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John

Stephen King fanatic, but I also like all Horror writing. Big fan of Fantasy writing too

Member Since 2003

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  • The Last Don

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Mario Puzo
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (111)

    The last don is Domenico Clericuzio, a wise and ruthless man who is determined to see his heirs established in legitimate society but whose vision is threatened when secrets from the family's past spark a vicious war between two blood cousins. This is a mesmerizing tale that takes us inside the equally corrupt worlds of the mob, the movie industry and the casinos - where beautiful actresses and ruthless hit men are ruled by lust and violence.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Daunte has a Bloody Mouth"
    "Great Book."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Last Don the most enjoyable?

    I had listened to an Abridged version many years ago and I really enjoyed getting the "rest" of the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cross of course. No need to ask why, it would not be a good book without him.


    Have you listened to any of Joe Barrett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No this is the first one of his that I've listened to. Unfortunately for him (Joe Barrett) I was expecting the same reader that read the abridged version I had listened to before (Joe Mantegna), and was disappointed in how Barrett read it.


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

    No Not really


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7973)
    Performance
    (3134)
    Story
    (3193)

    When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

    Sandra says: "Utterly Awesome!"
    "Loved it."
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    Where does Eragon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I honestly cant say it is the best set of books I've listened to, however it ranks up there in the top 20%. (since I have over 200 books in my audible library that is a pretty high percentile).


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Eragon?

    I loved his first flight on Sapphira into the mountains.


    What does Gerard Doyle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I can't really say what he added to the experience other than I do like the way he reads.


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

    I'm too late on that. There is already a Major Motion file of it.


    Any additional comments?

    I got this book on a whim, since I like the Dragon (Fantasy) books. I'm very glad I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Well of Ascension: Mistborn, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6918)
    Performance
    (4860)
    Story
    (4898)

    The impossible has been accomplished. The Lord Ruler - the man who claimed to be god incarnate and brutally ruled the world for a thousand years - has been vanquished. But Kelsier, the hero who masterminded that triumph, is dead too, and now the awesome task of building a new world has been left to his young protégé, Vin, the former street urchin who is now the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and to the idealistic young nobleman she loves.

    Robert says: "It keeps getting even better"
    "Still a fan"
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    Would you listen to The Well of Ascension again? Why?

    I have listened to it 3 times and just cant get enough


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the storyline just flowed from the first book into this one, and yet it is a different story than the first one. The characters were very vivid in my minds eye, and I felt like i already knew them as old friends.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Kramer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    One of the best readers.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I wish I could have done that.


    Any additional comments?

    I got this book and all of the other Brandon Sanderson books because I heard that he had taken over for Robert Jordan on the Wheel of Time series when he died. I wanted to get a feel for how Mr Sanderson would write. I found that I loved his style and felt right at home with his Characters. The books flowed very smoothly and I never lost interest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8597)
    Performance
    (6031)
    Story
    (6065)

    For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

    Lore says: "Book 1 of a great series that is not to be missed!"
    "I'm a Fan"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Final Empire to be better than the print version?

    I don't know I didn't read the print version. So in a sense the answer is yes.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Kramer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I love to listen to Michael Kramer read. in My opinion he is right up there with Frank Muller (who is the best I've ever listened to).


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes very much so.


    Any additional comments?

    I got this book and all of the other Brandon Sanderson books because I heard that he had taken over for Robert Jordan on the Wheel of Time series when he died. I wanted to get a feel for how Mr Sanderson would write. I found that I loved his style and felt right at home with his Characters. The books flowed very smoothly and I never lost interest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crossroads of Twilight: Book Ten of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3996)
    Performance
    (2278)
    Story
    (2305)

    The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow. Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time. Crossroads of Twilight is book ten of Robert Jordan's best selling Wheel of Time series.

    Robert Eric Koch says: "The Lowest Point of the Entire Series"
    "Disapointed"
    Overall

    I read books 1-5 and couldn't get enough. Well now I've had enough. Books 9 and 10 are such a big let down that I may never finish the series. Or I'll read the last one just to see the last battle if it ever comes.

    I hope that Mr Jordan will see what he is doing to his faithful readers, and come back to actually writing something good.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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