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Daniel

Joburg, South Africa | Member Since 2012

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  • Graceling

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Kristin Cashore
    • Narrated By Emma Powell
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    In a world where people born with an exceptional skill, known as a Grace, are feared and exploited, Katsa carries the burden of a skill even she despises: the Grace of killing. She lives under the command of her Uncle Randa, King of the Middluns, and is expected to carry out his dirty work, punnishing and torturing anyone who displeases him. Breaking arms and cutting off fingers are her stock-in-trade.

    Moonglotexas says: "Absolutely Mesmerising!"
    "its just too clean and simple."
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    What disappointed you about Graceling?

    Its too clean and simple. its a bit like cooking pasta - anyone can dish it up....


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Before They Are Hanged: The First Law: Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (2643)
    Performance
    (1822)
    Story
    (1826)

    Bitter and merciless war is coming to the frozen north. It's bloody and dangerous and the Union army, split by politics and hamstrung by incompetence, is unprepared for the slaughter that's coming. Lacking experience, training, and in some cases even weapons, the army is scarcely equipped to repel Bethod's scouts, let alone his elite forces. In the heat-ravaged south, the Gurkish are massing to assault the city of Dagoska, defended by Inquisitor Glokta.

    David says: "This is heaven"
    "THIS IS WHAT FANTASY IS ABOUT"
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    What did you love best about Before They Are Hanged?

    The story is woven in an impeccable world without fault. There are few problems with believability, the magic is raw & powerful and the characters are fallible people just trying to stay alive.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love where the story is going, how the character Glokta grows into him self and how utterly ruthless he can be.


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

    Steven has an amazing ability to bring the characters to life. His British accent lends itself to many dialects and he weaves believable pictures which allows me to immerse myself into the story. He has a lovely way of building the tension which had me almost jump into a bush from fright during a particular piece whilst I was running...


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

    I have to admit that I didn't as I have read the series before so unfortunately I did not have any surprises waiting for me.


    Any additional comments?

    I can hardly rate this series highly enough. If you are almost spending a credit on this do it now...but only if you can handle hard core action fantasy. If you are into unicorns you should possibly try a different title.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • North and South: North and South Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By John Jakes
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (766)
    Performance
    (664)
    Story
    (669)

    Two strangers, young men from Pennsylvania and South Carolina, meet on the way to West Point.... Thus begins this brilliant novel of antebellum America, spanning three generations and chronicling the lives and loves of two great family dynasties. The Hazards and the Mains are brought together in bonds of friendship and affection that neither jealousy nor violence can shatter - until a storm of events sunders the nation and brings the cataclysm of war!

    Parusski says: "Captivating novel of the Civil War"
    "Not for me - it's a tough read"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think that this is quite a difficult read as the writing style is very old school. It's tough to listen to it and associate even though I have read it before


    Has North and South turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Pretty much...


    What three words best describe Grover Gardner’s voice?

    Very very good


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from North and South?

    I guess that it's intact for a historical fiction. I would modernize it a little


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5936)
    Performance
    (5192)
    Story
    (5193)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Konstantin says: "Suprizingly entertaining"
    "What a great read"
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    What made the experience of listening to Monster Hunter International the most enjoyable?

    It was so wonderful to see a new take on traditional characters. The twists and turns are good and the characters develop well. The excessive gun info is fantastic!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Monster Hunter International?

    The unveiling of Skippy's origin is a special moment....


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Definitely the battle with the vampires in the house...master vampires rule.


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

    MHI takes care of the things that go bump in the night....with High Explosives...


    Any additional comments?

    The audio reading is superb.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Daylight War: Demon Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    Continuing the impressive debut fantasy series from author Peter V. Brett, The Daylight War is book three of the Demon Cycle, pulling the listener into a world of demons, darkness and heroes.

    Raphael says: "More of the same"
    "Brilliant continuation"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Daylight War: Demon Trilogy, Book 3 the most enjoyable?

    Peter V Brett has a wonderful way to link all the characters together, showing their point of view and how it can be perceived from all sides....really interesting way to get into the heads of the characters. This book tied a lot together - the ending was a surprise....


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Daylight War: Demon Trilogy, Book 3?

    Definitely the relationship between Lisha & Aman - how even though Aman wants to enslave the world she can empathise with his reasoning...


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was different from the first 2 books & I must admit he lost a lot of the characters identities because of his lack of ability to "do" multiple accents - but his pace, tension and emphasis was great.


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

    ...number 3....


    Any additional comments?

    Very well worth while. Brilliant story and the collection should be on your shelf in hard copy as well as the audio version

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (253)

    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. My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me.

    William says: "Amazing. I want you to listen to this."
    "This is a must for everyone who is a fantasy fan"
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    Would you listen to The Name of the Wind again? Why?

    Definitely. The story is epic, the characters superb and the language unparalleled.


    What other book might you compare The Name of the Wind to and why?

