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Todd

Indianapolis, Indiana, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Dead Beat: The Dresden Files, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4958)
    Performance
    (3687)
    Story
    (3681)

    When a killer vampire threatens to destroy head of Special Investigations Karrin Murphy's reputation, unless Harry delivers the powerful Word of Kemmler to her, he has no choice. Now Harry is in a race against time to find the Word before Chicago experiences a Halloween night to wake the dead.

    A User says: "I wish it was about 20 hours longer"
    "Like Zombies and Wizards? Try this!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I've been hooked on this series since a friend recommended it. This is one of my favorites from the series thus far. Each of these stories can be read as stand alone, but are better appreciated when you listen to the series. (I started on book 3 and was fine.) This story has is one where Harry is put against necromancers.... It also has a lot of Bob the Skull (my favorite character.) Definitely worth a listen. . ..


    What other book might you compare Dead Beat to and why?

    This book is Harry potter meets, 40's detective story, meets evil dead.


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

    Bob the Skull.... James is very convincing as a performer for both men and women... But with Bob he uses his own accent and gets to be completely inappropriate. It always is a laugh.


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

    Towards the end a method of transportation is awesome!


    Any additional comments?

    IF you're new to the series, I've been told book 3 is where to start... SO I started there... and may go back to 1 and 2 later on... CHECK IT OUT!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Void: Star Wars: SW: Dawn of the Jedi

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Tim Lebbon
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (344)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (327)

    On the planet Tython, the ancient Je’daii order was founded. And at the feet of its wise Masters, Lanoree Brock learned the mysteries and methods of the Force - and found her calling as one of its most powerful disciples. But as strongly as the Force flowed within Lanoree and her parents, it remained absent in her brother, who grew to despise and shun the Je’daii, and whose training in its ancient ways ended in tragedy. Now, from her solitary life as a Ranger keeping order across the galaxy, Lanoree has been summoned by the Je’daii Council on a matter of utmost urgency.

    Pasqual says: "Good but not great."
    "Only if you are a die hard fan!"
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    What would have made Into the Void: Star Wars better?

    Let's just take alot of the main things you love about Star Wars and delete them. Light Sabers? Gone. Light and Dark sides of the Force? Gone. Jedis? Gone. They take much of what you know and go back in time. Before there was Sith Lords or Jedi Counsel. They replace it with the Ja'dii (sp?). A wish wash of balancing light and dark. Resulting in the equivlent of angsty teenage Ja'dii. You follow the equivlent of a cop on a fairly boring journey. There are some good parts... but over all it barley is a Star Wars novel.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Tim Lebbon? Why or why not?

    Not set in this time period.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The range of the performer's voice is limited. The characters sounds alike. This is a major step down from Troy Denning's performance in the "Fate of the Jedi" series.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Into the Void: Star Wars?

    It's an interesting concept going this far back in the mythos but it leads the reader with more questions then answers. In an obvious ploy to further the series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (522)
    Performance
    (428)
    Story
    (440)

    Oscar Wilde brings his enormous gifts for astute social observation and sparkling prose to The Picture of Dorian Gray, the dreamlike story of a young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty. This dandy, who remains forever unchanged---petulant, hedonistic, vain, and amoral---while a painting of him ages and grows increasingly hideous with the years, has been horrifying and enchanting readers for more than 100 years.

    Daniel says: "Beautifully written, brilliantly read."
    "Not my cup of tea"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I really have been trying to listen to books that are considered must reads. This book just moved so slowly that it bored me.


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

    I already knew the premise of this book so the ending was no surprise.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration like the story wasn't anything special. I think I have been spoiled by narrations that incorporate sound effects. Or maybe its the readings that sound like they actually are enthusiastic about the material past just reading it.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I've listened to several books from this period, they are just not for me. If you like this style of writing then enjoy! I found the story to be really dull with an odd emphasis on details of things that didn't add to the overall story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (14673)
    Performance
    (11271)
    Story
    (11332)

    As opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.

    Troy says: "Chapter and part breaks are incorrect"
    "A long haul but worth it"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Game of Thrones is an epic in every sense of the word. This world is so broad and immersive. You can tell that the author really spent a lot of time working out this story before he penned it. BUT this is almost to a fault, these books are so immersive you really do have a hard time trying to keep all the story lines straight. The overall story is worth the time, but if you commit to this series you're looking at around 160+ hours of audio.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The subplot of John Snow is my favorite part of the story.


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

    There is no way you could do this even if you wanted to. At best I could do about 5 hours of it at a time.


    Any additional comments?

    I like G.o.T. and now having watched it on TV and hearing the books, I can say this fills in a lot. TheTV show really is great at picking out interesting parts of the story line, but they miss out on much the books fill in. If you enjoy the TV series and have A LOT of time to kill then these will make the universe more immersive. The Narrator does a great job at making voices for each of the characters. There are some story lines that are amazing and interesting. There are other ones that are long drawn out and at point dull. So you can take the good with the bad and decide for yourself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6449)
    Performance
    (5662)
    Story
    (5662)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Konstantin says: "Suprizingly entertaining"
    "An interesting take on monsters"
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    If you could sum up Monster Hunter International in three words, what would they be?

    Get paid to hunt monsters. This books works on pre-established ideas about monsters. They take the idea of hunting monsters being turned into a private enterprise. The author is definitely either very much a fan of both monster mythos and guns or has quite the research team. The descriptions that go into the weaponry is quite impressive. This book follows the Owen Z. Pitt who is thrown into this world and doesn't hate. He is put up against a host of different monsters, and finds a place in his new world.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Franks is the most interesting character. Tragically you don't find out why until book 2.


    Which character – as performed by Oliver Wyman – was your favorite?

    Harbinger is portrayed very well as a tough no nonsense southerner.


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

    This books has several points in it where you really don't know what will happen. It is well paced and worth a listen for the run time.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are like me and really enjoy Harbinger as a character book 3 is a real treat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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