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Dan

My love is for what I do not know.

portland, OR, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Lord of Mountains: A Novel of the Change

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (231)

    Rudi Mackenize, now Artos the First, High King of Montival, and his allies have won several key battles against the Church Universal and Triumphant. But still the war rages on, taking countless lives, ravaging the land once known as the United States of America. Artos and his Queen, Mathilda, must unite the realms into a single kingdom to ensure a lasting peace. If the leaders of the Changed world are to accept Artos as their ruler, he will need to undertake a quest to the Lake at the Heart of the Mountains....

    Matthew says: "Same Great Story, One too Many Books..."
    "One Big battle and a lot of talk"
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    What would have made Lord of Mountains better?

    1 Get rid of the annoying irish accents, in 20 years we all sound like an Irish spring commercial. PALEASE! a little goes a long way.
    2. Have a story.. all this book is, is a single big battle and characters getting ready for the next book.
    3. The evolution of magic in this world adds nothing


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Todd McLaren?

    Todd is good, Someone finally told him about the way to pronounce the most of the local names in Oregon.


    What character would you cut from Lord of Mountains?

    Anyone who talks about the past books. These is so much looking back in this book at previous books that not a single story gets moving.


    Any additional comments?

    The first three books of this series are awesome. The next whatever books all blow ass

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Mothman Prophecies

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By John A. Keel
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (97)

    West Virginia, 1966. For thirteen months the town of Point Pleasant is gripped by a real-life nightmare that culminates in a tragedy that makes headlines around the world. Strange occurrences and sightings, including a bizarre winged apparition that becomes known as the Mothman, trouble this ordinary American community. And journalist John Keel, arriving to investigate the freakish events, soon finds himself an integral part of an eerie and unfathomable mystery.

    Marc says: "Smart, compelling, disturbing"
    "Put's the Uck in Suck"
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    Would you try another book from John A. Keel and/or Craig Wasson?

    Once you read something this bad you never go back. No No A thousand times no.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm going to the Hornblower series just to clear my head


    What does Craig Wasson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Craig Wasson is a great Narrator, that fact that I made it halfway though the book is all on him and not the writer.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Mothman Prophecies?

    Remove all the crap that has nothing to do with the story. There is so much endless details of encounters and reports that further no story narrative. 70% of this book is glorified unrelated padding.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are in a hospital and suffering from a neck injury that leaves you fully paralyzed. Pray to the gods this is not the book your brother brings to you to listen too why you are laying in bed and powerless to move. Beg to be unplugged.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Given Sacrifice: Emberverse Series, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (173)

    Rudi Mackenzie has won the battle that expelled the enemy from the new High Kingdom of Montival. Now he must free the people who live in the state once known as Idaho from occupation by the legions of the Church Universal and Triumphant and pursue them to their lair over the mountains. There he will finally confront the forces behind the Church - the Powers of the Void.

    carl says: "Great Ending To This Part Of The Saga"
    "Will This Series Never End?"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A brain dead donkey would find this book very edible and would get more joy out it than any human who looks over the words.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    After listening to this book put a Makita 6271DWPE 12V Cordless 3/8" driver drill to your ear and drive it home. It may be the last thing you do but you will never have to listen to another book by this ass clown.


    What didn’t you like about Todd McLaren’s performance?

    Todd McLaren is the only thing great about this book.


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

    The ending was awesome... no not the planned ending go the book the fact that it ended. No doubt the writer was able to buy a deluxe swimming pool out of this investment. High five for that.


    Any additional comments?

    You don't have jump from the back of one buffalo to another in a rampaging herd to know that this book is another sad chapter in what was such a promising start to the series. I loved the first three books and I want to love the ones that followed but they are partial stories filled with partial characters I don't even care about.

    The good guys boarder of Super Heroes and bad guys make no sense. This is something that tend to happen in Post Apocalypse stories. I call it the "Postman Effect" Remember the Postman with Kevin Costner? Remember the stupid bad guy in that film who was torturing everyone, capturing slaves, to... dig a big pit... for what? Nuclear weapons? Old Tech? Maybe even a tank? No that was not important just to dig a pit.

    So here we see the same thing. Evil guys, doing evil things cause... that's just what evil does. I would give this a 2.5 Postmans because I have read 2.5 of these books and thought the CUT field troops are kind of cool. I've seen deeper Villains on Power Rangers Shows.

    Even adding in a reason now, well it would just seemed goofy.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful

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