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James

Freeport, ME, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • A Crown of Swords: Book Seven of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4285)
    Performance
    (2611)
    Story
    (2637)

    In this volume, Elayne, Aviendha, and Mat come ever closer to the bowl ter'angreal that may reverse the world's endless heat wave and restore natural weather. Egwene begins to gather all manner of women who can channel: Sea Folk, Windfinders, Wise Ones, and some surprising others. And above all, Rand faces the dread Forsaken Sammael, in the shadows of Shadar Logoth, where the blood-hungry mist, Mashadar, waits for prey.

    T. M. Fees says: "Narration"
    "getting annoyed"
    Overall

    Ok, I have to say I began really liking the story but, I am beginning to realize that he if didn't continue to describe every stitch of clothing each woman wears, like 10 times each, or how low cut their dresses are, or say "ageless face" (in fact I am going to count how many times in the next book!) or letting me know how every incidental character is doing besides getting to the story, I could go no and on... It took him a whole book to really accomplish nothing. This series could easily have been wrapped up in 5-6 books.
    In each book he spends so much time describing useless details, and wraps up each book very quickly in the last few minutes, spending very little time on climatic scenes. Any way, going to try get through the series because I started it, but beginning to think I could get more out of reading the synopsis on Wikipedia

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Assassin's Quest: The Farseer Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1727)
    Performance
    (1289)
    Story
    (1302)

    King Shrewd is dead at the hands of his son Regal. As is Fitz - or so his enemies and friends believe. But with the help of his allies and his beast magic, he emerges from the grave, deeply scarred in body and soul. The kingdom also teeters toward ruin: Regal has plundered and abandoned the capital, while the rightful heir, Prince Verity, is lost to his mad quest - perhaps to death. Only Verity's return - or the heir his princess carries - can save the Six Duchies.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "JUST BECASE A MAN CAN DO A THING"
    "Tired, slow boring"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    First book was great, last two slow and boring. So much build up to the finale and like Robert Jordan very little put into the climax that was building over the 3 books.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I found myself angry at Fitz for being so dumb and the story was very predictable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    nothing particular


    Did Assassin's Quest inspire you to do anything?

    not read anything else by Robin Hobb


    Any additional comments?

    When I finish a book or a series, I rate it by how much I want to listen to it again. I never want to pick this series up again. Does not compare at all to say the Riyria Revelations series or pretty much anything from Michael J Sullivan. I have listen to those books many times and the story never gets old.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heir of Novron: Riyria Revelations, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4004)
    Performance
    (3692)
    Story
    (3713)

    On the holiday of Wintertide, the New Empire plans to burn the Witch of Melengar and force the Empress into a marriage of their own design. But they didn’t account for Royce and Hadrian finally locating the Heir of Novron—or the pair’s desire to wreak havoc on the New Empire’s carefully crafted scheme.

    Ron says: "Spectacular fantasy series"
    "sorry to see the series end"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What did you love best about Heir of Novron?

    The ending


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Toss up between Royce and Hadrian


    What does Tim Gerard Reynolds bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He delivers the story and the characters well


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

    no sure, but love to see this series made to film


    Any additional comments?

    take a chance on the series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rise of Empire: Riyria Revelations, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    Overall
    (4264)
    Performance
    (3903)
    Story
    (3928)

    Best-selling author Michael J. Sullivan’s mesmerizing Riyria Revelations series has found a welcome home with fans of magic, clashing swords, and daring heroes. This second volume finds Royce and Hadrian on a quest to enlist the southern Nationalists to aid the ever-weakening kingdom of Melengar. Royce suspects an ancient wizard is manipulating them all, but to find the truth he’ll have to decipher Hadrian’s past—a past Hadrian wants to keep secret.

    Ron says: "The second book delivers"
    "great series"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have listen to this complete series at least twice. Characters great, believable. Story gripping and once you start hard to put down.


    What other book might you compare Rise of Empire to and why?

    Hard to say, I have listened/read most all the best of the fantasy series. This one stands alone.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5504)
    Performance
    (5070)
    Story
    (5066)

    Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

    AudioAddict says: "And I didn't think I liked fantasies..."
    "thanks for recommending!!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Theft of Swords the most enjoyable?

    fitting end to the series, thanks to all the audible members that wrote the reviews, which encouraged me to buy this series


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of Chaos: Book Six of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4712)
    Performance
    (2810)
    Story
    (2825)

    As the Wheel turns, the winds of fate roil across the land. Rand al 'Thor struggles to unite the nations for the Last Battle when the Dark One will break free into the world to spring the snares laid by the immortal Forsaken for unwary humankind. The White Tower in Tar Valon, under the Amyrlin Elaida, has decided that Rand must be controlled immediately.

    Elias says: "Finally here!"
    "I'm done with this series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Lord of Chaos better?

    Who knows, the series puts me to sleep, so redundant, and Jordan uses 100 words when he could have gotten away with 10


    What was most disappointing about Robert Jordan’s story?

    Long, drawn out, repeats everything about each character in each book, he spends all his time describe useless details and then spends no time on the climax of the book.


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

    none


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I have quit this series,I know people go on an on about how great it is and how great Jordan was, but frankly this series could have been finished in half the time. So I basically went to Wikipedia, read the the plot summaries of the rest and that truly was a better use of my time. If you haven't started this series..don't!!!

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Inheritance: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4522)
    Performance
    (3954)
    Story
    (4010)

    Not so very long ago, Eragon - Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider - was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders. months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can.

    Robert says: "All the reviews had me worried for nothing!"
    "not what I thought it was going to be"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Inheritance in three words, what would they be?

    not what I thought


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

    He is a great reader


    Any additional comments?

    I was a little disappointed, not as good as the other books. Seemed like he was just trying to finish off the story. After all the build up about the final battle, it was rather short and he spent more time on the after story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18674)
    Performance
    (16620)
    Story
    (16582)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "great book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does 11-22-63 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    one of King's best


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 11-22-63?

    great story, but truly the narrator is what makes this audiobook


    Which character – as performed by Craig Wasson – was your favorite?

    Jake/George


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

    laugh at times


    2 of 2 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
    (10996)
    Performance
    (9249)
    Story
    (9334)

    "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!!!"
    "awesome!!"
    Overall

    Came across the Name of the Wind by chance and I am so glad that I did, loved it. The second book ever better, couldn't stop listening to it! Can't wait for the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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