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Joe

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  • The Dark Tide: The Iron Tower Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Dennis L. McKiernan
    • Narrated By Cameron Beierle
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (59)

    Tuck Underbank is a Warrow -- think a hobbit with shoes and "large jewel-like eyes" -- living in the peaceful Boskydells. When an unnaturally cold winter strikes and the evil Modru threatens the world, he and a number of his fellow Thornwalkers go to the High King's aid. But a vast expanse of lightless blizzard called the Dimmendark (sounds bad, doesn't it?) is spreading over the land, and Tuck soon finds that the "dark tide" is going to swamp them all.

    Michael says: "A Tough Review Of A Carbon Copy..."
    "only one lord of the rings"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I hope no one


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dennis L. McKiernan again?

    no


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The author must have read Tolkien and taken extensive notes, this is clear for the beginning when some of the words and mannerisms are even the same.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disgust


    Any additional comments?

    I'll try to listen until the end of book 1 for completeness sake

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (2703)
    Performance
    (1825)
    Story
    (1842)

    First appearing in print in 1890, the character of Sherlock Holmes has now become synonymous worldwide with the concept of a super sleuth. His creator, Conan Doyle, imbued his detective hero with intellectual power, acute observational abilities, a penchant for deductive reasoning and a highly educated use of forensic skills. Indeed, Doyle created the first fictional private detective who used what we now recognize as modern scientific investigative techniques.

    David says: "mouth watering"
    "A Worthwhile Investment"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is near the top because I really like the stories.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sherlock because he's good at his job.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Both volumes


    If you could take any character from The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1 out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Dr. Watson because he's more down to earth.


    Any additional comments?

    Charlton Griffin does an excellent job as narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ice Hunt

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By John Meagher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (374)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (186)

    Carved into a moving island of ice twice the size of the United States, Ice Station Grendel has been abandoned for more than 70 years. The twisted brainchild of the finest minds of the former Soviet Union, it was designed to be inaccessible and virtually invisible. But an American undersea research vessel has inadvertently pulled too close - and something has been sighted moving inside the allegedly deserted facility, something whose survival defies every natural law.

    Mobilis says: "Scooby Doo With Scarier Monsters"
    "Well Done"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Ice Hunt in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining Science Fiction


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Mostly, it is a bit predictable in parts though


    Have you listened to any of John Meagher’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    yes, he lends the narrative a sense of urgency, but the characters a sense of competency


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Edward Gibbon
    • Narrated By Bernard Mayes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (338)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (183)

    Considered one of the finest historical works in the English language, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is lauded for its graceful, elegant prose style as much as for its epic scope. Remarkably accurate for its day, Gibbon's treatise holds a high place in the history of literature and remains an enduring subject of study.

    Gibbon's monumental work traces the history of more than 13 centuries, covering the great events as well as the general historical progression. This first volume covers A.D. 180 to A.D. 395, which includes the establishment of Christianity and the Crusades.

    William Penny says: "What an age we live in"
    "Bad"
    Overall

    I'm sure the book is very good as I like ancient history, but the audio quality is pathetic. I don't use this word lightly; I can and have gotten past alot and will do so again. I don't know if I can listen to it, much less burn it to disc. As for two stars I gave. The book is much better than that but the audio quality is just that bad.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • On Basilisk Station: Honor Harrington, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2321)
    Performance
    (1685)
    Story
    (1677)

    Honor Harrington has been exiled to Basilisk station and given an antique ship to police the system. The vindictive superior who sent her there wants her to fail. But he made one mistake: he's made her mad....

    gerry says: "Damn you Steve Gibson"
    "Showing off"
    Overall

    The reason I gave this 2 stars, not 1 is because I like Tom Clancy books, some of which have lots of technical details in them. Mr. Clancy doesn't hit you with them at the beginning but in this book Mr. Weber does, giving you no chance to get interested in the story first; a little more background on characters or places and not so much gravity walls and star interference. I may try again but for right now I'll stick to other books. The narrator doesn't help either; it sounds like she's reading it because it's her job, not because she likes what she's doing. A really well-written book, I think, can survive a mediocre narrator and vis-versa. A mediocre book and narrator aren't a good mix.

    1 of 10 people found this review helpful

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