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Andrew

Cockeysville, MD, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Agincourt

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1521)
    Performance
    (640)
    Story
    (650)

    Young Nicholas Hook is dogged by a curse, haunted by what he has failed to do and banished for what he has done. A wanted man in England, he is driven to fight as a mercenary archer in France, where he finds two things he can love: his instincts as a fighting man, and a girl in trouble. Together they survive the notorious massacre at Soissons, an event that shocks all Christendom. With no options left, Hook heads home to England, where his capture means certain death.

    Andrew says: "Fantastic!"
    "Fantastic!"
    Overall

    I have almost unknowingly been looking for a book like this for a long time! I am a fan of Stephen Pressfield's historical fiction books and George RR Martin does a great job mixing fiction and reality into his own realm (phenomenally so); but Cornwell does a great job of making his book, although grounded in history, into a story that puts you there in a way that few other historical fictions ever have managed! I am truly in awe! it is worth a read (or listen... the reader is great by the way)! Highly Recommend!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13216)
    Performance
    (10818)
    Story
    (10941)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Cannot finish this book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have read a lot of bad fantasy, but this may be the worst of it. The reader is god-awful, and that doesn't help a plot where the character development and interaction seem like something fathomed by a very socially awkward 11 year old.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Enemy at the Gate: Habsburgs, Ottomans and the Battle for Europe

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Andrew Wheatcroft
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (146)

    In 1683, an Ottoman army that stretched from horizon to horizon set out to seize the "Golden Apple", as Turks referred to Vienna. The ensuing siege pitted battle-hardened Janissaries wielding 17th-century grenades against Habsburg armies, widely feared for their savagery. The walls of Vienna bristled with guns as the besieging Ottoman host launched bombs, fired cannons, and showered the populace with arrows during the battle for Christianity's bulwark.

    Shaun says: "Excellent work"
    "interesting"
    Overall

    An interesting and comprehensive survey of a little studied portion of history. Excellent reader, highly recommend.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (39)

    It is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces, some familiar, others only just appearing, are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.

    Jorge says: "New is not always better..."
    "Needs ROY DOTRICE"
    Overall

    I cannot believe a different reader was chosen for this audio book than Roy Dotrice, especially since Dotrice was interested in narrating the book. It was a huge mistake and ruins the quality of George RR Martin's writing.

    I emailed Random House requesting a reread by Dotrice for this first half of Feast for Crows when the second half is released. customerservice@randomhouse.com lets hope that more people request the same.
    Over all the book is still very good, but most of the best characters are missing from this half. Still it is a decent chapter in this phenomenal series. With Dotrice back it would be fantastic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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