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Fredrik Pettersen

Florida, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • EMPEROR: The Blood of Gods, Book 5 (Unabridged)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Conn Iggulden
    • Narrated By Michael Healy
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Julius Caesar has been assassinated. A nation is in mourning. Revenge will be bloody... Rome's great hero has been brutally murdered by his most trusted allies. While these self-appointed Liberatores seek refuge in the senate, they have underestimated one man: Caesar's adopted son Octavian, a man whose name will echo through history as Augustus Caesar. Uniting with his great rival Mark Antony, Octavian will stop at nothing to seek retribution and avenge his father's death.

    Fredrik Pettersen says: "Terrible narrator made me wince"
    "Terrible narrator made me wince"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I'd recommend it to anyone who had read the previous books, or anyone wanting to jump in (as the death of Caesar makes a good starting point). However, I would NOT recommend this Audible version, as the narrator ruins the book completely.


    What didn’t you like about Michael Healy’s performance?

    Everything. It was terrible. But let me try to list my main objections:

    - Healy has a strange lilt to his voice that is either an accent or terrible reading skills. The upshot is that every full stop, he lifts his voice the way you sometimes do when reading to young children.

    - His reading pace hardly ever changes, meaning even in tense, action-packed moments, it's as if he's reading "My dog Spot" to a room of 5-year-olds.

    - He doesn't differentiate between characters as far as I could tell, meaning that when one character interrupts another, it gets reeeeally confusing.

    - I don't think he's read the book beforehand; Imagine how you'd say the sentence "I think I'd quite like a sandwich and a nice cup of tea". Now imagine Healy saying, in the exact same way "You're a disgrace to Rome!..." (the exclamation point silent), and then continuing, completely obliviously (and still just as ploddingly) "...shouted Octavian and slammed his fist into the table." The disconnect between how Iggulden claimed Octavian said it and how Healy reads it would be funny, if it wasn't ruining my book.


    Any additional comments?

    I had to finish this book in hard-copy. Worst narration I've experienced since "Rendezvous with Rama".

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • NOS4R2

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (83)

    Summer. Massachusetts. An old Silver Wraith with a frightening history. A story about one serial killer and his lingering, unfinished business.Anyone could be next. We're going to Christmasland . . .NOS4A2 is an old-fashioned horror novel in the best sense. Claustrophobic, gripping and terrifying, this is a story that will have you on the edge of the seat while you read, and leaving the lights on while you sleep.

    Fredrik Pettersen says: "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree..."
    "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree..."
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    If the cat wasn't already out of the bag about Joe Hill's semi-secret parentage, this book would have freed the feline for sure as this could easily have been one of his dad's mid-80s books. "NOS4R2" particularly channels "Christine", with a hint of "IT" (which it even references).

    So, if you're a fan of King's, or of Hill's for that matter, whether to pick this up or not is an easy choice.

    Oh, and I was surprised to find that this Audio-version actually contains an epilogue (hidden in the audio-book production-credits) not found in my e-book version - and it's also very well read by Kate "Janeway" Mulgrew, so if you're wondering which version to get, Audio is it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Oryx and Crake

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1859)
    Performance
    (1010)
    Story
    (1021)

    As the story opens, Snowman is sleeping in a tree, mourning the loss of his beloved Oryx and his best friend Crake, and slowly starving to death. How did everything fall apart so quickly? Why is he left with nothing but his haunting memories? Alone except for the green-eyed Children of Crake, he explores the answers to these questions in the double journey he takes - into his own past, and back to Crake's high-tech bubble-dome, where the Paradice Project unfolded and the world came to grief.

    Doug says: "Very Scary Stuff"
    "One of the great Sci-Fi novels of the age"
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    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the Great Science Fiction novels of the last few years - and yeah, I'm aware that me calling it Sci-Fi would annoy the author, but if it walks like a duck...

    The story is set in two undisclosed futures; the 'present' of our main character Snowman, as he struggles to navigate the perils of a post-apocalyptic (a plaguealypse, this time) America, while caring for a tribe of genetically engineered post-humans; and also Snowman's past (and our near-future), where mankind is spinning ever faster towards a gene-tech driven singularity, while trying its hardest to ignore the impending ecocalypse. Snowman, then known as Jimmy, details his relationships with the two eponymous characters, Oryx and Crake, who will both have their parts to play in the catastrophe to come...

