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John O'Keefe

Stow, MA | Member Since 2011

  • 6 reviews
  • 7 ratings
  • 119 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2014

  • The Dragon's Path: Dagger and Coin, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Daniel Abraham
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Popular author Daniel Abraham’s works have been nominated for the Hugo Award and the World Fantasy Award. In The Dragon’s Path, former soldier Marcus is now a mercenary—but he wants nothing to do with the coming war. So instead of fighting, he elects to guard a caravan carrying the wealth of a nation out of the war zone—with the assistance of an unusual orphan girl named Cithrin.

    Kristin says: "Epic Fantasy and Something Else"
    "No Elves or Wizards To Be Found"
    What did you love best about The Dragon's Path?

    This is not a typical fantasy novel, and not a single spell is cast, that takes a very different approach to the story telling. No brawny warriors or mystic mages are at the forefront, it follows a byzantine path that lays the groundwork for the fundamental story told through the eyes, varying chapter by chapter, of a small group of characters.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Geder was probably my favorite character because he was the most significantly transformed throughout the story and it's really unclear whether the changes are for the better.

    What about Pete Bradbury’s performance did you like?

    All the character voices were distinctive and recognizable and he managed to do women's voices well.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Among Others

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jo Walton
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Startling, unusual, and yet irresistably readable, Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and SF, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment.

    Eoin says: "Subtle Character Piece"
    "Simply a wonderful book"
    Where does Among Others rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Easily in the top 2. Just a wonderful work and performance. I'm a huge Charles de Lint fan and there are strong similarities.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Among Others?

    Morwenna's first time at the book club, really resonated with me. I would have loved to have that experience as a kid.

    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    Just flawless. The performance elevated an amazing book to new levels. Often I hear a character's voice in my head but Kellgren's performance was so much better than I could have possibly imagined.

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

    So much of Morwenna's childhood feelings if isolation and otherness mimicked my own growing up in the same era. Certainly, there could have been pandering to a like-minded audience but this never felt like anything other than authentic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Circle

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Dave Eggers
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company's modernity and activity.

    Darwin8u says: "A solid, just not great social network dystopia"
    "I don't understand all the hype"
    Would you try another book from Dave Eggers and/or Dion Graham?

    No, I would likely not try another book by this author or performance by this narrator.

    Has The Circle turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No,, just the author.

    What didn’t you like about Dion Graham’s performance?

    Most of the time his performance could be described as "breathless." By this I don't mean exciting I mean that it felt like he was out of breath while reading. Additionally, oftentimes, his performance did not match what was happening in the book based upon contextual statements from the book's actual narrative, for example somebody is described as polished and professional but there was nothing in the performance that would indicate that.

    What character would you cut from The Circle?

    Mae. Her naivete was not credible nor was she, in any way, likable which meant I was at no point rooting for her.

    Any additional comments?

    I read a lot of fantasy and science fiction and as a result I have no issues with willing suspension of disbelief, however the amount of credulity that this book requires around human motivation and reactions is completely inconsistent with reality.

    0 of 2 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    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"
    "Too much of a good thing"
    Would you listen to Tricked again? Why?

    While the story does progress the characters, for the series is very much a popcorn treat that I"m likely not to return to an individual book, at least not anytime soon.

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

    The story did a great job picking up where the last one left off and, while not necessarily picking up the pieces, things moved forward. However, while I do love the character of Oberon I really felt like there was just way too much of him in Tricked. That said, I also felt like there was far too little of him in the prior book, Hammered, so it may be that Hearne is trying to fine-tune the "right amount."

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

    Daniels is an excellent voice actor and makes every character recognizable by voice, alone. Oberon, in particular, is infused with personality that I'm not sure would come across quite the same way as printed dialog in a book.

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

    Yes. It flowed well and at no point did it stall or even get me to the point where I was 100% sure how all the details would resolve.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leviathan Wakes

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James S.A. Corey
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays

    James S.A. Corey delivers compelling SF that ranks with the best in the field. In Leviathan Wakes, ice miner Jim Holden is making a haul from the rings of Saturn when he and his crew encounter an abandoned ship, the Scopuli. Uncovering a terrifying secret, Jim bears the weight of impending catastrophe. At the same time, a detective has been hired by well-heeled parents to find a missing girl, and the investigator’s search leads him right to the Scopuli.

    Ethan M. says: "Fun hard SF action with a blue collar bent"
    "Excellent Mix of Space Opera and Cop Story"
    What did you love best about Leviathan Wakes?

    The characters grew on me subtly and over time. Much like getting to know people over the course of time, I was unaware that I had come to care for them and when I realized that it had happened I recognized how well crafted the story was.

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

    Mr. Mays' is a versatile voice actor how brought distinctive personality to each character and really enhanced the experience overall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "If the 80s make your heart go pit-a-pat"
    What made the experience of listening to Ready Player One the most enjoyable?

    For me, the era referred to in the book, the 80s, was my formative years.

    What three words best describe Wil Wheaton’s performance?

    Good within limits.

    Any additional comments?

    The book had a very strong beginning and finish but much of the middle felt significantly weaker. In many cases, I felt that the middle was merely propped up by the 80s pop culture references. fortunately, the action and plot begin accelerating (again) after that and led to a very satisfying conclusion.

    Wil Wheaton's narration was good, as it always has been in my experience, although I'm starting to form the impression that 3 or 4 voices is his maximum capacity for making characters that are both distinctive and natural sounding. At several points in the book, several characters simply struck me as "forced" in their voice and it dropped me out of the story, Og in particular was distracting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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