After We Collided Audiobook

After We Collided Audiobook
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Written By: Anna Todd
Narrated By: Elizabeth Louise, Shane East
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Date: November 2014
Duration: 19 hours 15 minutes

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Book 2 of the After series—newly revised and expanded, Anna Todd’s After fanfiction racked up one billion reads online and captivated readers across the globe. Experience the internet’s most talked-about book for yourself from the writer Cosmopolitan called “the biggest literary phenomenon of her generation.”

Tessa has everything to lose. Hardin has nothing to lose…except her. AFTER WE COLLIDED…Life will never be the same. #HESSA

After a tumultuous beginning to their relationship, Tessa and Hardin were on the path to making things work. Tessa knew Hardin could be cruel, but when a bombshell revelation is dropped about the origins of their relationship—and Hardin’s mysterious past—Tessa is beside herself.

Hardin will always be…Hardin. But is he really the deep, thoughtful guy Tessa fell madly in love with despite his angry exterior—or has he been a stranger all along? She wishes she could walk away. It’s just not that easy. Not with the memory of passionate nights spent in his arms. His electric touch. His hungry kisses.

Still, Tessa’s not sure she can endure one more broken promise. She put so much on hold for Hardin—school, friends, her mom, a relationship with a guy who really loved her, and now possibly even a promising new career. She needs to move forward with her life.

Hardin knows he made a mistake, possibly the biggest one of his life. He’s not going down without a fight. But can he change? Will he change…for love?.

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Do yourself a favor and buy this!! I love this entire series too much! Lol. I actually returned this book because it took too long to get here. I finished the first book more quickly than I thought I would (1.5 days!) so I downloaded the audio version bc I HAD to know what happened next! This book took me on a roller coaster of emotions. I love & hate the dynamic between Tessa and Hardin. Got through this book in 2 days. I couldn’t stop! You won’t be able to either. I loved that you get both Tessa and Hardin’s view points. I appreciated Hardin’s character much more once I was able to see what was going on in his mind. Not many books have made me cry actual tears, but this book did. The whole series did. Anna Todd knows how to pull at your heart strings. The series get better and better with each book. You really need to read the first book, After, to understand and appreciate this book. If drama isn’t your thing, you probably won’t like it. I normally wouldn’t like this type of book, but the angst was addicting! 50 shades meets pride and prejudice is a good way to describe it. A MUST READ.

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After We Collided is a 2020 American romantic drama film directed by Roger Kumble and written by Anna Todd and Mario Celaya. It is based on the 2014 new adult fiction novel of the same name by Todd, and is the sequel to After (2019). The film stars Josephine Langford and Hero Fiennes Tiffin as Tessa Young and Hardin Scott, respectively, with Dylan Sprouse, Shane Paul McGhie, Candice King, Khadijha Red Thunder, Inanna Sarkis, Samuel Larsen, and Selma Blair in supporting roles.

After We Collided was released in select European countries on September 2, 2020, before being released simultaneously in theaters and video-on-demand in the United States on October 23, 2020, by Open Road Films. Like its predecessor, the film was panned by critics, but was a box office success. Two sequels are in development.

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Testaments Audiobook
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Written By: Margaret Atwood
Narrated By: Margaret Atwood, Derek Jacobi, Tantoo Cardinal, Mae Whitman, Ann Dowd, Bryce Dallas Howard
Publisher: Random House (Audio)
Date: September 2019
Duration: 13 hours 19 minutes

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE

The Testaments is a modern masterpiece, a powerful novel that can be read on its own or as a companion to Margaret Atwood’s classic, The Handmaid’s Tale.

More than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results.

Two have grown up as part of the first generation to come of age in the new order. The testimonies of these two young women are joined by a third: Aunt Lydia. Her complex past and uncertain future unfold in surprising and pivotal ways.

With The Testaments, Margaret Atwood opens up the innermost workings of Gilead, as each woman is forced to come to terms with who she is, and how far she will go for what she believes.

The Testaments is a 2019 novel by Margaret Atwood. It is a sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale (1985). The novel is set 15 years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale. It is narrated by Aunt Lydia, a character from the previous novel; Agnes, a young woman living in Gilead; and Daisy, a young woman living in Canada.

The Testaments was joint winner of the 2019 Man Booker Prize, alongside Bernardine Evaristo’s novel Girl, Woman, Other. It was also voted ‘Best Fiction’ novel in the Goodreads Choice Awards 2019, winning by over 50,000 votes.

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“Testaments” is the long-awaited sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale” first a bestselling novel by distinguished Canadian author Margaret Atwood and then a wildly successful series based on the book on Hulu.

