You no longer follow S

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow S

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

S

Albrightsville, PA, United States | Member Since 2011

1
HELPFUL VOTES
  • 7 reviews
  • 16 ratings
  • 116 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2014
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
0

  • Beyond the Shadows: Night Angel Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1600)
    Performance
    (1015)
    Story
    (1042)

    Logan Gyre is king of Cenaria, a country under siege, with a threadbare army and little hope. He has one chance---a desperate gamble, but one that could destroy his kingdom. In the north, the new Godking has a plan. If it comes to fruition, no one will have the power to stop him. Kylar Stern has no choice. To save his friends---and perhaps his enemies---he must accomplish the impossible: assassinate a goddess.

    Kenya says: "let down"
    "Not as good as the first."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I loved the first book. Really. But then I got to the second, and I was a little concerned. The story was ok, but it started doing what a lot of good series writing does...get melodramatic in the middle.

    By the time I got to the middle of the third, I almost stopped listening. I wondered if it was the same writer. The reader is good, so it could have simply been poor direction in a production of decent writing. I don't know, but something sent the whole thing off track.

    The ending redeems it somewhat, but then, I didn't like how the Wolf turned out.

    Sigh.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Omen Machine: A Richard and Kahlan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Sam Tsoutsouvas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1015)
    Performance
    (886)
    Story
    (890)

    An accident leads to the discovery of a mysterious machine that has rested hidden deep underground for countless millennia. The machine awakens to begin issuing a series of increasingly alarming, if minor, omens. The omens turn out to be astonishingly accurate, and ever more ominous. As Zedd tries to figure out how to destroy the sinister device, the machine issues a cataclysmic omen involving Richard and Kahlan, foretelling an impending event beyond anyone’s ability to stop. As catastrophe approaches, the machine then reveals that it is within its power to withdraw the omen....

    Alan says: "Different"
    "Sam Tsoutsouvas Rocks!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Terry Goodkind and/or Sam Tsoutsouvas?

    I think my headline is clear.


    What could Terry Goodkind have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I don't know.


    What about Sam Tsoutsouvas’s performance did you like?

    Art and craft refined, the man could make a phonebook interesting...for a while...and that's saying something.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Nope.


    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
    (11512)
    Performance
    (10016)
    Story
    (10054)

    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"
    "Uninspired Rubbish"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made A Dance with Dragons better?

    How about a modicum, a molecule of whatever fire lived in the author when he wrote the first book?


    Would you ever listen to anything by George R. R. Martin again?

    No. I understand sometimes the business of writing gets in the way of the art, but craft goes a long way, too, which speaks more to professionalism and some ounce of respect for readers, especially dedicated followers. What I just experienced was complete disregard, disrespect, and at the end outright disdain aimed directly at me from the author.

    I had the sense that every choice he made for this story was done with a diabolic laugh, solely intended to disappoint the reader. Seriously, I felt intentionally repelled.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    This was my first listen at Dotrice. I read the first books myself. I've heard great things about the reader, but I've also heard very bad things about his reading of this particular book.

    I'm in total agreement with the detractors, but for different reasons. Most of the existing complaints were regarding the lack of continuity in character voices between the first three and this one. I don't have that history, but I can certainly say that Dotrice, and/or his director (if there was one) put about as much care into his performance as the author did.

    I couldn't tell most of the characters apart. He did do some voices, but they all sounded like variations of the same three elderly people. The only difference being some were toothless, some were, well phlegm-y, and some were toothless and phlegm-y.

    I really hope Mr. Dotrice is doing OK health-wise. I could easily see something like that having affected his performance, and it wouldn't be fair to allow for it. Whatever his condition, I did not enjoy this reading. I had to listen to a lot of the sections several times just to figure out who was talking. A lot of that is on the author, but not all of it.


    What character would you cut from A Dance with Dragons?

    Sigh. All of them.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Memory of Light: Wheel of Time, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4821)
    Performance
    (4382)
    Story
    (4430)

    Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

    Amazon Customer says: "End of one of my favorite fantasy series ever."
    "Great Conclusion"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was much better than I expected, and I did expect a great deal. There were a few minor annoyances with characters, but they couldn't be helped as their trajectory had been set long ago. Still, my first statement stands. Thank you Mat for all the laughs, and thanks Mr. Sanderson.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (2423)
    Performance
    (1556)
    Story
    (1567)

    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.

    Ethan M. says: "A good grim fantasy series, with caveats"
    "Enjoying This!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is definitely an adult series. It does revisit some typical fantasy themes - I even see a bit of Vader and Luke between Durzo and Kylar - but it is very well written and the story is constructed in a very original way.

    I also like his magical system. I've not encountered the like. I'm not sure I understand the details, but it isn't really about magic anyway. It's about the characters and the story within which they unfold.

    I only gave performance 4 stars, but it wasn't because of the reader. He took some getting used to for me, but I did come to realize he's very talented. The performance has more to do with certain dramatic choices, which I attribute to direction. The accents of the characters are all over the map. It got confusing sometimes until I realized I can't attribute a particular accent to a particular kingdom or people. It's really trivial, but it did distract me sometimes.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Heir of Novron: Riyria Revelations, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3386)
    Performance
    (3115)
    Story
    (3133)

    On the holiday of Wintertide, the New Empire plans to burn the Witch of Melengar and force the Empress into a marriage of their own design. But they didn’t account for Royce and Hadrian finally locating the Heir of Novron—or the pair’s desire to wreak havoc on the New Empire’s carefully crafted scheme.

    Ron says: "Spectacular fantasy series"
    "Very Good"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Heir of Novron to be better than the print version?

    Apples and oranges.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked them all in the end.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The very last. It should have been predictable, but wasn't.


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

    You'll have to cast me in it first!


    Any additional comments?

    A touch of Ambercrombie. A touch of Sanderson. A touch of Salvatore. A touch of Feist.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Last Argument of Kings: The First Law: Book Three

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (2746)
    Performance
    (1982)
    Story
    (1993)

    The end is coming. Logen Ninefingers might only have one more fight in him but it’s going to be a big one. Battle rages across the North, the King of the Northmen still stands firm and there’s only one man who can stop him. His oldest friend and his oldest enemy. It’s time for the Bloody-Nine to come home. With too many masters and too little time, Superior Glokta is fighting a different kind of war. A secret struggle in which no-one is safe and no-one can be trusted.

    Lore says: "You have be realistic about these things."
    "A must read!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Last Argument of Kings rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This would be a somewhat limited pool of works as most of my reading in this specific genre I do for myself. Among all epic fantasy I've consumed, this is one of my favorites.


    What did you like best about this story?

    As rhythmically gritty as Mamet. As triumphantly tragic in the struggle of the human condition in a universe the too often teeters towards darkness as any Shakespeare I've read. As action packed as any Summer blockbuster, and often uncomfortably naked is the violence therein.

    Those of us observers who felt that the ending left them


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were many, but I held off from writing this review just to see what would stick with me. Ironically, it's something I didn't expect because it disappointed me as I read it, and I find I like it now for reasons that I wouldn't have expected. It's the scene when Biaz discovers his apprentice is really his former love, now undead, very powerful and seeking vengence. Particularly, it was learning, which for me was the first time, that Biaz might not only be completely full of s--t but may also be a mad meglomaniac.

    That scene made me think a great deal - a great, great deal.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were two. The first was when Glokta was trying to propose. The second was when Glokta unexpectedly gave hope to Jezal at the end that he might find some way eventually to act as king.


    Any additional comments?

    Not much at all to not like about these books in my opinion. I did gently grow tired of the

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.