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Jason Manheim

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Los Angeles, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Hit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (2435)
    Performance
    (2102)
    Story
    (2112)

    Will Robie is a master of killing. A highly skilled assassin, Robie is the man the U.S. government calls on to eliminate the worst of the worst - enemies of the state, monsters committed to harming untold numbers of innocent victims.No one else can match Robie's talents as a hitman...no one, except Jessica Reel. A fellow assassin, equally professional and dangerous, Reel is every bit as lethal as Robie. And now, she's gone rogue, turning her gun sights on other members of their agency.

    Rodney says: "I couldn't Stop Listening"
    "Lacks excitement; bad writing. Simply boring."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I imagine this would be a good time-waster for a road trip or the perfect droning voice to fall asleep to on a plane; missing large chunks doesn't matter as the story never comes together anyway.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    This is my first Baldacci book and unfortunately I won't be reading any more. Perhaps something by Clancy, Silva, or Hunter.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narration wasn't bad and I actually enjoy occasional sound effects and multiple narrators. There was zero emotion, though, but I guess that's hard to portray with writing as terrible as this.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I don't read (or listen to) this genre very often but I found this to be incredibly boring for a genre that is full of excitement and intrigue. I'm afraid I was swayed by the many positive reviews. This books feels and reads as if it could be a 5th grader's book report.


    Any additional comments?

    Absolutely no character development, predictable, no surprises, bland dialogue, and the word choices were overly simplistic; not in a beautifully simple way but rather as if it was written by a child learning to portray emotion through writing for the first time.

    Only finished because it was so short and I'm a completist. No payoff at the end, either.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Rithmatist

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1342)
    Performance
    (1236)
    Story
    (1243)

    More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings - merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles.

    Brandon says: "Beware of the chalk!"
    "Great (short) start to a fantastic new YA series."
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Rithmatist?

    The depth and explanations of the magic system while still appearing to be rather simplistic; just chalk, circles, and lines.


    What about Michael Kramer’s performance did you like?

    Great voice acting. Soothing yet exciting when needed.


    Any additional comments?

    Like most of Sanderson's work you get a very detailed world with a fascinating magical system. Unfortunately, at about 10 hours, it feels a bit rushed and many things were left unexplained. However, the main plot line was handled well and there is an opening for many more Rithmatist books to come.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2946)
    Performance
    (2258)
    Story
    (2266)

    An orphan's life is harsh---and often short---in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains---a man who is neither blind nor a priest. A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected "family" of orphans---a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards.

    Luke A. Reynolds says: "Stupendous, but be warned."
    "Beautifully written. Slow character development."
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    Would you try another book from Scott Lynch and/or Michael Page?

    I think Lynch is a fantastic "new" writer and I'm looking forward to reading any work he does outside the world of Lamora, or perhaps, newer books in the series.

    Page was fantastic; I'll be searching out his work for sure.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Scott Lynch? Why or why not?

    Absolutely. He has a knack for beautiful prose and world building; even if this one was a bit overdone and rife with annoying flashbacks and interludes.

    Even in the end, when I finally began to feel for some of the characters, I am still left with some lack of overall interest and I'm not quite sure why. I'd love to read something in a world outside of the Gentlemen Bastards; something new.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Page – was your favorite?

    This is a hard question to answer simply because the character development was extremely slow. I nearly put the book down for good several times because I did not care at all for any one character. Eventually, I grew to love Jean.


    Was The Lies of Locke Lamora worth the listening time?

    If it weren't for my determination to finish what I begin, I would have missed the eventual character dev. This is mostly because Lynch decided to tell the story with several flashbacks and interludes which left a complete picture of the Gentlemen Bastards (and my love for each them) unfulfilled until the tail-end of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Slow start, slow character development, beautiful writing if a tad overdone, fantastic world, slightly disappointing climax.

    This is a book by a very skilled writer and talented storyteller at the beginning of his game. With some experience and honing he could very well become something great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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