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Christopher

Littleton, CO, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Pathfinder: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Don Leslie, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2734)
    Performance
    (2058)
    Story
    (2074)

    Rigg is well trained at keeping secrets. Only his father knows the truth about Rigg’s strange talent for seeing the paths of people’s pasts. But when his father dies, Rigg is stunned to learn just how many secrets Father had kept from him - secrets about Rigg’s own past, his identity, and his destiny. And when Rigg discovers that he has the power not only to see the past, but also to change it, his future suddenly becomes anything but certain.

    Paul says: "Story OK, Narration Mixed"
    "Better than average, but not by much"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    It was somewhat entertaining but also felt a bit preachy. Additionally, the main protagonist had a few too many easy situations pop up, usually without any buildup to explain how he could have dealt with it so quickly.


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

    About what I expected.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Do you think Pathfinder needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It is set up as a series, but the story was complete on its own.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Memory of Light: Wheel of Time, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4817)
    Performance
    (4379)
    Story
    (4427)

    Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

    Amazon Customer says: "End of one of my favorite fantasy series ever."
    "Great, but not quite satisfying"
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    If you could sum up A Memory of Light in three words, what would they be?

    Too many expectations


    What did you like best about this story?

    Resolution. All the story lines are tied up. and for the most part, it was very satisfying.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Matt versus Mordeth.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was fantastic, but I am not sure it could have ever met my expectations. I have read the series for so long and waited for this conclusion for more than twenty years. Not sure it could have met my expectations, especially since they have said there will be no books after this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5290)
    Performance
    (4910)
    Story
    (4907)

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "Amazing and only getting better."
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    Would you listen to Cold Days again? Why?

    Yes. Marsters is a fantastic narrator. The story had so many subtleties and intricacies that I don't remember them all and could still enjoy it again.


    What other book might you compare Cold Days to and why?

    Any previous Dresden Files book. To a lesser degree, the Iron Druid Chronicles.


    Which character – as performed by James Marsters – was your favorite?

    Probably Toot (although they were all very good).


    Any additional comments?

    Frustrated I have to wait at least another year for the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tricked: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (5471)
    Performance
    (5048)
    Story
    (5040)

    Druid Atticus O’Sullivan hasn’t stayed alive for more than two millennia without a fair bit of Celtic cunning. So when vengeful thunder gods come Norse by Southwest looking for payback, Atticus, with a little help from the Navajo trickster god Coyote, lets them think that they’ve chopped up his body in the Arizona desert. But the mischievous Coyote is not above a little sleight of paw, and Atticus soon finds that he’s been duped into battling bloodthirsty desert shape-shifters called skinwalkers.

    Nicholas says: "Hooked in an Instant"
    "Excellent as always"
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    Performance
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Tricked to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read it first, but I love Luke Daniels's narration, so probably. I couldn't imagine Oberon in any voice but his.


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

    Atticus. Perfect blend of pop culture and historical references.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. Hearne's style is very entertaining.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4760)
    Performance
    (4377)
    Story
    (4378)

    Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

    Magpie says: "Two books in one - keep listening!!"
    "Good but not great"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Michael J. Sullivan and/or Tim Gerard Reynolds?

    Yes


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

    About what I was expecting. The author didn't throw any last second curve to confuse the reader.


    What does Tim Gerard Reynolds bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good characterization, especially for the protagonists.


    Did Theft of Swords inspire you to do anything?

    No. :)


    Any additional comments?

    There were times the book plodded along a little bit. I very much liked the two thieves and their growth. I also thoroughly enjoyed the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Control Point: Shadow Ops

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Myke Cole
    • Narrated By Corey Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (130)

    Myke Cole is an expert at ratcheting up suspense and delivering pulse-pounding adventure that leaves audiences breathless. In Shadow Ops: Control Point, the world has seemingly gone mad. People are waking up with magical powers, such as the ability to raise the dead or call forth storms. The only thing staving off a plunge into chaos is the Supernatural Operations Corps, headed by Oscar Britton. But when Oscar exhibits a power of his own, the hunter becomes the hunted.

    Eugene says: "get on with it"
    "Disappointing"
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    What disappointed you about Control Point?

    Protagonist and narration. There was so much potential with this story, but I simply did not like the main character. Not only did he seem selfish and ignorant, some of his actions did not make sense.

    The narrator, especially compared to other Fantasy narrators (James Marsters on the Dresden Files, Roy Dotrice on Song of Ice and Fire) was not good. He could emote, but there was very little distinction between most characters.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Myke Cole again?

    Probably not.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Corey Jackson’s performances?

    No. I give better performances to my kids reading them bedtime stories.


    What character would you cut from Control Point?

    Protagonist.


    Any additional comments?

    I really wanted to like this story and stuck it out to the end, hoping the resolution would redeem it in some way. But even the conclusion left me wanting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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