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Paige

Truth Or Consequences, NM, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Killing Moon: Dreamblood, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By N. K. Jemisin
    • Narrated By Sarah Zimmerman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (69)

    In the ancient city-state of Gujaareh, peace is the only law. Upon its rooftops and amongst the shadows of its cobbled streets wait the Gatherers - the keepers of this peace. Priests of the dream-goddess, their duty is to harvest the magic of the sleeping mind and use it to heal, soothe . . . and kill those judged corrupt. But when a conspiracy blooms within Gujaareh's great temple, Ehiru - the most famous of the city's Gatherers - must question everything he knows.

    Paige says: "Fantastic narration!"
    "Fantastic narration!"
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    I do plan to put a more in depth review up at my blog but I just wanted to pop in here and comment on how much I *loved* this book. I couldn't find time to read the book so I downloaded the audio and am so happy that I did because Sarah Zimmerman did a fantastic job on the reading!

    Not only did this story have captivating characters that I quickly grew to care about a great deal, it was also set in a detailed world that Jemisin describes so beautifully that you can close your eyes (listening helps with this process) and actually see it. Further, the fascinating 'magic' system is unlike anything I've seen before in fantasy.

    This is one of those stories which lingers in my mind for days and days after I finish reading/listening. In fact, it's occupied my thoughts so much that I might have to listen to it again before diving into The Shadowed Sun, which is waiting patiently on my iPod.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Blinding Knife: Lightbringer, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (916)
    Performance
    (843)
    Story
    (842)

    Gavin Guile is dying. He'd thought he had five years left - now he has less than one. With 50,0000 refugees, a bastard son, and an ex-fiancée who may have learned his darkest secret, Gavin has problems on every side. All magic in the world is running wild and threatens to destroy the Seven Satrapies. Worst of all, the old gods are being reborn, and their army of color wights is unstoppable. The only salvation may be the brother whose freedom and life Gavin stole 16 years ago.

    robert says: "great book but missing content in chapter 90 and 9"
    "Awesome story vastly improved by superior narrator"
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    Simon Vance really brought this story to life for me. I found myself caring about the characters, and grasping the concept of the magic system better, and even understanding the political nuances better than I had when listening to book #1.

    Even better, I'm left frothing at the mouth for the next installment of the series! As long as Vance is still narrating!

    And I really hope that they manage to re-record book #1 with Vance as the narrator!

    3 of 3 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
    Overall
    (1171)
    Performance
    (944)
    Story
    (952)

    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..."
    "Weeks' story ruined by awful narration, dude!"
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    I purchased this first installment of the Lightbringer series at the same time as the second book, The Blinding Knife. I noticed that they had different narrators but never stopped to wonder why that might be. I quickly learned, as did many of the other reviewers I've seen, that the narration done by Cristofer Jean was just absolutely horrible.

    He made Gavin sound like a surfer dude and 15 year old Kip sounded like a whiny 9 year old. His pacing was horrible and made the story hard to follow at times, and I just overall hated his voice by the time the story was over.

    I know the second book will be better as it's read by Simon Vance and he did a remarkable job on Stieg Larsson's Millenium Trilogy. In the future, I'll certainly avoid anything read by Jean and if I want to re-read the Lightbringer series, I'll pull my hardcover of book 1 off the shelf and then listen to the rest of the series.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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