    Its a difficult book to compaire due to the vast scale of the story and how well Mr Rothfuss manages to tie it together. Its definitely adult fantasy which makes it refreshing as, like life, he leaves you guessing, doesnt answer all the questions and certainly makes the reader feel that the world is a place of depth...


    What about Rupert Degas’s performance did you like?

    HE IS SUPERB! This is close to the best performance I have listened to and I can not wait until I can afford more books so I can download some more titles he has been part of. His ability to bring the characters alive is wonderful, I love the different accents he manages to pull in and his timbre and pace is excellent.


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

    I wouldnt. Its too good to be made into a film - The world is too exciting to confine it to a screen. it would be an injustice to the depth of the imagination that is stirred when reading this book. (I've read it and listened to the audio book)


    Any additional comments?

    Great and wonderful book, great performance and great value.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Warlock: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Michael Scott
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (843)
    Performance
    (643)
    Story
    (646)

    In the fifth installment of this bestselling series, the twins of prophesy have been divided, and the end is finally beginning.
    With Scatty, Joan of Arc, Saint Germain, Palamedes, and Shakespeare all in Danu Talis, Sophie is on her own with the ever-weakening Nicholas and Perenelle Flamel. She must depend on Niten to help her find an immortal to teach her Earth Magic. The surprise is that she will find her teacher in the most ordinary of places.

    G. House Sr. says: "Cliff Hanger -- Batter Up for Book 6"
    "The story is hotting up"
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    If you could sum up The Warlock in three words, what would they be?

    Tense, exciting and a bit of a whirlwind. Mr Scott has really created an amazing world with some great characters and a wonderful story. If you have been following the entire series you will certainly enjoy some of the twists that have been introduced in this book and, whilst its a long book, the series seems to be rushing to the climax.

    The growth of the two main characters is good although I have to admit that they both whine a bit - feeling sorry for themselves and their place in history. It is easy for me to forget that they are both only 15.

    Apart from that I am really enjoying this series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Definitely Billy the Kid as he is the most fun - apart from the fact that he is one of the coolest ever!


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

    He allows me to enjoy the book whilst stuck in traffic - Its frowned upon to read whilst driving so thanks Paul.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I am definitely looking forward to the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Necromancer: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Michael Scott
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (976)
    Performance
    (571)
    Story
    (570)

    After fleeing to Ojai, then Paris, and escaping to London, Josh and Sophie Newman are finally home. And after everything they've seen and learned in the past week, they're both more confused than ever about their future. Neither of them has mastered the magics they'll need to protect themselves from the Dark Elders, they've lost Scatty, and they're still being pursued by Dr. John Dee. Most disturbing of all, however, is that now they must ask themselves, can they trust Nicholas Flamel?

    G. House Sr. says: "building, Building, BULIDING - Can't wait!"
    "The story gets better!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Necromancer to be better than the print version?

    I have no feelings on this as I decided to listen to the entire series rather than read it as I have some time in the car and when I am running which can be filled with the world of Nicholas Flammel!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Necromancer?

    I think that there are a number of moments however the ending was super cool. I think that Josh is becoming a little wimpish as I tend to forget he is only 15....


    What about Paul Boehmer’s performance did you like?

    His character changes are great. I really like his vocal inflections and he can build tension very well...


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

    the saga continues....


    Any additional comments?

    I cant wait for the conclusion....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Millionaire Upgrade

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Richard Parkes Cordock
    • Narrated By Nigel Acheson
    Overall
    (1119)
    Performance
    (536)
    Story
    (542)

    Imagine finding yourself sitting next to a self-made millionaire for eight hours on a long-haul international flight. Imagine that person was prepared to share with you the secrets of their success. For one lucky person this actually happened. Inspired by a true story, Millionaire Upgrade is the tale of one very experienced entrepreneur and one very lucky passenger.

    Philippe says: "A complementary book for the Millionaire series"
    "Excellent value & great message."
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    Would you try another book from Richard Parkes Cordock and/or Nigel Acheson?

    It's a little old school in its language but a wonderful message for anyone wanting to improve their lives.


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

    William Shatner & brad Pitt


    Any additional comments?

    Great value....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magician: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Michael Scott
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1219)
    Performance
    (663)
    Story
    (665)

    After fleeing Ojai, Nicholas, Sophie, Josh, and Scatty emerge in Paris, the City of Lights. Home of Nicholas Flamel. Perenell is still locked up back in Alcatraz and Paris is teeming with enemies. Niccolò Machiavelli, immortal author and art collector, is after them, and time is running. For every day spent without the Book of Abraham the Mage, they age one year, their magic becoming weaker and their bodies more frail. For Flamel, the Prophecy is becoming more and more clear.

    Robert says: "recommended though narrator was switched"
    "Great story, great narrator"
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    Where does The Magician rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best audiobooks I have purchased. I really am a fan of the series.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Magician?

    I think the when Lucie has her powers awakened...


    Which character – as performed by Erik Singer – was your favorite?

    Possibly the "Doctor D" but he was really good at all of them


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    a little expensive but worth the investment. I would love to purchase the hard copies...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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