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C. Torrillo

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  • Dust: Silo Saga, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1038)
    Performance
    (951)
    Story
    (959)

    Wool introduced the silo and its inhabitants. Shift told the story of their making. Dust will chronicle their undoing. Welcome to the underground.

    Tango says: "Meanders, then races to a satisfying conclusion"
    "Good Job Bringing Closure in Dust"
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    What made the experience of listening to Dust the most enjoyable?

    Narration and the story was good. I think the 90% of the book brought closure to the series in a good way. I just wish there was a little more about the end-state... I felt like it left you missing a few pieces of information to give you piece of mind... Not a bad end, but I felt it just lacked one more chapter.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shift Omnibus Edition: Shift 1-3, Silo Saga

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1299)
    Performance
    (1193)
    Story
    (1202)

    In 2007, the Center for Automation in Nanobiotech (CAN) outlined the hardware and software platform that would one day allow robots smaller than human cells to make medical diagnoses, conduct repairs, and even self-propagate. In the same year, a simple pill, it had been discovered, could wipe out the memory of any traumatic event. At almost the same moment in humanity's broad history, mankind had discovered the means for bringing about its utter downfall - and the ability to forget it ever happened.

    Tango says: "Your ears are in for a real treat"
    "It's a great base for a story - good continuation"
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    What made the experience of listening to Shift Omnibus Edition the most enjoyable?

    I really like the way Wool told you a story at micro level, and Shift zooms out and tells a much bigger picture. Really nice way to piece together the series.

    There are a few flaws in his writing, specifically around military and technology Hugh is a little out of the times. for instance he refers to gun magazines as clips and in a story about the future, all his technology is dated to the 80's, like computer screens, light bulbs and such are old school as an examples, yet he has advanced nano-technology in place. I don't know if it's just me, but it wasn't a once or twice thing, I constantly felt like he's got 80's technology in a futuristic book.. noticed this in all 3 of his books. I'd recommend Hugh gets a technology & details proof reader for his future works.


    What other book might you compare Shift Omnibus Edition to and why?

    None really, it's it's own style of writing & content, at least in my admittedly small scope of reading.


    What does Tim Gerard Reynolds bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He's a good narrator, I really don't have time or patience to read a book, so it's hard for me to compare experiences since I wouldn't have read it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Last Argument of Kings: The First Law: Book Three

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (3005)
    Performance
    (2223)
    Story
    (2235)

    The end is coming. Logen Ninefingers might only have one more fight in him but it’s going to be a big one. Battle rages across the North, the King of the Northmen still stands firm and there’s only one man who can stop him. His oldest friend and his oldest enemy. It’s time for the Bloody-Nine to come home. With too many masters and too little time, Superior Glokta is fighting a different kind of war. A secret struggle in which no-one is safe and no-one can be trusted.

    Lore says: "You have be realistic about these things."
    "Decent Overall Series - but fell a little flat"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really, I didn't hate it, but I never fully connected with the characters and story. it's like watching a movie while also browsing the internet... this book and the whole series never really grabbed me, I found after the second book I was so vested I had to finish it out... but in the end, it's forgettable.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Joe Abercrombie? Why or why not?

    Probably not, a lot of hours of my life spent on this series that never panned out, so no.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    performance was fantastic, especially Glokta


    Do you think Last Argument of Kings needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, it's a done series


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22656)
    Performance
    (14030)
    Story
    (14176)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Fantastic SciFi Book"
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    Would you listen to Ender's Game again? Why?

    Absolutely, I enjoyed it thoroughly it was a great story and it held my interest the entire time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Enders personality


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The End


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

    Yes, but I don't want to give spoilers.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Before They Are Hanged: The First Law: Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (3251)
    Performance
    (2399)
    Story
    (2410)

    Bitter and merciless war is coming to the frozen north. It's bloody and dangerous and the Union army, split by politics and hamstrung by incompetence, is unprepared for the slaughter that's coming. Lacking experience, training, and in some cases even weapons, the army is scarcely equipped to repel Bethod's scouts, let alone his elite forces. In the heat-ravaged south, the Gurkish are massing to assault the city of Dagoska, defended by Inquisitor Glokta.

