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David

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada | Member Since 2009

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  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34223)
    Performance
    (25378)
    Story
    (25723)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Annoying narrator"
    Overall

    A great story ruined by the narrator. She speaks with an annoying affectation, and sounds as if she were reading to children. Perhaps she was trying to imitate the speech of the heroine -- but this doesn't explain why her delivery was so devoid of emotion. In all, very distracting. I'll avoid this narrator in the future.

    61 of 76 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book IV

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (4157)
    Performance
    (2378)
    Story
    (2400)

    It is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces, some familiar, others only just appearing, are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.

    Aaron says: "No Roy Dotrice"
    "Great story, disappointing narration"
    Overall

    The fourth volume of this series offers a great continuation to the game of thrones storyline - but for some reason they switched narrators. This is a shame - John Lee's performance is overly theatrical, and relies too much on awkward pauses and changes of tone that distract from the storyline and don't convey much personality. I sorely missed Roy Dotrice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15059)
    Performance
    (11625)
    Story
    (11688)

    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.

    Troy says: "Chapter and part breaks are incorrect"
    "Outstanding"
    Overall

    I'm so glad I found the Game of Thrones series (thanks to HBO). The characters are vibrant, the world they inhabit is compelling, and the complex political intrigues that George RR Martin spins for them are endlessly interesting. The narration in this book is fantastic as well - Roy Dotrice does an excellent job of conveying the personality of each character. There are so many characters and such a large world in this storyline that you may wish to download maps and lists of characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16300)
    Performance
    (12506)
    Story
    (12538)

    A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

    Teddy says: "Did not disappoint..."
    "Terrific"
    Overall

    I'm so glad I found the Game of Thrones series (thanks to HBO). The characters are vibrant, the world they inhabit is compelling, and the complex political intrigues that George RR Martin spins for them are endlessly interesting. The narration in this book is fantastic as well - Roy Dotrice does an excellent job of conveying the personality of each character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24298)
    Performance
    (18237)
    Story
    (18292)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Outstanding"
    Overall

    I'm so glad I found the Game of Thrones series (thanks to HBO). The characters are vibrant, the world they inhabit is compelling, and the complex political intrigues that George RR Martin spins for them are endlessly interesting. The narration in this book is fantastic as well - Roy Dotrice does an excellent job of conveying the personality of each character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Contagious

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Scott Sigler
    • Narrated By Scott Sigler
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (163)

    Across America, a mysterious pathogen transforms ordinary people into raging killers, psychopaths driven by a terrifying, alien agenda. The human race fights back, yet after every battle the disease responds, adapts, using sophisticated strategies and brilliant ruses to fool its pursuers. The only possible explanation: the epidemic is driven not by evolution but by some malevolent intelligence.

    Tracey says: "A Great Set of Books"
    "Should have hired a professional reader"
    Overall

    I'm only about a half hour in to this listen, but I'm not sure I can go any further -- the narrator (the author himself) is so bad as to be almost unbearable. Sounds like a grade 4 student reading in front of his class.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Forever War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Joe Haldeman
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1280)
    Performance
    (717)
    Story
    (727)

    William Mandella is a soldier in Earth's elite brigade. As the war against the Taurans sends him from galaxy to galaxy, he learns to use protective body shells and sophisticated weapons. He adapts to the cultures and terrains of distant outposts. But with each month in space, years are passing on Earth. Where will he call home when (and if) the Forever War ends?

    John says: "A classic."
    "Aging, but still enjoyable"
    Overall

    Although some of Haleman's predictions of the future seem a bit silly now (government-mandated homosexuality to control population, for example) and its pacifist message doesn't have as strong an impact as other efforts, this remains a thoroughly enjoyable yarn. Fun in the same way that other 1950s-1970s future-predictions are fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6872)
    Performance
    (3241)
    Story
    (3246)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Passable"
    Overall

    Though overhyped and much, much too long, there's enough here to keep you tuned in for the full 20 hours of narration.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Windup Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3396)
    Performance
    (1797)
    Story
    (1806)

    Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

    Marius says: "Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner."
    "A must-read for fans of futuristic dystopias"
    Overall

    Bacigalupi offers a plausible vision of the future as a world ruined by greed and ambition. Lushly descriptive and imaginative. The title is a bit inappropriate and the story could have been edited down in a few places, but it is an outstanding read that will long occupy my thoughts. The narration was great too -- well worth your credit.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Breathless

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (601)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (158)

    Grady Adams lives a simple, solitary life deep in the Colorado mountains. Here the 35-year-old carpenter works out of a converted barn, crafting exquisite one-of-a-kind furniture. There's little about this strong yet gentle man to suggest the experiences that have alienated him from the contemporary world. But that is about to change.

    Michael says: "Lifeless"
    "Readers beware - propaganda alert"
    Overall

    Did a religious group pay Koontz to crank out this bit of propaganda? What little plot there is wobbles atop one misunderstanding (or outright lie, maybe?) after another until it collapses completely near the end. Koontz has no business writing about science or theology - his perception is so flawed and biased that I'm tempted to start sending him textbooks. Get thee an education, mister. Won't bother reader another DK, that's for sure.

    9 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Mote in God's Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By L J Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3772)
    Performance
    (2229)
    Story
    (2256)

    The Mote In God's Eye is their acknowledged masterpiece, an epic novel of mankind's first encounter with alien life that transcends the genre. No lesser an authority than Robert A. Heinlein called it "possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read".

    J. Rhoderick says: "A great read!"
    "Fabulous!"
    Overall

    Well worth your time and credit. I found this story really interesting; I want more!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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