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2nd Annual Center of the Roof Top Ten Book List

(Links open in a new window so you won’t lose your place in the list. Links to Audible and Amazon when applicable for each book are found in the title links. Links links links.)

How is it time for the end of year book post? Didn’t I just post last year’s? I honestly don’t know where 2013 went but I’m glad to see it go. I had some good times though, going to Colorado to visit Chupa, going with B to Phoenix to see the Rays, making more amazing friends online and the books, especially the books! Audible introduced a daily deal as well as their usual sales so my reading increased this year. Yay books! There were a total of seventy-one this year, up from fifty-nine last year.

It seems to have been the year of the series as you’ll notice below. It was much easier to compile this list since I kept better track this year and instituted my rating system. I had nine “marriage material” rated books so I had to choose one from seventeen “so good!” rated books to fit the tenth slot. I thought it would be rather difficult but as I went through, the decision was made simple. So without further adieu, I give you the Roof’s Second Annual Top Ten Book List!

10. “The Company: A Novel of the CIA” by Robert Littell – narrated by Scott Brick

“The Company” is an awesome CIA book recommended to me by my friend Ricardo. It was so good! It follows the lives of four men as they leave college and enter life in The Company. I’ve never been into books about espionage but this one turned me on to stories in that realm.

I got so invested in these characters since we meet them when they’re young and impressionable and follow them into their careers with the CIA. Are they all on the side of the US? I should have written this up much sooner. I finished it at the end of May. I just remember it seemed non-stop, something always happening. There was a lot I found familiar since I read a book about Area 51. I feel like I’m learning more about the past from books than I ever did in school; how sad is that?

You know what else is sad? When I wrote that post, Audible had taken down the unabridged version of the book. I checked just now and they are showing an unabridged version but it’s the same length as the abridged version. Do you smell fish? I do. I wouldn’t bother with a sixteen hour version of this book. The one I read was epic and long and awesome. Shame on Audible for taking it down!

9.“The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck – narrated by Dylan Baker

Whoa, I was still using an iPod to listen to books when I reviewed this back in February haha! Just a funny (to me) aside.

This book was incredible. Not only did it capture a dreadful time in American history, it did so with simple but poetic writing and characters you want to root for.

“Grapes of Wrath” got my blood boiling a lot. I suppose a book with the word wrath in the title has achieved its purpose if it makes one’s blood boil, right? The story follows the Joad family as they are kicked off their farm and forced to move west to California. Why were they kicked off their farm you ask? The dust bowl ruined their crops so the bank decided it could turn a better profit if it kicked the farmers off the land and replaced them all with tractors.

This book was hard to listen to and not because of the narrator, who did a fabulous job, rather because of the subject matter. Those people had to travel across the States with everything they owned strapped to their cars, burying their dead along the way. They were honest working folks who’s land was ruined and people on the west coast hated them for it. Ah, sometimes that’s just the American way I guess. ‘Grapes’ was very very good and I recommend anyone read it though I certainly couldn’t read it more than once like I do with a lot of books I like. The post I wrote on the book was very cynical and wrathful indeed.

8. “Jack of Diamonds” by Bryce Courtenay – narrated by Humphrey Bower

How about another Ricardo recommendation? I can’t remember if he specifically recommended this or if I just got it since I loved Courtenay’s Australian Trilogy last year. Rest in Peace, Mr. Courtenay. Your stories will be missed.

I am so so so sad that we will not receive anymore fabulous stories and wonderful characters from the one and only Bryce Courtenay. I suppose I am lucky since this is only the fourth book I’ve read by him so I still have plenty more to indulge in. When “Jack of Diamonds” was over I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to the characters, knowing they wouldn’t appear in future books.

In “Jack of Diamonds”, we follow the life of Jack Spayd from his modest Canadian upbringing during the Depression with an alcoholic father and loving mother all the way to his adventures in South Africa as an adult. One could tell Courtenay meant this to be a few books, but knew he would die before he could write any more so he wrapped up the story in a way that was faithful to all the characters. It was a wonderful book filled with music, laughter, drama and love. And will the bird be ok?

Humphrey Bower narrates this as well as all of Courtenay’s books and he’s brilliant! I think I listened to another narrator to rival his talents though. Stay tuned!

7. “Truth in Advertising” by John Kenny – narrated by Robert Petkoff

I found this book since I’m a fan of William Landay and he and Kenny are friends. Lucky me! This book was fabulous. I didn’t know what to expect going in to it and I’m glad I didn’t. I didn’t say much about it in the original post so as not to spoil the overall feeling of it for anyone else and I’ll stick to that here.

Oh side note, if I hadn’t had some sort of career in medicine back in the day, I was also interested in marketing and advertising, so I thoroughly enjoyed that aspect of this book. Man this book was awesome! Definitely making the year end top ten list, no doubt.

I just remember feeling affected at the end of the book and that is always a good sign. The advertising aspects of it were great but it went so much deeper. Such a good book! I hear it has also been optioned for a movie. It will make a good movie methinks. Oh man I hope they do the baby scene!

6. “The Gypsey Morph” (The Genesis of Shannara Book 3) by Terry Brooks – narrated by Phil Gigante

This was the third book in a trilogy but I didn’t write them up in one trilogy post for some reason so this book gets the nod for all three. I loved this trilogy! I used to not be one for fantasy and such but my reading tastes have grown and evolved over the years. I think I have audio books to thank for that.

If you’re a fan of stories of magic and fantasy, I definitely recommend. If you don’t think you’re a fan, why not try it? Man, I’m getting sad all over again thinking about all the characters I’ve left behind. I suppose they’ll stay alive in my Audible library though, just like how the elves were kept alive in the elf stone…

Reading through the posts I’ve written on these books makes me want to go back and revisit the stories. Ah, so good! So magical and evil and wonderful!

5. The Joe Ledger Novels by Jonathan Maberry – narrated by Ray Porter

Ah, Joe Ledger! What up? I’ve missed you, man. I think you’re coming back to us next year? I hope so! This series is another one I have to thank Ricardo for. He finds the best books! If you click the link to the post, you’ll find links inside that one to the six books that are out. There’s actually only five Ledger books out but the sixth is a collection of Ledger short stories that tie up some loose ends. Man, thinking about these books makes me crave more of that characterarc!

