I really enjoyed the story of WoW: Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War but the reading by Justine Eyre was a little...annoying at times. She does an amazing job with the Alliance races but to hear her do the voices of Garrosh or Malkorok is just strange. I often found myself pulled from the story wondering why they didn't just get a male with a deep voice to do the harsh tongues of the orcs or maybe just have her read through it instead of trying to make a bellowing voice. Overall though, it was a great listen.
If you are a WoW fan, either old or new, you'll appreciate the story. You don't need to know too much either. Just know that Blue Dragons recently tried to destroy the world and the Horde are now under the leadership of Garrosh Hellscream and you'll be fine.
Yes and no. As I said earlier, she has troubles with the Horde side of the story but knocks the Alliance out of the park.
Prepare for War...again.
If you can look past the Orc voices (and to a lesser degree the Tauren) then you'll be able to enjoy this reading of a pretty good WoW book.
I've never heard of David Wong (or the guy behind the pseudonym Jason Pargin) before until my brother told me about this hilariously awesome book he just finished called "John Dies at the End." I thought he was kidding, who would name a book that? But after listening to him explain a few of the scenes from the book I was sold. I picked up the kindle version and the audio recording (there is usually a deal when you buy one you get the other at a reduced price) and starting reading/listening.
At first I was a little confused, then I was really confused, then I laughed, and laughed some more, and overall had a blast with this book. I listened to the book more than I read because the guy reading (Stephen R. Thome) did an absolutely amazing job with the reading. The way he took potty mouth humor and made it sound like it was coming off his lips naturally was astounding. He really knocked it out of the park.
The story of the new drug Soy Sauce and the way in which this drug starts the apocalypse is crazy in it's manner of telling but the yarn is worth the listen. I highly recommend this book and I already picked up the next in the series!
I've been a Dan Brown fan since I first read Angels and Demons. I was a little late to the party, but I made up for it by finishing all of his books over one summer during college. I ate up his novels and was hungry for me. My favorite by far was Angels and Demons but that could be attributed to me growing up Roman Catholic and anything having to do with secrets and the Vatican is a great yarn in my book.
With that said, coming into "The Lost Symbol" I had very high hopes. Robert Langdon is a great character and any story where he tries to piece together events and secrets lost to history is a fun experience. For some reason though, that just wasn't the case here. I was constantly hoping that around the corner something was going to change my mind and prove that all the time I put into the book wasn't a waste of time. But it really didn't and I was left wanting. I really did want to like this book, but I just couldn't when comparing it to the sense of adventure and overall wonder I felt in his previous novels.
I see that Dan Brown has another book, Inferno, that recently came out and I'll pick that up eventually, but after reading this one I'm really in no rush to pick it up. I hope that his next reignites the fun I had reading his books.
I'm actually a late bloomer when it comes to Robert Jordan's world. I didn't hear about this series until a few years ago when I picked up Eye of the World. From that moment on, no other book could compare to this series of books. If you're like me, then you don't need me to tell you how critical this book is to the series. Hell, any of the books are critical because they contain more of that sweet sweet nectar we call Robert Jordan's words (or if you are listening to the audiobook - and you should - the sweet sweet nectar of Kate Reading and Mike Kramer's voices!)
In all seriousness though, this is a great book. A lot of people complain that not a lot happens which is true, but not in the way many people think. People are traveling and the wheel is being turned and events are being set in motion that will be unraveled over the course of the next couple books.
If you are a fan, this is a must read, if you aren't and thought the previous book wasn't very good then this one won't do much to change your mind. As for myself, on to the next Wheel of Time novel!
...I already had it downloaded and the audio book loaded up on my device for a seamless jump from one to another!
George R. R. Martin's, "A Feast for Crows" is a tricky book/audiobook to review. On one hand, I loved it because it's more of the world I love and the characters I've grown to become quite fond of. On the other hand though, it's a book that I struggled to get through. The characters that I rank amongst my favorite of the series don't even make appearances in the story and the ones that do don't do much with the time they are given. Sure, a lot of events occur and if you consider yourself a fan of the series you'll be reading this without question to make sure you are prepared for the future novels, but just be forewarned - it lacks a lot of what you've come to love in the previous books.
The first thing you'll notice in this book is that the main characters (the POV characters) are in most cases not the series favorites. Calisi and her band of unsullied are mentioned in rumors in King's Landing but are never seen or heard of. Jon Snow is in the beginning of the novel but you don't hear anything about his troubles with Stannis and Melisandre at the wall. The main characters in this novel are Cersei, Jaime, Sansa/Alayne, Arya/Cat, Brienne, and some new characters you'll be introduced to who have a chapter here and there.
