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David

La Porte, TX, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Sharpe's Battle: Book XII of the Sharpe Series

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (105)

    As Napoleon threatens to crush Britain in battle, Lt. Col. Richard Sharpe leads a ragtag army to exact a personal revenge. In the spring of 1811, one of the most bitter battles of the Peninsular War is about to commence. The hopes and hearts of all of Britain are turned toward Spain, where victory will be won or lost.

    David says: "Another excellent Sharpe Adventure"
    "Another excellent Sharpe Adventure"
    Overall

    Fredrick Davidson must really enjoy the Sharpe novels. I have listened to him on several different titles and he is always solid but many times he comes across as a precise but aloof narrator. This is not the case with Sharpe as he really comes alive reading Bernard Cornwell's series. I recognize every character by the voice he gives them, without needing the text to guide me, and his Patrick Harper is perfect. The emotions in the words on the page erupt into reality as Davidson tells the story. Other narrators do a quality job with Cornwell's work but Davidson is the best.

    This would not be possible of course if Cornwell didn't write such memorable tales. I have listened to every unabridged work by Cornwell that Audible has offered and eagerly await the ones to come.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blade Itself: The First Law: Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (3865)
    Performance
    (2801)
    Story
    (2816)

    Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

    Steven says: "Steven Pacey is magnificient."
    "A perfect match."
    Overall

    This series and the narrator were made for each other. Steven Pacey does an incredible job of bringing Joe Abercrombie's world to life. The series has wit, intrigue, war, torture, loyalty, humor, politics, sorrow and just about everthing else you could want in an epic story. It even has things you didn't think you wanted but are then forced down your throat so effectively that you wonder how you could have read the story without them.

    The other two books after the First Law series look great too but unfortunately I won't be able to listen to them because they changed the narrator. The reviews were not good and the samples didn't work for me either. I wish publishers would realize just how critical it is to not only find a good narrator but to keep them for the entire chain of books.

    Hopefully they have a copy of the books at my library or half/price book store.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hit Parade

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Lawrence Block
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (78)

    The New York Times best-selling author and master of the modern mystery returns with a fierce and poignant new novel featuring his acclaimed killer-for-hire, Keller. John Keller is everyone's favorite hit man. He's cool. Reliable. A real pro: the hit man's hit man. The inconvenient wife, the business partner, the retiree with a substantial legacy. He's taken care of them all, quietly and efficiently.

    Mark says: "Not as good as the original"
    "Please re-release this book with a new narrator"
    Overall

    No shame in failing but your publisher let you down when they let you release this "product". Did they not listen to it? This may have been as good as Hitman but I wouldn't know because I couldn't get through the 1st chapter.

    Storytelling is an art in itself that obviously has more history behind it than writing. Please respect the craft.

    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
    (2637)
    Performance
    (1440)
    Story
    (1462)

    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 book but a hard listen."
    Overall

    I was able to listen to the book and still enjoyed it but Jim Bond almost convinced me not to.

    The story is easy to follow and you like the characters but why can't they find one good narrator and stick with him? The one from the Wizard's First Rule was solid and the one from Blood of the Fold was excellent. He gave the story a very realistic and gritty feel.

    Bond seemed to never know what emotion the character was feeling at any given moment and that was translated in his narrative.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (35)

    It is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces, some familiar, others only just appearing, are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.

    Jorge says: "New is not always better..."
    "Why the narrator change?"
    Overall

    I see 20 reviews so far and the book was just released today and its 15 hours long. Some people must have more than 24 hours in their day.

    Why did they change the narrator from Roy Dotrice? Anyone know?

    I will rate it 4 stars because I have to rate it something to post a review in order to ask my question and I think the last 3 books were worth 5 stars. Deduct one star for the narrator change. Roy Dotrice was excellent.

    They make me wait years for the book and they change the voice?
    That seems wrong.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Al Franken
    • Narrated By Al Franken
    Overall
    (2076)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (323)

    Finding logical inconsistencies, factual errors, and doublespeak wherever he looks, Al Franken takes on and destroys the myth of liberal bias in the media, hoists the Bush White House on its own rhetorical petard, and punctures the mean-spirited sanctimony of such media darlings as Ann Coulter and Bill O'Reilly. Timely, provocative, unfailingly honest, and always uproarious, Lies is sure to raise hackles and spark hilarity inside the Beltway and from sea to shining sea.

    Peter says: "Franken's One Sided View"
    "Very very good."
    Overall

    The book was well read by Franken himself and unlike most right wing media is well researched and honest. Would have been funny if it had been fiction but as it's not and Bush is still in office it is quite disturbing.

    11 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Sharpe's Havoc: Book VII of the Sharpe Series

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By William Gaminara
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (54)

    It is the spring of 1809 and a small British army is stationed in Lisbon when Marshal Soult begins the French invasion of northern Portugal. No one knows whether the British will fight or leave, but there is little choice for Lieutenant Richard Sharpe and his squad of riflemen, who are sent into the beleaguered city of Oporto to rescue a British mother and daughter who have chosen to stay rather than flee southwards.

    Brent says: "Disagree with above review."
    "What happened to Frederick Davidson?"
    Overall

    I will give it a 3 based on the author but what happened to the original narrator? I am not saying the current narrator was poor. He was ok but he was competing against one of the very best. Davidson's reading of the Sharpe series was flawless and I have a hard time listening to a different narrator.

    5 of 11 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
    (2109)
    Performance
    (917)
    Story
    (925)

    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.

    Pete says: "Excellent Fantasy... Epic in feel, finite in pace"
    "The story is decent but the narration is poor."
    Overall

    The story was not a bad one but I wish that I had read the book instead of listened to it. The narrator's voice and style were wrong for a fantasy novel and his habit of mumbling his words almost drove me over the edge. It was all that I could do to finish the tale.

    If you are looking for an excellent story that is read extremely well and you don't mind a little sex and violence then check out George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire".

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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