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John

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  • World Divided: Book Two of the Secret World Chronicle

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey, Cody Martin, Dennis Lee, and others
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (137)

    From New York Times best-seller and science fiction and fantasy mistress of adventure Mercedes Lackey, together with a team of topnotch collaborators, comes Book Two in The Secret World Chronicle, a pulse-pounding saga of superpowers - and the very human men and women who must learn to wield them without losing themselves in the process.

    Amazon Customer says: "EXCELLENT!"
    "Reads like a Comic Book, some interest' characters"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    A lot of action, with some very interesting characters. Cursing could be done away with and still retain "flavor" of character. Reads more like a comic book, but there is some interesting byplay that keeps you coming back (esp. Seraphim and John interaction). Needs more realism - can't explain any better.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Seems to be Action, Character development, Action, New twist, Action, Character development, new plot, Action, Action,... Needs something "deeper". Although there are really stunning characters, because of the way the characters are developed, they seem to be comic book with some interesting twists. Characters march across the "screen" displaying all kinds of traits that are not explained until much later. Seems more characterization is needed before they are brought to the forefront of the action, kept there for ages, then finally, some of the "quirks" are explained. If the reader could "empathize" with the characters sooner, it would make the books more enjoyable. Don't put undeveloped characters in the forefront for long periods of time without developing the character first. There may be some "hidden things", but it seems all the characters drive across the page, all with these hidden motivations. The brightest character (pun intended) for me is the Seraphim. She is developing / revealing nicely. John is starting to come along and keeps me interested.


    What about Nick Sullivan’s performance did you like?

    Feel Nick Sullivan's performance is outstanding with the plethora of characters he has to represent. Some of the Russian characters seem to sound the same, but what can you do with no explanation of how they should sound (except for Vicky).


    Any additional comments?

    This is a good series, but better characterization (without cursing) and plot development would greatly enhance the series. Too much emphasis on Action without plot development.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cursor's Fury: Codex Alera, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3013)
    Performance
    (2005)
    Story
    (2009)

    The power-hungry High Lord of Kalare has launched a rebellion against the aging First Lord, Gaius Sextus, who with the loyal forces of Alera must fight beside the unlikeliest of allies - the equally contentious High Lord of Aquitaine. Meanwhile, young Tavi of Calderon joins a newly formed legion under an assumed name even as the ruthless Kalare unites with the Canim, bestial enemies of the realm whose vast numbers spell certain doom for Alera.

    Readalot says: "Great series"
    "Great Series - character development and plot"
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    What made the experience of listening to Cursor's Fury the most enjoyable?

    The combination story and plot. Surprises were plentiful without "reaching" to unforeseen and unexplained character development and plots. I always attempt to map out where the story is going and why characters are being driven to do... This was a real treat with my guesses turning out about 50% right; and when I was wrong, a line could be drawn though earlier actions / character development. explaining the characters' actions.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Character development and interaction. Surprises that kept the storyline fresh.


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

    Great narration. Many readers try to do the English brogue and become all but unintelligible. Kate did a great job of walking that line.


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

    Definitely!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gabriel’s Ghost: The Dock Five Universe Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Linnea Sinclair
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (122)

    After a decade of piloting interstellar patrol ships, former captain Chasidah Bergren, onetime pride of the Sixth Fleet, finds herself court-martialed for a crime she didn't commit and shipped off to a remote prison planet from which no one ever escapes. But when she kills a brutal guard in an act of self-defense, someone even more dangerous emerges from the shadows. Gabriel Sullivan alpha mercenary, smuggler, and rogue is supposed to be dead.

    Paul says: "Gray Fuzzy Soft Laser Pulse Rifle"
    "Harlequin Romance Novel"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Gabriel’s Ghost?

    Storyline had promise. Author chose to write a romance novel, based almost entirely on sensuality. Plot is inane, drags. Have listened to 6 hours and thought it would be a good novel from the way it started. Now, 6 hours in, I don't know the details of why the "heroine" was imprisoned. I don't know why the "hunk" is drawn to her. The greatest thought process that I can imagine is: why is he drawn to her? One meeting in a bar years ago - it's all sensual, no depth, they're already "melded spirits", if I hear "he brushed her (lips, skin, neck) and said 'hush' ", one more time, I think I'll commit suicide.


    Has Gabriel’s Ghost turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I am a sci-fi, fantasy addict - have over 1600 books, read well over 3000 in my lifetime. If you mean harlequin novels, yes. sci-fi/fantasy - never.


    What does Dina Pearlman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good narration


    What character would you cut from Gabriel’s Ghost?

    None - just story development with "real" people - not caricatures.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Rising Thunder: Honor Harrington, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (893)
    Performance
    (801)
    Story
    (805)

    Peril and strife strike on a double front for Honor Harrington and company. After a brutal attack on the Manticoran home system, Honor Harrington and the Star Kingdom she serves battle back against a new, technologically powerful, and utterly nefarious enemy. And as if that weren’t task enough, Honor must also face down a centuries-old nemesis in the crumbling, but still mighty, Solarian League.

    Share Faerber says: "love this series, but less politics. more battles"
    "Inane - almost no action"
    Overall
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No - book was talk, talk, talk... Story went nowhere. Book ended in the middle of a conversation. Seemed like "we have bored them enough - let's stop!". I have enjoyed the Honor Harrington series and was looking forward to the next installment, This was one of the biggest disappointments I have ever had!


    Would you ever listen to anything by David Weber again?

    Probably... Others have been great, but will give him one more try. If next book is this bad, will not read another.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No scene was worth the reading.


    Was A Rising Thunder worth the listening time?

    Definitely Not!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Furies of Calderon: Codex Alera, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4198)
    Performance
    (2859)
    Story
    (2894)

    In the realm of Alera, where people bond with the furies - elementals of earth, air, fire, water, and metal - 15-year-old Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. But when his homeland erupts in chaos - when rebels war with loyalists and furies clash with furies - Tavi's simple courage will turn the tides of war.

    Jim says: "Remastered into chapters from CD."
    "A very good book"
    Overall
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Main characters were well fleshed out and "heroes" demonstrated morals that were elevated beyond what we get in most books, leading us to admire them.


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

    Kate did an excellent job with this book. Most with a British accent come across with a heavy brogue, which at times, makes it hard for me to understand. Kate's was light and the enunciation was excellent, lending itself to the characters and moving the story along.


    Any additional comments?

    Secondary characters (motivations, desires, etc.) were somewhat stilted / straw figures. Would like more time spent developing the anti-heroes. Still, an excellent read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5119)
    Performance
    (4710)
    Story
    (4708)

    Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

    Magpie says: "Two books in one - keep listening!!"
    "Third Grade Novel"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Michael J. Sullivan and/or Tim Gerard Reynolds?

    No.


    Has Theft of Swords turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No - will look closely to zero out this author and narrator though.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Every way, intonation, everyone was same voice, just awful.


    What character would you cut from Theft of Swords?

    Couldn't stand to listen long enough to know the characters. After 20 - 30 minutes I had enough torture.


    Any additional comments?

    Only book I have gotten that I want to shred...

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Memory of Light: Wheel of Time, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5140)
    Performance
    (4672)
    Story
    (4724)

    Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

    Amazon Customer says: "End of one of my favorite fantasy series ever."
    "Very Good Book, answers many questions"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What could Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    In previous books, there was more interplay between the "minor" players (i.e. maidens and Dragon Reborn). Realize there was much to cover, but missed the levity this provided. Only one place in the entire book where this was somewhat brought out, but seemed "forced" - did not flow.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The book is interesting and brings a "finality" to the series. Don't understand some of the epilogue (lighting pipe with none of the powers, but I guess we can use our imaginations. Overall the book was well laid out and brought realism ti the final book.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Performances were good, but feel that the narrators tones were flat at times - no emotion.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyed the book. Minor negative comments.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11480)
    Performance
    (8346)
    Story
    (8352)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "Very Good"
    Overall

    This is my second Jim Butcher / Dresden book and it was an excellent read. Full of self-deprecating humor and plenty of suspense (how is he going to get out of this). Didn't think I would like this type of book, but it was very entertaining and took my mind off the world for about 8 hours!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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