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Raymond

Fort Collins, Colorado, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Shadowplay: Shadowmarch: Volume II

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Tad Williams
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (158)

    A year ago, the March Kingdoms were at peace, and the Eddon family held the throne. Now the family has been shattered. King Olin Eddon is a prisoner in a faraway land, and Olin’s heir Kendrick is dead – slain by treachery and dark, bloody magic. With their father and brother taken from them, the royal twins Barrick and Briony have done their best to hold the kingdom together, but now Barrick has been captured in a failed war against the immortal Twilight People and Briony has been forced to flee.

    Coral says: "Stuff is happening but it's rather dull"
    "Good story and a great narration"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I quite enjoyed the entire Shadowmarch series. It was a very entertaining story that kept me quite intrigued. The narration by Dick Hill was exceptional.


    What did you like best about this story?

    There was enough character details to keep me interested but no so much that it became tedious. The story kept me guessing through three books.


    0 of 0 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
    (4778)
    Performance
    (4347)
    Story
    (4394)

    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 ending to a long road"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes it is a great ending to the series and a very enjoyable listen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Matt of course. He was the wild card in the entire story.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Kramer and Kate Reading ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Brandon Sanderson did an excellent job tying up the loose ands and finishing the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cider House Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (757)
    Performance
    (433)
    Story
    (431)

    From one of America's most beloved and respected writers comes the classic story of Homer Wells, an orphan, and Wilbur Larch, a doctor without children of his own, who develop an extraordinary bond with one another.

    Patti says: "Wonderful"
    "Engaging story and performance"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes it is entertaining and thought provoking. The characters are interesting.


    What other book might you compare The Cider House Rules to and why?

    The world according to garp


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

    No


    If you could take any character from The Cider House Rules out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Ray, he seems like an interesting character


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ruins: Pathfinder, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1386)
    Performance
    (1230)
    Story
    (1252)

    When Rigg and his friends crossed the Wall between the only world they knew and a world they could not imagine, he hoped he was leading them to safety. But the dangers in this new wallfold are more difficult to see. Rigg, Umbo, and Param know that they cannot trust the expendable, Vadesh - a machine shaped like a human, created to deceive - but they are no longer certain that they can even trust one another. But they will have little choice. Because although Rigg can decipher the paths of the past, he can’t yet see the horror that lies ahead: A destructive force with deadly intentions is hurtling toward Garden.

    James says: "Story Stretching 101"
    "The story drags but it's still a good listen."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Ruins to be better than the print version?

    This installment was not as good as the first book . the narration is good though and the story is still interesting. Hopefully things will pickup in the next release.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Orson Scott Card? Why or why not?

    Yes, overall, l think he is a good story teller


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower I

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6842)
    Performance
    (3273)
    Story
    (3318)

    Eerie, dreamlike, set in a world that is weirdly related to our own, The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead, of In-World that was, as he pursues his enigmatic antagonist to the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea in the first volume of The Dark Tower series. Roland, the last gunslinger, is a solitary figure, perhaps accursed, who with a strange single-mindedness traverses an exhausted, almost timeless landscape of good and evil.

    Valerie says: "Just As Wonderful as I Remembered!"
    "Narration made this book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it is entertaining and very well narrated. It would be better though if you offered a complete set.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Stephen King? Why or why not?

    Absolutely, I have read many of his books already!


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

    I tried to read this book a couple of times and could not get into it. I have to say though that I thoroughly enjoyed George Guidall's narration and subsequently the book itself.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Gunslinger and why?

    Toss up between Jake and Roland. I guess I have to go with Roland because he's the gunslinger.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Streets of Laredo

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Daniel Von Bargen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (310)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (224)

    The final book of Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove tetralogy is an exhilarating tale of legend and heroism. Captain Woodrow Call, August McCrae's old partner, is now a bounty hunter hired to track down a brutal young Mexican bandit. Riding with Call are an Eastern city slicker, a witless deputy, and one of the last members of the Hat Creek outfit, Pea Eye Parker, now married to Lorena -- once Gus McCrae's sweetheart. This long chase leads them across the last wild streches of the West....

    Pamela Pequeno says: "Torturous listening"
    "Great Story and Reader"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Streets of Laredo to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the printed version so I cannot comment.


    What other book might you compare Streets of Laredo to and why?

    Lonesome Dove. It's the same author and narrator. Both were performed excellently.


    Which character – as performed by Daniel Von Bargen – was your favorite?

    Ned Brookshire


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

    It's a western. I can't say it was very emotional (not like Lonesome Dove).


    Any additional comments?

    An entertaining western with an interesting twist. It was nice seeing the rangers and Captain Call from another vantage point (that of Maria the daughter and sister of men they had hanged for horse stealing).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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