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Joshua

SACRAMENTO, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • A Memory of Light: Wheel of Time, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4270)
    Performance
    (3884)
    Story
    (3926)

    Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

    Mike Koch says: "End of one of my favorite fantasy series ever."
    "This book crushed my soul then made it fly."
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    Where does A Memory of Light rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks very highly. I have to say that I really enjoyed this audiobook. It is probably number 2 or 3 behind the KingKiller chronicles.


    What other book might you compare A Memory of Light to and why?

    There are no other books to compare A Memory of Light to. It stands completely alone with it's incredibly rich and diverse world, interesting and complex characters, and tunneling depths and soaring highs. They did a fantastic job of making the reader feel like the world was doomed and then saving it.


    What about Michael Kramer and Kate Reading ’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed both of their reading performances, Kramer's because he manages to capture the different voices and emotions very well, and because he doesn't sound robotic. Reading's because he captured both the sternness of the Aes Sedai and the softness of them as well. Of course, it was hard for me at first because I kept expecting her to talk about her water elemental Rill. (That is from another set of books called Calderon's Furys).


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

    This book at times made me feel like crying, hopeless, and completely empty, then it would twist the other direction and lift you in the complete opposite direction.


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  • Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2554)
    Performance
    (2451)
    Story
    (2450)

    In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

    D says: "Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radieance" shines"
    "Excellent book, dry narration"
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    Would you listen to Words of Radiance again? Why?

    I would read Words of Radiance again. It is a well written book, with deep and meaningful characters and plot twists.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character is Kaladin. Right now he is going through a growth period as he grows into a better person. I love good character growth.


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

    The problem with having Kate Reading and Michael Kramer reading the same author, yet again, is simple. Neither Kate nor Michael, have enough vocal range to make the characters sound truly different. I keep getting the feeling that I am reading Mistborn which has a bit of a negative connotation because nothing happens in that series. I really wish that 2 different readers had been used for Sanderson's work. A fresh voice sets his books apart.


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

    Not yet.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susanna Clarke
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (3052)
    Performance
    (1058)
    Story
    (1060)

    English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

    Andrew says: "Best Listen In a Long Time"
    "Overall disappointing for me"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book may have been a good read, since reading is much faster than listening, it would be have been a much better experience if the writer had focused more on things happening and less on the nuances of every office they visited. There are only so many times I can have an office or library described to me.


    What could Susanna Clarke have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This book would have been more enjoyable if it had been faster paced. I feel like I spent hours and hours listening and nothing interesting ever happened. There is literally NO danger for ANY of the characters for most of the book. When danger does happen it is only for 2 characters and it's not necessarily danger just a bad situation. Another thing that would have really helped this book, is to not spend so much time focusing on characters that are just jerks. I never EVER felt like I agreed with Norrell's point of view or liked him as a character, yet, he was the first half of the book. It took far too long to introduce characters that were likeable. In fairness we did meet Mr. Honeyfoot and his friend who were pretty cool characters, however, they were taken out of the story almost immediately (after 4 hours of describing how they weren't real magicians).


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration for this book was ok. I don't know if I am lowering the rating of the narration because of the book or because of the narrator. He may have been the reason it seemed so boring with his very proper way of speaking. However, it may have just been the book.


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

    There were good things about this book, I felt that the character development was slightly interesting, at least in Strange and Norrell, however, if they developed faster the book would have been far better. Going through 8 hours or so of listening before we even get to a decent person is irritating.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Iron King: The Iron Fey, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Julie Kagawa
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1283)
    Performance
    (957)
    Story
    (968)

    Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school…or at home. When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change. But she could never have guessed the truth--that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war.

    Arwen says: "I found this mediocre"
    "Very young adult"
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    What disappointed you about The Iron King?

    The biggest problem with this book was that the author used a very childish and simple method of storytelling. The characters had no development or personality. The main character was a whiny 16 year old that had parents that didn't care about her and would forget her birthday. But in the end her stepfather drove around for 3 months from dusk till dawn looking for her. That is just one example of the many contradictions that broke the book. The only character with any kind of personality at all was the cat, yet, like many of her characters they seem to be lackluster copies of characters from Alice in Wonderland.


    What could Julie Kagawa have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    She could have fleshed out her characters entirely using character sheets. Given them personalities and character growth. Her big character growth after being almost killed and chased and thousands of other problems was to not be as worried when girls made fun of her. It seems like after having gone through multiple life threatening situations she would have been more prepared to deal with those nasty people.


    What aspect of Khristine Hvam’s performance would you have changed?

    Often, when using the main characters voice, it sounded VERY whiny.


    What character would you cut from The Iron King?

    The faery prince, the main character, and entire summer court.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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