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Erlend

Trussville, AL, United States | Member Since 2007

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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
    (4007)
    Performance
    (2410)
    Story
    (2441)

    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"
    "If you like Scooby Doo, you might like this"
    Overall

    In my opinion, this is absolutely terrible, and that's giving it too much credit. The writing seems adolescent, the characters aren't likeable, the plot is beyond horrible, and the whole thing is just a bad rip off of the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. I made the mistake of buying the first three audio books at once on sale. They're all just as bad, and I wish I could have the time I wasted on this drivel back. The author's name should be Terry Badkind! Go to his website, he seems like a narcissist. For the love of God, stay away from this book!! Check out Robert Jordan, RR. Martin, or Patrick Rothfuss instead.

    25 of 40 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow of the Torturer: The Book of the New Sun, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gene Wolfe
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (787)
    Performance
    (491)
    Story
    (493)

    The Shadow of the Torturer is the first volume in the four-volume epic, the tale of a young Severian, an apprentice to the Guild of Torturers on the world called Urth, exiled for committing the ultimate sin of his profession - showing mercy towards his victim.

    Gene Wolfe's "The Book of the New Sun" is one of speculative fiction's most-honored series. In a 1998 poll, Locus Magazine rated the series behind only "The Lord of the Rings" and The Hobbit as the greatest fantasy work of all time.

    Darwin8u says: "Original, Difficult and Well-Crafted."
    "Meaningless Drivel"
    Overall

    This has got to be one of the worst fantasy books of all time. I thought Terry Goodkind was bad, but he's a true genius in comparison to Mr. Wolfe's work. I would give this book negative stars if I could. I'm almost at the end and I'm still waiting for the story to start. Some of these reviews brags about Mr. Wolfe's english, well his fine words might be great, but they don't tell anything. The narrator isn't a whole lot better, while not the worst I've heard, he most definitely gets on my nerves. Stay clear of this, don't say you haven't been warned!!

    2 of 18 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
    (4237)
    Performance
    (2444)
    Story
    (2469)

    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"
    "@!#$##%"
    Overall

    I understand that sometimes @#$@# happens where it is necessary to change the narrator for a sequel, especially for a series as long as this one. However, I'm extremely peeved that they couldn't find a better one than Mr. John Lee. He may do well with some books, but I think he should have stayed away from this one. If he was the only one available, they could have at least made him pronounce the names of people and places the same way as his predecessor! The book is still enjoyable, but Mr. John Lee definitely brought it down a few notches. Hopefully they'll find someone better to narrate the next book.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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