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Neil

St Petersburg, FL, USA | Member Since 2009

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  • The Elves of Cintra: Genesis of Shannara, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Terry Brooks
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (559)
    Performance
    (258)
    Story
    (265)

    Across the ruined landscape that is America - hopelessly poisoned, plague-ridden, burned, and besieged by demon armies bent on exterminating all mortal life - two pilgrims have been summoned to serve the embattled cause of good. Logan Tom has journeyed to desolate Seattle to protect a ragged band of street urchins and the being known as the gypsy morph, who is both mortal and magical, and destined to save mankind unless he is destroyed.

    Neil says: "Don't be so harsh on the narrator"
    "Don't be so harsh on the narrator"
    Overall

    I have listened to 80 or so audiobooks and lots of different narrators. The hardest thing for a narrator to do is follow someone else who has started the series and already given the characters life. Though the female characters are a little rough and kind of sound the same, I think his pace is right on and a lot of the characters sound the same from the first book. I think he had an almost impossible task in matching the first narrator but he does an admirable job. Phil at least did his homework. I listened to one series where the second narrator did not even pronounce the main characters names the same. That will throw you WAY off.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Gathering Storm: Book Twelve of the Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4547)
    Performance
    (2356)
    Story
    (2373)

    Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, struggles to unite a fractured network of kingdoms and alliances in preparation for the Last Battle. As he attempts to halt the Seanchan encroachment northward - wishing he could form at least a temporary truce with the invaders - his allies watch in terror the shadow that seems to be growing within the heart of the Dragon Reborn himself.

    D. Ramirez says: "I normally wouldn't, but..."
    "Well worth the wait!"
    Overall

    In the back of my mind I kept telling myself, "how can someone else keep up the same level of writing and storytelling that RJ had throughout the last 11 books?". Well I was totally blown away by Brandon Sanderson. This is by far the best WOT book yet. He has done so well that I am starting the series over from book one. Very well done and I can't wait for "The Towers of Midnight". Keep up the good work Brandon. Also thanks to Kate Reading and Michael Kramer for staying with the series. It could never be the same without them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gathering Storm - Prologue: Book Twelve of the Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 35 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading, Harriet McDougal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (361)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (174)

    The prologue of the long-awaited conclusion to Robert Jordan's fantasy masterpiece. This selection features a bonus recording of Robert Jordan's widow and longtime editor, Harriet McDougal, discussing the process of continuing the Wheel of Time series after Jordan's death, and how they came to select Brandon Sanderson to carry the torch.

    Brent says: "Exactly what I expected, something extraordinary"
    "The Dragon Reborn is back!"
    Overall

    I have been waiting so long for this book. From the sounds of it Brandon Sanderson has done Mr. Jordan proud. If the rest of the book is written like this then I am hooked once again. Man I hate the forsaken. Go Rand!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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