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  • Lord of the Silver Bow

  • Troy, Book 1
  • By: David Gemmell
  • Narrated by: Thomas Judd
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124

Three lives will change the destiny of nations. Helikaon, the young prince of Dardania, haunted by a scarred and traumatic childhood. The priestess Andromache, whose fiery spirit and fierce independence threatens the might of kings. And the legendary warrior Argurios, cloaked in loneliness and driven only by thoughts of revenge. In Troy they find a city torn apart by destructive rivalries - a maelstrom of jealousy, deceit and murderous treachery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At Last!

  • By John on 04-07-18

At Last!

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

what can I say? I am a gigantic fan of David gemmell. I may have read every single one of his books and he is the only author who I keep around for future rereading. when I saw that basically every one of his books was now available on Audible I knew instantly the book that I wanted to download First.

his retelling of the Iliad is amazingly written as we see various characters from myth grounded in reality yet still emerge heroic, Brave, and worthy of the reverence so many students of literature and history bestow upon them. David gemmell has a reputation for writing simple stories with simple characters. That may have been true for some of his early novels, but this Trilogy represents him at the height of his skills. his characterization of Aeneas and andromache give them both volition and motivation despite being trapped in their respective roles in Bronze Age Greece.

after listening to an audiobook version of one of the stone Berrington novels by Stuart Woods, I thought to myself that some books just weren't made to be read aloud. while they are good books, and the dialogue is fine, the style of some authors just doesn't translate well to an audiobook format. I feared this for David gemmell. I wondered if this might have been why his books had never been made available in an audiobook format up until now. his dialogue is often very on the nose and when I Tried reading it out loud to my wife it didn't sound the same as it did in my head. the narrator of this book does a splendid job of making every line maintain the tone the author intended.

I fully intend on getting the next book and the next, and then moving on to the rest of his collection. And I highly recommend that you do the same.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

The Dragon's Path audiobook cover art
  • The Dragon's Path

  • Dagger and Coin, Book 1
  • By: Daniel Abraham
  • Narrated by: Pete Bradbury
  • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,153
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,164

Popular author Daniel Abraham’s works have been nominated for the Hugo Award and the World Fantasy Award. In The Dragon’s Path, former soldier Marcus is now a mercenary—but he wants nothing to do with the coming war. So instead of fighting, he elects to guard a caravan carrying the wealth of a nation out of the war zone—with the assistance of an unusual orphan girl named Cithrin.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly enjoyable

  • By JoR on 02-23-12

wow!

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

Reviewed: 12-19-17

minor spoilers

what an amazing first installation. while you go through the book not realizing what the end game, the series arc will be, you're drawn in by the characters. Abraham lends each person a degree of sympathy and understanding as you slowly realize that you might just be reading the story from the "bad guys" perspective. it's an artful character study that ends with an impressive hook and a colorful world. I can't wait for my next credit to come in. more please!

  • The Stone of Farewell

  • Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, Book 2
  • By: Tad Williams
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 32 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,350
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,239

It is a time of darkness, dread, and ultimate testing for the realm of Osten Ard, for the wild magic and terrifying minions of the undead Sithi ruler, Ineluki the Storm King, are spreading their seemingly undefeatable evil across the kingdom. With the very land blighted by the power of Ineluki's wrath, the tattered remnants of a once-proud human army flee in search of a last sanctuary and rallying point - the Stone of Farewell, a place shrouded in mystery and ancient sorrow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great story

  • By Darrell Frith on 11-08-16

a grand second entry

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

Reviewed: 06-06-17

a wonderful book that puts our heroes into both real and magical dangers. a must read!

  • Midnight Tides

  • Malazan Book of the Fallen Series, Book 5
  • By: Steven Erikson
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 31 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,134

After decades of internecine warfare, the tribes of the Tiste Edur have at last united under the Warlock King of the Hiroth. There is peace - but it has been exacted at a terrible price: a pact made with a hidden power whose motives are at best suspect, at worst, deadly. To the south, the expansionist kingdom of Lether, eager to fulfill its long-prophesized renaissance as an Empire reborn, has enslved all its less-civilized neighbors with rapacious hunger. All, that is, save one - the Tiste Edur. And it must be only a matter of time before they too fall.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • IT GETS EASIER.

  • By Rylan on 02-11-16

Every Series Needs a Stinker

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

Reviewed: 04-20-15

The series called "The Malazan Book of the Fallen" takes a break from talking about the Malazans. Granted, there are large chapters of this series that feature people far removed from the Empire. But they always came back to main plot of the machinations of the Empress, the army, and the part they play in the war with the Crippled God. This book is basically a prequel to the previous novel (where Onrack, the T'lann Imass meets Trull Sengar, a banished Tiste Edur). It sets up later novels and is, generally speaking, hard to skip without missing some key elements for the remainder of the series, but it mostly feels like we're taking a break from the real plot for an irrelevant side story.

