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Gleason

minneapolis, MN, United States

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  • How Firm a Foundation: Safehold Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (552)
    Performance
    (492)
    Story
    (500)

    The Charisian Empire, born in war, has always known it must fight for its very survival. What most of its subjects don’t know even now, however, is how much more it’s fighting for. Emperor Cayleb, Empress Sharleyan, Merlin Athrawes, and their innermost circle of most trusted advisers do know. And because they do, they know the penalty if they lose will be far worse than their own deaths and the destruction of all they know and love.

    William says: "Annoying Performance"
    "Plodding along..."
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    I like this story, but I getting the feeling that its slowly grinding to a halt. Its mentioned in the book about 20 years are left before a big event. Well, reading this has me feeling 20 years will elapse before we get to a point. And what of the protagonist? Almost no Nimue / Merlin. I understand other character development is important but, where is the protagonists actions? Surely playing guard isn't the sum of a "superior" beings involvement.

    As for the performance, Mr. Keating has proven he can read, I will give him that. But did he even listen to the other books in the series? I can live with the change in character accents, barely. But his name pronunciation SUCKS! Or more to the point, it doesn't even match the other books!

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Midst Toil and Tribulation: Safehold Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (559)
    Performance
    (512)
    Story
    (508)

    After centuries of stasis, the island kingdom of Charis began to defy the edicts of the Church of God Awaiting - egged on, some say, by the mysterious warrior-monk Merlin Athawes. Now, in the wars and intrigues that have cascaded from Charis's declaration of independence, the populous Republic of Siddermark is sliding into chaos.

    Ryan says: "Narrator is HORRIBLE - Love this series"
    "Narration is Fingernails on Chalkboard."
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    The narrator gets one star for being able to read. But! Did he even listen to the previous audiobooks? Even one? "CHARR is" vs. "CAR is" , whichever is correct doesn't matter. It is the latter which has been used up til now. Its change is like the fingernails on a chalkboard.

    The story remains intact. And seems a decent continuation.

    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
    (4827)
    Performance
    (4388)
    Story
    (4436)

    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."
    "Very good, not great."
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    Its hard to give an honest review of a book that has reached its final "chapter". Being an incredible fan of the series for half of my life, I try to judge each part on its merits.

    This book has an incredible amount of warfare in it. I know its the "final battle" but I felt that it all lead me to a very anti-climatic ending. The narration was good, but I did notice some of the accents they gave to the characters were not the same as used in previous books. It was mostly in minor characters but I did notice, so I mention it.

    As another reviewer mentioned, I would have like a bit longer final chapter with some details of where everyone ended up.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9679)
    Performance
    (7190)
    Story
    (7238)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Jason says: "Brandon's Best Work Yet"
    "What can I say. Its Good!"
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    Very good story, compelling characters, and new twist on fantasy by an author who is becoming well known.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise of Endymion

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1219)
    Performance
    (698)
    Story
    (704)

    In the stunning continuation of the epic adventure begun in Hyperion, Simmons returns us to a far future resplendent with drama and invention. On the world of Hyperion, the mysterious Time Tombs are opening. And the secrets they contain mean that nothing - nothing anywhere in the universe - will ever be the same.

    Chad says: "Simmons' Magnum Opus"
    "Get on with it already."
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    Starting with the first novel in this series being fairly good, we arrive at this one. It is about half the quality of Hyperion, the first in the series. As another reviewer said, the author goes on rambling about descriptions and names to places and characters that are utterly pointless and lets the main story suffer.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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