If you expected a “happily ever after” story about “Offred” that isn’t this book. It’s more about the fall of the dystopian and non-functional Gilead from the point of view of some of the women, gender-traitors, who run the regime and also some of the young women born into the system. Haven’t you wondered what a young girl would think of her impending marriage in such a world where women are vessels, not allowed to read and treated as chattel?

Best of all in this book is the story of Agnes Jemima, a young girl growing up as a daughter of a Commander and a Wife. She’s an innocent, trying to make sense of the Gilead world where everything is kept secret or is an out-and-out deception. Her simplistic voice is almost like that of Offred in the original Handmaid book, with its cool observation and background of confusion about what went on before or behind her back.

Then we get the “autobiography” and first-person story of Aunt Lydia, the moral guardian of the Gilead society. As well as some of the story of the “Underground Female-Road” and the resistance (Mayday Movement) The deeper look into the complex villain Aunt Lydia fleshes out the cartoonish cruel and vicious prison matron picture into something much more interesting.

I wondered how such a dysfunctional society bent on execution, control and utter despondency could survive for long, so here is the sequel filling in that story.

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Serena Davies of The Daily Telegraph described The Testaments as “a lurid and powerful sequel”. She concluded: “Atwood has given us a blockbuster of propulsive, almost breathless narrative, stacked with twists and turns worthy of a Gothic novel”.

In an interview by Martha Teichner, for CBS News Sunday Morning, Atwood insisted the novel contains “tons of hope— lots and lots of hope” when questioned about the premise. Michiko Kakutani, writing for The New York Times, contrasts Atwood’s thesis of writing one’s testimony being an “act of hope”, against “the pompous, myopic Gileadean scholars who narrate the satirical epilogues” of both The Handmaid’s Tale and The Testaments.

The book was shortlisted for the 2020 Fiction Book of the Year in the British Book Awards.

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Grapes Of Wrath Audiobook

Grapes Of Wrath Audiobook
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Written By: John Steinbeck
Narrated By: Dylan Baker
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Date: June 2011
Duration: 21 hours 1 minutes

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John Steinbeck’s powerful evocation of the suffering and hardship caused by the Great Depression, and a panoramic vision of the struggle for the American Dream, The Grapes of Wrath includes a critical introduction by Robert DeMott in Penguin Modern Classics. ‘I’ve done my damndest to rip a reader’s nerves to rags, I don’t want him satisfied.’ Shocking and controversial when it was first published in 1939, Steinbeck’s Pulitzer prize-winning epic The Grapes of Wrath remains his undisputed masterpiece. Set against the background of Dust Bowl Oklahoma and Californian migrant life, it tells of Tom Joad and his family, who, like thousands of others, are forced to travel west in search of the promised land. Their story is one of false hopes, thwarted desires and broken dreams, yet out of their suffering Steinbeck created a drama that is intensely human, yet majestic in its scale and moral vision. Adapted into a celebrated film directed by John Ford, and starring Henry Fonda, The Grapes of Wrath is an eloquent tribute to the endurance and dignity of the human spirit. John Steinbeck (1902-68), winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize for literature, is remembered as one of the greatest and best-loved American writers of the twentieth century. During the Second World War Steinbeck served as a war correspondent, with his collected dispatches published as Once There Was a War (1958); in 1945 he was awarded the Norwegian Cross of Freedom for his novel The Moon is Down (1942), a portrayal of Resistance efforts in northern Europe. His best-known works include the epics The Grapes of Wrath (1939) and East of Eden (1952), and his tragic novella Of Mice and Men (1937). John Steinbeck’s complete works are published in Penguin Modern Classics. If you liked The Grapes of Wrath, you might enjoy East of Eden, also available in Penguin Classics. ‘A novelist who is also a true poet’ Sunday Times.

The Grapes of Wrath is an American realist novel written by John Steinbeck and published in 1939. The book won the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and it was cited prominently when Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1962.

Set during the Great Depression, the novel focuses on the Joads, a poor family of tenant farmers driven from their Oklahoma home by drought, economic hardship, agricultural industry changes, and bank foreclosures forcing tenant farmers out of work. Due to their nearly hopeless situation, and in part because they are trapped in the Dust Bowl, the Joads set out for California along with thousands of other “Okies” seeking jobs, land, dignity, and a future.

The Grapes of Wrath is frequently read in American high school and college literature classes due to its historical context and enduring legacy. A celebrated Hollywood film version, starring Henry Fonda and directed by John Ford, was released in 1940.

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**Before I do my ‘review’ I have to say something re: the movie vs the book** wow..they really cut the movie in half to accommodate the story! In HS ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ next to ‘Mice & Men’ were required reading. I’m surprised I wasn’t crying on a daily basis! I haven’t read the novel since 1978, but always watched the movie..besides a couple of characters that didn’t match the book theres the subject but no comparison…so if anyone has to do any required reading and ‘Grapes of Wrath’ is one..don’t watch the movie first 😁 One more thing Dylan Baker is now my favorite narrator! (I listened as well, thank God?) What a performance..he sounded like ‘Henry Fonda to the tee! Excellent narration!

