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Marty Puckett

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  • Legion

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3661)
    Performance
    (3310)
    Story
    (3380)

    Stephen Leeds, AKA 'Legion,' is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the story begins, Leeds and his 'aspects' are drawn into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera whose astonishing properties could alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society.

    Joshua says: "The only flaw..."
    "Wonderful!"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Legion in three words, what would they be?

    Fresh. Engaging. Fun.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Legion?

    The interaction between aspects, always entertaining.


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

    No, this is my first Audible book. But I was very impressed with his narration and characterizations. He has set a high bar that will present a daunting task to other narrators as they attempt to equal his performance, much less try to surpass it.


    Any additional comments?

    The team of Sanderson and Wyman may prove to be an unbeatable duo.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Crossover: Cassandra Kresnov, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Joel Shepherd
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (157)

    Crossover is the first novel in a series which follows the adventures of Cassandra Kresnov, an artificial person, or android, created by the League, one side of an interstellar war against the more powerful, conservative Federation. Cassandra is an experimental design - more intelligent, more creative, and far more dangerous than any that have preceded her. But with her intellect come questions, and a moral awakening. She deserts the League and heads incognito into the space of her former enemy, the Federation, in search of a new life.

    Tango says: "Crossover to a Different Book"
    "Wasted potential."
    Overall
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    What did you like best about Crossover? What did you like least?

    I'm not sure there was anything I liked "Best". Only things I didn't dislike as much. The writing was unsophisticated, almost juvenile. This isn't necessarily a bad thing as it can make for good escapism that you can just experience without having to think about it too much. However when combined with the "Bad" the unsophisticated tends to lose any of its redeeming quality.
    Now for the bad.
    1. Exposition! Exposition! Exposition! I frequently found my mind wandering during many of the frequent pauses for the main character to 'reflect' on whatever Mr Shepherd decided needing elucidation at the moment. The first few times when I'd catch myself doing it I would rewind to the point where I was last paying attention. But I realized early on that I really wasn't missing much, definitely nothing that moved the plot forward, so I stopped rewinding and found that I could easily pick up the plot, such as it was.
    2. I want to like the main character but find her slightly cartoonish and vaguely unrealized. I feel that Mr Shepherd missed an interesting opportunity for character growth with Cassandra. She had a decidedly non-standard childhood, yet I've seen real life people with a more standard upbringing be much more unstable than she. It made it a lot harder to sympathize with her situation when it seems she doesn't suffer near as much as you'd expect.
    I think John Scalzi handled a similar situation better with his Jane Sagan character in the Old Man's War series.
    3. While the political situation was interesting the rest of the world seemed flat, and Mr Shepherd seemed to have trouble conveying his ideas for Cassandra' universe, thus all the random expositions that, at least for me, did little to shed any light on the subject.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Joel Shepherd? Why or why not?

    No, probably not


    What aspect of Dina Pearlman’s performance would you have changed?

    She's not the worst narrator I've listened to, but she needs to slow down just a bit. And she has some odd inflections and pacing at time as if she didn't understand what the author intended. I blame this as much on the director as her.


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

    Maybe, the action was decent, it would have to have a big SF budget though. And as long as the book is once you cut out all the expository nonsense you'd only have about an hours worth of material left.


    Any additional comments?

    I felt there was a lot of untapped potential here. The whole super soldier story line is a hard one to balance and be able to stay inside the suspension of belief zone of most readers. Mr Shepherd tried, but ultimately missed the mark with me, and I can usually overlook quite a bit.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (6070)
    Performance
    (5519)
    Story
    (5536)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "Surprisingly good!"
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    What did you love best about Hard Magic?

    After Monster Hunter International I was hesitant to try Larry Correia again. MHI was one of the few books I had to force myself to finish. It was all about how many bullets could be put on target, the realization that bullets aren't working, change magazines and keep doing the same futile action. Rinse and repeat. Sigh.

    Hard Magic and its followup books, however, present a surprisingly balanced story. Excellent characters with believable motivations. Excellent and believable action scenes based in a well thought out magic system. Once you accept the premise of that system there is very little suspension of disbelief necessary. The story arc is well planned out with an enjoyable and satisfying end point. That said I was left wanting to spend more time with the characters and explore more of the world Mr. Correia created. To me that is the mark of a well written story. Bravo!


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

    No, this was his performance I have listened to. But it won't be the last. His characterization was excellent as most of the main characters were easily discernible. My only complaint, though minor, was the change in Lance Talon's dialect. In Hard Magic he is portrayed with a New York accent, while in the later books he has a Texas drawl. Like I said minor but was the only complaint I could come up with.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Furies of Calderon: Codex Alera, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4416)
    Performance
    (3065)
    Story
    (3103)

    In the realm of Alera, where people bond with the furies - elementals of earth, air, fire, water, and metal - 15-year-old Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. But when his homeland erupts in chaos - when rebels war with loyalists and furies clash with furies - Tavi's simple courage will turn the tides of war.

    Jim says: "Remastered into chapters from CD."
    "Great story and performance marred by crap editing"
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    Would you try another book from Jim Butcher and/or Kate Reading?

    I love Jim Butcher's work, great escapism.


    Any additional comments?

    One of my favorite series, and while Kate Reading's performance is good, it was ruined by sloppy, amateurish editing. When cuts are made from one take to another they are jammed together with no pause. In print it would be equivalent to running one sentence into the next without the benefit of punctuation or even spaces. I found it very jarring and distracting.

    Speaking of distracting, what was the purpose for throwing in trumpet fanfares at random intervals?

    My conclusion:
    Story-good.
    Performance-good.
    Production quality-pitiful/shameful

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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