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Dennis

Dallas, TX | Member Since 2006

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  • Midst Toil and Tribulation: Safehold Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (545)
    Performance
    (502)
    Story
    (496)

    After centuries of stasis, the island kingdom of Charis began to defy the edicts of the Church of God Awaiting - egged on, some say, by the mysterious warrior-monk Merlin Athawes. Now, in the wars and intrigues that have cascaded from Charis's declaration of independence, the populous Republic of Siddermark is sliding into chaos.

    Ryan says: "Narrator is HORRIBLE - Love this series"
    "Another author like Robert Jordan!"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This series started out exciting...now it seems to be mired down in a bog! Just lke the Wheel of Time, several of the books could have been deleted, or at least condensed into one.


    Would you ever listen to anything by David Weber again?

    Yes


    Have you listened to any of Kevin T. Collins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I perferred Jason Culp. It is difficult for me to enjoy a new narrator.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I wish David Weber would go back to what made the book exciting, and get away from his enjoyment of "playing civil war"!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chasm City

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (887)
    Performance
    (640)
    Story
    (641)

    The once-utopian Chasm City - a domed human settlement on an otherwise inhospitable planet---has been overrun by a virus known as the Melding Plague, capable of infecting any body, organic or computerized. Now, with the entire city corrupted - from the people to the very buildings they inhabit---only the most wretched sort of existence remains. The stakes are raised when Tanner Mirabel's search brings him face to face with a centuries-old atrocity that history would rather forget.

    Tango says: "Enter Revelation Space HERE"
    "Convoluted...but..."
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    What did you like best about Chasm City? What did you like least?

    I did not enjoy this book, mainly because I prefer a linear story. This one, with it's flashbacks, and converging story lines was confusing to me, and tiring. However, someone with a more agile mind may enjoy it. ;-)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Silver Moons, Black Steel: Tales of the Wolves, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Tara K. Harper
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    The latest in Tara K. Harper's best-selling series about Dion-Healer, also called Wolfwalker, who has recovered the ancient telepathic bond between humans and wolves, picks up her tale at the point when she was nearly destroyed by aliens.

    Dennis says: "Bummer...love story"
    "Bummer...love story"
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    What did you like best about Silver Moons, Black Steel? What did you like least?

    I started reading and enjoying this series with the first three books. I enjoy science fiction and strong women, which was both indicated in the first three books.

    For some reason, the author has changed the lead character, making her weak, indecisive, and unable to defend herself. Not what I was hoping for, nor expecting. I did not read book four because of the reviews, but thought this book would get back on track. Not so.

    As it turned out, this was basically a love story, and not a science fiction, nor a strong woman.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Terminal World

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (612)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (377)

    Spearpoint, the last human city, is an atmosphere-piercing spire of vast size. Clinging to its skin are the zones, a series of semi-autonomous city-states, each of which enjoys a different---and rigidly enforced---level of technology. Following an infiltration mission that went tragically wrong, Quillon has been living incognito, working as a pathologist in the district morgue.

    DAVID says: "This ain't your fathers Alastair Reynolds"
    "Confusing story"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Started and stopped several time. I just couldn't connect with this story no matter how much I tried.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dust and Decay

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Brian Hutchison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (541)
    Performance
    (495)
    Story
    (494)

    A New York Times best-selling author and multiple Bram Stoker Award winner, Marvel Comics writer Jonathan Maberry continues the story he began in Rot and Ruin. Six months have passed since Benny Imura and Nix Riley learned that flesh-eating zombies aren’t the scariest or most dangerous monsters around. Now, Benny’s brother Tom is training them in the art of zombie whacking. But as they plan to leave and find a better future, a zombie attack puts a crimp in their plans.

    CRISTY says: "Hutchison's narration (once again) is excellent!"
    "My opinion: slow and"
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    What was most disappointing about Jonathan Maberry’s story?

    I was not happy with the slowness of the story development. Although the story line had potential, the author kept having the lead characters make dumb mistakes during times of crisis!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Harbinger: Fate's Forsaken, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Shae Ford
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    Seventeen years ago, a long and bloody rebellion wracked the six united regions of the Kingdom. Now the new King wields the vast and unvanquished army of Midlan with his right hand, and with his left has granted a small group of thugs, the nobles he calls his Sovereign Five, unbridled rule over the other regions. As if this weren't bad enough, the King has also outlawed the practice of whispering - which is a problem for Kael.

    Andrew Stone says: "REALLY LIKED THIS BOOK!"
    "Why?"
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    Would you try another book from Shae Ford and/or Derek Perkins?