There was no stopping me once I started the series. I had no desire to read anything else. I wanted to just keep hanging out with Joe Ledger and Mr. Church and Rudy Sanches and Top and Bunny and oddities oh my!

I flew threw these books, unable to put them down.

Oh, if you don’t like blood and gore, be forewarned. There are some very graphic scenes in every book. The action rarely stops so there’s a lot of blood. But, there’s also a service dog! How’s that for perfect? He’s so cool!

Oh and Ray Porter? Excellent narrator! He nails the badass tones during fights and then almost makes you cry when Ledger is feeling emotional. I’ve looked up Porter’s other books, he’s that good.

I did read one other book narrated by Ray Porter. I’ll sneak the link to that post in.

If you click the link to the Joe Ledger post, you’ll find comments from the author himself! How cool is that?

4. “The Cider House Rules” by John Irving – narrated by Grover Gardner

You know, the best part of writing Top Ten posts is revisiting my favorite books of the year. After I go and read through my post on the book I sit for a minute remembering. Happy making!

This book was narrated by Grover Gardner and I love him. He’s definitely one of my favorite narrators and he was a big reason I got this book. I swear if I ever write a book, I’m going to be incredibly picky about who narrates.

This book follows the life of an orphan named Homer Wells, brought up in an orphanage during the early 1900’s. Expectant mothers would come to the orphanage to have one of two things, an orphan, or an abortion.

Even though the subject matter was so serious, the underlying humor and Gardner’s delivery of it made me laugh out loud several times. Homer is such a lovable character and I still find myself thinking of him when I say, “right” during a conversation.

Right. Bah hahaha! Hahaha! Why have I not read any any more John Irving books? I need to remedy that in 2014, methinks. His humor is just too good. I’ve always been fond of dark comedy.

Oh! At the end of ‘Cider’, there’s some really good author’s notes. Apparently John Irving’s father was a doctor which was partly what inspired this book. I just love author’s notes! I highly recommend this book if you can stomach the subject matter.

3. The North and South Trilogy by John Jakes – narrated by Grover Gardner

Oh I’m having feelings and I haven’t read through the post on this yet. Ok, deep breath. Hey, back-to-back Grover Gardner. I didn’t plan that. That’s kinda cool. Ok Ro, you’re avoiding reading the post. Go.

*Sigh*

I can’t even, there’s just nothing I can write about it today. I’ll leave you with some quotes from the post.

*sigh*

Oh my I mean oh my seriously I can’t even I mean how do I write about this trilogy?

Did you ever see the North and South mini series with Patrick Swayze? I’ve always told people that my knowledge of the Civil War consisted only of what I remember from watching that in high school. See my high school didn’t know how to teach history. They just had us watch North and South and Roots and The Last of the Mohicans. All great, but shouldn’t school be about book learning?

The first book, “North and South” is about the time leading up to the {Civil} war. We meet the Main and Hazard families and begin to follow their lives. The Mains are a southern rice plantation family and the Hazards are northern iron workers. The two families come together when young Orry Main and George Hazard meet on the way to West Point. I immediately feared that at some point during the war, Orry and George would meet on the battlefield.

Each book is very long so I spent a lot of time with these people. Just after I started the first book, I got a bluetooth speaker for my iPhone so I started listening to my books with the Audible app. The speaker made it all very portable so I did a lot of listening while moving about the house. These two families became a part of my life, every single member. Even the bad ones, and oh yes some were bad. This trilogy had two of the best written villains I think I have ever encountered. I found myself questioning my love for humans when I wished some of the things I wished on these people. Good thing they were fictional.

Oh, those villains! *Shakes fist* Deplorable human beings they were.

Oh, this trilogy! And wouldn’t you know, I actually got Ricardo to read them instead of the other way around? We got to discuss the villains. Terrible no good people! Ok I should really move on. I feel like I need some sorbet to cleanse my emotions first haha!

2. The Grimnoir Chronicles by Larry Correia – narrated by Bronson Pinchot

Any guesses as to who recommended this? Who else. Thanks Ricardo! First of all,

Honestly, whoever wrote the summaries for these books did them a vast disservice in my opinion. A private detective who uses magic? Um, isn’t there already a hugely popular series of books like that? The book just didn’t sound appealing to me at all. However Ricardo has never recommended a book I didn’t like and it was a daily deal so I took a chance. Oh thank goodness I did!

I’m not sure I’ve ever read a publisher’s summary that was so off the mark for a series of books. I’ve searched on Twitter for readers and fans of the series and they are hard to find which makes me sad. This series was simply fabulous!

“Hard Magic” begins when a farmer is annoyed by yet another car full of “Okies” comes by looking for work. I read “Grapes of Wrath” earlier this year so that immediately placed the time setting of the book for me during the Dust Bowl era. The farmer notices a scrawny teenaged girl in the car with grey eyes and against his better judgement,decides to intervene on the girl’s behalf since he recognizes her as having a special magical power that kills most before they reach adulthood. It’s a good thing he decided to take her under his wing. She quickly became my favorite character. Faye Vierra! I adore you!

I became rather obsessed with Faye haha! She’s one of the most fun characters I’ve ever read.

I soon realized I had been transported to an alternate history, this one full of all sorts of magical powers and interesting characters mixed with real people from that time. If a name sounded familiar, chances are looking it up would lead me to a Wikipedia page about that person and their life. Examples are John Moses Browning, Jay Edgar Hoover himself and Raymond Chandler, to name just a few.

Oh and there are airships, did I mention airships? Yeah, remember how I feel about the Leviathan series by Scott Westerfeld? The Grimnoir Chronicles is the Leviathan series on steroids! By the time the first book was over I was giggling and applauding and I couldn’t wait for the next one.

Remember above when I mentioned a narrator who could give Humphrey Bower a run for his money?

The narration? Bravo! Bronson Pinchot does so many different voices and accents, from the deep slow voice of Jake to the soft accented voice of Faye to the odd and creepy Pale Horse and on and on, he was brilliant! It wasn’t until I was grabbing links for this post a couple days ago that I read he played Balki on Perfect Strangers! You could have knocked me over with a feather! Luckily he narrates the whole series.

This series is full of heart pounding battles with weapons from guns and swords to all sorts of magic you’ve never even dreamed of!

