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A. Williamson

Silver Spring, MD USA | Member Since 2001

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  • 24 purchased in 2014
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  • Wizard's First Rule: Sword of Truth, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Sam Tsoutsouvas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3821)
    Performance
    (2236)
    Story
    (2266)

    In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, Richard Cypher encounters a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, in his forest sanctuary. She seeks his help...and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.

    A User says: "Better than the show"
    "I can't wait for the book to end"
    Overall

    I bought "Wizard's First Rule" based on ratings (might have gotten a deal too, can't remember).

    Read the low-star reviews carefully - they're pretty accurate.

    If you have low standards for what pleases you, then by all means. But this is your standard "clueless yokel turned hero" with a linear plot, tired characters, lots of unnecessary repetition, stereotypical bad guys ("Darken Raahl"? Really?), and predictable "surprises."

    If I hadn't sunk 18 hours listening to this already, I would have stopped. The killer was a stretch during this last third of the book (I have a few hours to go) where the main character gets tortured for two hours. Not two story hours...two hours of having to listen to different forms of torture. Frankly, I just wanted the main character to die and for the author to say "THE END." But you know there's some way he gets out of it. Surprise. That whole stretch represented at least an hour and a half of unnecessarily abusing your readers.

    Now I just want to see how it ends. I will NOT be buying any more of Goodkind's books. I'd suggest Lois McMaster Bujold or Jim Butcher - great authors, far more creative, and characters you actually give a hoot about.

    Listening to Goodkind story was like reading a story dumbed down for 12-year olds - except for the endless gratuitous torture.

    23 of 36 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9659)
    Performance
    (8613)
    Story
    (8589)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "Worth it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I bought this based on the reviews, and am 3/4 through it. Pity it's so short.

    Others have it right: if you liked Dresden, you'll really like this as well. The author is clever and the narrator is great.

    For the record, I've been an Audible member for around 14 years, and probably have 250 unabridged titles in my library, around 200 of which I have "read."

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Woken Furies

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1255)
    Performance
    (517)
    Story
    (522)

    Richard K. Morgan has received widespread praise for his astounding 25th-century novels featuring Takeshi Kovacs, and has established a growing legion of fans. Mixing classic noir sensibilities with a searing futuristic vision of an age when death is nearly meaningless, Morgan returns to his saga of betrayal, mystery, and revenge, as Takeshi Kovacs, in one fatal moment, joins forces with a mysterious woman who may have the power to shatter Harlan's World forever.

    Jeri says: "I should have known better..."
    "Exactly what others have said"
    Overall

    Four stars for story, one for production.

    William Dufris is a good narrator - I thought he did a pretty good job in Anathem.

    However, coming in as the narrator of the third book here was a DISASTER. He clearly didn't bother listening to the first two recordings, *nor had anyone with editorial authority*. He butchered the protagonist's name all the way through the book, mispronounced names that had been presented repeatedly in the first two books (e.g. "Innanen," though as an audiobook listener I have no real clue as to the spelling), and for my money, after listening to the other narrator, he just didn't have a manly enough voice to narrate Tak's voice.

    I also found the 'higher pitched,' worry wart male voices he did just fine in Anathem, but for this book, it just made some of the male characters sound like Shaggy from Scooby-Doo.

    His voice also sounded different by the end of the book - mildly improved over the beginning, but little consolation.

    And as others have pointed out, the use of the "hollow" echo/reverb sound to reflect flashbacks or virtual conversations was utterly ridiculous, confusing, even misapplied in places: there were stretches where thoughts (not flashbacks) were played in tunnel-mode. What justification is there for that?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Al Franken
    • Narrated By Al Franken
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (47)

    Fed up with the Republican Right? Then you'll love Al Franken's scathingly hilarious look at America's largest talk show host and his conservative cronies. Funny yet uncompromisingly fair, Franken tackles the issues - and the politicians - in ways few have dared.

    R. Hill says: "Give us the rest of it"
    "My favorite audiobook"
    Overall

    I've listened to this book four times already. Franken's mission seems to be knocking hypocrites off their high horses. He even takes shots at himself. But the main thing is, he's funny and has great delivery. If you don't like intellectual humor or don't believe in personal freedom AND the common good, however, don't bother...you'll be disappointed.

    14 of 19 people found this review helpful

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