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David

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Sharon, MA, United States | Listener Since 2005

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  • How Firm a Foundation: Safehold Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (566)
    Performance
    (505)
    Story
    (514)

    The Charisian Empire, born in war, has always known it must fight for its very survival. What most of its subjects don’t know even now, however, is how much more it’s fighting for. Emperor Cayleb, Empress Sharleyan, Merlin Athrawes, and their innermost circle of most trusted advisers do know. And because they do, they know the penalty if they lose will be far worse than their own deaths and the destruction of all they know and love.

    William says: "Annoying Performance"
    "Story proceeds well, narrator is VERY poor."
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    I have been an avid fan of this series, but I was extremely disappointed with the narration of this episode. I would gladly by another copy if they could get Oliver Wyman back. After almost a hundred hours of previous story, this narrator did not even have the courtesy to listen to the previous volumes and learn the proper pronunciation of the names of the characters or places. It continually brought me up short while listening trying to figure out which of the previous characters/places this mispronunciation referred to. Also, unlike Mr. Wyman, there appeared to be no effort at the type of "vocal acting" I have come to expect from this series. To Mr. Keating credit, he is literate and there were almost no mispronounced words or stumbles as I have heard in other audio book. but the narration was totally uninspired.

    As for the story, it moves well in this epesode. This book did NOT drag nearly as much as "A Mighty Fortress". I tend to find the one to two hour descriptions of a single naval battle to be wearing after a while, and while I do appreciate the sense of the historic sequence of events representing the development of modern weaponry and tactics, some of the "battle sequences" are a little overlong and slow down the pacing and progress of the tale.

    As usual, the character development is superb. I really care about these characters and can't wait to visit them again in the next book.

    I also agree with the reader who was disenchanted with the requirement of two credits for this book. Please go back to the one credit/one book paradigm which I thought I was getting when I enrolled in Audible.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Knight in Shining Armor

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jude Deveraux
    • Narrated By Steve West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (351)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (315)

    Once upon a time...as a fair maiden lay weeping upon a cold tombstone, her heartfelt desire was suddenly made real before her: Tall, broad of shoulder, attired in gleaming silver and gold, her knight in shining armor had come to rescue his damsel in distress.... Hailed worldwide as one of the most romantic novels of all time, Jude Deveraux's dazzling best seller "will capture your heart - and hold it" (Daily Herald, Chicago) with its breathtaking tale.

    JeriG says: "Well worth the wait!"
    "A Much Richer Story Than I Expected"
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    This is a surprisingly good book. While it is technically a Romance, it is also a time travel fantasy. The story line is much richer and more interesting than I expected with a surprising ending. The characters are richly drawn, the narrator is good and I found myself listening to it more than once, a good sign in my case. I encourage you to give it a try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wise Man's Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9801)
    Performance
    (8123)
    Story
    (8196)

    "My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep...."

    Joe says: "Excellent, Imaginative, Beautiful, Page Turning!!!"
    "Easily a 5-star book."
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    Notes from the first book in the series. These also apply to the second volume...

    This book is completely engrossing! I bought it on the strength of the reviews and am truly glad I did. It has a richer and more varied story line than one usually finds in these epic fantasy series and the complexity of the story line keeps it from being a boring read. I can't wait for the final volume. It should be noted that this series should be treated as a single story that takes three books to tell. The second book is a true continuation of the story begun in the first book, not a separate entity and there will be much that does not make sense if you don't read the series from the beginning.

    I must also comment on the narrator, Nick Podehl. He gives an EXCELLENT performance in these books. One of the best I have ever heard in the 700+ audiobooks in my collection. I would now be willing to buy a book just because he is reading it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11710)
    Performance
    (9388)
    Story
    (9500)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Truly a 5-star book."
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    This book is completely engrossing! I bought it on the strength of the reviews and am truly glad I did. It has a richer and more varied story line than one usually finds in these epic fantasy series and the complexity of the story line keeps it from being a boring read. I can't wait for the final volume. It should be noted that this series should be treated as a single story that takes three books to tell. The second book is a true continuation of the story begun in the first book, not a separate entity and there will be much that does not make sense if you don't read the series from the beginning.

    I must also comment on the narrator, Nick Podehl. He gives an EXCELLENT performance in these books. One of the best I have ever heard in the 700+ audiobooks in my collection. I would now be willing to buy a book just because he is reading it.














    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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