Wheel of Time How to Get Caught Up

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So you might recognize this header from a post last week about The Wheel of  Time Series.  I got to thinking after I posted it that many of you may not have heard of this series and might be a little intimidated by trying to catch up on a series in time to catch the very last book.  In turn I began to think about how I have been in your shoes and how I have a solutions – Audio Books!  Most of us have a commute of some distance and audio book are the perfect solution to getting caught up on a series without missing out on your current TBR pile.  The solution is pretty since and it is easier than every with sites like Audible where you can just download the book to your favorite device and listen on the run.  The only problem with that is you might not want to get out of the car or off the bus when you arrive.  Since I had mentioned this series specifically I thought that I would share a couple of clips from the books in the Wheel of Time Series so you can get the feel for what a great story is waiting for you! Don’t forget that most libraries have audio books to check out so don’t think that you have to be able to purchase them because most likely they will be available at your local library as well.  That being said  this is such a great series that I know you will want to listen to them a second time through.  Just click on the links below to check out this great series!

The Great Hunt                                                                              The Eye of the World                                                                                                                    The Dragon Reborn

Now that you have had a chance to take a listen, what do you think? Or if you have read this series what are you most looking forward to in the final book in this series?

 

Audiobook Review: Believing the Lie by Elizabeth George

Believing the Lie (Inspector Lynley Series #16)Believing the Lie by Elizabeth George

  • ISBN-13: 9781611760408
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/10/2012
  • Format: CD
  • Source: Gift

Synopsis:

After writing sixteen Inspector Lynley novels, New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth George has millions of fans waiting for the next one. As USA Today put it, "It’s tough to resist George’s storytelling, once hooked." With Believing the Lie, she’s poised to hook countless more.

Inspector Thomas Lynley is mystified when he’s sent undercover to investigate the death of Ian Cresswell at the request of the man’s uncle, the wealthy and influential Bernard Fairclough. The death has been ruled an accidental drowning, and nothing on the surface indicates otherwise. But when Lynley enlists the help of his friends Simon and Deborah St. James, the trio’s digging soon reveals that the Fairclough clan is awash in secrets, lies, and motives.

Deborah’s investigation of the prime suspect-Bernard’s prodigal son Nicholas, a recovering drug addict-leads her to Nicholas’s wife, a woman with whom she feels a kinship, a woman as fiercely protective as she is beautiful. Lynley and Simon delve for information from the rest of the family, including the victim’s bitter ex-wife and the man he left her for, and Bernard himself. As the investigation escalates, the Fairclough family’s veneer cracks, with deception and self-delusion threatening to destroy everyone from the Fairclough patriarch to Tim, the troubled son Ian left behind.

My Thoughts:

I had no idea that this was a part of a series until I started writing this review so the first thing I will say is that it worked well as a stand alone story.  That being said, it was one strange and bizarre story.  For me there were just too many story lines going at one time.  It would have been easier to keep track of the story lines had I been reading and not listening to the story.  I felt overwhelmed by the magnitude of the problems that were faced in the story and I just had a hard time believing that this much could be going on.  The writing was good don’t get me wrong but there was just a lot going on.  I was a bit annoyed by the woman reading the story, her accent appeared to be a bit fake at times, but I think that I got used to it.  I am not sure that I would read another story in this series just because it made me uncomfortable, which is not that easy to do. 

My Rating:

3 Penguin

Audio book Review: The Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander (Outlander Series #1)The Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

  • ISBN-13: 9781440788512
  • Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/19/2009
  • Format: CDs (28)
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Source: Purchased

Synopsis:

Outlander, Diana Gabaldon’s landmark novel of Scottish lore has captured the hearts of millions of readers around the world and catapulted her to the top of the New York Times best-seller list. Intrigue, danger and desire merge in this lush novel of loyalty and time travel. In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon. Their blissful reunion is shattered when she touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone ruins and is instantly transported to a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans … in 1743. Will Claire find her way back to her own time, or is her destiny forever linked with Clan MacKenzie and the gallant James Fraser? Davina Porter’s lyrical narration will launch listeners into an exhilarating world of heroism, pulse-pounding adventure, and breathtaking romance as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love.

Her husband is two centuries away, she is related to her lover’s mortal enemy, and her neighbors think she’s a witch. In this unforgettable novel of time travel, Diana Gabaldon fuses wry, modern sensibility with the drama, passion, and violence of eighteenth century as she tells the story of one daring woman and the man who loves her.

My Thoughts:

So first I must disclose that I have read Outlander at least twice in the past and I love the story line but this time around I wanted to give the audio book a go.  I have wanted to reread this series but with each book exceeding 800 pages there just was not a way that I could reread the series and read anything new at the same time.  Thus came the idea of listening to the book since I have over a hour commute each day I can listen to about a CD a day. Keep in mind that this still meant that it took me almost a month to listen to whole book.  But I really enjoyed it maybe even more so than reading it.  I think the reason behind this is that I just got to enjoy the language and movement of the story without stressing if I was catching everything or struggling through some of the Gaelic.  

I will say, as is true with the book, either you will love this story and reading of it, or it will not be for you.  Diana Gabaldon is amazing at writing a story that crosses over so many different genre types.  There is time travel,  romance, war, witches, history, and so much more.  By far this is one of my favorite series of all time.  My only frustration is the amount of time between book requires me to reread when a new one is coming out and that is quite a time commitment, but always worth it.

One of the best parts about the audio portion is that the readers is authentic and does a great job with the emotion and the Gaelic, I loved hearing how the words should be pronounced, in most cases not even close to how I would have thought.  It is a beautiful language.    

Overall, I would recommend this audio book but be aware of the commitment it will take to get through the entire story.

David also listened to a lot of the audio book and here is this two cents:

I thought it was pretty well read.  I didn’t hear any mistakes, even in the Gaelic speech.  She did a good job with the accents, and while I might have found her voice a bit irritating at times, I’m an American, so that’s not unusual.  

My Rating:

5 Penguins for sure!