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Brad

crazyreader

Grafton, MA United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4298)
    Performance
    (3864)
    Story
    (3938)

    The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume in the trilogy, tells of the fateful power of the One Ring. It begins a magnificent tale of adventure that will plunge the members of the Fellowship of the Ring into a perilous quest and set the stage for the ultimate clash between the powers of good and evil.

    Ellen says: "At last - The Definitive Recording!"
    "Finally. The Hobbit and LOTR Unabridged on Audible"
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    Well, first, I would like to both thank Audible for finally making this available, and alternately curse them for doing so at a time when they're making so many other great books available (Gardens of the Moon, for one). Needless to say, all others will have to wait until I'm done listening to these.
    Second, I have to admit that I've just started listening to it, but so far, I must say that I'm entirely impressed by Mr. Inglis' reading. Nice, clear voice, good differentiation of the different characters.
    Third, like many others, I read "The Hobbit" and this trilogy as a pre-teenager about 30 years ago. I loved it. I honestly don't think you can consider yourself a fantasy fan if you haven't read these books. They are, simply put, amazing. I eagerly watched all the movies and was very impressed with those as well. Except for "The Hobbit", of course. Now, I finally have a chance to listen to them in audio, and unabridged!
    Again, thank you Audible... now, if you could just get "Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn" by Tad Williams, I'd be even happier!

    22 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Stormdancer: The Lotus War, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jay Kristoff
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (116)

    The Shima Imperium verges on the brink of environmental collapse; an island nation once rich in tradition and myth, now decimated by clockwork industrialization and the machine-worshipers of the Lotus Guild. The skies are red as blood, the land is choked with toxic pollution, and the great spirit animals that once roamed its wilds have departed forever.

    Brad says: "Good first book, good listen"
    "Good first book, good listen"
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    I read this book in print before buying the audio version, and enjoyed it immensely. Granted, it's not perfect, as it is the author's first book, but it was entertaining. Yes, the story does start to drag a bit about 3/4 of the way through, but not so much that I lost interest. Yes, the author does borrow elements from Chinese culture, not just Japanese. Yes, the author does perhaps use elements of the language incorrectly. But remember that this is a fantasy story, and as such does not need to be grounded in reality.
    Jennifer Ikeda does an excellent job of the narration. At first, I was a bit concerned about her not being able to differentiate between characters well, but manages that well as I was never confused about who was speaking. She conveys their emotions just as well, and I think she is the perfect voice for Yukiko.
    Overall, it's not perfect. But it was definitely worth the listen. It kept me absorbed and entertained, and I look forward to Book Two.
    I think you should buy it and give it a chance.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Homeland: Legend of Drizzt: Dark Elf Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By R. A. Salvatore
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1285)
    Performance
    (1184)
    Story
    (1204)

    This stunning new release of the classic R.A. Salvatore novel recounts the origins of Salvatore's signature dark elf character, Drizzt Do'Urden. This title kicks off The Legend of Drizzt series, which will showcase the classic dark elf novels in these new audiobook editions.

    Pi says: "Among the drow, all trust is foolish."
    "Good job, Audible!"
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    I was somewhat worried before buying this book, due in large part to the butchering Audible gave to the Dragonlance Chronicles, which, like this series, I'd read when I was younger. Also, I'd tried reading/listening to Salvatore's Neverwinter Saga, and found it overly dramatic and simple (considering it's a lead-in to a computer game, and I'd heard Salvatore wasn't too happy about writing it the way his publishers wanted, it may not be his best effort).
    But, having loved this series and the Icewind Dale trilogy years ago, I decided to give it a shot in audio, wanting to re-experience these stories.
    And I'm glad I did.
    Victor Bevine's narration is very good- he conveys both the emotions of the characters and the urgency of a battle scene very well, and overall delivers a great listening experience. And, in my opinion, Salvatore's early work is superior to his later novels.
    If you're expecting a lot of politicking and other "tedium" that can slow down other books, you may be disappointed. These books are fast-paced and action-packed. Salvatore's writing style is different from the likes of Jordan, Sanderson, and Erikson (all of whom I enjoy), but that is not a negative. They're just plain fun.
    I can't wait for the next books to be released. And that doesn't happen too often.

