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Adam

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  • Halo: Primordium: The Forerunner Saga, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Greg Bear
    • Narrated By Timothy Dadabo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (350)
    Performance
    (334)
    Story
    (334)

    In the wake of apparent self-destruction of the Forerunner empire, two humans - Chakas and Riser - are like flotsam washed up on very strange shores indeed. Captured by the Master Builder, misplaced during a furious battle in space, they now find themselves on an inverted world where horizons rise into the sky, and where humans of all kinds are trapped in a perilous cycle of horror and neglect. For they have become both research animals and strategic pawns in a cosmic game whose madness knows no end....

    Raquel S. says: "Once upon a time on a Halo far far away..."
    "Don't expect Cryptum. This is it's bland cousin"
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    Imagine my suprise when the second book to such an epic start to a series is a drab, unsophisticated take on the events which transpire in book 1. Take the amazing scope of the universe outlined so vividly in Cryptum; throw it all away and instead wander around inside the brain of a tribal human who's stuck on a patch of dirt.

    Pretend this book doesn't exist. Hopefully Bear comes to his senses in the third book.
    The narrator does a great job of trying to keep things interesting, but it turned out writing a review for the book was more interesting.

    1 of 2 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
    (11600)
    Performance
    (10098)
    Story
    (10136)

    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"
    "Dotrice ruins book with Daenerys voice"
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    You know that royal, smooth, nice Daenerys voice you warmed to in books 1-3?
    Well, that's been replaced with Dotrice's "generic peasant girl" drone - a decision which is not only ridiculous (who re-casts a character with the same narrator mid-series?), but ruinous to the ears.
    There is a *lot* of Daenerys in this book, so you might want to dial those performance expectations down a bit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Furies of Calderon: Codex Alera, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4005)
    Performance
    (2674)
    Story
    (2710)

    In the realm of Alera, where people bond with the furies - elementals of earth, air, fire, water, and metal - 15-year-old Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. But when his homeland erupts in chaos - when rebels war with loyalists and furies clash with furies - Tavi's simple courage will turn the tides of war.

    Eric says: "great fantasy series"
    "Ignore the hype. This ISN'T Pokemon inspired"
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    I picked this up because I read reviews citing it as a cool mix of Pokemon an fantasy. It is not. The "furies" which people seem to equate with Pokemon are nothing of the sort. First of all, there is only 1 type of fury that any person in this world can have, and that fury is seemingly random; changing how the person acts and dictating the person's profession in the world. A cool concept, but nothing like the "use spirits to fight other spirits and find stronger and stronger spirits to become mega-powerful and awesome" theme I expected.

    And it is for this gross misconception that I give this less than glowing rating. The read is great, and had I not bought into the "Jim Butcher's cool take on Pokemon" interview I watched, I'm sure I would have enjoyed it more. But alas, I had expectations (possibly because I actually played pokemon?) and they were not met.

    In short, it's a good read, unless you're actually expecting a cross between the roman Legions and Pokemon. This is more "random medieval world with spirit guardians for one specific race of people"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10098)
    Performance
    (9400)
    Story
    (9401)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Hands-down one of the best books I've ever read"
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    This is the harry potter novel of video games and 80s nostalgia. Brilliantly written with twists, humor and adventure. And if you're a gamer, you'll certainly appreciate (and learn from) the dollops of gaming history loaded into the story.
    This is how I expected Snow Crash to be. Thank-you Ernest Cline.

    Will Wheaton does a fantastic performance that fits the novel perfectly. I'd really really /really/ love to hear more from both of these guys.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snuff

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1672)
    Performance
    (1481)
    Story
    (1491)

    Sam Vimes is on a well-deserved holiday. But for the commander of the City Watch, a vacation in the country is anything but relaxing. The balls, the teas, the muck - not to mention all that fresh air and birdsong - are more than a bit taxing on a cynical city-born and -bred copper. Yet a policeman will find a crime anywhere if he decides to look hard enough, and it’s not long before a body is discovered, and Sam - out of his jurisdiction, out of his element, and out of bacon sandwiches (thanks to his well-meaning wife) - must rely on his instincts, guile, and street smarts to see justice done.

    Tim says: "Perfect Pratchett"
    "Once again, a fantastic story and performance"
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    Stephen Briggs and Terry Pratchett seem to do no wrong. Every performance whisks you back into the diskworld, and this book is no different. Vimes is my favourite character amongst Pratchett's array, so this book had me a little more excited (and expectant) than his other plotlines.
    Fear not. It's a fantastic story. I sincerely hope this isn't the last time I read about the city watch. Get it *now*

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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