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Frank

Cedar Park, TX, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • The Wolf Gift

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (812)
    Performance
    (730)
    Story
    (738)

    A young reporter on assignment from the San Francisco Observer... An older woman welcoming him into her magnificent family home that he has been sent to write about and that she must sell with some urgency... A chance encounter between two unlikely people... An idyllic night - shattered by horrific unimaginable violence, the young man inexplicably attacked - bitten - by a beast he cannot see in the rural darkness....

    Melinda says: "Nietzsche in Wolf's Clothing/Philosophy or Horror"
    "I love Anne Rice... but...."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This book is about 500% longer than it should be. She rambles and takes 15 pages to say the simplest thing. It's almost painful.


    Has The Wolf Gift turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No the genre is excellent, this is an awesome writer, the editor needs to be fired. I know that Anne Rice is a power-house in the industry, but she needs an editor who will stand up to her and tell her that this is crap.


    What about Ron McLarty’s performance did you like?

    Ron McLarty reads with passion and conviction. Very well done.


    Do you think The Wolf Gift needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not unless Anne Rice actually creates an outline, a definite plot and then writes the story to follow the structure.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Anne Rice. Seriously. I loved the Vampire Chronicles. I loved the Mayfair Witches. But this is not a good example of Anne Rice. I would compare this to a master painter who paints right off the side of the canvas and across the wall. Her talent is undeniable, but it needs to be focused and reigned in. I sincerely hope that she gets help for her next book, someone to help organize and structure her creative thoughts.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • A Memory of Light: Wheel of Time, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5225)
    Performance
    (4748)
    Story
    (4803)

    Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

    Amazon Customer says: "End of one of my favorite fantasy series ever."
    "In a word.... Incredible."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I regularly recommend this whole series to friends and this book is a standout among a group of already epic books.


    What other book might you compare A Memory of Light to and why?

    It's difficult to compare this book to any other. It is the best possible conclusion to the best book series ever written. The closest thing I can think of is the completion of "The Dark Tower" series by Stephen King. Rarely is such an epic tale pulled together with such clarity and vision.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Kramer and Kate Reading ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Michael Kramer and Kate Reading have once again done a fantastic job of bringing hundreds of characters to life. Their talent is truly unequaled.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There are dozens of very moving moments in this book. Common people in uncommon circumstances doing the right thing simply because it's the right thing.


    Any additional comments?

    God Bless James Oliver Rigney Jr. (Robert Jordan), Harriet McDougal (His wife and editor), Tom Doherty (Head of TOR publishing, and Brandon Sanderson (The brave man who completed the series)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Legion

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3465)
    Performance
    (3132)
    Story
    (3199)

    Stephen Leeds, AKA 'Legion,' is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the story begins, Leeds and his 'aspects' are drawn into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera whose astonishing properties could alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society.

    Joshua says: "The only flaw..."
    "A superb short-story. Very well written and read."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you want to introduce someone to the joy of AudioBooks, this is a great place to start. At 2 hours in length it's short enough to let someone who's not used to listening to a story get completely immersed without requiring them to spend days and days trying to get through it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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