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Scott

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  • Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7968)
    Performance
    (3130)
    Story
    (3189)

    When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

    Sandra says: "Utterly Awesome!"
    "For Tolkien Fans"
    Overall

    This book is quite a bit more than just a nod at Tolkien. Almost every fantasy element in this story is based upon LOTR.

    While an OK story, it really struggles at points.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Wizard's First Rule: Sword of Truth, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Sam Tsoutsouvas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4010)
    Performance
    (2412)
    Story
    (2443)

    In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, Richard Cypher encounters a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, in his forest sanctuary. She seeks his help...and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.

    A User says: "Better than the show"
    "Not great..."
    Overall

    The reading of the book was fine. Not the best I have ever heard, but not terrible either.

    The story itself is what I did not care for. Far too much "carrot and stick". I'm all for a good mystery or fantasy that builds on itself but this story seems to depend quite alot on "fantasy vocab". The author introduces a new name/concept and then tries desperately to keep the reader involved as he slowly unravels the definition of that new name/concept.

    Some people really like that kind of storytelling. It's not my thing. I'm after a well written tale, not something that tries to hook me in and then string me along with fantasy terminology.

    Aside from that the story seems some what forced in several areas. The author obviously knows how to write, but in some spots it just doesn't seem to flow very well.

    Finally, this is not a book for the younger crowd. There are some very dark areas that are not child friendly.

    9 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower I

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7192)
    Performance
    (3588)
    Story
    (3642)

    Eerie, dreamlike, set in a world that is weirdly related to our own, The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead, of In-World that was, as he pursues his enigmatic antagonist to the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea in the first volume of The Dark Tower series. Roland, the last gunslinger, is a solitary figure, perhaps accursed, who with a strange single-mindedness traverses an exhausted, almost timeless landscape of good and evil.

    Valerie says: "Just As Wonderful as I Remembered!"
    "Best of the Series"
    Overall

    The first book in the series is by far the best. This story should stand alone without the rest of the series. Also, the narrator does a magnificent job of telling this story. You could not have picked a better artist to tell this tale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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