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Jay

Sacramento, CA, United States

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  • 8 reviews
  • 9 ratings
  • 246 titles in library
  • 21 purchased in 2014
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  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9288)
    Performance
    (8533)
    Story
    (8575)

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "Alright now you are just making me mad"
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    What disappointed you about A Feast for Crows?

    Once again 34 hours of my life wasted on a story that could have been told in 1.


    Would you ever listen to anything by George R. R. Martin again?

    Nope


    Which character – as performed by Roy Dotrice – was your favorite?

    Nothing bad to say about the reader, he did a great job.


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

    The story is actually a good one but for the love of all that is good and holy get on with it!


    Any additional comments?

    Watch the movies.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12582)
    Performance
    (11008)
    Story
    (11053)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Ryan says: "Enjoyable, but a lot of setup"
    "Finally the end.What the heck!!!!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Once again a 49 hour listen that would have been fantastic at an hour long.


    What was most disappointing about George R. R. Martin’s story?

    Suprises-none
    Plot-advances in baby steps per 40+hour book
    I think he wrote a good book then ripped out every chapter and decided to write a 40 hour book out of each chapter.


    Which character – as performed by Roy Dotrice – was your favorite?

    Good reader-bad material


    What character would you cut from A Dance with Dragons?

    None of them would give them a kick in the rear to hurry things along though


    Any additional comments?

    Watch the movies

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (16097)
    Performance
    (12581)
    Story
    (12658)

    As opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.

    Troy says: "Chapter and part breaks are incorrect"
    "Actually threw up a little bit in my mouth"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Was thinking if you put the entire series in a 5 hour abridged version might not be to bad.


    Would you ever listen to anything by George R. R. Martin again?

    Not when the series is over. Have the type of personality I have to finish.


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

    No, thought he did a great job reading though


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

    Nope you know how the book is going to end and there is very little advancement of the overall plot.


    Any additional comments?

    Watch the shows, way better than wasting 100+ hours of your life.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (17419)
    Performance
    (13550)
    Story
    (13586)

    A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

    Alisha says: "Good listen, but what's up with the chapter set up"
    "I payed for this?"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from George R. R. Martin and/or Roy Dotrice?

    George R. R. Never not happy I have to finish the series
    Roy Dotrice Yes


    What could George R. R. Martin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not wasted my time writing such a long boring book that never ends.


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

    Roy is actually a fantastic reader. The voices and personalities he brings are fantastic.


    What character would you cut from A Clash of Kings?

    The writer-of the books


    Any additional comments?

    Seriously no surprises, would have been a great book if told in an hour instead of 37

    1 of 3 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
    (25810)
    Performance
    (19634)
    Story
    (19709)

    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"
    "Make the bad man stop"
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    What disappointed you about A Game of Thrones?

    You can figure out how it is going to end seven days before it happens. And he takes a week to make it happen.


    What could George R. R. Martin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He could have written it in about one chapter instead of 50.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None


    What character would you cut from A Game of Thrones?

    None


    Any additional comments?

    There is no suspense; you can figure out the plots, all of them, in the first few pages yet you have to wade through hours and hours of listening to get nowhere.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Heir of Novron: Riyria Revelations, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3737)
    Performance
    (3436)
    Story
    (3457)

    On the holiday of Wintertide, the New Empire plans to burn the Witch of Melengar and force the Empress into a marriage of their own design. But they didn’t account for Royce and Hadrian finally locating the Heir of Novron—or the pair’s desire to wreak havoc on the New Empire’s carefully crafted scheme.

    Ron says: "Spectacular fantasy series"
    "Second best series I have ever read/listened to."
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Heir of Novron the most enjoyable?

    I am rarely surprised by endings to books, and hardly ever in a good way. You can guess all you want you will NEVER guess the ending. And yes it is better than any you could come up with-ever!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Heir of Novron?

    The amount of time spent laughing while the party was in tense situations.


    Which character – as performed by Tim Gerard Reynolds – was your favorite?

    All of the main ones. The voices he gives to the characters, I imagine would be the same ones I would have given them in my head while reading them.


    Any additional comments?

    Listened to over 15 SERIES so far and by far this was my favorite!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Rise of Empire: Riyria Revelations, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3988)
    Performance
    (3644)
    Story
    (3667)

    Best-selling author Michael J. Sullivan’s mesmerizing Riyria Revelations series has found a welcome home with fans of magic, clashing swords, and daring heroes. This second volume finds Royce and Hadrian on a quest to enlist the southern Nationalists to aid the ever-weakening kingdom of Melengar. Royce suspects an ancient wizard is manipulating them all, but to find the truth he’ll have to decipher Hadrian’s past—a past Hadrian wants to keep secret.

    Ron says: "The second book delivers"
    "Keeps getting better"
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    If you could sum up Rise of Empire in three words, what would they be?

    Great story


    What other book might you compare Rise of Empire to and why?

    Riftwar saga without as much magic.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Haydrian's homecoming


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Once again the character interactions were superb, and funny.


    Any additional comments?

    You need to read this series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5135)
    Performance
    (4727)
    Story
    (4725)

    Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

    Magpie says: "Two books in one - keep listening!!"
    "Fantastic"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Theft of Swords in three words, what would they be?

    Recommend to all


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Both main characters. Never laughed so much at the interactions between two characters.


    What about Tim Gerard Reynolds’s performance did you like?

    After the first hour of listening I forgot all about the reader, and just enjoyed the book. Great job


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

    Might be a bit long but other than that yes I would.


    Any additional comments?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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