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J. Parkes

Winter Springs, Florida | Member Since 2011

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  • 17 reviews
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  • 23 purchased in 2015
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  • Knife of Dreams: Book Eleven of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4657)
    Performance
    (2807)
    Story
    (2848)

    The dead are walking, men die impossible deaths, and it seems as though reality itself has become unstable: All are signs of the imminence of Tarmon Gai'don, the Last Battle, when Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, must confront the Dark One as humanity's only hope. But Rand dares not fight until he possesses all the surviving seals on the Dark One's prison and has dealt with the Seanchan, who threaten to overrun all nations this side of the Aryth Ocean and increasingly seem too entrenched to be fought off.

    Natasha says: "Getting us there!"
    "Yeah, right, you'll buy it anyway, just like me!"
    Overall

    Sure, read the first TEN books and skip number eleven cause some reviewer didn't like it? RIGHT!! the book was a good one, and I have the same complaint as the other ten from RJ, too heavy with Aes Sedia plotting, too light on the boys, and a total setup for number twelve. Ain't it grand!!
    We RJ fans will always happily spend our money on books in this series and complain later, at the same time trying to get our friends hooked on the wheel of time series and extolling it's virtue to the world.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Ghosts in the Yew: Vesteal, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Blake Hausladen
    • Narrated By Lauren Faits, Willard Dunbar, Clayton Faits, and others
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Ghosts in the Yew is the story of four people who are banished beyond the edge of the map, to a land of gnarled forests, ancient magic, and the site of a terrible murder. Their struggles to survive will put them at odds with their families, their nation, and the very powers that shaped the world.

    John Neal says: "Wonderful story"
    "Epic...hard starter but pays in the end."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a long book but any good epic is, it took some time to become involved in the story and i almost gave up...i'm glad i didn't. For those with patience it's worth the credit or even cash purchase, for those with no patience move on...this is the kind of book that requires an investment of time on the reader's part before it comes together...for me anyway.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blood of Innocents: The Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Mitchell Hogan
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1561)
    Performance
    (1375)
    Story
    (1378)

    Anasoma, jewel of the Mahruse Empire, has fallen. As Caldan and his companions flee the city, horrors from the time of the Shattering begin to close in. With Miranda's mind broken by forbidden sorcery, Caldan is forced to disobey the most sacrosanct laws of the Protectors if he is to have any chance of healing her. But when one of the emperor's warlocks arrives to take control of him, he begins to suspect his burgeoning powers may be more of a curse than a blessing.

    Joe says: "Must consider to read!"
    "Not the telling i wanted after the first book."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    My expectations were high going into this second book...while the characters and plot are as good as the first book i found myself growing agitated with so many thread changes...tracking four or five groups of characters in parallel lines to the story takes incredible skill and a delicate hand, not to be found here. Instead it was hard for me to follow and remember the details and backstory for each group as the change occurred.
    Robert jordan was a master of this kind of multi thread storytelling with a smooth almost flawless transition from one group to the next. I really want this series to be that good, maybe as the series grows and matures it will be.
    Still worth the credits and time to listen. I look forward to seeing the future editions.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • A Crucible of Souls: The Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Mitchell Hogan
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1602)
    Performance
    (1448)
    Story
    (1453)

    When Caldan’s parents are brutally slain, he is raised by monks and taught the arcane mysteries of sorcery. Vowing to discover for himself who his parents really were, and what led to their violent end, he is thrust into the unfamiliar chaos of city life. With nothing to his name but a pair of mysterious heirlooms and a handful of coins, he must prove his talent to earn an apprenticeship with a guild of sorcerers. But he soon learns the world outside the monastery is a darker place than he ever imagined, and his treasured sorcery has disturbing depths. As a shadowed evil manipulates the unwary and forbidden powers are unleashed, Caldan is plunged into an age-old conflict that brings the world to the edge of destruction.

