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Phoenix, AZ, United States | Member Since 2012

  • 3 reviews
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  • 73 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014

  • Hunted: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For a 2,000-year-old Druid, Atticus O’Sullivan is a pretty fast runner. Good thing, because he’s being chased by not one but two goddesses of the hunt - Artemis and Diana - for messing with one of their own. Dodging their slings and arrows, Atticus, Granuaile, and his wolfhound Oberon are making a mad dash across modern-day Europe to seek help from a friend of the Tuatha Dé Danann. His usual magical option of shifting planes is blocked, so instead of playing hide-and-seek, the game plan like hell.

    D says: "Another Serving of Hilari-tea"
    "I love this series!"
    Where does Hunted rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    On par with the rest of this series, which are among my very favorite audio books.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think I have to go with Oberon, even though he and his comedic breaks are a tad over-utilized in the book / series. Likely, he is my favorite character because he basically lacks any kind of mental filter, and just blurts out all of the things that most people wish they had the courage to say.

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

    It is really, really good, as per usual. That being said, it may be worth getting someone else on board to perform Granuaile's parts, provided she is sticking around, as his version of a young modern woman's voice is the weakest one you'll hear from Mr. Daniels in this series.

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

    Just like other books in this series, I found myself "laugh out loud" happy, tense/anxious/worried, pissed, and then laughing again... I could go into detail about when and how my emotions were expertly played by the content and its delivery, but then I would be spoiling some pivotal moments in the plot, so I won't go into that here. It will suffice to say that I've enthusiastically enjoyed every one of these books, and my emotions / reactions to them are a big part of why I keep coming back for more. Seriously, I have developed an emotional attachment to Atticus, Oberon, and Granuaile.

    Any additional comments?

    If fantasy is your thing, jump in on book one, you won't be sorry!
    (Unless you hate the dog's comic relief, in which case, you'll want a refund.)

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer

    When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

    Greg says: "This Series Rocks"
    "The Mother of All Editing Fails"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, not unless they had a few spare years and $100.00+ they didn't mind wasting.

    What could Robert Jordan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Hire a real editor who had the balls to tell him the truth about how redundant >90% of his descriptions and character's exclamations were. Seriously, it felt like more than half of the novel was descriptions of fireplaces and stonework, characters smoothing their dress/tunic, characters licking their lips, characters sweating in a most detailed manner, characters wiping away said sweat in a most detailed manner, characters exclaiming: "Blood and Ashes!"... You get the point, it was more akin to the director's personal copy of the screenplay than a novel.

    Which character – as performed by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer – was your favorite?

    The performances were truly great, but the characters and the decisions they made were borderline retarded, which prevented me from identifying with them enough to have a "favorite".

    Did The Eye of the World inspire you to do anything?

    Pity the people who spent all that money and time reading these awful books and rejoice that I had only purchased/read the one.

    Any additional comments?

    Bottom line: This could have been one of, if not the, best epic fantasy series ever. However, it was really only enough plot to fill 4-6 books and all the filler just overwhelmed the intentionally ignorant characters and the story into which they were woven.
    (Quick, somebody, queue the Price is Right loosing horn!)

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Pure

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Julianna Baggott
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam, Joshua Swanson, Kevin T. Collins, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Pressia barely remembers the Detonations or much about life during the Before. In her sleeping cabinet behind the rubble of an old barbershop where she lives with her grandfather, she thinks about what is lost. There are those who escaped the apocalypse unmarked. Pures. They are tucked safely inside the Dome that protects their healthy, superior bodies. Yet Partridge, whose father is one of the most influential men in the Dome, feels isolated and lonely. Different. He thinks about loss - maybe just because his family is broken. When Pressia meets Partridge, their worlds shatter all over again.

    D says: "Pure Surprise"
    "Don't want to wait for book 2!"
    If you could sum up Pure in three words, what would they be?

    Gritty, Intelligent, Original

    What other book might you compare Pure to and why?

    I'll compare it to The Hunger Games & The Running Man.

    This book managed to set up a similar type of incredibly detailed and "over the top" world like both of those books did, but it did so in a way that kept everything grounded in a very gritty and realistic sense. In other words, with The Hunger Games & The Running Man, the setting is so far "out there" that it was difficult (if not impossible...) for me to forget that I was reading a work of complete fiction. However with Pure, I almost felt as though I had been granted some private glimpse into the future of this world, and then had to remind that myself this was complete fiction.

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

    Nope...not that I'm aware of anyways... It was well done... maybe not as good as I expected with there being four of them and all, but it was definitely one of the better narrations I've heard.

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

    I'm not quite sure, but I REALLY hope they do make a movie of it!!! So long as they keep the movie every bit as realistic and visceral as the book.
    (read: Rated R, not a sissy PG-13 teenie-bopper interpretation like hunger games....)

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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