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Martin

Rye, NH, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5306)
    Performance
    (4495)
    Story
    (4491)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "Wonderful Tale"
    Overall

    First and foremost this is a captivating saga, one of Jim Butcher's very best. Harry's ghostly presence provides a host of new challenges - he can't muddle through relying on 'fuego' to roast his enemies. He has to depend more than ever on his wits and insight. Butcher uses this situation to creatively expand on his imaginary world and to bring in novel elements. New and refreshing characters are introduced and a few choice characters fleshed out. Further, Ghost Story brings to a satisfying conclusion the story arc that Jim developed over the last few novels, while leaving us hungry for Harry's next set of adventures. This is a vital not-to-be missed component of the Dresden Files. Several reviewers have given the book hideously low scores because of the switch in narrators. Yes, the switch from James Marsters to John Glover as narrator is disappointing, perhaps like missing that long anticipated hot date with Karrin Murphy, but not as devastating as a large caliber rifle round through the chest. Glover reads well – pleasant voice, good emotional expression, excellent pacing. What he doesn’t do particularly well are unique character voicings. Nevertheless, I was hooked from the outset and relished the ride.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Kushiel's Dart

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Carey
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    Overall
    (1078)
    Performance
    (674)
    Story
    (683)

    The land of Terre d'Ange is a place of unsurpassing beauty and grace. It is said that angels found the land and saw it was good...and the ensuing race that rose from the seed of angels and men live by one simple rule: Love as thou wilt.

    Glen Gaines says: "The Kushiel series in order"
    "A nonstarter"
    Overall

    I began this audio book with fervent anticipation based on the description and previous reviews. Fantasy with an erotic edge, great! Alas, I was seriously disappointed and I ceased listening after three hours. I've listened to several hundred audio books (very long commute) and this was only the third one that I put aside unfinished. The writing was all fluff, a morass of adjectives with a paucity of verbs and not a glimmer of suspense. The author did nothing to make me care about the characters or even curious about what was going to transpire. I switched instead to listening to "The Help" and was hooked from the first sentence. (I experienced the same sense of intense fascination listening to Shantaram and The Gathering Storm). I can readily appreciated a slow paced book if written well. This one failed to deliver.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Gathering Storm: Book Twelve of the Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4840)
    Performance
    (2628)
    Story
    (2645)

    Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, struggles to unite a fractured network of kingdoms and alliances in preparation for the Last Battle. As he attempts to halt the Seanchan encroachment northward - wishing he could form at least a temporary truce with the invaders - his allies watch in terror the shadow that seems to be growing within the heart of the Dragon Reborn himself.

    D. Ramirez says: "I normally wouldn't, but..."
    "Remarkable"
    Overall

    Brandon Sanderson has done an extraordinary job continuing the saga and bringing it a step closer to resolution. I've listened to the entire series three times and felt that the personality and developmental progression of the major characters came through true to form. Clearly, Harriet McDougal made an inspired choice in selecting Brandon. I loved his Mistborn series and suspect from his work on The Gathering Storm that he will be the leading fantasy writer of his generation. Continuing the Wheel of Time series (which seemed to have lost some of its energy and coherence) was a nearly impossible task. This volume exceeded all of my hopes and expectations.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3012)
    Performance
    (2321)
    Story
    (2327)

    An orphan's life is harsh---and often short---in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains---a man who is neither blind nor a priest. A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected "family" of orphans---a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards.

    Luke A. Reynolds says: "Stupendous, but be warned."
    "Tremendous!"
    Overall

    This book was an absolute pleasure to listen to, a well narrated, cleaver, compelling, amusing and original tale. To be sure this is a book for adults as it presents a great deal of violence in a pretty graphic manner and uses appropriately ribald language. If you love fantasy with a bit of an edge don't miss it.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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