    Isaac says: "Good, but... Something is missing"
    "Potential to be Epic on a grand scale."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The potential this first book has to become a long and epic adventure in a richly formed world is exciting, my hopes for future books in the series are high.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost: Paladin of Shadows, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Jeremy Arthur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (589)
    Performance
    (545)
    Story
    (550)

    Former SEAL Michael Harmon, Team Name ''Ghost'', retired for service injuries, is not enjoying college life. But things are about to change, if not for the better. When he sees a kidnapping, a series of, at the time logical, decisions leave him shot to ribbons and battling a battalion of Syrian commandos with only the help of three naked co-eds who answer to the names ''Bambi,'' ''Thumper'' and ''Cotton Tail.'

    Jenassecret says: "Military-Erotica! I want MORE!!!"
    "Half of the book is great, the other half sick."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story is good, except for the psychosexual devience.
    BDSM, rape, is ugly...it's disgusting to listen to, but worse is that there are people who like it. It's an expression of a twisted and sick mind.
    There are some people who do good work in this world but have a sickness in them that comes out as psychosexual behaviour...
    Soldiers are exposed to the ugliness in the world more so than most, i can understand some of that leaking out into their personal lives. I'm sorry for them. They don't need to suffer it without some help, they need more help than we give them.
    Outside of my disgust, i found the action/adventure part of the story to be quite good.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Boston Jacky: Bloody Jack, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By L. A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (228)

    Jacky Faber makes waves, even when docked in her adopted city of Boston to attend to the business of Faber Shipping Worldwide. With big dreams and perhaps too much exuberance for the Puritan populace, she quickly finds herself at odds with the Women's Temperance Union and a town roiling over the arrival of hundreds of Irish laborers, brought in on Jacky's Lorelei Lee.

    Aser Tolentino says: "How Much Farther Jacky?"
    "As usual an amazing story superbly performed..."
    Overall
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    For a book so very well written and superbly narrated how do i describe my disappointment...even anger...with the direction the author took with this book?

    There have been ten books prior to this one and my chief complaint was the whining of Jacky over her always missing love interest...ten books so well written, so cleverly paralleling world history, taking us on fantastic journeys through harrowing and exciting times with the ever so lucky and opportunist character of Jacky.
    I won't ruin what is otherwise another great story by telling you of what happens in book eleven...i will simply say i nearly didn't even bother to review it, but then i realized that even if it got some bad reviews i would have purchased and read it anyway. So i shall share my frustration while admitting it was still written with the same skill as its predecessors.
    Don't look for a pleasing or even satisfying end to book eleven. Rumor has it this book will finish the Jacky series as it has been and perhaps an end to jacky's tale as told through her as the primary character. Now i don't really know what this means for the series, nor do i make any accuracy claims for that statement...hearsay is all that it is at this point. Look for the authors blog or web page for confirmation.
    One last point...even had i known of my pending disappointment i would have read this book...the first ten in the series had earned my loyalty. I don't regret the purchase even now, but i am angry about how things were left.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Brilliance

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Marcus Sakey
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1931)
    Performance
    (1712)
    Story
    (1719)

    In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible. They’re called "brilliants," and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in.

    Charles says: "Slow to Start"
    "Excellent book, worth a read with one exception..."
    Overall
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    The reason i gave the story 3 stars...there is an academy for children in the book, the treatment of the children is evil and made me want to vomit, i was beyond disturbed to red hot anger.
    On balance the book is good, other than the obvious i enjoyed it. Perhaps i'm a little over sensitive where child abuse is concerned and if you are like me in that prepare yourself or skip the book.
    The book was great and didn't need the added drama of abuse to entertain or add to the drama. It was simply gratuitous, in my opinion.

    23 of 32 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
    (6338)
    Performance
    (5732)
    Story
    (5791)

    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."
    "Jordan's epic will never end, it will branch out.."
    Overall
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    I feel unsatisfied by this series ending...not that this was a bad end, but because any end would be bad...there is something too epic in Jordan's creation for this to end, it has felt like perhaps it should have branched into a series of linked, but independent novels to explore and tell the stories of a few of the many characters Jordan created...the work is just that rich with potential.

