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Marcus Swift

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  • Scarlet: King Raven Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Stephen R Lawhead
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (196)

    After losing everything he owns, forester Will Scarlet embarks on a search for none other than King Raven, whose exploits have already become legendary. After fulfilling his quest - and proving himself a skilled and loyal companion - Will joins the heroic archer and his men.

    Teresa says: "Amazing Performance"
    "Love The Historical...Struggle with the Fiction"
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    I found this setting and context for the Robin Hood story compelling. This second of the trilogy stars Will Scarlet narrating his own experiences with the Raven King. The story draws us deeper into the landscape and culture of the 11th century. This is its strength. The series attempts to reorient the fairy tale back to its roots resulting in a much more human, earthy and compelling telling of the Robin, Maid Marian, Little John, Will Scarlet and Frier Tuck. Unfortunately, the character of Will Scarlet is so smarmy and ego centric that the tail is almost ruined. I struggled to tell if this was a function of the writing (the character often refers to himself in the third person) or the performance and concluded the later. Adam Verner's rendition of the character was so sticky sweet it left my stomach aching. The story kept me listening and I will likely get the third book and complete the series. However, I wish I had read this book rather than listened to it as I would have enjoyed it more.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of Chaos: Book Six of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5087)
    Performance
    (3137)
    Story
    (3156)

    As the Wheel turns, the winds of fate roil across the land. Rand al 'Thor struggles to unite the nations for the Last Battle when the Dark One will break free into the world to spring the snares laid by the immortal Forsaken for unwary humankind. The White Tower in Tar Valon, under the Amyrlin Elaida, has decided that Rand must be controlled immediately.

    Elias says: "Finally here!"
    "Ok, I get it"
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    Really enjoyed the first few books, but plot pacing could be improved. One major plot event per 20 to 40 hours of listening is ... Slow. The characters are so numerous it's hard to keep them all straight - especially the nobles who are not mentioned enough to get them well formed in the readers mind. Sigh. But I love the characters that are well formed. Just wish he had worked more on pacing the plot better

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Hunt: Book Two of The Wheel Of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7261)
    Performance
    (4441)
    Story
    (4471)

    The Wheel of Time turns and ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the age that gave it birth returns again. For centuries, gleemen have told the tales of The Great Hunt of the Horn. So many tales about each of the Hunters, and so many Hunters to tell of. Now, the Horn itself is found: the Horn of Valere long thought only legend, the Horn which will raise the dead heroes of the ages.

    Tony Deleeuw says: "Great Series, Great Readers"
    "Second is better!"
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    After a hohum start to the series, I was not expecting much. However, the story expands is rich and interesting ways. Thoroughly enjoyed the story and, unlike the first book, the dual narrators worked.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10346)
    Performance
    (6331)
    Story
    (6375)

    When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

    Greg says: "This Series Rocks"
    "Good story"
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    The performers voicing sounded like a 1950es radio program. They also decided to use two narrators - a practice I don't appreciate.

    The story lays the bones for the larger series. It manages to answer some mysteries while leaving enough to draw me into the next story. The character development is enough to make the actions of the characters plausible. I was not gripped by the world and characters as I have been in other series. Enjoyable nonetheless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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