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Rebecca

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  • Trumps of Doom: The Chronicles of Amber, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Roger Zelazny
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    Overall
    (287)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (262)

    Trumps of Doom is the sixth book of The Chronicles of Amber; an epic fantasy series written by six-time Hugo Award winning and three-time Nebula Award winning author Roger Zelazny.

    Matt A. says: "Another quality performance."
    "Wil Wheaton Makes ALL the Difference"
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    Would you listen to Trumps of Doom again? Why?

    Yes. Wil Wheaton.


    What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

    His reading has good pacing, sincerity and just the right amount of dramatic effect making it seem like you are reading the book yourself. It's not just a reading...it's a performance and one that is very well done. The prior five books were just readings with words thrown at the listener one after another without any attempt at performance and unconvincing and annoying character voices. Wheaton made this book a joy to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    Wil Wheaton for the win y'all. I've forced myself through the readings of the first five books so I could keep up with the story. Wheaton has made the experience a joy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ex-Heroes

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2797)
    Performance
    (2513)
    Story
    (2527)

    Stealth. Gorgon. Regenerator. Cerberus. Zzzap. The Mighty Dragon. They were heroes. Vigilantes. Crusaders for justice, using their superhuman abilites to make Los Angeles a better place. Then the plague of living death spread around the globe. Despite the best efforts of the superheroes, the police, and the military, the hungry corpses rose up and overwhelmed the country. The population was decimated, heroes fell, and the city of angels was left a desolate zombie wasteland like so many others.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Superheroes vs. Zombies? Sure, why not..."
    "Not worth the time"
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    Would you ever listen to anything by Peter Clines again?

    Not if the same narrators were used.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jay Snyder and Khristine Hvam ?

    Anyone


    Any additional comments?

    Very badly narrated and not well written. Interesting story but just not good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nine Princes in Amber: The Chronicles of Amber, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Roger Zelazny
    • Narrated By Alessandro Juliani
    Overall
    (1452)
    Performance
    (1302)
    Story
    (1318)

    Amber is the one real world, of which all others including our own Earth are but Shadows. Amber burns in Corwin's blood. Exiled on Shadow Earth for centuries, the prince is about to return to Amber to make a mad and desperate rush upon the throne.

    Robert says: "Great book, lame deal!"
    "Narrator or Story?"
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    What would have made Nine Princes in Amber better?

    I cannot decide if the lackluster narration or the actual story is why has me regretting starting this series. I've now listened to books one and two and cannot claim any entry's is to finish the series. The narrator is not talented enough to tell this story. His attempts at various accents annoy and take away from the narrative. I should have bought the paperbacks instead. My my hop


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Is t at the last book make listening to this series worth it. I trust Wil Wheaton to do a great job. I will read all of the other books in this series.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Accent attempts fell far short. Reading pace too quick and flippant. Just bad all around.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Nine Princes in Amber?

    No idea


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6433)
    Performance
    (5648)
    Story
    (5648)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Konstantin says: "Suprizingly entertaining"
    "Disappointed"
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    Would you try another book from Larry Correia and/or Oliver Wyman?

    Yes, but hesitantly for Correia. Wyman is pretty good.


    What could Larry Correia have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Employed a good editor and eased up on the adjectives.


    What aspect of Oliver Wyman’s performance would you have changed?

    Some pronunciation is off. Otherwise pretty good performance.


    Did Monster Hunter International inspire you to do anything?

    Bang my head against the wall over the dialogue.


    Any additional comments?

    After finishing the grimnoir series I went into these books with enthusiasm only to be disappointed by the writing. Could have been so much better.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Anansi Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Lenny Henry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3810)
    Performance
    (1673)
    Story
    (1683)

    Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

    A. Hawley says: "Beautifully narrated"
    "Wonderful listen in so many ways"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely. Wonderful story wonderfully read. Gaiman at his best.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are cleverly written and brought to life by equally clever narration. The story itself is one of Gaiman's best. I remain in awe of his ability to create complex storylines that read so fluidly.


    What about Lenny Henry’s performance did you like?

    His ability to bring the characters to life is amazing. It makes the story itself come to life and enhances this great writing. Love this reading!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! Yes! Yes!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Michael Scott
    • Narrated By Denis O'Hare
    Overall
    (2276)
    Performance
    (1150)
    Story
    (1172)

    Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330. Nearly 700 years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest alchemist of his day. It is said that he discovered the secret of eternal life. The records show that he died in 1418. But his tomb is empty. The legend: Nicholas Flamel lives, but only because he has been making the elixir of life for centuries. And Sophie and Josh Newman are about to find themselves in the middle of the greatest legend of all time.

    Allison says: "High Fantasty in a modern world setting"
    "badly written, badly read"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    not much more to say about this book other than this author needs a different editor and different talent for the audio version. very disappointing read/listen.


    Has The Alchemyst turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no. just this author.


    What didn’t you like about Denis O'Hare’s performance?

    mispronunciations mostly. but he also sounds as if this is is first read of the book. the characters aren't well developed and are one dimensional at best, but he could have put more effort into it.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    badly written. badly read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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