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Dan

Evanston, IL, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • It

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4498)
    Performance
    (3230)
    Story
    (3256)

    They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror of their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name.

    Parola138 says: "I thought I was desensitized"
    "Great narration, just wish it was abridged"
    Overall

    I must have read the abridged version when I was a teen, because there were a lot of parts in this book I don't remember that I don't think added to the story any. Its I shame, I consider the abridged version one of my favorite books of all time. The narrator for this book is awesome! He really gets into the characters and gives basically acts out every part. If you have 40 hours to kill, i definitely recommend

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition): The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2589)
    Performance
    (2439)
    Story
    (2454)

    Five years after the Death Star was destroyed and Darth Vader and the Emperor were defeated, the galaxy is struggling to heal the wounds of war, Princess Leia and Han Solo are married and expecting twins, and Luke Skywalker has become the first in a long-awaited line of new Jedi Knights. But thousands of light-years away, the last of the Emperor’s warlords - the brilliant and deadly Grand Admiral Thrawn - has taken command of the shattered Imperial fleet, readied it for war, and pointed it at the fragile heart of the New Republic....

    Ryan says: "It's about time!"
    "Worthy of being the next feature film trilogy...."
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    What did you love best about Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition)?

    How accurate the characters were written. The characters such as Luke, Han, etc., acted how you would expect them to act. I also liked the new characters introduced, such as Talon Card, Mara Jade, and Admiral Thrawn. They were very interesting, deep characters.


    What other book might you compare Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) to and why?

    You could compare this to the original Star Wars trilogy. I felt this trilogy was a continuation of the original trilogy


    Which character – as performed by Marc Thompson – was your favorite?

    Admiral Thrawn. He made him sound cool and calculating.


    Any additional comments?

    Before reading this book I was a little apprehensive about a Star Wars book where the main enemy didn't use the force as that is a cornerstone of Star Wars, but I was pleasantly surprised

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11700)
    Performance
    (9378)
    Story
    (9490)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Should be titled: "How I Paid For University""
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The book was ok for the first couple hours, but then got really boring as soon as the main character goes to the Arcanum or University. For at least a third of the book, it focused on how the main character paid for University, including how much money he had, and what jobs he did to make money to pay for school. I thought I downloaded an epic fantasy book, but instead got a book on accounting and finance.

    Once at the University, the book became very formulaic and it felt like I was reading a Harry Potter knockoff; Boy goes to school and makes enemies of the school bully, boy creates mischief but since he is so talented and the teachers like him he gets away with it, boy is more talented than other students and does things most people his age cant do, etc, etc.

    Overall there wasn't really anything ground breaking or that kept my interest. I downloaded the book because it got such high ratings from a large number of readers (listeners). After listening to it, I have to ask......why?

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sean Williams
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    Overall
    (1294)
    Performance
    (971)
    Story
    (970)

    Tassaa Bareesh, a matriarch in the Hutt crime cartel, is holding an auction that’s drawing attention from across the galaxy. Representatives of both the Republic and the Sith Empire are present, along with a Jedi Padawan sent to investigate, a disenfranchised trooper drummed out of the Republic’s elite Blackstar Squad, and a mysterious Mandalorian with a private agenda.

    Karen says: "Unexpected and Enjoyable"
    "Worst of "The Old Republic" series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    As a huge fan of the KOTOR game for Xbox, I was very interested in reading more about "The Old Republic," however was disappointed when there were no characters from the games in this book. I would warn you not to be fooled by the fact that this is an "Old Republic" story and realize that the only meaning this carries is that the characters are completely detached from the usual Star Wars universe. After initial disappointment, I gave it a thorough listen twice and was not very impressed. I found the story boring at times and the plot rather uninteresting. I didn't even find the characters that interesting as they were cookie cutter jedi and sith, and a lot of the store revolved around droids which I found excruciating. The one positive for the book is that it is well narrated, and carries all of the "Star Wars" sound effects you would expect to hear from the movies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8682)
    Performance
    (7962)
    Story
    (7999)

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "What happened to the good narration?"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would only recommend this book to a friend if they read the first 3 books, this is not a good stand alone novel


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    One thing that author followed suit with in this book is killing characters at unexpected times in unexpected ways. This author has a real knack for doing that, for better or worse. Personally, I like being kept on my toes....


    Would you be willing to try another one of Roy Dotrice???s performances?

    He did ok with the first 3 books, then all of a sudden he started pronouncing characters names differently then he did in the previous 3, and gave them different voices as well (for no good reason that I could see). You would think if a narrator is going to narrate a series of books, they would go back and listen to the previous books to try and keep consistent. Very disappointed with his narration for this one, but the first 3 he did a good job


    Could you see A Feast for Crows being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It soon will be. With the popularity of "Game of Thrones" on HBO, it should definitely make it past this book to finish the series


    Any additional comments?

    I was quite disappointed with this installment of the series. The author started story lines of characters that were not very interesting, and some characters for which I didn't see their relevance in the overall story. The story lines that were followed of characters who were in the previous books were of the more boring character. After reading this and "Dance With Dragons," it feels like they were written by the author simultaneously, and he decided to just talk about certain characters in each book. This was definitely the worse book of the series thus far. I was also very disappointed at the narrators lack of continuity for pronouncing the characters names and keeping their voices the same

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Ender in Exile

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, David Birney, Cassandra Campbell, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2187)
    Performance
    (1099)
    Story
    (1105)

    Andrew Wiggin is told that he can no longer live on Earth, and he realizes that this is the truth. He has become far more than just a boy who won a game: he is the Savior of Earth, a hero, a military genius whose allegiance is sought by every nation of the newly shattered Earth Hegemony. He is offered the choice of living in isolation on Eros, at one of the Hegemony's training facilities, but instead the 12-year-old chooses to leave his home world and begin the long relativistic journey out to the colonies.

    Joshua says: "A Change of Perspective"
    "Nice way to tie things together"
    Overall

    With Narrators like Stefan Rudnicki, Scott Brick, and Gabrielle De Cuer its hard not to like listening to the stories as they are read with great passion and move along very nicely. This does a good job of filling in time blanks in the other stories of the Enderverse

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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