Now onto a few words about this exceptional novel. Since John Steinbeck always wrote books re: the Great Depression, he had an ability to understand their fear on a daily basis. If Steinbeck were alive today, his novels would probably be very close to how they were over 75 years ago.

His books, especially ‘Grapes of Wrath’ dealt with racism, extreme poverty, family problems not far from the ones today. This novel was the perfect example.

The descriptive words he used in explaining their hurt, their living environment , lack of housing, etc. was spot on. I closed my eyes listening & even sometimes reading because I wanted to be there, to try and understand what the Depression years were really like..they were not ‘The Walton’s’! This was real..not knowing what tomorrow would bring for themselves or their family.

I’m so glad I decided to read and listen again…every single person must read ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ and realize at one time in the 20th Century individuals were living worse than dogs & cats…and unfortunately sometimes it doesn’t sound too far from reality today.

I’ve been honored to read a masterpiece!

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Many scholars have noted Steinbeck’s use of Christian imagery within The Grapes of Wrath. The largest implications lie with Tom Joad and Jim Casy, who are both interpreted as Christ-like figures at certain intervals within the novel. These two are often interpreted together, with Casy representing Jesus Christ in the early days of his ministry, up until his death, which is interpreted as representing the death of Christ. From there, Tom takes over, rising in Casy’s place as the Christ figure risen from the dead.

However, the religious imagery is not limited to these two characters. Scholars have regularly inspected other characters and plot points within the novel, including Ma Joad, Rose of Sharon, Rose of Sharon’s stillborn child, and Uncle John. In an article first published in 2009, Ken Eckert even compared the migrants’ movement west as a reversed version of the slaves’ escape from Egypt in Exodus. Many of these extreme interpretations are brought on by Steinbeck’s own documented beliefs, which Eckert himself refers to as “unorthodox”.

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Golden Son Audiobook
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Written By: Pierce Brown
Narrated By: Tim Gerard Reynolds
Publisher: Recorded Books
Date: January 2015
Duration: 19 hours 7 minutes

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With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, debut author Pierce Brown’s genre-defying epic Red Rising hit the ground running and wasted no time becoming a sensation. Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within. A life-or-death tale of vengeance with an unforgettable hero at its heart, Golden Son guarantees Pierce Brown’s continuing status as one of fiction’s most exciting new voices.

Golden Son is a 2015 science fiction novel by American author Pierce Brown, the second in his Red Rising trilogy.

The sequel to 2014’s Red Rising, Golden Son continues to follow lowborn Darrow’s plan to destroy the Society from within. It debuted at #6 on The New York Times Best Seller list and won the 2015 Goodreads Choice Award for Science Fiction.

The third novel, Morning Star, was published in February 2016.

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Golden Son by Pierce Brown

I loved the first installment of the Red Rising trilogy as a faithful recreation of a 1940s cheesy-pulp Space Opera. The story was an exciting, fast-paced Bildungsroman as Darrow, a Red youth, was transformed into a Gold superman. In this future, society is stratified into color-coded occupations with Gold at the top and Reds at the bottom. Darrow is run through the survival of the fittest experience of the Institution where Gold youth murder, betray, enslave, and rape each other to win. The first installment had a lot in common with a lot of YA dystopian novels.

This book takes a step into space. Darrow is a lancer of House Augustus and he experiences failures. He is outsmarted and out-politicked by the tigers who make up society (and the Society with a capital “S.”) Facing total disaster, he starts to fight back, but while he is winning the game, he is moving away from old friends.

The pace of this book is fast. The action is in the edge of seat category. Fighting and action threads its way through this book. I thought that Brown’s description of a space battle was intoxicating. That description involves an “Iron Rain” where millions of men are individually dropped to landing sites while limpet ships thread their way past “Ripwing” fighters to attach themselves to capital ships where boarding parties hope to drill their way into the ship for hand to hand fighting.

I listened to this as a book on tape and the description of the space battle captured my imagination in way that seldom happens:

“Fire and lightning rule space. Behemoths of metal belch missiles back and forth, silently pounding one another with all the weapons of man. The silence of it, so eerie, so strange. Great veils of flak explode around the ships, cloaking them in fury, almost like raw cotton tossed into the wind. RipWings and wasps buzz at one another, pissing streams of gunfire. They nip and slice at carapaces of metal, fighting in a dense giant cloud. In little packs they slip from their chaotic fights, spiraling silently toward clusters of leechCraft as the destroyers and carriers launch their troop transports across space in undulating waves. It’s a game of boarding parties. Over, under, and through the curtains of flak the leeches go, seeking a hull to clamber onto so they can pump their deadly cargo into the belly of crucial ships, like flies dropping larvae into open wounds. All flown by Blues raised to do only this one thing. Bellona craft pass those of Augustus, waves overlapping, breaking on one another.

