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Chad

This mountain of books isn't going to listen to itself.

Kelso, WA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 38 reviews
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  • 354 titles in library
  • 19 purchased in 2014
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  • In the Hall of the Dragon King: Dragon King Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Lawhead
    • Narrated By Tim Gregory
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (127)

    A kingdom hangs in the balance as Quentin begins his quest. Carrying a sealed message from the Dragon King, Quentin and his outlaw companion, Theido, plunge headlong into a fantastic odyssey that leads them throughout Mensandor. Danger lurks at every turn: from the brutal terrain to deadly encounters with both humans and creatures of unknown origins.

    K. Donath says: "Entertaining"
    "Skip"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different author.


    Has In the Hall of the Dragon King turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No this was just a bad one.


    Did Tim Gregory do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Tim Gregory saved this book on audible. He did a great job.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from In the Hall of the Dragon King?

    I would make the whole first half of the book more interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    Its worth a skip.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Harbinger: Fate's Forsaken, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Shae Ford
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (111)

    Seventeen years ago, a long and bloody rebellion wracked the six united regions of the Kingdom. Now the new King wields the vast and unvanquished army of Midlan with his right hand, and with his left has granted a small group of thugs, the nobles he calls his Sovereign Five, unbridled rule over the other regions. As if this weren't bad enough, the King has also outlawed the practice of whispering - which is a problem for Kael.

    Andrew Stone says: "REALLY LIKED THIS BOOK!"
    "Average Hero's Journey"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    It would depend on the person. If they love the YA demographic I would recommend this book. As for a Epic Fantasy reader no I would not.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Shae Ford? Why or why not?

    I don't think so. I really have no interest in reading the second book. I almost turned it off near the end but I dredged through it.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Derek Perkins’s performances?

    There are a couple books that are on my wish list with this narrator. I didn't like him for this book. I felt that it was a bad pairing and would tell Derek to try and stay away from young characters. The whine in the protagonist voice just starts eating at you. It could be the writing as well. I am going to give Derek another chance.


    Do you think Harbinger needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It has a couple more books in this series. I will not be partaking in that adventure.


    Any additional comments?

    My vote is to pass on this book. Its just so average I cant really say anything nice about it. I mean, I tried to like it.
    I think I might have liked this a little more if a different narrator had read it. Might be a better book to read in print.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mage's Blood: The Moontide Quartet, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By David Hair
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    Most of the time the Moontide Bridge lies deep below the sea, but every 12 years the tides sink and the bridge is revealed, its gates open for trade. The Magi are hell-bent on ruling this new world, and for the last two Moontides they have led armies across the bridge on "crusades of conquest". Now, the third Moontide is almost here, and this time the people of the East are ready for a fight... but it is three seemingly ordinary people that will decide the fate of the world.

    Matthew says: "Narrator too bad - couldn't continue"
    "Down to earth Epic Fantasy that smelled like curry"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    First I would eliminate all the world building that has ties to our own world. (Geography, Religion, and racial stereo types.) Next I would put a better set of rules on the magic system, In the book it just felt like everything ever magical ever thought up is fair play.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Character development was the best thing about this book. You will end up liking almost every main character in the story. Also the story line is pretty good too. Even though it feels like you are reading two stories. I thought the battle scenes were pretty good also. Kind of felt like I was watching a battle in a X Men Movie.


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

    Nick Podehl is a 6 star act. He is my all time favorite Narrator. He was so great in The Name of the Wind. And he shows his skill in this Narration too.


    Do you think Mage's Blood needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Well yea... Alaron Mercer needs to chase down that conniving thief Kim.


    Any additional comments?

    I personally some up main characters story lines in my head but never publish them (for humor purposes). Today I will share.

    Alaron Mercer (Harry Potter meets Sherlock Holmes and still ends up a wimp)
    Kazim (Save the stupid princess)
    Elena Anborn ("Kevin Costner has got nothing on me!" The Body Guard "the movie")
    Ramita Ankesharan ("Im the Princess Save ME!' o wait never mind.)

    Above are just jokes that kind of stand close to the truth for humor purposes.

    Over all I really liked Alarons main story line. I thought it was very well done. Some times I felt as if as if two people wrote this book. One female and one male. I am sure that's not the case but it felt like that at times.

    Is this a skip or a read? The waters are just too mucky for me to send you my advise. I feel that some might really like this book. Its definitely not a gem however. If you really enjoy Nick Podehls readings you will like the way he kicks butt on the Indian accents.

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Dies the Fire: A Novel of the Change

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1389)
    Performance
    (886)
    Story
    (886)

    Michael Havel was flying over Idaho en route to the holiday home of his passengers when the plane's engines inexplicably died, forcing a less than perfect landing in the wilderness. And, as Michael leads his charges to safety, he begins to realize that the engine failure was not an isolated incident.

    David says: "Misleading description...."
    "I liked this one... But don't tell anybody."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes I had a great time listening to this one. It was a fun adventure. You have to get over some things and just immerse yourself into the story. Did you know there are almost 10 million horses in the US ... "who would have thought." I was having a real hard time believing that there had been this many horses rounded up for military use in this story. So I had to look it up. (your thinking lol THATS WHAT you had a hard time believing)


    Would you be willing to try another book from S. M. Stirling? Why or why not?

