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Mosinee, WI, United States | Member Since 2006

  • 18 reviews
  • 177 ratings
  • 364 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • The Lost Gate: Mithermages, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Danny North knew from early childhood that his family was different - and that he was different from them. While his cousins were learning how to create the things that commoners called fairies, ghosts, golems, trolls, werewolves, and other such miracles that were the heritage of the North family, Danny worried that he would never show a talent, never form an "outself"....

    joshua says: "Card doing what he does best."
    "Great book, rushed ending"

    OSC does his best in this book, so we'll in fact that I almost forgot to leave work at the appointed time as I was engrossed in the story. The narrator is outstanding and the story all makes some sort of perverse sense, even while they are telling you that God's are on earth and running rampant all around you.

    The last hour and a half of the book however make the reader feel like they are falling off a cliff. The climax is short lived and if you miss it entirely don't be surprised.

    OSC keeps the reader engaged and the story fits naturally, I just wish he would have extended the climax and perhaps added an hour onto the book so the rythem of the reading was less amputated.

    4/5 stars

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon Champion: Age of Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By E. E. Knight
    • Narrated By David Drummond

    High in the mountains, deep in the safety of a cave, a brood of dragons is born. The four young ones are among the last of a dying breed---the final hope for dragons' survival. But hope shatters when a murderous group of slave-trading dwarves breaks into the cave, leaving death and destruction in its wake. Only young Auron, a rare scaleless gray dragon, manages to escape.

    Andy says: "Dragon lover of old. . . .reborn"
    "Great unique dragon perspective"

    The author writes in a neutral tone, not on the dragons side and not on the humans. The books does not make some sort of fictional, pretty, grade-school version of dragons, but makes the main character as victimized as the rest of the world instead of pretending that they, being the main character, is above injury nor tragedy.

    Great book, good reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sworn: The Fallen Kings Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Gail Z. Martin
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    As plague and famine scourge the Winter Kingdoms, a vast invasion force is mustering from beyond the northern seas. And at its heart, a dark spirit mage wields the blood magic of ancient, vanquished gods. Summoner-King Martris Drayke must attempt to meet this great threat, gathering an army from a country ravaged by civil war. Neighboring lands reel toward anarchy while plague decimates their leaders.

    Pamela Allred says: "Great Read poor Reader"
    "Above average book with a poor narrator"

    First, I've listened to the last 3 books in the series. All were wonderful in the previous orator's voice.

    Why ms Martin went to Kirby to read her continuation of the series is have no idea, but I have been sorely disappointed by the readers performance. Where the previous reader made the story lively, Kirby has fell flat. Where Peter (the previous reader) made character like john-mark brave, Kirby has made them sound whining. Where Peter made the women in the book sound romantic and feminine, Kirby makes them sound bored and boyish.

    Great book, poor reading.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Prism

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Cristofer Jean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Gavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. But Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live: Five years to achieve five impossible goals. But when Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he's willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.

    Lee says: "Big fan of Brent Weeks but..."
    "Amazing book - voice acting needs work"

    After accidentally buying this book for both Kindle and Audible i found myself happy that i did. The voice acting in this novel makes the hero (Gavin) sound like a hippie teenager that smoked a little too much in his time. The main character (kip) sounds a bit like the whining prepubescent that they want you to see him as, though it doesn't make his voice any less grating.

    The novel itself is well thought-out, with vivid word-illustration, and overall a very authentic, alluring feel. The addition of this book to the fantasy genre is one of honorable mention and will entertain almost any reader.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Summoner: Chronicles of the Necromancer, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Gail Z. Martin
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim, Gail Z. Martin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The comfortable world of Martris Drayke, second son of King Bricen of Margolan, is shattered when his older half-brother, Jared, and Jareds dark mage, Foor Arontala, kill the king and seize the throne. Tris is the only surviving member of the royal family aside from Jared the traitor, and he flees with three friends: Soterius, captain of the guard; Carroway, the courts master bard; and Harrtuck, a member of the royal guard. Tris harbors a deep secret.....

    Ernie says: "How do I put this..."
    "Great book, but author lacks detail / clarity"

    I gave this 5 stars because the book itself is not at fault for the authors mistakes.

    The author tends to use the same expressions repeatedly and seems not to notice ending chapters in the same vain over and over. The author also does a pretty poor job of describing some of the villians and even heros in the title.

