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Daniel

I mostly likes me some sword and sorcery, not really in to sifi but theirs a place in my library for anything from John Scalzi.

Aylett, VA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Spirit Clearing: A Michael Talbot Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (372)
    Performance
    (347)
    Story
    (350)

    After a horrific accident Mike wakes to find himself blind in one eye. He now sees things that others can't, and nobody will listen to him. That is, until he meets Jandilyn Hollow. Will she be able to pull him out of the depths of his despair? Can love transcend even death?

    Amanda says: "Spiritually deep and moving"
    "Sorry not this time..."
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    As much as I like Tufo books I hate above all else this kind of story. Let me start by saying I loved the story right up till the end, that whole none of if really happened is what I really hate. I hate it in TV shows but at lest there only 30-60mins but to go 9+hr in and to have Tufo pull this just makes me feel he reached a point and just quit.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Barrow

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Mark Smylie
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    When a small crew of scoundrels, would-be heroes, deviants, and ruffians discover a map that they believe will lead them to a fabled sword buried in the barrow of a long-dead wizard, they think they've struck it rich. But their hopes are dashed when the map turns out to be cursed and then is destroyed in a magical ritual. The loss of the map leaves them dreaming of what might have been, until they rediscover the map in a most unusual and unexpected place.

    Daniel says: "If sex sells this book sold out..."
    "If sex sells this book sold out..."
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    What did you like best about The Barrow? What did you like least?

    Not much to like but if I had to pick it be the end because the it was over. What I liked the least, to much graphic sex every other page some one was banging someone. Heck even a maggot ridden zombie got some and it went in to detail, curse my vivid imagination.


    Has The Barrow turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, it has turned me away from Mark Smylie.


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

    No, see above zombie scene as one reason.


    Any additional comments?

    I feel this book would lose about 5 to 6 hours if the author spent less time describing peoples privates and how to fit them to. I'm no prude but after the unicorn horn strap on enough is enough.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Noble Fool: The Hungering Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Heath Pfaff
    • Narrated By Paul J. McSorley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    A man is not great because he is a good man. A great man can be good, evil, or any shade of gray in between. A great man is a man who sees the world around him, and changes it to suit him, instead of letting it change him to suit itself. Lowin Fenly didn't want to be a hero, and he never thought of being a villain, but sometimes the path that must be walked by great men leads to dark places. Body twisted by dark magic, the scribe-turned-Knight must learn to control the beast he is becoming, or risk losing the few remnants of humanity he clings to.

    Nichole says: "Truly, how noble are each and every one of us?"
    "The Fool"
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    What disappointed you about The Noble Fool?

    The story seem to have a good foundation but was put together sloppily. Seems every one has no sense of morals or ethics, heck even the "hero" is will to kill some one because he owed a favor. But heck Lowin is so weak willed he could probably be talked in to most any thing


    What could Heath Pfaff have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Thing need explanations. That is all i can say with out giving to much away.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Paul was okay but his voice was wrong for this. The whole book reminded me of the Daniel Garrett voice from hard magic, it was good for the most part but even the arguments and threats sounded it was a friend just pulling your leg.


    What character would you cut from The Noble Fool?

    Lowin, whats the point of a main character who doesn't really have his own mind


    Any additional comments?

    With a different narrator i might give the next book a chance.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Thief's Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Trudi Canavan
    • Narrated By Grant Cartwright, Hannah Norris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (47)

    In a world where an industrial revolution is powered by magic, Tyen, a student of archaeology, unearths a sentient book called Vella. Once a young sorcerer-bookbinder, Vella was transformed into a useful tool by one of the greatest sorcerers of history. Since then she has been collecting information, including a vital clue to the disaster Tyen’s world faces.Elsewhere, in an land ruled by priests, Rielle the dyer’s daughter has been taught that to use magic is to steal from the Angels.

    Daniel says: "Half good, half bad"
    "Half good, half bad"
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    What did you like best about Thief's Magic? What did you like least?

    The Tyen parts of the book for the best and the Rielle parts for the least. Tyen's world was interesting full of a mix of science and magic. Where as Rielle's world was just to over the top stereo types, the corrupt church, uncaring parents, the fruit fling angry mob.


    Would you recommend Thief's Magic to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, not the kind of book my friends read.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Grant was good he had a range of voices. Hannah was okay except for the voices of both upper class and poor females talked the same way. I don't expect unwed mother in the slums to sound like Eliza Doolittle, but at the same time I don't think she sound like Henry Higgins. Nothing against Hannah but the accent she gave to the females sounded wrong to generic I could not take it for long


    Do you think Thief's Magic needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, to finish the story.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Wager: Blood Destiny, #1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Connie Suttle
    • Narrated By Traci Odom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (423)
    Performance
    (390)
    Story
    (390)

    Lissa's life as a vampire begins on the day her husband is removed from life support. Turned by rogues who wager her life, Lissa is running from her maker who is determined to kill her, hunted by the Council who has branded her a rogue and blackmailed by werewolves, who utilize her newly developed talents for their own gain.

