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Matthew

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  • Water Keep: Farworld, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By J. Scott Savage
    • Narrated By Mark Wright
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (70)

    Even though ­thirteen-­year-­old Marcus Kanenas is confined to a wheelchair, he sees himself as a survivor and a dreamer. In fact, his favorite dream is of a world far away, a world where magic is as common as air, where animals tell jokes, and where trees beg people to pick their fruit. He even has a name for this place - Farworld. When Marcus magically travels to Farworld, he meets Kyja, a girl without magic in a world where spells, charms, and potions are everywhere, and Master Therapass, a master wizard who has kept a secret hidden for 13 years, a secret that could change the fate of two ­worlds.

    John says: "Water Keep: Farworld- Unique Story of Two Worlds"
    "Bad writing and bad imagination. Poor voice over."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Maybe an eight yr old.


    What was most disappointing about J. Scott Savage’s story?

    Poorly thought out confrontations. Unimaginative resolutions. Lame descriptions. Characters that were too dumb.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Bad effects that didn't need to be there. For example the voice that did the trees, sounded like a robot!


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Water Keep?

    It's a decent story just bad writing throughout. I can't believe he found a publisher as well as wrote two more books. A good editor could have made a big difference!


    Any additional comments?

    You have been warned! Don't waste your credit! I typically like most YA authors but not this one!

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Letts
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (611)
    Performance
    (545)
    Story
    (541)

    November 1958, New York. Into the rarefied atmosphere of wealth and tradition at the National Horse Show in Madison Square Garden comes the most unlikely of horses—a drab white former plow horse named Snowman—and his rider, Harry de Leyer. They were the longest of all longshots—and their win was the stuff of legend.

    eddie says: "When will this story become a movie"
    "Great book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The narrator was great. Very inspirational story. Even better that it is a true story. Good read! Good for the whole family.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • NPCs

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Drew Hayes
    • Narrated By Roger Wayne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (277)

    What happens when the haggling is done and the shops are closed? When the quest has been given, the steeds saddled, and the adventurers are off to their next encounter? They keep the world running, the food cooked, and the horses shoed, yet what adventurer has ever spared a thought or concern for the Non-Player Characters? In the town of Maplebark, four such NPCs settle in for a night of actively ignoring the adventurers drinking in the tavern when things go quickly and fatally awry.

    Jonathan says: "Charming and Cute"
    "Bad Language!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about NPCs?

    I couldn't even finish this thing! YUCK! Why do people feel the need to throw the F*** bomb around in books to establish feelings? What a shame...


    What was most disappointing about Drew Hayes’s story?

    The language


    What didn’t you like about Roger Wayne’s performance?

    nothing


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

    I would like to have listened to this storyline but when beaten down with swear words. No one needs to hear more swearing in this world.


    0 of 7 people found this review helpful

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