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Windsor, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

  • 3 reviews
  • 11 ratings
  • 125 titles in library
  • 16 purchased in 2014

  • The End of Eternity

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This stand-alone work is widely regarded as Asimov's best science fiction novel. Andrew Harlan is an Eternal, a member of the elite of the future. One of the few who live in Eternity, a location outside of place and time, Harlan's job is to create carefully controlled and enacted Reality Changes. These Changes are small, exactingly calculated shifts in the course of history, made for the benefit of humankind. Though each Change has been made for the greater good, there are also always costs....

    C. A. Milus says: "Superior Time Travel Story"
    "Classic Asimov and Classic Sci-Fi!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The End of Eternity to be better than the print version?

    Yes, mostly because of the narrator's voice and him doing an excellent job of conveying the emotions of each character in the book.

    What other book might you compare The End of Eternity to and why?

    Any of Asimov's books. I've not read any Asimov in years, but listening to this one brought me right back and recalled all the other books he has written.

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

    I have not heard him read before, but found his reading of this book well done!

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

    Yes, it sure was. I actually listen to books while I commute and even when my drive was done each day I didn't want to stop the audio but keep listening!

    Any additional comments?

    Great prelude to the Foundation books, and another one of his books which falls beautifully in line with his Robot and Galactic Empire books.

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  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "Slow start but ends well"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The pacing of the book, especially at the beginning seems slow, especially the way James Marsters reads it. He sounds a bit bored reading it.

    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Most interesting was the world Jim Butcher created, mixing a lot of what the reader knows and twisting it about to make it new and interesting. Least interesting aspect was the way Marsters read this first one.

    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Put a bit more life into the story and characters. It all seemed like he was just reading the words off the page without much interest in the material.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Ryan says: "Enjoyable, but a lot of setup"
    "Another Great book in a Great series"
    If you could sum up A Dance with Dragons in three words, what would they be?

    It finally got further into the stores of Jon Snow, Daenerys Stormborn and Tyrion Lannister, and was a far more interesting and engrossing book than Book 4.

    What other book might you compare A Dance with Dragons to and why?

    This book has made me more excited about the next book in a series than any other series has done before. I know I'll be purchasing and reading Book 6 the minute its available.

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

    I found that the narrator had change the tone of voice for some characters between Book 3 and Book 5, especially his female characters. All of the main female characters had the same tone and inflection in their voice, thus not enveloping me as much. I also listened to books 3, 4 and 5 back to back, so I still remembered the voice he used for characters like Daenerys and Arya which now were far different.

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