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Thad

Renton, WA, USA | Member Since 2001

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  • Legends: A Novel of Dissimulation

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (85)

    It's a deadly dilemma for Martin Odum: both remembering and forgetting his past are dangerous options. A discharged CIA agent turned private detective, Odum is struggling through a labyrinth of memories from past identities, "legends", in CIA parlance. Is he really Martin Odum? Or is he Dante Pippen, IRA explosives specialist? Or Lincoln Dittmann, Civil War expert? Or another, hidden legend?

    Johnnie Walker says: "Outstanding Reading"
    "Very Good"
    Overall

    Story was entertaining and flowed well. Another good story from Robert Littell and the narrator was excellent. I enjoy Scott Bricks narrations but Grover Gardner far surpassed him. If you like Littell's book, then you won't be disappointed with this one. Enjoy!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8124)
    Performance
    (3270)
    Story
    (3331)

    When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

    Sandra says: "Utterly Awesome!"
    "IMO - Not worth it"
    Overall

    This is a total disappointment. The fact that the author "was only 15" does not make this a good book. Yes, it is a great accomplishment for someone his age. However, since there is so much "taken" from Tolkien, it shows very little creativity. Also, I had the sense that this was an 80's style video game dialog (flat and juvenile). This is the first time I was not able to finish an audio book. To be fair I may check this out from the library (i.e. no money wasted) and attempt to read the book.

    My bottom line opinion - C. Paolini does have potential for developing into a good writer, if he does not allow arrogance to get in the way of learning. This is based his interview response - "In my writing, I strive for a lyrical beauty somewhere between Tolkien at his best and Seamus Heaney's translation of Beowulf." - which he is currently no where near.

    14 of 23 people found this review helpful

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