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Jeff Greiner

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Raleigh, NC | Member Since 2013

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  • Downshadow: Forgotten Realms: Ed Greenwood Presents Waterdeep, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Erik Scott de Bie
    • Narrated By James Patrick Cronin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Watchman by day, vigilante by night, Shadowbane's world is turned upside down when he runs across a powerful wizard - in the form of a confused, hunted girl who finds herself at the heart of a fell plot. When his friends start dying and the girl is kidnapped, Shadowbane must choose between the darkness and the light in his heart: to avenge the deaths of his friends, or to let the villain live to face - and possibly escape - justice.

    Jeff Greiner says: "Glad to See This On Audible"
    "Glad to See This On Audible"
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    What did you love best about Downshadow?

    This book does a great job of giving me interesting and engaging characters in the Forgotten Realms without having to give me a massive world-shattering event. What are the sorts of stories happening to the little guy...that's what Downshadow is about. A man out for justice to save a city that doesn't know it needs saving.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think I liked Erezra the most. She has an interesting story and is probably the most believable character in the way she talks, acts, and thinks. She's not given enough credit I feel like there's more to her that I want to learn, more than anyone else.


    Which character – as performed by James Patrick Cronin – was your favorite?

    Wrath, the villainous dwarf, was performed as this interesting combination of Bane from the Dark Knight movies and Robert Carlyle from Once Upon a Time and Stargate: Universe.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I'm not sure about one sitting...but I did finish it in about 4 days, that's about as close to one sitting as I get.


    Any additional comments?

    As a D&D and Forgotten Realms fan there are some issues with pronunciation in the performance and some areas where it seemed that the way it was read missed out on the punchline or the subtleties of the story, but for the most part I was very pleased with this book in story and in performance. Keep up the great work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scarlet: King Raven Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Stephen R Lawhead
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (165)

    After losing everything he owns, forester Will Scarlet embarks on a search for none other than King Raven, whose exploits have already become legendary. After fulfilling his quest - and proving himself a skilled and loyal companion - Will joins the heroic archer and his men.

    Teresa says: "Amazing Performance"
    "Justified the First In Every Way"
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    Any additional comments?

    The first book of this series was fine, but made me wonder if Lawhead had lost some of his magic...but in this book he got it back in spades. The reader is a perfect voice for Will Scarlet, who narrates the story, and telling the tale from Scarlet's perspective is engaging and interesting. I almost gave up on the series after book 1...but this book totally makes it all worthwhile, can't wait to check out the finale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Out of My Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Sharon M. Draper
    • Narrated By Sisi Aisha Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (147)

    Eleven-year-old Melody has a photographic memory that makes her the brightest kid in her school. Unfortunately, her teachers and doctors don’t believe she can even learn. Unable to talk, walk, or write, she longs to tell what she thinks and knows. Trapped inside her own mind, she finally discovers how to “speak.” And yet some may not be ready to hear her voice.

    Tim says: "I have CP"
    "Pretty good...perhaps unfair?"
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    Any additional comments?

    A quick, easy read that is touching, although predictable. While written from one perspective everyone at school comes off as complete jerks. There isn't one compassionate teacher and all the students make the wrong choices when things really matter...all of them...stretches my suspension of disbelief a bit thin.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Reaver: Forgotten Realms: The Sundering, Book IV

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Richard Lee Byers
    • Narrated By Eugene H. Russell IV
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (31)

    In the fourth book of the multi-author Sundering series launched by New York Times bestselling author R.A. Salvatore, Richard Lee Byers introduces Anton Marivaldi - a renowned reaver with an insatiable thirst for bounty and a moral compass that always leads him toward the evil he's never tried. Endless, pounding rain afflict the Sea of Fallen Stars and the coastal regions surrounding it. Harvests are failing, travel and trade are disrupted, and civilized forces are giving way to the deluges caused by the storms.

    Tom Grundy says: "Wanted this to be great book, I may never know"
    "Great Realms Story"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Reaver the most enjoyable?

    A tale of gods, pirates, druids, Red Wizards, and finally some ideas about what's actually happening during the Sundering.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paper Towns

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (822)
    Performance
    (670)
    Story
    (682)

    Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life - dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge - he follows.

    Jeremy says: "Green is Always Good, But Paper Towns Not Best"
    "Find me a John a Green novel I won't love..."
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    If you could sum up Paper Towns in three words, what would they be?

    Teenage adventure and revelation.


    Any additional comments?

    John Green captures teenaged ness in spirit though stories of things that are generally fantastic, unrealistic, and yet somehow totally believable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night of the Hunter: Legend of Drizzt: Companions Codex, Book I

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By R. A. Salvatore
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (148)

    R. A. Salvatore’s New York Times best-selling saga continues as dark elf Drizzt Do’Urden returns to Gauntlgrym with old friends by his side once again, as they seek to rescue Bruenor’s loyal shield dwarf-turned-vampire. But not only do Drizzt and his allies face a perilous journey through the Underdark and the dangers of the undead that lie within, but they must cross through a colony of drow, who would like nothing better than to see Drizzt Do’Urden dead.

