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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
    (31)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    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.

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  • 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
    (2952)
    Performance
    (1554)
    Story
    (1560)

    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.

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