All in silence.”

Another feature I liked was near the end where we started getting some of the philosophy that undergirds the soicty that is the strange, mutated descendant of our own. Nero au Augustus explains his motivations as follows:

“He nods as if I’ve proven his point. “And that is why I exist. I know that Blues can command fleets. I know Obsidians can use technology, lead men. That the quickest Orange could, if given a proper chance, be a fine pilot. Reds could be soldiers, or musicians, or accountants. Some few—very few—Silvers could write novels, I wager. But I know what it would cost us. Order is paramount to our survival.

“Humanity came out of hell, Darrow. Gold did not rise out of chance. We rose out of necessity. Out of chaos, born from a species that devoured its planet instead of investing in the future. Pleasure over all, damn the consequences. The brightest minds enslaved to an economy that demanded toys instead of space exploration or technologies that could revolutionize our race. They created robots, neutering the work ethic of mankind, creating generations of entitled locusts. Countries hoarded their resources, suspicious of one another. There grew to be twenty different factions with nuclear weapons. Twenty—each ruled by greed or zealotry.

“So when we conquered mankind, it wasn’t for greed. It wasn’t for glory. It was to save our race. It was to still the chaos, to create order, to sharpen mankind to one purpose—ensuring our future. The Colors are the spine of that aim. Allow the hierarchies to shift and the order begins to crumble. Mankind will not aspire to be great. Men will aspire to be great.”

Earlier in the book, there was a casual mentioning of the nuking of the English Isles. Put that in the context of this speech, and you can see something underlying what would otherwise be merely another showpiece dystopia.

There were features in the book, I didn’t like. Darrow has a tendency to lapse into mordant self-abnegation where he blames himself for the deaths of friends. These moments are turned on and off for effect. Likewise, he has the magical ability to inspire loyalty at the drop of a hat, but this last trait is more than offset by the betrayals he experiences in this book.

This is the tent line between the first and last books. This book follows a chiastic structure: the low rise and high fall. This is not surprising for a trilogy that is called “Red Rising.” Darrow’s story is obviously one of Darrow going from the lowest of the low to the pinnacle of society.

This book follows the structure, but in this book, Darrow starts high and falls.

We see, therefore, that Darrow is not a Mary Sue character. Bad things happen to him. He has had a lot of lucky breaks, but there will come a time when luck and determination depart, and the hero is facing disaster, otherwise, things are too easy.

This is the book that tells that part of the epic.

I look forward to seeing the rest of that story.

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Golden Son debuted at #6 on The New York Times Best Seller list, and won the 2015 Goodreads Choice Award for Science Fiction. Marc Snetiker of Entertainment Weekly gave the novel an A, calling it “gripping” and noting that “Darrow au Andromedus will break your heart.” He added:

With Golden Son, Brown avoids the sophomore slump, charging the novel with the kind of dystopia-toppling action you’d expect in a trilogy ender, not a middle volume. On virtually every level, this is a sequel that hates sequels—a perfect fit for a hero who already defies the tropes … This isn’t a retread of the first book’s winning formula; Brown opts to surprise instead of satisfy, which is why certain delicious curveballs will blast readers out of orbit.

Publishers Weekly called the novel “twisty” and noted that hero Darrow “is forced to manipulate both friend and foe, a burden described vividly and to great effect … Dramatic battles with a real sense of loss, and a final chapter that slams into both Darrow and the reader, make this the rare middle book that loses almost no momentum as it sets up the final installment.”

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Fire and Blood Audiobook

Fire & Blood Audiobook
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Written By: George R. R. Martin
Narrated By: Simon Vance
Publisher: Random House (Audio)
Date: November 2018
Duration: 26 hours 25 minutes

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George R R Martin Audio book: Fire and Blood Summary

The thrilling history of the Targaryens comes to life in this masterly work by the author of A Song of Ice and Fire, the inspiration for HBO’s Game of Thrones.

With all the fire and fury fans have come to expect from internationally bestselling author George R. R. Martin, this is the first volume of the definitive two-part history of the Targaryens in Westeros.

Centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones, House Targaryen—the only family of dragonlords to survive the Doom of Valyria—took up residence on Dragonstone. Fire & Blood begins their tale with the legendary Aegon the Conqueror, creator of the Iron Throne, and goes on to recount the generations of Targaryens who fought to hold that iconic seat, all the way up to the civil war that nearly tore their dynasty apart.

