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Chris

silvermagus

Acworth, GA, United States

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  • By Grace and Banners Fallen: Prologue to A Memory of Light

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (632)
    Performance
    (571)
    Story
    (568)

    Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, fans have been anticipating the finale of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 30 languages. The wait will soon be over. The 14th and final volume, A Memory of Light, will be available in hardcover and audiobook on January 8, 2013. However, you can read the prologue, “By Grace and Banners Fallen”, before the book’s official release date.

    Amazon Customer says: "Worth every penny (but no need for it any more)"
    "Excellent start to what should be a great book!"
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    By Grace and Banners Fallen, as you know is a prologue to the final book in Wheel of Time. The good news is, this prequel will get you ready for the final book, the bad news is... it is so short in comparison to my 20 years of waiting!!

    However!!!!! With the full book scheduled, tentatively, to come out in January, this is a good warm up to the final chapter of a legacy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Two Ravens and One Crow: An Iron Druid Chronicles Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2519)
    Performance
    (2348)
    Story
    (2351)

    Two-thousand-year-old Atticus may have outwitted and outfought everyone from Odin to Bacchus, but in this eBook original, he’s about to discover what comes around when you go around messing with gods. Six years into the training of his beautiful apprentice, Granuaile, a large crow swoops down and transforms into none other than the Morrigan, a goddess who insists that Atticus come with her at once. He must leave his apprentice behind, along with his Irish wolfhound, Oberon - and he must also leave his sword.

    Jessica says: "Can't wait for November!"
    "Great prelude to what should be an epic Book 5."
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    This novella goes into a more in-depth story to what is happening to Atticus and his apprentice between books 4 and 5. So this is basically book 4.5. I love this story series because it blends the common era to a old-fashioned druid who has merged with new styles, lingo, and acts like a common 20-something from today.

    The reason I love this book and series, is because it allows for more development of story and explains many things that are not explained in the 12 year absence to book 5.

    The narrator does a wonderful job and is one of the best readers out there. he has the ability to use accents like they are normal to him, he does a great job of differentiating between the males in the story and most of the females.

    Overall, great story, narration, and filling in the holes that are developed between book 4 and 5.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Interview with the Vampire

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1044)
    Performance
    (850)
    Story
    (858)

    Here are the confessions of a vampire. Hypnotic, shocking, and chillingly erotic, this is a novel of mesmerizing beauty and astonishing force - a story of danger and flight, of love and loss, of suspense and resolution, and of the extraordinary power of the senses. It is a novel only Anne Rice could write. From the Paperback edition.

    James says: "Compelling, Simon Vance does it again!"
    "Good Story... but..."
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    If you are a fan of the movie, you should love the book. This book goes into the story of a vampire Louis and how he was created, developed, and the trials he faced as a "fledgling vampire" and how he interacted to today's world and lifestyles.

    Here is why I said but... I am almost finished with The Vampire Lestat and there are a few things that just don't add up, and many things that don't connect to the movie. I may change my opinion once I finish Lestat... look for my review there once I finish the book. :)

    So!!! If you have watched the movie, be prepared for more story and more depth to the characters and a few unexpected surprises that will make you want to watch the movie again just to compare!

    This is just my opinion don't hold me to it as a fact, for all you crazy vampire loving people out there who worship Ann Rice.. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • New Spring: The Wheel of Time Prequel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (2396)
    Performance
    (1320)
    Story
    (1338)

    For three days battle has raged in the snow around the great city of Tar Valon. In the city, a foretelling of the future is uttered. On the slopes of Dragonmount, the immense mountain that looms over the city, a child is born, an infant prophesied to change the world. That child must be found before he can be killed by the forces of the Shadow.

    H. Brown says: "Well done!"
    "Interesting..."
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    The prequel to the famous Wheel of Time series is a good listen. I have always enjoyed Michael Kramer and Kate Reading as narrators. This book should be for those who have either read up to Towers of Midnight, book 13, or have not read any books.
    This book involves a inter-twinded Aes Sedai plot that unravelled even before book one of the Wheel of Time. A good read for those who are caught up and a good read for those who have not even started.

    0 of 0 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
    (10104)
    Performance
    (9024)
    Story
    (9002)

    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"
    "excellent book, great performer!!"
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    Kevin Hearn brings a new edge to magics and modernism. No don't be afraid, the story is good, the book is a quick listen and Luke Daniels does a great job performing his characters down to the last one. His accents are great and the story seems in its natural form. Great job from both. Can't wait for book four, already listened to 2 and 3.
    Even referred a friend to this series who does little to no fantasy novels and he enjoyed it as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12450)
    Performance
    (10882)
    Story
    (10926)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Ryan says: "Enjoyable, but a lot of setup"
    "crazy, riveting and entertaining"
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    George R.R. Martin continues to impress. This was the book I expected to follow book 4. The story continues to wind to what is still a mysterious ending. I enjoyed my time with this book and can't wait for the next instalment of a great saga. Thanks Mr. Martin.
    On a side note, the performer is the respected Roy Dotrice, but he a should have went back and listened to the first three books he narrated. Characters voices were again changed, as with book 4, but I was lost between converting the voices back and just dealing with it, thanks but no thanks. A great listen once you convert the characters back to their better form.
    Great story, but Roy, listen back to your first books in this series and get back on the right path. :)

    1 of 1 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
    (4214)
    Performance
    (2425)
    Story
    (2449)

    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"
    "not what I expected, but a jump towards next phase"
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    Martin runs a great story, however it lacked parts of the first there that I enjoyed, Roy. John Lee does a good job, but changing the performer always changes the characters, a little. No offence John, but you are no Roy.
    Otherwise, a good story to continue in this epic saga.

    0 of 0 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
    (15952)
    Performance
    (12444)
    Story
    (12516)

    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"
    "Riveting to the last word, Martin does it again."
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    Martins story again rivets me to the end. Roy is perfect for these stories and encompasses the personalities of the characters very well. With all the twists and bends this saga continues to prove why Martin is a great author.

    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
    (17252)
    Performance
    (13392)
    Story
    (13428)

    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.

    Alisha says: "Good listen, but what's up with the chapter set up"
    "Excellent story"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Clash of Kings the most enjoyable?

    The whole experience was great. The in depth story, the twists and the individual life each character brings was all around great.


    What other book might you compare A Clash of Kings to and why?

    I have no other book in mind that encompasses the story of Mr. Martin.


    What does Roy Dotrice bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Roy brings a new light to the story. His cove of the characters brings out the individuality of each. He is a very good performer that deserves a thumbs up.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Deceit, sex and much more.


    Any additional comments?

    Love the book, love the performer and love Martins ability to captivate everyone who reads or listens to his novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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