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T. Trefan

Compulsively Reading

Calgary, Canada | Member Since 2008

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  • Against All Things Ending: The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Donaldson
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (83)

    Award-winning author Stephen R. Donaldson’s Thomas Covenant books have sold more than 10 million copies. In the third volume of this trilogy, Linden Avery confronts the consequences of using magical power sufficient to wake the Worm, which is capable of destroying the Land. And although the only hope may rest with Linden’s son, the boy could also bring disaster upon everyone.

    Jeph2005 says: "Beautiful language"
    "Scottish Giants"
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    This is an awesome book, SO well written and very easy to listen to. Prepare for some pretty heart rending scenes though. The only thing I have to criticize is... WTF is with these giants speaking with scotting brogue? That's the ONLY thing that irritates me, the rest of the time this book is awesome.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Touch & Go: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2124)
    Performance
    (1784)
    Story
    (1795)

    Justin and Libby Denbe have the kind of life you’d find in the pages of a glossy magazine: A beautiful 14-year-old daughter. A gorgeous brownstone on a tree-lined street in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. A great marriage, admired by all. A perfect life. When investigator Tessa Leone arrives at the crime scene in the foyer of the Denbes’ home, she finds scuff marks on the floor and a million tiny pieces of bright green Taser confetti. The family appears to have been abducted.

    lisa says: "Wait for it to go on clearance!"
    "Long, tedious and predictable."
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    Any additional comments?

    The story was horrible, and bored me to tears. It didn't get interesting til the last quarter of the book. NOT one of Lisa Gardner's better yarns.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unseen: Will Trent, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (748)
    Performance
    (649)
    Story
    (646)

    Bill Black is a scary guy: a tall ex-con who rides to work on a Harley, and trails an air of violence wherever he goes. In Macon, Georgia, Bill has caught the eye of a wiry little drug dealer and his cunning girlfriend. They think Bill might be a useful ally. They don’t know that Bill is a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent named Will Trent. Or that he is fighting his own demons, undercover and cut off from the support of Sara Linton - the woman he loves, who he dares not tell he is putting himself at such risk.

    Kim Venatries says: "Another Win!"
    "Not her best"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Faster pacing. The beginning was so incredibly slow. Then towards the end I don't know if I missed hearing parts, but it seemed like things were happening in a sudden and disjointed way.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Karin Slaughter again?

    Absolutely. I love her books, this one just wasn't one of my favorites.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Children at Risk: The Battle for the Hearts and Minds of Our Kids

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By James Dobson
    • Narrated By Richard Rohan
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    In this hard-hitting and empowering book, James Dobson and Gary Bauer expose the cultural forces endangering today’s children and show what you can do to defend your family, your faith, and your traditional values. This national best-seller gives you the knowledge you need to protect your most precious gift, your children.

    T. Trefan says: "Obnoxious crap"
    "Obnoxious crap"
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    What disappointed you about Children at Risk?

    Dr. James Dobson is a judgmental and obnoxious person. I wish I had never purchased this title.


    Would you ever listen to anything by James Dobson again?

    Not likely.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Honestly, it had nothing to do with the narrator. I couldn't appreciate anything about the book because of Dr. Dobson's narrow minded Old Testament asinine views.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Children at Risk?

    I would've written about actual content that related to children being at risk. From, Oh, I don't know. Bullying, poor discipline, low self esteem... Actually helpful and instructive tools for raising our children.

    Not the opinionated ramblings of an unloving and thoughtless jerk who could care less about people and more about the 12 Commandments.


    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
    (2615)
    Performance
    (1419)
    Story
    (1440)

    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"
    "PLEASE STOP USING THIS NARRATOR!!!!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone who likes listening to text to speech or newspaper copy.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He talks like he's reading a newspaper, or mindlessly droning on and doesn't care a whit about the story.


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

    Anger - this book is awesome and it's turned to crap by a horrible narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    Stop using Jim Bond for fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Song for Arbonne

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Guy Gavriel Kay
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (88)

    A Song for Arbonne is Guy Gavriel Kay's critically acclaimed fantasy of love, both courtly and forbidden, and of kingdoms endlessly opposed - one dominated by male rulers and their male god, the other guided by women and their goddess.

    Yaryna says: "An alternate world"
    "Flat one dimensional characters"
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    This book was SO hard to listen to. Halfway through the book, it finally starts coming to a point, but by then I'm so bored of it. The characters all seem exactly the same, except for a few of them who are the main players of the tale. Unfortunately their names are unmemorable, and difficult to tell apart. I don't know who's who, and who's doing what, and why I should care. After listening to Tigana, I had hoped for a fantastic tale and I'm just so abysmally disappointed.

    What a shame. I'm quitting halfway through the book because I just can't bear to waste anymore time on a story I can't become fully engrossed in because I can't figure out who the characters really are.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Breath of Scandal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1150)
    Performance
    (654)
    Story
    (648)

    On a rainy Southern night, Jade Sperry endured a young woman's worst nightmare at the hands of three local hell-raisers. Robbed of her youthful ideals and at the center of scandal and tragedy, Jade ran as far and as fast as she could. But she never forgot the sleepy "company town" where every man, woman, and child was dependent on one wealthy family.

    Margaret says: "Lifted by Narration"
    "Hard to put down"
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    This is one audiobook I wish I also had the hard copy of. It is SO good that I don't want to stop reading it, whether audio or visual. When it started, I was a little bored, but all that goes out the window in about a half an hour or so of listening to this book. From then on, you want to know how it all turns out!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kushiel's Dart

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Carey
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1099)
    Performance
    (696)
    Story
    (703)

    The land of Terre d'Ange is a place of unsurpassing beauty and grace. It is said that angels found the land and saw it was good...and the ensuing race that rose from the seed of angels and men live by one simple rule: Love as thou wilt.

    Glen Gaines says: "The Kushiel series in order"
    "I don't know if I can finish this"
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    After listening for 11 hours, I've had to switch to something else more fast paced. This book is so ploddingly slow, I just can't endure it right now. It's putting me to sleep at work while I listen to it. Who knows if I'll ever come back to finish it. In my experience, if the first several hours have put you to sleep - it generally doesn't get much better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tigana

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Guy Gavriel Kay
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (885)
    Performance
    (551)
    Story
    (560)

    Tigana is the magical story of a beleaguered land struggling to be free. It is the tale of a people so cursed by the black sorcery of a cruel, despotic king that even the name of their once-beautiful homeland cannot be spoken or remembered.

    But after years of devastation, a handful of courageous men and women embark upon a dangerous crusade to overthrow their conquerors and bring back to the dark world the brilliance of a long-lost name: Tigana.

    Robert says: "Says a lot about who we are."
    "A difficult journey"
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    I have to say this book is a really really long read. It's difficult to listen to. At times you're lost in the who's who, and some characters are so similar you can easily get them mixed up.

    I'm afraid this book is probably a better read, than it is a listen - at least the first time around. It's a LONG story, and very slow. The writing is excellent, but all the same, you never feel completely immersed in the story. While I liked a few of the characters, I felt incredibly frustrated at the slow pacing of this story.

    If you don't mind waiting until the very end of the story for a grand climax, and FINALLY seeing things happen. (and with a book this long, that's a LONG wait) You might be better off finding something a littler punchier than Tigana.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17572)
    Performance
    (15624)
    Story
    (15576)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Excellent"
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    I'm biased as I love Stephen King, and I LOVE Time Travel. This was a long well written yarn, and totally takes you back to the early 60s.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Rowan: Tower and Hive, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Anne McCaffrey
    • Narrated By Jean Reed Bahle
    Overall
    (332)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (192)

    The kinetically gifted, trained in mind/machine gestalt, are the most valued citizens of the Nine Star League. Using mental powers alone, these few Prime Talents transport ships, cargo, and people between Earth's Moon, Mars' Demos and Jupiter's Callisto.

    James P. Dyer says: "Not a bad start"
    "Uh say what??"
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    By the end of this story, I felt like absolutely nothing happened in this book. A child grew up, and became the Prime... end of story. I can't believe I spent the hours listening to this.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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