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Andy

ATLANTA, GA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Orca: Vlad Taltos, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Steven Brust
    • Narrated By Bernard Setaro Clark, Angele Masters
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (69)

    With the help of his two jhereg, sorcerer and former assassin-for-hire Vlad Taltos takes on the corrupt House of the Orca as he sets out to uncover a huge financial scandal.

    Andy says: "Two great narrators for the price of one"
    "Two great narrators for the price of one"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    As this book switches perspectives between two characters, the decision to split the performance between Mr. Clark and Mrs. Masters was great. With Bernard's well established Vlad laying the foundation, Mrs. Masters 'Keira the Thief' takes off.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Athyra: Vlad Taltos, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Steven Brust
    • Narrated By Bernard Setaro Clark
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (62)

    Vlad Taltos is very good at killing people. That, combined with two faithful companions and a talent for witchcraft, makes him an assassin par excellence. But lately his heart just hasn't been in his work, so he decides to retire. Unfortunately, old enemies have scores to settle with Vlad. So much for retirement!

    Trevor says: "A new point of view, not such a bad thing"
    "A different point of view. Get used to it."
    Overall
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Athyra is told from the point of view of a Teckla boy just entering manhood. It is interesting to see Vlad from someone else's point of view for a change.


    Which character – as performed by Bernard Setaro Clark – was your favorite?

    The Jerheg, Rocsa is performed admirably - she doesn't translate into words and Mr. Clark does a good job conveying the reptilian brain at work.


    Any additional comments?

    I was first put off, then enthralled by the change of perspective. Throughout the series reader's have seen the Dragerans through a human, 'easterner' perspective. The subtle difference between them and humans comes to the fore as we see the main character not as what he is to us but what he is to them.

    (Please disregard spelling mistakes as audio books do not lend themselves to writing out fantasy names and races).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Darkness That Comes Before: The Prince of Nothing, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By R. Scott Bakker
    • Narrated By David DeVries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (149)

    In a world scarred by an apocalyptic past, evoking a time both 2,000 years past and 2,000 years into the future, untold thousands gather for a crusade. Among them, two men and two women are ensnared by a mysterious traveler, Anasûrimbor Kellhus - part warrior, part philosopher, part sorcerous, charismatic presence - from lands long thought dead. The Darkness That Comes Before is a history of this great holy war, and like all histories, the survivors write its conclusion.

    Andy says: "Finally in audiobook!"
    "Finally in audiobook!"
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    I have been waiting and waiting for this to finally come out in audiobook. And just in time for summer! Great writing - a bit overwrought, but in a good way - like a blend of MAR Barker and HP Lovecraft and Gene Wolfe.
    I got these in book form on a lark when they came out and have gotten most of my family and friends to try it out. In that same spirit, I am writing a review so that someone out there will also give it a try and like it.
    If you like Joe Abercrombie, Brent Weeks, or any of the new school reflective fantasy (as in fantasy more reflective of our real world - its what I call it anyway), I suggest you give it a try.

    Lots of Characters and intricate language, do yourself a favor and find the printed book's character list and lexicon appendixes online somewhere as a companion to the audio version.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Prism

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Cristofer Jean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (865)
    Performance
    (655)
    Story
    (661)

    Gavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. But Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live: Five years to achieve five impossible goals. But when Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he's willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.

    Lee says: "Big fan of Brent Weeks but..."
    "Good book, terrible Narrator"
    Overall

    This is a pretty decent post-modern fantasy book with some great world building. It plays with the protagonist trope quite well. But the Narrator! Good Lord! I had to fight to get past the first hour, then had to grit my teeth to get through, even though the story had me hooked right away. Read it instead.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow of the Torturer: The Book of the New Sun, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gene Wolfe
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (736)
    Performance
    (443)
    Story
    (447)

    The Shadow of the Torturer is the first volume in the four-volume epic, the tale of a young Severian, an apprentice to the Guild of Torturers on the world called Urth, exiled for committing the ultimate sin of his profession - showing mercy towards his victim.

    Gene Wolfe's "The Book of the New Sun" is one of speculative fiction's most-honored series. In a 1998 poll, Locus Magazine rated the series behind only "The Lord of the Rings" and The Hobbit as the greatest fantasy work of all time.

    Darwin8u says: "Original, Difficult and Well-Crafted."
    "The greatest book that ever put me in a bad mood."
    Overall

    This book is important. I can tell just be reading it. I should have read this years and years ago. My entire mood has been thrown off by this book. I find myself really beside myself. I pride myself on getting things. I have to try so hard to get this book it makes me mad. Compelling, confusing, colossal. Three words that really sum up the series. How can I explain any better? Read it, and judge for yourself.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Shadows: Night Angel Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2395)
    Performance
    (1532)
    Story
    (1541)

    For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art---and he is the city's most accomplished artist, his talents required from alleyway to courtly boudoir. For Azoth, survival is precarious, something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he's grown up in the slums and learned to judge people quickly---and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint. But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name.

    Ethan M. says: "A good grim fantasy series, with caveats"
    "Not a stereotypical 'Fantasy Assassin' book!"
    Overall

    I was worried. I am a known sucker for any sort of 'assassin' book, especially fantasy ones. This one started out and I worried even more. It seemed flat and stale at first, like I had heard it all before. But slowly, slowly the book got its hooks in me. The story is there but it is not told in a straight forward manner and I wondered if there was more to it. There is, just keep going. It turned out to be a pretty great character piece, more akin to, well...
    The comparisons are there to be made. Not that it doesn't have a unique voice, but they are there:
    Pick out any of the really good 'gritty fantasy' authors out there and the comparisons come pretty easily.
    I expected this to be a guilty pleasure, and it is but now I feel more like its a guilty 'treasure'.
    Bought the second one, and will review it, too. If you like some dark, dark fantasy then give it a try.

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Sunrise Lands: A Novel of the Change

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (554)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (282)

    A generation has passed since the Change that rendered technology inoperable around the world, and western Oregon has finally achieved a degree of peace. But a new threat has risen in Paradise Valley, Wyoming. A man known as the Prophet presides over the Church Universal and Triumphant, teaching his followers to continue God's work by destroying the remnants of technological civilization they encounter - and those who dare use them.

    Michael says: "Change is not always good, but this book is."
    "Not a review but an important note:"
    Overall

    One thing missing from the reviews is that this is NOT the third book in the series, but rather the start of a second trilogy, in essense the 4th book. The third book isn't available by audible, as far as I can tell.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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