I couldn’t help but think about my dad when we went to see Independence Day all those years ago. He pointed out how frustrating it was that everything they seemed to try failed. Not everything goes perfectly four our heroes in these books either.

One of the best characters introduced in “Warbound” is the thirties version of Hannibal Lecter. Creepy! There was what I think of as an X-Files reference with this black oil stuff that made my stomach turn.

Some of these scenes could be straight out of a screen play they are so well written. You can literally see the action happening. One of my favorite mental images was of a fragile origami duck in the palm of an armored suit.

I simply adored this trilogy! I don’t think I have ever finished a trilogy and then immediately began reading book one again like I did with this one. When it was over I just wanted to peak back at how it began. I honestly didn’t think I would listen to all three books again but that is exactly what I did. There were little details I had missed the first time as well as some things that became clear the second time through since I was in pain, on drugs and grieving the first time through. I think that’s another reason I didn’t want to let the trilogy go. It had been a huge comfort to me through what was probably the most difficult few weeks of this year.

Thank you so much, Mr. Correia! You helped me through some really bad times. Oh, and I’d like a Grimnoir ring, please and thank you.

1. “The Fault in our Stars” by John Green – narrated by Kate Rudd

Just leaned my head back and had a moment of quiet reflection about this book before going to read my post on it. I knew about halfway through the book that it was going to get the number one spot on this list. It was going to take something phenomenal to bump it and nothing did. This book was sheer emotion for me from start to finish. I laughed and giggled and sobbed, oh did I sob. I haven’t read the post on it yet. The movie just finished filming and luckily John Green was rather active in it so I hope it’s wonderful. When the movie poster was released, my friend @MandaGator described it to me and I got choked up all over again. Here’s the poster.

I’m not sure I would have gotten TFIOS if it hadn’t been a daily deal. I abbreviated the title because John Green himself does too. How do I know this? At the end of the book, there was an interview with John Green and he mentioned Twitter so as I lay in bed, tears drying on my cheeks, I looked him up on my phone.

This book centers around teenagers so I suppose it could be classified as a young adult novel but that certainly doesn’t mean adults won’t enjoy it, I mean I am an adult. Sorta. I try and stay young emotionally. Not young emotionally, you know what I mean. anyway, Hazel Grace oh wait she only likes when Augustus uses her middle name, Hazel is a sixteen year old girl who has ben fighting terminal cancer. The book is written from her point of view and I love it right from the get go because she talks about how her story isn’t going to focus on the typical cancer kid book stuff.

I knew I’d end up bawling at the end of this book and I was not wrong. I loved loved loved this book! Right now it’s definitely getting the top spot on this year’s top ten list. It’s rare that a book touches deep emotions and this one surely did. From the awfulness of cancer which I’ve experienced, not in myself *knock on wood* but with my mom and B’s mom, to the having major limitations when you’re young and all you want to do is live, to the love of books and boys and music and America’s Next Top Model…

There is a lump forming in my throat.

I’m all glowing inside remembering it and how it made me feel and how the characters knew exactly what it’s like to be me. John Green, thank you! Audible, thank you! Oh and the movie just wrapped filming. John Green was at the filming so I know this because of his tweets. I want to say I won’t watch the movie since the voices will be all wrong and I’m not sure I want to feel the flood of emotion again but I know I’ll watch it. Oh, I miss you Hazel! I miss you Augustus! You’ll be back in the movie! Yay!

The teens in this book just “got me”, you know? I mean they understand. I understood them. I wasn’t just listening to this book, I was transported into it, like that Aha video from the eighties or something. I was there with Hazel and Augustus at the bones and on the plane and I watched them in the convenient store parking lot. I fell in love with them and when it was over I felt like they all died. But they are all still with me in my heart because a little bit of my life seemed to have been in each one of them. I’m close to sobbing again.

Oh! Wait! Kate Rudd, bravo! Wonderful job narrating this book! Hazel’s friend with the slightly European accent? Haha! Great job! Ok why am I writing that as if I’m writing it to Kate? This book, it just makes me gush!

They just aren’t going to sound right in the movie I know it! Ok, stop it with the contempt prior to investigation, Ro. I can’t wait for the movie so I can be with these people again! This book is the pure definition of my marriage material rating.

We aren’t done yet! From the cutting room floor:

Honorable Mentions

“Doctor Sleep” by Stephen King – narrated by Will Patton

What an excellent book “Doctor Sleep” is! I don’t think I have ever literally applauded when an audio book was done. I certainly did with this one. It was after King’s afterword and the way he ended it, in his own voice, made me squeal with delight, clap my hands and bounce on the couch. So so so so good!

*I’m surprised I couldn’t fit this in to a top ten spot so it gets the first honorable mention. Oh and I’m still a little scared of Joe Maddon now, thanks Mr. King.

“The Cuckoo’s Calling” by Robert Galbraith aka J. K. Rowling – narrated by Robert Glenister

I really really really hope the character of Cormoran Strike in this book returns in future books. Rowling? Are you hearing me? I want more!

*Rowling works magic with a detective story!

“Stay Close” by Harlan Coben – narrated by Scott Brick

The “supporting cast” was excellent as well. Ok, Ken and Barbie, can you say creepy? What is up with those two? I mean seriously, what is up with them? *Shiver*

*Trust me, that book is not about dolls.

“Sharp Objects” by Gillian Flynn – narrated by Ann Marie Lee

Gillian Flynn, I don’t know whether to hug you or slap you. Where do the things in your head come from? Cancel that. I don’t want to know.

*Teeth. *Whimper*

“A Game of Thrones” (A Song of Ice and Fire book 1) by George R. R. Martin – narrated by Roy Dotrice

I can’t even begin to try and describe the plot because it’s so detailed and intricately woven together. Basically there’s a king and that family and a lord and that family and they marry this family and those families hate each other and then there’s this other family that is pretty much all dead way over there and it’s only hinted at what that family’s relation is to these other families and then you have this wall, this gigantic wall and there are bad things on the other side so the men of the black have to guard it and winter is coming. Winter is coming. Winter is coming.

*Whadda huh? Yeah pretty much. I’m on the third book in the series and still loving it.

“Harvest” by Tess Gerritsen – narrated by George Guidall

This book had so many twists I almost felt sea sick. You naturally root for Abby and one thing after another happens to her so you find yourself groaning as yet another force holds her down.

