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David

Simi Valley, CA, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27243)
    Performance
    (20986)
    Story
    (21067)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Great series -- no ending?"
    Overall

    First, two caveats for readers considering this series: The narrator changes for the fourth book and many people find the change a deal breaker. I have to admit that it was jarring, but I got back into the story quickly after the change. Perhaps listen to a sample of this book then a sample of book four to see if the change will wreck your enjoyment. That aside, I think the biggest problem is that the author seems to have given up on this series. The remaining books have been listed on Martin's site for years now with no movement or updates. I hope I'm wrong. I hope he'll release the final books and make me eat my words. But it's been so long since the release of book four that I'd have to re-read the entire series to get anything from new books. I urge you to put this series in your wishlist. If Martin ever gets back to it, then I highly recommend A Song of Ice and Fire. It is a very dark, gritty and realistic feeling world that is a refreshing change from the usual G-rated fantasy. Wonderful characters and twisting, interwoven plots make the hours just fly past.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Divers: Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of WWII

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Kurson
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2127)
    Performance
    (600)
    Story
    (602)

    In 1991, acting on a tip from a local fisherman, two scuba divers discovered a sunken German U-boat, complete with its crew of 60 men, not too far off the New Jersey coast. The divers, realizing the momentousness of their discovery, began probing the mystery. Over the next six years, they became expert and well-traveled researchers, taught themselves German, hunted for clues in Germany, and constructed theories corrective of the history books, all in an effort to identify this sunken U-boat and its crew.

    Douglas says: "GRIPPING!"
    "Idolization does not make for a good read"
    Overall

    Just by listening to the first hour becomes apparent that the author had to butter up his subjects. Whether so they would let him write their story at all or charge him less royalty, it doesn't matter. The first character you meet was once successful but is now little more than a sad drunk whose wife and kids left him. However, he is portrayed as a great man, who left his family to live a bachelor's life. This kind of blatant glorification rankles me and I was unable to finish the book. The other reviews are universally good, however, so perhaps I'm the only one annoyed by this flaw. By all means, try this book; but only download the first section so you can return it if you find it irritating.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful

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