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Matthew

Clare, MI, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Legions of Fire: Books of the Elements, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By David Drake
    • Narrated By David Ledoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Far in the north, a group of magicians perform a strange dance on a volcanic island intended to open a gateway for supernatural creatures that will allow them to devastate the whole Earth and destroy all life. Not knowing the cause, two young men, Corylus and Varus,and two women, Hedia and Alphena,each separately pursue the answer to mysterious and threatening happenings that prefigure disaster in the great city of Carce, the center of civilization.

    Matthew says: "Solid story but the narration is distracting."
    "Solid story but the narration is distracting."
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    Story

    I have not yet completed this listen and I am not sure I am going to. The story is solid and the characters are well written. However, I find the narration to be so poor that I don't think I can finish. It seems like the narrator has no idea what he is reading. He emphasizes random words in every sentence like he has a formula for reading without any cognizance of what should be emphasized. I don't know how else to explain it. He sing-songs through every sentence with a strange cadence that is all over the map. Would recommended reading the book but not listening to it.

    0 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
    (7197)
    Performance
    (3553)
    Story
    (3556)

    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..."
    "Rich, meaningful and satisfying. A rare find."
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    This book presents a beautifully textured world that will haunt you and delivers richly developed and deeply satisfying tale. To say it is an apocalyptic tale about vampires would be true but it would be such a disservice to this book. There are layers in this book that place it in a different category than some of the books that come to mind when those terms are used. In addition to the compelling story the narration is phenomenal. I believe that even if a person has never liked any sci-fi/apocalyptic/supernatural books, ever, they can still enjoy this very well written and well told tale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On the Edge: The Edge, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1405)
    Performance
    (1000)
    Story
    (1013)

    Rose Drayton lives on the Edge, between the world of the Broken (where people drive cars, shop at Wal-Mart, and magic is a fairy tale) and the Weird (where blueblood aristocrats rule, changelings roam, and the strength of your magic can change your destiny). Only Edgers like Rose can easily travel from one world to the next, but they never truly belong in either.

    Stephanie says: "Refreshing"
    "Romance Novel Masquerading as Fantasy"
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    Performance
    Story

    Simply not what I was expecting. If romance is your thing it was well written and well read. The only problem I had with the reading is that its was set in a southern setting and clearly ment to pronouced with a southern accent and did not play well without.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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