It's got some of the funniest moments in the series (featuring Bugg and Tehol), and it certainly has some flashy magic happening, but a few things bug me:

The Tiste Edur don't act like immortal beings. They act like morons. The Tiste Andii have the perfect immortal thing going on: totally bereft of excitement for anything. They've done it all. Any humanity, as we might see it, comes when they interact with humans. It usually brings sorrow (Beren and Luthien style), but it's beautiful in its tragedy as they remember what they once had, and how sweet it is to feel. But the Tiste Edur. What, do they live normal human life-spans? They get angry, petty, and most seem young. What does that mean, young? 50 years? One hundred?

The whole "capitalism is bad" storyline. There's little about this society that points to a liberal economy. If anything this is a feudal economy complete with landowners, sharecroppers, and a rigid caste system. The Bugg-Tehol plot seems like it's trying to be Wall Street drama without explaining what's going on. Only that the "greedy" are getting what they deserve and that society will be turned upside down.

Finally, this is the second book since "Memories of Ice". What is going on with everybody we left behind? What about the Bridgeburners? What about Felisin and the Whirldwind? Paran and the Deck? What's going on with all the characters we fell in love with? This book was a bit jarring. And while there were some enjoyable moments (Bugg and Tehol were, of course, hilarious), all in all it felt like a lot of this could have been told within the constraints of other novels featuring more of our favorite characters.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Dust of Dreams

  • Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 9
  • By: Steven Erikson
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 43 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,624
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,468
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,463

The fate awaiting the Bonehunters is one no soldier can prepare for, and one no mortal soul can withstand - the foe is uncertainty and the only weapon worth wielding is stubborn courage. In war everyone loses, and this brutal truth can be found in the eyes of every soldier in every world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Warning this is book 9 not 8!

  • By Jesse on 03-06-15

Another Great Tale with Some Odd Narration Choices

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

Reviewed: 04-20-15

Obviously writing a review of the ninth book in a series is going to be preaching to the choir. If you've kept up this long, you won't be stopping now because of anything you might read. But for those who haven't picked up this series yet, I'll tell you: it's still good after nine books! There's only one book left after this, so pick this series up now. By the time you get to this one, the last audiobook will have been released!

As far as the book itself goes, it's a fantastic read. I can't say it's my favorite of the series (Memories of Ice) but it's not my least favorite (Midnight Tides). The one big difference here, of course, is that this was never meant to be a complete book. Each previous volume ended with a conclusion that pulled together the loose threads and wove something meaningful out of them. This is - by the author's own admission - halfway through the final volume which was split for publishing costs (and for the sake of the readers, according to Erikson). So perhaps when I finally get around to The Crippled God I'll be able to further appreciate this story which was - all things considered - a good listen (minus a few unpleasant moments in the book that might be hard to stomach for some readers).

A few minor complaints about narration: Steven Erikson writes that this novel uses the original pronunciation of names, peoples, magic, etc that he intended when he first wrote them down. And that's fantastic that this audiobook can reflect that. But there have been 8 previous audiobooks that have Quick Ben's full name pronounce Ben [a-DAY-fon-DEH-lat]. Now it's pronounced Ben [AH-deh-fon-deh-LAHT]. When Ralph Lister performed Memories of Ice, "Hetan" was pronounced "HEE-ten"; now it's pronounced [heh-tan]. The word "Mhybe" was pronounced [MY-bee] now, it's pronounced [muh-HIBE]. It took me a second to figure out what they were saying when I first heard it, this being a word from a fictional language.

I get that Erikson wanted the audiobooks to be, well, books read out-loud, not dramatic adaptations, but after nearly 400 hours of audio I think it would have been easier on us, the listeners, for the pronunciations to have remained consistent.

Finally, while Michael Page does a stellar job reading this, he has this generic eastern-European-meets-Arab voice that he uses for a lot of characters. There's literally nothing I can hear that distinguishes Kalam from Gall (a supporting character we're introduced to in this book). It doesn't ruin the book by any stretch, and Michael Page was just following his director, but it was jarring enough to lose a star (I bet Messrs Page and Erikson just fret about that at night).