What really happened during the Dance of the Dragons? Why was it so deadly to visit Valyria after the Doom? What were Maegor the Cruel’s worst crimes? What was it like in Westeros when dragons ruled the skies? These are but a few of the questions answered in this essential chronicle, as related by a learned maester of the Citadel and featuring more than eighty all-new black-and-white illustrations by artist Doug Wheatley. Readers have glimpsed small parts of this narrative in such volumes as The World of Ice & Fire, but now, for the first time, the full tapestry of Targaryen history is revealed.

With all the scope and grandeur of Gibbon’s The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Fire & Blood is the ultimate game of thrones, giving readers a whole new appreciation for the dynamic, often bloody, and always fascinating history of Westeros.

In 2014, more than 200,000 words were removed from the manuscript of Martin’s companion book The World of Ice & Fire and were incorporated into Fire & Blood.

In February 2017, Elio M. García Jr., Martin’s co-author for The World of Ice & Fire, reported that he had spoken with Martin at WorldCon 75, held in 2017 in Helsinki, about the first volume of Fire & Blood. According to García, in addition to the never-published material developed for The World of Ice & Fire, Martin also created entirely new material for the book, having “worked some on just fleshing out a bit” the long reign of King Jaehaerys I Targaryen, which was previously only mentioned in “Heirs of the Dragon”, an unpublished text that Martin abridged in the novelette The Rogue Prince.

On July 22, 2017, Martin revealed on his blog that the material for Fire & Blood had grown so large that the decision had been made to publish the histories of the Targaryen kings in two volumes. The first volume, simply called Fire & Blood, is set to cover the history of Westeros from Aegon’s Conquest up to and through the regency of the boy king, Aegon III Targaryen. While the first volume of Fire & Blood has been published, the second volume was largely unwritten as of July 2017.

In April 2018, when announcing the publication date, Martin revealed the manuscript to be 989 pages long. An excerpt was revealed in October 2018.

Includes a bonus PDF of illustrations from the book.

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J. R. R. Tolkien labored at his mythology for a majority of his adult life, from the trenches of World War I until his death. He mostly thought it unpublishable. He was interested in the great histories, in the sweeping sagas, in the stories that were written not as modern novels, but as texts that might have jumped straight out of the world he created. Some of Tolkien’s mythological material made it into ‘The Lord of the Rings.’ Much of it did not. He wanted to publish the histories–the Silmarillion saga–alongside the books we all know today, but the publishers turned him down repeatedly. He died without seeing any of that work published, and when his son Christopher tried to make one cohesive text from the massive amounts of material, much of it was bastardized. Only later did Christopher edit and release over a dozen volumes of original texts, showing us a bit more of the scope of the history Tolkien had imagined.

Why am I telling you this about Tolkien in a review for GRR Martin? This should seem fairly obvious by now: GRR Martin has the same longing Tolkien did. He has the same love of the grand, sweeping historical epic. So far he has been giving us his ‘Lord of the Rings,’ his drama of the minutiae, but in the process he got caught up in the grand and glorious visions of the Targaryens, just as Tolkien was swept up into the glories of the First Age. It’s no mistake this book is being called the “GRRMillion.”

Martin’s popularity is granting him a chance that Tolkien unfortunately never had in his lifetime: To create his myth IN FULL. To give us the grand sweep of things in the greater world, beyond just the characters we know and love in ‘A Song of Ice and Fire.’

Please accept this book for what it is, rather than complaining about what it does not aim to be. And what exactly is it? An artefact from Westeros. It should be read not as a book Martin wrote, but one he transcribed, from the original text by Archmaester Gyldayn. It will require some work on the part of the reader. The lines have been drawn, and we are being asked to fill in the colors with our imaginations. This participatory reading is what can make history so engaging—it takes work, but the work pays off.

We have two choices: We can claw after the next GoT book, complaining that the author hasn’t yet met our demands. Or we can allow the author a chance to fill out his universe. For my part, this stuff is more exciting than the series proper. We get to see the bigger picture that all of the Song of Ice and Fire is a part of. If you don’t want this sort of thing, simply move on rather than ruining the experience for others.

I remember what it felt like to sit down one day as a boy and open ‘The Silmarillion.’ I was holding the Bible of the Elves. It was a piece of that world. It was a text that might have been read by a scholar in Minas Tirith. It was magic. Martin has the chance to give us this now. Imagine being Samwell Tarly, sitting in the Citadel’s library, opening up this ponderous and magical tome about the history of the Targaryens for the first time.

Why now, though? Why not wait until he’s finished telling the main story? For my part, I’d rather follow the passion of a writer than get mediocre work demanded by fans. Martin created this universe for us; let him follow his vision for how it should proceed. He was caught up in the glorious history of his universe as he was telling his story, and he wants us to have it in all of its rich complexity. I can only wish that Tolkien had had the same opportunity in his lifetime. We only see fragments of what that might have been. But Martin is giving us his own great mythology, in his own lifetime, whole and complete; and I am a boy again with wonder.

