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  • The Border

  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 682
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 630
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 636

It is not just the living ships of the monstrous Gorgons or the motion-blurred shock troops of the armored Cyphers that endanger the holdouts in the human bastion of Panther Ridge. The world itself has turned against the handful of survivors, as one by one they succumb to despair and suicide or, even worse, are transformed by otherworldly pollution into hideous Gray Men, cannibalistic mutants driven by insatiable hunger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally a Great Book that is NOT A TRILOGY!!

  • By Curt Funk on 08-12-15

Robert! What happened to you?!

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

Reviewed: 08-17-16

They say every writer potentially has a masterpiece in them. If that's true then every writer has a real stinker in them as well and The Border is McCammon's work of orifice disaster. Seriously, I can't believe the same person that wrote Swan Song and Boy's Life (two of my favourite books) wrote this massive pile of crap.

Don't get me wrong, the premise is a good one, but it's like McCammon came up with this great idea for a book, then handed it over to his 15 y/o nephew to write. There is ZERO character growth which is surprising for a story that's almost 16 hours long. Not only is there no character growth, you learn nothing about people in this book other than the brief intro that you'd get at a party from a friend of a friend. Now add all this to McCammon's slightly annoying writing style of head-hopping and you feel nothing for anyone in this book.

The storyline and plot points are beyond clumsy, I'm truly surprised I even finished this book. Why did I finish this book? All I can say is that Robert McCammon would have been better off retiring then releasing this book. I was looking forward to reading other books from Mr. McCammon's bookshelf, but after listening to The Border and learning how bad it can get, I'm really thinking that I'll leave it be and maintain my fond memories of Swan Song and Boy's Life.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Stone Man

  • A Science Fiction Horror Novel
  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,445
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,328
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,323

Nobody knew where it came from. Nobody knew why it came. When an eight-foot-tall man made of stone appears in the middle of a busy city center one July afternoon, two-bit (and antisocial) reporter Andy Pointer assumes it's just a publicity stunt. Indeed, so does everyone else...until the Stone Man begins to walk, heading silently through the wall of the nearest building, flattening it, and killing several people inside as a result.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally Original Story of Horror and Courage

  • By JoanneG on 11-04-15

It just kept going on and on and on.

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

Reviewed: 04-24-16

I'll start by saying that this would have made a great novella. The concept is interesting and the writing style is great....it just kept going! The reader is rather good, which is probably why I made it through the whole book.

The book rings in at 14 hours and 14 minutes but really, that's about 8-9 hours to long, on numerous occasions I found myself yelling "Jesus! Get on with it!" Then you have to add in the authors annoying habit of artificially injecting suspense by talking around information, it makes this book a real choir to get through.

Usually when I get a book like this I just shut if off and move on, but for some reason I was expecting some kind of twist ending....it never came. What did end up happening was a disappointing and rather dumb conclusion, one that cemented my decision to promptly return the authors other book I had purchase.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wizard's First Rule

  • Sword of Truth, Book 1
  • By: Terry Goodkind
  • Narrated by: Sam Tsoutsouvas
  • Length: 34 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,526
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,242
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,300

In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, Richard Cypher encounters a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, in his forest sanctuary. She seeks his help...and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is a blast

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 05-09-12

Fond memories that just don't hold up

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

Reviewed: 08-10-15

I read this book with I was a teen and remember really liking it, but like most things from your teens it just doesn't hold up to adulthood.

I'm not gonna bother writing what I didn't like about this book, just look at all the other bad reviews, they pretty much got it right...simplistic writing, generic characters, repetitive dialog, unbelievable exchanges. Add to all this an over acting narrator that belongs in any B movie fantasy flix (I wonder if he got a part in the TV show) and you got 30+ hours of temptation. Temptation to stab yourself in the ear.

I just can't image ever liking this book....then again, I also liked MC Hammer when I was a kid.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Tower Lord

  • Raven's Shadow, Book 2
  • By: Anthony Ryan
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 24 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,047
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,375
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,374

Vaelin Al Sorna, warrior of the Sixth Order, called Darkblade, called Hope Killer. The greatest warrior of his day, and witness to the greatest defeat of his nation: King Janus' vision of a Greater Unified Realm drowned in the blood of brave men fighting for a cause Vaelin alone knows was forged from a lie. Sick at heart, he comes home, determined to kill no more. Named Tower Lord of the Northern Reaches by King Janus's grateful heir, he can perhaps find peace in a colder, more remote land far from the intrigues of a troubled Realm.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Great Swampy Middle!

  • By Jack on 07-11-14

Quite simply the best...ever

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

Reviewed: 07-27-15

The title says it all. I've read or listened to some of the best fantasy series' (Song of Ice and Fire, Mist Born, Wheel of Time) and for my tastes, Raven's Shadow is one of the best. It has the perfect balance of just enough story threads while not having to have the memory of an elephant to remember a ton of sub plots and twists.

The story can be a little predictive and Mr Ryan does lean a little heavily on fantasy cliche from time to times, but in the end the storyline and characters won me over big time. I just couldn't stop listening.

  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,351
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,735
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,740

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hours in, restarted so husband could listen too!

