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Gary Barker

Australia | Member Since 2009

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  • 10 reviews
  • 463 ratings
  • 579 titles in library
  • 25 purchased in 2014
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  • The Hallowed Hunt

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (621)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (255)

    The half-mad Prince Boleso has been slain by a noblewoman he had intended to defile. It falls to Lord Ingrey kin Wilfcliff to transport the prince to his burial place and to bring the accused killer, Lady Ijada, to judgment. The road he travels with his burden and his prisoner is fraught with danger. But in the midst of political chaos, magic has the fiercer hold on Ingrey's destiny, and Ijada herself may turn out to be the only one he dares trust.

    Rose says: "Magic and Kingship in the Land of the Five Gods"
    "Slow to start good to End"
    Overall

    This book although it is part of a Trilogy, it does not follow on from the last two. It could be read standalone. The story is quite slow to get going and a little boring. Once you get a third to half way through it starts getting quite exciting. It is worth reading for the 2nd half of the book.

    I did not have any problems with the narrator she was quite good I thought.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of the Fading Lands: Tairen Soul, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By C. L. Wilson
    • Narrated By Stephanie Riggio
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (192)

    Once he had loved with such passion, his name was legend: Tarien Soul. Now, a thousand years later, a new threat calls him from the Fading Lands, back into the world that had cost him so dearly. Now, an ancient, familiar evil is regaining its strength, and a new voice beckons him - more compelling, more seductive, more maddening than any before.

    Sharon says: "How did I miss this one...."
    "Boring, very repetitive in descriptions"
    Overall

    Boring, very repetitive in descriptions. Reads like a children's story trying to be an adult book.
    The plot and story are good. The descriptions are good when they do not repeat.

    The 5 books in this series probably could be made into a good trilogy.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Outstretched Shadow: The Obsidian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey, James Mallory
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (517)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (300)

    Kellen Tavadon, son of the Arch-Mage Lycaelon, thought he knew the way the world worked. His father, leading the wise and benevolent Council of Mages, protected and guided the citizens of the Golden City of the Bells. Young Mages in training---all men, for women were unfit to practice magic---memorized the intricate details of High Magic and aspired to seats on the council.

    Jarred says: "Fascinating World"
    "Excellent Book"
    Overall

    This was an excellent book, full of detail and action. Great story and well read by the narrator. A total joy to listen to. The story has a good ending that does not leave you hanging. Only leaves you wanting to listen to the next book.

    Come on audible, where is it.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Suldrun’s Garden: Lyonesse: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jack Vance
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (54)

    The Elder Isles, located in what is now the Bay of Biscay off the coast of Old Gaul, are made up of 10 contending kingdoms, all vying with each other for control. At the centre of much of the intrigue is Casmir, the ruthless and ambitious king of Lyonnesse. His beautiful but otherworldly daughter, Suldrun, is part of his plans. He intends to cement an alliance or two by marrying her well. But Suldrun is as determined as he and defies him.

    J. Renton says: "Starts slow,,,gets really fun later on"
    "Well Detailed ,but boring"
    Overall

    I found this book to be full of detail.
    Quite boring, hard to keep your interest up to continue. Gets better toward the end. Not sure if it is worth reading the next book.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Mirror: Bridei Trilogy #1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Juliet Marillier
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (232)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (150)

    One bitter Midwinter's Eve, everything changes when Bridei finds a child on their doorstep - a child abandoned by the Fair Folk. It is the height of ill fortune to have truck with the Fair Folk, and all in the area counsel the babe's death. But Bridei sees an old and precious magic at work and, heedless of the danger, fights to save the child. Broichan is wary but relents, for Bridei must grow to be his own man and make his own decisions.

    Curtis says: "Great"
    "Excellent and Enjoyable"
    Overall

    This book is one of those that just keeps you griped until the end. Very well researched, filled with detail. You can just imagine you are there in the story watching what the character is doing, seeing and feeling.

    The Narrator brings a great story to life.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Curse of Chalion

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2138)
    Performance
    (946)
    Story
    (954)

    Amidst the decaying splendor and poisonous intrigue of Chalion's ancient capital, Cazaril is forced to confront not only powerful enemies but also the malignant curse that clings to the royal household, trapping him, flesh and soul, in a maze of demonic paradox, damnation, and death for as long as he dares walk the five-fold pathway of the gods.

    Terri says: "What makes a hero... LMB knows"
    "Excellent Narrator"
    Overall

    This is a great book. Highly recommended.
    It is full of life, romance, suspense. It will keep you gripped to your seat throughout the whole book. The Narrator is also excellent, a well read and thoroughly enjoyable listen.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Vacant Throne: Band of Four, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ed Greenwood
    • Narrated By Stuart Langston
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    Aglirta is known as the Kingless Land. Once a prosperous and peaceful river valley, it has fallen into lawlessness, studded with feuding baronies engaged in a constant state of war. But the land is kingless no more, for the Sleeping King of legend, King Kelgrael, has been awakened by the efforts of The Band of Four.

    Gerri Bishop says: "Same ol' same ol'"
    "Stuart Langston the king of drone"
    Overall

    Stuart Langston the king of drone. What a totally boring narrator, he totally ruins a good book.

    I thought it was being read by the computer narrator sam.

    Don't bother listening to this crap.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Book of Days: Book One in the Chronicles of Tiralainn Series

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Sara Reinke
    • Narrated By Ann Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    The ordinary and seemingly unrelated lives of Trejaeran Muirel and Qynh Reoder are forever and irrevocably changed when they learn they are brother and sister, twin heirs to the throne of Tiralainn, and the children of a murdered King of Men and Queen of the Elves. By Elfin prophecy, one of them will one day defeat Ciardha, the evil and immortal Queen who now reigns over the realm, and restore the alliance of men and Elves.

    Deena says: "Sweet Mother!"
    "Good Story"
    Overall

    The story is good, but not written in a way that makes it easy to follow. I will not be reading book 2 of this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gathering Storm: Book Twelve of the Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5131)
    Performance
    (2900)
    Story
    (2920)

    Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, struggles to unite a fractured network of kingdoms and alliances in preparation for the Last Battle. As he attempts to halt the Seanchan encroachment northward - wishing he could form at least a temporary truce with the invaders - his allies watch in terror the shadow that seems to be growing within the heart of the Dragon Reborn himself.

    D. Ramirez says: "I normally wouldn't, but..."
    "Bloody Excellent"
    Overall

    Thank you Brandon a most excellent job.

    The Wheel of Time has been brought back to life. The life that was in the first few books.(1-4)

    I really enjoyed reading this book. (Well listening to it.) Could not put it down.

    Each character got some air time and it was not too long winded coverage that I felt was in the later books.

    Plenty of action happening in this.

    It is also great to see that same narrators
    used in the story. Very well read it brings much life to the story.

    Again Brandon, A Big Thank You.
    I look forward to the next book soon.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Fires of Heaven: Book Five of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4850)
    Performance
    (2863)
    Story
    (2902)

    In this sequel to the phenomenal New York Times best seller The Shadow Rising, Robert Jordan again plunges us into his extraordinarily rich, totally unforgettable world.

    Jeff says: "The fires of Heaven"
    "Dross"
    Overall

    The first four books are quite good and exciting. This, the fifth is boring.
    Too much uninteresting dross to fill up the gaps between the action.
    Action that does not happen much. This book could have been an extension to the last book without the dross.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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