*The title is not referring to a pretty moon or fall festival.

“Deadly Straits” by R. E. McDermott – narrated by Todd Haberkorn

His character is quite funny and sarcastic and a bit of a jerk, but he’d be the first one to admit that. I fell for him instantly.

*McDermott is a self published author who actually went to the trouble of making his books available in audio format. Yay!

***Special Mention****

“The Bone Season” by Samantha Shannon – narrated by Alana Kerr

I made that comparison to Harry Potter since it seems Shannon’s series and even her writing are being compared to J. K. Rowling and her magical world and I honestly cannot fathom the comparison. Saying “The Bone Season” is like Harry Potter is like saying baseball and basketball are similar because both balls are round.

*This is Samantha Shannon’s debut novel, written when she was only twenty-one. I think her next books are going to be pretty incredible!

They never made it within a mile of the cutting room:

Dishonorable Mentions

“Relic” (Pendergast, Book 1) by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child – narrated by David Colacci

This book is getting my equivalent of 1 out of 5 stars. I think the narration and production are a big reason why. Good narraters tend to make you forget about plot holes and idiot characters.

*Totally wanted that woman to get eaten in the exhibit.

“Jaws” by Peter Benchley – narrated by Erik Steele

For me the only likable character was the shark.

*Can the shark eat the girl from “Relic”?

“The Hunt for Red October” by Tom Clancy – narrated by J. Charles

Clancy should probably take some of the blame since he laid down a huge chunk of the plot way too soon. You know immediately what the Russian captain of the submarine, The Red October, is up to. The whole first half of the book gives background on characters and lays out exactly how the captain plans to accomplish his goal. This all might have been interesting but the horrible narration just kept distracting me.

*And it would have been fine if it hadn’t been for that horrible meddling narrator. It was so bad I had to include an audio file of me in the post.

“Strangers” by Dean Koontz – Narrated by Dick Hill

By the time I reached the end and had all the mysteries explained I just didn’t care.

*Whoa, I had forgotten that Ricardo recommended this. He has more than made up for it!

And that does it for 2013, phew! That was a lot of fun to write. I hope it was fun to read. Last year several people told me about books they bought based on the list so I hope I’ve given you some good recommendations.

Here’s hoping 2014 brings us all health and happiness and great books!

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The Grimnoir Chronicles by Larry Correia – narrated by Bronson Pinchot

I simply adored this trilogy! I don’t think I have ever finished a trilogy and then immediately began reading book one again like I did with this one. When it was over I just wanted to peak back at how it began. I honestly didn’t think I would listen to all three books again but that is exactly what I did. There were little details I had missed the first time as well as some things that became clear the second time through since I was in pain, on drugs and grieving the first time through. I think that’s another reason I didn’t want to let the trilogy go. It had been a huge comfort to me through what was probably the most difficult few weeks of this year.

My friend Ricardo told me about “Hard Magic” when he was reading it and he was very enthusiastic about it. I can’t remember if I checked it out then, but later when it was an Audible daily deal and Ricardo noticed and told me, I read the publisher’s summary. Honestly, whoever wrote the summaries for these books did them a vast disservice in my opinion. A private detective who uses magic? Um, isn’t there already a hugely popular series of books like that? The book just didn’t sound appealing to me at all. However Ricardo has never recommended a book I didn’t like and it was a daily deal so I took a chance. Oh thank goodness I did!

“Hard Magic” begins when a farmer is annoyed by yet another car full of “Okies” comes by looking for work. I read “Grapes of Wrath” earlier this year so that immediately placed the time setting of the book for me during the Dust Bowl era. The farmer notices a scrawny teenaged girl in the car with grey eyes and against his better judgement,decides to intervene on the girl’s behalf since he recognizes her as having a special magical power that kills most before they reach adulthood. It’s a good thing he decided to take her under his wing. She quickly became my favorite character. Faye Vierra! I adore you!

Next we meet Jake Sullivan, the aforementioned private detective. Pretty much after this the publisher’s summary does the book no justice. It took me a bit to get into it, simply because it was so bizarre I couldn’t yet wrap my head around the things that were happening. I soon realized I had been transported to an alternate history, this one full of all sorts of magical powers and interesting characters mixed with real people from that time. If a name sounded familiar, chances are looking it up would lead me to a Wikipedia page about that person and their life. Examples are John Moses Browning, Jay Edgar Hoover himself and Raymond Chandler, to name just a few.

Faye and Jake meet others like them and what follows is an almost X-Men like gathering of people with special talents coming together to fight evil and protect magical and non-magical folks alike.

Oh and there are airships, did I mention airships? Yeah, remember how I feel about the Leviathan series by Scott Westerfeld? The Grimnoir Chronicles is the Leviathan series on steroids! By the time the first book was over I was giggling and applauding and I couldn’t wait for the next one.

The narration? Bravo! Bronson Pinchot does so many different voices and accents, from the deep slow voice of Jake to the soft accented voice of Faye to the odd and creepy Pale Horse and on and on, he was brilliant! It wasn’t until I was grabbing links for this post a couple days ago that I read he played Balki on Perfect Strangers! You could have knocked me over with a feather! Luckily he narrates the whole series.

I failed to mention that our heroes are called the Knights of the Grimnoir. They have really awesome rings. I want a Grimnoir ring haha! I am getting obsessed. In “Hard Magic” they are tasked with saving the east coast of America from a peace (death?) ray invented by Nikola Tesla in the hands of The Chairman, a seemingly immortal wizard and ruler of the Imperial Council. Will they succeed?

She scrabbled behind a marble statue of a fat man holding a blimp…

This series is full of heart pounding battles with weapons from guns and swords to all sorts of magic you’ve never even dreamed of!
“Hard Magic” at Audible ~ “Hard Magic” at Amazon

In “Spellbound” we learn of a magical curse that has attached itself to one of the Grimnoir. Soon the Elders of the Grimnoir Society must decide what to do about this spellbound in order to prevent what could possibly happen in the future if this person is allowed to live. But first the Knights have a foe to battle once again in the mysterious Crow and his government agency which is hellbent on controlling those with magic.