    Why do author's take the lead hero, give superpowers,and then have them whine about using them, or fail to use the powers given until the last moment. The story line had great potential, so I listened to the next book hoping the hero would step up. Some use of his powers, maybe the third book! If I decide to continue.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Dragon's Path: Dagger and Coin, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Daniel Abraham
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (717)
    Performance
    (648)
    Story
    (648)

    Popular author Daniel Abraham’s works have been nominated for the Hugo Award and the World Fantasy Award. In The Dragon’s Path, former soldier Marcus is now a mercenary—but he wants nothing to do with the coming war. So instead of fighting, he elects to guard a caravan carrying the wealth of a nation out of the war zone—with the assistance of an unusual orphan girl named Cithrin.

    Kristin says: "Epic Fantasy and Something Else"
    "Confusing..."
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    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Not a lot of variation in voice.


    Any additional comments?

    This audio book may have been better, at least for me, if I had read it in written form. In audio, I had a hard time tracking the many characters and paths the story developed. In written form, I could have backtracked to relate what I was reading to that which I had already read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magic of Recluce: Saga of Recluce, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By L. E. Modesitt Jr.
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (528)
    Performance
    (479)
    Story
    (488)

    Young Lerris is dissatisfied with his life and trade, and yearns to find a place in the world better suited to his skills and temperament. But in Recluce a change in circumstances means taking one of two options: permanent exile from Recluce or braving the dangergeld, a complex, rule-laden wanderjahr in the lands beyond Recluce, with the aim of learning how the world works and what his place in it might be. Many do not survive. Lerris chooses the dangergeld.

    Captain Skurvy says: "Epic Fantasy"
    "Good story, but..."
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    Would you try another book from L. E. Modesitt Jr. and/or Kirby Heyborne?

    This book had a good story line, but I may have enjoyed it more by reading it.

    The author, for some reason, inserted sound effects into the script, therefore the reader tried to make the sounds.Really weird. You will hear the clopping of the horse, the swish of the reins, the splatter of the rain, etc. This was, to me, quite annoying. I could have skimmed over the sounds if I had been reading it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shades of Dark: The Dock Five Universe Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Linnea Sinclair
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    Before her court-martial, Captain Chasidah Chaz Bergren was the pride of the Sixth Fleet. Now she's a fugitive from the justice of a corrupt Empire. Along with her lover, the former monk, mercenary, and telepath Gabriel Ross Sullivan, Chaz hoped to leave the past light-years behind - until the news of her brother Thad's arrest and upcoming execution for treason. Its a ploy by Sully's cousin Hayden Burke to force them out of hiding, and it works.

    Joki says: "GREAT Series - Book 2"
    "Disappointed"
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    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    The original book, and story had a great scifi theme. Some sexual connotation, but still adventure. In this book, the author spent most of the time on a sexual theme. I had a hard time enjoying a scifi book, when it kept jumping into a romance novel.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth House: The Twelve Houses, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Sharon Shinn
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck, Sharon Shinn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (140)

    Noble-born shape-shifter Kirra Danalustrous has accepted her father's invitation to style herself as her sister - the heir of Danalustrous - and attend all the social events being held by the Twelve Houses. She is accompanied by Donnal, a peasant and shape-shifter who has served her most of her life. She is delighted to learn that Senneth, Tayse, Justin and Cammon will also be making the social circuit as they escort Princess Amalie to the summer balls.

    Amazon Customer says: "Little slow at first but..."
    "Good story line for second book...except"
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    Would you listen to The Thirteenth House again? Why?

    This will be the last book I purchase from this series...for three reasons. First, this book devolved into a illicit sexual story, which I was not happy about. However, the author did end the relationship in a positive way, so a plus here. But I was more interested in the main characters, the magic and the battles.Second, the story synopses indicates one of the main characters is off to fall "in love". Again, not what the initial story line started out as. and Third, the story will now be narrated by a different individual, a male, which actually "changes" the lead characters. They no longer fit the visualization I had of the main characters. bummer!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mystic and Rider: The Twelve Houses, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sharon Shinn
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck, Sharon Shinn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (460)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (236)

    The fire mystic Senneth crosses the country of Gillengaria on a mission for the king, trying to discover if noble marlords from the Twelve Houses are planning an uprising. She is accompanied by the soldiers Justin and Tayse, two King's Riders who are unswervingly loyal to the crown. Also on the journey are the shape-changers Kirra and Donnal, and a young mystic named Cammon who can practically read minds.

    Ted says: "Light fantasy, heavy romance"
    "Good story line"
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    What made the experience of listening to Mystic and Rider the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed this book, and purchased the next one. However, like many authors who write science fiction or fantasy, they forget that (oddly) the story needs to be logical within the realm of unreal! In this book, the hero individuals who make up the group have great magical powers. But, they are constantly getting into ambush situations that would not happen in the realm of the unreal world, given their powers. So my reaction is incredibility, even though the story is not credible as written. ;-)


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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