    Derek says: "The feeling of adventure is back!"
    "Great Story, Sets Us Up For More, Reader Struggles"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I can forgive the slight mispronunciation of some of the fantasy names, and commend how well the reader does with almost all of them. But a few normal English words drove me crazy. Bade does not sound the same as bad. And there are two ways to say live...the wrong one was used at least once. The reader was otherwise fantastic, brought the story alive, and the story holds up with old school Salvatore books while embracing the recent past, sometimes in unexpected ways...sometimes exactly how you expect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Primary Phase (Dramatised)

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, and others
    Overall
    (1196)
    Performance
    (924)
    Story
    (927)

    A Special Edition of the original radio series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1978 and recently voted the Nation's Favourite Audiobook in a Guardian poll. Starring Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Mark Wing-Davey, Susan Sheridan and Stephen Moore, these six episodes (Fit the First to Fit the Sixth) have been remastered to modern-day standards by Dirk Maggs, and for the first time feature Philip Pope's arrangement of the familiar theme tune.

    Thomas says: "Difficult to listen to in the car!"
    "Don't Panic…it's good even in it's original form."
    Overall
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    What did you love best about The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?

    This is the story that launched a franchise of telling the same/similar story over and over again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Worst Ideas Ever: A Celebration of Embarrassment

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Daniel Kline, Jason Tomaszewski
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (534)
    Performance
    (491)
    Story
    (490)

    From memorable disasters such as New Coke, the XFL, and Tiger Woods’ marriage to less-remembered failures such as Yugo, Cop Rock, and Microsoft’s BOB, Worst Ideas Ever revisits history’s biggest blunders. Whether it’s a pop culture failure or a political one, Worst Ideas Ever uncovers the ridiculous stories behind mistakes so huge, you’ll have to constantly remind yourself that they actually happened.

    Stuart says: "Incorrect facts, idiotic conclusions, bad humor"
    "A Disappointment"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This book is a list of short-well known failures...it might have been nice if the authors had gone deeper into the whys and lessons of these failures, but they added nothing to the conversation and told no stories that weren't already well known to me.


    What does Patrick Lawlor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The reader does a fantastic job with material that's mediocre at best.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Adversary: Forgotten Realms: The Sundering, Book III

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Erin M. Evans
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (60)

    As the chaos of the Sundering rages around her, young warlock Farideh faces a more personal turmoil wrought by a deal she made with a devil years ago. Hoping to protect her twin sister, she leaves everything she holds dear to assist a wizard in a scheme that pits the devils of the Nine Hells against the gods above.

    Lisa says: "Two Series, One Book"
    "Easily the best of the Sundering"
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    If you could sum up The Adversary in three words, what would they be?

    Fantastic Shared-World Story


    Any additional comments?

    This may be my favorite a Realms novel ever. Evans integrates the world in a top notch fashion the way the leaders in the setting often don't. She, likewise ties in with the other Sundering books in ways both meaningful and interesting. All this in a story involving some of my favorite things, Chosen, devils, and Harpers. Every third tier character deserves a spin off story because that's how interesting and real they are written. The performance was also spot on. I think this is the first D&D audiobook where I didn't hear any mispronunciations that took me out of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elminster Enraged: Forgotten Realms: The Sage of Shadowdale, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ed Greenwood
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Elminster's archenemy, the vampiric Lord Manshoon, thinks he has destroyed Elminster at last. But Elminster survives in the form of magical ash, and with the help of his scion, a fop who is growing into a true nobleman, and his longtime companion Storm, he still has a chance to counter Manshoon's insidious plots.

    Jeff Greiner says: "Ed Greenwood Writes a Brilliant Audiobook"
    "Ed Greenwood Writes a Brilliant Audiobook"
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    What did you love best about Elminster Enraged?

    Greenwood's stories have always been good, but read to you they become fantastic.


    Any additional comments?

    It should have dawned on me earlier. As good of an author as Greenwood is, paired with a great performer, he's a brilliant audio drama writer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadowbane: Eye of Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Erik Scott de Bie
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Rumors are swirling around the dark corners of Westgate that a brutal vigilante is dealing violence and havoc in the guise of Shadowbane. Kalen and Myrin have just arrived from Luskan, in search of Kalen's former apprentice, Rhett. Though Kalen believes Rhett to be dead, Myrin won't give up hope as she in turn seeks more information about her past. And Kalen too must find his place, perhaps in the Eye of Justice - the organization that trained him - though that's the last place he wants to end up. But who are is this mysterious vigilante who wields the vaunted sword Vindicator?

    Jeff Greiner says: "Great reading, good book"
    "Great reading, good book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The performance is spot on, something unusual for fantasy books.


    What other book might you compare Shadowbane: Eye of Justice to and why?

    Shadowbane and Downshadow


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The cameos of old FR classics like Aurora were awesome.


    Any additional comments?

    This was probably not th best Shadowbane book, but it was certainly the best reading of a fantasy book I've heard so far. Well worth the time and money.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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