    The "Summoner" is not given any detail and/or reason behind his power, some vague instances of insight are caught, but not enough to yield any rhyme or reason to the "power". You might say, "This is a fantasy novel, not a scifi, deal with it" if it werent for the blatantly made-up situations that seem to come across. Basically, not justifying ones actiosn early in the book yields less than surprising results later on and i know from experience that the sequels are less than grand.

    On another note, I'd like to speak to the ediotr to ask what he was thinking letting the author repeatedly use the same dry expressions (after book 2 they get old...).

    5/5 for an amazing start to the series. Great book, good hook, perhaps a little wordy, good storyline.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Blood King: Chronicles of the Necromancer, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Gail Z. Martin
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim, Gail Z. Martin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Having escaped being murdered by his evil brother, Jared, Tris must take control of his magical abilities to summon the dead, and gather an army big enough to reclaim the throne of his dead father. But it isn't merely Jared that Tris must combat. The dark mage, Foor Arontala, has schemes to raise the Obsidian King....

    Elbert says: "As the saga continues..."
    "Great book, Author lacks creativity"

    This book is a sequel to THE SUMMONER.

    The book itself keeps you intriged for the most part, however, you can skip some entire chapters without missing anything. The book seems to add chapters for clarification, but the author gets side-tracked frequently.

    4/5 for a successful sequel but it continues in the same vain as the first book to the point of repetition.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Phoenix Transformed: Book Three of the Enduring Flame

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By James Mallory, Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By William Dufris

    With more than one twist in the telling, centering on a magic-plagued journey across a blistering desert, The Phoenix Transformed is the stunning conclusion to Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory's Enduring Flame Trilogy.

    Katja says: "Disappointing"

    Overall, the authors seem to have been writing alternate paragraphs. It seems to get interesting once every 2-3 hours and doesnt stay that way long.

    The revolving path of doubt and irraitation with circular questions and recitations of the same words get dull after the first hour.

    After half the book, it feels like the author seems to remind you how stupid and irritating they are writing. It seems INTENTIONAL that they keep repeating the same things, over and again.

    2/5 for horrible writing style and a circular, repetative novel.

    I read the first two, which were a 3 and 4 / 5 respecitvely, this puts a poor end to a decent series.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hyperion

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

    Michael says: "The Shrike Awaits. Enter The Time Tombs..."
    "Good read, if you can get by the Jargon"

    The book started out with a diplomat arriving from his sleep in a technologically advanced far-flung future of ours. The person who woke him was largely inhuman and the environment so full of jargon that it was hard to understand anything that was going on. With all of the above said, it was actually challenging to get into this book, however, after 3 separate attempts of falling asleep to the seemingly random placement of events that have not yet happened, the realignment of the concept of time, the jargon, and the unfamiliar descriptions, it was a great book!

    Worth the wait and the understanding if you can get into it. Its full of suspence, intrigue, and a bit of time disconjunction. I think this actually helps us understand the fluidity of time a bit better than the old school books in highschool science class.

    A great buy!

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise of Endymion

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the stunning continuation of the epic adventure begun in Hyperion, Simmons returns us to a far future resplendent with drama and invention. On the world of Hyperion, the mysterious Time Tombs are opening. And the secrets they contain mean that nothing - nothing anywhere in the universe - will ever be the same.

    Chad says: "Simmons' Magnum Opus"
    "So far into the series?"

    Mr. Simmons either forgot that this was a Sequel, or forgot that summarizing can be entirely too droll to be in any book.

    This book, while with merit toward the last hour of the book and a few hours in between, is largely uneventful, dry, and exceedingly repetative if you have read the other books in the series. Being the last book in the series, you would have though that it would end with a bang, but unfortunately it does not.

    The title is even misleading because the book does not end in the "Rise of Endymion", nor does it have his rise at any point in the book. His "Rise" is so simple that hundreds or millions of others are able to do the same, his stupidity only seems to increase and my head seemed to swim with the amount of repeated paraphrasing there was! Oh look, its got me repeating myself now. Great.

    Anyway, was a good book and its a must read if you want to know what happens in this series, however, the hours of boredom are going to keep you largely wishing you could just skip to the end. The book does a good job of keeping you at least attentive, if not entertained, while everything else in the book is going on. There were (i think planned) points in the book that it seemed to have a seemingly normal reversion of tempo and story, each about 15% through the books duration.

    I hope those of you whom like this series leave enough time to forget the books prior so that reading this is a helpful reminder rather than the headache after reading all three in sequence. If not, grab some aspirin and prepare for a long read!

    Good luck!

    1 of 11 people found this review helpful

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