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Eric

Sioux Falls, SD, USA | Member Since 2008

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  • Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and the People Who Play It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By David M. Ewalt
    • Narrated By David M. Ewalt, Mikael Naramore
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (145)

    In Of Dice and Men, David Ewalt recounts the development of Dungeons & Dragons from the game’s roots on the battlefields of ancient Europe, through the hysteria that linked it to satanic rituals and teen suicides, to its apotheosis as father of the modern video-game industry. As he chronicles the surprising history of the game’s origins (a history largely unknown even to hardcore players) and examines D&D’s profound impact, Ewalt weaves laser-sharp subculture analysis with his own present-day gaming experiences.

    brenty says: "Interesting...but disjointed"
    "A wonderfully nostalgic look back."
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Of Dice and Men to be better than the print version?

    The performance of this book was a little off-putting to begin with, but once the purpose of Mikael Naramore's dramatic reading became clear, it enhanced the experience wonderfully, especially when the narration described David's encounters with luminaries from Dungeons & Dragons' history.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    David himself was an amazing and sympathetic character. I see myself in him, though I encountered D&D in the early 80s, our experiences were amazingly similar.


    Which character – as performed by David M. Ewalt and Mikael Naramore – was your favorite?

    David himself.


    If you could give Of Dice and Men a new subtitle, what would it be?

    You don't play D&D for 25 years without learning a little something about courage.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're a fan of roll playing games, and of D&D specifically, this is a wonderful read. It recounts the history of its creators, the rise and fall of TSR and lays out the road for the future of the game system. Well done!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Partly Cloudy Patriot

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sarah Vowell
    • Narrated By Sarah Vowell, Conan O'Brien, Seth Green, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1625)
    Performance
    (425)
    Story
    (424)

    Sarah Vowell travels through the American past and investigates the dusty, bumpy roads of her own life. Her essays confront a wide range of subjects, icons, and historical moments: Ike, Teddy Roosevelt, and Bill Clinton; Canadian Mounties and German Filmmakers; Tom Cruise and Buffy the Vampire Slayer; twins and nerds; the Gettysburg Address, the State of the Union, and George W. Bush's inauguration. The result is an engrossing audiobook, capturing Vowell's memorable wit and her keen social commentary.

    Erik says: "A great listen"
    "Sarah has a wonderful perspective"
    Overall

    Sarah's wry wit and skewed perspective give this book a delicious flavor. I can't wait to hear more from her. Her reading of this is worth it. It's often best to have the author read their own material, but in this case it is absolutely essential.
    I'd like to hear more about her journey from Christianity to Atheism. Maybe a future tome will satisfy this need.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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