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Michael

Hartland, WI, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Desert Spear

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1841)
    Performance
    (1375)
    Story
    (1382)

    The world remains under siege by demonkind stalking the land when the sun goes down. But a new hero has risen from the desert. Claiming to be the mythical Deliverer, Ahmann Jardir now rides alongside the allied desert tribes of Krasia. Jardir and his fellows are on an epic quest to vanquish the demons plaguing the world and bring humanity back from the brink of extinction.

    John says: "Worth My Credit"
    "Good, but could have been condensed"
    Overall

    Peter Brett hits his stride in this book (unfortunately it's a long one at times), and the other reviewers are mostly accurate.

    1) I disagree that the sex scenes were too graphic, they were slightly uncomfortable, but that was their nature. There was really nothing described in such detail that it was ridiculous and graphic just for the sake of disgust.

    2) As to the love story, it's hard times in that world, and I for one would have probably stopped listening if there had been any MORE romance. The characters are just complex enough to not seem 2-dimensional, but many parts of the character development could have been cut down. There were a number of times I just wanted to fast forward, rather than re-live what I am sure to the author was a very important building block.

    There are some pretty big plot holes, and it is frustrating at times. Such as why would people not ALREADY have warding cloaks? You would think that the ward to turn fire spit to "a cool breeze" would have been on a few headbands by now??

    In all, the book is enjoyable fantasy if you can suspend your irritation at ANY lack of ingenuity on the part of the warders, then you'll enjoy the book.

    I'll look forward to the 3rd installment, but I would really like it if he tightened up his prose a bit for the next book.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Magicians: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lev Grossman
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2613)
    Performance
    (1884)
    Story
    (1892)

    Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

    Ki says: "Not an average book"
    "It's good, with reservations"
    Overall

    This book is decently written, and well read. It drags a bit in places, but overall, it's a good listen. The author nails teen angst and magic use. The only issue I have is the almost template use of Narnia. It's like The Magician's Nephew (TMN) retold. There are too many parallels, and not enough original ideas. That would be my only fault with the book. There are just parts I feel like I'm reading almost verbatim from TMN and I wish he would have used a little more originality. That being said, I did enjoy the book and will purchase the sequel.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Many-Colored Land: Volume 1 of the Saga of Pliocene Exile

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Julian May
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (114)

    This is a spellbinding tale woven of equal parts epic and myth - with a liberal dash of hard science fiction. When a one-way time tunnel to Earth’s distant past, specifically six million B.C., was discovered by folks on the Galactic Milieu, every misfit for light-years around hurried to pass through it. Each sought his own brand of happiness. But none could have guessed what awaited them. Not even in a million years....

    Jon says: "About time - I hope we get the rest of Julian May"
    "It's a 3.5, but that's not really fair..."
    Overall

    The book is read well by Bernadette Dunne, it's the story that drags a bit. This is like Kill Bill Volume I and II. All of the story is in one, and all of the action is in the other. I would have preferred to see one volume with part one and part two integrated. That being said, I'm really waiting for part 2! The Nonborn King was a great book, but you need the backstory in this book to really enjoy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dreaming Void: Void Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (2198)
    Performance
    (1355)
    Story
    (1374)

    AD 3580. The Intersolar Commonwealth has spread through the galaxy to over a thousand star systems. It is a culture of rich diversity with a place for everyone. A powerful navy protects it from any hostile species that may lurk among the stars. For Commonwealth citizens, even death has been overcome.

    Ethan M. says: "Solid Hamiltonian Space Opera"
    "Outstanding!"
    Overall

    While you would not technically have to listen to Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained, I would highly recommend it. They are good listens, if somewhat long and drawn out.

    That being said... YIKES!! This was SO much better written and pared down to a more essential story line. There is a little confusion at the beginning, and if you have not read or listened to PS or JU, then you will be lost for the first few hours. If you have made it through the first two books, then you will be pleased to hear references and tie-ins to characters you knew before.

    There were times in PS and JU that I wanted to fast forward, there is really none of that in this book. I was unhappy that it ended and immediately downloaded the 2nd book and I'm already looking forward to the third. This is a big story, and there are a lot of players and sub plots to keep track of. However if you like your stories to have a huge story arc, then dig in and start listening, you won't be disappointed.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Beneath

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jeremy Robinson
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Three thousand years after a chunk of iron the size of Khufu’s pyramid collides with Europa, Jupiter’s 6th moon, an asteroid borne of the collision crashes into Earth’s Arctic ice shelf carrying extraterrestrial microbial life. The first man to come into contact with the microbes hears voices—and then dies....

    Michael says: "Interesting, but I feel like I've heard it before."
    "Interesting, but I feel like I've heard it before."
    Overall

    So let's start with an ice field, and something extraterrestrial that does not play well with others. It's very John Carpenter.
    While this book's flow is ok, it's a little obvious that the author never spoke with anyone regarding contagious diseases. If you like your science fiction based on science fact, then this is not the book for you. If you don't mind some gaping plot-holes, then strap yourself in for a "bumpy" listen.
    Overall it's a little easy to predict what is going to happen, but still works for a distraction on my commute.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Angelology

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Danielle Trussoni
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    Overall
    (350)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (134)

    Sister Evangeline was just a girl when her father entrusted her to the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. Now, at 23, her discovery of a 1943 letter from the famous philanthropist Abigail Rockefeller to the late mother superior of Saint Rose Convent plunges Evangeline into a secret history that stretches back a thousand years: an ancient conflict between the Society of Angelologists and the monstrously beautiful descendants of angels and humans.

    Angela says: "Very Pleasant Divine Suprise"
    "Could not be any slower..."
    Overall

    The reader kills this book. The first hour was so painfully slow, I fell asleep twice. I finally had to set my iPod to faster.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Blindsight

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Peter Watts
    • Narrated By T. Ryder Smith
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (106)

    Set in 2082, Peter Watts' Blindsight is fast-moving, hard SF that pulls readers into a futuristic world where a mind-bending alien encounter is about to unfold. After the Firefall, all eyes are locked heavenward as a team of specialists aboard the self-piloted spaceship Theseus hurtles outbound to intercept an unknown intelligence.

    James says: "Compelling modern hard sci-fi"
    "Painfully slow"
    Overall

    The story is very disjointed and painfully slow. I have read books where jumping back and forth from the characters memories to the present has created a tether, this creates a noose that makes the listener want to place their head in it.

    There are holes in the "science" so large that you may need the Hubble to get a grasp of their boundaries. While there are elements that grab the imagination, the very tedious character development is painful to say the least. There was so much useless information that the author could have easily cut half of the book and it would be far more bearable. There are parts that are just glossed over that could be interesting, while others are examined in such minute detail that I almost turned the book off a number of times.

    To be fair, this reminded me of Hemingway's Old Man and the Sea. There is just no redemption. If you are looking for something slow and artsy, this may just do it for you. If you found yourself liking the main character in Stephen R Donadlson's Thomas Covenant series, then you may indeed like this. If you wanted to slap Thomas Covenant because he was so self pitying, then this is not the listen for you.

    I have been happy with all of my purchases except this one. I really wish I could get my money back for this book.

    11 of 18 people found this review helpful

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