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MR Brown

Ravenwood

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  • The Warlock in Spite of Himself: Warlock of Gramarye, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Christopher Stasheff
    • Narrated By Dennis F. Regan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (79)

    Welcome to Gramayre - where witches, warlocks, elves, and gnomes are real; where a spoiled girl-queen and an army of teenage witches, and ragtag beggars battle an overwhelming force of rebel knights and time-travelling anarchists for the future of the most unique, and perhaps most important, planet in the galaxy.

    Robert says: "Very poor reading"
    "Could've been better..."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Warlock in Spite of Himself the most enjoyable?

    I love this series, and Stasheff's sister series' as well. The writing, storytelling, etc was the most enjoyable for me.


    What other book might you compare The Warlock in Spite of Himself to and why?

    I suppose there are some similarities to the Dresden Files, for a modern choice. The same premises abide in both, lead character thrust into dangerous situations partly of their own devising.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I was a bit surprised that this was done in a multi person/radio drama sort of style when it wasn't billed that way. Dennis Regan isn't a bad narrator, but it lacked some of the depth that the old cassette recordings had. I think probably crediting the other voice actors would be nice unless Regan really does do a soprano.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free: Whodunnit?: Murder in Mystery Manor

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Anthony Zuiker
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1087)
    Performance
    (1003)
    Story
    (1001)

    Ten excited guests arrive at the Westlake Estate, expecting a lavish retreat. They are the winners of a sweepstakes to "Live Like a Billionaire for a Week." But what was supposed to be a promising escape soon turns into a horrific nightmare. Within hours of arrival, the guests sit down for an extravagant dinner. When they pull their party poppers as instructed, a loud chorus of bangs resounds, followed by earsplitting screams as the guest seated at the head of the table bursts into flames and slumps to the floor.

    Jacqueline says: "Lighthearted Mystery--Easy Listening"
    "Meh, it's free, so you can't complain"
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    Well, I guess I wasn't too impressed with the story. The narrator, Gildart Jackson, was interesting to listen to. The book sounded like a fun concept, but I guess having read Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None," this just didn't measure up. Lots of killing, not much time to character build, which left the whole kind of flat. I guess I just became jaded after the first couple murders and thought "okay, well, hurry up and die so I can find out who's killing you." As a side note, I have not seen the tv series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free: Whodunnit? Murder on Mystery Island

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Anthony E. Zuiker
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (817)
    Performance
    (725)
    Story
    (734)

    Ten excited co-workers arrive at the beautiful Avondale Resort on a remote island in the middle of the Caribbean, having been told that they are being rewarded for their hard work and productivity. But their relaxing tropical getaway soon turns into a murderous nightmare.

    Chris says: "A little transparent but still a fun story"
    "Still free"
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    What disappointed you about Free: Whodunnit? Murder on Mystery Island?

    The first one was a so-so experience, but I figured, meh, why not, it's free. I guess the interest I had built up in the first book just didn't last a repeat. If anything this seemed less mystery and more gore-fest than the last and frankly I had started to wonder if Giles wasn't just a guy with a split personality killing these people. I think because of that any empathy and interest I had built with his character from the last book died.


    What could Anthony E. Zuiker have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I really feel that this sort of book is really a one off sort of thing. If he had wanted to continue the trend I think he'd have to bring in some supporting characters that weren't doomed to die or act as place holders as the rest of the "staff" were. I guess in this one I really just needed someone to verify that Giles isn't just a crazy guy. Giles became way too....happy(?) to be going through this. In the first book there's a sense of resignation that this is happening and he's being pulled along, in this one....no.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't drop Mr. Jackson if you want to make another. He's a very good narrator and the only reason I finished listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Storm

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (134)

    A knight of Cygnar follows a strict moral code. His integrity is beyond reproach. He holds himself to the highest standards whether dealing with friend or foe. And he values honor above all. The year is 606 AR, and Cygnar has been sorely pressed by its enemies both at home and abroad. In Caspia, the conflict with the Protectorate is about to erupt into full war with the looming invasion of Sul. The Cygnaran military is desperate for soldiers with the skill, strength, and bravery to take up the devastating galvanic weaponry of the new Storm Division.

    Hassan says: "I Like!! But More Please!!!"
    "Hoping for more"
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    If you could sum up Into the Storm in three words, what would they be?

    Awesome, exciting, action-packed (the hyphen makes it count as one).


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I won't tell you my favorite scene because I hate spoilers.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    As far as extreme reactions to the story go, does trying to duck in sympathy with the characters count? Yeah, ducking is a good idea.


    Any additional comments?

    As usual Larry Correia gives you enough information about the characters to get you involved in their story but doesn't bog you down. I'm not familiar with the game world that this story was built off of, but that's not really a requirement in my opinion. If you're leary thinking that you need to know the ins and outs of the game to appreciate the book, don't be.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Treachery's Wake: A Dungeons & Dragons Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By T. H. Lain
    • Narrated By Dolph Amick
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    A ship lies wrecked on an ice-bound coast. Desperate to recover a magic item from its cargo, a wizard enlists the help of the Thieves' Guild. They soon discover that the shipwreck was no accident. The artifact's trail leads to frozen wilderness, savage brigands, and foes that no one expected. The heroes can fulfill their contract...but can they survive the consequences?

    MR Brown says: "Very cool story"
    "Very cool story"
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    What other book might you compare Treachery's Wake to and why?

    Well, obviously since this comes from the D & D creative pattern it's fairly similar to some of the Icewind Dale and other Drizzt novels in it's lay out and general themes.


    Have you listened to any of Dolph Amick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I'm currently listening to another audiobook he's done in this series, I think for the story he's a perfect fit. I wouldn't for example advise he do any of the Discworld books, but this sort of story is great.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Malthooz's death, I kept hoping someone would be able to heal him so that they could go off on a new adventure especially with his potential abilities....but no.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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