Oh there’s also that little issue of a dead man calling Sullivan on a spirit phone in order to warn him of the coming enemy who has hunted the power nonstop. The power will flee to keep from getting caught and it’s up to the Knights to stop the enemy before it can succeed. Can the Grimnoir manage to do their jobs while their hands are tied with politics? Not much different from our heroes today, if you think about it.

There were slight changes to the narration which was quite noticeable listening back-to-back so it was a bit of a bummer getting used to two of the returning characters having different accents but aside from that the narration was just as fabulous as in the first book. This one really ties the first and third books together nicely and is just as action packed. I couldn’t help but think about my dad when we went to see Independence Day all those years ago. He pointed out how frustrating it was that everything they seemed to try failed. Not everything goes perfectly four our heroes in these books either.

I think it might have been this one, or the end of the first one, with a funny Batman reference haha. I just remembered that.

“Spellbound” at Audible ~ “Spellbound” at Amazon

“Warbound” is the conclusion to the series unfortunately. When I finished it the second time I was sad because I knew I was really done with them now. Even though I knew how it ended I kept expecting things to change. In this book, Sullivan has to team up with Toru, a fearsome foe from book two. The relationship between them is incredibly entertaining and Toru has some fabulous dry lines that made me giggle. I love Toru!

Sullivan has to put together a rag tag group of crazy volunteers to try and stop the enemy from destroying everything and finding the power. One of the best characters introduced in “Warbound” is the thirties version of Hannibal Lecter. Creepy! There was what I think of as an X-Files reference with this black oil stuff that made my stomach turn. There was an extremely powerful conversation with a zombie. What didn’t this book have? There were armored suits, fierce battles, even fiercer than the first two books, death and destruction, magic flinging heroes and foes uniting, terrifying creatures with no skin, harrowing escapes and even a budding love story.

Some of these scenes could be straight out of a screen play they are so well written. You can literally see the action happening. One of my favorite mental images was of a fragile origami duck in the palm of an armored suit.

Ah, I’m so sad it’s over. Correia leaves it open for more books in the Grimnoir universe but this particular arc is closed. I think it was all done brilliantly!

When you didn’t know what kind of trouble to expect it was best to bring guns and friends with guns.

Series Rating: Marriage Material

“Warbound” at Audible ~ “Warbound” at Amazon

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“A Clash of Kings” (A Song of Ice and Fire Book 2) by George R. R. Martin – narrated by Roy Dotrice

I didn’t plan on a book post to wrap up NaBloPoMo 2013 but I suppose it’s fitting since the Roof has become something of an audio book review site haha! I hope those of you that read this month have enjoyed although it most certainly was not what I had planned. I had several ideas written down for posts but since November has officially been my worst month of this year, that all fell by the wayside. Oh well, what can you do, right? Winter is coming, after all…

“A Clash of Kings” was so very epic that I cannot even try to begin to say what it was about. Click on one of the links below to read a summary haha! I enjoyed this book but not as much as “A Game of Thrones”, mostly because this book had so much awfulness. Wars have broken out in the realm and suddenly there’s a whole mess of kings. I can’t even remember why the wars all started in the first place. I know it goes back to book one but these books are such epic odysseys that I can’t begin to try and remember how it all started.

It did get a bit tedious for me. I remember thinking, this is like watching four or five of your friends play Risk. You’re pretty sure you know who you want to win but then one of your friends does something ugly and you find yourself rooting for another. Oh and I never much cared for the game Risk haha!

I found myself thinking about what Carol says about the last Harry Potter book, “I got sick of reading about them wandering around the forest.” It wasn’t like everyone was just wandering around, but there’s only so much raping and pillaging one can take, you know? Oh but the big battle scene was awesome!!! Oh and I never thought I’d encounter another fictional teenaged boy that I would despise more than Draco Malfoy. *shakes fist at Joffrey* I’m not even going to look up his name to see if I spelled it correctly. He doesn’t deserve to have it spelled correctly.

Unlike all other series of books I’ve read, I’ll be taking another break between this and the next. I’ve got two books in mind and then I’ll tackle book three. It was good to read this one this month though, so that the majority of my NaBlo posts weren’t book reviews. I need to start thinking about the year end book post. Can you believe it?

Anyway, I don’t think this series would be fore everyone. But if you like kings and queens and ladies and knights and magic and dragons and fantasy, this series is for you. I’m grateful Dotrice narrates all the books, at least for now.

I <3 Tyrion

Rating: Entertaining

I’ll update as soon as there’s a change in my dental and health situations. Fingers crossed things improve soon.

“A Clash of Kings” at Audible ~ “A Clash of Kings” at Amazon

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“Relic” (Pendergast, Book 1) by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child – narrated by David Colacci

***Warning***Spoilers inside. I didn’t even try to keep quiet about the plot because the plot was so obvious anyway. At least to me. So don’t read this if you don’t want spoilers.***

I’m grateful I took notes on this book because I’m not feeling well today so it should be fairly easy to paste the notes I took. They will also communicate nicely the extent of how much I disliked this book. It got good reviews at both Audible and Amazon which just goes to show exactly how subjective novels are. This book is getting my equivalent of 1 out of 5 stars. I think the narration and production are a big reason why. Good narraters tend to make you forget about plot holes and idiot characters.

Basically this book is about grisly murders that happen in a museum in New York City. Could it be the rumored museum beast or is it just a serial killer using a weapon with claws on it? Seriously, that was a theory. A weapon with claws on it.

Ok, here are all the notes I took:

Relic

funny cop during autopsy with the thoughts of baseball (The book started out so promising with that.)

i was eating lunch when the autopsy started, later I was eating an oatmeal raisin cookie and thinking about what I had planned to make for dinner when I continued with the book. I remember a friend years and years ago, upon finding out I used to want to be a coroner, saying, “it’s you! I’ve always wondered what type of person it took to do that job and now I know. It’s you!”

Several times I thought about giving up. The book feels so fragmented. I’m guessing that’s because it’s written by two people. And the random effects they put on voices are distracting. The narration isn’t great. Along the lines of William Dufris for me but not that bad.

There was one seen that got my heart racing and when Jayden barked in his sleep my heart nearly stopped. But it was only scary because the female character was an idiot and went into a restricted area even though she knows people are dying in the museum. I almost wanted her to get eaten.

