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Charles

Shakopee, MN, United States

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  • Battletech: Lethal Heritage (Blood of Kerensky: Volume One)

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Michael A. Stackpole
    • Narrated By Christopher Graybill
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (82)

    The year is 3030. For the past 300 years, since the Star League collapse and the rise of the Five Successor States, these mortal enemies have fought over space, land, and politics. But a new threat looms just outside the Inner Sphere. The descendants of an old Star League general, the Clans, bred to be the best military force humanity has ever seen, have come to take what they believe is rightfully theirs.

    SYNAUBREY says: "If you read the book first you will be fine"
    "Good book. Good series. Suffers from abridgement."
    Overall

    I can't complain about the reader. His performance is good and his voice is similar to that of the author's. It's the abridgment that hurts. It makes the story difficult to follow and damages its overall impact. Maybe another Battletech series would've been a better choice to record. One with fewer characters and a more linear narrative would've been easier to fit into the this three-hour format. For this reason I would've rated it even lower but this is the only Battletech series available in audio, and I enjoy the line. So if your looking for Btech to play in the car, this is it. Check it out. Then go buy the paperbacks. I'm sure Fasa and Stackpole would appreciate the shekels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Battletech: Lost Destiny (Blood of Kerensky: Volume Three)

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael A. Stackpole
    • Narrated By Christopher Graybill
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (75)

    And so continues the saga of the Clan invasion and the explosive struggle within the Inner Sphere. With secret aid from ComStar, the Terran-based sect that serves as the keeper of the Inner Sphere's technological secrets, the Clans' BattleMech warriors have been incredibly successful in their campaign of invasion. But ComStar has its own reasons for giving aid to the enemy, and if its strategy proves successful, the Inner Sphere worlds will finally be reunited under ComStar's rule.

    Charles says: "Good book. Good series. Suffers from abridgement."
    "Good book. Good series. Suffers from abridgement."
    Overall

    I can't complain about the reader. His performance is good and his voice is similar to that of the author's. It's the abridgment that hurts. It makes the story difficult to follow and damages its overall impact. Maybe another Battletech series would've been a better choice to record. One with fewer characters and a more linear narrative would've been easier to fit into the this three-hour format. For this reason I would've rated it even lower but this is the only Battletech series available in audio, and I enjoy the line. So if your looking for Btech to play in the car, this is it. Check it out. Then go buy the paperbacks. I'm sure Fasa and Stackpole would appreciate the shekels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Battletech: Blood Legacy (Blood of Kerensky: Volume Two)

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michael A. Stackpole
    • Narrated By Christopher Graybill
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (78)

    Blood Legacy continues the saga of the Clan invasion begun in 3030. Jaime Wolf has brought all the key leaders of the Inner Sphere together to put to rest old blood feuds and power struggles. But old hatreds and suspicions die hard.

    Timothy says: "Why"
    "Good book. Good Series. Suffers from abridgement."
    Overall

    I can't complain about the reader. His performance is good and his voice is similar to that of the author's. It's the abridgment that hurts. It makes the story difficult to follow and damages its overall impact. Maybe another Battletech series would've been a better choice to record. One with fewer characters and a more linear narrative would've been easier to fit into the this three-hour format. For this reason I would've rated it even lower but this is the only Battletech series available in audio, and I enjoy the line. So if your looking for Btech to play in the car, this is it. Check it out. Then go buy the paperbacks. I'm sure Fasa and Stackpole would appreciate the shekels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last of the Mohicans

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By James Fenimore Cooper
    • Narrated By Jonathan Oliver
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    The Last of the Mohicans is a historical novel by James Fenimore Cooper, first published in January 1826. James Fenimore Cooper (1789 - 1851) was a prolific and popular American writer of the early 19th century.

    Charles says: "Great voice. Struggles with dialect."
    "Great voice. Struggles with dialect."
    Overall

    Although I think I could listen to the soft purr and swift precision of the narrator's speech for years on end, to my ears, he fails to render the dialog in this book authentically. Most of it is overwrought, sounding more like caricatures than characters. There's no evidence of an authentic accent in the Native American characters and, worst of all, Hawkeye, the central character, is performed as if he were some transplanted Cajun rather than a colonial American frontiersman. For an example of what I mean, listen to Raymond Todd's reading of The Deerslayer. To me he gets it right. Todd's dialog sounds more authentic and carries the story better. Mr. Oliver doesn't even approximate the characters' speech as the author renders it on the page. It ruined the experience for me. I downloaded a different version.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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