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Brenner

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  • The Great Convergence: Book of Deacon, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Joseph R. Lallo
    • Narrated By Karyn O'Bryant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    The Great Convergence continues the tale of young Myranda Celeste. With fresh knowledge of magic and steadfast resolve to see the end of the war that plagues her land, Myranda sets out to find and unite the five fated heroes, the Chosen. Each new warrior brings her world a step closer to peace, but does she have the strength to survive the trials ahead?

    Brenner says: "An exhibition in poor decision making."
    "An exhibition in poor decision making."
    Overall
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    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the main character had not dropped 30 or so IQ points from the first book. Always making terrible decisions, and seemingly never to learn from them. I could only feel that the irrational decisions where made to progress the story in a way so that certain places would be visited. Actually the dimming was not limited to the main character. This probably was the cause for interaction between characters to be continually off balance.


    Has The Great Convergence turned you off from other books in this genre?

    OSC's magic fantasy is where I started, and I did enjoy the first book. I don't think I'll get reading the conclusion as the second book seems to out cut out the parts a like and filled many pages with few things that were actually thoughtful. More from this genre Yes; more from Joseph R. Lallo, probably not.


    What does Karyn O'Bryant bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good overall, and I assumed the 'Performance' rating is for the narrator. She was easy to listen to over all, kept the voice she used for each character broken up enough so that there was never confusion between who was talking. Used an odd whisperish voice for the main character, didn't really bother me, but was odd.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Great Convergence?

    The main character's time in captivity, it was reached through terribly illogical trains of thought reinforced by secondary characters that should have known better, which resulted in actions that should never have been taken. To compound things, anything that was an implication of the captivity was undone by the time it ended.


    Any additional comments?

    I often found my self anticipating clever twists, little did I realizing that the poor insight into situations given by characters, was actually the accurate insight given of a poorly constructed reality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Halo: Cryptum: Book One of the Forerunner Saga

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Greg Bear
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (546)
    Performance
    (467)
    Story
    (477)

    Fully 100,000 years ago, the galaxy was populated by a great variety of beings. But one species - eons beyond all others in both technology and knowledge - achieved dominance. They ruled in peace but met opposition with quick and brutal effectiveness. They were the Forerunners - the keepers of the Mantle, the next stage of life in the Universe’s Living Time. And then they vanished. This is their story.

    Kyle says: "Utterly Amazing, Mind Expanding"
    "A really enjoyable foundation"
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    What did you love best about Halo: Cryptum?

    Its coherence within itself and to the future stories. It was creative and put up a good attempt at a comprehensive view of the forerunners. I enjoyed it all around.


    Have you listened to any of Holter Graham’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Narrator was fine.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, this book kept me hooked.


    Any additional comments?

    If you liked this book because of the wide reaching scope and depth of the events... don't bother with the second book, there is none of that in it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Halo: Primordium: The Forerunner Saga, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Greg Bear
    • Narrated By Timothy Dadabo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (394)
    Performance
    (377)
    Story
    (378)

    In the wake of apparent self-destruction of the Forerunner empire, two humans - Chakas and Riser - are like flotsam washed up on very strange shores indeed. Captured by the Master Builder, misplaced during a furious battle in space, they now find themselves on an inverted world where horizons rise into the sky, and where humans of all kinds are trapped in a perilous cycle of horror and neglect. For they have become both research animals and strategic pawns in a cosmic game whose madness knows no end....

    Raquel S. says: "Once upon a time on a Halo far far away..."
    "Half a Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you be willing to try another book from Greg Bear? Why or why not?

    Probably, the good parts are good. Unfortunately he doesn't mind wasting your time with filler. Also, had a nice straw man religion to look down on in this work.


    Which character – as performed by Timothy Dadabo – was your favorite?

    Characters were clear and separate, easy to listen to, narrator did not distract. A+


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    It was enjoyable and had some interesting spin on things. A great deal of annoyance at the arbitrary functionality of forerunner equipment, it lasts for days or weeks or years unless you need it to stop working for a plot development or so you can see it right as it stops working.


    Any additional comments?

    Most of this book is about walking around in barren places. If you listened to the first 5 chapters and then skipped to chapter 26 or 27 you would have missed barely anything, and you would have enjoyed the book so much compelling you to go back and listen to the 22 chapters you skipped, only to realize there was nothing significant in them. (In summery the good parts of the book were about 2/5ths by volume.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of the Hegemon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3244)
    Performance
    (1810)
    Story
    (1825)

    Orson Scott Card tells a tale long awaited by millions of fans: the story of how Bean turned away from his first friend, Ender, and became the tactical genius who won the Earth for Ender's brother, Peter, who became the Hegemon.

    Michael says: "Great book, poor transfer"
    ""OSC" good... "Hegemon" bad"
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    What other book might you compare Shadow of the Hegemon to and why?

    There was lots of person to person struggle like in the first book, but a lot like Foundation, conflict between countries where wars are fought, dancer to the undercurrent of the cleverness of individual and restrained by the truths of human nature proven by time.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This section is the reason why I am bothering to write a review. What you wouldn't get from reading the book is the extreme compulsion to punch the audio engineer in the face. At least 50 times throughout the audio book every time one of the male narrators would go to say "Hegemon" a foreign voice, cutting in at a slightly different volume and with different background noise would cut in and say... "Hegemon". I could not even tell if it was the same person speaking or not since there were to many other differences. I would not even have commented but it happened so many times. It felt like the whole audio book had been recorded with the narrator reading a completely random word and at the last minute they had to go back in and try to implant the correct one.


    Any additional comments?

    I really did like the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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