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OZ

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  • The Shadow of Saganami

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (372)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (257)

    The Star Kingdom has a new generation of officers! And this elite group hand-picked and trained by Honor Harrington herself is going to be needed immediately, as their first assignment turns out to be more dangerous than anyone expected. What was supposed to be a quiet outpost, far from the blazing conflict between the Star Kingdom of Manticore and the People's Republic of Haven has actually been targeted by an unholy alliance between the slaveholders of Manpower.

    Jean says: "The Shadow of Saganami"
    "Narration too much a departure"
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    The narration was so misaligned from other Weber audiobooks, that I would not purchase in audiobook format, but would instead read in print or Kindel.

    Obviously Jay Snyder is a highly trained professional voice, but his unexpected shift to a British accent for everyone in the Star Kingdom of Manticore, including Honor, threw me. I'd enjoyed Weber's style in the prolog, and tried to deal with the too slick accent. The Admiral Harrington rendition in the first chapter reminded me of a Saturday Night Live spoof of Margaret Thatcher! It was too much, I had to forgo the listen after just 20 minutes. I could not enjoy hearing 30 hours of out of character renditions.

    While I heard all of Allyson Johnson's reads, I've listened to others read Weber's books. It's not that my listening is inflexible, or that I'm an Anglophobe. It's that the performance is so mismatched, and overplayed that it ruined my enjoyment of the story.

    I wish I could preview narration, but I've not made that feature work on my IPAD.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9578)
    Performance
    (7095)
    Story
    (7143)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Jason says: "Brandon's Best Work Yet"
    "Slow to develop, worth perserverance"
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    Michael Kramer's deadpan, almost monotone read stretched my willingness to stay with the book. I persevered, and was rewarded with a very good story. I really enjoyed the female characters portrayed by Kate Reading. I'm glad I purchased, just purchased the second looking forward to the long listen. The story had detail and color, with extraordinary character development. I enjoyed the military engagements and the way the author repeatedly took some characters to the bitter edge of disappointment, yet did not dwell there. Magic and fantasy or at least a very different world were presented as matter of fact. Their impact and importance to the story developed with the characters. Very enjoyable story, very rich background. Recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Free Excerpt: Crystal Soldier

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 1 min)
    • By Sharon Lee, Steve Miller
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (94)

    Centuries in the past, mankind fought a seemingly unbeatable adversary from sector to sector across the Spiral Arm until the war ground to a standstill and the Enemy withdrew. Believing that they had won, the citizens of the galaxy rebuilt. The Inner Worlds, which had escaped the worst of the war's ravages, became even more insular, while the Rim worlds adopted a free and easy way with law and order. Now, hundreds of years after their withdrawal, the Enemy is back - and this time they'll be satisfied with nothing less than the extinction of the galaxy.

    Roger says: "... Interesting"
    "Free, but won't download"
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    I have no idea how good or bad this free sample is. It will not download to my IPHONE. I'm providing the author some credibility by choosing the sample. Why am I not receiving my sample in return for choosing the sample to review?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Breath of God: A Novel of the Opening of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Harry Turtledove
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (18)

    Once the great Glacier enclosed the Raumsdalian Empire. Now it has broken open, and Count Hamnet Thyssen faces a new world. With the wisecracking Ulric Skakki, the neighboring clan leader Trasamund (politely addressed as "Your Ferocity"), and his lover, the shaman Liv, Hamnet leads an exploration of the new territory in hopes of finding the legendary Golden Shrine.

    Bruce says: "Sequel"
    "Where is context, where is story"
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    After an hour I had to quit. No context, no description of the environment, just narrative that required more development to make a story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm over Warlock

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Andre Norton
    • Narrated By Jim Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    In this story, an alien race known as the "Throgs" attacks a Terran survey camp without warning. "Eye-searing lances of energy lashed back and forth across the base with methodical accuracy, and a single cowering witness, flattened on a ledge in the heights above, knew that when the last of those yellow-red bolts fell, nothing human would be left alive down there."

    OZ says: "He read it to me"
    "He read it to me"
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    Read the book years ago, enjoyed it and enjoyed it again with this listen. Unfortunately, the narrator was something I had to suffer through. The reading was precise, slightly incongruent with the New England brogue. HE READ THE STORY. Phrasing was to provide a precise reading, NOT to impart the action, emotion, or tempo of the story. While there was plenty of vocal variation, it was not to better convey the story, but to read the written word correctly. I had to replay many passages, because I missed important action or changes because he conveyed no emotion. Good voice for text book or legal documents, not monotone, clear and precise. Poor technique for pursuit, survival SciFi story!

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Ashes: Ashes Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ilsa J. Bick
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (750)
    Performance
    (677)
    Story
    (682)

    An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device and killing billions. Alex hiked into the woods to say good-bye to her dead parents and her personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse crushes her to the ground, Alex meets up with Tom, a young soldier, and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP. For this improvised family and the others who are spared, it's now a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Another Readable Story About the End of the World"
    "Can't this girl do anything right?"
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    I have to agree with an earlier review. I read (listen to) post apocalyptic tales to hear stories of everyday heros who overcome adversity. Into part two and I just cannot connect with someone who does everything wrong, loses with every situation. I'll continue to struggle through, but my bright daily outlook can only absorb so much heroine failure in a given reading.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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