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Donga

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  • Blood of the Fold: Sword of Truth, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2112)
    Performance
    (1158)
    Story
    (1176)

    In a fantasy world as rich and real as our own, Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell stand against the ancient forces which besiege the New World - forces so terrible that when last they threatened, they could only be withstood by sealing off the Old World from whence they came. Now the barrier has been breached, and the New World is again beset by their evil power.

    Donald says: "Finally!!!"
    "Re-Explaining of Plot Details Super Annoying"
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    What disappointed you about Blood of the Fold?

    For some reason the author keeps re-explaining plot lines, almost as if he doesn't have faith we readers can follow or remember events and their details. Super annoying. If you took all the rehashing of what we already know it might literally reduce one quarter.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The prophet Nathan. He's very multi-layered and so much of him is a mystery.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, I read complaints of this narrator but I found him entertaining, well paced, and he did a nice job acting out different voices.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Blood of the Fold?

    I would cut all the re-hashing of plot lines. You don't have to tell me over and over how Richard's father was Darken Rahl, why Richard and Kahlan can be a couple but can't tell anyone why, and why Richard doesn't know how to use his magic. We get it.

    I would also cut the repetition when a character is making a strong point. They tend to repeat themselves two or three times in dialogue, and in audible format it comes across as ridiculous.


    Any additional comments?

    I like the original plot and strong lead characters. Sometimes the author gets high minded and preachy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stone of Tears: Sword of Truth, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Jim Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2715)
    Performance
    (1511)
    Story
    (1535)

    The veil to the underworld has been torn, and Rahl, from beyond the veil, begins to summon a sinister power more dreadful than any he has wielded before. Horrifying creatures escape through the torn veil, wreaking havoc on the unsuspecting world above.

    Bo Laughlin says: "Great Book - Almost ruined by the narrator"
    "Good Story, So So Writing, Awful Narration"
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    If you’ve listened to books by Terry Goodkind before, how does this one compare?

    I thought Wizard's First Rule (book 1) had a bad narrator but I liked it better as time went by. This narrator is simply awful, robotic sounding.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jim Bond’s performances?

    no


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Stone of Tears?

    There's too much explaining of what happened in the last book. Its as if the author doesn't think we can remember. Removing those pages of rehashing narrative of the last book would be an improvement.


    Any additional comments?

    The plot of this series is intricate and exciting. The writing is lacking. So many times female characters are described as "folding their arms under their breasts". Over and over this is described. Also, Kahlan "aches for Richard" over and over. And every time someone has an important dialogue they repeat their point over and over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wizard's First Rule: Sword of Truth, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Sam Tsoutsouvas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4030)
    Performance
    (2429)
    Story
    (2460)

    In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, Richard Cypher encounters a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, in his forest sanctuary. She seeks his help...and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.

    A User says: "Better than the show"
    "Narrator Made it Hard to Like"
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    What did you like best about Wizard's First Rule? What did you like least?

    I enjoy character driven fantasy and this book delivers with two likable main characters, Richard and Kahlan, struggling to save their world. Somewhat preachy and a tad goody-goody at times, fantastically original world with complex, intertwined scenarios, its worth reading despite average writing ability of the author and dragging on of certain parts.

    I don't like the narrater, sorry, he was too excited almost all the time, even during calm scenes, and out loud a lot of the dialogue and description sounded hokey and unconvincing. It self reads better so I'm going that route.


    Would you recommend Wizard's First Rule to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend reading the book rather than listening to the audio because this particular writing sounds hokey out loud and I don't like the over excited narration.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Sam Tsoutsouvas’s performances?

    No, I didn't care for his narration style.


    Could you see Wizard's First Rule being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It was made into a TV series. I like some of the actors they chose but the plot did not stay true to the books enough for my liking.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd like to see a new narration of this book done, maybe a younger voice and one that acts out scenes with multiple characters better, like Nick Podehl.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35370)
    Performance
    (26411)
    Story
    (26788)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Held Me But I Wished It Commited to a Statement"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Without revealing any plot: I give credit for an unpredictable ending, but it lacked payoff. It didn't commit to either an emotional or political stance. It just kind of wimped out, which made me reluctant to read the next book.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her voice randomly emphasized words in sentences that didn't make sense to me, and distracted me from the plot. I disliked this narrator compared to others I've heard in audiobooks but this could just be my personal taste. I think I dislike female narrators which seems personal and unfair.


    Do you think The Hunger Games needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I went in knowing there were two more books published.


    Any additional comments?

    I went into this book knowing it was very popular, had two sequels published and a movie coming out soon. I didn't like the narrator but the plot held me and was original enough to keep me interested. The female lead character impressed me. The book touched on political and emotional topics worth pursuing, but didn't commit, and this disappointed me especially in a young adult book. I'm interested to see if the movie changes improve on this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12641)
    Performance
    (10265)
    Story
    (10383)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Well Rooted Story for a Scrumtious Anti-Hero"
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    If you could sum up The Name of the Wind in three words, what would they be?

    Mind Blowing Goodness


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kvothe is my favorite character because of his belief in doing the right thing and his ability to pick himself up when he's kicked down.


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

    This is my first book narration by Nick Podehl. I've stopped listening to good stories before because I didn't care for the narrator, and some I've warmed up to, but Podehl was a joy from the start, really fit the main character, and his many voices were a pleasure. It made me look up other books he's narrated.


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

    When Kvothe was accepted into University. It was an emotional blend of his intelligence and good character on display for the first time, and the end of the street living part of his life that you knew would never leave him.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my favorite kind of fantasy story - a strong yet fallible main character stumbling through a magical world that makes sense. The Name of the Wind wraps a superbly original plot around a solid, lovable character and the whole thing feels older than time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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