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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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  • 11 purchased in 2014
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  • Heir of Novron: Riyria Revelations, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3301)
    Performance
    (3037)
    Story
    (3053)

    On the holiday of Wintertide, the New Empire plans to burn the Witch of Melengar and force the Empress into a marriage of their own design. But they didn’t account for Royce and Hadrian finally locating the Heir of Novron—or the pair’s desire to wreak havoc on the New Empire’s carefully crafted scheme.

    Ron says: "Spectacular fantasy series"
    "Sad to see it end."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. This is just a great story. It was written well, funny at times with a feel good ending.


    What other book might you compare Heir of Novron to and why?

    I am not one to compare books. Each one seems very unique to me. Even if its the whole swords wizards and princess plot.


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

    Tim Reynolds has a very unique way of doing female voices. I do not think I could have done them better in my head. I mention the female voices because, I read about other reviewers complaining about other narrators and there version of female voices. So I am giving Tim his due. Over all I will be looking out for other books that Tim Narrates.


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

    I guess I was sad to see that the Trilogy ended. When you have a good book you really never want it to end. I do have to say the ended was fantastic. (all bases covered)


    Any additional comments?

    This Series is worth your time and money. Do not skip this one.

    6 of 6 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
    (54)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (51)

    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.

    Sam says: "Kingslayer, a story that had me riveted."
    "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.

    0 of 0 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
    (1594)
    Performance
    (1509)
    Story
    (1510)

    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.

    JPaladin says: "Wonderful Epic! Mature and well-written."
    "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
    (1182)
    Performance
    (1105)
    Story
    (1107)

    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"

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Red Seas Under Red Skies

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1868)
    Performance
    (1439)
    Story
    (1437)

    After a brutal battle with the underworld that nearly destroyed him, Locke Lamora and his trusted sidekick, Jean, fled the island city of their birth and landed on the exotic shores of Tal Verrar to nurse their wounds. But even at this westernmost edge of civilization, they can't rest for long - and they are soon back doing what they do best: stealing from the undeserving rich and pocketing the proceeds for themselves.

    Anthony says: "This is how you write a series!"
    "Shiver me timbers!"
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    Would you listen to Red Seas Under Red Skies again? Why?

    I rarely listen to the same book twice. I guess I would if this series goes to book 11 or 15 and I needed to retrace the back story a decade down the road.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Red Seas Under Red Skies?

    Kind of stupid. But I related to when locke finally got his head on straight from his recovery from the events of the first book. The author really made me feel bad for the Gentlemen Bastards at the beginning of the book.


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

    I consider Michael Page to be a very unique narrator. He just has the voices and the accents to put this book into perfect order. I personally think the narration is what makes this book a 5 star.


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

    Sweet trade for the Bastards.


    Any additional comments?

    So I like Pirates. I might have been a little bias on my review with higher ratings. All in all this book is one to get if you liked the first book. Some are saying its not as great as the first... and well it might not be. But its still worth the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dragon's Path: Dagger and Coin, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Daniel Abraham
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (716)
    Performance
    (647)
    Story
    (647)

    Popular author Daniel Abraham’s works have been nominated for the Hugo Award and the World Fantasy Award. In The Dragon’s Path, former soldier Marcus is now a mercenary—but he wants nothing to do with the coming war. So instead of fighting, he elects to guard a caravan carrying the wealth of a nation out of the war zone—with the assistance of an unusual orphan girl named Cithrin.

    Kristin says: "Epic Fantasy and Something Else"
    "It was good, But I am not giddy."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Dragon's Path the most enjoyable?

    The ending was superb, made me want to get the second book. It has a slow paced implantation of fantasy and action. I see why people compared it to some other popular epic fantasy books. So if you looking for a book that is not extreme Fantasy this is it. I cant not vouch for the next books however.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Marcus at first but Gedar kind of stole the show in the end. Marcus: a tough old ex captain turned mercenary: whats not to like about that. He seems to drive the story at first and keeps you interested.
    Then Gedar comes in and you start to listen to castle politics. Then I start to thinking NOOOO not another one of these. But he comes out kind of a grey hero in the end that's fun to listen too.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I liked the narrator, however I think that there are too many characters for his style of reading. The voice changes in the main characters were, well not really there. I kept getting confused and would have to listen harder to figure out the characters I was with in the story. Sorry but I kind of love different voices. In his defense the guy has a awesome voice.


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

    I really liked the end. It was fun. I liked it when the sudo vengeful geder won his day.


    Any additional comments?

    Its worth the read. But remember this has been labeled epic fantasy so be prepared.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Feast of Souls: Magister Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By C. S. Friedman
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (376)
    Performance
    (348)
    Story
    (348)

    C.S. Friedman, acclaimed author of The Coldfire Trilogy, returns to the epic style which has made her one of the most popular fantasy writers in the genre. In this first book of the trilogy, Friedman introduces listeners to a world of high fantasy, replete with vampire-like magical powers, erotic interludes, treachery, war, sorcery, and a draconic creature of horrific power and evil that will have listeners eagerly awaiting the next novel in the series.

    Stefan says: "The Price of Power - Would You Pay It??"
    "My first Witch Book"
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    What made the experience of listening to Feast of Souls the most enjoyable?

    I loved the magic system. It was simple and fun. I would say this book was almost a light read but not quite there. Other reviewers said the book was slow, I did not see that at all. The story developed at just the right pace if you ask me.


    What other book might you compare Feast of Souls to and why?

    I cant think of one. Not too many books I read have a female protagonist.


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

    No I have never listened to her before. But I would again.
    To be honest I really have a hard time listening to Female Narrators. Elisabeth did a awesome job. I went right into the story like you should after a books gets going.


