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  • Soon I Will Be Invincible: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Austin Grossman
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo, Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Doctor Impossible, evil genius and diabolical scientist, has tried to take over the world in every way imaginable, but this time is going to be different. He'll have to contend with Fatale, however, a rookie superhero on her first day with the Champions, the world's most famous superteam. She's a patchwork woman of skin and chrome, a gleaming technological marvel built for the next generation of warfare.

    Brad says: "Now that I have you at my mercy. . ."
    "Evil is expository hell."
    Any additional comments?

    The actual plot was short. The book could have been 75% shorter than what it was. The main story was spectacular. I, however, was not entertained by the expository style. Present tense action was submerged in volumes of what has gone before. Including several repeated facts. I found myself not caring for them. Who are they now? What motivates them now? I enjoyed hearing Dr. Impossible’s story. The long version of a villian’s origin story. That alone would have been great (the fact I thought Dr. Impossible was a whiney punk aside), but the real story, the one that was being told was the actual caper. I didn’t need to know every single hero’s origin story in excruciating detail. Just tell me the story. Or change the story to be the biography of Dr. Impossible. The performances were okay. And the story was okay. I’ve read a few Hero Stories and heard “Hero” and so far this is my least favorite. By far.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 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"
    "Good, not my thing though."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not, The HBO Series covers it quite well. I didn't feel much of importance was lost.

    What didn’t you like about Roy Dotrice’s performance?

    The narrator made all the non nobles sound like stupid old men and all the nobles sound like pompous old men.

    Any additional comments?

    Two things, I'm not the best to review this book. I don't like extended stories. Epic is fine but there were so many view points I stopped being interested in most of them. John Snow and Danny were the stories I wanted to follow and had to put up with the rest. I'm not a fan of having to muck through stories I don't care about even if they do advance the over all story.

    The narrator is talented but he didn't fit the book. His voice wasn't vast enough for the gobs of characters in the book. Jim Dale, Simon Vance, Nigel Planer, would have, in my opinion been a better choice (and not because they are all English). James Marsters perhaps (though he became famous sounding like a Britt.)

    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

    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"
    "Dresden meets American Gods."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Easy listen. I like to listen to books at work so I can't have them take too much of my attention.

    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was okay. The ride to the end was imagined, vivid, clear. So much better than the end. That's not to say it was disappointing but it wasn't the clincher. I did leave the book satisfied and wanting to listen to the next one but not because of the ending.

    How could the performance have been better?

    Not sure, I didn't like the fact that he said Jengis instead of Gingis, and even if this is (and I don't know if it is) the correct pronunciation of it the cultural norm is Gingis and Atticus' whole thing is about fitting in.

    Was Hounded worth the listening time?


    Any additional comments?

    The book itself was very fun. I thought the feel of it and the interactions were really fun. I didn't like Atticus all that much. It was very hard for me to accept the fact that a 2100 year old would be so young in interactions, especially in his own mind. It didn't work for me that he would think and act like a twenty something. In a later book he explains that Druids have certain Mental Disciplines that allow him to adapt but even with that there is a weight that comes with age, any one sitting in an old forest can attest to that, so why is he so fresh? Doesn't make sense.

    -I didn't find the ideas all that new. Even the Author mentioned Neil Gaimen in a later book so I think there was some deep influence. That being said I do think Kevin Hearne did do a good amount of research and made the story his own. Good job.

    -I liked the widow, and his relationship with her was the only really acceptable thing. His love for her shown through and I would like to hear more about the authors experience behind that relationship.

    -Oberon was another hard to get past point of the story. I cannot believe that a dog is or ever will be THAT capable of abstract thought. Even if he is a druid's pet and 10-ish years past the normal life expectancy of a normal wolfhound. His innocence was refreshing. And the frank observations were a nice touch.

    -Over all I liked the book. I thought that it was well paced and fun. Oberon was hysterical and the magic rules were well thought out and intriguing. I did get pulled in and listened to the next two. Not as fresh as I would have liked but entertaining none the less.

    -If you like Dresden AND Sookie then yes this is a great book for you. If you are looking for a way to solidly speak of magic then this is also a book for you. If you are looking for a powerful read then perhaps not.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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