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Lord of the Isles

  • Lord of the Isles, Book 1
  • By: David Drake
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 19 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 113

With Lord of the Isles, David Drake returns to fantasy with a towering and complex epic of heroic adventure in an extraordinary and colorful world where the elemental forces that empower magic are rising to a thousand-year peak. In the days following an unusually severe storm, the inhabitants of a tiny seaport town travel toward romance, danger, and astonishing magic that will transform them and their world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The start of an epic

  • By Higuchi on 04-06-13

Give this Series a Shot!

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

Reviewed: 11-08-14

I might be a little biased because I LOVED these books when I first found them at my local library all the way back in 2008 (eleven years after the first one was printed). But listening to them on Audible has reminded me so much of why I loved them and why they - periodically - drive me a little batty.

This series is great for a lot of reasons. First, it has all the classic fantasy tropes you could ask for (and Tropes Are Not Bad). There’s a young shepherd boy who would become king; a maiden in peril who seeks not only safety, but agency; a strong man whose simple country values will help him resist the temptation; and at least two wise old sages to give advice to our heroes on their quests. These tropes are used, but this series avoids some of the pits fantasy books are wont to fall into. There are, for instance, as many complex and interesting female characters in this series as there are males. And these women all have goals, motivations, and friendships outside of the main cast; nary a refrigerator to be found.
Second, while the books have a large cast of characters who go their separate ways, they’re never apart for longer than the length of each individual book. When I read these the first time, I found it was fun to skip around and follow each character’s journey separately until the very end. This isn’t nearly as easy with the audiobook format, but neither is it difficult to keep track like it can be with other fantasy series with a plenitude of characters (see: Wheel of Time, Song of Ice and Fire, etc).

Third, the characters and the world feel very “lived in.” We know what kind of beer each character likes. We learn how they wear their clothes and if they prefers shoes to sandals. We never question their motivations because their characters are so fleshed out the author knows what each character “would” do were they real. Each island has its own customs and flavors without becoming “the island of brickmakers” or “the island of miners.”
However, this series might not appeal to you for a few reasons. First, well, it has all the classic fantasy tropes. Sure David Drake uses them to their greatest effect in the vein of David Eddings and Brandon Sanderson, but if you’re looking for something else besides another story about a Chosen One who has a Destiny (or in this story Duty), then you won’t find it here.

Second, the novels are each essentially the same story. There’s an over-arching goal that all the books are aiming towards but in every novel you can count on one particular character being kidnapped or otherwise separated from her friends and another particular character going to her rescue. Each novel has the characters going on their separate journeys, but miraculously all ending up in the same place around the same time to save the day. There’s nothing inherently wrong with this, but it could get tiresome for some readers.

Third, and this bothered me the first time I read this, there’s no sex. I’m not saying I want explicit scenes like something out of a Laurell K Hamilton book. But there’s legitimately no confirmation one way or the other that any of the relationships have been consummated by any act of intimacy. There are a lot of fingertips being rested on wrists and meaningful looks, but nothing even hints that their relationships have gone beyond seventh graders holding hands in the cafeteria. One of the main character’s entire motivation for the first novel is his love for a woman. And by the third novel there’s still no sign that he hasn’t been friendzoned. So if you’re looking for some romance, this isn’t the place.

All in all, I’d say this series, and the first novel especially, balance out pretty well. There are a few moments here and there where the Big Bads are dispatched rather more handily and with less cost than one might assume possible, but those moments are few and forgivable. Give this series a shot if you haven’t yet.

One note on the narration: this series utilizes some sound effects like echoes and double-voice layering and pitch altering during some of the magicky sequences. It’s not terribly bad, but it might not be your thing. Beyond that, however, Michael Page does a splendid job.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Wind Rider's Oath

  • War God, Book 3
  • By: David Weber
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 20 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 869
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 776
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 785

In The War God's Own, Bahzell had managed to stop a war by convincing Baron Tellian, leader of the Sothoii, to "surrender" to him, the War God's champion. Now, he has journeyed to the Sothoii Wind Plain to oversee the parole he granted to Tellian and his men, to represent the Order of Tomanak, the War God, and to be an ambassador for the hradani. What's more, the flying coursers of the Sothoii have accepted Bahzell as a wind rider-the first hradani wind rider in history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Running the Gears

  • By Michael on 07-10-13

Meh.

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

Reviewed: 01-19-13

I enjoyed the first two books in an escapist kind of way. Not much ever seems at stake and nobody ever seems to be in SERIOUS danger. I mean, people are hurt, abused, and killed, certainly, but nobody we really know or like is ever in any real danger of losing anything. There just seems to be no limit on Bazhell's strength and Brandark's wit and Kaerith's skills with a staff. There's basically nothing they can't do, no one they can't beat, and no scary situation they can't make light of. Honestly it was entertaining for a couple of books, but now it's getting old.

