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Sheila

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  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5256)
    Performance
    (4450)
    Story
    (4446)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "Harry the Ghost is Awesome!"
    Overall

    We last saw Harry's world a few minutes after Dresden was shot (at the end of Changes) in a short story from Murphy's point of view. This story ties in bits and pieces from several earlier stories allowing us to see a bit more of some minor characters & people only mentioned in passing. It is an awesome treat! Harry being handicapped by certain conditions forces him to stretch his imagination to some interesting results.

    Moments of reflection offer insight into Dresden backstory. I especially enjoyed his retelling of days with Justin and his confrontation with a demon. Both of these stories have been mentioned before, but they are now fleshed out.

    To those who are whining about the change in narrator: John Glover does a fine job. He seemed more transparent to me than James M. ever did. Don't get me wrong, I liked the job he did on the previous 13 recordings, but his pronunciation of certain words were so off from American English that they pulled me out of the story. I didn't have that problem with John. He did a fantastic job..though I did picture Lionel Luthor once or twice during the story. ;)

    4 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13 - Free First Chapter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    Overall
    (462)
    Performance
    (251)
    Story
    (249)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends-and his own soul-Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic...

    Lifelong Reader says: "Beyond disappointed"
    "It's Harry, People!"
    Overall

    I think people are a little too hung up on the narrator to realize this is about Harry Dresden. It's not as though James Marsters played Harry on the Dresden Files. James had the annoying habit of mispronouncing words (runes is not a homonym for ruins, neanderthal, and a slough of others).

    I guess I'm a little more used to this sort of thing. I think there were at least five different narrators on the Sword of Truth series...and even the same narrators would change character voices and pronunciation of names between books. Sure, Lionel Luthor....I mean, John Glover should have listened to the series first so he'd know what type of voice the previous actor used (I was a little annoyed that Carmichael sounded like an old man when the narrative put him in his thirties).

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Not a Serial Killer: John Cleaver, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Dan Wells
    • Narrated By John Allen Nelson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (383)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (270)

    John works in his family's mortuary and has an obsession with serial killers. He wants to be a good person but fears he is a sociopath, and for years he has suppressed his dark side through a strict system of rules designed to mimic "normal" behavior. Then a demon begins stalking his small town and killing people one by one, and John is forced to give in to his darker nature in order to save them.

    M. Mott says: "Great, if visceral book, terrible narrator."
    "Interesting book"
    Overall

    The choice of narrator wasn't a good fit. I looked at other books the actor has read and think that the non-fiction and detective stories would be a better fit for him.
    The story is an interesting one. A teenage sociopath as the protagonist is a daring concept. The characterization of the villain made him hard to completely demonize.
    My only complaint was that the editor didn't correct Dan's grammar. I was mentally correcting it as I was listening and that can be quite distracting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Golden Queen: The Golden Queen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By David Farland
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (56)

    Insectoid Dronons have slain the queen Semarritte, throwing into chaos the ten thousand worlds over which she reigned. Desperate to save mankind, Lord Veriasse, Semarritte's near-immortal consort, has created a new queen: Everynne, cloned from her dead mother. Born to rule, Everynne instead is on the run, often only one planet ahead of advancing forces of the invaders, who recognize that Everynne is a powerful rallying point for threatened humanity.

    Brad Swift says: "Captivating Story"
    "SciFi, NOT Fantasy"
    Overall

    This book started off really interesting. I was enjoying the story up until the point that they started travelling through space and the author started explaining the science behind things. Yawn! I made the mistake of thinking that this was fantasy....and the first quarter of the book was. My mistake for not know that David Wolverton writes both fantasy and sci fi under the same nom de plum.

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful

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