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

    Never. Driving, house/yard work and when I play madden are my listening times.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought this book was fun. I dont know if I will get the second book however. I have a big bucket list of books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil You Know

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Mike Carey
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1005)
    Performance
    (452)
    Story
    (457)

    Felix Castor used to cast out demons for a living, and London was his stomping ground. But in a time when the supernatural realm is in upheaval and spilling over into the mundane world of the living, his skills are in renewed demand. With old debts to pay, Castor is left with no choice but to accept one final, well-paying assignment: a seemingly simple exorcism.

    Jessica says: "wonderful story"
    "Urban Fantasy Adult Satisfaction"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Devil You Know to be better than the print version?

    Any time I listen to a book I find them better. And I look like a drunk driver when I read and drive at the same time.


    What other book might you compare The Devil You Know to and why?

    The Dresdon Files. Urban Fantasy placed in England. A exorcist with some interesting powers. His powers and methods were very interesting. Has a office in the shady part of town and he is broke. Has some strange friends also. Has a zombie supper computer guy. Kind of like bob.
    Sound like anybody we know?


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

    Main Characters voice was Mat Coffins voice in Robert Jordan's Wheel of time Series. And that was pretty cool. Dont worry you forget whos voice it is real fast after the story gets going. Like most books Kramer does I dont care for him at the beginning of the book and end up loving him by the end.


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

    #sound (ghostbusters theme soung) and instead of Ghost busters it would say "Ghostdetective"


    Any additional comments?

    I am not going to power through this series like I did Dresdon. I am going to save each book for when I get the itch for a first person urban fantasy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dwarves

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Markus Heitz
    • Narrated By Matthew Wolf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (174)

    For countless millennia, the dwarves of the Fifthling Kingdom have defended the stone gateway into Girdlegard. Many and varied foes have hurled themselves against the portal and died attempting to breach it. No man or beast has ever succeeded. Until now... Abandoned as a child, Tungdil the blacksmith labors contentedly in the Kingdom of Fifthling the only dwarf in a kingdom of men. Although he does not want for friends, Tungdil is very much aware that he is alone - indeed, he has not so much as set eyes on another dwarf. But all that is about to change.

    Michael says: "A Great Fantasy Story! More, Please!"
    "Felt it could have been better."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    If you really like Dwarves sure. I think there are other fantasy books out that I could spend 22 hours on. I love long books, my library has some of the longest ones here on audible.


    Would you recommend The Dwarves to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. I would say pass. The book felt like it needed a big time edit. The way he raised the stakes so often felt ridiculous. I like the stakes raised, but too much is too much. I did get the feeling I was on a adventure with a bunch of Dwarves. But if you need that I would have some other recommendations for you.
    Also Character relationships all felt weird to me. It felt that a bunch of people that hated each other were thrown into the situation. With the main character soothing all the situations. And you had to hear about it the whole time.


    What about Matthew Wolf’s performance did you like?

    He had some really good Dwarve voices and acted them out well. Well spoken. Still I only give my favorite Narrators 5 stars.


    Was The Dwarves worth the listening time?

    No. To be honest I almost gave up on the book. Getting to the ending was hard for me.


    Any additional comments?

    I really wanted to love this book. Hey I like Dwarves as much as the next guy. I doubt I will get book 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Off Armageddon Reef: Safehold Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1204)
    Performance
    (668)
    Story
    (674)

    When Earth herself lay under siege by an enemy humankind could not defeat, mankind undertook one last throw of the dice: Operation Ark. Earth's final colonizing expedition was meant to build a new civilization, on a planet so distant even the Gbaba might never find it, and without the high-tech infrastructure whose emissions might betray its location.

    Alison says: "David Weber always good"
    "Not for me."
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    Would you listen to Off Armageddon Reef again? Why?

    No. To much space and navel battle. I can go for a good battle. I just shorten them up or space them apart more.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nimue of course. Main android/humanish guy. If David would have drove for a more character driving book vs a space/naval battle book I think this book would have been epic. His character development is great, there was just not enough of it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I dont remember the navel battles were so long I forgot.


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

    not really.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like ships go for it. space and navel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Knight

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Miles Cameron
    • Narrated By Matthew Wolf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (440)
    Performance
    (396)
    Story
    (403)

    Twenty-eight florins a month is a huge price to pay for a man to stand between you and the Wild. Twenty-eight florins a month is nowhere near enough when a wyvern's jaws snap shut on your helmet in the hot stink of battle, and the beast starts to rip the head from your shoulders. But if standing and fighting is hard, leading a company of men - or worse, a company of mercenaries - against the smart, deadly creatures of the Wild is even harder. It takes all the advantages of birth, training, and the luck of the devil to do it.

    Amazon Customer says: "A New Favorite in the Epic Fantasy Biz"
    "Nice start to Potential Epic Series."
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    Where does The Red Knight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Four Stars OUT of Five. "Dam I am a good reviewer."


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story had a different feel about it. I still got that o this is fantastical but it had something more I could not really play my finger on. The magic system is very interesting. I am not sure I really understood the whole magic system. It was explain in happen change conversions during the entirety of the book.


    Which character – as performed by Matthew Wolf – was your favorite?

    Reading some of the reviews some people didn't like Matthews performance. I thought he did fine. He is not a five star but at least a 4. I would have to say the captains voice was my favorite.


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

    No the start is slow. Just going to warn you. THE START IS SLOW. Stick with it and it will get better.


    Any additional comments?

    I say if you got all your great epic fantasy done with and are craving some. This is the book for you. After all the greats are done you have practically start doing research on what book is next for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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