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John

Mainly a Sci-Fi, Fantasy guy, but also classic fiction, and detective books.

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  • Sir Kendrick and the Castle of Bel Lione: The Knights of Arrethtrae

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Chuck Black
    • Narrated By Andy Turvey, Dawn Marshall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    As the Knights of the Prince await His triumphant return, they are steadfast in their mission to take His story into the kingdom and recruit as many as are willing. But when a new and dangerous threat is revealed, their mission is jeopardized. Sir Kendrick and his young charge, the impetuous Sir Duncan, are sent on a mission to discover the identity and origin of a secretive new order known as the Conquistero Knights.

    auroragb says: "I'm shocked by the high reviews"
    "Middle School morality tale from a Christian Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Sir Kendrick and the Castle of Bel Lione?

    Superficial, simplistic, not written for an adult, and weak even for the target age.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Chuck Black again?

    no


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrator’s performances?

    Narration was not bad, but hate background music during narration.


    Any additional comments?

    Found it bad enough to be amusing and finish the 5 hr.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Red Country

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1003)
    Performance
    (908)
    Story
    (904)

    They burned her home. They stole her brother and sister. But vengeance is following. Shy South hoped to bury her bloody past and ride away smiling, but she'll have to sharpen up some bad old ways to get her family back, and she's not a woman to flinch from what needs doing. She sets off in pursuit with only a pair of oxen and her cowardly old step father Lamb for company. But it turns out Lamb's buried a bloody past of his own. And out in the lawless Far Country the past never stays buried.

    Kristina says: "Freakin' Awesome!"
    "There are no "Good Guys" in Abercrombie's world."
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    Performance
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    If you could sum up Red Country in three words, what would they be?

    "You have to be realistic"


    What did you like best about this story?

    Well developed characters, all motivated by self interest. Not innocents motivated by some sense of duty or service. If that is not your kind of story, find another author.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Anytime the "Bloody Nine" makes an appearance.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Blood splaches all over the screen.


    Any additional comments?

    Abercrombie is not for the faint hearted that like happy endings. He creates complex characters that all have their virtues and flaws. Everyone can be a hero or villan depending on the perspecctive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brightness Reef: The Uplift Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By David Brin
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (121)

    Persecuted refugees from six separate alien races have migrated to the idyllic planet Jijo. And despite their incredible diversity, the inhabitants live together in blissful harmony. However, settlement on Jijo is illegal - and it's only a matter of time before the residents of this forbidden paradise are discovered by the galactic powers-that-be.

    Chas says: "Hard Core Sci-Fi at it's best!"
    "Brightness Reef"
    Overall

    Sifi at it's best. Love Brin's treatment of the human condition. Aliens are are humanity from a different perspective. This is a review of Brin's whole Earth Clan series. Start with "Sun Tide" and go to the end of this universe. Well worth the ride.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11381)
    Performance
    (8790)
    Story
    (8848)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Lore says: "Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!"
    "The Way Of kings"
    Overall

    Brandon Sanderson at his best. Complex and rich world, people with real feel, flaws and all. You flow with the the subjects, limited knowlege of the rules of the world, learn as they learn. Reader has to follow along and live as the subjects of the narrative. Putting the reader into the "world" is the mark of great fantasy. This is Epic Fiction for the Epic Fiction lover. No a simple adventure tale. Look forward to years of an unpredictable fatasy ride. Glad Sanderson took up Wheel of Time. Helped me find a new master of the craft (if!! he holds up to expectation and I think/hope he will).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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