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Patrick

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  • Shadow Chaser: Chronicles of Siala, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Alexey Pehov
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (182)

    Saddened because they have left one of their number in a grave in the wilderness, Harold and his band of outcasts continue their journey toward the dreaded underground palace of Hrad Spein. But before they can reach their goal, they must overcome all manner of obstacles, fight many battles...and evade the frightful enemies on their trail.Once they have breached Hrad Spein, a task entire armies of warriors and wizards have failed to achieve, Harold must venture, alone, into the secret heart of the most dangerous place in his world.

    David says: "Way more entertaining than it has any right to be"
    "Surprise! Not quite as good as the first book!"
    Overall

    I was thrilled when I saw that book 2 of the Chronicles of Siala was out, having thoroughly enjoyed the first book, and particularly the outstanding narrator. I'd have to give this one a rating of around 3.7-3.8, so I rounded it to a 4 out of 5. I didn't find the story as engaging as the first, and found the pace unusual at times. Sometimes there would be great and lengthy detail about the smallest of matters that really weren't central to the story, then in other parts more important events worthy of more epic treatment seemed to be rushed. It was good to learn more about the wider range of characters, but possibly at the cost of becoming more engrossed in and attached to the main characters. The one shining star, as in the first audiobook, was narrator MacLeod Andrews. I've stopped listening to some audiobooks I was very interested in after coming across annoying or sub-par narrators. This is the opposite. Andrews is so engaging and excellent with a broad range of voices and dialects that I'm now seeking out other books he's narrated. His goblin jester voice is undoubtedly among my all-time favorites. Now it's time to wait for the next book in the series, with high hopes that Andrews is already booked (pun intended) for it!

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

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46409)
    Performance
    (39709)
    Story
    (39698)

    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.

    Magikarp Salad says: "Wow."
    "Chock-full of WOW moments!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd absolutely recommend this book and series to a friend, and recently actually gave a buddy the four-book set for his birthday. Storm of Swords was chock-full of surprises and happenings that had me smiling and going


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Storm of Swords?

    There were so MANY memorable moments in the book, and I don't want to be a spoiler. Some of my favorites involved a wedding feast, an encounter in the privy, and an unusual pairing of two of my favorite characters in the book.


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

    I have to admit I wasn't crazy about Ray Dotrice when I first heard him performing the first book. I found him to have too proper of a manner of speech with certain characters, and somewhat weak doing young voices. I have to say he's grown on me! His ability to switch between voices for the massive cast of characters has been very helpful in keeping track of who is who. I have no doubt I'd be looking back in the book every now and again whilst reading to try to remember various characters. The voice acting helps immensely with that.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A Storm of Swords, bringing the masterpiece A Song of Ice and Fire to new epic heights!


    Any additional comments?

    George R.R. Martin and J.R.R. Tolkien... there MUST be something about that R.R.!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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