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Lakisha

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  • Last Argument of Kings: The First Law: Book Three

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (2436)
    Performance
    (1688)
    Story
    (1696)

    The end is coming. Logen Ninefingers might only have one more fight in him but it’s going to be a big one. Battle rages across the North, the King of the Northmen still stands firm and there’s only one man who can stop him. His oldest friend and his oldest enemy. It’s time for the Bloody-Nine to come home. With too many masters and too little time, Superior Glokta is fighting a different kind of war. A secret struggle in which no-one is safe and no-one can be trusted.

    Lore says: "You have be realistic about these things."
    "still amazing!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Last Argument of Kings the most enjoyable?

    Steven Pacey is amazing! In fact, I plan to look up other books he has narrated because I loved listening to him bring this story alive!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Still Glokta, Logan, and West. Don't want to give any spoilers so I won't tell you what happens to them, but their journeys are so riveting, I was almost cranky when Abercrombie would turn to his other characters.


    Have you listened to any of Steven Pacey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I look forward to listening to his other books to compare!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was captivated by this series. I cared about some characters, I grew to loathe others. But the point is, I was never indifferent. I wanted to know what was happening to them, and would be frustrated when they were frustrated, sad, when they were sad...

    It is a little gruesome at times, but it is part of the hard, fearsome world Abercrombie has created, so even though I cringed through those parts, I couldn't put it down!


    Any additional comments?

    Abercrombie does not write fairy tales. This isn't a book about happy endings and everyone getting what they deserve (or maybe they do, I suppose). Abercrombie does not resolve the whole story, just this particular phase in the lives of the characters. I am dying to know what happens next- where do they go, what happens on their journeys, tell us more !!!! There is a lot of room for Abercrombie to tell us more about these characters- their histories, their future adventures... I am anxious to know more!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Pagan Lord: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Matt Bates
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (167)

    At the onset of the tenth century, England is in turmoil. Alfred the Great is dead and Edward his son reigns as king. Wessex survives but peace cannot hold: the Danes in the north, led by Viking Cnut Longsword, stand ready to invade and will never rest until the emerald crown is theirs.

    zita c pendleton says: "Good book. Weak ending."
    "Uhtread of Bebenberg is back!"
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    If you could sum up The Pagan Lord in three words, what would they be?

    visceral, compelling, gritty


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like Uhtread and his straightforward approach to his warrior lifestyle. He is a great warrior and proud of that fact. He's clever, and I loved hearing his adventures.


    What about Matt Bates’s performance did you like?

    Bates is a good narrator, with a strong voice and he does a good job of voicing the different characters. He also is pretty decent at voicing the women in the story without making them sound too breathy.


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

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    Cannot wait to find out what happens next!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Country

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (710)
    Performance
    (646)
    Story
    (640)

    They burned her home. They stole her brother and sister. But vengeance is following. Shy South hoped to bury her bloody past and ride away smiling, but she'll have to sharpen up some bad old ways to get her family back, and she's not a woman to flinch from what needs doing. She sets off in pursuit with only a pair of oxen and her cowardly old step father Lamb for company. But it turns out Lamb's buried a bloody past of his own. And out in the lawless Far Country the past never stays buried.

    Kristina says: "Freakin' Awesome!"
    "No one is on the "Right Side""
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    If you could sum up Red Country in three words, what would they be?

    Awesomely gruesomely fantastic


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lamb. Can't say why without spoiling it for others, but I can't wait to see/hear more about Lamb!


    Which character – as performed by Steven Pacey – was your favorite?

    Pacey is amazing. These stories were designed for him to read. He captures all the characters so well! His interpretation of Cosca is fantastic, but so is Lamb and Shy and Temple and everyone else


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book made me cringe and wince and shudder and crave for more. I laughed, I was sorrowful, I was disgusted and I was hopeful. I was compelled to keep listening. Love this book!


    Any additional comments?

    When is there going to be more?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Republic of Thieves: Gentleman Bastard Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (851)
    Performance
    (797)
    Story
    (795)

    After their adventures on the high seas, Locke and Jean are brought back to earth with a thump. Jean is mourning the loss of his lover, and Locke must live with the fallout of crossing the all-powerful magical assassins the Bonds Magi. It is a fall-out that will pit both men against Locke's own long-lost love. Sabetha is Locke's childhood sweetheart, the love of Locke's life, and now it is time for them to meet again. Employed on different sides of a vicious dispute between factions of the Bonds, Sabetha has just one goal-to destroy Locke forever.

    David says: "A transition and a preface"
    "Still a great series!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Republic of Thieves to be better than the print version?

    I've only listened to the series, which I love because Page does a great job of reading the nuances of the characters. I can hear the sarcasm, the deadpan jokes, the 'wink' in the commentary. So much fun to listen to!


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

    A little startled by the ending. Watching the members of the Gentleman Bastards square off was a lot of fun, though! It was great seeing Locke meet his match in Sabbatha as they matched wits! I'm not sure that I like Sabbatha all that much, though. After becoming such a fan of Locke Lamora, I wanted to root for a happy ending to this love story. But I didn't really like the character Sabbatha was- I wanted to be sympathetic to her, but instead she left a bad taste in my mouth, and I kept thinking that Locke could do better.

    I really like that there will more in the series, but I feel like the ending got a little overcomplicated. I think Scott Lynch is a great writer though, so I am willing to suspend judgement and believe that wherever he's going with this story will be just as exciting as these last books have been!


    Have you listened to any of Michael Page’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I think Page does a good job with these characters, he's really been able to nail Locke's jaunty wit and contrast with his melancholy self-pity. He even does a pretty good job with the female voices, lending the feminity without making them sound high-pitched and child-like.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the next book to come out!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ides of April

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated By Lucy Brown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Flavia Albia is the adopted daughter of Marcus Didius Falco and Helena Justina. From her mother, she learned how to blend in at all levels of society; from her father, she learned the tricks of their mutual professional trade. But her wits and (frequently) sharp tongue are hers alone. Now, working as a private informer in Rome during the reign of Domitian, Flavia has taken over her father’s old ramshackle digs at Fountain Court in the Surbura district, where she plies her trade with energy, determination, and the usual Falco luck.

    readqueen says: "Prefer dead old dad"
    "Mildly disappointed in this book."
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    I loved the Falco series. That might be the reason that I am disappointed with Ides of April. I find that I was disappointed in the character of Albia, and didn't really like her. She makes snap judgements about people, often disparaging ones, and justifies them based on her 'training' as an informer. I kept thinking " Falco wouldn't have taught her that..." Half the story she is trying to make it in a man's world, and is frustrated about not being treated as an equal (an opinion I think is totally justified in the world of ancient rome), but then she spends the rest of the time gushing about the love interest (who she has only known for a couple of days) like she is a love-struck teenager. Having gotten to know her character in the Falco series, I found I really didn't care for the adult she had become. Hopefully any future books in this series will feature a less petty heroine.

    I think that this book might be best enjoyed by someone who hasn't read the Falco series. The mystery is pretty good, and I enjoyed listening to the twists and turns in the plot. I think, though, that it is probably best enjoyed without any prior knowledge of Marcus Didius Falco.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Red Seas Under Red Skies

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1601)
    Performance
    (1192)
    Story
    (1187)

    After a brutal battle with the underworld that nearly destroyed him, Locke Lamora and his trusted sidekick, Jean, fled the island city of their birth and landed on the exotic shores of Tal Verrar to nurse their wounds. But even at this westernmost edge of civilization, they can't rest for long - and they are soon back doing what they do best: stealing from the undeserving rich and pocketing the proceeds for themselves.

    Anthony says: "This is how you write a series!"
    "just as entertaining as the first!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Red Seas Under Red Skies to be better than the print version?

    I love listening to Page's interpretation of the characters so i am glad that I listened to the book rather than read it.


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

    YES! I loved the pirates, and I loved that the pirates were women (more than competent ones, too!) Just as in the first one, there are so many twists and turns, and Locke has these super complicated schemes, but in this book, the schemes don't really turn out the way he intended. I really can't wait for the next book to come out!


    Any additional comments?

    The words Swashbuckling Entertainment just have to be used to describe this book. Its that good! Can't wait to find out what happens next!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2563)
    Performance
    (1905)
    Story
    (1911)

    An orphan's life is harsh---and often short---in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains---a man who is neither blind nor a priest. A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected "family" of orphans---a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards.

    Luke A. Reynolds says: "Stupendous, but be warned."
    "Entertaining and addicting!"
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    If you could sum up The Lies of Locke Lamora in three words, what would they be?

    adventurous, mischievous, entertaining.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It has to be Locke. His complex schemes and disguises are so much fun to listen to, and his confidence-bordering on arrogance is endearing rather than annoying. His loyal friend Jean Tannen is also great character, though!


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

    I love it when authors can bring emotion into the dialogue. you know when Locke is in tears, because Page has this catch in his voice that just can't be emulated by just reading it. When the characters are outraged, Michael Page makes you feel it. He does a great job!


    Any additional comments?

    There are lots of twists and turns in this book, but it is just so much fun to try to unravel the complicated schemes. Its super entertaining and I would catch myself smiling and laughing aloud at different parts in this. I became emotionally invested in the lives of these characters without even realizing it, always a sign of great writing and narration. I downloaded the sequel to this book before I even finished this one because I didn't want to stop listening to the tales of Locke Lamora

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vlad: The Last Confession

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By C. C. Humphreys
    • Narrated By Colin Moody
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (46)

    Dracula. A name of horror, depravity and the darkest sensuality.Yet the real Dracula was just as alluring, just as terrifying, his tale not one of a monster but of a man and a contradiction. For the one they called ‘The Devil’s Son’ was both tyrant and lawgiver, crusader and mass slaughterer, torturer and hero, lover and murderer. Vlad: The Last Confession spins legend and facts together into a monumental novel of blood, love and terror. This is the true story of Dracula as it has never been told before.

    Diane says: "History Lite"
    "chilling and hypnotic"
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    What did you love best about Vlad?

    The book was great! At the start and end of the book, Humphreys says that he tried not to judge Vlad, only tell his story and let the listener judge for themselves. I think he does just that. There are parts of this book that made me shiver with horror and the acts committed by Vlad the Impaler, yet this book does not classify him as simply as other popular stories have: simply evil. The book does not shy away from the acts he committed, but neither do they try to excuse it away. But you get the sense that Vlad believed-truly believed- that was he was oing was for the best of his country. The story is complex, and you alternately despise Vlad and sympathize with him. It was hard for me to stop listening!


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

    He was an excellent narrator. He gave the characters emotion, and you could feel the pain, anger, longing, hope, fear, an love in each characters voice. Moody really brought this story to life.


    Any additional comments?

    there are some very violent moments in this book. I physically cringed at some of the descriptions of impaling. It still is a great book, but just be prepared!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Alchemist and the Executioness

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi, Tobias S. Buckell
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (695)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (321)

    It is a world where magic is forbidden – yet practiced in secret every day. But each small act of magic exacts a dreadful price – for it brings the bramble, which chokes farmland, destroys villages, and kills with its deadly thorns. In this world an alchemist believes he’s found a solution to the curse. But will the cure be worse than the disease? And a woman is forced to take up the mantle of her father, the Executioner. But it will not be the only death that she faces.

    Rand says: "Not What I Expected..."
    "A definite must."
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Alchemist and the Executioness?

    I really liked the dilemma of bramble. Bramble sprouts as a result of using magic. Even though everyone knows it, individuals still use it, justifying their needs for magic despite the effect it has on their society. This tension between the needs/wants of the individual and that of society as a whole is such a fascinating element to the story.


    What does Jonathan Davis and Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Both narrators evoke such emotion in their reading, I was mesmerized by the pictures they painted in my head. I felt that Jonathan Davis read a little too slowly for my tastes, but he still did a great job.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, but I don't want to spoil it for everyone else. I was drawn into the characters as they struggle with their moral quandary- what begins as a very clear right/wrong situation becomes much more complicated as the stories develop. I really wanted the story to continue to explore this. I just wasn't ready for these stories to end, they were that good!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Best Served Cold

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1025)
    Performance
    (658)
    Story
    (673)

    It's springtime in Styria. And that means war. There have been nineteen years of blood. The ruthless Grand Duke Orso is locked in a vicious struggle with the squabbling League of Eight, and between them they have bled the land white. While armies march, heads roll, and cities burn, behind the scenes bankers, priests, and older, darker powers play a deadly game to choose who will be king.

    Lore says: "Solid, but not as good as the First Law trilogy."
    "Vicious...and riveting"
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    What made the experience of listening to Best Served Cold the most enjoyable?

    Abercrombie does a great job of making you love and loathe the characters. He walks this fine line and it is so compelling that you just can't stop listening!

    This is not a pretty novel, and the characters are not noble people. That makes this story even more riveting- you keep waiting for the characters to be redeemed, or at least redeemable. Even now, I want to know what Shivers got up to after the story ended.

    you will hate this story, the characters in it, and you will love this story and the characters in it. Abercrombie is genius at building this tension and leave you craving for more!


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

    Narrators can make or break a story. I totally think Steven Pacey does a better job with these particular books (he's grittier, I think), but Page does a good job bringing the characters to life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (8326)
    Performance
    (2800)
    Story
    (2829)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "riveting"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of World Without End?

    There are so many. Don't want to give any spoilers away, so it's hard to say, but I loved the story as it weaves the lives of so many different characters together. I loved them, felt sorrow with them, was angry with them, loathed them at times. But the important thing there was that I always FELT something in this story. I couldn't wait to get back into the car, or go to the gym, or take my dog for the walk so that I could listen to it again.


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

    The inflections of his voice are amazing, and really help bring the characters joys, worries, fears, and devious plannings to life. He is an excellent narrator


    Any additional comments?

    The film version doesn't hold a candle to the book! Listen to the book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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