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Marek

Katowice, Poland | Member Since 2011

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  • 7 reviews
  • 117 ratings
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  • 15 purchased in 2014
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  • Thief's Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Trudi Canavan
    • Narrated By Grant Cartwright, Hannah Norris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (49)

    In a world where an industrial revolution is powered by magic, Tyen, a student of archaeology, unearths a sentient book called Vella. Once a young sorcerer-bookbinder, Vella was transformed into a useful tool by one of the greatest sorcerers of history. Since then she has been collecting information, including a vital clue to the disaster Tyen’s world faces.Elsewhere, in an land ruled by priests, Rielle the dyer’s daughter has been taught that to use magic is to steal from the Angels.

    Daniel says: "Half good, half bad"
    "Great part one"
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    Would you listen to Thief's Magic again? Why?

    Great world building and interesting 'origin' stories for two protagonists, i will have to read it again when second part comes out.


    What other book might you compare Thief's Magic to and why?

    It's hard to tell. Story is original and in style more adult than her previous books. Little steam punk but in feeling closer to Mistborn than steam-punky books.


    What does Grant Cartwright and Hannah Norris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Narration is very unobtrusive, clear and enjoyable. nothing feels forced and characters are well defined.


    Any additional comments?

    It seems like we got new great fantasy series. Just beware, it IS first part of trilogy, not first book in a series with separate stories. After it finishes you get the depressing waiting period till second part comes out.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Love by the Numbers

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Karin Kallmaker
    • Narrated By Kathleen Roche-Zujko
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (55)

    With a relentless TV lawyer and public mob still out for Lillian Linden-Smith's blood for crimes committed by her "American royalty" parents, getting out of the country is her only hope for anonymity. If that means cleaning up and presenting an antisocial know-it-all Ph.D. for bookstores, clubs and lectures, fine. Dr. Hathaway may have succeeded in driving away all the others, but not this time. From their first meeting the sparks fly, and each is thinking: She has no idea who she's dealing with.

    Karen says: "Kept Me Interested to the End"
    "Very nice read"
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    Where does Love by the Numbers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its good for what it is, a romance without pretending to be something else. It has no silly story that annoys you by being slapped over the main topic.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Love by the Numbers?

    Having the characters working together on tour.


    Did Kathleen Roche-Zujko do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    not really, It was bit like telling a story to small kids. Too sweet.


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

    Please don't do it, it's sweet story, but it would be boring as a movie.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hostage Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By A. J. Quinn
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (58)

    Everything can change in a heartbeat.Hunter Roswell thought she had left her past behind. But her carefully structured world starts to fall apart when a serial killer connected to her past emerges from the shadows and begins stalking her. Already responsible for the deaths of five women, the killer now has Hunter firmly in his sights. And he’s picked a target date - the night of October’s full moon - also known as the blood moon or hunter’s moon.

    realdog says: "Perfect story, perfectly read"
    "Stupid leads"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What would have made Hostage Moon better?

    If the leads in the book weren't such morons, that you actually want them to get killed


    Would you ever listen to anything by A. J. Quinn again?

    i might if it is just a romance and isn't about supposedly smart people


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

    Ii didn't, but it was good


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Hostage Moon?

    Every single one with main characters acting like unruly children


    Any additional comments?

    there is nothing worse than 'smart' characters that every single thing they do or say is wrong.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (5239)
    Performance
    (4742)
    Story
    (4755)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "Worst Narrator ever, good story."
    Overall
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better narrator. This one speaks so slow, that it seems like a joke. He has pleasant voice, but makes the book at least few hours longer than it warrants.
    It is very distracting, you forget first word of a sentence before the end!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He read the book like he wanted to put us in bed. Slow quiet voice/murmur.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Hard Magic?

    The story is just fine.


    Any additional comments?

    Better read than listen to...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kiss the Dead: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Kimberly Alexis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (671)
    Performance
    (608)
    Story
    (608)

    When a 15-year-old girl is abducted by vampires, it’s up to U.S. Marshal Anita Blake to find her. And when she does, she’s faced with something she’s never seen before: a terrifyingly ordinary group of people - kids, grandparents, soccer moms - all recently turned and willing to die to avoid serving a master. And where there’s one martyr, there will be more.

    pewter says: "Weak Link in the Anita Blake Series"
    "Feels like Abridged"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The story is again very short, like someone cut everything out of the book. The sex scenes feel like it was mandatory to put them every 30% of the book, first time they don't fit. It's like reading abridged book with parts not making sense or feeling flat.


    What could Laurell K. Hamilton have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Add a storyline between first part and the second.


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

    I enjoy her narration, hard to say since i never read erotic novels.


    Could you see Kiss the Dead being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Honestly it was bad enough for a low budget adult movie.


    Any additional comments?

    If you must, then listen to it. If you didn't get addicted to 20previous books, then stay away.

    23 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • The Wise Man's Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9455)
    Performance
    (7803)
    Story
    (7870)

    "My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep...."

    Joe says: "Excellent, Imaginative, Beautiful, Page Turning!!!"
    "Very long, but packed with story."
    Overall
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    Unlike many sequels or long books in general, this one stays on course.
    While one day somehow took 40hours, we didn't get some unedited work, its material for three good books in some other sagas.

    I don't know how long will we wait for next part, maybe again three years, but if the result is of this quality and quantity, then its worth waiting for. Story stays focused, it is surprising, evolving and growing. Surely best time/money audible i have seen thus far.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (24046)
    Performance
    (17996)
    Story
    (18051)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Good read, bad story."
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    Its fair to say that the book is a good 33hour spent. Characters are interesting, and their motivations, goals and perspectives are very different from each other.

    That being said, the story goes nowhere. We have time passing, but no destination to travel to. While a story does not need a 'good guy', it needs some sort of threat or villain. As it is now, everything can happen with no real impact on the story anymore. Authors' inability to generate a real threat to everyone, leads to consecutive volumes with no beginning or ending.

    We can pretend that the threat will finally materialize and all characters will have to somehow interact and reunite to face it, but its 6years late already, and we aren't any closer.
    In fact characters grow so apart that they become irrelevant entirely.

    Don't get me wrong. If we do get ending in near future, that binds everything together, then its well worth listening to, but as it goes now, its bit like serious character chronicles without particular purpose.

    The more you care about characters, the more you get frustrated by their lack of importance to the story itself. One begin to wonder if it was ever meant to have an end to it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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