  • By Pikay on 12-13-14

Just plan LOVED this book

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

Reviewed: 06-26-15

I use to be a fan of the zombie genre but after you read the exact same story over and over again, it all just gets tiring. You meet the main characters, the zombies come and then the rest of the book is everyone running around...that's it. The characters names change but everything else is basically the same.

Then a book like Carey's The Girl with all the Gifts comes along and I just want to yell to the world "See! You can still write an original Zombiesk story!". The characters are dynamic and the world is fasinating. All the cliches have been stripped away leaving a refreshing storyline that leaves you wanting more. I just can't say enough good things about this book.

This is a must read in my opinion

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Elantris

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Jack Garrett
  • Length: 27 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,921
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,972

Once the godlike rulers of the capital of Arelon, the inhabitans of Elantris have been imprisoned within themselves, unable to die after the city's magic failed years ago. But when a new prince falls victim to the curse, he refuses to accept his fate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What if your body could never heal?

  • By Lore on 09-12-13

One of Sanderson's weakest works

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

Reviewed: 06-25-15

I adored the Mist Born series and the Stormlight series. Even the Reckoners series is killer for being YA...so I walked into Elantris with high expectations. To bad I was let done.

It has been said that Sanderson could do with a tougher editor, one that could get some of the fluff snipped from his books. Personally I've enjoyed the fluff in his other books, but Elantris suffered from it. There's a killer story at the centre of this book, but it's just way to diluted to have the bit it should have.

The characters are enjoyable if not a little shallow and to be honest, rather dumb. There are parts where things are so clear, but the characters are to dense to see what's going on. There were a few spots where I found myself yelling at my iPhone "well no sh*t Dumba$$!!!"

There where some interactions that were just plan unbelievable. Characters acting in a way that would never happen. It doesn't happen often, but when it does it rips you right out of the story.

Then there's the narration. Jack Garret has a killer voice, but his reading style was just so wrong. You are already frustrated with having to listen to do much meandering to advance to storyline, now you're listening to the slow, steady voice of Jack...you just want to reach through, grab Jack and yell "Read FASTER ALREADY!!!"

In the end I'm not sure about whether or not I should recommend this book. Yes there is a unique story buried beneath the surface, I guess it depends on your tolerance level for filler.

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  • American Buffalo

  • In Search of a Lost Icon
  • By: Steven Rinella
  • Narrated by: Patrick G. Lawlor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,507
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,334
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,330

Steven Rinella won a lottery to hunt for a wild buffalo in the Alaskan wilderness. One of only four hunters that year who succeeded in killing a buffalo, he carried the carcass down a snow-covered mountainside and floated it four miles down a white-water canyon while being trailed by grizzly bears and suffering from hypothermia. Rinella found himself contemplating his own place among the 14,000 years' worth of buffalo hunters in North America and the place of the buffalo in the American consciousness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing, fun, full of information.

  • By jason on 10-07-15

Powerful

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

Reviewed: 04-23-15

This is more then a story about a guy that gets to kill a buffalo, this is a story about America, about the first people, this is a story about mankind.

Who would of thought I'd be interested in the history of the Buffalo, but Steve Rinella has a way of writing that sucks you in.

I couldn't recommend this book enough.

  • Good Omens

  • By: Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,578
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,603
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,633

The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You'll laugh yourself silly

  • By goddess_of_pipework on 11-28-15

Just too "British"

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

Reviewed: 04-16-15

I've never read Terry Pratchett, but he had made a name for himself. I've read a few books by Neil Gaiman and loved them all...so I had high hopes for this book. Boy, was I disappointed. I didn't even finish the book.

If you could describe something as being "Too British", this would be it. The story was just too dry and it kept side tracking with little fictional anecdotes which I guess are suppose to be witty (think Monte Python) but just come of as unfunny and silly.

In the end, the book just wasn't for me

  • Spartan Up!

  • A Take-No-Prisoners Guide to Overcoming Obstacles and Achieving Peak Performance in Life
  • By: Jeff O'Connell, Joe De Sena
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,026
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,028

Twenty-six point two miles isn’t enough anymore. Obstacle course racing, which combines the endurance challenges of a marathon with the mind-bending rigors of overcoming obstacles along the way, is taking the world by storm. At the center of this phenomenon is Joe De Sena, the driving force behind the enormously popular Spartan Race. De Sena offers a simple philosophy: commit to a goal, put in the work, and get it done.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A different type of mindset

  • By Barbara on 02-02-15

A 6 hour advertisement

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

Reviewed: 03-30-15

This book is nothing more then a glorified brochure for Spartan Race filled with anecdotal fluff and the oh so flacks "studies have shown". Studies? What studies?

Don't waste your time

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Call of the Wild

  • By: Jack London
  • Narrated by: Alan Munro
  • Length: 3 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,151
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,036
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,029

Jack London's masterpiece, tells the gripping tale of a dog named Buck who is wrenched out of his life of ease and luxury to become a sled dog in Alaska. Drawing on his wolf heritage, Buck must fight for survival in an alien environment.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Introductory Literature; Lousy Production

  • By Rich on 12-11-15

Speak up!

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

Reviewed: 03-10-15

unlistenable...the reader has a pleasant, deep voice but he whispers like he's trying to put a child to sleep. I was unable to fully understand what he was saying.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful