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Daniel N Parenteau

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  • The Spirit Ring

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (144)

    Fiametta Beneforte dreamed of making beautiful and enchanted objets d'art, but alas her magician-goldsmith father was more likely to have her scrub the kiln than study magic. After all, it was a waste to train a mere daughter beyond the needs of the moment.... Thur Ochs dreamed of escaping the icy mines of Bruinwald. But the letter from his brother Uri arranging his apprenticeship to Master Beneforte was not the only force that drew him over the mountains to the Duchy of Montefoglia.

    Becca says: "On the whole, a disappointment"
    "Story decent, narrator not"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Lois McMaster Bujold and/or Jessica Almasy?

    Lois McMaster Bujold, Yes. Jessica Almasy, No.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Possibly pre-reading the text? It seemed as though the narrator was reading the lines for the first time, much of the inflections and tones were off target. Regardless, I thought that another narrator would have been much better. Anna Fields?


    Was The Spirit Ring worth the listening time?

    Yes


    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Blade Itself: The First Law: Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (4203)
    Performance
    (3126)
    Story
    (3138)

    Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

    Steven says: "Steven Pacey is magnificient."
    "The book is good, the narrator is awesome"
    Overall

    This series may not be for everyone, it's dark and violent, but I loved both reading and listening to the books. Steven Pacey does an amazing job narrating all three books in the series, different voices for almost every character, always right on the money with a variety of accents. One of the best performances I've ever listened to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Jester

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Andrew Gross
    • Narrated By Neil Dickson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (613)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (118)

    Hugh De Luc, a poor innkeeper, returns home from the First Crusade wearied from battle and disillusioned by carnage. After journeying from the Holy Land back to his own small village, he finds his nightmare is just beginning.

    Sheridan Race says: "Spellbound and engaged"
    "Pathetic"
    Overall

    Poorly written and with the narrator insisting on overacting every line, this book is full of misused words ("Pagan" to describe Muslims for example), unrealistic characters and just very poor writing in general. Characters will be dying of thirst, drinking their own urine, and then inexplicably travel another week with no more mention of water. Every battle includes limbs and heads flying off like tennis balls and the main character has extremely emotional moments roughly every other page.

    Just simply awful to try to listen to. Maybe it would be tolerable to read, because it's written for the 6th grade level reader, but listening to it narrated was just impossible.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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