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  • 4 reviews
  • 11 ratings
  • 145 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2015

  • Athyra: Vlad Taltos, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Steven Brust
    • Narrated By Bernard Setaro Clark

    Vlad Taltos is very good at killing people. That, combined with two faithful companions and a talent for witchcraft, makes him an assassin par excellence. But lately his heart just hasn't been in his work, so he decides to retire. Unfortunately, old enemies have scores to settle with Vlad. So much for retirement!

    Trevor says: "A new point of view, not such a bad thing"

    I have truly loved this series up until this point...but this book have some major flaws.
    Vlad and Loiosh have been reduced to sidecharacters.
    And the new main characters are now Rocza and a rather slow village boy.
    This would not have been so bad if Rocza could talk or if the boy was either smart, quick or witty....That is however not the case.
    If a question is asked in this book there is a 90% chance that the answer will be "nevermind","I don't know" or "...nothing" this gets very frustrating after a while.
    The plot ok-ish, but badly paced.

    I will probably not listen to it again.

    If you are wondering if you can jump this book without losing the story.
    Yes, I believe you can.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

    D says: "Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radieance" shines"
    "I have no words."

    This book consumed me and hurled me away. The boring and forgettable Shallan form the first book is gone, and a new interesting Shallan have taken her place. (Though Kaladin still blows everyone else out of the water.)

    With the world alive like never before, it is amazing to think that we are only scratching the surface.
    I am too deep in now, I need to see this to the end.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Assassin's Quest: The Farseer Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The gripping finale to Robin Hobb’s classic Farseer trilogy. Keystone. Gate. Crossroads. Catalyst. Fitz is about to discover the truth about the Fool's prophecy. Having been resurrected from his fatal tortures in Regal's dungeons, Fitz has once more foiled Regal's attempts to be rid of him. Now, back in his own body, and after months of rehabilitation, Fitz begins the painful and slow process of learning the ways of a man again.

    Viktor says: "I didn't like this book at all."
    "I didn't like this book at all."

    I really enjoyed the other two books in this series. Which in a way makes this book even worse.
    Everything I liked about Fits is removed, and all that is left is a stumbling selfish idiot.
    He has become a slave to his emotions (mainly fear) with no resolve. Several times after deciding something he would just turn right around with the excuse "I could not stop myself" or "I just had to do it". At one point I got so angry over one of these I had to stop the audiobook and go hit my kitchen table.

    In fact if I think about it, I don't like the way any of the characters have developed, except for perhaps Nighteyes.

    After every chapter there is a section where the narrator just gives reader information about the world. These are often repetitive and we get told a lot of things we already know.
    At at least two points the narrator pauses from the story and provides spoilers of whats gonna happen.

    I just started with part 5 and i honestly don't want to continue.
    I think I'll just pretend book 2 ended with Fits living happily ever after as a wolf.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sheepfarmer's Daughter: The Deed of Paksenarrion, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Refusing to marry a pig farmer and joining the army, even if it means never seeing her family again, Paksenarrion begins an adventure that enables her to restore an overthrown ruler.

    Christopher says: "Intriguing start"
    "I normally don't wright reviews but..."

    Rarely do I come across books that I don't like. I went right in with in with my normal enthusiasm. But I soon found myself bored due to the lack of details and descriptions.

    We what we get is:
    "He got angry and hit him"

    Why not make it something like this:
    "John could feel the blood rush trough his veins, his hands clenched. Before Tom could react, he struck. His fist made a satisfying crunch as it connected with Tom's face" ?

    The characters don't come alive in the first case, and the characters are the ones that make the story.

    A few hours in I had no idea about anyone's story, appearance, motivations, or character.
    All I knew is that the main character is a blond tomboy who wants to be a soldier
    (for no real reason).
    Another thing, you don't name 10 characters in 2 minutes, with no description if you want people to remember them. (I actually forgot the antagonists name.)

    In my view there is nothing that drives the story, no tension, no emotions, nothing.
    But perhaps its my young male mind who can't handle a female voice doing the narration.
    Or perhaps it becomes vastly better after she was locked up?
    All i know is that this book was a disappointment.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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