    Yes, From the reviews I am fearing the second book however. The whole Wicca thing was one of my un-favorite parts about this book... and apparently he has a whole bunch of ramblings about Wicca in the second book. I think for the re-installation of a magic system onto earth. I would have gone with something brand new. (with a nice bright shine to it.)


    What about Todd McLaren’s performance did you like?

    I liked this guy. He is no five star but he tries real hard and I appreciate that.


    Could you see Dies the Fire being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Sure I don't see why not. For a show like this though Ron Perlman is mandatory.. not the main star... but in the show... mandatory.


    Any additional comments?

    I dont plan on reading the second book right away. So I dont know if this is a pass or a must read. I heard the series gets better. You know that book in your favorite series that was just bad. AHHH Lord of Chaos Robert Jordan Cheewww I feel that this second book might be that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Golden Fool: The Tawny Man Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (279)

    Prince Dutiful has been rescued from his Piebald kidnappers and the court has resumed its normal rhythms. There FitzChivalry Farseer, gutted by the loss of his wolf bondmate, must take up residence at Buckkeep as a journeyman assassin. Posing as a bodyguard, Fitz becomes the eyes and ears behind the walls, guiding a kingdom straying closer to civil strife each day. Amid a multitude of problems, Fitz must ensure that no one betrays the Prince’s secret - one that could topple the throne.

    Chad says: "Nothing like hanging out with Fitz"
    "Nothing like hanging out with Fitz"
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    Where does Golden Fool rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This question is hard for this book. It really depends on what type of book you like. It ranks in the top 20 for character development and character relationships. But if you looking for a action packed adventure this is not it. The story is written well and if you like the Farseer Trilogy you going to like or even love this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Well its a bit beat up. But as usual Poor Fitz hits rock bottom. And the ending is where everything gets back to normal. Kind of finding a pattern in Robins writing.


    Which character – as performed by James Langton – was your favorite?

    James is a great narrator. He is a strong four star. The fools voice is my favorite. Being as he kind of has to do a unisex voice, I find it amusing.


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

    I would stick with the book tittle on this one. Golden Fool


    Any additional comments?

    Its a must read if you love Fitzchivalry Farseer. I could see some who are use to a action packed novel not liking this kind of writing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Prince of Fools: The Red Queen's War, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Mark Lawrence
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (154)

    The Red Queen is old but the kings of the Broken Empire dread her like no other. For all her reign, she has fought the long war, contested in secret, against the powers that stand behind nations, for higher stakes than land or gold. Her greatest weapon is The Silent Sister - unseen by most and unspoken of by all. The Red Queen's grandson, Prince Jalan Kendeth - drinker, gambler, seducer of women - is one who can see The Silent Sister.

    Ron says: "M. Lawrence does it again, but differently."
    "Jalan, you have permission to be my wingman."
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Prince of Fools?

    I would have to say when the Prince Jalan came to the realization that Snory was his friend. It was nice moment in a action packed book.


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

    Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater lol. It takes a chapter or two or three to get used to his voice as a new character if you have heard Tim before. The Narrator is most excellent. "dude"I read normal books but its never as much fun. Reading takes all my attention. And granted some audible books do require almost all my attention most do not.


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

    I choose to treat my self to a book when doing mundane tasks. But I could see someone listing to the book in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    Nice solid book. It was missing some figurative magic somewhere. I cant really place it. So I don't feel right giving it a 5 star. I almost want to say parts of the book felt slow and others felt to fast. The other thing is, I really liked the Prince and Snory, but I wanted to love them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (6060)
    Performance
    (5509)
    Story
    (5526)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "A Surprised Greatness here!"
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    If you could sum up Hard Magic in three words, what would they be?

    Character, Action, Story. Those are my favorite parts about this book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hard Magic?

    The best moment was when the sword gave old matty a splitting head ache. lol


    What about Bronson Pinchot’s performance did you like?

    This Narrator was Fabulous. I want to steal him and make him read Epic High Fantasy books.


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

    This book was so action packed I had a hard time being moved. When Browning shot the Grey Horse in the head. Threw the entire conversation I was thinking just shoot him all ready.


    Any additional comments?

    As other reviewers said don't judge a book by its cover. If you looking for something a little different this book is a must. The whole Alternative history in the 30s is something that is completely not up my ally. But the story steals the world building and you don't even really notice the time frame. The characters in the story do act and talk like you would from that stereotypical time frame. I found that very enjoyable to listen too.

    All and all this book is very fun and action packed. 5 stars on all accounts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wolf's Cub: The Hope of a Thousand Years

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mackay Wood
    • Narrated By Cameron Beierle
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    The realm of Athgar is the frail relict of a once-great civilization that was torn apart by hatred between mage-born sorcerers and men. For nearly a thousand years, Athgar has held to the fading remnants of glory, keeping the Covenant of Mages at bay. Under the rule of the Wolf King, Alric, Athgar has begun once more to flourish. That is until marauding barbarian tribes called Halga invade from the sea. Now the barbarian war threatens the fragile stability King Alric brought to his land.