The story being told is a lot of politics and positioning which in truth is very akin to the "Game of Thrones" name but there isn't a lot of action. That's ok though since the story being told is needed for future novels. Just note that it does get a little dry sometimes.
Dotrice does a good job as always with the characters but I'm a little confused why he changed Arya's voice. She sounds like an old woman in this recording and it's a little off putting. Someone growing up noble born wouldn't talk like that, even if she was trying to hide her identity.
With all said though, it's a solid book but definitely not the best in the series.
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss was recommended to me by a bookstore owner in Chincoteague, VA when I was picking up a copy of Storm of Swords. He said that if I liked Game of Thrones and the ASOIAF books, that I would love this one. I ended up buying it that day but not reading it for another year after that. Boy do I regret doing so. If I would have known what I know now, I would have put Storm of Swords aside and immediately began this novel. Instead I waited and started listening to it instead. The result was the same though, I finished an amazing book with a wonderful story, smart chracters, and a thirst for more.
The story takes place in a fantasy land with the main character being Kvothe. Kvothe is on the run and hiding in some far away small town living as an innkeeper. A man named Chronicler finds Kvothe and recognizes him and his notorious past. Kvothe agrees to tell him his story over the span of three days (each book is a day, this being the first) and the journey begins.
Kvothe's story starts well enough but is soon wrapped in tragedy. Out of tragedy comes strength and Kvothe follows his dreams until he is studying magic at the University. It's here that most of the book's larger events take places and he meets the love of his life. I won't spoil much but things take place that start Kvothe's journey and set things up nicely for the next two days (books.)
Nick Pedehl does a good job reading the novel but at times I got a little tired of his voice. I've tried sitting here for a couple minutes thinking why but I really can't. Maybe it's just me and you'll love it. It's not enough to make me not want to listen to him in the future, it's just...different. I only mentioned it in case you feel the same. Chances are you won't and it's no big deal.
This book comes highly recommended and the audio recording is a perfect companion to reading the book (that's how I read my novels - some at home and listen in the car.) Hopefully my review has helped you towards a purchase because this is one hell of a story and Patrick Rothfuss has become a favorite of mine.
Epic god warfare
Shadow is an amazing character and Neil Gaiman really creates someone you can both relate to and feel for during the story. Shadow has some crazy stuff happen to him, and it helps that you legitimately like him to keep going. You're really rooting for him by the end of the book.
I have not, but the narrator does an amazing job with this book. His voice was perfect for the novel!
"When gods go to war, we all lose"
The book truly is a masterpiece and I enjoyed the heck out of it. If you haven't read the book yet, pick it up immediately. If you have, you might just find yourself enjoying listening to it instead of reading. The voices of characters like Chernobog really shine in the audio recording and I had a blast listening to it!
Having finished the first two books in record time, Mockingjay was a no brainer for me to pick up. The series picks up after the climatic second book and we see Katniss living in district 13. Peeta is nowhere to be found and life is not like it used to be. All out war is underway and Katniss seems to have a stake in it, no matter what she may want to believe. The events of the third book are good, don't get me wrong, it just takes a while for anything to happen worthwhile. When things start to happen, it seems like they snowball one after another with action around every corner. This is when Suzanne Collins is at her best. Unfortunately, the ending of this book leaves a lot to be desired. The ending happened and I found myself thinking to myself, "Surely, this isn't it." But it was. The book does end though, so you will have some closure, but the events happen fast and there is little explanation for events that take place.
Carolyn McCormic, the woman who read this book, remains one of my favorite female readers on audible.com. She is amazing and this book is no different!
I would, but first I want to finish the rest of the series. The story is beautifully read and the two readers do a great job portraying the characters.
The Eye of the World (first book in this series) is probably the closest that I can think of. I liked book 2 in this series, but the first was definitely the best. This one comes in second and I'm about to start the fourth.
I have listened to books 1 and 2 of the Wheel of Time series and they are just as amazing as they were in those books.
The journey continues with danger hot on their heels.
Most likely if you are listening to the Wheel of Time series, you're going to pick this up regardless, but rest assured it's just as good as the others and the series is really starting to pick up steam heading towards an eventual confrontation.
Epic, sci-fi, amazing.
The transformation of Paul from a child to a religious/political symbol for a people was truly amazing.
I have never heard an audible book with different readers for different characters. I was blown away.
I couldn't stop listening to this book and as soon as I finished it this morning, I immediately started the next in the series - Dune Messiah.
If you enjoy sci-fi and love large engrossing worlds, you can't go wrong with Dune.
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