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Joshua

El Cerrito, CA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Echoes of Betrayal: Paladin's Legacy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (245)

    All is not well in the Eight Kingdoms. In Lyonya, King Kieri is about to celebrate marriage to his beloved, the half-elf Arian. But uncanny whispers from the spirits of his ancestors continue to warn of treachery and murder. A finger of suspicion has been pointed toward his grandmother, the queen of the Ladysforest elves, and that suspicion has only intensified with time and the Lady’s inexplicable behavior.

    Daniel says: "Awesome. You'll Love this"
    "Arvid, The Duke and the Dragon"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Echoes of Betrayal in three words, what would they be?

    Captivating, enthralling and intense


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed reading about Arvid's redemption, his discovery that he actually wants to find a better path for himself. It was amusing to read about his confusion.


    What about Jennifer VanDyck’s performance did you like?

    Jennifer did a good job of portraying the emotion of the different characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If it wasn't for the need to work I would have listened to the book in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    Seldom do I run across a book where I enjoy all of the different plot lines equally. In this book, I gained equal enjoyment from Kieri's part, Arvid's part and Dorin's part.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dragongirl: Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Todd McCaffrey
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (103)

    Young Fiona, rider of the gold queen Talenth, has returned from the past, where she and a group of dragons and riders fled so that the wounded could heal from their previous battles. Gone only three days, yet aged more than three years, Fiona is no longer a child but a woman prepared to fight against the Thread that threatens to destroy her world.

    HB says: ""Stuck in Time with No Conclusion""
    "Not One of the Better Pern Books"
    Overall

    The reason I say this isn't one of the better Pern books is that an inordinant amount of time was spent on Fiona's polyamorous relationship and especially her anxieties about it. I don't have any issues with the nature of her relationship, but it just seems contrived, especially the fact that Lorana was practically throwing Kindan and Fiona at each other. In Dragonsblood it seemed like those two were utterly devoted to each other. As for Fiona, I liked her better in the last book. In this book she seems like a spoiled brat.

    I did like the fact that Terin impressed a queen and I liked reading about them fighting thread. The ideas regarding timing it made the book more interesting. It will be interesting to see what happens with Lorana jumping ahead in time in the next book, although hopefully the next book will be more of a Pern book than a harlequin romance.

    Back to the relationship, it seemed to me that both Kindan and T'mar were far more accepting of Fiona's need to share than they should have been. It would have made more sense if they had struggled with it more. There was no previous basis for the relationship in any of the previous books, therefore, it did not seem to have much of a foundation.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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