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Nathan

Warren, PA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16822)
    Performance
    (12998)
    Story
    (13029)

    A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

    Teddy says: "Did not disappoint..."
    "Good, but too much magic."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story was at the same level as A Game Of Thrones. However, I preferred how underplayed magic in that book was, leaving you to wonder if magic was real or just folk lore and superstition. However, in this book, the use of magic is gratuitous and over-the-top. The Harry Potter world's use of magic may have been more toned down.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4002)
    Performance
    (3499)
    Story
    (3465)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "I do not recommend this book."
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    Performance
    Story

    Pros:
    1. The narrators maintain a pretty consistent voice level and speak clearly.

    Mehs:
    1. The story wasn't super horrible.

    Cons:
    1. The narrator for Aomame spoke slowly, as if she was reading for children.

    2. A third narrator is added in part 3 for a character that played a minor role previously and drastically changed the voice of the character.

    3. Descriptions, dialogue, and inner monologues often repeated the same points consecutively. He would often describe something the same way or have a character say or think the same thing in three consecutive sentences.

    4. There were way too many pointless sex scenes. It was as if the author forgot he was writing a bad fantasy novel and thought instead that he was writing a bad romance novel at times. They did not drive the plot or add substance.

    5. Characters jumped to irrational conclusions that were correct, presumably because the author couldn't find a sensible way to have the characters arrive that those conclusions any other way.

    6. The author, or perhaps the translators, used the phrase "any number of times" to mean "many times," which is not the literal meaning of this phrase. Things like this are a pet peeve of mine, so this is more of a personal con.

    Other thoughts:
    I had not read or listened to any Haruki Murakami books before this. I've read reviews that say this is one of this worst books, but it has made me nervous about trying an other book of his. I'm most concerned that his repetitive way of describing things is part of his writing style.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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