This, my friends, is going to be a feast.

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Fire & Blood is a fantasy book by American writer George R. R. Martin. It tells the history of House Targaryen, a family from his series A Song of Ice and Fire. Although originally (in 2013) planned for publication after the completion of the series, Martin has revealed his intent to publish the history in two volumes as the material had grown too large. The first volume was released on November 20, 2018.

The book is to be adapted into an upcoming HBO Game of Thrones prequel called House of the Dragon.

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East Of Eden Audiobook

East Of Eden Audiobook
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Written By: John Steinbeck
Narrated By: Richard Poe
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Date: June 2011
Duration: 25 hours 19 minutes

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The masterpiece of Steinbeck’s later years, East of Eden is a sprawling epic in which Steinbeck created his most mesmerizing characters and explored his most enduring themes: the mystery of identity, the inexplicability of love, and the murderous consequences of love’s absence.

East Of Eden Audiobook Reviews

This is a story about the endurance of the human soul, about choosing to be who you would like to be rather than believing you were cut with a mold that can’t be broken. But also it’s a story about forgiveness, the freedom of choice and the long road one must walk between one’s beginning and one’s end, and all the causes and effects in-between.

Steinbeck’s masterpiece, for to call it anything less is impossible, has left me with a sense of loss. When I came to the end of this epic tale of family and humanity, I felt abandoned simply because I ran out of words to read. I wanted to carry on in his characters’ lives, spying on their darkness, watching them evolve and bloom and outrun the forces haunting them. No book has made me feel quite so much sadness and excitement at once. Perhaps because I’m a writer, I relished the painterliness of Steinbeck’s prose. I turned every single one of its six-hundred and one pages at a furious pace, and yet I indulged and languished and roamed the landscape he had painted for me, and me alone.

The story is so personal, a reader might feel it is written for her. It is a story we must hear, a story we know, a story with which we can connect, as we do with all the ones passed down from civilization to civilization. We commune with great stories, religious accounts, epic tales, because we see ourselves most readily in them, and as Lee (one of “Eden’s” finest characters) says, that’s why we keep telling, and retelling, them from one generation to the next. Steinbeck draws on the “Old Testament,” turning over the story of Cain and Abel and making it his, for us anew. And because we see ourselves in it—our good and evil—we devour his retelling as though it were medicine to save our soul, the cure for all our ails. But perhaps I exaggerate, indulging in the power of the writer a little too much. Or maybe I do feel my soul a little shaken by my experience, swept up in the writer’s magic. Either way, I am satisfied to credit Steinbeck for my joy at venturing into his Eden.

And it is the great landscape, the backdrop of his tale that speaks most readily to the reader. Steinbeck’s setting is in fact a large part of the whole. Like the characters he unearths, the soil on which they stand seems to reach for the sky, yearning to live too. You can’t read “East of Eden” without experiencing the tan valleys of Northern California and the lush green dales of Connecticut. You see his East and his West, you practically smell the air of each, and you believe the world he creates to be the same one in which you live. The opening of the book sets you up for that, tells you, dear reader, you will feel every ounce of nature’s beauty just as the narrator does; her dangerous flirtations, her permanency, her changeability, her gales, her forces, her perpetual and enduring spirit. We do not simply live in nature, but come from it. We embody it; all her forces. I think Steinbeck reminds us of this in such subtle and rare ways it seeps into the subconscious as we follow his narrator through the story of Adam Trask, Samuel Hamilton, and all the characters in-between and after.

“I remember my childhood names for the grasses and secret flowers. I remember where a toad may live and what time the birds awaken in the summer—and what trees and seasons smelled like—how people looked and walked and smelled even. The memory of odors is very rich.”

Effortlessly, Steinbeck strings you along with his prose, fooling you into not seeing the great and gargantuan task he is laying before you. “Timshel,” he teaches you. “Thou mayest,” the two words from “Genesis” that seem to speak most profoundly, for they admit to free will, and your ability to choose to rule over sin. John Milton’s “Paradise Lost” also speaks of this freedom, one in which man has often stumbled, misunderstanding his disobedience, his choice between good and evil. Steinbeck examines this idea throughout the narrative, and shows you the outcomes of those who struggle with the same, and it is in their differences that choice becomes apparent.

I have said little about the characters, the plot, the style and themes, and yet I have said everything I can about a work that has touched me so deeply. I will leave you with this short quote, said once again by Lee, the Chinese American who is the most philosophical, and enlightened of Steinbeck’s family of characters, the sage most inborn to the writer:

“But ‘Thou mayest’! Why, that makes a man great, that gives him stature with the gods, for in his weakness and his filth and his murder of his brother he has still the great choice. He can choose his course and fight it through and win.”

