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Winter Park, FL, United States | Member Since 2004

  • 4 reviews
  • 4 ratings
  • 248 titles in library
  • 15 purchased in 2014

  • World of Warcraft: Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Christie Golden
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The New York Times bestselling author of The Shattering and Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects delivers a sensational tie-in to the newest World of Warcraft game expansion. What does it take to turn the peacekeeper into a warmonger? Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War gives World of Warcraft fans the opportunity to see what happens when a beloved peacekeeper is pressed to the limit by an inconceivable horror. Will it change her forever? Break her? Or redefine her role on Azeroth?

    Gabriel Cersonsky says: "Enjoyable"
    "A true World of Warcraft tale"
    What did you like best about World of Warcraft: Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War? What did you like least?

    I play the MMO and was glad this book was written. In game, the zepplin just drops the bomb on Theramore and then you arrive afterwards. They never explain what happened exactly. This book tells that story. I liked that I could relate to every character because I had seen them in game. I did want them to go deeper into how exactly Garrosh got the focusing iris and how he got his hands on a mana bomb.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The voices of the horde were a bit hard to get past. Justine Eyre did the best she could to speak Patwah but it didn't come across well. Please let me say that she did a fine job it was just the horde voices were a bit tough.

    Did Justine Eyre do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    She captured some of the characters really well. I had to go back in the MMO and redo the Sunwell Plateau to see Calygos lose his love. I was not bored by her reading at all. She did a great job.

    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes, I would watch anything World of Warcraft related as I am a huge fan of the lore Chris Metzen and his team have created.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First Lord's Fury: Codex Alera, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For years he has endured the endless trials and triumphs of a man whose skill and power could not be restrained. Battling ancient enemies, forging new alliances, and confronting the corruption within his own land, Gaius Octavian became a legendary man of war - and the rightful First Lord of Alera. But now, the savage Vord are on the march, and Gaius must lead his legions to the Calderon Valley to stand against them - using all of his intelligence, ingenuity, and furycraft to save their world from eternal darkness.

    Jason says: "Excellent conclusion"
    "What a finale...Awesome!"
    What made the experience of listening to First Lord's Fury the most enjoyable?

    The story was so well written and the narrators did a wonderful job.

    What other book might you compare First Lord's Fury to and why?

    The series stands on it's own. Great writing and great narration.

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

    Kittai, Fidelius, and Amara are my favorites.

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

    Jim Butcher is the man :-). I would say the tag line would be Children of the Lost Legion

    Any additional comments?

    I want more of this world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Memory of Light: Wheel of Time, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

    Amazon Customer says: "End of one of my favorite fantasy series ever."
    "What a let down"
    What would have made A Memory of Light better?

    I think if there was one more book to help get all the plot points resolved. This book seemed very rushed.

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

    This contains spoilers so please don't read on unless you don't mind or have completed the book. My suggestion would be to make this into two books and flesh everything out properly. I am about to post spoilers to explain my annoyances. If you haven't read the book then do not read on. Let's start with the main irk I had about this book. Pawdon Fane, his side story was just given at the last five minutes and did nothing to advance the plot at all. Here was a character who was a major plot point in multiple books. Why was he given such a short finale? Perrin's side story was going very well and followed with the previous books but close to the end he just become a super saiyan out of no where. All that was missing was three days worth of screaming and golden hair. The last battle...the last battle was not the issue, the length of the last battle was. It took up the entire novel. Now I understand that the last battle was supposed to be the biggest thing ever but Demandred side just dragged on and on and on. There were pointless character deaths that did nothing to advance the story. Egwene's passing was pointless. She learned the anti-balefire weave and then died. She didn't pass it on and no one else will ever know it so what was the point? The Shar army.....where did they come from? There were 13 previous books and not a single one touched on this army but, literally, out of no where comes this massive army that no one has ever heard of. Morraine's character appeared for a few minutes and then did nothing worth mentioning for the rest of the story. There are other issues I had with the book that go past these main items.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the first fight between Perrin and Slayer before Perrin became a super saiyan. I liked the battle of creation with Rand and the Dark One as well.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment, I loved the entire series and this book left me feeling very saddened that a wonderful series ended so terribly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor's Blades: Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Brian Staveley
    • Narrated By Simon Vance

    In The Emperor's Blades by Brian Staveley, the emperor of Annur is dead, slain by enemies unknown. His daughter and two sons, scattered across the world, do what they must to stay alive and unmask the assassins. But each of them also has a life-path on which their father set them, destinies entangled with both ancient enemies and inscrutable gods.

    Ethan M. says: "Of the various new fantasy series, this is... fine"
    "Intriguing Story, worth the listen"
    What did you love best about The Emperor's Blades?

    The world is really interesting. In this novel we focus on three distinct places. I cannot wait to see what the rest of the world looks like. The main thing I liked most was the Kettral and Hal's trial.

    What other book might you compare The Emperor's Blades to and why?

    I would compare this book to The Way of Kings and Lamantation: The Psalms of Issac. All stories revolve about key characters and hit on the overall depth of what is going on in the world. There is political intrigue but not to the point of A Song of Ice and Fire or Wheel of Time. It is the amount needed to advance the plot without diving into each character or too deeply into the back story of the world.

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

    No I haven't but now I want to. My main worry about audiobooks is the reader. You can have an A+ story but if it is read by a F- reader then the story just fails to reach it's intended audience. My top super favorite A+ readers are Roy Dotrice, Kate Reading, George Guidall, and Michael Kramer. Simon Vance has now joined that team of A+ readers.

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

    No, it made me ready for the next book in the series to see how it all turns out.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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