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Jonathan

Orlando, FL, USA

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  • The Runes of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Donaldson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (326)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (109)

    Since their publication more than two decades ago, the initial six books in The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant series have sold more than six million copies and have been published in 10 countries around the world. Now, starting with The Runes of the Earth, Stephen R. Donaldson returns with a quartet of new Covenant novels that are certain to satisfy his millions of fans, and attract countless new followers.

    Don K Schoemaker says: "The Story Continues...."
    "Wonderful in every respect"
    Overall

    Donaldson's series "the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant", of which, this is the 1st book in the 3rd Trilogy, is one of the greatest works in all of Fantasy. The narrrator, Scott Brick is masterful at telling the story. He has a warm, pleasing voice that resonnates with all the emotion and excitement Donaldson intended. Very well done indeed.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Other Wind: A New Earthsea Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, Harlan Ellison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (68)

    The sorcerer Alder fears sleep. He dreams of the land of death, of his wife who died young and longs to return to him so much that she kissed him across the low stone wall that separates our world from the Dry Land, where the grass is withered, the stars never move, and lovers pass without knowing each other. The dead are pulling Alder to them at night. Through him they may free themselves and invade Earthsea.

    Pam says: "Distracting"
    "Poorly Recorded"
    Overall

    This is not a review of the book itself, but rather, the Recording quality, or lack thereof.

    In the first place, the book is read in sections by half a dozen or so different people. This makes perfect sense if each reciter is taking different character(s), but this is not the case. Rather, 1 voice will do a section, often not even a whole chapter, and then another voice starts up for no apparent reason. It's absurd. All it succeeds in doing is making the story sound disjointed.

    But, what is even worse is the horrible EQ applied to the recording. It's very thin sounding with far too much silibance, and the different voices makes it impossible to compensate with your own EQ.

    I don't get it. When you stop to think of everything it takes to record an entire book unabridged, one has to wonder why they didn't get it properly recorded. It doesn't make it unlistenable, but it's not good. It's a shame.

    9 of 10 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
    Overall
    (8198)
    Performance
    (4308)
    Story
    (4346)

    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"
    "Totally Ruined"
    Overall

    The narrator's voice is so thin and annoying, I couldn't even listen to this for more than 20 mins or so. I tried everything to fatten the voice up and make it bearable. Talk about disappointing! I used the highest quality audio setting available too.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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