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Crystal

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  • A Princess of Mars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (239)

    “The green warrior decided to close in and end the battle; just as he rushed me, a blinding light struck full in my eyes, so that I could not see Zad’s approach and could only leap blindly to one side to avoid his mighty blade...." Suddenly projected to Mars, John Carter finds himself the captive of the savage green men of Thark. With him is the lovely Dejah Thoris, Princess of Helium. And between them and rescue lay a thousand miles of deadly enemies and unknown dangers.

    Darwin8u says: "Everyman Civil Warrior = Martian Hercules"
    "An imaginitive peek"
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    If you could sum up A Princess of Mars in three words, what would they be?

    Gentlemen fight honorably!


    What other book might you compare A Princess of Mars to and why?

    I'm not sure, can make comparisons on its sequels but not this particular volume. Considering the time in which it was written, I found it fascinating how Burroughs worked in the known knowledge and scientific data of Mars and then built this fantastic world around it before the day and age of common science fiction! It doesn't come across as the dated, cheesy stuff one might find from as late as the 1980's. Yes, there are green men on Mars, but not like Marvin the Martian :)


    What does William Dufris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I think Mr. Dufris' accent and rhythm of speech is very believable for a 20+ year old Confederate War Veteran from the tobacco areas of Virginia. It's not too overstated but it's noticeable and compliments the gentlemanly but rugged when needed demeanor of John Carter very well.


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

    No, I certainly finished it more quickly than average but I didn't have the desire to consume it all in one sitting. There are several tense scenes in the book and while not nerve wracking, sometimes it did leave me feeling like, "Ok I've had enough of lead character in danger" for now. As there are a lot of situations where John Carter finds himself in one kind of mortal terror or another.


    Any additional comments?

    This one is great. Just get Princess of Mars and do yourself a favor and stop. And you won't be left hanging if you do so, its a fufilling story on its own. Not a slight on Dufris, I think he does a pretty good job. But the sequels in this series can get repetitive and tedious in my opinion. In much the same way as the Wizards First Rule series did. I want to scream, "Oh my God, I figured it out 5 chapters ago??!! I thought you were a smart man!!!!" LOL

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  • The Diamond Throne: The Elenium, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By David Eddings
    • Narrated By Greg Abby
    Overall
    (878)
    Performance
    (558)
    Story
    (567)

    Sparhawk, the Pandion Knight and Queen's Champion, returns from a long spell of exile to find his native land overrun with evil and intrigue, and his young Queen grievously ill. Indeed, Ehlana lies magically entombed within a block of crystal, doomed to die unless a cure can be found within a year.

    Bryan J. Peterson says: "Quirky pronunciations but overall a worthy job."
    "Get print if you must, but give audio a miss"
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    What disappointed you about The Diamond Throne?

    The story is only ok. Not a lot of character development across the trilogy and the plot is predictable from time to time. If you like complexity like you find with Sanderson, Butcher, Jordan, Martin, etc., this book well leave you wanting.


    Would you be willing to try another book from David Eddings? Why or why not?

    I finished this trilogy, and that's because I am a completist by nature - but it was a challenge to stay with it. However, a family member swears that other Eddings titles are better so perhaps I will give him another go, especially now that there is a return option.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    How did he not? Every line is delivered in the same sing-song canter regardless of the scene's mood or differences between characters. There is no variance in accents from character to character, only voice pitch changes. After about 1 hour, I would have to shut it off as the narration became so distracting that I really began to hope that Sparhawk would ride off a cliff so I could stop punishing myself (at this time Audible had no easy return policy so I was stuck).

    Abbey should stick to voicing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and other animated characters.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I liked the character names, and a couple of the supporting characters were quite good. I only wish they had been developed and tested more. I truly believe that had I read the book instead of going with Audio, my experience would have been a bit improved. The story is alright but could be better.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank god for Kalten. He was the bright spot in this book.

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