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Dan

My love is for what I do not know.

portland, OR, United States | Member Since 2013

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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
    (283)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (249)

    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 Golden Princess: A Novel of the Change

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (71)

    Princess Orlaith, heir to Rudi Mackenzie, Artos the First, High King of Montival, now wields the Sword of the Lady - and faces a new enemy. Fortunately, she also has a new ally in Reiko, Empress of Japan. To combat their mutual foe, Orlaith and Reiko embark on a quest to find the fabled Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi, the Grass-Cutting Sword, one of the three great treasures of the Japanese Imperial House - but they'll face great peril along the way.

    Amazon Customer says: "Stuck in a rut"
    "18 Hours and 20 Min Of Bad Story Telling"
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    What disappointed you about The Golden Princess?

    It put the Uck In Suck. How many books are we into this series? Do we really need more writing about the daily lives and how this world works? We get it, They are Proto-super Celts... we understand this. We understand the PPA and Corvallis do we need more about them? I have no curiosity about their developing culture or about the past that we all read. If you remove that from this book there is almost nothing left. Yes everyone is hyper Capable. All women are are 100% equal or superior to all me, especially in fighting. This is why you see men Heavy weights and MMA fighters ducking matches with women because they don't want to get showed up. Sure the Katana is the light Saber of the sword world. The bad guys take no action in the story. We have one major encounter with them but it's just that a meeting encounter we don't see there plan, there action and most of what the main characters are doing is not based on information it's based on Dreams... That's right Dreams. Because THAT HAS NEVER BEEN DONE BEFORE! Take out the Dreams and the stuff we already know and the Travelog of this story and you have about 20 Pages of real story. The main battle at the start of the story is over and is only told in retrospect. This is not a story, this book is simply a prolog for a story. Todd McLaren is great reading it. S.M. Stirling had one good idea he stretched into the first three books. After that it has all been down hill until this one has impacted at what can only be said to be very bad young adult fantasy. Can one character have a flaw? Can there be a lazy guy or a Woman who is a main character and is not a secret weapons master of some kind. How about someone who is near sighted, or doesn't have a hand, or speaks with a lisp. Expect Low fatality in battles, enemies that only show up to goose the story, and nothing else to happen. Please please please!!! STOP THIS WRITER!!!

    Oh and the Bear Killers have turned into almost a joke. They were awesome in the first set of three books, then good after that. Now they are just along for the ride.


    What could S. M. Stirling have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    S.M. Stirling is not bad at all he really makes this steam pile of brown mound acceptable as far as you can swallow it.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Living in Oregon I can tell you. 0% chance of any sort of Irish or Scottish accent ever developing here no matter how many people you kill.


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

    Everything that has to do with...
    1. The history we have already read. We are just in a new world, move on.
    2. Anything about how super able the Celtic way is, it's just a clan system of people.
    3. Anything about Traveling, Ok horse, boat, rail, horse, boat, bicycle, rail, Yes we got it.
    4. Any talk about how deadly someone is. Please!
    5. How cute anyone is, talk about writing on the wall.
    6. Enough Katana Porn. I got it! in your mind the Katana is the Atom Bomb.
    7. No more super sense predicting ambush.
    8. No more archers ready at every battle.
    9. No more super able, ultra deadly anybody.
    10. Anyone who is related to anyone else. Too much of this story is explaining who is related to who, why and how they feel about it.
    11. Enough about the Pagan ways, we got that, just a little refresher is needed.

    Wait if you cut this out, there is no more book. Just an out line that would read.


    Any additional comments?

    When the bead guys are not in the story, when they just show up to be defeated or evaded. When they have no more motivation than "i'm evil and this is what I do" it makes detracts from the Heroes story.

    Star War: we know what the bad guys are doing and why, we see what the good guys are doing and why.

    Stephen King: The stand. a post apocalypse world. We see Flagg his successes and failures and frustrations. We see heroes taking action and why.

    You can get away with not showing the bad guy in motion, but to do you must make up for it with great story telling, not just, Bad guys show up and everyone get's away, or Bad guy shows up and is defeated, or making the action happen off screen and the most important point of the book (The death of Artos) a memory.

    I don't care much for the Queen because it's all getting handed to her. She is not really growing she is not facing risk she is not making happen. No bear out of the woods, no dire enemy,

    Ok the bad guys in the story. We know they have some sort of spooky powers but how and why it works seems only to be limited to what first the story. There is no scale or rules to it,. Why the bad guys are doing what their doing makes no sense. How they are doing what they are doing is still, after all these book unseen.

    Please Please Please stop this series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mothman Prophecies

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By John A. Keel
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (103)

    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
    (206)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (187)

    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.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful

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