    26 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Crossover: Cassandra Kresnov, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Joel Shepherd
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (79)

    Crossover is the first novel in a series which follows the adventures of Cassandra Kresnov, an artificial person, or android, created by the League, one side of an interstellar war against the more powerful, conservative Federation. Cassandra is an experimental design - more intelligent, more creative, and far more dangerous than any that have preceded her. But with her intellect come questions, and a moral awakening. She deserts the League and heads incognito into the space of her former enemy, the Federation, in search of a new life.

    T. Martin says: "I Picked Immediately"
    "Great sci-fi trilogy"
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    I'd read this trilogy when it was originally published a few years ago. I generally don't read science fiction, being more of a fantasy geek, but the plot seemed interesting, so I bought it and loved it. Joel Shepherd is a great author: the plot, pacing, and characterizations are all quite good. So, my only question before buying this in audio, though I was very excited to see it available, was the narration.
    My previous experience with Ms. Pearlman's narration was with "Polgara the Sorceress", which was a good book. I did not, however, care for the narration at all. She has a pleasant enough voice, she just mauled some of the pronunciations of some key places and/or people from the Belgariad series, one of my all time favorites. I couldn't finish it.
    So I was nervous about buying this, but having enjoyed the print version so much, and wanting to experience it in audio, I bought it anyway.
    She is better in this book, though at first I didn't think I'd be able to finish (which I haven't, but I'm halfway there). Chapter One was rough, she came across as emotionless and bland, and her descriptions were quite boring, not to mention rushed. She got better during Chapter Two, and really hit her stride in Chapter Three and beyond. She differentiates the characters quite well so you always know who's talking, and seems to be good at affecting different accents. She conveys the emotions of the characters very well, and picks up the pace of the narration during the action scenes effectively conveying the urgency of these scenes. It's not perfect, but all in all, I'm impressed, and plan on finishing this trilogy.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Daylight War: The Demon Cycle, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    Overall
    (1199)
    Performance
    (1101)
    Story
    (1106)

    In this heart-stopping installment of the Demon Cycle, humanity continues to struggle against the demon plague - even as survivors hold out hope that the Deliverer will save them all. On the night of the new moon, the demons rise in force, seeking the deaths of two men, both of whom have the potential to become the fabled Deliverer, the man prophesied to reunite the scattered remnants of humanity in a final push to destroy the demon corelings once and for all.

    Mike Naka says: "awesome! left me wanting more, more, more!"
    "Excellent so far..."
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    Well, I was surprised to find this on Audible early this morning, and a week before the book is officially released. I know writing a review before you finish a book annoys some people, so I can only review the 7 hours I've listened to so far, but I can say that those 7 hours have been excellent. If you listened to and/or read "The Warded Man" and "The Desert Spear" and enjoyed them, you're going to love this (and if you haven't, you should do so). The story is as absorbing as it was in the first two books, the writing is still great, and Pete Bradbury is an excellent narrator who is perfect for this series.
    Do yourself a favor and buy it.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5265)
    Performance
    (4888)
    Story
    (4883)

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "Holy Crap!!"
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    What did you love best about Cold Days?

    Well, everything. It was great to see Harry alive again and reunited with his friends. And, of course, James Marsters back as narrator. I have to agree with many others, he IS the voice of Harry Dresden.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was great. I didn't really see certain events toward the end of the book coming (Molly), and the implications could prove to be very interesting.


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    He's fantastic. What more can I say.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, but saying more could give things away. Molly Carpenter was involved, and there was another moment with Karrin that was moving as well.


    Any additional comments?

    I have to say that the ending left me stunned. I didn't see it coming. Can't wait for the next book. Buy it!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Warded Man

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2396)
    Performance
    (1756)
    Story
    (1766)

    Peter V. Brett has won accolades from critics, fans and fellow authors alike for this riveting debut novel. The Warded Man features a world where demons stalk the night, hunting humans who have long forgotten the magic of their ancestors. But all is not lost, as some hold out hope that a savior will release humanity from the demons' terrifying reign.