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Path of Destruction Audiobook

Path of Destruction Audiobook
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BOOK DETAILS

Written By: Drew Karpyshyn
Narrated By: Jonathan Davis
Publisher: Random House (Audio)
Date: October 2012
Duration: 12 hours 16 minutes

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Path of Destruction Audiobook Summary

Once the Sith order teemed with followers. But their rivalries divided them in endless battles for supremacy. Until one dark lord at last united the Sith in the quest to enslave the galaxy–and exterminate the Jedi. Yet it would fall to another, far more powerful than the entire Brotherhood of Darkness, to ultimately realize the full potential of the Sith, and wield the awesome power of the dark side as never before.

Since childhood, Dessel has known only the abuse of his hateful father and the dangerous, soul-crushing labor of a cortosis miner. Deep in the tunnels of the desolate planet Apatros, endlessly excavating the rare mineral valued throughout the galaxy, Dessel dreams of the day he can escape–a day he fears may never come. But when a high-stakes card game ends in deadly violence, Dessel suddenly finds himself a wanted man.

On the run from vengeful Republic forces, Dessel vanishes into the ranks of the Sith army, and ships out to join the bloody war against the Republic and its Jedi champions. There, Dessel’s brutality, cunning, and exceptional command of the Force swiftly win him renown as a warrior. But in the eyes of his watchful masters, he is destined for a far greater role in the ultimate Sith plan for the galaxy–if he can prove himself truly worthy.

As an acolyte in the Sith academy, studying the secrets and skills of the dark side at the feet of its greatest masters, Dessel embraces his new Sith identity: Bane. However the true test is yet to come. In order to gain acceptance into the Brotherhood of Darkness one must fully surrender to the dark side through a trial by fire that Bane, for all his unquenchable fury and lust for power, may not be strong enough to endure . . . especially since deception, treachery, and murder run rampant among the Sith disciples, and utter ruthlessness alone is the key to survival. Only by defying the most sacred traditions, rejecting all he has been taught, and drawing upon the long-forgotten wisdom of the very first Sith can Bane hope to triumph–and forge from the ashes of that which he must destroy a new era of absolute dark power.

Path of Destruction Audiobook Reviews

This book is the first Star Wars novel I’ve picked up and I cannot properly express how exquisitely this book is written. Drew Karpshyn has made this story practically tangible and I can imagine each part of the novel in great detail. The action is unparalled — both thrilling and clear — and the twists/psychological capstones of the book are intellectually designed. The stories of the Old Republic make an appearance that is significant to the story, but you really don’t need to have played Knights of the Old Republic to know what is going on. Albeit, it is an extremely cool connection you get to make as the reader, knowing of the ancient Sith Lords before even Revan or the Exile. It is such a shame that Disney claims these are no longer canon, but these books are so masterfully made and no matter what they say or do, these books define the true Star Wars universe to me.

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Wolves of the Calla Audiobook

Wolves of the Calla Audiobook
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BOOK DETAILS

Written By: Stephen King
Narrated By: George Guidall
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Date: November 2003
Duration: 28 hours 0 minutes

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Wolves of the Calla Audiobook Summary

Now a major motion picture starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba

Wolves of the Calla is the highly anticipated fifth book in Stephen King’s Dark Tower series—a unique bestselling epic fantasy quest inspired many years ago by The Lord of the Rings.

Set in a world of extraordinary circumstances, filled with stunning visual imagery and unforgettable characters, the Dark Tower series is unlike anything you have ever read. Here is the fifth installment.

Wolves of the Calla Audiobook Reviews

Best one yet!

While on their continuing quest for The Dark Tower, Roland and his ka-tet are waylaid by a village in crisis. The gunslingers – because they are all gunslingers in their own right, by now – have to decide whether they can help. And if they can help, they must, and are not allowed to accept any kind of payment, according to the Gunslinger Code.

This book mostly concerns that side quest, but there’s a helluva lot of depth, and along the way, they discover much that will aid them in their main quest.

In my review of the last book (Wizard and Glass) in this series, I lamented the long, drawn-out, and somewhat inappropriate backstory. Well, this one ALSO has a significant chunk of backstory to share, but it’s nothing like the one in Wizard and Glass. This one’s entirely appropriate and perfectly paced, and we’re constantly reminded that it is, in fact, a backstory.

In many ways, it forms somewhat of a sequel to ‘Salem’s Lot. I’ll say no more than that, but if you haven’t read that book, I strongly suggest you do so before reading Wolves of the Calla.

Back to the main story of this book: the village and its inhabitants are so richly detailed, none of them are “cardboard cutouts” by any means, and their own unique dialect is presented so beautifully, so consistently… I can only call it a literary masterpiece.