    Many times during this series we leave favorite characters behind to follow another leaving untold much that would be of great interest in this epic world. I would see those tales told, by new authors of course, but in the rich tradition Jordan spoiled us all on.

    This tale has been a part of three decades of my life...and though i'm not a part of the 'fandom nation' he garnered online, nor am i so well versed in the detail of each book as some, i suspect there is a great market for a few branches in the storyline and more material than even a handful of authors could handle.

    Over these past decades i often wondered what would happen should, god forbid, Jordan should pass, and leave the tales untold...or would i go before he published them...neither were welcome possibilities, but i have read them all, and yet, i still feel there should have been more...Thom Merillon pondered in this book when to end the telling of a tale, and his answer was to leave town while you were still a novelty among the people...not in those words of course, but close enough. I feel like we were left wanting more, that much goes untold, and of course that makes for a great storybook ending...but Robert Jordan is lost to us now...there will be no 'next big thing' from him...I don't feel ready to move on, to not look forward to what's next in 'The Eye of the World' epic three decade long series...

    My compliments to Brandon Sanderson for filling impossible to fill shoes...no one could be Robert Jordan but the man himself...it was brave to take this on.

    There will always be those who claim the book was disappointing...those same people have said that about volumes when Jordan lived, and wrote them himself...don't allow anyones comments keep you from bearing witness to The Last Battle....

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tarizon: The Liberator: Tarizon Trilogy, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By William Manchee
    • Narrated By William Timnick
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    When a high school student discovers his father is working with the CIA on a top secret project involving aliens from the planet Tarizon, the project is compromised and Peter Turner must accept exile or be killed. When he arrives on Tarizon, much to his shock and dismay, he discovers his arrival has been highly anticipated as there is a prophecy that an Earthchild will come to Tarizon to lead a revolt against a tryrant who has enslaved many of the planet's lifeforms.

    J. Parkes says: "great world but.."
    "great world but.."
    Overall

    I have mixed feelings about this book. The characters seem to have come from 1950's era novel and not in a good way. The world and it's varied life forms are fantastic and well conceived, So the book is worth reading if you like a well thought out world. The potential for that world is terrific for future books, but if the main characters aren't improved there may not be another book.
    This is a book one might listen to while waiting for something better to come along, and really that category makes up two thirds of the books i read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sheepfarmer's Daughter: The Deed of Paksenarrion, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1384)
    Performance
    (1044)
    Story
    (1056)

    Refusing to marry a pig farmer and joining the army, even if it means never seeing her family again, Paksenarrion begins an adventure that enables her to restore an overthrown ruler.

    Christopher says: "Intriguing start"
    "Great book, great series."
    Overall

    Many years ago when I first read this series it played a key role in my love of the 'fantasy' genre'. It was a delight to revisit the books in audio format with a great narrator.
    I have always hoped this author would create it's equal in fantasy, she has not. I eagerly purchased her sci-fi books and was truly disappointed, what happened I'll probably never know.
    Buy this series, you'll love them!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • My Bonny Light Horseman: Bloody Jack #6

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By L. A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (505)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (334)

    In My Bonny Light Horseman, the infamous pirate, riverboat seductress, master of disguise, and street-urchin-turned-sailor Jacky Faber has been captured by the French and beheaded in full view of her friends and crew.Inconceivable? Yes! The truth is she's secretly forced to pose as an American dancer behind enemy lines in Paris, where she entices a French general into revealing military secrets--all to save her dear friends.

    Celia says: "Stunning & Engaging"
    "Great Adventure!"
    Overall

    I loved this series! Very entertaining and very cleverly written. I would say it was PG-13 though for some sexual tension and frank, but not explicit, language.
    I recommend this series for fans of every genre', and age save those under 13. I also think you must start from book one titled "Bloody Jack", also a great read!
    The Narration is fantastic, save for the occasional folk song. The singing is very good, and appropriate for the story line, but after 7 books in the series a bit old.
    The book is worth twice what they charge and I would gladly pay it for any single book in this series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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