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Corvallis, OR, United States | Member Since 2014

  • 4 reviews
  • 8 ratings
  • 375 titles in library
  • 16 purchased in 2015

  • The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    With unforgettable characters, a sweeping backdrop, and passionate storytelling, this is a fantasy debut to rival that of Robert Jordan. Filled with adventure and bloodshed, pageantry and piracy, mystery and menace, Assassin's Apprentice is the story of a royal house and the young man who is destined to chart its course through tempests of change.

    Jake says: "Great book"
    "Not much of an assassin..."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    For a trilogy with the word 'Assassin' in the title, it's quite deceptive. The hero is whiny and lacks courage, and the fact that he's an assassin has very little to do with the story, nor is he good at being an assassin. The story is decent but tends to drag on at times, with the hero constantly weary and in a state of woe. There are many good characters in this book, but the hero is the least inspiring. I would have given 2.5 stars if possible.

    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Average and predictable.

    What three words best describe Paul Boehmer’s performance?

    Decent character voices.

    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I would rent it, but not pay theatre price.

    Any additional comments?

    Be prepared to constantly expect something around the corner that never comes.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance of Cloaks: Shadowdance

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By David Dalglish
    • Narrated By Elijah Alexander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Thren Felhorn is the greatest assassin of his time. All the thieves' guilds of the city are under his unflinching control. If he has his way, death will soon spill out from the shadows and into the streets. Aaron is Thren's son, trained to be heir to his father's criminal empire. He's cold, ruthless - everything an assassin should be. But when Aaron risks his life to protect a priest's daughter from his own guild, he glimpses a world beyond piston, daggers, and the iron rule of his father.

    JPaladin says: "OK, but I'd like to take a crack at re-writing it"
    "Did anyone listen to this guy read first?"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different reader, I think. Couldn't get into the story because he was so horrible

    What was most disappointing about David Dalglish’s story?

    Not sure. Couldn't get into the story.

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Elijah Alexander?

    ANYONE. Anyone but him. His accents are terrible, he sounds like he's reading to middle schoolers, he has inflections at all the wrong places.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I'm sure the story is good.

    Any additional comments?

    These companies need to listen to their narrators first.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Tiassa: Vlad Taltos, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Steven Brust
    • Narrated By Bernard Setaro Clark
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Once, Vlad Taltos knew his trade: he killed people for a living. That skill got him his foothold in House Jhereg, running the rackets for a chunk of urban Adrilankha. Later, things happened that left Vlad a changed man, on the run from the Jhereg and frequently involved in the affairs of Dragonlords, Empresses, and even Jenoine. Far more involved than the average human. Meanwhile, in the very distant past, one of the gods fashioned an artifact - a silver figurine of a tiassa, a winged panther-like animal.

    D says: "Tiassa; Different but Relevant"
    "z Z z Z z Z z"
    What would have made Tiassa better?

    Wow. I love this series, but this book is SO boring i found myself not remembering what happened the chapter before. I see what he was trying to get at in the writing, by writing from the 'Historian' POV, but the fact that very little happens the entire book kills it. I generally love his voice, but man, this one was bad. I only gave it two stars because of how much i like the rest of the series and the reader.

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I Dunno

    Which character – as performed by Bernard Setaro Clark – was your favorite?

    Vlad. Who's almost non-existant in this book.

    What character would you cut from Tiassa?

    Most of the rest. They aren't memorable.

    Any additional comments?

    More books in the series, please. Don't leave us with this taste in our mouths.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Sara says: "The Time Travel VS Romance Quandary"
    What would have made Outlander better?

    The story would have been better if there had been some action. I made it halfway through and the most exciting thing that happened was a 2 minute section where a rival clan invaded their camp. It was over quickly and predictably. The period is an interesting one, but the author spends SO much time on the triviality of everyday life that I found my mind wandering and unable to remember characters. A bit more action and a lot less detail and it would have been a decent story.

    Has Outlander turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I still enjoy fantasy/period based novels.

    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I liked that it was like Mary Poppins reading to me. I didn't like that it was like Mary Poppins reading to me this kind of story.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


    Any additional comments?

    Not worth the price.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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