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Tye

bellevue, NE, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 210 titles in library
  • 40 purchased in 2014
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  • The High King of Montival: A Novel of the Change

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (466)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (284)

    In The Sword of the Lady, Rudi Mackenzie's destiny was determined. Now he returns to Montival in the Pacific Northwest, where he will face the legions of the Prophet. To achieve victory, Rudi must assemble a coalition of those who had been his enemies a few months before and forge them into an army that will rescue his homeland. Only then will Rudi be able to come to terms with how the Sword has changed him, as well as the world, and assume his place as Artos, High King of Montival.

    Shopper1844 says: "Artos goes home"
    "I honestly liked it."
    Overall

    SOme people seem to think it was rushed, but looking objectivly it seems rather realisticly based, 1. travel home is greatly sped by the application of the push carts and railways, and 2. there was also a lot of content, a lot of stuff actually happens, though this is more apparent in the physical book then in the audio version. It did seem more like a prelude, (like he plans to either put the war in the next book or two), or like he plans to leave it there, complete but not finished, not over. I want to know the rest, but the books would more than likely end on a morbid/sad note as the end of the war has been linked with Artos' death. I am glad that audible fixed the glitch...and replaced the old copy in my library with the fixed copy.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Swordspoint: A Melodrama of Manners

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ellen Kushner
    • Narrated By Ellen Kushner, Dion Graham, Katherine Kellgren, and others
    Overall
    (780)
    Performance
    (699)
    Story
    (699)

    On the treacherous streets of Riverside, a man lives and dies by the sword. Even the nobles on the Hill turn to duels to settle their disputes. Within this elite, dangerous world, Richard St. Vier is the undisputed master, as skilled as he is ruthless--until a death by the sword is met with outrage instead of awe, and the city discovers that the line between hero and villain can be altered in the blink of an eye.

    Stacy says: "What a beautiful book..."
    "It's a chess game."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Some may not be able to find the actual plot line in this story, It took me 2 listens to realize just what the heck was going on. It finally dawned on me that the story is a chess game, and like a chess game it's the lower pieces that get the most play. I also paid attention to which scenes were dramatized, as it says in the forward "key scenes" that apparently was a hint. I rather liked it even if some of the sound effects were more distracting, I really LOVED that the background talking is actual talking, with lines, instead of people mumbling under their breath.
    If you find watching a chess game riveting, this story may be for you.
    If you like understated gay romance between 2 amoral men, this story may be for you.
    If you like subterfuge and puzzles and a plot line that takes actual work to understand, this story may be for you.
    It was for me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Souls

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Poppy Z. Brite
    • Narrated By Chris Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (50)

    Three stylish vampires arrive in New Orleans just in time for Mardis Gras, and then disappear again. While in the city, the group's leader, Zillah, meets and impregnates an adolescent girl. Fifteen years later, the child of that pairing, a boy who calls himself simply "Nothing" is living with adoptive parents in the suburbs, where he – like so many other teens – feels isolated and out of place. The answer is, his father is a vampire, leaving Nothing hovering precariously between worlds.

    Melissie says: "Love Poppy"
    "Horrible narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Narrator ruins a good story! He mispronounces several word, and there are some odd background sounds. I loved Brite's stories, but this was almost painful to listen to.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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