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spencer

west jordan, UT, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Rook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Daniel O'Malley
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1885)
    Performance
    (1706)
    Story
    (1707)

    Myfanwy Thomas awakes in a London park surrounded by dead bodies. With her memory gone, her only hope of survival is to trust the instructions left in her pocket by her former self. She quickly learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in a secret agency that protects the world from supernatural threats. But there is a mole inside the organization - and this person wants her dead.

    Ethan M. says: "Harry Dresden meets English bureaucracy"
    "Extraordinary femal protagonist"
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    First a confession. I normally shy away from female protagonists. In fantasy worlds they so often end up as either the ultra sexy master of everything caricature of femininity or a man that the author insists on referring to as "she". Myfanwy however is neither of these stereotypes. She is a highly competent and complex character that is powerful enough to be the main character of a fantasy novel, but maintains realistic human limitations as well as distinctly feminine characteristics. I know and love woman just like her and it was wonderful to read about a woman like that taking on extraordinary circumstances in a fantasy world.

    I must also recognize the wonderful job done by the narrator Susan Duerden, this was one of those times when narrator and story were perfectly matched.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9611)
    Performance
    (8570)
    Story
    (8545)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "I would become a druid just to talk to my dogs"
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    I picked up Hounded to fill my commute and satisfy my current addiction to urban fantasy,
    never suspecting that I was purchasing the perfect combination of story and performance.

    The story is original and compelling, with loveable characters with real personalities, that is told with a lighthearted comedic style. The main characters Irish wolfhound, Oberon, is reason enough to read this novel!

    The performance is also top-notch with excellent production value, a real must for me, and Luke Daniels seems to be really enjoying himself. His distinctive character voices add to the charm of the already wonderful characters and his presentation style meshes perfectly with the tenor of the story.

    The apex of character/narrator perfection comes in Mr. Daniels voicing of Oberon. I loved the character and voicing so much that I had to give my wife a play by play of Oberon's antics as though he were a real dog with which I could communicate! "You should have seen Oberon do such and such" I would tell her, "...and then Oberon said..." I'd say, and my poor wife smiled and nodded at my apparent lunacy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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