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  • The Swarm

  • The Second Formic War (Volume 1)
  • Written by: Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Vikas Adam, Stephen Hoye, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

The first invasion of Earth was beaten back by a coalition of corporate and international military forces and the Chinese army. China has been devastated by the Formic's initial efforts to eradicate Earth life forms and prepare the ground for their own settlement. The Scouring of China struck fear into the other nations of the planet; that fear blossomed into drastic action when scientists determined that the single ship that wreaked such damage was merely a scout ship. There is a mothership out beyond the solar system's Kuiper Belt, and it's heading into the system.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you like the series you will enjoy this Book.

  • By Ryan Scoville on 2019-03-04

If you like the series you will enjoy this Book.

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-04

Orson and Johnston work well to develop a back story on characters for which the ending has already been written. Much is same when it comes to this book of the series. Character development and plot lines are well established and the story line itself fits well with an ending we all know is written in The Ender Game series.

Without getting into details fans of the series will appreciate the story for what it is and the details and thought that went into developing the main characters back stories. At times I will say that I found the repetitiveness of the details a little over done but the details themselves were well developed.

The narrative team did another great performance adding character depth that listeners can really follow.

Overall great story.

  • Master of Formalities

  • Written by: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

Even when finding oneself engaged in interstellar war, good form must be observed. Our story is set thousands of years after the Terran Exodus, where two powerful, planet-dominating families - the elegant House Jakabitus and the less refined Hahn Empire - have reached a critical point in their generations-long war. Master Hennik, the Hahn ruler's only son, has been captured, and the disposition of his internment may represent a last and welcome chance for peace.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Light, fun and easy read.

  • By Ryan Scoville on 2019-01-22

Light, fun and easy read.

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

Reviewed: 2019-01-22

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I selected this book. While I have read a lot of Scott Meyer’s other titles never really popped out. However, I was pleasantly surprised after I started reading/listening to it.
While the plot line is a bit slow to start it does pickup as the character development comes through. That said I did find the plot line light and what kept me reading was the character development, and supporting story lines that the book has.

Luke Daniels does well to develop the characters but it takes a bit to hear his subtle voice changes that identify each character.

Overall I found it to be a quick, light and fun read for anyone looking for a one off read/listen.

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  • Ready Player One

  • Written by: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,024
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,763
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,757

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing really good I loved any 13+ would love it.

  • By Anonymous User on 2018-01-07

Engaging and Captivating, with a narrative to match!

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

Reviewed: 2019-01-14

A novel that appeals to a wide variety of readers/listeners. Fiction, fantasy, history, pop culture, sci-fi, comedy and more.

Ready Player One is a story that will grab your attention and allow your surroundings to fade away not unlike the virtual world of the “Oasis” in the novel.
Add Wil Wheaton’s narration to the mix and the two couldn’t be more exciting to listen too.

Fantastic on all accounts! A must read/listen to for anybody who enjoys a truly captivating story.

  • The Third Kingdom

  • Richard and Kahlan, Book 2
  • Written by: Terry Goodkind
  • Narrated by: Sam Tsoutsouvas
  • Length: 17 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

"Three knives were buried up to their brass cross guards in the man's chest. Richard recognized the knife handles. All three were the style carried by the men of the First File. He looked from those blades that should have killed the big man, up to his face. That was when he realized the true horror of the situation, and the reason for the unbearable stench of death." Sequel to the #1 New York Times best seller The Omen Machine.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • what used to be 1 book is now many

  • By JD on 2018-10-26

Some of the same but with a twist.

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

Reviewed: 2018-10-01

If you are a fan of this series you won’t be disappointed with this title. While yes it seems that again there is a dark force come to fight against Richard and Khalan this one is darker yet. This book is definitely one of the more graphic books in the entire series but it serves the story well being that way.
Overall an enjoyable read or listen.
Having Sam Tsoutsouvas as narrator again also helps to build on the detail that Goodkind wrote.

  • Naked Empire

  • Sword of Truth, Book 8
  • Written by: Terry Goodkind
  • Narrated by: Jim Bond
  • Length: 22 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

"'You knew they were there, didn't you?' Kahlan asked in a hushed tone as she leaned closer. Against the darkening sky, she could just make out the shapes of three black-tipped races taking to wing, beginning their nightly hunt. That was why he'd stopped. That was what he'd been watching as the rest of them waited in uneasy silence."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Change of Pace

  • By Daniel on 2019-01-02

Well written and performance was engaging.

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

Reviewed: 2018-05-03

While the storey follows Richard and Kahlan it introduces a side plot that only helps to build on the main story line. If I have one criticism of the story it is the speed of which the book ended. A long read and well developed story line that is wrapped up in the span of two chapters. While the way TG has written for Richard and Kahlan to solve the problems at hand works well it seems summarized, where the build of the problems they face was the entire story.
Overall if you enjoy the series and TG’s works Naked Empire is a great read.

  • Soul of the Fire

  • Sword of Truth, Book 5
  • Written by: Terry Goodkind
  • Narrated by: Buck Schirner
  • Length: 24 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

Now it has become terrifyingly clear that the Chimes have the potential to bring down all that Richard and Kahlan have worked to protect, and even the power of the Sword of Truth may not be enough to stem the tide of their unleashed magical force. But if the Chimes cannot be stopped, first they will ravage Richard and Kahlan, then all of D'Hara, and then the entire world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well Done

  • By Daniel on 2018-11-26

Good story but lots of filler.

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

Reviewed: 2018-02-09

This book in the series is an interesting one to me. The overall storyline is really good but there is a lot of the book focused to develop supporting characters that could have likely been done with half the detail and still maintained the overall story strongly. If you enjoy the series stick with this one and it is worth the listen/read.

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  • Temple of the Winds

  • Sword of Truth, Book 4
  • Written by: Terry Goodkind
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 28 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

The dangerous, fanatical Imperial Order, under the leadership of the power-mad Emperor Jagang and his multitude of demonic underlings, unleashes a deadly plague. To find a cure, Richard Cypher and his beloved Kahlan Amnell must seek out the legendary Temple of the Winds, a fortress of evil sealed away for three thousand years. But the path of the Seeker of Truth is never an easy one - even if he can reach the Temple at all, there is no guarantee he'll ever return.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reading?

  • By Daniel on 2018-06-11

Listen past the performance and the story is good.

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

Reviewed: 2018-01-16

What can I say about Dick Hill, besides the obvious that he mis-pronounces Kahlan name and a few others his pace and his tone of spearheaded is consistent making the story simple to follow.

As for the story itself, I love this book. Other readers might think it flat at times I find it detailed and intriguing. Terry Goodkind works to build the supporting characters up in the book while still following Richard and Kahlan’s main story.

Overall I enjoyed the book and while this was my first time listening to it, I have read it half a dozen times myself.

Hope you enjoy it for the great story it is.

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  • Wizard's First Rule

  • Sword of Truth, Book 1
  • Written by: Terry Goodkind
  • Narrated by: Sam Tsoutsouvas
  • Length: 34 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179

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
  • Love it

  • By Paul on 2018-11-11

Amazing story, narrative paints a movie in your mind!

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

Reviewed: 2017-11-08

I have read this series countless times and decided to try the audiobook to listen on my drive to and from work.
Sam Tsoutsouvas’s narrative reads just as smoothly as if reading it yourself. Some of a character voices are a little funny from what you might imagine but you quickly get used to them and the story just flows.
Amazing story for anyone who enjoys Fantasy.