Example of the continuity issue, Margo has a “carryall” for awhile and then one day she has a “purse” when she leaves her office and ends up in the restricted area. Then all of the sudden, she’s relieved to discover she didn’t loose her “carryall”. What??? I’m taking notes as I listen, that’s how much stuff is sticking out.

I swear if this turns out to be a person in a beast suit saying something about meddling kids, I’ll lose it.

Emailed the following to myself as I listened in bed:

Why can’t this guy go anywhere in his wheelchair? They said his arms are very strong. And yet he’s completely helpless? So he sends little grad student down to run his errand? And then he says, “go my dear, and Godspeed.” I am so close to giving up.?

Just read some reviews. I’ve sped the narration up trying to get through this. Lots of excellent reviews. Guess this just isn’t my cup of tea. I totally missed that Pendergast is an albino. Wow. One review says it’s worth listening all the way to the end even if you’re having a hard time sticking with it. I have 4 hours to go. Ugh.

A little over two hours to go after I couldn’t stay awake last night. I think it’s definitely a man in a monster suit, but only because he morphed into the monster like in The Fly.

Finished yesterday. Final thought I had this morning while getting my coffee: too much is revealed to the reader before the characters figure it out, which makes the characters, who are all scientists and detectives, seem slow.

Ok, those were my notes. I was right about the monster being a morphed human. If only it had mentioned meddling kids. That would have been icing on the cake. But it didn’t talk. Just looked sad in the eyes. Oh and lonely, it looked lonely. Actually reminded me of a giant javelina. And sticking around for the end? Why? So we could learn that one of the scientists turned Dr. Frankenstein and is trying to make his own monster? Yeah, needless to say I won’t be reading the rest of the books. Just not my thing obviously. Oh but there was a brief mention of a dire wolf! And I knew my next book would be a Song of Ice and Fire book so that was happy making. Oh and the science and technology discussed in the book was fun. I think it was written in 1994 so the old computers were hilarious. So at least there was that.

Rating: Dismal

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“Stay Close” by Harlan Coben – narrated by Scott Brick

I’m glad I didn’t read any reviews before getting this. Novels are subjective though so perhaps I still would have gotten it. I usually read a few reviews when it’s a narrator I’m not familiar with but when I read the publisher’s summary I was hooked and I’m very familiar with Scott Brick. One reviewer said everything was just too unbelievable. Hmmm, interesting. I’ve read plenty of books where I’ve had to suspend my disbelief but this certainly wasn’t one of them. It sounds like most of the bad reviews are from long time Cobin fans and this was my first book of his, so maybe his others will be even better. And wow to people hate on Scott Brick. I think you either love him or hate him. I happen to enjoy his narrating.

I just read a few of the reviews on Amazon and it definitely wasn’t just the audio version Cobin fans didn’t like. I’m honestly quite stunned and a little offended haha! There was one long time Cobin fan who gave it 5 out of 5 stars so now I feel validated for enjoying it.

Megan, Ray and Broome lead separate lives but their pasts have been linked for the past seventeen years. (The blood, all the blood) Megan escaped her crazy life and became a suburban soccer mom, Ray’s career as a photo journalist fell apart and his current job is a complete joke and Broome is a detective who hasn’t been able to let go of a seventeen year old case. When Megan becomes board and looks back at her old life, she decides to stop by the old club since she’s in the area for a conference. What follows is the unraveling of the seventeen year long mystery.

This was my first Corbin book and what a ride it was! Corbin is a master at tension. At one point I sighed with relief and realized I had been holding my breath. The story kept me guessing the whole time. I got part of it right but couldn’t see the big picture. I thought the character development was great, the three main characters being believable and real. The “supporting cast” was excellent as well. Ok, Ken and Barbie, can you say creepy? What is up with those two? I mean seriously, what is up with them? *Shiver* There was a mother-in-law with dementia which I related all too well with, the sassy barmaid at the club, Ray’s sarcastic boss, even an androgynous attorney. I really could not tell if this lawyer was female or an effeminate male.

I jotted down a conversation that made me laugh since most of us have probably had a similar one at least once in the last five years.

“Some ass wipe stole her away from me,” Fester said.

“Sorry”.

“She’s married now. To a plumbing contractor in Cincinnati. They got two sons. I saw all these pictures of them on Facebook. They did some Carnival Cruise last year. They go to Reds games. She looks really happy.”

“Everyone looks happy on Facebook.”

“I know, right? What’s up with that?” Fester tried to smile, but he couldn’t make it through the ache.

“…tried to smile but couldn’t make it through the ache.” What a descriptive line. I thought “Stay Close” was just excellent. I put Cobin in there with Gillian Flynn if you want a good thrilling mystery that will make your mouth drop open, your breath hitch and your stomach turn.

Rating: So good!

“Stay Close” at Audible ~ “Stay Close” at Amazon

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“The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde – narrated by Simon Preble

This book was one of Audible’s new daily deals. I’ve discovered some good stuff I probably never would have stumbled upon or been willing to spend a credit on. The book I’m reading now is gooood and it was also a daily deal. That review will be fun.

I didn’t know anything about Oscar Wilde when I started reading ‘Dorian Gray’. I had heard his name and new this book was a classic but that was the extent of my knowledge of him. I didn’t get far into the book before I had to look him up. Immediately I noticed some homosexual undertones as the three main characters were introduced. In my reading of the entire Wikipedia page on Wilde, I discovered why. What a truly fascinating story! I skipped the section on the book so nothing would be spoiled. I read the Wikipedia page on the book the day I finished it. I ended up determined to finish it Saturday because I longed to move on to something else.

That is not to say I didn’t enjoy the book. However reading the Wikipedia page on it helped me understand the parts that pushed me to wanting to just finish it already. The book was controversial from the beginning when Wilde published it to a magazine and of course the homosexual undertones were a big reason. So he had to add a lot of details to the plot to shut up the critics. At least that was the conclusion I drew from what I learned about it all.

It’s really too bad and I wish the version I had gotten had been abridged. *gasp!* Yes, I admit it. I despise abridgement but if it restored the book to Wild’s original, I’d be all for it.

Dorian Gray was a beautiful young man with a kind and loving nature, so beautiful in fact that his artist friend Basil longed to paint his portrait and when Gray begins to sit for him, Basil quickly deems Dorian his muse. He unwillingly introduces Dorian to his friend Lord Henry, begging Henry not to ruin Dorian.