    The themes themselves won't be new to any regular Sci-Fi readers; I sometimes get the feeling Atwood, like many authors who don't "do" sci-fi (Cormac McCarthy, Colson Whitehead), imagines their 'speculative fiction' is breaking new ground when they're actually on a well-worn track, both in terms of story and themes. But who cares when it's this well written?

    The narration was ... well, it was good; it wasn't a detriment to the story in any way, but I sometimes felt it was overly morose. I guess that's not a criticism, just a preference; but for me, it didn't quite live up to the prose, and I found my hard-copy sessions (I always do a read-listen-read relay) more pleasurable. It could be that often the story's the thing for me, but with this particular book, the prose is an end in itself.

    So yes, a whole-hearted recommendation from me - as a measure of this, I can say that I started the next novel set in this universe ("The Year of the Flood") literally the minute I had finished this - although i do recommend also going hard-copy/Kindle to get the most out of it. At any rate: Get it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18184)
    Performance
    (16220)
    Story
    (16274)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Deliciously offbeat and wicked"
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    Any additional comments?

    I like a book that keeps me guessing, and 'Gone Girl' certainly did that... In many ways, it's the 'Scream' of crime-writing. A familiar setting, the woman who goes missing and the husband who everyone thinks did it... The difference here is that everyone, from the suspect to the cops to the witnesses have all read the same detective novels, and watched the same true crime-shows, that we have; they are all too well aware of the tropes and clichés of the script they find themselves enacting, and yet they seem unable to break out of it.

    The narrators did a great job of conveying the characters they portrayed, the husband in the present reacting to his wife's disappearance and the ensuing suspicions; and the wife coming to us from beyond the grave as it were, in the form of her diary entries.

    I recommend this whole-heartedly for any fan of the genre - it breaks with convention in ways that some will love and some will hate, but whatever your reaction, at least you'll have experienced something new; and that in itself is worth the price of admission.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blade Itself: The First Law: Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (4054)
    Performance
    (2987)
    Story
    (3000)

    Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

    Steven says: "Steven Pacey is magnificient."
    "Took me by surprise with its sheer awesomeness."
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    Where does The Blade Itself rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This would rank in the top ten.


    What other book might you compare The Blade Itself to and why?

    It's similar to George R.R. Martin, though the world itself contains more magic. The characters and their moral opacity is very similar though. It also has some of R Scott Bakker in it, in that it presents a group of heroes and a society that we as readers are supposed to think are, well, idiotic and posturing macho prigs and pigs. The charaterizations are faaar deeper than Bakker's, though, and it's much less grim.This book is the start of a (finished) trilogy, and you won't understand the scope of Abercrombie's brilliance until you've read to the end of third book, but trust me, this series is far more subtle than it seems at first glance.


    What about Steven Pacey’s performance did you like?

    Honestly, everything. He was so good I will actively search out books he reads in the future. Every single character had a disctinct voice, without ever descending into parody (a common failing amongst performers who do 'voices'). The only thing that ever bothered me was his weird way of pronouncing the word grimace, but after three books I'm now on board, and will change the way I say it in the future, instead of grousing :-D


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It is surprisingly funny, especially the internal monologue of the torturer Glokta.


    Any additional comments?

    Great writing, some of the best fight-scenes I've read, but also very deep characterizations and a deeper and more philosophical arc over the series than one usually expects from a fantasy series, and also deeply funny - if you have any love for Fantasy at all, buy it now, you won't be disappointed!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Policeman

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ben H. Winters
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (544)
    Performance
    (490)
    Story
    (493)

    What’s the point in solving murders if we’re all going to die soon, anyway? Detective Hank Palace has faced this question ever since asteroid 2011GV1 hovered into view. There’s no chance left. No hope. Just six precious months until impact. The Last Policeman presents a fascinating portrait of a pre-apocalyptic United States. The economy spirals downward while crops rot in the fields. Churches and synagogues are packed. People all over the world are walking off the job - but not Hank Palace. He’s investigating a death by hanging.

    Amazon Customer says: "There was trepidation ..."
    "Excellent book with an interesting premise"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, already have :-)


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "The End of the World is coming, but that doesn't mean you can get away with murder..."


