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Melissa Manfull

Pasadena, CA United States | Member Since 2006

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  • The Gate Thief: Mithermages, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Rankin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1734)
    Performance
    (1579)
    Story
    (1583)

    Here on Earth, Danny North is still in high school, yet he holds in his heart and mind all the stolen outselves of 13 centuries of gatemages. The Families still want to kill him if they can’t control him - and they can’t control him; he is far too powerful. On Westil, Wad is now nearly powerless - he lost everything to Danny in their struggle. Even if he can survive the revenge of his enemies, he must still somehow make peace with the Gatemage Daniel North, for when Danny took that power from Loki, he also took responsibility for the Great Gates.

    Benjamin says: "Flashes of Great, Ok, and Bad. Overall: Meh."
    "Preachy"
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    Would you try another book from Orson Scott Card and/or Stefan Rudnicki and Emily Rankin ?

    Yes, I love Stefan's deep, melodic voice. I could listen to anything he reads I would listen to another Orson Scott Card, but with caution.


    Has The Gate Thief turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but it didn't add to the genre either.


    What about Stefan Rudnicki and Emily Rankin ’s performance did you like?

    Excellent use of voice to convey character and emotion, especially in Stefan Rudnicki's performance.


    Do you think The Gate Thief needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I'm hesitant to read another in the series. I found this book to start out strong, as a continuation to the first book, which I loved. The second half of this book became a long diatribe on the belief system or mythology of the gods, less about the characters or the heart of the book-the relationships between the characters. What drew me into the original book was character development and a bit of the "magical" elements. The background, overly complicated, overly religious history of the worlds really turned me off.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Neon Rain: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2817)
    Performance
    (1633)
    Story
    (1629)

    New York Times best-selling author James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux novels began with this first hard-hitting entry in the series. In The Neon Rain, Detective Robicheaux fishes a prostitute's corpse from a New Orleans bayou and finds that no one, not even the law, cares about a dead hooker.

    S. Sand says: "The perfect combination of author and narrator"
    "Too Macho for my taste"
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    Any additional comments?

    I thought I would give this book and author a try based on the reviews. To be honest, I'm a bit tired of the detective genre and find that it over saturates the fiction market.
    The book is well written and exceptionally delivered by Wil Patton but I could not get past the over-indulgent use of violence and the portrayal of one dimensional female character(s?). I found the overall flavor to be macho, a male revenge fantasy that left me feeling uncomfortable for no really good reason. If the violence and revenge had more of a point to the plot, and wasn't so ridiculous (I mean how could anyone, let alone a cop plausibly get away with all of the intimidation, murder, assault in the span of one book?) I wouldn't think twice about it. I was really looking forward to start another well reviewed series but I think I'll pass on this one, not sure if I want to spend another 10 or so hours feeling distressed about the state of male power dynamics.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5378)
    Performance
    (2210)
    Story
    (2228)

    Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancée. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever. Soon he finds himself living in a London most people would never have dreamed of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. It is a world that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations.

    Thomas says: "Neverwhere is Great"
    "Suspension of disbelief"
    Overall

    Gaiman's narration was incredible, I often found myself wondering how such a gifted writer could also be such a dynamic reader. I definitely recommend this audio book.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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