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Phil

United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Way of Shadows: Night Angel Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2478)
    Performance
    (1603)
    Story
    (1613)

    For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art---and he is the city's most accomplished artist, his talents required from alleyway to courtly boudoir. For Azoth, survival is precarious, something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he's grown up in the slums and learned to judge people quickly---and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint. But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name.

    Jake says: "Shockingly good."
    "Why I enjoyed this story, hope it helps...."
    Overall

    First, what for me, detracted from the story..

    1.) A couple of instances between Azoth/Kylar and Master Blint where our story-teller re-hashed the underlying motives of both characters as to why each was feeling or reacting as they did.

    2.) Maybe a little more cultural history, and flat out geography, (maybe I wasn't paying attention - for those of us who actually are ADD ;-), as to the layout of this kingdom would of fixed this world a little better in my mind.

    Other than that ... I was dropped into this wonderful, terrifying world and loved it.

    Why I liked it ...

    1.) With the mix of cultures, the story-teller's use of names hinted at and/or delineated the characters and made them real for me.

    2.) His weaving and mixing of the Old World, Yakuza, and maybe even a nod at the Tongs to create a world where a "Durzo Blint" and a "Kylar Stern" could exist. (Before rabid perfectionist jump on the word Tong, it isn't PinYin, Wade-Giles or Yale.)

    3.) As an ex-Grunt, there wasn't an MOS that didn't have it's own special vocabulary e.g. 05H, ditty-chasers, 98G, dingy-lingy, so it wasn't so hard for me to jump from "wet-work" to "wet-boy" without any difficulty or sexual insecurities on my part....


    What made it funny ....


    "Humping the bridge"....

    Hope this helps, Q

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Druid Stone

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Heidi Belleau, Violetta Vane
    • Narrated By Ian Ruane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (104)

    After inheriting a hexed druid stone, Sean starts reliving another man's torture and death...every single night. And only one person can help. Cormac Kelly runs a paranormal investigation business and doesn't have time to deal with tourists like Sean. But Sean has real magic in his pocket, and even though Cormac is a descendant of legendary druids, he finds himself out of his depth...and not because Sean's the first man he's felt anything for in a long time. The pair develop an intensely sexual bond, but are threatened at every turn when Sean's case attracts the unwelcome attention of the sidhe lords of ancient Ireland.

    Keith says: "Imagination Run Amok -- In A Good Way!"
    "just this side of agonizing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Each time Sean recallibrates his emotional position in relation to Cormac, he analyzes the same paths over and over and over again. I was stuck in traffic when Sean comes back and finally get to the point where he takes a bath, but all the recriminations to that point seemed overkill. Since it gave me time to drift I started to re-hash similar arguments made previously with regards to Sean's mother.

    There just seemed to be a lot of re-hashing that didn't serve any real purpose..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hero

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Perry Moore
    • Narrated By Michael Urie
    Overall
    (827)
    Performance
    (583)
    Story
    (589)

    In the story comic book legend Stan Lee calls "spellbinding" and "totally original," Thom Creed has secrets. For one, like his father, he has super powers. Also, he's been asked to join the League—the very organization of superheroes that spurned his dad. Then there’s the secret Thom can barely face himself: he's gay. But becoming a member of the League opens up a new world to Thom. There, he connects with a misfit group of aspiring heroes, including Scarlett, Typhoid Larry, and Ruth, a wise old broad who can see the future. Like Thom, these heroes have things to hide....

    Robert says: "Give it a listen!"
    "Perry and Mike thank you, Thom ... way to go buddy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Stan Lee says it in his prologue ... a good story manages to speak to us the reader or listener on some recognizable and shared level.

    Between Mr. Moore's writing and Mr. Urie's myriad of voices I was walking along with Thom and simultaneously remembering my own world with B-52 bombers flying low altitude-below-radar exercises against a backdrop of lava rock out-cropping sporadically dotting an in-land seas of wheat fields and where county-wide rivalries in basketball are tradition.

    I found myself remembering wind-sprints, running the lines, climbing the peg board, posting up and playing one on one when our zone wasn't good enough; learning that I liked being on a team and hoped to god that I didn't come off as being queer or gay....

    On the flip side to that...

    Our town, with its sole single caution light was a singular testament to the size of the town and just how far into rural wheat and ranching country one could get....

    That rugged and rural space is what houses the memories of riding hell bent for leather on our bikes to get to the tracks as a freight rolled through, and when we got older daring each other to sit under the bridge support beams when a freight came through...