David Weber is a good writer. The action is strong, the dialog is clever and funny, and I enjoyed Oath of Swords and The War God's Own. But now that Harnak is dead and his people are cleansed of evil influence, this race of super-strong, super-gallant, and super-misunderstood emo-fox-man warriors has become a little too perfect and flawless.

  • A Shadow on the Glass

  • The View From the Mirror Quartet, Book 1
  • By: Ian Irvine
  • Narrated by: Grant Cartwright
  • Length: 21 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 97

Once there were three worlds, each with their own human species. Then, fleeing out of the void came a fourth species, the Charon. Desperate, on the edge of extinction, they changed the balance between the worlds forever. Karan, a sensitive with a troubled heritage, is forced to steal an ancient relic in repayment of a debt. It turns out to be the Mirror of Aachan, a twisted, deceitful thing that remembers everything it has ever seen.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not quite good enough.

  • By Scott Simons on 03-13-12

Almost as Frustrating as Robin Hobb

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

Reviewed: 06-06-12

Being an avid reader (listener) of fantasy books, I've grown to expect certain tropes. They don't NEED to be applied, they're just classic storytelling elements that have worked in the past. Tried and true, as it were. Sometimes effective authors can turn those tropes on their head and create shocking endings or amusing reversals of expectations. In any event, Ian Irvine sets up a massive amount of commonly used tropes early on in the book that come to absolutely no payoff, ironic or not. Reading this book is like feeling a sneeze coming on, then having nothing happen. I understand that this is the first novel in a series of, like, four, but the first novel was so off-putting that I really don't want to go on to the next one.

For example: early on in the novel, we're told that one of the main characters has a sort of empathic magic; able to sense the feelings of others and project her own feelings into the minds of others. At no point during the story is this talent used in any way that would benefit her. In fact, she becomes a complete liability precisely due to this magic. What's more is that during the first act of the novel, she's constantly ridiculed as a useless member of the Fantasy Quest until she finds herself alone. Here we might expect that hitherto useless magic to become a boon to her survival. Perhaps she could project feelings of pacifism onto her pursuers. But no. That doesn't happen. Instead she becomes Chuck Norris, Houdini, and Davy Crockett all rolled into one and her magic is never really used. And the only time her talents aid her in any way is a newly discovered spell that we're never told about until she thinks to use it. It almost seemed like the author was making things up as he went along.

In a similar vein, the author also gives us another protagonist, a master storyteller and historian. Early on we're given the impression that he's somewhat naive and short-sighted, and that his talents would only serve him in civilized areas. Normal fantasy logic would indicate that his story-telling abilities, while unused and undervalued at first, would come in handy later on. Maybe some oft-ignored bit of trivia would aid in solving a puzzle, getting our heroes out of a nasty scrape. Perhaps he would know some language many others don't, and be able to talk his way into getting aid from an unlikely source. He seemed to have an eidetic memory, maybe he'll be really good at memorizing and interpreting an old journal they find. But none of that ever happened. Instead nothing happened.

Well, nothing that's set up in the beginning of the book, at least. He's completely useless at the beginning of the book and he remains completely useless at the end of the book. Nothing changes. He doesn't learn how to defend himself, his talent affords him nothing of surpassing helpfulness, and every moment of heroism he has could be described as An Ordinary Person in an Extraordinary Situation. There was no reason for him to be a scribe or a storyteller at all. He could have been a janitor for all the help his on-the-job skills gave him.

Also, there seems to be a theme of People in Charge all being huge, manipulative jerks. They all act like entitled teenagers, lying, whining, and imposing their will upon people with less bullishness they they. Again, none of them seem to learn a lesson on civility towards their subordinates, even when faced with extraordinary evidence of their own failings.

My final complaint would be that the action never lets up. Normally that would be a good thing. David Gemmell, Brandon Sanderson, and Joe Abercrombie are all authors whose books have high levels of action, and I enjoy all of them. The key difference is that they're all experts at building up tension and releasing it with a climactic action scene. This could be done chapter by chapter, it could be done over a series of chapters, but the point is there must be a "room temperature" for the action scenes to have any impact. In this book, we're given two or three chapters of exposition, then a chase ensues and literally DOES NOT STOP until halfway through the book. After a brief respite, it starts up again and doesn't stop until the end of the book. Since the characters are so busy running around back and forth, they're given scant opportunity to talk, think, or grow in many ways. They become one-dimensional archetypes of The Cold, Mercurial Warrior Woman, The Clumsy, Effeminate Scribe, or the The Ruthless, Conflicted Wizard.

