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John

AUSTIN, TX, United States

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  • The Republic of Thieves: Gentleman Bastard Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1965)
    Performance
    (1809)
    Story
    (1821)

    After their adventures on the high seas, Locke and Jean are brought back to earth with a thump. Jean is mourning the loss of his lover, and Locke must live with the fallout of crossing the all-powerful magical assassins the Bonds Magi. It is a fall-out that will pit both men against Locke's own long-lost love. Sabetha is Locke's childhood sweetheart, the love of Locke's life, and now it is time for them to meet again. Employed on different sides of a vicious dispute between factions of the Bonds, Sabetha has just one goal-to destroy Locke forever.

    David says: "A transition and a preface"
    "Weakest book in the series"
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    Would you try another book from Scott Lynch and/or Michael Page?

    Yes but this book will make me hesitant.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure. May be new lee child jack reacher novel.


    What three words best describe Michael Page’s voice?

    Versatile, pleasing, can't think of the word but theatrical


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Republic of Thieves?

    Mundane stuff and constant love conversations, tried too hard to build the tension between sabbaths and Locke. Tried to make up for lack of background in first two books.


    Any additional comments?

    First two books were very good. This book lacked the every chapter interest and had the feeling of a spacer book in the series.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Embers at Galdrilene: Dragon's Call, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By A. D. Trosper
    • Narrated By Valerie Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (117)

    The war between the Guardians and the Shadow Riders ended in total devastation. The final battle killed all the dragons and left nothing but fields of ash. A small clutch of dragon eggs was all that remained to provide hope for the future. Five hundred years later, the ability to use magic is a death sentence and dragons are remembered as a curse. But the unhatched dragons sing for their riders...and six lives will be changed forever.

    Ashley Fontainne says: "A Magical Journey"
    "Like listening to Siri read a book"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Teenage girls


    Would you ever listen to anything by A. D. Trosper again?

    No. Too simple. The characters have no depth and just go along with life altering paths without any questions.


    What didn’t you like about Valerie Gilbert’s performance?

    Sounded like they recorded sentences in no order and then pieced then together.


    What character would you cut from Embers at Galdrilene?

    Loki. Why bring the kid? Makes no sense.


    Any additional comments?

    I did not finish the book. When you can't even listen to it on the way home then you need to return it.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Gardens of the Moon: The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Steven Erikson
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1801)
    Performance
    (1606)
    Story
    (1616)

    The Malazan Empire simmers with discontent, bled dry by interminable warfare, bitter infighting, and bloody confrontations with ancient and implacable sorcerers. Even the imperial legions, long inured to the bloodshed, yearn for some respite. Yet Empress Laseen’s rule remains absolute, enforced by her dreaded Claw assassins. For Sergeant Whiskeyjack and his squad of Bridgeburners, and for Tattersail, their lone surviving mage, the aftermath of the siege of Pale should have been a time to mourn the many dead. But Darujhistan, last of the Free Cities, yet holds out.

    Amazon Customer says: "Probably best to read on paper/kindle"
    "Story comes together in the end"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, only for a friend looking for a book to listen to but not someone who wanted a book with a good story.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Steven Erikson again?

    Yes, but after this one I would only gravitate towards his books if I just wanted something to listen to in the car.


    What about Ralph Lister’s performance did you like?

    Ralph Lister's performance was solid and he portrayed all the characters well. He ability to change from Demi-God to lowly farm hand was impressive.


    Was Gardens of the Moon worth the listening time?

    Yes but only because the story took so long to come together. The book starts in the middle almost, dropping you in the middle of a very integral conflict. Making you piece together puzzle of what happened. I was forced to listen twice to a few chapters after the fact to make sure I did not miss a characters name or position. It may be reader error but I am not a fan of a book where you are forced to deal with a lack of meaningful prologue.


    Any additional comments?

    The series is supposed to be better after the first book because the characters continue. You learn to enjoy the Captain and Whiskey Jack but it takes the book. Which is probably how they would be in real life: you don't enjoy their company but then you start to appreciate the gruff.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Song: Raven's Shadow, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Anthony Ryan
    • Narrated By Steven Brand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4075)
    Performance
    (3809)
    Story
    (3810)

    The Sixth Order wields the sword of justice and smites the enemies of the Faith and the Realm. Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of 10 when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order. The Brothers of the Sixth Order are devoted to battle, and Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate, and dangerous life of a Warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order.

    Ron says: "Great Epic Fantacy"
    "Solid Story, Solid Characters, Solid Plot"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, well written with a plot and story with good detail and ending did not feel rushed.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Main Character. Has presence and is true to him self. The child dropped off by his father is the man at the end. You understand who he is and why he has chosen his path. There is no question about his character and who he is.


    Have you listened to any of Steven Brand’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. First Steven Brand's performance.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending. His simplistic and stoic view of where he wants to be and single-minded direction is one of the reasons I enjoyed his character.


    Any additional comments?

    On a level with Mistborn and The Demon Cycle. Not quite to the expansive world of Wheel of Time or A Song of Ice and Fire or even Way of Kings, Brandon Sanderson's first of the Stormlight Archive but a good beginning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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