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Cesar

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  • Elminster: The Making of a Mage: Forgotten Realms: Elminster, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Ed Greenwood
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (136)

    In ancient days, sorcerers sought to learn the One True Spell that would give them power over all the world and understanding of all magic.... The One True Spell was a woman, and her name was Mystra - and her kisses were wonderful. It is the time before Myth Drannor, when the Heartlands are home to barbarians, and wicked dragons rule the skies. In these ancient days, Elminster is but a shepherd boy, dreaming of adventure and heroics. When a dragon-riding magelord sweeps down upon him, though, the boy is thrust into a world of harsh realities, corrupt rulers, and evil sorcerers.

    Michael says: "Stands apart in the Forgotten Realms. Tremendous!"
    "Absolutely Horrible Narrator"
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    I bought this audiobook because I really like the paper version. However, the narrator makes it very difficult to listen to the story. I could not get through the first chapter before giving up. The narrator speaks mostly in a bored voice while reading the story. It is also very obvious that he is only reading the book, not trying to perform. From the way he reads, I have to assume he tried reading the book version and just found it too boring. Because that is what he brings to his performance.The main problem with this audiobook is that the overall quality of the audio performance is very bad. Even for a relatively unknown book the quality put into this audiobook is way below acceptable. Please save yourself the trouble and avoid this audiobook.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition), The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3263)
    Performance
    (3063)
    Story
    (3080)

    Five years after the Death Star was destroyed and Darth Vader and the Emperor were defeated, the galaxy is struggling to heal the wounds of war, Princess Leia and Han Solo are married and expecting twins, and Luke Skywalker has become the first in a long-awaited line of new Jedi Knights. But thousands of light-years away, the last of the Emperor’s warlords - the brilliant and deadly Grand Admiral Thrawn - has taken command of the shattered Imperial fleet, readied it for war, and pointed it at the fragile heart of the New Republic....

    Ryan says: "It's about time!"
    "Surprisingly fantastic"
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    I went into this book with low expectations, fully expecting to return it for something else. However, it really is very well done. The sound effects really lend themselves to the story. And the voice actor is CRAZY good. You forget you are only listening to one actor. The story itself was decent. Honestly if it was just the book I would have given up on this one early. But the performace is really top notch and the actor deserves a lot of praise for infusing the book with so much life. Definitely a good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6253)
    Performance
    (5376)
    Story
    (5371)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "Not Marsters"
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    I hate to say it, but the only reason I don't like this book is because it's not James Marsters. Its not even that the narrator does a bad job. He is quite good, but he is just not Dresden. I gave up trying to listen a quarter of the way through and just ended up skipping ahead to Cold Days.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10074)
    Performance
    (7364)
    Story
    (7408)

    For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

    D says: "A GREAT TRILOGY!!!"
    "Love or hate the narrating style"
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    There seems to be a "style" of reading that actors use when reading fantasy books. I think of it as "Evil Wizard Voice". It is usually slow and consistent. More focused on creating atmosphere than with the emotional tones of the story. The best way I can explain this is by using another Sanderson book, Steelheart. In Steelheart the narrator is constantly changing his voice to reflect the physical and emotional state of the characters. This makes it feel like you are listening to a radio play. In Mistborn the narrator is using his voice to give the story an "epic fantasy" feeling. Putting a lot of inflection on every word. Drawing the words out, and all in all sounding like an evil wizard monologuing in a self-satisfied way.

    I find the "epic fantasy" style boring. It seems to drag on and on. Which sucks because I love fantasy books.

    Unfortunately this book really double downs on the epic fantasy style. So if that is not your cup of tea then do yourself a favor and buy the paper version of Mistborn instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6704)
    Performance
    (3445)
    Story
    (3472)

    Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancée. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever. Soon he finds himself living in a London most people would never have dreamed of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. It is a world that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations.

    Thomas says: "Neverwhere is Great"
    "Neil Gaiman is Amazing"
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    Neil Gaiman's performance is shockingly good. He reading of this book is an incredible performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13790)
    Performance
    (12813)
    Story
    (12815)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Wil Wheaton does an amazing job!"
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    I tried reading the paper version of Ready Player One twice but couldn't really get into it. I never even got to the end of Anorak's Invitation. I decided to give the audio version a try and I have since listened to the story three times.

    Wil Wheaton takes the somewhat dry material and injects a whole lot of life into it. He brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm to his reading. This really made the long expositions enjoyable. He also does a very good job bringing the characters to life.

    This is definitely a must try.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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