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Ian

Dayton, OH, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 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
    (5377)
    Performance
    (4948)
    Story
    (4944)

    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!!"
    "Slow Start but Worth the Wait"
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    What did you love best about Theft of Swords?

    First, if you are going to listen to this book then it's pointless without listening to the trilogy. The character development was my favorite aspect of the trilogy and it only gets deeper the more you listen.

    What starts out slowly turns out to be an outstanding book. As you grow more familiar with each character their adventures become more personal and you feel a part of the story. I'm not huge on the Fantasy genre and I wouldn't consider it to be true fantasy fiction. However you classify it, it's good.

    Each book is divided into 2 stories with each one accounting for roughly half of your listening time. That keeps the story lines fresh and dynamic. I really enjoyed this aspect of the book because it re-engaged me when the story started to drag a bit.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20102)
    Performance
    (18000)
    Story
    (18063)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Great Concept and Engrossing Story"
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    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    I loved the style in which is was written. Since it was written from multiple points of view it made the story more interesting and enabled the author to more easily build stronger suspense and sub-plots.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gone Girl?

    Towards the middle of the book when Nick's world begins to unravel and he's taken from being the golden boy to the bad guy.


    Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne – was your favorite?

    Nick.


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

    He thinks she's alive but finds out he doesn't want her to be.


    Any additional comments?

    Very good book and definitely worth listening to. I wasn't a huge fan of the last 10-20% of the book or I might have given it a perfect score.

    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
    (5973)
    Performance
    (5423)
    Story
    (5438)

    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."
    "Steam Punk meets Sci-Fi/Alternative History"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Hard Magic to be better than the print version?

    I don't have the time to read nearly as much as I listen and this is a book that I probably would have passed up on the shelf but am very glad I didn't pass it up via Audible.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author and narrator do a tremendous job of setting up an alternative history/culture/society within the U.S. in the 1930's. However, they don't stray so far that it's a turn-off. They make it truly believable and have obviously taken great pains to think out how a race of magical humans would have effected various aspects of American society throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries.


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

    The narrator does a phenomenal job of capturing the essence of both male and female characters. When reading a book each person develops characters differently in their head and I think Pinchot did a great job of developing these similarly to how I would have. He does a phenomenal job and led me to get the follow-up.


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

    The ending was very strong.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it and am almost done with the second installment. I'd recommend this if you are a fan of any/all of these:
    -History
    -Early America in the 20th century
    -Alternative History
    -Action/Drama
    -Superheroes
    -Mystery/Conspiracy
    -Science Fiction and Fantasy

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodline: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By Peter Jay Fernandez
    Overall
    (528)
    Performance
    (457)
    Story
    (472)

    Galilee, 1025. A cunning Templar knight uncovers a holy treasure: the Bachal Isu - the staff of Jesus Christ - a priceless icon that holds a mysterious and terrifying power that will forever change humanity if unleashed. A millennium later, Somali pirates hijack a yacht off the coast off the Horn of Africa, kidnapping a young pregnant American woman and brutally killing her husband. Painter Crowe and his SIGMA team are enlisted for the top secret rescue mission. The kidnappee is the daughter of the U.S. President.

    Amazon Customer says: "Another Sigma Win!"
    "Decent Sigma Force Action"
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    What did you like best about Bloodline? What did you like least?

    I'm a big fan of James Rollins and always look forward to his latest book.....especially the Sigma Force novels. He's done a great job developing his characters from book to book (including non-Sigma Force) so when I start listening to his newest book I feel like I'm revisiting old friends on new adventures.I have to be honest, I was SLIGHTLY disappointed with Bloodline. Don't get me wrong, I have very high expectations and it's a good book. However, it isn't his best by any means and the story was somewhat predictable. Likewise, part of the reason I'm such a Rollins fan is his intensive research and the historical "mysteries" he weaves into each storyline (Map of Bones, Black Order). I felt the booking was seriously lacking on this aspect and he got wrapped up in his own medical expertise when writing it. Personally, I think his adventures with a focus on the past (more historical) are more interesting to listen to and read then his books with a "future science" storyline.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Somewhat. It was exciting but also a little predictable.


    What aspect of Peter Jay Fernandez’s performance would you have changed?

    Great performance as usual.


    Do you think Bloodline needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Absolutely. No matter what my feelings were on this particular work, James Rollins is a great author and Sigma Force is a fun series to listen to.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eldest: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4079)
    Performance
    (2072)
    Story
    (2117)

    Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in the skills of the Dragon Rider: magic and swordsmanship. Soon he is on the journey of a lifetime, his eyes open to awe-inspiring new places and people, his days filled with fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and nothing is what it seems.

    Teddy says: "You see growth in the Author"
    "Makes me ready for Book 3"
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    Would you listen to Eldest: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 2 again? Why?

    Yes, the story is intricate and subtle at times. I think there's a lot of depth too it and a second listen would reveal more details and character traits that I may not have picked up during my initial listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the in-depth focus on story lines other than Eragon's. It was a nice departure and made the book unique in contrast with Book 1.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final battle is tremendous and reveals some surprises. Very much worth the wait.


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

    Action, Adventure, Redemption!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18520)
    Performance
    (16483)
    Story
    (16443)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Amazing details. Truly engrossing"
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    Would you listen to 11-22-63 again? Why?

    Yes. The books depiction of that bygone era was a story within a story. King's attention to detail was truly amazing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked them all but George was my favorite. He was conflicted, open, dutiful, and honorable.


    Which character – as performed by Craig Wasson – was your favorite?

    George


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

    No extreme reaction but I felt immersed in the book


    Any additional comments?

    Amazing read! Prepare to be completely overtaken by this book. You will be transported to 1958-1963 and you will love it! Stephen King has once again outdone himself. MOHs creative genius continues to astound me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Ark: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Boyd Morrison
    • Narrated By Boyd Gaines
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (143)

    When brilliant archaeologist Dilara Kenner is contacted by Sam Watson, an old family friend who says that he has crucial information about her missing father, Dilara abandons her Peruvian dig and rushes to Los Angeles to meet him. But at the airport, Sam speaks instead of Noah’s Ark—the artifact her father had long been searching for—and the possible death of billions. Before Sam can explain, he collapses. With his dying breath, he urges Dilara to find Tyler Locke—a man she’s never heard of.

    Veneda says: "great summer read"
    "Trying to be something it's not"
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    What disappointed you about The Ark?

    It seemed to drag on and on unnecessarily.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Boyd Morrison again?

    Uncertain


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Not very dynamic


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend James Rollins for anyone interested in this type of book. Much better author.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10476)
    Performance
    (5370)
    Story
    (5410)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Russell says: "Glad I Listened to 11-22-63 First"
    "Prepare to be engrossed"
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    If you could sum up Under the Dome in three words, what would they be?

    Strong Characters, Addicting


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Under the Dome?

    About 2/3 of the way through it I realized just how engrossed I was in it and just how invested I was in the different characters.


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

    He played each character exceptionally well. Each was uniquely appropriate


    Any additional comments?

    Not a big fan of the ending. It was like King was grasping at straws. Still, the rest of the book far outweighs a 3 star ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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