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David

Prattsburgh, NY, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Last Argument of Kings: The First Law: Book Three

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (2750)
    Performance
    (1986)
    Story
    (1997)

    The end is coming. Logen Ninefingers might only have one more fight in him but it’s going to be a big one. Battle rages across the North, the King of the Northmen still stands firm and there’s only one man who can stop him. His oldest friend and his oldest enemy. It’s time for the Bloody-Nine to come home. With too many masters and too little time, Superior Glokta is fighting a different kind of war. A secret struggle in which no-one is safe and no-one can be trusted.

    Lore says: "You have be realistic about these things."
    "What's wrong with the ending? NOTHING..."
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Last Argument of Kings the most enjoyable?

    Joe has written one of the darkest fantasy stories I've read to date... the world is gritty and dark... its characters are gritty and dark... and the story is more of the same. It was fairly typical of modern storytelling (which cost him a star) but the characters were brilliant (which will likely have me listening again).


    What did you like best about this story?

    GREAT characters, deep (though not particularly subtle) and photo-realistically communicated. Joe took the typical fantasy archetypes and added another dimension to each of them... asking the question 'what would a REAL barbarian hero, or noble brat, or centuries old conjurer act (and THINK) like?'


    What about Steven Pacey’s performance did you like?

    Great character separation, delivered solid performances on some challenging 'damaged' characters. A great voice performance doesn't draw attention to itself... and this was a great performance.


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

    'Say one thing about Joe Abercrombie, say he's got a few things he could teach George RR Martin about dark fantasy'


    Any additional comments?

    Don't listen to the 'ending critics'. The book ended perfectly fine. After reading the reviews I was expecting some horrible open ending (like HBO ends every series they've ever made)... and Joe ties this up as neatly and cleanly as this story demands (nearly as good as it could be). Of course this story demands a messy ending, so don't blame Joe for delivering... but all the primary plotlines are properly concluded, so have no fear and buy the series.

    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
    (1773)
    Performance
    (1681)
    Story
    (1681)

    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."
    "Happiness is finding a new author to follow..."
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    Would you listen to Blood Song again? Why?

    I'm always hesitant to start reading or listening to a new Author... seems I'm disappointed more often than not. I'm only about 4 hours into Blood Song but I find that I now have a new Author on my "just buy it" list. Wonderful characters who are complex and varied and developing nicely... classic Epic Fantasy framework in the works but that's not always a bad thing. It's been years (Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series I think) since I've been so impressed so quickly with a new author.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Prefect

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1142)
    Performance
    (907)
    Story
    (907)

    Tom Dreyfus is a Prefect, a law enforcement officer with the Panoply. His beat is the multifaceted utopian society of the Glitter Band, that vast swirl of space habitats orbiting the planet Yellowstone, the teeming hub of a human interstellar empire spanning many worlds. His current case: investigating a murderous attack against one of the habitats that left 900 people dead, a crime that appalls even a hardened cop like Dreyfus.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Best yet of the Revelation Space series"
    "Not the equal of the first three novels"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Alastair Reynolds and/or John Lee?

    not based on this novel... definitely based on the first three


    What could Alastair Reynolds have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    fill plot holes and technical inconsistencies


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    skip this novel... the first three are independent and MUCH better. I ended up fast forwarding over large parts of this one... silly tech gaps clearly needed to make the plot work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hex

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Allen Steele
    • Narrated By Tracy Sallows, Allen Steele
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (139)

    The two-time Hugo Award-winner expands the universe of his Coyote saga. The danui, a reclusive arachnid species considered the galaxy's finest engineers, have avoided contact with the Coyote Federation. Until, that is, the danui initiate trade negotiations, offering only information: the coordinates for an unoccupied world suitable for human life - a massive sphere, composed of billions of hexagons.

    A User says: "An awe inspiring saga."
    "Well, it was a good idea..."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    More dynamic reading, improved story, more interesting characters, more consistent technology... and more.


    What was most disappointing about Allen Steele’s story?

    The abject stupidity of the human characters... worrying about taking GUNS in to face a species that's Millennia beyond you technologically!? NOBODY is that dumb... and that's just one example. If I'd been the super advanced species watching the humans bluder stupidly around my sphere, I'd have told them "ahh... on second thought..."


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Tracy Sallows and Allen Steele (introduction) ?

    I'd have just told her to use a bit more vocal range in her performance, I felt like I was listening to the female equivelant of the teacher on Ferris Buelers day off... "Bueler... Bueller..."


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Hex?

    Needs a massive overhaul... there's not any one scene that's problematic.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • H.M.S. Surprise: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (381)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (164)

    Third in the series of Aubrey-Maturin adventures, this book is set among the strange sights and smells of the Indian subcontinent and in the distant waters ploughed by the ships of the East India Company. Aubrey is on the defensive, pitting wits and seamanship against an enemy enjoying overwhelming local superiority. But somewhere in the Indian Ocean lies the prize that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams: the ships sent by Napoleon to attack the China Fleet.

    Lawrence says: "Excellent Narration"
    "A must have series for any Adventure fan..."
    Overall

    I've completed my first pass through O'Brian's universe and have just gotten to HMS Suprise on my second run through. This series is one of the few I've read/listened to that virtually REQUIRES multiple readings... the richness of the story make it as enjoyable now as the first time. I don't know if I could add anything to the many great reviews I've read of the various novels in the series... so I'll just add that it's every bit as brilliant as the consensus suggests, read (or listen to) just one of the novels and you'll find yourself greedily devouring the second... third... fourth... then looking back with regret that Patrick wasn't able to finish just one more (or two... or three).

    As far as the two narrators... I have an almost even split between the two and while Tull has a wonderful breadth of accents that clearly delineate the various characters, Vance has amazing skill at conveying emotion... both broader and more subtle than Tull. When Jack yells "SURPRISE!!!" for the first time... I'm glad it was Vance's performance (the second pass thorough... I broke out into a HUGE smile, having the cheek to feel I've gotten to know Jack over the last 6 months or so - the time it took me to get through the first pass). Interestingly, my first O'Brian novels were Tull and when I got the Vance version of HMS Surprise I was initially very turned off by his very formal English... but by the end of the book I'd become as happy with his reading as with Tull's, but for different reasons. Vance's Aubrey is my favorite, but I like Tull's support characters (Killeck especially). I'm glad I bought some of both performers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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