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  • Royal Assassin: The Farseer Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    Overall
    (1477)
    Performance
    (1027)
    Story
    (1039)

    Young Fitz, the illegitimate son of the noble Prince Chivalry, is ignored by all royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has had him tutored him in the dark arts of the assassin. He has barely survived his first, soul-shattering mission, and when he returns to the court, he is thrown headfirst into the tumult of royal life.

    Jake says: "Solid Middle Book"
    "Not What I Thought..."
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    I started listening to Royal Assassin as soon as I had finished the first book of the Farseer Trilogy, eager to see how the characters and story would play out.

    It took a while to slog through it. The second installment is long, and sometimes moves at a crawling pace... enough that I tend to tune out during the listen. Perhaps the unapologetic bleakness of the characters has something to do with that?

    It is an intricately woven tale of honor, loyalty, betrayal and love, but the oppressively depressing quality of the lives of her characters leaves me wondering if the third book in this series by Ms. Hobb will be even more masochistic.

    Admittedly, life is not fair in the land of the Six Duchies. I'm impressed with the style, depth, and quality of writing on display. Still, although I have purchased the third book of the trilogy, I don't plan on listening to it anytime soon.

    Kevin

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Operation Breakout: Merkiaari Wars, Volume 4

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Mark E. Cooper
    • Narrated By Mikael Naramore
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Kate Richmond, former army ranger and ISS operative, has seen a lot in her life. Sabotage, espionage, cyber theft, and assassination missions have all played their parts in her journey to becoming a viper. Nothing surprises her much any more, not even a full scale incursion of an alien race by the Merkiaari!

    Kevin says: "Horribly Disappointing"
    "Horribly Disappointing"
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    I am not entirely sure what this volume was meant to represent. The moronic story of Kate is aggravating to listen to. She may have been a favorite within the first two novels, but it is decreasingly enjoyable when the author continually puts Kate's own self-interest over everything. By doing so, Mr. Cooper jeopardizes the attempt to continue a thread of a story line or plot with the other characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Iron Gray Sea: Destroyermen, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (625)
    Performance
    (562)
    Story
    (567)

    In Taylor Anderson's acclaimed Destroyermen series, a parallel universe adds an extraordinary layer to the drama of World War II. Now, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy, the crew of the USS Walker, and their allies battle an ever-growing host of enemies across the globe in a desperate battle for freedom.

    Casey Ferrell says: "I want longer books!"
    "Still Going Strong..."
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    This is a continuation of a series that I rank in the upper 25 percent of favorites so far. I've listened to a fair number of stories and a equal number of series, and this one does not leave me feeling flat. After seven installments, I like where the storyline is going... even if I cannot accurately predict how it will play out for the individual characters. Perhaps that is half of the fun? Honestly, it is a good 'series' listen, but one cannot enjoy the tale unless the story is heard from the beginning. This is not a stand-alone episode, even for one familiar with the characters. I found myself, in the first hour of the listen, trying to remember who/what/where/when/why. A bit distracting, but easily overcome as memory returned and the delight of the story unfolded.

    The narration is gold-standard good; Mr. Dufris is an exceptionally gifted actor and his performance is never stale or disingenuous.

    I can't wait to hear how Dennis Silva will save the universe!

    Kevin

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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