    Robin in Vermont says: "A compelling read!"
    "A Good Start"
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    Would you listen to Blood Wager again? Why?

    Yes, it was a good read. The story and narrator were good and it's something i can get through in a day.


    What other book might you compare Blood Wager to and why?

    Chicagoland Vampires series, their are some similarities between the vamps and there politics.


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

    The story was good but not really deep enough to be moving.


    Any additional comments?

    The only bone I have to pick is the lack of remorse the main character shows for killing. She starts off as an over weight 47 year court clerk, three months later in her first fight she kills over 20 with out a second thought. Shes shown to still have emotions, but she dose not even seem to care when she kills.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Unexpected Superhero: Adventures of Lewis and Clarke, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Kitty Bucholtz
    • Narrated By Catherine Gaffney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Newlywed Tori Lewis wants nothing more than a quiet life with her hunky new husband. She doesn’t expect to walk into a robbery right after her honeymoon. But even more shocking is her discovery that she stopped the gunman with a super power! How did that happen?

    Daniel says: "Not very super"
    "Not very super"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Don't take this the wrong way but there was to much God, you can be religious without putting him/her in every conversion. And you can have faith without praying over every little thing. Seems everyone in the book (all but the bad guy anyway) wanted God to control every part of there life to keep them from taking any responsibility.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The base of the story was good but to took to long to get any meat.


    Which character – as performed by Catherine Gaffney – was your favorite?

    Bull, he was the only guy who didn't seem to take him self to seriously.


    Was Unexpected Superhero worth the listening time?

    Maybe I'm still not sure.


    Any additional comments?

    There are some messages I'm not sure i like in this book;It's OK to drug your children to keep them in linePeople always putting there spouse over there childrenThe hero's having a blanket if your not with us your against us policy on any one who has powers, unless organized big evil. Then you ignore them till they mess with you first.There are others but there the ones that stuck with me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thread Slivers: Golden Threads Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Leeland Artra
    • Narrated By J.M. Badger, Michael Braun, Adam Chase, and others
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Ticca is a newly-minted Dagger, a young honorable mercenary out to prove her worth in the big city. Her first job seems like a simple one, but it sets her on a path to a destiny bigger than she ever dreamed. The friends she makes along the way may have destinies of their own to fulfill...The three of them are swept into a series of deadly events. Fighting to stay ahead of their adversaries, they stumble into secrets that catapult them towards disaster that even the Gods are not prepared for.

    Sam Poe says: "How to break immersion..."
    "Drop the sound effects!"
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    What disappointed you about Thread Slivers?

    The background sound effects, they hurt the story more then helped it. It felt more like noises chosen by a child. "Wolf fighting a guy with daggers lets add metal clanging sounds constantly" unless the dog have metal fur I don't see this. It got to the point every fight gave me a mild headache. The music was not much better fading in and out stopping for a few seconds then starting again like some one had to hit the play button again every time the clip ended.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The story was OK, wasn't good wasn't bad just OK. I don't really like it when the author writs it so you have to do back ground reading in other places if you want to know some of the basic history. This is book one of the trilogy this is the place for some of this set up.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrators where fine. I'd give them a 4star if not for the noises.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Thread Slivers?

    I'd cut the background noise.


    Any additional comments?

    This felt more like an attempt at a performance. You don't need content background filler to give a story depth. I'd like to re listen to this book with out sound effects, if that happens it would get a much better rating.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Opal: Matt Turner, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Michael Siemsen
    • Narrated By Chris Patton
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Matt Turner grew up witnessing firsthand the worst crimes imaginable. At age nine, he discovered his special ability to "read" the emotional imprints people leave on objects. Against better judgment, his police detective father used his son’s talent to help him solve crimes. Now, at 26, Matt tries to keep to himself, but an enemy he thought long gone interrupts his tropical vacation, flying him all over the globe to help track a 3,500-year-old Egyptian opal found sealed in a Cuban tree trunk.

    S. A. Sutphin says: "Great 2nd book in series!"
    "Good but really fell apart at the end."
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    What disappointed you about The Opal?

    People not acting right, I know it may sound like nit picking or I just didn't like the way the story went. After they were brought back together Matt and Tuni did not act as they have up to that point. Both became unreasonable and seemed to be looking for a fight.


    What could Michael Siemsen have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Every thing was great with the story until he (the author) tried making the police and army parts late in the book. They were wholly unbelievable and killed the story. If any common sense research or just watch some TV you'd know that no military (not even Cuban) would allow armed unsanctioned US law enforcement to wonder around a crime zone. And the police should know this and wonder why they were allowed to do so.


