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Daniel

Joburg, South Africa | Member Since 2012

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  • 14 reviews
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  • 21 purchased in 2014
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  • Graceling

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Kristin Cashore
    • Narrated By Emma Powell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (42)

    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
  • Shadow Ops: Fortress Frontier

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Myke Cole
    • Narrated By Korey Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (72)

    The Great Reawakening did not come quietly. Across the country and in every nation, people began to develop terrifying powers - summoning storms, raising the dead, and setting everything they touch ablaze. Overnight the rules changed...but not for everyone. Colonel Alan Bookbinder is an army bureaucrat whose worst war wound is a paper-cut. But after he develops magical powers, he is torn from everything he knows and thrown onto the front-lines.

    Andrew says: "Exciting and fast paced."
    "Great magic & a good story. Easy listening..."
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    If you could sum up Shadow Ops: Fortress Frontier in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting continuation....


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shadow Ops: Fortress Frontier?

    The description of cricket from an American perspective is really funny.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes although his range of voices is quite limited if you are used to a range of narrators. His voice is, however, very easy to listen to and makes the story go well...


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I guess it's not that kind of book - it's an exciting adventure with cool magic...not one going for the heart tugging scenes...


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the next one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rithmatist

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings - merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles. As the son of a lowly chalkmaker at Armedius Academy, Joel can only watch as Rithmatist students study the magical art that he would do anything to practice. Then students start disappearing....

    Melanie says: "2D Chalk Monsters - not remotely scary!"
    "A good story for Teens"
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    What did you love best about The Rithmatist?

    I enjoyed the new style of magic he created. Its detailed and realistic with a great twist waiting in the series.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I wouldn't - its perfectly aimed at the YA audience with enough creativity to be interesting and action to be engaging.


    What about Michael Kramer’s performance did you like?

    His ability to create tension is quite brilliant


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

    I think so as its quite short. I was left feeling like it could be a good series for easy listening.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed it as a gap-filler whilst I wait for a more serious fantasy to hit the shelves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden Empire: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1864)
    Performance
    (803)
    Story
    (806)

    An explosive new science fiction series by New York Times best-selling author Kevin J. Anderson, Hidden Empire is the first volume in The Saga of the Seven Suns, modeled after the Star Wars and X-Files universes. Anderson has become the foremost science fiction writer of the century, bringing to life vivid characters and worlds that delight his fans across the galaxy.

    A User says: "Great Listen"
    "Its for people with patience."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story is very slow in starting. The author layers his characters and the universe for hours....


    Has Hidden Empire: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 1 turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Nope. It was a jump from Fantasy to Sci Fi and I guess I should not try "Epic SciFi" before I have matured into the genre.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    He is great...


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

    Nope...


    Any additional comments?

    For a more patient listener...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Country

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (142)

    Shy South comes home to her farm to find a blackened shell; her brother and sister have been stolen and she's going to have to return to her bad old ways if she's ever going to see them again. She sets off in grim pursuit with only her cowardly old step-father Lamb for company. But it turns out he's hiding a bloody past of his own. None bloodier.

    Raphael says: "A pleasant read"
    "A brilliant story. Worth the time & money."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Red Country to be better than the print version?

    It's a great story to own and to listen to. It's brilliant to be able to take the characters on a run with me, making the audible version really convenient.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The development of Shy as a character is great. Lamb's slow entry and relatively low profile is brilliant, especially if you are a fan of his other books and are familiar with who he is...


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending of the book is wonderful and a significant ray of hope for humanity. I won't spoil it for new readers - something to look forward to...


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

    For every action there is an equal and violent reaction...


    Any additional comments?

    It's a great conclusion to Joe Abercrombies books available on Audible. I'm really sad to leave is world and can hardly wait for his next installment of action, adventure and Northmen...

    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
    (3255)
    Performance
    (2401)
    Story
    (2412)

    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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1020)
    Performance
    (894)
    Story
    (903)

    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
    (7182)
    Performance
    (6345)
    Story
    (6341)

    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.

    Mariya says: "Killin’s my business and business is fine"
    "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
    (53)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (52)

    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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (344)
    Performance
    (318)
    Story
    (322)

    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

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