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John

WOODBRIDGE, VA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Evolutionary Void: Void Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1717)
    Performance
    (1116)
    Story
    (1120)

    Exposed as the Second Dreamer, Araminta has become the target of a galaxywide search by government agent Paula Myo and the psychopath known as the Cat, along with others equally determined to prevent---or facilitate---the pilgrimage of the Living Dream cult into the heart of the Void. An indestructible microuniverse, the Void may contain paradise, as the cultists believe, but it is also a deadly threat. For the miraculous reality that exists inside its boundaries demands energy....

    Ingwe says: "Brilliant end to the trilogy"
    "Good, but a letdown"
    Overall

    A continuation of "The Commonwealth Saga", the void trilogy does tie in enough nostalgic characters and places to remind you of the well-written universe in Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained. Unfortunately, the technology in this series has moved a little too far ahead, and it's hard to really believe that society itself is so far behind when the technology is so far ahead. The dreams of this series could be a story themselves, and are very engaging. But like the technology, the advancement of the psychic talents in the Makkathran world have progressed too much, ultimately just becoming a let down... like the end of the book also is. The first book in the void trilogy was the best of the three, but Hamilton should have just ended the commonwealth with Judas Unchained.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Judas Unchained

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3101)
    Performance
    (1932)
    Story
    (1950)

    Robust, peaceful, and confident, the Commonwealth dispatched a ship to investigate the mystery of a disappearing star, only to inadvertently unleash a predatory alien species that turned on its liberators, striking hard, fast, and utterly without mercy.The Prime are the Commonwealth's worst nightmare. Coexistence is impossible with the technologically advanced aliens, who are genetically hardwired to exterminate all other forms of life.

    Susan says: "Exceptionally great book"
    "Excellent science fiction"
    Overall

    I didn't like John Lee's reading of "A Feast for Crows" but his narration style seems much better suited for Peter F. Hamilton's characters. As a 2 book series, Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained continue to ramp up the tension and conspiracies, and keep you locked on the page to see what happens next. The characters are well written, and you will find yourself cheering for them. His "Night's Dawn" trilogy is better than this one, but this new universe he has created is one you can believe in, and Hamilton has an uncanny talent for making technological innovations real.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Towers of Midnight: Wheel of Time, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5680)
    Performance
    (3365)
    Story
    (3395)

    The Last Battle has started. The seals on the Dark One’s prison are crumbling. The Pattern itself is unraveling, and the armies of the Shadow have begun to boil out of the Blight. The sun has begun to set upon the Third Age. Perrin Aybara is now hunted by specters from his past: Whitecloaks, a slayer of wolves, and the responsibilities of leadership. All the while, an unseen foe is slowly pulling a noose tight around his neck....

    Jacob says: "Doesn't wrap as nicely as Gathering Storm"
    "Things are finally coming together!"
    Overall

    I can't decide if it is Robert Jordan's plot finally coming together again or if Brandon Sanderson found a way to inject new life into the book with his ideas, but the last two books in this series have been excellent. It sounds like Jordan's first books in the series. Both michael kramer and kate reading are always a pleasure to listen to, and things move at a quick pace. A lot loose ends have been tied up and knowing the rest will all be taken care of in the next book sets the stage of anticipation for things to come!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daughter of the Blood: Black Jewels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Anne Bishop
    • Narrated By John Sharian
    Overall
    (465)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (294)

    Seven hundred years ago, a Black Widow witch saw an ancient prophecy come to life in her web of dreams and visions. Now, the Dark Kingdom readies itself for the arrival of its queen, a witch who will wield more power than even the High Lord of Hell himself. But she is still young, still open to influence - and corruption.

    Rebecca says: "A Walk on the Dark Side of Fantasy"
    "Couldn't stand it"
    Overall

    I've read so many fantasy series now, and with my long commute, that has moved towards listening instead of reading. In an audiobook, if the narration is bad, the audiobook is painful to go through... in this cause, the reader sounds juvenile. Instead of using a mysterious voice, Mr Sharian sounds like he is "trying" to be mysterious... not once did I get into a character with him. On top of that, the story was different than most, but that doesn't mean it was good. George RR Martin, Robin Hobb, Robert Jordan, Joe Abercrombie, Stephen R Donaldson... they know what they are doing for characters, and they all have excellent narrators. I wouldn't listen to this again if I was paid. Worst audiobook I've purchased so far.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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