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Charles

Beavercreek, OH, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Orc King: Forgotten Realms: Transitions, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By R. A. Salvatore
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (515)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (325)

    An uneasy peace between the dwarves of Mithral Hall and the orcs of the newly established Kingdom of Many-Arrows can't last long. The orc tribes united under Obould begin to fight each other, and Bruenor is determined to finish the war that nearly killed him and almost destroyed everything he's worked to build. But it will take more than swords and axes to bring a lasting peace to the Spine of the World.

    eastbayrae says: "The reader is horrid!"
    "Started slow, but then......."
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    I found this hard to get in to at first, but by the end I wanted more. In final assessment, this is a good book that is well narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragons of Autumn Twilight: Dragonlance: Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (639)
    Performance
    (582)
    Story
    (601)

    Lifelong friends, they went their separate ways. Now they are together again, though each holds secrets from the others in his heart. They speak of a world shadowed with rumors of war. They speak of tales of strange monsters, creatures of myth, creatures of legend. They do not speak of their secrets. Not then. Not until a chance encounter with a beautiful, sorrowful woman, who bears a magical crystal staff, draws the companions deeper into the shadows, forever changing their lives and shaping the fate of the world.

    Kitty says: "Dissapointing Narration of a Classic Favorite"
    "Narration leaves a lot to be desired"
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    The story line was pretty good.

    What I didn't enjoy was the narration. Portions were pretty good. Without warning the cadence and emphasis of sections would got out of whack. Almost comes across as someone that doesn't understand the vocal nuances of the English language. Very nearly too distracting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doomsday Book

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2214)
    Performance
    (1515)
    Story
    (1537)

    For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

    Sara says: "A Haunting First Book in the Series"
    "Didnt think I'd like it, but then......"
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    I really wasn't too sure but this book, but by the end I was hooked in. I enjoyed the travel setting and story more than the contemporary portion. Still, not a bad book.

    0 of 0 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
    (5491)
    Performance
    (4979)
    Story
    (5044)

    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."
    "Unexpected Finish"
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    Good finish to a long series. This book finished the series in a manner consistent with the others. I believe Robert Jordan would be proud of the nice work done. Hold on because this book moves at a fast pace and gets busy fast. From time to time I needed to back away from it to settle down. Loads of twists and turns with a crazy negative air. I loved it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10254)
    Performance
    (9424)
    Story
    (9478)

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "A bit sow"
    Overall
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    This one comes across as something to fill the void between 3 and 5. Several points needed for continuity, so don;t recommend passing it by. Not my favorite, but still okay.
    Some of the name pronunciations changed. I found that distracting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13588)
    Performance
    (11933)
    Story
    (11984)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Ryan says: "Enjoyable, but a lot of setup"
    "Not bad, but"
    Overall
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    Good book overall. I found it better than its predecessor. A little slow in several areas, but not too bad. Several twists and turns that are unexpected.
    Annoying that pronunciation of some names changed after the first three, creating a minor distraction. This book is too deep in for that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stone of Tears: Sword of Truth, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Jim Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2768)
    Performance
    (1558)
    Story
    (1582)

    The veil to the underworld has been torn, and Rahl, from beyond the veil, begins to summon a sinister power more dreadful than any he has wielded before. Horrifying creatures escape through the torn veil, wreaking havoc on the unsuspecting world above.

    Bo Laughlin says: "Great Book - Almost ruined by the narrator"
    "Good book, Naration left something to be desired"
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    I enjoyed this story. It was a pretty good sequal to the Wizards First Rule. Once again Terry Goodkind has put some intriquing twists and turns in it. The main characters remained.
    On the downside, the naration sounded pretty robotic for most of the story. After a few hours it became less of a distraction. I thought Wizards First Rule was better narated.

    Overall, I would recommend this book. Just be patient and work through the naration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wizard's First Rule: Sword of Truth, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Sam Tsoutsouvas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4128)
    Performance
    (2513)
    Story
    (2547)

    In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, Richard Cypher encounters a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, in his forest sanctuary. She seeks his help...and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.

    A User says: "Better than the show"
    "Good book; Good performance"
    Overall
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    A fanciful battle between good and evil. It is well written, twisting within the story line while offering surprises at unexpected times.
    The reading was well done. Sam Tsoutsouvas did a nice job of keeping it interesting through consistency of cadence, voice and clarity.
    If you like fantasy, put this one on your list!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Free Short Story: The Elephant Vanishes

    • UNABRIDGED (41 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By John Chancer
    Overall
    (1045)
    Performance
    (883)
    Story
    (887)

    “The Elephant Vanishes” is a free short story found in the short story collection The Elephant Vanishes: Stories, from Haruki Murakami – Japan's leading contemporary novelist and one of the world’s most important figures in postmodern literature.

    Darwin8u says: "A Good Introduction to Murakami"
    "Not my cup of tea, but....."
    Overall
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    This isn't the type of story I like. The performance was pretty good, but i finished it wanting something more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Templar Legacy

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (1009)
    Performance
    (492)
    Story
    (488)

    The ancient order of the Knights Templar possessed untold wealth and absolute power over kings and popes until the Inquisition, when they were wiped from the face of the earth, their hidden riches lost. But now two forces vying for the treasure have learned that it is not at all what they thought it was, and its true nature could change the modern world.

    Jane says: "Overall, a good read"
    "Great Book"
    Overall
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    This is a facinating book that is well written and well read. Loads of intrique (as you would expect) and suspense. About the time you believe you have the characters figured, some element changes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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