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Noel

Honolulu, HI, USA | Member Since 2009

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  • World of Warcraft: Stormrage

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Richard A. Knaak
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (321)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (187)

    Many are the mysteries surrounding the Emerald Dream and its reclusive guardians, the green dragonflight. In times past, druids have entered the Dream to monitor the ebb and flow of life on Azeroth in their never-ending quest to maintain the delicate balance of nature.

    Spencer Porter says: "Mispronunciation Galore"
    "Sub par"
    Overall

    The authors constant jumping around from character to character made the book difficult to follow at times and found that I had to stop listening because my mind was starting to wander. He introduces characters through out the story that are insignificant to the story and makes you think that they were included just for the sheer sake of saying they were mentioned in the book (i.e. The Forsaken). What also troubled me is you are closely following one character at the start and then suddenly half way through it changes to another and the other is all but forgotten except at small parts here and there near the end.

    In short if you are a die hard fan of World of Warcraft or the Druid class, this is a book you may like. If not, I suggest you focus your attention elsewhere as this was not a book I can recommend.

    17 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10097)
    Performance
    (7575)
    Story
    (7619)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Lore says: "Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!"
    "Unique and imaginative."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Way of Kings the most enjoyable?

    The narrators are very talented in giving the characters there own accents, making them very easy to distinguish who is speaking without having to be told who is speaking.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Most authors regardless if it is unintentional take their characters, plots, magic systems and other things from other stories. This book however is like picking up a newly built invention for the first time.


    What does Kate Reading and Michael Kramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It brings the emotion alive from the book in a way the author intended it to. It also eliminates mispronunciations of names, places as well as not having to guess if sarcasm was used by a speaking character.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Light of the stormblessed


    Any additional comments?

    The book is written amazingly well, flowing like a river that bends, speeding up and down along it's journey. The ideas that fuel the plot are new and clean, making it very easy to get into the story from the very start.

    Certain aspects are predictable, as most books generally are, but the author is brilliant in causing misdirection by seemingly elliminating certain outcome possibilities. This fact alone makes the reader want to continue reading to see what will happen next, not because they want to see if they guessed the outcome correctly but because they truly don't know what will happen.

    The narration is well done. The narrators giving different personalities to each character helps the absorbtion of what is being read to you.

    Of course with every book there is something that is negative. In this case the book tends to switch between scenes and characters not often enough and then too often at other times. The story will drag on at certain parts and then fly by at others, making it hard to keep up with what is happening. It is not as bad as it sounds, but I am still mentioning it as there were points where I had to stop reading because I found myself wanting to skip foward to more exciting chapters as I was still energized from the previous chapter.

    I didn't like that the story flipped between 4 to 7 different scenes sparatically throughout the book, where one was so short I sat there thinking it was a waste of time putting it in as it was like a short story which really didn't do anything to help the story
    progress.

    Still these are weak and minor issues and everything else that was done well vastly outweighs them. I recommend this book to anyone looking for an exciting book that will keep you entertained for many days.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11724)
    Performance
    (9400)
    Story
    (9513)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Great book, sub par narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Name of the Wind again? Why?

    Yes. There is so much to absorb that the book is worth listening to again to see if anything was missed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    While no book is totally unique, this book was unique in several ways. It also wasn't a "fluff" book as I call it, where the author throws things in just to make the book seem longer. Another thing worth mentioning is the main character has to overcome brutal issues, which make it believeable even today in some aspects of our lives.


    Did Nick Podehl do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    No. This was my only major issue. The characters are often hard to distinguish from each other. Also, the narrator at times flows his descriptive narration and character speaking in the same voice, making it hard to tell when a character is speaking. Mind you it isn't all the time but it was the number one thing keeping me from listening to the book in longer sittings. Too much energy was spent trying to catch character changes, description versus character speaking etc..


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, but if I list it here, it would spoil a major part for those who haven't read the book yet. I will say though it had to do with how the main character had to overcome things at an early age.


    Any additional comments?

    While there are many who think the narration was outstanding, I ask you to really listen to the book in comparison to other narrators out there before lashing out at my opinion of how this book was done. I've read close to a hundred audio books, and I believe it could have been done better.

    The only reason I am so critical in how the book was performed is that this is an audio book site and if the person is not easy to listen to, it can affect the decision of purchasing other books done by the same narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fantasy Football: The Next Level - How to Build a Championship Team Every Season

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By David Dorey
    • Narrated By Nicholas Tecosky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Between 20 and 30 million people play fantasy football each year. Now, Fantasy Football: The Next Level goes beyond stats and projections to teach readers a proven approach to drafting and managing a team that succeeds - in any league. Dorey's wealth of tips, tools and techniques - based on two decades of fantasy football expertise - will help experienced players and newcomers alike win their championships every season.

    Noel says: "Great source of information but somewhat outdated."
    "Great source of information but somewhat outdated."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, while some of the information is outdated 80% - 90% is valuable for any fantasy player to know.


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

    No, but only due to the fact it has so much information you will want to read it in parts to absorb it all.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is great for anyone wanting to do more than draft by default player rankings or cheat sheets. It will point out what to look for, what to stay away from and how to perform your own evaluations. Please keep in mind that you will need to stay alert at certain parts as while not drastic, the game has changed since this book was written (2007) and some of it is not relevant in todays drafting process. Do not worry though as I mentioned before 80% - 90% of it or so it is useful. Think of it as new driving laws were implemented but driving itself has not changed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eldest: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3874)
    Performance
    (1886)
    Story
    (1923)

    Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in the skills of the Dragon Rider: magic and swordsmanship. Soon he is on the journey of a lifetime, his eyes open to awe-inspiring new places and people, his days filled with fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and nothing is what it seems.

    Teddy says: "You see growth in the Author"
    "Mixed feelings"
    Overall

    First off i am a big fan of this series but after reading the first book I had a lot of difficulty staying focused with this one. The author spends too much time trying to explain the lore of certain races and clans and tends to ramble on. Unlike the first book this one moves at such a slow pace I was tempted on more than one occasion to hit the skip button to jump ahead.

    While I gave this book a 3 I still think it is a good series but this book certainly could have been done better.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7788)
    Performance
    (2968)
    Story
    (3023)

    When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

    Sandra says: "Utterly Awesome!"
    "Impressive"
    Overall

    For such a young author his imagination is very impressive. He keeps the story flowing at a constant even pace and never found myself wandering from lack of interest in the story. The author is very descriptive when introducing characters and the environment around them. I had little difficulty getting a picture in my head of what the characters or the world around them would have looked like.

    If you like sword play mixed together with magic, dragons and other creatures, this is definetly a book for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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