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Daniel W Belew

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  • Legends

  • Stories by the Masters of Fantasy, Volume 4
  • By: Anne McCaffrey, Raymond E. Feist, George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Sam Tsoutsouvas, Kathryn Walker, Frank Muller
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168

The monumental series of audio original fantasy concludes with this collection of three all-new stories by Anne McCaffrey, Raymond E. Feist, and George R.R. Martin. All of them are set in the uncanny realms of their phenomenally popular novels.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 2 out of 3 isn't bad

  • By Tommy on 04-22-13

Love Short Stories

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

I love the idea of small little stories of regular people in the great big worlds we know and love. I expected to like R.E. Feist most of all (it was amazing!!) but the Hedge Knight truly surprised me. It really sucked me in and I wanted to know what happened to this simple character in over his head.

  • Magician: Master

  • Riftwar Cycle: The Riftwar Saga, Book 2
  • By: Raymond E. Feist
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,262
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,174
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,171

He held the fate of two worlds in his hands. Once he was an orphan called Pug, apprenticed to a sorcerer of the enchanted land of Midkemia. Then he was captured and enslaved by the Tsurani, a strange, warlike race of invaders from another world. There, in the exotic Empire of Kelewan, he earned a new name - Milamber. He learned to tame the unimagined powers that lay within him. And he took his place in an ancient struggle against an evil Enemy older than time itself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable and Familiar

  • By @tone0189 on 11-11-17

Accent is all

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

Reviewed: 08-19-18

I only marked performance down a star for personal issues. The way names of places and characters is said with an English accent is not how I always imagined them in my head. That doesn’t make it bad... just different.

  • Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,573
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,857
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9,826

An all-new Stormlight Archive novella, "Edgedancer", is the crown jewel of Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection, the first audiobook of short fiction by number one New York Times best-selling author Brandon Sanderson. The collection includes nine works in all. Originally published on Tor.com and elsewhere individually, these wonderful tales convey the expanse of the Cosmere and tell exciting tales of adventure Sanderson fans have come to expect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Where to Find It (chapter #'s for stories)

  • By V. Smith on 07-25-18

Avid Author Fan

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

Reviewed: 01-15-17

Ideal for those who are voracious readers of Sanderson. I've read many of his books and still chose to skip one short story because I haven't read his Elantris books yet. Some have no spoilers to other books. Some do. Be prepared to skip a short story and come back later if you haven't read all of his main timelines.

  • Machiavelli in Context

  • By: William R. Cook, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: William R. Cook
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276

Mention the name Niccolò Machiavelli and you might unleash a powerful response-even among people who have never read a word of his writing. The word "Machiavellian" conjures up images of an indistinct figure quietly making his way through the darkest corridors of power; a cold-blooded political liar; or a coolly practical leader - amoral at best - willing to do whatever is necessary in a world governed not by ideas of right or wrong, but by solutions dictated by realpolitik.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Best Suited for High School Students

  • By Kindle Customer on 07-28-17

Great Knowledge

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

Reviewed: 01-02-17

This information is so valuable to American society right now. We have lost contact with our (small r) republican roots and have devolved far from out ideals.

The professors speech is a little slurred and frustrated me at first but the information was so important, I found my way to ignore it and eventually barely noticed it.

If I can get two of my friends to listen to this and get them to agree to do the same, maybe we can get America back on track.

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  • The Dispatcher

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Zachary Quinto
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,936
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,578
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,488

Zachary Quinto - best known for his role as the Nimoy-approved Spock in the recent Star Trek reboot and the menacing, power-stealing serial killer, Sylar, in Heroes - brings his well-earned sci-fi credentials and simmering intensity to this audio-exclusive novella from master storyteller John Scalzi. One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don't know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Grief This Was Good

  • By Matthew on 11-09-16

Scalzi strikes again!

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

Reviewed: 10-15-16

I cannot state any more clearly; John Scalzi has an amazingly creative mind. This close to reality science-fiction makes a great quick read (especially for free!!).

The characters feel real and are developed well enough to make them have depth without spending an excessive amount of time on back story.

Quinto's performance was quite good. He does a good job creating enough distinction among characters and is very consistent with his character voices.

If you enjoy a little sci-fi and a little murder mystery, this is a great one.

  • Call to Arms

  • The Corps Series, Book 2
  • By: W. E. B. Griffin
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,417
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,275
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,280

The attack on Pearl Harbor swept America into the raging heart of the war. The stormy South Pacific presented a daring new challenge, and the men of the Corps were ready to fight. An elite fraternity united by a glorious tradition of courage and honor, the Marine Raiders were bound to a triumphant destiny.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An epic story worthy of your time.

  • By Charles Atkinson on 04-05-12

Motivation

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

Reviewed: 05-22-16

I am thoroughly enjoying the Corps Series. As I listen to the performance I keep imagining someone making an excellent movie/miniseries out of this whole series of books.

  • The Way of Kings

  • Book One of The Stormlight Archive
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 45 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 57,516
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 52,236
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 52,236

Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!

  • By Lore on 03-31-12

Impressed

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

Reviewed: 12-12-15

This is my first Brandon Sanderson exposure and I am hooked. I am excited to start the next story. I will write a longer review when the series is complete.

  • Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel

  • By: A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,400
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,153

It is a tale of ghosts, of madness, of revenge - of old alliances giving way to new intrigues. Denmark is changing, shaking off its medieval past. War with Norway is on the horizon. And Hamlet - son of the old king, nephew of the new - becomes increasingly entangled in a web of deception - and murder. Beautifully performed by actor Richard Armitage ("Thorin Oakenshield" in the Hobbit films), Hamlet, Prince of Denmark takes Shakespeare’s original into unexpected realms, reinventing a story we thought we knew.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Something Rotten in Denmark...

  • By Carole T. on 08-23-14

Amazing Story and Performance!

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

Reviewed: 05-08-15

Great restoration of a classic into modern language with added setting description, character inner thought, and expanded dialogue. A wonderful read and amazing performance from Armitage.

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  • A Nation Rising

  • By: Kenneth C. Davis
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

In the dramatic period from 1800 through 1850, the United States emerged from its inauspicious beginning as a tiny newborn nation, to a near-empire that spanned the continent. It was a time in which the “dream of our founders” spread in ways that few men of that Revolutionary Generation could possibly have imagined. And it was an era that led to the great, tragic conflagration that followed—the American Civil War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lesser known subtexts to the standard stories

  • By Blake on 03-15-14

Ended Suddenly

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

Reviewed: 02-16-15

The book covered the characters with such depth and intensity; yet, I felt surprised that it was over so suddenly.

  • The Tipping Point

  • How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,605
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,566

In The Tipping Point, New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell looks at why major changes in society happen suddenly and unexpectedly. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a few fare-beaters and graffiti artists fuel a subway crime wave, or a satisfied customer fill the empty tables of a new restaurant. These are social epidemics, and the moment when they take off, when they reach their critical mass, is the Tipping Point.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sociology for the masses.

  • By Dean on 10-28-10

Afterword

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

Reviewed: 01-23-15

I particularly liked the fact that the author came back after further thought and research and adjusted how closely correlated one of his points was. The additional thought and clarification was enlightening.