    Adnan says: "Surprisingly good fantasy with great depth"
    "Did I listen to this book for a thousand years?"
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    What did you like best about Wolf's Cub? What did you like least?

    The world building and his magic system had a ton of potential that felt unfinished. I can understand and appreciate a slow build for these two subjects. The story "I felt" needed a more solid base of magic and world building for it to stand out from other epic fantasy books.

    The thing I disliked the most... Hands down the narration of the girls voice. Princess Elaine


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wolf's Cub?

    Prince Herric's fight at the near end. It was written well and was pretty exciting.


    What aspect of Cameron Beierle’s performance would you have changed?

    He did ok. As i said, his little girl voice just just so very annoying.


    Do you think Wolf's Cub needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not for me. Some others seemed to enjoy the book. I just have so much to read. I was hoping to find a gem but I did not.


    Any additional comments?

    Generally I would say skip or read on a book. But I am up in the air on this one. It was ok and a bit long for what it was. I did feel relief when the book finally ended.
    Also I think the book might have been a little better with a different Narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kingslayer

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Honor Raconteur
    • Narrated By Mark McClain Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (104)

    He had known this day would come. No man could escape the entire might of the Sovran forever. He just found it humorous that it was an enemy of the Sovran that had caught him instead. Bound, kneeling before a queen whom he had hounded for a straight year, he should have been anxious. Or at least a little worried. Instead, a strange sense of relief filled him. It was over. His mad escape from Brindisi's justice was over. "That is a very calm expression on your face, General Darius Bresalier," she observed. Her tone was idle, but her eyes were as sharp as a hawk's.

    M. McCormick says: "Argh!!!"
    "Turned this book off with 2 hours to go."
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    What disappointed you about Kingslayer?

    World Building was almost nil. Its not really a Fantasy at all. Nothing FANTASTICAL happens or is shown in the book. Basically, there was nothing cool about this book. Him getting the horse was my favorite part.


    If you’ve listened to books by Honor Raconteur before, how does this one compare?

    No I have not. I probably wont again.


    Have you listened to any of Mark McClain Wilson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not. He does a good job however. The Narration is not the issue.


    What character would you cut from Kingslayer?

    I would take out all the romantic encounters. So Darius love interest and later his wife.


    Any additional comments?

    On a positive note. Character development is done very well in this book. But not enough to support the book as a whole. The plot was basically a oath, a couple battles and a marriage. And the world building is pretty much nil. I hate to give bad reviews but, I bought this book due to its positive ones. I don't understand why people have given this book great reviews. Unless they are just used to boring or audible rookies.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Song: Raven's Shadow, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Anthony Ryan
    • Narrated By Steven Brand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3248)
    Performance
    (3058)
    Story
    (3059)

    The Sixth Order wields the sword of justice and smites the enemies of the Faith and the Realm. Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of 10 when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order. The Brothers of the Sixth Order are devoted to battle, and Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate, and dangerous life of a Warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order.

    Ron says: "Great Epic Fantacy"
    "Agreed, Need a upgrade on the Narrator."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Blood Song to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read it in print. I think this book would have been better if I would have taken the time and read the book. Most of the time a narrator will make a book even better. This was not the case.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Blood Song?

    I really liked the beginning of the book. His trails and tribulations at the beginning were interesting and fun to listen too. Later on the story starts to get driven by politics and war. I kind of felt this is where to book went the wrong way.


    Did Steven Brand do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I am sorry NO.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes. I was mad. A few hours into the book, I was like this is a really good book and this Narrator is horrible.


    Any additional comments?

    I would pass on this book and read the print version. I think you will have a better appreciation for the book.
    I also wished for a little bit of a better understanding of the Blood Song (his special power) I still feel I never really grasped what it does. I guess my complaint is the author left the whole magical system in a vale of mystery.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Republic of Thieves: Gentleman Bastard Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1637)
    Performance
    (1520)
    Story
    (1526)

    After their adventures on the high seas, Locke and Jean are brought back to earth with a thump. Jean is mourning the loss of his lover, and Locke must live with the fallout of crossing the all-powerful magical assassins the Bonds Magi. It is a fall-out that will pit both men against Locke's own long-lost love. Sabetha is Locke's childhood sweetheart, the love of Locke's life, and now it is time for them to meet again. Employed on different sides of a vicious dispute between factions of the Bonds, Sabetha has just one goal-to destroy Locke forever.

    David says: "A transition and a preface"
    "Romance Warning!"
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    Would you listen to The Republic of Thieves again? Why?

    No, I never do.


    Would you recommend The Republic of Thieves to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes I would, just because I think its going to become a great series. Some parts of this book were grade A stuff, some of the other stuff felt like a little bit of filler.


    What about Michael Page’s performance did you like?

    He has a great voice that is very unique. He made this book like the last two of course "vocal magic"


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

    A Shakespearean Election


    Any additional comments?

    I felt this book did not own up to the first two. I get that you have to add a little romance and back story to have a fulfilling story, But I want the least amount romance that you need for a strong story. Also the back story on the acting for the play got a tad bid dry for me "it felt like a book filler"

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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