    Meloney says: "Brilliant"
    "Great, absorbing listen..."
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    Would you listen to The Warded Man again? Why?

    I'm planning to listen to this and "The Desert Spear" again at some point before "The Daylight War" comes out, though I've already listened to them twice. It's a good story coupled with great narration.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Warded Man?

    I personally like the part(s) when Arlen figures out how to use the wards to kick some ass. And he does. But the book as a whole is very good. And his interactions with Jardir are good, as well.


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

    I would have to say the sense of hopelessness that the characters from Arlen's village feel, and he characterizes the toughness of the Krasians well. Though his vocal range isn't as varied as some narrators I've listened to, you still know when different characters are speaking. Overall, a great narrator for this series.


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

    If I could, I would. But it's too long.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pawn of Prophecy: The Belgariad, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Eddings
    • Narrated By Cameron Beierle
    Overall
    (1666)
    Performance
    (898)
    Story
    (918)

    Long ago, so the Storyteller claimed, the evil god Torak sought dominion and drove men and Gods to war. But Belgrath the Sorcerer led men to reclaim the Orb that protected the West. So long as it lay at Riva, the prophecy went, men would be safe. That was only a story, and Garion did not believe in magic dooms, even though the man without a shadow had haunted him for years.

    Michael says: "My literary "comfort food""
    "Loved it. Both times."
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    Where does Pawn of Prophecy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definitely one of my favorites. I read this series back in the '80's when I was a teen, and I love it now as much as I did then.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Pawn of Prophecy?

    There isn't one particular moment. I enjoyed the entire book, as well as the rest of the Belgariad.


    What about Cameron Beierle’s performance did you like?

    I thought his performance was fantastic. He has distinct voices for each character, and each fits the character well. He occasionally mixes them up, but it doesn't happen often, and doesn't ruin anything. Great narrator.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I guess it would be when Garion realizes that Belgarath is his "grandfather", though many generations removed. It was a nice moment, considering that Garion is an orphan.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11322)
    Performance
    (9024)
    Story
    (9131)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Simply fantastic"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Name of the Wind to be better than the print version?

    Not really. I loved them both.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Name of the Wind?

    There were many. This is just an amazing book.


    What about Nick Podehl’s performance did you like?

    Everything. He is one of the best narrators I've ever heard. I can't help comparing others to him.


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

    Yes, but it is far too long.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm at a bit of a loss for words in this review. This is one of my favorite books ever, both in print and audio. I've listened to it 3 times, and love it every time. Buy it.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Stepsister Scheme

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Jim C. Hines
    • Narrated By Carol Monda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    What would happen if an author went back to the darker themes of the original fairy tales for his plots, and then crossed the Disney princesses with Charlie's Angels? What's delivered is The Stepsister Scheme, a whole new take on what happened to Cinderella and her prince after the wedding. And with Jim C. Hines penning the tale, listeners can bet it won't be "and they lived happily ever after."

    Veronica says: "Fairy tale princesses rebooted"
    "This isn't Disney..."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Stepsister Scheme the most enjoyable?

    A lot of current fantasy is pretty dark and brutal, which I don't have a problem with, but it's nice to listen to something with a sense of humor. Not to say that there aren't dark moments, because there certainly are, but they are well balanced with lighter scenes.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Stepsister Scheme?

    When Talia (Sleeping Beauty) reveals what happened to her while she was asleep. It's one of the darkest parts of the book, but evokes (for me, anyway) a deep sympathy for the character, and gives insight into why she isn't one of the most trusting people. There was another moment involving her and Snow that was surprising, as well.


    What about Carol Monda’s performance did you like?

    Well, at first I had some doubts about her, as she didn't seem to differentiate character voices much. But as the book moves along and she gets more comfortable with the characters, that changes. I thought the beginning was a bit rough, but I'm glad I stuck with it.


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

    It would be nice, but it's just not possible.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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