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Greg Jones

North Bethesda, MD United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Dragons of Autumn Twilight: Dragonlance: Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (479)
    Performance
    (439)
    Story
    (454)

    Lifelong friends, they went their separate ways. Now they are together again, though each holds secrets from the others in his heart. They speak of a world shadowed with rumors of war. They speak of tales of strange monsters, creatures of myth, creatures of legend. They do not speak of their secrets. Not then. Not until a chance encounter with a beautiful, sorrowful woman, who bears a magical crystal staff, draws the companions deeper into the shadows, forever changing their lives and shaping the fate of the world.

    Cherie says: "Dissapointing Narration of a Classic Favorite"
    "Its BACK with new narrator Paul Boehmer!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Dragons of Autumn Twilight the most enjoyable?

    A story I have been waiting for, this has been missing for months on Audible. I was incredibly frustrated that every other dragonlance book appeared to be here but the core trilogy was missing. I worked my way through the war of souls (which I had never read) and then through some origin stories (Huma/Raistlain) hoping this would show up again.

    The new narrator makes this worth the wait!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you to Audible for getting this book back online with a new narrator. I will be burning the midnight oil for a few nights getting through this classic series again!

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Warbreaker

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By James Yaegashi
    Overall
    (2739)
    Performance
    (1922)
    Story
    (1932)

    An author whose previous, wildly successful novels have earned him a reputation as fantasy's master of magic, Brandon Sanderson continues to dazzle audiences with this tale of princesses and gods. In this extraordinary world, those who attain glory return as gods. And those who can master the essence known as breath can perform the most wondrous miracles - or unleash the most devastating havoc.

    Robert says: "What's Your god like?"
    "Just Boring"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I am a huge Brandon Sanderson fan and have read almost everything he has written. This book had all of the classic Sanderson elements. Great idea for the magic system. Intriguing premise (who doesn't want to know what a god would be thinking). Epic length to develop characters, worlds, magic etc. Most longer Sanderson stories start out slow so when this one dragged on, I kept with it. However, for me it just never went anywhere. The world ended up being very 2 dimensional. The characters were also very underdeveloped and I never felt any strong connection with any of them. By the time the action was supposed to ramp up, nothing really happened and then the story sputtered to an end. Overall a major disappointment.

    This book pointed at sequels. I hope they either don't happen (since I will probably invest because I will read anything Sanderson writes) or I hope they are much better. Its possible this book was just a fluke in terms of quality but I suspect it is due to larger issues with developing this specific set of characters and magic system.


    Would you be willing to try another one of James Yaegashi’s performances?

    Unlike other reviewers, I did not find the narrator to be a particular issue. One of the issues people had seemed to be the pace of reading and large pauses but these are easily dealt with by listening on 1.5x speed. He is very professional and characters are clearly delineated by his voice. He is not "Amazing" but is hardly bad enough to deserve the myriad of terrible reviews.


    Any additional comments?

    Unless you are a die hard Sanderson fan, this one is worth skipping.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Fallen Angels: The Mortal Instruments, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ed Westwick, Molly C. Quinn
    Overall
    (2146)
    Performance
    (1692)
    Story
    (1721)

    City of Fallen Angels take up where City of Glass left off. With Valentine out of the way, Clary thought she and Jace could finally be together--but when someone starts murdering the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine's Circle and leaving their bodies around New York City in a manner designed to destroy the new peace between Downworlders and Shadowhunters, she realizes the past can never be left entirely behind.

    Harriet Marks says: "WARNING: HORRIBLE NARRATORS"
    "Narrators Better than before"
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    Would you listen to City of Fallen Angels again? Why?

    Yes, I have already listened to the first three books twice and expect that I will revisit 4-5 before the 6th book is released


    What does Ed Westwick and Molly C. Quinn bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I actually believe these narrators are a major upgrade over the previous narrator. To me the first three books were great except that they were so poorly narrated. When I heard these narrators I thought "this is great they fixed it." The old narrator was barely professional. These two are great, although the male actor should have been produced little louder to balance the volume better between sections.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book! Fun to see the new story arc begin, and really enjoyed the focus on Simon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Tower: The Dark Tower VII

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3538)
    Performance
    (1669)
    Story
    (1690)

    All good things must come to an end, Constant Listener, and not even Stephen King can write a story that goes on forever. The tale of Roland Deschain's relentless quest for the Dark Tower has, the author fears, sorely tried the patience of those who have followed it from its earliest chapters. But attend to it a while longer, if it pleases you, for this volume is the last, and often the last things are best.

    Dawn says: "Unbelieveable"
    "Great end to the series!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I read this book initially when it first came out in hardback and found myself somewhat disappointed in the way that the series ended. I (probably like many) rushed through the book and did not realize that Sai King was probably speaking to me directly with his small authors note before the true ending.

    I have to say that in re-reading (listening) to the complete series in order over the last few months I have completely changed my opinion. I think that this book is possibly one of the best of the series. This is the only way the series could end and the ending was very satisfying. There are still questions left unanswered, but probably not as many as I first thought. Many of the elements of the last three books that I was confused by were much less confusing when listened to more carefully over a more condensed time period.

    I do still have small quibbles with a few issues but honestly, that is in the noise. This series is a must listen-to for any king fans as well as any fans of fiction in general.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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