Let me just say that I grew to hate Henry. During a break from the portrait sitting, Dorian and Henry have a chat and the corruption begins. Henry lets Dorian know that his looks are everything and Dorian wishes, after gazing upon his portrait, that the portrait would age in place of himself. What follows is a tragedy in the making and while I steadily grew to dislike Dorian, I pulled for him, that he might find his way and get out from under Henry’s influence.

I don’t think I’m necessarily a fan of Wilde’s writing, though it’s unfair to judge him on one work. One of the things that drove me crazy was the fact that the characters didn’t so much have a dialogue, as one gave a speech to the other. I kept thinking that must be due to Wilde’s experience as a playwright. I’m pretty sure I could tell the passages Wild added later. They were long and rambling, giving details that to me, didn’t seem to be necessary. That’s why everything clicked when I read the Wikipedia page on the novel. So many times I found my mind wandering and then it would “come back to earth” as the plot thickened. (dun dun dun)

The ending went where I thought it would but not quite how I thought it would. It was a holy whoa moment, for sure. I enjoyed this book. I just wish I had gotten Wilde’s original.

Rating: Entertaining, though if not for Wild’s critics, it would have gotten a so good.

“The Picture of Dorian Gray” at Audible ~ ”The Picture of Dorian Gray” at Amazon

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“Midnighters #2: Touching Darkness” (Midnighters Trilogy) by Scott Westerfeld – narrated by Voiceover (iOS Kindle app)

Link to Midnighters #1 review

Friday morning I was super sleepy after Snorey McSnorison kept me up half the night so I wanted to just lay down again for a bit and decided to return to the ‘Midnighters’ book I had abandoned way back in May or June. I had forgotten about upgrading my iPhone since then so I had to sign back into Amazon in the Kindle app and when I returned to the book, it seemed like the bookmark had jumped ahead a bit. I tried to go back and ended up at the beginning of the book. I decided to just listen again since I couldn’t really remember much. I left it at my usual speaking rate instead of slowing it down like I had with the last book and before I knew it I was back at the halfway point where I had left off. Turns out the bookmark hadn’t skipped ahead haha. I finished the entire book in one day with Voiceover talking nice and fast. I certainly couldn’t imagine doing all my books that way, but for books unavailable in audio, it’s a great backup.

One thing that really stood out to me in this book is that usually the second books of trilogies tend to be my favorite. There’s no setting up or concluding so second books tend to just be action packed good fun. This book didn’t really do it for me. The first one was so creepy with the introduction of the monsters that come out in the secret hour. This time I knew what they were so the creep factor was negated. Though the new human element to the monsters was kind of interesting.

I’ll read the third book at some point because it’s Scott Westerfeld so come on, of course I’ll read it. I’m also betting the third book gets crazy as the trilogy is concluded, especially since now a Midnighter might just have an inside track on the monsters.

This series just is not my favorite from Mr. Westerfeld my hero. I really have to believe that the fact these aren’t in audio format is playing a huge part in how I feel about them. I just don’t experience that heart pounding adventure that I do with a good narrator. Very grateful for the Kindle app though, that’s for sure.

“Touching Darkness” at the Amazon Kindle Store

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“The Bone Season” by Samantha Shannon – narrated by Alana Kerr *Edited*

***Edit: While I was laying on the floor with Jayden after he had his dinner, I thought about looking Samantha Shannon up on Twitter. One of her tweets had a link to a blog post so I began reading from her most recent. She mentions a target finish of February 2014 for the next book, yay! I also wanted to link to this post which has an interview with Alana Kerr. “The Bone Season” was her first audio book, so that was interesting to learn and the interview details what it’s like to record an audio book.***

“The Bone Season” is Samantha Shannon’s debut novel and is the first in what will be a seven book series. Shannon wrote the novel when she was only twenty-one and a student at Oxford. Pretty awesome eh? I thought so, which is why I bought it awhile back. Was it a daily deal? I can’t remember how Audible alerted me to it but I’m glad it did.

Nineteen year old Paige Mahoney has a special gift. Unfortunately for Paige, this gift is illegal in the year 2059 when clairvoyants like her are hung for treason when they are discovered. Or so Paige has grown up believing. However when she commits a crime with her gift and gets caught, it’s not the hangman’s noose she faces, it’s the abandoned grounds of Oxford, long since off limits after a disaster made it too dangerous. Here, Paige finds other clairvoyants like her but this isn’t Hogwarts and there’s no kindly professor to help her sharpen her skills.

I made that comparison to Harry Potter since it seems Shannon’s series and even her writing are being compared to J. K. Rowling and her magical world and I honestly cannot fathom the comparison. Saying “The Bone Season” is like Harry Potter is like saying baseball and basketball are similar because both balls are round.

Yes, both series will have seven books, both authors are from the U.K. and both are women. To me, that’s where the similarities stop. Well ok fine, that and the fact that both series involve special human powers. Honestly a closer comparison would be The X-Men, where people’s powers are considered to be mutations. Why must a comparison be drawn though? I think Samantha Shannon is simply Samantha Shannon.

The beginning of the book was a little hard for me to listen to. The way the clairvoyants are treated as though they’re vermin, it was just hard to stomach. I nearly turned the book off. I’m glad I stuck with it. I just don’t like it when humans torture other humans. Sometimes this book made me feel the way I did when I listened to “The Handmaid’s Tale. Humans aren’t nice to each other in that book either.

Speaking of humans, there is a humanoid alien race in this future dystopia. In fact the past isn’t even our past. This alien race came to Earth in 1859. One of the things I rather enjoyed about this book was the fact that our alternate history was never explained in detail. Shannon leaves it up to the reader to imagine a world in which aliens landed before the American Civil War. So many questions! I love being able to add my creativity. Perhaps more will be revealed in the coming books.

I grew to like Alana Kerr’s narration. At first I thought to myself, wow add some inflection would you? You’re awfully monotone, like you’ve never had a happy day in your life. However the tone fit. This is quite the bleak story. I was also confused at first by Kerr’s accent. Is she British or Irish? You discover why that also fits though. So overall Kerr did a good job. The only issue I had was sometimes not knowing who was speaking. Kerr doesn’t add a lot of delineation between male and female which is fine if that is obvious in the text, but Shannon doesn’t add a lot of he said she saids so sometimes it was confusing.

