women's arousal and desire inside out. Drawing on extensive research and interviews with renowned behavioral scientists, sexologists, psychologists, and everyday women, he forces us to reconsider long-held notions about female sexuality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterfully read, depressing yet thoughtful book

  • By Boom Depleter on 10-10-14

Ok, but there are better books to read

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

Reviewed: 08-11-14

If you are just looking for a book to learn about women, then this book might be ok for you. But if you are interested in sex and sexual behavior from an evolutionary biology/human behavior standpoint, there are much better reads than What do Women Want. Available on Audible, I recommend The Red Queen by Matt Ridley and Sex at Dawn by Christopher Ryan. Stick to those!

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  • Our Inner Ape

  • A Leading Primatologist Explains Why We Are Who We Are
  • By: Frans de Waal
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 476
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212

We have long attributed man's violent, aggressive, competitive nature to his animal ancestry. But what if we are just as given to cooperation, empathy, and morality by virtue of our genes? What if our behavior actually makes us apes? What kind of apes are we?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By Sherry on 10-26-06

A Human Nature Must Read

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

Reviewed: 05-28-14

This should be mandatory reading in late High School or college. By understanding primate nature when it comes to sex, violence and reciprocity we receive invaluable insight into the human race. Doesn't it make sense that in order to function as a productive and happy society, we need to first understand human nature. This book goes a long way in providing insight into human nature and is a must read for anyone interested in the topic.

  • 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 31,619
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,174

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

Great Fantasy Story and Fun too

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

Reviewed: 04-12-14

I just finished book 3 of this series as I write this review. Despite the cheesy book covers, this is a very entertaining series. Is it as dark as Game of Thrones or the Malazan Empire, absolutely not. Is it still an enjoyable read for those that like dark fantasy, I say yes. The author is great at keeping you guessing on what is going to happen next, which keeps the books from ever turning boring. Mix in some of the humor and I can say I am enjoying this series and can't wait to start book 4!

  • Sex at Dawn

  • How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships
  • By: Christopher Ryan, Cacilda Jetha
  • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson, Jonathan Davis, Christopher Ryan (Preface)
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,534
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,490
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,475

Since Darwin's day, we've been told that sexual monogamy comes naturally to our species. Mainstream science - as well as religious and cultural institutions - has maintained that men and women evolved in families in which a man's possessions and protection were exchanged for a woman's fertility and fidelity. But this narrative is collapsing....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Strawmen and Ad Hominems

  • By Carolyn on 09-18-12

Absolutely Brilliant Evolutionary Psychology read

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

Reviewed: 03-21-14

This book challenges the standard model of human sexuality from an evolutionary standpoint - and it succeeds in what it attempts to do. While I was first skeptical about the path the authors were taking, they put forth a well thought out and convincing argument. The reality is, we do not know anything about human sexuality in the hunter gatherer time because we were not there. A few evolutionary psychologists came along and made some assumptions about how they thought things were back in that time and everyone just go on board with the story. These authors have the wherewithal to call out the traditional beliefs and put something forth that is much more plausible.

Yes, it did pain me when the author attacks Steven Pinker, one of my favorite evolutionary psychology authors, but there is room for both Sex at Dawn and Pinker.

This is an absolute must read for anyone interested in this topic.

  • New Spring

  • The Wheel of Time Prequel
  • By: Robert Jordan
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,326
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,966
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,967

For three days battle has raged in the snow around the great city of Tar Valon. In the city, a foretelling of the future is uttered. On the slopes of Dragonmount, the immense mountain that looms over the city, a child is born, an infant prophesied to change the world. That child must be found before he can be killed by the forces of the Shadow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A+

  • By Dennis on 10-14-05

Interesting start to the series

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

Reviewed: 01-19-14

I am just starting the Wheel of Time series and look forward to reading this series. The storyline of the prequel is enjoyable and it was an interesting read. I have no insight into the series so not sure yet how the prequel sets up the rest of the story. I am not a big fan of the two narrators, but they grow on you as the story moves along.

  • Memories of Ice

  • Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 3
  • By: Steven Erikson
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 43 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,161
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,918
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,927

The ravaged continent of Genabackis has given birth to a terrifying new empire: the Pannion Domin. Like a tide of corrupted blood, it seethes across the land, devouring all. In its path stands an uneasy alliance: Onearm’s army and Whiskeyjack’s Bridgeburners alongside their enemies of old - the forces of the Warlord Caladan Brood, Anomander Rake and his Tiste Andii mages, and the Rhivi people of the plains. But ancient undead clans are also gathering; the T’lan Imass have risen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really deep world and deeper mysteries.

  • By Jacob on 05-11-13

Another great edition to this series

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

Reviewed: 01-19-14

Book 3 brings back some of my favorite characters from Book 1 including Whiskeyjack, Quick Ben and Anomander Rake. This is another epic fantasy story that completely engrosses you. From time to time they refer to events from Book 2 which nicely ties the two books together since they occur at the same time. Two complaints, as the book winds down you sometimes get lost with everything going on in the book (it becomes a little long winded) and I would love to see more Anomander Rake. Those are minor complaints as Erikson is a master story teller and Lister is an absolute incredible narrator.

  • Mindset

  • The New Psychology of Success
  • By: Carol Dweck
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,917
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,013

Mindset is one of those rare audio books that can help you make positive changes in your life and at the same time see the world in a new way. A leading expert in motivation and personality psychology, Carol Dweck has discovered in more than 20 years of research that our mindset is not a minor personality quirk: it creates our whole mental world. It explains how we become optimistic or pessimistic. It shapes our goals, our attitude toward work, and ultimately predicts whether or not we will fulfull our potential.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Literally Mind-Altering

  • By John on 09-08-15

Good read for those stuck in the fixed mindset

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

Reviewed: 11-10-13

For those of you that think people can't improve (including yourself), this book is a good read. I really think this book would be best if it was cut in half and written for the 13 - 21 year old audience. It is that age when we are hardest on ourselves and this book can allow early adults to come to terms with failure and learn how to grow.

The biggest downside to this book is it is so focused on mindset that it fails to bring in other psychological areas that are just as relevant as mindset. Instead it hammers you over and over again with examples of positive and negative mindsets. While beneficial, the examples grow old towards the end of the book.

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  • Deadhouse Gates

  • Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 2
  • By: Steven Erikson
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 34 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,786
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,467
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,475

In the vast dominion of Seven Cities, in the Holy Desert Raraku, the seer Sha’ik and her followers prepare for the long-prophesied uprising known as the Whirlwind. Unprecedented in size and savagery, this maelstrom of fanaticism and bloodlust will embroil the Malazan Empire in one of the bloodiest conflicts it has ever known, shaping destinies and giving birth to legends.....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Thirsty Book

  • By Benjamin on 08-06-13

Excellent Follow Up to Gardens of the Moon

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

Reviewed: 10-27-13

It would be hard to top Gardens of the Moon and this doesn't quite do it, but it is still a superb fantasy read. There is a good mix of new characters and returning characters. The return of Bridgeburners Fiddler and Kalam make the start of the story more enjoyable as there is some continuity between the first and second books. Mappo and Icarium are great new characters and their story throughout the book is an amazing trail of discovery. Once again, the world that Erikson creates is immense and it is unfathomable how Erikson makes it all come together. As with the first book, Lister's narration makes the story feel that much more believable.

I am very happy to see that Brilliance Audio will be releasing books 4 - 10 on audio periodically over the next two years. I hope there is no delay in Audible making them available. When I started this series I did not realize it was not complete and I hate to wait years between books.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful