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Tempest

Portland, OR USA | Member Since 2009

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  • When the Gods Slept: The Timuras Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Allan Cole
    • Narrated By John Hough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    King of Kings, Lord over Men and Demons Alike: Only one ruler had ever held that title, and now Iraj Protarus, an orphaned prince exiled to a small village high in the Valley of the Clouds, dreamed of being the next great conqueror. The key to his destiny would be Safar Timura, a youth with an awesome gift for sorcery, whose visions foretold Iraj's rise to power. And in those visions, Safar stood at Iraj's side, his soul-blasting spells enabling his friend to attain his dreams.

    Jonathan says: "A good listen"
    "Interesting story, but impossible to listen to"
    Overall

    I wish I could rate the writing separately from the narration, because this is a decently written story but is absolutely destroyed by the narrator. The reading pace and timing is totally off as if it's being read for the first time while being recorded. The attempts at different character voices is so bad it's incredibly distracting. I've tried listening to this three or four times now and just cannot get past the terrible narration. This one makes me wish I'd just bought Allan's book and read it myself. Money back please! I'll go buy the hard copy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tigana

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Guy Gavriel Kay
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (867)
    Performance
    (537)
    Story
    (544)

    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."
    "Beautifully written"
    Overall

    This story draws you in and makes you really care about the characters. The pace is great and doesn't leave you falling asleep. The imagery described and the foundation of the settings makes it all feel very real. Very well written and very well narrated. Kudos to both author and story teller!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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