    Thanks Perry
    Thanks Mike
    and to Thom, way to go buddy...

    pj


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Sun Rising: Coldfire Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By C. S. Friedman
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (621)
    Performance
    (562)
    Story
    (576)

    The Coldfire trilogy tells a story of discovery and battle against evil on a planet where a force of nature exists that is capable of reshaping the world in response to psychic stimulus. This terrifying force, much like magic, has the power to prey upon the human mind, drawing forth a person's worst nightmare images or most treasured dreams and indiscriminately giving them life. This is the story of two men. They are absolute enemies who must unite to conquer an evil greater than anything their world has ever known.

    William says: "Tedium Ad Nauseum"
    "Great twist -- very likable bad-guy...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was introduced to Gerald Tarrant and Damian Vryce maybe 2007 or 2008 and have enjoyed the dialog between the two ever since. When I saw that it was in audio form I decided to chance it.

    I've seen other reviews where this trilogy was characterized as tedious, maybe I was spared that because I had already read the trilogy, more than once.

    There is a sense, at least to me, of earned respect given by each character. The mix of frontier mentalities with the canonical structure of the Church made for a great backdrop for Tarrant and Vryce.

    There is a slower pace to this story that is a wonderful change from my other genres where things are always on the move or blowing up, etc.

    Another thing that I enjoyed, is that it the characters where not truly black or white, all had their faults, all had their strengths.

    Then there is Tarrant, how could I not love, him... arrogant, powerful, but always, well almost always true to himself...

    In the previous statements I wanted to say that all the main characters have a dark side and a side that strives for the goodness of the light; with Tarrant he has his dark side, and then his maybe-no-so-dark side... ;-)

    I didn't get to the point where I had to write in the margins of my copy of this book; for that try reading "My House has Two Doors" by Han SuYin, but I can see where one might have to double back a couple times to see if he or she missed something. Really not easy with an audio file..

    My two cents for what it is worth..

    pj

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Night Watch: Watch, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Sergei Lukyanenko
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (548)
    Performance
    (408)
    Story
    (414)

    Night Watch is a world as elaborate and imaginative as Tolkien or the best Asimov. Living among us are the "Others", an ancient race of humans with supernatural powers who swear allegiance to either the Dark or the Light. A thousand-year treaty has maintained the balance of power, but an ancient prophecy decrees that one supreme "Other" will rise up and tip the balance. When a young boy with extraordinary powers emerges, will the forces of the Light be able to keep the Dark from corrupting the boy and destroying the world?

    Parusski says: "Lyrical, haunting and engrossing!"
    "Have gone through 3 out of 4 now !!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It is hard to write a review of something that took me so by surprise. We've been taught that something of ourselves is brought into play when a story has been shared or experienced, be it written or in audio format. If something of the story resonates with me then I normally find the story and the experience to be a good one.

    With that said, I thoroughly enjoy this story.

    This story brought back memories of Slavic and Baltic exchange students I'd known. Not the "Otherness" part but the everyday human part.

    For me, Sergei Lukyanenko, has given us a story where the events in our heroes (both Light and Dark) lives are part of 9 to 11 ball pattern in juggling.

    ... and at some time or another he has thrown a ball either so high that we forget that it was in the pattern or pocketed the ball when we weren't looking, and when the time is right; pop, there is another ball in the pattern.

    That the story is engaging, for me, is the best way to put it, not always comfortable and sometimes very hectic, but never chaotic.

    And very beautiful ....

    ... but then your idea of beauty and mine may very well be different, and then again, that very difference is an important theme, voice, lyric in this story.

    I hope this helps.





    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Nightlife

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Rob Thurman
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (78)

    In New York, there's a troll under the Brooklyn Bridge, a boggle in Central Park, and a beautiful vampire in a penthouse on the Upper East Side. Of course, most humans are oblivious to this, but Cal Leandros is only half-human. His father's dark lineage is the stuff of nightmares - and he and his entire otherworldly race are after Cal.

    Kathryn S. March says: "Highly entertaining"
    "I agree"
    Overall

    I have the pulp version, and loved it, looking forward to the next up in the series...
    pj

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Light of the Sun

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Guy Gavriel Kay
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (91)

    From the multiple award-winning author of Tigana, A Song for Arbonne, and the three-book Fionavar Tapestry that "can only be compared to Tolkien's masterpiece" (Star-Phoenix), this powerful, moving saga evokes the Celtic, Anglo-Saxon, and Norse cultures of a thousand years ago.

    B. Picard says: "Wonderful story"
    "Beautiful as....?"
    Overall

    I stumbled onto this story because of Holter Graham, whom I now believe to be a present day Cyngael. A convergent story-line is difficult at best, but Guy Gavriel Kay weaves a mystical reality and brings it home with honest characters. The end result is a magical story that is as elegant and beautiful as Celtic knot.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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