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

    Only other book from Chis was the first book in this series so it's on par.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Opal?

    All of Cuba, felt to far fetched and rushed.


    Any additional comments?

    ***Spoiler Warning***

    From everyone landing in Cuba on the story felt to rushed and contrived for the sole purpose of witch was to kill off daddy and brake up Matt and Tudi, hook up Tudi and Mr evil overlord so in book 3 there will be some tension and eventually getting back together. I could be wrong but it seems awfully transparent.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Spell: Occult Crimes Unit Investigations, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Justin Gustainis
    • Narrated By Peter Brook
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (95)

    Scranton, the strangest city on earth has an uneasy “live and let unlive” relationship with the supernatural. But when a vamp puts the bite on an unwilling victim, or some witch casts the wrong kind of spell, that’s when they call me. “My name’s Markowski, a Detective Sergeant on the Scranton PD’s Supernatural Crimes Investigation Unit. I carry a badge. Also, a crucifix, some wooden stakes, a big vial of holy water, and a 9mm Beretta loaded with silver bullets.”

    Madeleine says: "Predictable and Flat"
    "Narrator Make It Sound Like A Bad Cartoon"
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    Would you try another book from Justin Gustainis and/or Peter Brook?

    From the author maybe.
    The narrator no, not even if it was the next Dresden book.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Change narrator, only the main guy and characters with one or two lines had a "normal" voice. All most every one else had an over the top almost slap stick voice. Guys first partner was described as a big guy bit over weight, Brook makes him sound like like that big dumb guy from the old merry melodies cartoons, he was only missing the "duh which way did he go George". (Spoiler warning) Sorry but I was glad when he died in the very beginning of the book so i didn't have to hear to much of it. Others are more annoying others less but over all it really kills the feel of the story.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Peter Brook?

    If I could pick, Michael Kramer or William Dufris. There two of my favorite but both also have a wight range of normal sounding voices to pull from.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Story wasn't bad, could be polished a bit better.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't know who this Peter Brook is but he should narrate children books. That's about the only place I can see those voices fitting in and not killing a story.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Dhalgo

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By William Hrdina
    • Narrated By William Hrdina
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Dhalgo is a pacifist living in a tribe of warriors known as the Kimbry. All he wants to do is train naequine, his tribe's elephant-sized warhorses, but tradition and prejudice keeps Dhalgo from doing the thing he loves. Unbeknownst to the Kimbry, an apocalyptic battle lies on the horizon. Namarrgon, the greatest evil in a world full of monsters, has raised a massive army that is sweeping across the land like a plague. Namarrgon's only rival is a Warlord named Munuane. He enlists the Kimbry and unexpectedly promotes Dhalgo to be Chief Naequine Steward, changing his entire life.

    Daniel says: "Most authers should not be narrators."
    "Most authers should not be narrators."
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    Would you try another book from William Hrdina and/or William Hrdina?

    No


    What was most disappointing about William Hrdina’s story?

    Over all the writing was to simplistic, felt like it was written kids if not for the content. What humor there was, was juvenile and the evil was over the top and stereotype. I mean at the "Today's password?"and "Dead kittens." I had to roll my eyes.


    What didn’t you like about William Hrdina’s performance?

    Dull and dry, It's been my experience that authors make terrible narrators. With a good narrator each person comes alive as it's own personalty but this is just some guy reading aloud.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Story might work if he wrote more like a grown up and did not try to narrate his own story.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Adamar: The Hennion Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Scot C. Morgan
    • Narrated By Lee Strayer
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Adamar, an alcoholic children’s magician, must reclaim his former glory as he joins his fellow stranded travelers, a bartender with a battleaxe, a kind-hearted construction worker and a lethal night watchman in an adventure across space and time.

    Marshall says: "MAX MIXTURE OF SCIFI/FANTASY"
    "Over all disappoing"
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    What would have made Adamar better?

    Go sci-fi or fantasy, I like both but not mixed. Still scratching my head over the cyborg dragon space ship.


    What could Scot C. Morgan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Seems to worry more about the story's destination then the path there. If he'd taken some time to set up some of the events it could have been a bit more enjoyable, to much was just glazed over. And if he's going to try to put science in to what started as a fantasy story then it needs to work both ways, one would think a long lived races (elf like i guess) mental capacity would not break down in to insanity over the old age death of a friend.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Lee Strayer was neither good or bad, not sure what he could have done to make it better.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    The summery really drew me in and the first few chapters where about what I expected. Then story seems to go off the rail, good guy goes bad and makes himself master of time and space with some super artifice he happens to find some where off page in a 80 year time distortion. And it just goes down hill from there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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