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Michelle

Sunnyvale, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Kings of the North: Legend of Paksenarrion, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (359)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (287)

    Peace and order have been restored to the kingdoms of Tsaia and Lyonya, thanks to the crowning of two kings: Mikeli of Tsaia and, in Lyonya, Kieri Phelan, a mercenary captain whose royal blood and half-elven heritage are resented by elves and humans alike. On the surface, all is hope and promise. But underneath, trouble is brewing. Mikeli cannot sit safely on his throne as long as remnants of the evil Verrakaien magelords are at large.

    Morris says: "Absolutely worthless"
    "Great story, no so great narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a great continuation of a good series in a great world. The narrator is.... lacking. Doesn't use the same pronuciations as any of the previous 4 books. Her style is more matter of fact then dramatic. Worst of all... there is little to no attempt to differentiate the voices of the different characters. Especially with the different stories withing the story, it makes it difficult to tell 'where' the story is until several 'paragraphs' in.

    3 of 4 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
    (3825)
    Performance
    (2240)
    Story
    (2270)

    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"
    "Evil will triumph for good is stupid"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This story had lots of potential, but I can't count the number of times I almost yelled at the main characters for being SOOO stupid. The side characters were smarter and more interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sunshine

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robin McKinley
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    Overall
    (474)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (239)

    There are places in the world where darkness rules, where it's unwise to walk. Sunshine knew that. But there hadn't been any trouble out at the lake for years, and she needed a place to be alone for a while. Unfortunately, she wasn't alone. She never heard them coming. Of course you don't, when they're vampires.

    Amazon Customer says: "An absolutely riveting, addictive tale"
    "Great story, good but not best reader"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story is great and has a bunch of interesting twists. It was definitely hard to hit the 'pause' button when other things came up. The only downside.. the narrator, however, over plays the whiney tone on the female protagonist. All of the male voices sound almost exactly the same as well. Despite that, the inflection and energy the narrator brings to the story got me past those hiccups, with only a minor thought of 'enough with the whining'.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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