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Nicholas

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  • Sten: Sten Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Chris Bunch, Allan Cole
    • Narrated By Jerry Sciarrio
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (89)

    The first book in an action–packed new SF adventure series. Vulcan is a factory planet, centuries old, Company run, ugly as sin, and unfeeling as death. Vulcan breeds just two types of native: complacent or tough. Sten is tough. When his family is killed in a mysterious accident, Sten rebels, harassing the Company from the metal world’s endless maze-like warrens. He could end up just another burnt–out Delinquent. But people like Sten never give up.

    Professor says: "THE MASTERPIECE BY JERRY SCIARRIO"
    "Mediocre narration of a good, fun book"
    Overall

    It was not a terrible narration, just not very good. The narrator's idea of giving each character a unique voice tended to come down to assigning them random bad accents.

    For those who've read the series: He gives Mahoney a bad British accent. That's gotta be some kind of sacrilege to commit on an Irishman. And apparently the Eternal Emperor is an Aussie now.

    It doesn't ruin the experience altogether, but it does detract from what ought to be a fun military SF action-adventure. I probably won't get the second in the series, unless it's free or cheap. "Sten" is a better read than a listen.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5323)
    Performance
    (4512)
    Story
    (4508)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "Bring Back Marsters to Narrate the Next Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    John Glover is a good narrator. His voice sounds markedly older than James Marsters', which is a bit jarring, and of course he presents a slightly different characterization, but it's still quite good as a stand-alone effort. If he'd been narrating the series from the beginning, I would probably have been okay with that. My review isn't a criticism of Glover, it's an acknowledgment that James Marsters' narration was something special: That rare circumstance where a narrator actually enhances the material he reads. That's not something you find easily or often, and when you do the result is pretty spectacular. I enjoyed reading the previous books in this series, but I enjoyed listening to them even more.

    Honestly, I'm probably going to buy the next Dresden audiobook when it comes out no matter who narrates it, because I'm very invested in the series. But my respect for the producers, and my hopes for the improving standards of quality and craftsmanship in audiobooks as an entertainment medium, will plummet if they don't bring back Marsters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hot Gate: Troy Rising, Book Three

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1383)
    Performance
    (1061)
    Story
    (1085)

    The fight to free the Earth from alien domination began in Live Free or Die, and continued in Citadel. Now Tyler Vernon and his troops aboard the gigantic battle station Troy face a desperate battle with the forces of galactic tyranny. And the very survival of the Earth and its people is not all that is at stake. The galaxy itself must choose to live free or die - and if the tyrants win this battle, darkness will fall across the galaxy for millennia to come.

    John M says: "Huh?"
    "Mediocre effort by a generally good writer."
    Overall

    First, the narration was quite good. Boyett does a good job. The books sounds fine.

    It's just... a weak effort on Ringo's part. Feels almost more like a continuation of "Citadel", the second book in the series, than a separate novel. Few new plot threads are introduced. Fewer still are resolved. The first half of the book is functionally a diatribe against South American cultural values... and I haven't the slightest idea why that needed to be in the book. Lots of didactic "This is why you're wrong" speeches. Worse, this all has basically no effect on the the space battle at the end of the book. The book ends suddenly, without much in the way of resolution.

    I like this series. I hope it gets better again. If it doesn't it won't be worth reading (or listening to).

    2 of 3 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
    (10783)
    Performance
    (7685)
    Story
    (7689)

    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"
    "Great book, good narration."
    Overall

    Jim Butcher's Dresden Files books are some of the best things I've read in recent memory. Fun, exciting, tense, witty and well-written. Storm Front is a great start on a series that only ever seems to get better.

    Marsters' narration is solid and engaging, although he seems to have a few problems with breathing and reading. Very minor, not really an issue. This disappears in later books, and his narrations go from solid to superb. I really couldn't imagine anyone else as the voice of Harry Dresden. This series is almost better to listen to than read (almost).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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