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Brent Mair

spielguy

Utah | Member Since 2009

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  • Blackout

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Robison Wells
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    The virus has spread...and four teens are infected. This new life isn't what I asked for. And if I can't learn to protect myself, it will destroy me. My mission is clear. My enemies will fall. And nothing will stand in my way. I knew there was something wrong with me. But maybe I can be more than just a freak. People always underestimate me. They only see a pretty face. And that mistake is going to cost them.

    Brent Mair says: "Wished for more."
    "Wished for more."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have enjoyed a few non-fiction books narrated by Ray Porter, but his fiction read was definitely lacking. He talks quickly and at times varied the speed of his voice, but it really felt unnatural. His voices are pretty good but the cadence of the speech didn't vary between characters, although it unnaturally varied within each character. The narration got in the way of the book instead of accentuating it.
    I was also highly irritated by the mispronunciation of the city names Manti and Ephraim. Perhaps it is the producer's mistake but this could have easily been avoided.

    The story itself just needs a better arc. This book is part of a continued story and there was really no good arc in this book that indicates that where this book ended was a good break in that story. Some of the character and group motivations are still completely unknown, and glimpses into that at the very least would have gone a long way.
    In summary, the book didn't feel complete and the story wasn't compelling for the same reasons.

    It is likely, though, that I will buy the next book, hoping for a better payoff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fuzzy Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3865)
    Performance
    (3396)
    Story
    (3396)

    In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn says: "Short, sweet, and satisfying storytelling."
    "Fuzzy Books!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Fuzzy Nation?

    Oh the humanity. Interesting view of the protagonist and antagonists.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Fuzzy


    What does Wil Wheaton and John Scalzi (Introduction) bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Pretty good narration.


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

    I did listen quickly. It kept me engaged.


    Any additional comments?

    The addition of Little Fuzzy was a great bonus. I liked it even more than Fuzzy Nation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sleeping Dragon: Guardians of the Flame, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Joel Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Keith Silverstein
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (122)

    It began as just another evening of fantasy gaming with James, Karl, Andrea, and the rest ready to assume their various roles as wizard, cleric, warrior, or thief. But sorcerous gamemaster Professor Deighton had something else planned for this unsuspecting group of college students. And the "game" soon became a matter of life and death as the seven adventurers found themselves transported to an alternate world and into the bodies of the actual characters they had been pretending to be....

    greg says: "Great Memories From My Teenage Years!"
    "Didn't enjoy the language and cruelty"
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    Story
    What disappointed you about The Sleeping Dragon?

    Crude language and content. Too much for me, probably not an issue for many listeners.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Joel Rosenberg? Why or why not?

    No. It all begins here. I expect more of the same.


    Which character – as performed by Keith Silverstein – was your favorite?

    They were all pretty good.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Sleeping Dragon?

    I'd change the language and modify a few scenes.


    Any additional comments?

    Narrator was very good.
    I also expect that listeners interested in following a D&D type story will like this.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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