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  • Midst Toil and Tribulation: Safehold Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    After centuries of stasis, the island kingdom of Charis began to defy the edicts of the Church of God Awaiting - egged on, some say, by the mysterious warrior-monk Merlin Athawes. Now, in the wars and intrigues that have cascaded from Charis's declaration of independence, the populous Republic of Siddermark is sliding into chaos.

    Ryan says: "Narrator is HORRIBLE - Love this series"
    "A bit of research prior to narrating maybe!?"
    What made the experience of listening to Midst Toil and Tribulation the most enjoyable?

    I am one hour into it and and not enjoying anything about the monotone reading with words and names pronounced completely opposite previous narrations...

    Can we PLEASE bring back Oliver Wyman now?!

    Would you be willing to try another one of Kevin T. Collins???s performances?

    Not unless he is the only reader in a series. He obviously didn't bother to listen to previous books to pick up consistent pronunciation and accents.

    24 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Sky Dragons: Dragonriders of Pern

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Anne McCaffrey, Todd McCaffrey
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Leadership of these dragons and riders falls to Xhinna, female rider of a blue dragon, who must earn the respect of all who follow her and solve the problem of how to get sufficient numbers of dragon eggs, all while protecting her people and baby dragons from the predators, and worse, traitors!

    Keithwsr says: "Will it keep it's old snap"
    "Decent Narrator, horrible book..."
    Would you try another book from Anne McCaffrey and Todd McCaffrey and/or Emily Durante?

    I like Emily Durante, she is a competent and entertaining narrator given solid material. Unfortunately this was not solid material. I am done with Todd McCaffrey and grieve at not only the passing of Anne, but of the exceptional stories that this series was justifiably famous and beloved for.

    What was most disappointing about Anne McCaffrey and Todd McCaffrey ’s story?

    I began listening to this book and got about an hour into it before I had to stop. I listened to the whole Harper Hall of Pern trilogy over the last week to scrub it from my mind and reacquaint myself with Anne's earlier genius. I picked this book back up and made it through only another 30 minutes today, and I am done. Anne was never shy about sexuality in the original series, but her collaborations with Todd and his solo efforts read like GLAAD recruiting propaganda. Additionally, the strong female characters of the original stories (Lessa, Menolly, Manora, Silvina, etc.) have been replaced with LGBT caricatures who unintentionally parody earlier strengths, and emasculate every male they come into contact with...

    No more please...

    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Emily is a strong performer, but the material renders her performance shallow and cloying...

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Sadness for the state of the series now that the reins have been passed to Todd. Disappointment that he has caved to politically correct agendas, or that he has pushed his own agenda into this series...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Soul Sex: A Sexual Adventure Through the Chakras with Erotic Escapades in Exotic Lands

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Pavitra

    This is a very erotic fantasy that bridges the gap between spiritual enlightenment and the carnal pleasures of the flesh. It follows our intrepid traveler, Pavitra, around the world in her search for fulfillment on all levels, physically, sexually, emotionally, and spiritually, until she discovers Soul Sex, the ultimate experience of them all.

    Bill Finch says: "Soulless Sex"
    "Soulless Sex"

    This work is filled with trite, stereotyped characters and sex scenes, lightweight, cliche-ridden treatment of Hindu philosophy, and egregious use of the word WOW! That being said, no one can accuse the author of having an unimaginative fantasy life. This book is a hardcore, formulaic melange of the erotic components of innumerable Harlequin romances underpinned by Eastern Mysticism. It will appeal to bored housewives (Cliche intended) and horny teenage boys...

    Don't waste your money or book credits!

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Tanequil: High Druid of Shannara, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Terry Brooks
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The danger is increasing for Grianne Ohmsford, rightful High Druid of Shannara, who has been banished to the harsh world called the Forbidding by a treasonous fellow Druid. Her only hope for rescue is her nephew Pen, but Pen is under siege as well. Both he and his parents are sought by the Druids, who want to make sure that their magic will never help Grianne to return.

    Lainee says: "Wrong Narrator"
    "Great Book, Barely Adequate Narration"

    Once Again, Terry Brooks has drawn us into the Four Lands, and now The Forbidding, with powerful images and intricate plottings. The relationships between enemies and comrades, men and nature, are well thought out and tightly constructed. I wish I could say the same for the narrator. The reading is adequate to convey the basic feelings Mr. Brooks is trying to evoke, but just barely. I found that the dramatic range of Mr. Boehmer was lacking, and he resorted to awkward voicings for inhuman charcters that were more distracting than menacing.

    Scott Brick has done an outstanding job of bringing power and finesse to the world of Shannara and it's denizens thus far, and it is disappointing to lose the mental pictures of the characters that we, the listeners, have built in our minds in previous books in the series.

    It is especially galling that the change in narrators has been made right in the middle of the High Druid story arc. It has taken away from the experience of this newest volume. You find yourself constantly comparing the readers instead of being drawn into the story.

    If the final volume of the series, Straken, continues with the current reader, I don't see myself listening to it. I'll read the book and let my imagination do the rest.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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