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Jeff Greiner

The Tome Host at thetomeshow.com

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
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    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.

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  • 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
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    Performance
    (683)
    Story
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    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."
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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.


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  • 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
    (352)
    Performance
    (325)
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    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.

    Peter says: "This book was one of the worst ideas every"
    "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.


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  • 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
    (35)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
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    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.

    Travis says: "A fun jaunt"
    "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.

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  • 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
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    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.

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  • Shadowbane: Eye of Justice

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

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