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Timothy

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  • Blood of Amber: The Chronicles of Amber, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Roger Zelazny
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (247)

    Pursued by a fiendish enemy, Merle must battle through an intricate web of vengeance and murder that threatens more than the San Francisco Bay area. For Merle Corey of California is also Merlin, son of Corwin, vanished Prince of Amber; and the forces, seeking to destroy the royal house, have unleashed sorceries that can strike anywhere, especially at the very heart of Amber.

    chris says: "Zelazny greatest work"
    "Amber was my gateway to science fiction"
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    Where does Blood of Amber rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    If I were forced to rank "Blood of Amber" on a scale of one to ten, I would say it is a solid six. The difficulty I have with it is the length. I enjoy a more comprehensive listen, and would easily rank the series a Ten of Ten where all the Amber books combined into as single reading.


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

    I found Wil Wheaton's performance very easy to listen too. I have read the books in the past and Wheaton's vocal flavoring of the characters was in line with my own internal imaginings, which made the performance very entertaining for me.


    Any additional comments?

    I listen to audiobooks regularly. I have a special place in my heart for Roger Zelazny as he was the first science fiction author I ever read. I tore into his stories of Amber with a great amount of zeal as a young man. The premise of shaping reality by mere force of will through infinite possibility was so enticing to me. The series backdrop is so well thought out that it allows for anything to happen, any plot to evolve any twist to take root. Roger Zelazny masterfully takes advantage of this in all of his Amber books. The story elements of family relations, politics, the romance of combat by blade, cunning and force of intellect. The underlying themes of balance in all things, Chaos and Order, Good and Evil, Right and Wrong, these books are all simply outstanding.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wise Man's Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10969)
    Performance
    (9224)
    Story
    (9308)

    "My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep...."

    Joe says: "Excellent, Imaginative, Beautiful, Page Turning!!!"
    "So intriguing"
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    If you could sum up The Wise Man's Fear in three words, what would they be?

    Kvothe, accidental hero


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the premise of Kvothe telling his own story. I also like how the story is existing in the here and now and in the then and done. The telling drives you forward and keeps you hungry to find out what happened to the main character, Kvothe, that has reduced him to his current predicament. The story also has you continually rooting for Kvothe to overcome whatever it is that has plagued and stymied him so that he can once again prevail. This story is addictive.


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

    Podehl's tone and inflection adds depth to the characters. His performance is very good, it made me feel somehow in the telling and not listening to the telling of the story.


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

    I laughed out loud in a room all by myself in several places. If you have never experienced this phenomenon, I hope you get the chance as it means you are well and fully sucked in to a good story.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first work I have read / listened to by Patrick Rothfuss. I was impressed and sincerely hope he continues to craft sequels.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nine Princes in Amber: The Chronicles of Amber, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Roger Zelazny
    • Narrated By Alessandro Juliani
    Overall
    (1637)
    Performance
    (1474)
    Story
    (1491)

    Amber is the one real world, of which all others including our own Earth are but Shadows. Amber burns in Corwin's blood. Exiled on Shadow Earth for centuries, the prince is about to return to Amber to make a mad and desperate rush upon the throne.

    Joe says: "Great begining of the series"
    "Amber was my gateway to science fiction"
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    What did you love best about Nine Princes in Amber?

    The first several chapters of this book pull you in utterly. The character development achieved by Zelazny is outstanding. There is a slow building tension in the book that initially seems reality based then slowly shifts into the sci fi genre. It takes a while to figure out what is going on, however, once the "rules" of Amber are made clear, its game on for story time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Corbin is focus of the story in the initial Amber books, the later books focus on his son Merlin. This book introduces you to Corbin and the other members of the Royal Family of Amber. Corbin is my favorite character, not because he is the focus, because he is the most easy to relate to. The faults revealed in Corbin's character are as appealing as his virtues.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Corbin walks the pattern and his memory begins to return is the best part of the book for me. This is when the back story of many of his siblings begin to emerge.


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

    Yes. In fact I want all of the Amber books to be released in one comprehensive performance.


    Any additional comments?

    I listen to audiobooks regularly. I have a special place in my heart for Roger Zelazny as he was the first science fiction author I ever read. I tore into his stories of Amber with a great amount of zeal as a young man. The premise of shaping reality by mere force of will through infinite possibility was so enticing to me. The series backdrop is so well thought out that it allows for anything to happen, any plot to evolve any twist to take root. Roger Zelazny masterfully takes advantage of this in all of his Amber books. The story elements of family relations, politics, the romance of combat by blade, cunning and force of intellect. The underlying themes of balance in all things, Chaos and Order, Good and Evil, Right and Wrong, these books are all simply outstanding.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hexed: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8209)
    Performance
    (7382)
    Story
    (7396)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, doesn’t care much for witches. Still, he’s about to make nice with the local coven by signing a mutually beneficial nonaggression treaty when suddenly the witch population in modern-day Tempe, Arizona, quadruples overnight. And the new girls are not just bad, they’re badasses with a dark history on the German side of World War II. With a fallen angel feasting on local high school students, a horde of Bacchants blowing in from Vegas, and a dangerously sexy Celtic goddess of fire vying for his attention, Atticus is having trouble scheduling the witch hunt.

    Adam says: "Authenticity, Humor and Brilliant Writing"
    "Oberon Fan"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend this audiobook to a friend. The characters are well developed, the plot line is interesting, and "Oberon's" point of view is priceless. Plus it gave me a reason to try Tullamore Dew, which turned out to be quite excellent.


    What other book might you compare Hexed to and why?

    This book reminds me of Jim Butcher's Dresden series in someways as it mixes the worlds of here and now with that of fantasy and mythology.


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

    I have listened to all of the books in the Iron Druid series. They were all well performed.


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

    The part where his mom dies, oh wait that was a Disney Movie.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the only audiobook that ever made me laugh out loud while listening. Actual laughter came out of my mouth that could be heard. Not "LOL" laughter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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