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Clarke A. Draheim

Camp Pendleton, CA United States | Member Since 2003

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  • Inheritance: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4218)
    Performance
    (3681)
    Story
    (3732)

    Not so very long ago, Eragon - Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider - was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders. months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can.

    Robert says: "All the reviews had me worried for nothing!"
    "Waiting for the revised edition???"
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    I would best describe this book as islands of brilliance surrounded by a sea of mediocrity. I look forward to a revised addition in a few years once the author has had time to rest and review his work.

    I am not giving anything away by saying the interview between Paolini, and his editor after the ending was enlightening as to what went wrong. He was having personal problems, and the publishers put him under strict deadlines he could not meet. The pressure got to him, and this killed his creativity. He does not say this but when you read or hear the book it is easy to see that is what happened.

    I agree with many of the reviewers that you are not left with a good feeling when the book ends. But then again the book should have ended many chapters before it did. The main event had happened but that is not where the story ends. The cleanup chapters go on chapter after chapter, and the characters are being driven by oppressive duty rather than honor, love, and passion for life. Sort of like an author being forced to write when he does not have the passion to do it.

    Happily enough Saphira seems to be immune to this melancholy situation, and continues to do what come naturally.

    Books 1 & 2 are 5 star, Book 3 was 4 star, but this book is a 2 & ?? star

    Hopefully a revision will come out in a few year to correct this issue.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Scorpio Illusion

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    Tyrell Hawthorne was a naval intelligence officer - one of the best - until the night in Amsterdam when his wife was murdered. Since then he's been sailing charters in the islands. Now he's called out of retirement for one last assignment. For Hawthorne is the only man alive who can track down the world's most dangerous terrorist. Now, with his life and the life of the President hanging in the balance, Hawthorne must follow the terrorist's serpentine trail, a path of seduction, betrayal, an instant death.

    Charles says: "skip this book"
    "Very predictable"
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    It may just be the bad narrator, (this guy sounds like a 1950???s news caster), but the story was very predictable. Not up to standards of his other books at all.
    The story does not flow and the narrator stops and starts so sharply it makes it hard to listen too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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