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Carrion Comfort

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Mel Foster, Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (464)
    Performance
    (420)
    Story
    (420)

    The Past...Caught behind the lines of Hitler’s Final Solution, Saul Laski is one of the multitudes destined to die in the notorious Chelmno extermination camp. Until he rises to meet his fate and finds himself face-to-face with an evil far older, and far greater, than the Nazis themselves...

    Robert says: "Simmons at his best"
    "Excellent old school horror."
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    I really enjoyed Carrion Comfort, as it was a perfect example of the early 80s horror-boom, and it should be a perfect fit for fans of Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Robert McCammon.

    However, it took me a while to get into the narration, and while I eventually ended up thinking it was fine, at first I got really weirded out by the narrator's interpretation of the young black heroine - I read the paper-back concurrently with listening on audio (audio during the day while doing chores, paper-back in the evenings), and she was much stronger and more confident in my head. The narrator gives her this nasal whine, and also a southern dialect that borders on parody. I DID get over this after a few hours, just thought I'd mention it - other than that the narration was fine.

    On the whole though, well worth your credit - a solid horror novel, with a classically silly premise that is elevated by the quality of the storytelling!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Michael Chabon
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (812)
    Performance
    (710)
    Story
    (726)

    It's 1939, in New York City. Joe Kavalier, a young artist who has also been trained in the art of Houdiniesque escape, has just pulled off his greatest feat: smuggling himself out of Hitler's Prague. He's looking to make big money, fast, so that he can bring his family to freedom. His cousin, Brooklyn's own Sammy Clay, is looking for a partner in creating the heroes, stories, and art for the latest novelty to hit the American dreamscape: the comic book. Inspired by their own fantasies, fears, and dreams, they create the Escapist.

    Darwin8u says: "A World I DON'T Ever Want to Escape From."
    "Wow, I can't believe I missed this!"
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    I had heard of Chabon, but I have a weird antipathy toeards "real" literature, ie. the stuff that gets the prizes; too often it's so far its own behind it's a complete waste of time. It's usually written extremely well, true, and this means it has some pleasures; but literary juries tend to abhor anything resembling a plot or a pay-off, and I ENJOY those!

    That said, I have recently come to the conclusion that the Pulitzers may be the exception to the rule, as this novel is a prime example of. Wonderfully written and just a joy to read/listen to, I can't recommend it enough.

    Interestingly, I looked into Chabon after listening to this book, and found out that he's fallen out of favor with the literati, since he accuses them of being stuck-up prigs. Thank you!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swords and Deviltry: The Adventures of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Fritz Leiber
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (684)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (250)

    In the ancient city of Lankhmar, two men forge a friendship in battle. The red-haired barbarian Fafhrd left the snowy reaches of Nehwon looking for a new life, while the Gray Mouser, apprentice magician, fled after finding his master dead. These bawdy brothers-in-arms cement a friendship that leads them through the wilds of Nehwon facing thieves, wizards, princesses, and the depths of their desires and fears.

    melody333 says: "Fafhrd/Gray Mouser"
    "Classic "Swords&Sorcery", but it shows its age"
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    I enjoyed Swords and Deviltry, but not as much as I though I would - I get the feeling that the stories in the book were published in serialized form, and as short stories, once upon a time; both Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser failed to coalesce as deep characters for me, they're just templates running around their world. The saving grace is the humor in the writing, and I'll continue reading this series in the hopes it gets more fleshed out later.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Testament of Jessie Lamb

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jane Rogers
    • Narrated By Judy Flynn
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Women are dying in their millions. Some blame scientists, some see the hand of God, some see human arrogance reaping the punishment it deserves. Jessie Lamb is an ordinary girl living in extraordinary times: As her world collapses, her idealism and courage drive her towards the ultimate act of heroism. If the human race is to survive, it’s up to her. But is Jessie heroic? Or is she, as her father fears, impressionable, innocent, and incapable of understanding where her actions will lead?

    Fredrik Pettersen says: "Excellent narrator, good book"
    "Excellent narrator, good book"
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    I really enjoyed this book, and the narrator is one of the best I've heard, catching the cadences of a teenager perfectly.
    The book explores the same themes as "Children of Men", but from a completely different view-point, and it is a very accomplished piece of literature.
    However, it should be noted that this is Literary literature with a capital L, and as such is concerned with big themes and exploring philosophical quandaries rather than telling a great yarn; don't get me wrong, it's an excellent story, but it's not a classical A-to-B-to-C story, and as such may disappoint some.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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