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Netherlands | Member Since 2014

  • 7 reviews
  • 35 ratings
  • 159 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2015

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Offensive and bloated"

    Don't know why the Millennium trilogy has become so popular. Twists and turns and winding roads and a bloated storyline, filled with needless to know information. The author seems very interested in sex, irrelevantly so, especially combined with violence against women. We get hammered down by descriptions of Sallander's weirdness (OMG! A Young Smart Woman!), whilst the main character - a 40-something male - is duller than my local grocer. But gets the girl(s), naturally. Only Simon Vance's voice make listening bearable.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart: Reckoners, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "A different take on superheroes"
    Would you listen to Steelheart again? Why?

    Because I fall asleep with my Audible app and I always miss minutes.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The idea that super powers come with a price: absolute power corrupts absolutely.

    What about Macleod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    His voice matched the main character and with the French accent, he sounded quite sexy.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    No way I would make a film of this book, it's perpetually dark!

    Any additional comments?

    Sanderson can elaborate on settings, clothes and landscapes. I liked he didn't do that so much here. All in all, a very pleasant book and very well read. As a (commercial) writer I enjoyed David's struggle with finding good metaphors to impress a girl. I struggle with finding those too, to impress customers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sharing Knife, Volume 1: Beguilement

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Young, pregnant Fawn Bluefield has just fled her family's farm to the city of Glassforge, where she encounters a patrol of the enigmatic soldier-sorcerers known as Lakewalkers. Fawn has heard stories about the Lakewalkers, who are wandering necromancers with no permanent homes and no possessions except the clothes they wear and the mysterious knives they carry. What she does not know is that the Lakewalkers are engaged in a perilous campaign against inhuman and immortal magical entities known as "malices".

    Eric C. Zawadzki says: "Not really my thing"
    "Too much romance, not enough fantasy"
    What disappointed you about The Sharing Knife, Volume 1?

    I thought I bought (bought!) another beautiful McMaster Bujold fantasy story, but it just went on and on and on about a young girl and and older man and how they shouldn't fall in love but do. Oy, the endless conversations! The evil malices - the beasts Dag and his people fight - seemed a side story. Dag is a stupid name for a man anyway, considering what the Australians mean by it.

    Anyway -
    Being slightly older than the "old patroller" myself, I can imagine his hesitation about falling for an uneducated farm girl half his age, but dearie me - that magic must indeed be pretty strong if Fawn is the only interesting woman in his entire world. But there you go. It's fantasy, after all.

    Has The Sharing Knife, Volume 1 turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Of course not, but I am a fan of the genre because of the worlds that exist there and the possibilities they open. Age gap dating I can find in my own world.

    What does Bernadette Dunne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Nice, calm reading, very soothing.

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

    Disappointment and frustration. If this were a paper book, I'd never have bought it because I would have leafed through it to see if it was any good. Yes, McMaster Bujold writes beautifully but this just wasn't my story.

    Any additional comments?

    Note to self: read the reviews better, especially those with 1 or 2 stars. They usually tell more than the raving comments do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"

    I never picked up the books, although I don't know why now, as I was absolutely thrilled by the audio version. Roy Dotrice is a gifted narrator, with an amazing range of voices at his disposal. Game of Thrones itself is so... alive and descriptive, that combined with Dotrice's voice, I now have entirely new world in my head with lots of fully fleshed-out characters. And some dead ones, as Martin doesn't hesitate to kill off people that I'd come to like. I love his writing, he has a great vocabulary and I am seriously considering spending $38 dollars on the sequel, rather than wait another month for my second credit.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Split Infinity: Apprentice Adept Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Piers Anthony
    • Narrated By Traber Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    On the technological, decadent world of Proton, someone was trying to destroy Stile, serf and master Gamesman. His only escape lay in Phaze, a world totally ruled by magic. Soon he learned that his alternate self had already been murdered, and that he was next. On Proton, his fate depended on winning the great Games. On Phaze, he must master magic to survive. And if he used any magic at all, his friends were determined to kill him at once!

    Jerry says: "Favorite Piers Anthony Series"
    "Not bad if you like short men and horses"

    The continuous emphasis on the main character Stile being short got to me after a while. As did his love for horses - though not so annoying as his relationship to women. The idea of the story is intriguing, an SF and Fantasy world in one book, but as the narration progressed I began to lose interest. I just didn't care much for Stile and I won't download any more book in this series. I did learned a lot about horses though, and their manure.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Blade Itself: The First Law: Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey

    Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

    Steven says: "Steven Pacey is magnificient."
    "Fantastic reading of a dark story"

    Steven Pacey has dozens of voices, making the many different characters easy to recognize. I thought his lisping inquisitor was perfectly creepy. I read somewhere in the Audible reviews that nobody is completely good or bad in this book, all have shades of grey and that is what I like about this story. Even the aforementioned inquisitor has sometimes that didn't make me hate him completely.
    The Blade Itself is rough and adventurous and blood flows (more so than magic). It's funny too, at times. We see the characters through the eyes of others, making them round and complete and interesting. It took a while for the different story lines to come together, a bit too long for my liking, but all in all? Brilliant. Didn't wait for my credit for part two, but downloaded it immediately after this was finished.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Flashforward

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A scientific experiment begins, and as the button is pressed, the unexpected occurs: everyone in the world goes to sleep for a few moments while everyone's consciousness is catapulted more than twenty years into the future. At the end of those moments, when the world reawakens, all human life is transformed by foreknowledge.

    Phelix_da_Kat says: "How would you digest the fruits of knowledge??"
    "Boring because of the details"

    Couldn't bear to listen to this for very long, thanks to the lengthy descriptions of irrelevant details, such as each character's hair style. Also a case of an author showing off his knowledge whilst not relevant for the plot. Perhaps the story got better later on, but this was not for me.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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