It's not all bad. There are some moments of high suspense. And I did find myself warming to the male protagonist, who remained naively well-meaning throughout. At the end of the book, though, no one's grown (unless you count going insane), no one's learned anything (in a cosmic, game-changing kind of way), and the balance of power - which was ridiculously unbalanced to begin with - retained the status quo from beginning to end.

I don't recommend it.

The voice actor was good, though.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Royal Assassin

  • The Farseer Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 29 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,417
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,544
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,556

Young Fitz, the illegitimate son of the noble Prince Chivalry, is ignored by all royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has had him tutored him in the dark arts of the assassin. He has barely survived his first, soul-shattering mission, and when he returns to the court, he is thrown headfirst into the tumult of royal life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid Middle Book

  • By Jake on 05-29-10

Utterly Frustrating

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

Reviewed: 04-30-12

Soooo... you're an assassin. You've been trained to be both invisible and deadly. Not only are you an animal with a hand-axe, you've also got the ability to talk with wolves, dogs, horses, and whatever animal you wish. You swear loyalty to a prince, and watch as his ambitious younger brother connives to murder their father, usurp your prince's crown, bring ruination to his wife's reputation and sit idly by while evil magic pirates turn your citizenry into zombies (I know, right?)

BUT HERE'S THE THING! Nobody, and I mean, NOBODY, tells you to kill him. In fact, everyone says, for some reason, that killing him is the one thing you absolutely cannot do. Ever. Full stop. Even if, say, you're an incredibly skilled assassin and can make it seem like he died of dysentery, tuberculosis, a venereal disease, or (right, I can talk to animals) being mauled by a bear, YOU CAN'T KILL HIM JUST BECAUSE.

BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE. Even though you, your friends, your king, your assassination teacher, the court jester and the horse trainer all KNOW that he deserves to die in a cosmic justice kind of sense, and they all KNOW that he NEEDS to die in a sort of "let's save the townfolk from becoming magic-pirate zombies" way, they SWEAR they'll betray every single one of your secrets or abandon you completely if you so much as raise a hand to the task. What's more is they keep asking you to save them from whatever dumb mistakes THEY'VE made in the past.

So instead of saying, "Chill out, guys, I'll take the fall for this one. When the new prince takes power, he can pardon me of my crimes or whatever. Or he can exile me. No biggs," you go along with it. All of it. With only a minimal amount of frustration and anger. Simply a morose acceptance of "that's how things are."

Tell me that this is the way things would actually go down. Do it. Tell me. I am OKAY with gritty realism in fantasy. I am OKAY with morally gray characters. I'm hip with Banks, KJ Parker, and Joe Abercrombie. I get it. I do. But when EVERY SINGLE CHARACTER on the side of good (which totally and unquestionably EXISTS in this tale) acts like a complete LOON. Well, then, you have given me ample reason to never finish this series.

RRRRGGHHH!!!!

25 of 34 people found this review helpful

  • The King Within

  • Accessing the King in the Male Psyche
  • By: Robert Moore, Douglas Gillette
  • Narrated by: David Dukes
  • Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367

In this contribution to the emerging men's movement, Robert Moore, a Jungian psychoanalyst and Douglas Gillette, a mythologist, examine the inner King - one of the four archetypes on the male psyche. The inner King integrates power and nurturing, firmness and caring, courage and creativity, self-affirmation and self-sacrifice. From his central position between the world of imagination and the world of action, the King within challenges every man to take up his own scepter, to dream and to make them come true.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling Psychology

  • By John on 10-12-11

Compelling Psychology

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

Reviewed: 10-12-11

Through historical studies, psychological profiles of popular ideologies in both the media and in religion, the authors (Moor and Gillette) seek to answer the questions, What is Masculinity? Is it important? Where did it go and why can't we seem to find it?

Throughout the twentieth century, primarily in Western Culture, we've lost the ability to separate being a Boy from being a Man. There are no longer any defined qualities that everyone recognizes as being "manly." Many people (not merely feminists) decry men as brutes. Phrases like "be a man" or "man up" are sexist and crush the creativity of our children. The authors cite the absence of a father in many homes in recent years is an example of why its important that we soon discover, and teach our sons, exactly what it means to be a man. That men, through the help of our brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, wives, lovers, and friends, must discover the King that resides in all of us.

This book raised my eyebrows a lot. The authors tend to treat wide sweeping subjects like religion and politics as examples for their psychological evaluation. If those subjects are touchy for you, then just be warned. Every so often the authors let their own internal biases slip inside this document in sarcastic gibes that made me cringe, but those moments are few. And for the most part this book is inspirational and eye-opening. I recommend it highly.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful