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Lakisha

Portland, OR, United States | Member Since 2007

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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
    (2836)
    Performance
    (2067)
    Story
    (2078)

    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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Forsworn: A Powder Mage Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Brian McClellan
    • Narrated By Julie Hoverson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    Erika ja Leora is a powder mage in northern Kez, a place where that particular sorcery is punishable by death. She is only protected by her family name and her position as heir to a duchy. When she decides to help a young commoner-a powder mage marked for death, fugitive from the law-she puts her life and family reputation at risk and sets off to deliver her new ward to the safety of Adro while playing cat and mouse with the king's own mage hunters and their captain, Duke Nikslaus.

    Lakisha says: "enjoyable powder mage story"
    "enjoyable powder mage story"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Forsworn: A Powder Mage Novella to be better than the print version?

    Nope. The narrator was rather annoying, and that made it difficult to keep listening. I actually considered returning the audiobook and purchasing the written story. I will say, however, that she was better in this story than she was in the Girl from Hrusch Avenue.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Erika's grandfather. He was spunky. And you have to love a good villain- Nikslaus is a fantastic antagonist for Erika.


    What three words best describe Julie Hoverson’s voice?

    inappropriately prepared and modulated. I don't think the and should count as a word ;-)


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

    Yes, although i had to grit my teeth at times about the narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    It's too bad that the narrator detracted from the story. The story itself is really good, and I am excited to read/ hear more of the Powder Mage adventures!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl of Hrusch Avenue: A Powder Mage Short Story

    • UNABRIDGED (51 mins)
    • By Brian McClellan
    • Narrated By Julie Hoverson
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Vlora is an orphan living at a boarding school as a ward of the state. Even at her young age, she already has enemies: the Bulldog Twins, Baron Fendamere, and her own headmistress. When a strange man offers to buy her, Vlora runs away and takes to the roofs above the gunsmithies of Hrusch Avenue. It is there that she meets a boy named Taniel and begins a friendship that will change her life forever.

    Lakisha says: "very poor narration"
    "very poor narration"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better narrator.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Julie Hoverson’s performances?

    Probably not. She tried so hard to emulate a young girl, but she forgot to modulate her voice and actually READ the story. There were a lot of run-on sentences and sometimes the pitch and tone of her voice didn't match the story line. It was really frustrating to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    Read this story if you can, rather than listen to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Servant of the Crown: A Powder Mage Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Brian McClellan
    • Narrated By Daniel Dorse
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Captain Tamas is an ambitious young officer in the Adran army. As a commoner, he is one of very few without noble blood to hold a rank. When he challenges the son of a duke over an insult, the subsequent duel lands him in hot water with the nobility and the royal cabal of Privileged sorcerers. Tamas is soon drawn into a conflict that goes to the very highest office in the land, and his only ally is the most unlikely of people; a young noblewoman named Erika, who needs Tamas to teach her how to wield her powers as a powder mage.

    Lakisha says: "Great story, but what was up with that narrator???"
    "Great story, but what was up with that narrator???"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes. If you've read any of the powder mage stories, you'll really enjoy this early story of Tamas. I really enjoyed listening to young Tamas. You see some of the experiences that shape the Field Marshal he is going to become. It's interesting to watch how he handles the discrimination he faces from the nobility for his low birth and odd powers, but also how he is forced to confront some of his own preconceptions of others.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Servant of the Crown?

    I love his encounters with Erika, a young woman who knows what she wants! Tamas is not really equipped to handle her, and its a fun dynamic to follow!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It was like he was out of breath as he was reading, and he had no concept of the punctuation in the story. He'd just read right through periods, without stopping, which really messed up some of the structure of the story. Then all of a sudden, he'd do this great job at voices and dialogue, and I would glimpse a great narrator. Then he'd just go back to this bored, breathy run-on sentence narration. It was really disappointing to what could have been a great story


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mercury Falls: Mercury, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Kroese
    • Narrated By Kevin Stillwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (161)

    Christine Temetri is at her wits’ end. For years she’s covered the increasingly bizarre activities of End Times cults for the Banner, a religious news magazine. Yet Christine, who once dreamed of being a "real" writer, has nothing to show for the gig other than a regular paycheck and serious doubt that Armageddon will occur in time for her next deadline. But after a mysterious man entrusts her with a locked briefcase and orders to "take it to Mercury", Christine finds herself face-to-face with a ping-pong-playing angel by the name of Galileo Mercury.

    Amazon Customer says: "Irreverent, inventive, witty."
    "So-so story of the apocalypse"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really. I enjoy these quirky takes on the end of the world, but this one just didn't quite do it for me. This book has a lot of humor, but then the author would go off on a bizarre tangent explaining in excruciating detail that does nothing to add to the value of the storyline. At one point i realized I had zoned out on almost 10 minutes of meaningless exposition about how certain phenomenon of the universe can't follow rules, but how the very act of not following rules is a rule itself, so sometimes the phenomenon will follow the rules just so its not following the rules of not following the rules.


    If you’ve listened to books by Robert Kroese before, how does this one compare?

    I'm not sure that I would listen to another book by this author. or if I did, i would select the abridged version. It might cut out the unnecessary parts that don't actually add to the story itself.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't believe I'm saying this, because I would NEVER usually recommend this, but you might want to look into getting the abridged version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Promise of Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Brian McClellan
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (413)
    Performance
    (378)
    Story
    (383)

    Stretched to his limit, Tamas is relying heavily on his few remaining powder mages, including the embittered Taniel, a brilliant marksman who also happens to be his estranged son, and Adamat, a retired police inspector whose loyalty is being tested by blackmail. But when gods are involved.... Now, as attacks batter them from within and without, the credulous are whispering about omens of death and destruction. Just old peasant legends about the gods waking to walk the earth. No modern educated man believes that sort of thing. But they should....

    Christian says: "A Promise of Awesome!"
    "excellent story!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Promise of Blood the most enjoyable?

    this is a refreshing story line. I really loved that more than half of these characters were old men, who had seen the world, lived long lives, and were working for a different future. You start the story off with the coupes end, an then get to see what happens AFTER the government gets overthrown. great characters with lots of complexity


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I have to say that I loved Tamas. He is awesome! So busy working for a better future, navigating the intrigues of the other power players in the city, preparing for a war, and trying to deal with the reincarnation of gods. All while still grieving over his wife and trying to figure out how to connect with his son. He is such a gruff, yet lovable old man.


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

    I love Christian Rodska. The fact that he was narrating this story played a huge part in my decision to select this book!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlaw

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Angus Donald
    • Narrated By Graham Padden
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    When he's caught stealing, young Alan Dale is forced to leave his family and go to live with a notorious band of outlaws in Sherwood Forest. Their leader is the infamous Robin Hood. A tough, bloodthirsty warrior, Robin is more feared than any man in the county. And he becomes a mentor for Alan; with his fellow outlaws, Robin teaches Alan how to fight - and how to win.

    G.Monie says: "Not bad Robin Hood Fiction"
    "Love the new take on Robin Hood!"
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    What did you love best about Outlaw?

    I liked this new take on Robin Hood. The character is compelling and more fully developed. I also loved the way that young Alan, from whose point of view we view Robin, must constantly wrestle with his wishful image of Robin Hood and the reality of the man he serves. I thought it added an interesting complexity to the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Robin Hood is not a good man in this version. He has goals, and will do anything to accomplish them. Anything. If you are part of his inner circle, then he will die for you. Or kill for you, what ever you need. If you are not part of that circle...well, look out! Very exciting story!


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

    Graham Padden did an excellent job of narrating the characters! I've never listened to him before, but it was great!


    If you could take any character from Outlaw out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    That's a tough one! I'd want to take robin Hood, but he would never reveal his inner thoughts and plans to me, so I guess I'd take Alan Dayle instead.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a much grittier version of Robin Hood. It is an excellent story, but the fight scenes are not pleasant. Donald does a great job of providing excellent descriptions throughout the tale, which makes the beautiful parts easy to visualize, but it also makes the violence that much more real too. Still, this whole series is a must read/ listen!

    0 of 0 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
    (321)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (296)

    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!!!

    1 of 1 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
    (884)
    Performance
    (800)
    Story
    (796)

    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
    (1338)
    Performance
    (1248)
    Story
    (1251)

    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
    (27)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    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

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