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Benjamin

B. Moore

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REVIEWS
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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Midst Toil and Tribulation: Safehold Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (575)
    Performance
    (527)
    Story
    (523)

    After centuries of stasis, the island kingdom of Charis began to defy the edicts of the Church of God Awaiting - egged on, some say, by the mysterious warrior-monk Merlin Athawes. Now, in the wars and intrigues that have cascaded from Charis's declaration of independence, the populous Republic of Siddermark is sliding into chaos.

    Ryan says: "Narrator is HORRIBLE - Love this series"
    "I can't listen to this"
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    What didn’t you like about Kevin T. Collins’s performance?

    I loved the first five books of the series, and was eagerly awaiting the next installment. Only to find the narrator had been changed and not for the better.The quality of the narration is extremely poor. It was rushed, flat and pronunciation differed from previous books.Why do this? I can't be the only reader alienated by this.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Oath of Swords: War God, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (735)
    Performance
    (640)
    Story
    (647)

    Bahzell is no knight in shining armor, and besides he has too many problems of his own to be messing with anybody else's problems - let alone the War God's. Unfortunately, the War God has other ideas for him.

    breckoz says: "Almost Returned This One"
    "Good in parts,but not as good as his later books."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Grew tired of it quickly, glad it was not my introduction to David Webber as Oath of Swords would have put me off his later and much better books.


    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • On Basilisk Station: Honor Harrington, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2284)
    Performance
    (1649)
    Story
    (1641)

    Honor Harrington has been exiled to Basilisk station and given an antique ship to police the system. The vindictive superior who sent her there wants her to fail. But he made one mistake: he's made her mad....

    gerry says: "Damn you Steve Gibson"
    "The start of a great SF epic"
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    Performance
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    If you could sum up On Basilisk Station in three words, what would they be?

    The good, the bad and the foolish


    Which character – as performed by Allyson Johnson – was your favorite?

    I loved the use of accents to show where each character was from really added depth.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (94)

    In a world recovering only slowly from evil, a world where allomancers wield immense power through their ability to unleash the magic bound up in common metals, someone who can burn metals that no-one has burned before can tip the balance....

    Chris says: "A solid book, but leaves loose ends"
    "First book I have ever given fives all round"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel in three words, what would they be?

    Metal, Magic, and Guns!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel?

    I can't say too much without risking spoilers; but how the guns and the magic work together is so cool.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't say without spoilers.


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

    Well read, very well read by Michael Kramer. I could listen to her all day long.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy it now or be sad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    Overall
    (282)
    Performance
    (258)
    Story
    (257)

    According to mythology mankind used to live in The Tranquiline Halls. Heaven. But then the Voidbringers assaulted and captured heaven, casting out God and men. Men took root on Roshar, the world of storms, but the Voidbringers followed. The Almighty gave men powerful suits of armor and mystical weapons, the Shardblades. Led by ten angelic Heralds and ten orders of knights known as Radiants, mankind finally won (or so the legends say).

    Carmen says: "Epic"
    "Lengthy but not Epic"
    Overall


    There are some great ideas in this monster, the storm ravaged world, food being either men’s or Women’s food, magic armour and a pixy for every occasion.

    That said I found that despite having many fun elements the book as a whole doesn’t work for me. I found the characterization and foreshadowing rather unsubtle. The big reveal at the end did not surprise me but still managed to irritate the heck out of me. I also failed to connect with the characters at all or perhaps it would be more accurate to say I disconnected with them when they entered emotional holding patterns for large chunks of the book. Also the whole using social injustice to make me engage with the characters might have worked if it hadn’t been directed with the finesse of a wrecking ball.

    I am not going to follow this series but I will still take a look at Brandon Sanderson’s shorter works.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons (Part One): Book 5 of A Song of Ice and Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (287)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (257)

    This is Part One of A Dance With Dragons. The fifth volume in the greatest epic work of the modern age, George R R Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire, this recording is unabridged and split into two parts. The future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance. In the east, Daenerys, last scion of House Targaryen, her dragons grown to terrifying maturity, rules as queen of a city built on dust and death, beset by enemies.

    Ian says: "What happened here?"
    "Roy Dotrice does not do the work justice"
    Overall

    I loved the book however the Narration was awful I cannot stand to give the book a bad review but the Narration is so bad I would strongly recommend reading the book and spending your audible credit elsewhere.

    Roy Dotrice does not do the work justice. The female characters all sound like old North Country serving women from some low rent historical drama. With younger women this is particularly jarring, Daenerys sounds like she is 103. I will avoid any audio book read by Roy Dotrice in the future.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Out of the Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (384)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (197)

    Earth is conquered. The Shongairi have arrived in force, and humanity’s cities lie in radioactive ruins. In mere minutes, over half the human race has died. Now Master Sergeant Stephen Buchevsky, who thought he was being rotated home from his latest tour in Afghanistan, finds himself instead prowling the back country of the Balkans, dodging alien patrols and trying to organize the scattered survivors without getting killed.

    Barry says: "Collapses at the finish line"
    "Deus ex machina ending"
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    There is a lot not to like in this book, totally invulnerable Vampires, cardboard aliens, and assorted bad science. Shame I liked his earlier work, will be cautious with his next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Illustrated Man

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    A hiker meets a man whose upper body is covered with illustrations so vivid and beautiful that they literally come to life. One by one, the images quiver with fantastic tales guaranteed to stir your imagination. The illustrations tell tales of a future where space travel is commonplace and technology has a tendency to turn sinister. Full of realistic details and dialogue, the stories make what was unthinkable believable, blurring the fine line between reality and fantasy.

    Michael says: "Nice Tattoos"
    "Well written but"
    Overall

    The illustrated man is well written but extremely old fashioned. The short stories are imaginative but all the Sci in this Sci-Fi is very much of the vacuum tube era.

    2 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Straken: High Druid of Shannara, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Terry Brooks
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (378)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (146)

    The High Druid of Shannara trilogy draws to a thrilling close as a young hero nears completion of his trial by fire, a banished ruler fights for her life in a wilderness of dread, and forces of darkness and light square off in a battle unto death for the right to absolute rule. Prepare to be spellbound by the masterly hand of best-selling legend weaver Terry Brooks, conjuring at the peak of his skills.

    Theo says: "Finally!"
    "Sacarin?"
    Overall


    Much as I like Terry Brooks it does seem that the same themes are repeated ad nauseam. If it just me or do female lead characters die / nobly sacrifice themselves in every book. Not that I object to either the sentiment or even the device but it can get old. In short read one series and then quit to avoid d?j? vu.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eldest: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3889)
    Performance
    (1898)
    Story
    (1937)

    Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in the skills of the Dragon Rider: magic and swordsmanship. Soon he is on the journey of a lifetime, his eyes open to awe-inspiring new places and people, his days filled with fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and nothing is what it seems.

    Teddy says: "You see growth in the Author"
    "Awful"
    Overall

    I have just wasted my 2 audible credit for the month on this, do your self a favour and avoid making the mistake I made. Not only is the plot 2D, the characters shallow and unbelievable but the narrator uses a melodramatic style that gave me the impression he was taking the P. There is a huge range of quality fantasy don’t waste you time with this vaguely Norse bilge.

    7 of 36 people found this review helpful

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