This was an entertaining book and I’m disappointed not to find any hint of when the next one will be out. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens with the characters and I also think Shannon has the potential to be a great writer. This wasn’t a perfect book but as her first, it was pretty impressive. I think her ideas are quite fresh and I refuse to compare her to anyone else. Now to wait for the next book. *sigh*

Rating: Entertaining

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“14” by Peter Clines – narrated by Ray Porter

When I finished the Joe Ledger novels earlier in the year, I went browsing on Audible for other books narrated by Ray Porter. He had quickly become one of my new favorite narraters after the Ledger series and he was the first narrator I’d ever shopped for. “14” grabbed my attention so I picked it up but hadn’t gotten around to reading it.

What an insanely different book! I do believe I’ll browse through Peter Clines’ other books. I wonder if any of them are read by Ray Porter. I just love him!

“14” is about this apartment building in LA. A book about an apartment building? Yeah. This apartment building is just weird. When Nate Tucker moves in after his roommate situation ends, he notices some weird stuff but he brushes it aside because the rent is dirt cheap and all utilities are included. Plus the view is amazing and his neighbor is cute. But eventually the weirdness becomes impossible to ignore and he teams up with some of his other neighbors to start investigating, Scooby Doo style. Clines did a great job of making me not trust a single one of these people. Or perhaps it’s just my constantly suspicious mind.

I could not tell where this book was going for most of it. There was an excellent LOST reference and I was a little concerned that the book would just sort of follow the same lines as the show but I needn’t have worried. I quickly became engrossed in the mystery of the building and my curiosity about the characters was peaked. Especially Tim. Was he really a retired book publisher? What is up with that guy? There is a female character who ‘s computer parts hoarding reminds me of Carol but I can’t spell the character’s name and Google isn’t helping.

The book began somewhat slowly and as the gang started their investigating I kept thinking of Carol’s biggest complaint with the last Harry Potter book. “They just walk around the forest!”

Eventually however, the pace picked up and things started clicking into place and there was a race to the finish line at the end. The very ending was what I was hoping for. It was one of those things you could see coming but you didn’t roll your eyes when it came.

I pulled a notable quote. There’s a scene with a theatre type ladder, two ladders joined together to make a triangle with a third ladder rising from the point straight up in the air. It’s used to adjust set lighting and I can still picture my uncle straddling one. No thanks, I preferred the Genie. Anyway, the character who’s name I can’t spell obviously felt the same about the ladder:

A ladder is a flag poll with delusions of grandeur.

I think fans of science fiction will enjoy this book and if you appreciate great narration, this one is for you. I kept expecting to hear characters from the Joe Ledger books but nope! Ray Porter is just that good! Although Tim did sound kinda like one of those guys, not Joe or Bunny or Mr. Church ok I’m side tracked.

Rating: So good!

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“A Game of Thrones” (A Song of Ice and Fire book 1) by George R. R. Martin – narrated by Roy Dotrice

I honestly don’t know what took me so long to start this series. My friend Ceci on Twitter told me last year that I should read this series but for some reason I stubbornly fought it. The books are too long, I argued. I like long books but there are too many in the series for them to be so long, I argued. Then B started watching the TV show and I thought more and more about starting the novels. I can’t remember how I came by the first book but I know it was some sort of sale on Audible. I’d had the book for quite awhile when last week, I found myself thinking about Ceci and wondered where she’ been since she hadn’t tweeted in a long time. All of the sudden, there was a tweet from her and I thought, ok time to read the book. I think about her and she appears, time to read the book.

I just leaned my head back and sighed because how do I write about this book?I suppose by just starting off with something like wow this book was good! I finished it this afternoon after not being able to stay up and finish it last night. I literally got chills towards the very end. I wish I could dive into the next book but I need to wait for my Audible credits. A break is probably needed anyway. There is a lot to take in and so many characters to love and hate. It will be good to get off the ride and get my feet under me again before beginning the next book.

“A Game of Thrones” is set in ancient times. Or is it? This isn’t Earth we’re talking about. In “the realm” as they call it, summers and winters can last for years and years. So while the times might seem ancient, in my mind the realm could simply be on some distant planet with a different son and an orbit that makes seasons last for years on end. Perhaps this civilization hasn’t had their technological boom yet.
In this realm, there are kings and queens and lords and ladies and princes and princesses and mysteries and magic and a past full of dragons and dire wolves that are not extinct and fearsome warriors and men of the black and and and oh my!
I love the way the book was written from the point of view of several different characters. Each chapter focuses on one certain character and their experiences as the entire story is told. I like to refer to this as “being in so and so’s head”. We might be in the head of Arya Stark, the youngest daughter of lord Eddard Stark or maybe we’re in his head. That chapter ends and we might then be in Tyrion Lannister’s head as he wobbles along on his dwarf legs saying something sarcastic to make you laugh out loud. Then there’s Jon Snow and Sansa Stark, and Daenerys Targaryen and Catelyn Stark and am I forgetting anyone? So as you can see, you get to experience the story from all these different points of views. And Martin obviously likes the letter y.

I can’t even begin to try and describe the plot because it’s so detailed and intricately woven together. Basically there’s a king and that family and a lord and that family and they marry this family and those families hate each other and then there’s this other family that is pretty much all dead way over there and it’s only hinted at what that family’s relation is to these other families and then you have this wall, this gigantic wall and there are bad things on the other side so the men of the black have to guard it and winter is coming. Winter is coming. Winter is coming.

I just sighed again. So good! I was able to just sit back with this book and completely escape. I wasn’t sure about the narrator, Roy Dotrice, at first because he seemed to pause in some odd places but my goodness did he do a fantastic job with all the characters! He also seems to really get into the story and when he’s describing action, he sounds out of breath or speaks through grunts when someone is injured. There are a lot of injuries. This book is very bloody. Dotrice brings the story completely alive. I’m happy to see he narrates the whole series, which is good because it would be pretty awkward to try and get used to how certain people sound if the narraters had changed.

Ah I can’t wait to begin the next book!

Rating: So good!

“A Game of Thrones” at Audible ~ “A Game of Thrones” at Amazon

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