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John

Nevada City, CA, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • The High King of Montival: A Novel of the Change

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (433)
    Performance
    (251)
    Story
    (255)

    In The Sword of the Lady, Rudi Mackenzie's destiny was determined. Now he returns to Montival in the Pacific Northwest, where he will face the legions of the Prophet. To achieve victory, Rudi must assemble a coalition of those who had been his enemies a few months before and forge them into an army that will rescue his homeland. Only then will Rudi be able to come to terms with how the Sword has changed him, as well as the world, and assume his place as Artos, High King of Montival.

    Shopper1844 says: "Artos goes home"
    "Seems as though the series is running out of juice"
    Overall

    I have read/listen to the entire series several times, as well as the companion series. This is the only book that I have been disappointed in. It seems that Mr. Stirling is running out of creative energy here; or is trying to move the story from the the narrative to the mythic, (an obvious theme for the series) much too fast. I really did not like it and probably will abandon the series at this point.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6805)
    Performance
    (3173)
    Story
    (3178)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Highly critical listener says buy it"
    Overall

    I have been an Audible subscriber for about ten years now and download at least two books a month. This is a good book. It reminds me of The Stand. It is dystopian and post apocalyptic. It is long. It uses a multiple point of view structure and some of the characters actually die, even those that you may like. If you like this type of novel or The Road, this book is for you. If you would rather read pre-digested pap for morons, pass it by.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Taint in the Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    Long ago, homo nocturnus ruled the Earth, able to manipulate the forces of nature at their most basic level. Before the dawn of recorded history they were overthrown, leaving behind them only legends---our legends of shapeshifters and blood-drinkers, of cruel gods and evil magicians, of ogres and goblins, succubi and incubi.

    John says: "Aweful, just aweful."
    "Aweful, just aweful."
    Overall

    A Taint In The Blood is Steven Stirling’s new novel loosely based on Dracula by Bram Stoker and The Story of O, by Anne Desclos. The estates of Stoker and Desclos should sue.
    Stirling is generally a good, well researched author who has worked in a variety of speculative fiction genres. I have read most of his novels and have enjoyed them immensely. This most recent work is the exception. Apparently he has decided to jump on the vampire bandwagon with a vengeance, and has created a work of supreme awfulness. Todd McLaren has narrated all of Mr. Stirling's work that I have listened to, and again usually does a very good job. In this reading he sounds embarrassed from time to time. No wonder. Save your money or credits and pass this one by.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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