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FatherOfThree

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  • Star Wars: Darth Plagueis

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By James Luceno
    • Narrated By Daniel Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1479)
    Performance
    (1387)
    Story
    (1384)

    Darth Plagueis: one of the most brilliant Sith Lords who ever lived. Possessing power is all he desires. Losing it is the only thing he fears. As an apprentice, he embraces the ruthless ways of the Sith. Darth Sidious: Plagueis’s chosen apprentice. Under the guidance of his Master, he secretly studies the ways of the Sith, while publicly rising to power in the galactic government, first as Senator, then as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor. as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor.

    Jeff says: "Of superior quality! Worthy of Sci Fi prize"
    "Author&Narrator: As many thumbs up as I can muster"
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    Would you listen to Star Wars: Darth Plagueis again? Why?

    No, but only because there are SO many other books out there to read/listen to. That said, this HAS been one of my favourites to date!


    What about Daniel Davis???s performance did you like?

    This man's ability to create mood with his voice is almost unnerving. His characterizations and his narrative style are brilliant, immersive and do an absolutely amazing job bringing the story to life. Well done, Mr. Davis!


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  • Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Drew Karpyshyn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1114)
    Performance
    (1045)
    Story
    (1046)

    There’s something out there: a juggernaut of evil bearing down to crush the Republic - unless one lone Jedi, shunned and reviled, can stop it. Revan: hero, traitor, conqueror, villain, savior. A Jedi who left Coruscant to defeat Mandalorians - and returned a disciple of the dark side, bent on destroying the Republic. The Jedi Council gave Revan his life back, but his memories have been erased. All that’s left are nightmares - and deep, abiding fear. What exactly happened beyond the Outer Rim? Revan can’t quite remember, yet can’t entirely forget.

    Ryan says: "Did you play Knights of the Old Republic?"
    "Poorly written / Even more poorly read"
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    What would have made Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan better?

    A better narrator - see below.

    Also, there were elements of the story itself that made little sense.

    (Spoiler alert.)

    Just one example among many: Why the need for a landing "strip" when the Ebon Hawk has VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) capabilities? Why couldn't Revan just set the ship down gently in the snow instead of having to half bury it after slamming it into a snowbank at speed and carving a 50-meter furrow?

    Also, in other books, Jedi and Sith alike use the Force to reach out and sense living creatures in a given area. But for some reason, Revan can't use the Force to sense a group of Mandalorians in a snow storm? Reminds me of the sensors in ST:TNG - radiation always seemed to interfere with the sensors. Apparently the Force can be hampered by bad weather.

    (End Spoiler alert.)

    There were several other similarly odd things within the story that didn't make sense to me.

    It was shortly after this point that I stopped listening.


    Has Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Audiobooks? Yes. But only those read by Marc Thompson. His reading style was annoying enough to me that I stopped listening after just a few chapters. His narration was way over the top, his use of emphasis, far too frequent.

    He sounded like a poorly directed radio commercial.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Marc Thompson???s performances?

    Never.

    While I was impressed with his range of voice characterizations (I did like the voices of Canderous Ordo and Bastilla), every other character - including Revan himself - sounded petulant.

    Further, Revan sounded like he was always doing a voice-over for a suspenseful movie trailer.

    And who knew Darth Nyriss was Russian? Her accent made her sound like she was a member of the Politburo, not the Dark Council.

    And why does Mr. Thompson pronounce the name of Revan's ship "Eebon Hawk" (long 'e') instead of "Ebon Hawk" (with a short 'e' - the way the word is pronounced in English)?

    Too many of these kinds of things kept intruding on my listening of the story to allow me to enjoy and immerse myself in the story. So, I stopped listening.


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  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9098)
    Performance
    (8350)
    Story
    (8392)

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "Roy Dotrice IS the voice of this brilliant tale!"
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    Would you listen to A Feast for Crows again? Why?

    Perhaps when the sixth book in the series comes out on Audio. I'd be tempted to enjoy volumes 1 through 5 once again before diving headlong into Book 6. And again, before listening to the 7th. (Given Mr. Martin's penchant for having his fans wait quite some time between these brilliantly written books, I think I'd have plenty of time to listen to Mr. Dotrice's narrative between volumes!)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not yet having finished this volume I can't rightly say. If I had to choose from amongst the characters I've come across so far, I'd have to say Arya for two reasons: First, she has survived the first three volumes -- which for this series is quite an accomplishment! Second, we can see her growing, maturing throughout the story. I quite enjoy the chapters written in her point of view.


    What about Roy Dotrice???s performance did you like?

    His ability to bring to life every single character, from the all-important point-of-view characters down to the most insignificant minor players with but one or two lines.


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

    I don't think I could. As delicious a story as it is, as with every grand meal one must take a break every now and again.


    Any additional comments?

    I purchased the 4th audio book in the series some time ago after having listened to the first three that were narrated by Mr. Dotrice. I was surprised to find the 4th narrated by someone else - Mr. John Lee. Having listened to Mr. Dotrice's voice over the first three volumes, to me it had become synonymous with the series. This new voice lent the book a completely different flavor. It wasn't that Mr. Lee was doing a poor job of it. On the contrary - his style lent itself to the story quite well. It's just that he wasn't I'd become accustomed to. So I set it aside for a time. When I found the versions of Books 4 and 5 that *were* read by Mr. Dotrice, I happily purchased them all immediately, started listening and haven't looked back!

    My only negative comment about Mr. Dotrice's narrating would be the manner in which he portrays some of his female characters' voices. Granted, most men -- especially those with a voice like that of Mr. Dotrice -- can't be expected to pull off the voice of a 13-yr-old girl. But to make her sound the way I would expect Shakespeare's three witches to sound in Macbeth - scratchy and raw with a healthy dose of Scottish brogue -- that tends to put something of a strain on the ears.

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