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Craig T. Metzger

Delaware USA | Member Since 2012

  • 2 reviews
  • 8 ratings
  • 157 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015

  • Star Wars: Red Harvest

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Joe Schreiber
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The era of the Old Republic is a dark and dangerous time, as Jedi Knights valiantly battle the Sith Lords and their ruthless armies. But the Sith have disturbing plans - and none more so than the fulfillment of Darth Scabrous’s fanatical dream, which is about to become nightmarish reality. Unlike those other Jedi sidelined to the Agricultural Corps - young Jedi whose abilities have not proved up to snuff - Hestizo Trace possesses one extraordinary Force talent: a gift with plants....

    Thomas says: "Below Average for a Star Wars book"
    "Excellent book coupled with an excellent reading."
    What did you love best about Star Wars: Red Harvest?

    The insight into the Sith and Dark Side presented by Joe Schreiber is very rich. With the exception of the works by Drew Karpyshyn, I think the interworking of the and their mentality have rarely been so clearly depicted and accurately portrayed. I am not a fan of the zombie genre, but I am a huge fan of the Dark Side. I was reluctant to read this book, but I found that while the undead are a large, nay prominent part of this novel, it is not just a "let's throw zombie into the Star Wars universe." This novel is a well thought out Sith novel that is based on previously established Sith preoccupations. The zombies are just a logical result to the methods employed by the Sith Lord of this novel. Well done!

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Wars: Red Harvest?

    One of the most memorable moments of the novel was final battle between the main characters brother and the Dark Lord of the Sith. The battle expressed the way the dark side feeds on fear and anger while showing the cunning and sly manipulation by the Sith Lord. Yet, it is done tastefully and with all the best conventions of the Star Wars franchise.

    What about John Glover’s performance did you like?

    I have lived John Glover's acting since I saw him is White Nights and then Scrooged. When I saw his performance on Smallville, I became a fan. He plaid a very complex character and played him well showing how dynamic of an actor he really is. In this production, he is no less amazing. His voice talents alone, ranging from his very deep voices that make you almost believe Michael Clarke Duncan is on set to softer and lower toned young boys at the Sith academy. Add to that the sheer presence of his voice and he isn't just reading a book and adding pitch to the characters voices, he is truly acting each part out as if he were doing a theatrical performance. They could also classify this as a dramatization of the book. Well done Mr. Glover.

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

    Absolutely. As it is, I have a one hour ride to work each morning and a one hour ride home...assuming traffic isn't bad. Otherwise, I am in the car for an hour and a half or more one way. So, since I can’t read and drive, I listen to books that I have on my "To Read" list. This is a one of the rare books that I actually look forward to traffic problems just so I can get a few more minutes of the story before I get home. If it weren't for my family and work, I would have just curled up in a chair and listed to the novel in its entirety in one sitting.

    Any additional comments?

    Outside of the Drew Karpyshyn novels, this is one of my favorite Star Wars novels and has made the list of top SciFi novels. Also, with John Glover reading, this Audio book is an amazing entertainment find. If you are looking for a good Star Wars book or just a good SciFi novel with a good narrator, this is a book for you. Enjoy!

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  • 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

    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"
    "A must read...listen!"

    Amazing story. Great Character depth, excellent plot and a very detailed and imaginative setting. I am looking forward to reading/listening to the rest of the series. That said, the narrator, Roy Dotrice, takes some getting used to. I understand he is British and it is most likely his accent that through me off at first, but he came across rather monotone and dreary at first, however, his performance grew on me and in time, I began to enjoy the book immensely. The only remain criticism I have is that too many characters sound like pirates. Sure, the people of the Iron islands and any of the characters manning the boats can sound like Jonny Depp and his crew, but not every other sellsword, lowborn and member of the hill tribes should sound like he belongs on the deck of the pearl.

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