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Charles

PORT MATILDA, PA, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Shadow's Edge: Night Angel Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2108)
    Performance
    (1449)
    Story
    (1465)

    Kylar Stern has rejected the assassin's life. The Godking's successful coup has left Kylar's master, Durzo, and his best friend, Logan, dead. He is starting over---new city, new friends, and new profession. But when he learns that Logan might actually be alive and in hiding, Kylar is faced with an agonizing choice: will he give up the way of shadows forever and live in peace with his new family, or will he risk everything by taking on the ultimate hit?

    Charles says: "more great action"
    "Vast Improvement"
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    This book was a pleasant surprise. I tried to like book one. It showed a lot of promise but left me unfulfilled on several levels, but I saw hints of the story to come. This book was worth the wait. The story flowed better, the narration was better and I am now really looking forward to book 3 which is downloading as I write this.

    2 of 4 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
    (5070)
    Performance
    (3121)
    Story
    (3140)

    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!"
    "Amazing"
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    It is difficult to write a review of one part...one book of this deeply involved story. Only in retrospect after completing the whole series can you see the nuance and skill by which this installment was woven into the whole. There is conflict, action, romance, magic and epic warfare. You will not be disappointed but read it all, in order. Then read it again for the subtleties you missed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Shadows: Night Angel Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2932)
    Performance
    (2026)
    Story
    (2036)

    For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art---and he is the city's most accomplished artist, his talents required from alleyway to courtly boudoir. For Azoth, survival is precarious, something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he's grown up in the slums and learned to judge people quickly---and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint. But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name.

    Jake says: "Shockingly good."
    "I Wavered"
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    Initially I couldn't decide if I wanted to spend my credits on this book. It's another assassin story in a fantasy medieval world. I think I made the right decision.

    Overall, it's a good story. There are several problems that keep jarring me out of the story and back into reality. There have been many times I've stopped and said to myself "That idea/scenario came directly from _______.

    The dialog drives me crazy. There is way too much "He said", "She said" I couldn't believe an editor allowed it to remain. I kept thinking this must be the author's first book.

    While the reader is certainly competent, often I find the cadence of the performance jarring and the inflection on the word "shadow" gets tiresome. I thought it must be something the reader affected until I heard the word "window."

    Despite these problems I find the story very compelling. There are times I feel the author has done an excellent job of giving us a graphic explanation of the horror of certain situations and just how evil some of the characters are. I want to know what happens next and I liked it well enough to go ahead and purchase the second book in the series. I know at this point I will also need to get the third.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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