Around about 85% of the way through, I started noticing the odd typo here and here. These were clearly things that the editors missed (but in a book this long, who can blame them?). If you know me, you’d know that normally a single typo would be enough to destroy any book’s chances of getting a five-star review from me. But in this case, I was so engrossed by the time I spotted the first one, and there are so comparatively few of them, that it didn’t matter.

As the author himself advises in his introduction, I wouldn’t recommend reading this book if you haven’t read the first four (skip the “point fives”, though – just read the main story), but if you’ve been struggling through, I promise you you won’t regret sticking with it for this one!

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Song of Susannah Audiobook

Song of Susannah Audiobook
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BOOK DETAILS

Written By: Stephen King
Narrated By: George Guidall
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Date: June 2004
Duration: 14 hours 0 minutes

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Song of Susannah Audiobook Summary

Now a major motion picture starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba

The penultimate volume in the Dark Tower series, The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah, a #1 New York Times bestseller, is a pivotal installment in the epic saga.

Set in a world of extraordinary circumstances, filled with stunning visual imagery and unforgettable characters, the Dark Tower series is unlike anything you have ever read. Here is the penultimate installment.

Song of Susannah Audiobook Reviews

Part of The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King.
Highly Recommended!!!!!!! Too bad I could not give 10 stars.

#1 The Gunslinger – Introduction to the last Gunslinger, Roland. This book was wonderful. It introduces you to some of the characters of the series and gives you the Gunslinger’s quest.
#2 – The Drawing of the Three – Roland pulls future Gunslingers, Jake, Eddie, and Suzannah from our world over to his. I really enjoyed how this was done. The characters are very likeable (especially OY)
#3 – The Wastelands – The Gunslingers make continue on their way. Blaine really is a pain.
#4 – Wizard and Glass – Roland tells them the story of Susan, The girl at the window. A very sad thing that happened to him in childhood. A beautiful story.
#5 – Wolves of the Calla – The gunslingers help a town that is about to have their children taken. Jake makes a friend his own age. A character from another King book is met. This book was well put together.
#6 – Song of Suzannah – This one tells of something that Suzannah is going through.
#7 – The Dark Tower – The quest is finally over. The tower is reached. But who will make it there? Believe it or not this book made me cry.
#* – The Wind Through the Keyhole – This story takes place between some of the other books. It is Roland and his gang taking refuge from a storm and Roland telling stories to pass the time. The stories are beautifully written.

All of the stories in this series are exceptional. I love how they flow together. It really does seem like one continuous book.

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Drawing of the Three Audiobook

Drawing of the Three Audiobook
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BOOK DETAILS

Written By: Stephen King
Narrated By: Frank Muller
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Date: January 2016
Duration: 12 hours 48 minutes

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Now a major motion picture starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba

The second volume in Stephen King’s #1 bestselling Dark Tower Series, The Drawing of the Three is an “epic in the making” (Kirkus Reviews) about a savage struggle against underworld evil and otherworldly enemies.

“Stephen King is a master at creating living, breathing, believable characters,” hails The Baltimore Sun. Beginning just less than seven hours after The Gunslinger ends, in the second installment to the thrilling Dark Tower Series, Roland encounters three mysterious doorways on a deserted beach along the Western Sea. Each one enters into a different person’s life in New York—here, he joins forces with the defiant young Eddie Dean, and with the beautiful, brilliant, and brave Odetta Holmes, to save the Dark Tower.

“This quest is one of King’s best…it communicates on a genuine, human level…but is rich in symbolism and allegory” (Columbus Sunday Dispatch). It is a science fiction odyssey that is unlike any tale that Stephen King has ever written.

Drawing of the Three Audiobook Reviews

The Drawing of the Three really picks up the pace after the Gunslinger. While the book starts within a few hours of the end of the previous book, you can tell in just the first few pages that this one is going to be different. The tone is much less surreal and disorienting than The Gunslinger, it’s much easier to grasp what’s going on and feel more involved with the story. There’s a significant course correction right away and then the book gets into the interconnectedness of worlds that is probably my favorite theme of the series.

I think the best part about this book is the establishment of some amazing characters. We get a better sense of Roland’s personality as he interacts with new people and faces some challenges he can’t just solve with his guns. Eddie Dean is possibly my favorite Stephen King protagonist, he’s a great multi-faceted character who is genuinely likable and interesting to read. His journey in this book is just fantastic. Odetta’s story is fascinating and totally unique. Reading this book a second time I was so happy to re-meet some of my favorite characters and know this is just the beginning of their story.

This book has many memorable moments that stand out in the series. The Dark Tower as a whole is Stephen King’s greatest work, but this book stands up against some of his other classics on its own. It will leave you wanting more and the best part is that the 3rd book is just as good as the 2nd.

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