    David says: "This is heaven"
    "Still missing something - but good overall"
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    Would you try another book from Joe Abercrombie and/or Steven Pacey?

    Probably not, I'll finish the series, but overall not that great of a book.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Glokta is the best character. The overall story feels disconnected from the Characters. After Reading Rothfuss & GRRM books, this is no where near either of those series. There are interesting parts but it's missing the finer details and gives details where not relevant. This is basically just a story that requires no thought what so ever, nothing surprised me.


    Have you listened to any of Steven Pacey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Just as good - he's one of the best. If not for Pacey I probably wouldn't have finished the series. This must really be a hard book to read.


    Did Before They Are Hanged inspire you to do anything?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blade Itself: The First Law: Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (4064)
    Performance
    (2995)
    Story
    (3008)

    Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

    Steven says: "Steven Pacey is magnificient."
    "Undecided - Not yet sold on the Story"
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    Would you try another book from Joe Abercrombie and/or Steven Pacey?

    Meh, maybe, we'll see, I am going to finish out book 2 of the series to see if it starts to get better, at the end I'll decide if I get book 3. The story is barely able to keep me interested And other than Logan, I really don't have any interest or care for any of the characters. However, it's just enough that I was willing to go for book 2. Jury is still out on the series.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Being it's part of a series, there really isn't an ending. as far as a stand-alone ending, it was really weak, I would have been very upset if there wasn't already book two out. Nothing special happens, it's sort of an "as anyone could have guessed" type ending.


    What does Steven Pacey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Pacey is the super-start of this book. I think the only reason I finished book 1 and was willing to buy book 2 is because Pacey did such a fantastic job of giving life to each character that I honestly think the book doesn't deliver on it's own.

    Glokta's self-comments are done very well. The story is very gritty and his voice is perfect for that.


    Did The Blade Itself inspire you to do anything?

    No, it's not that type of book.


    Any additional comments?

    out of 22 hour long book, the first 18 hours were pretty boring, they were essentially 4 separate stories about characters that seem to have nothing to do with one another and were worlds apart. it went on that way for way too long. Eventually as anyone could guess they do come together at some point. but it's not in any type of dramatic fashion. I keep waiting for something "cool" or "exciting" to happen, and I've yet to have a single thing really peak my interest and it's been fairly predictable throughout.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wise Man's Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10486)
    Performance
    (8765)
    Story
    (8841)

    "My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep...."

    Joe says: "Excellent, Imaginative, Beautiful, Page Turning!!!"
    "Simply Fantastic! and I am very picky."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Wise Man's Fear the most enjoyable?

    the story from start to finish, book two shows that Patrick is getting better in his writing and Nick does an excellent job for all the characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wise Man's Fear?

    So many to choose from, it's not the type of book that has a single turning point or event. it's a constant chapter by chapter shift in Kvoth's life, the Adem mercenary school was great.


    What about Nick Podehl’s performance did you like?

    unique characters, clear pronunciation, consistency across both books.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    not extreme, but it definitely hooked me good, I am a fan now and look forward to the 3rd day. I also find it hard to pickup other books and start something new as I am worried many will disappoint after this book.


    Any additional comments?

    If you came from Game of Thrones and are looking for the next epic, you've come to the right book. it's not a complex a story and not as descriptive as Martin, but this is the closest I've seen yet. and between books 1 & 2 there was significant improvement, I expect book 3 will match Martin's writing skills if Patrick keeps his momentum.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wool: Silo, #1; Wool, #1-5

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Amanda Sayle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1658)
    Performance
    (1526)
    Story
    (1540)

    In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo’s rules for years, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Post-apocalyptic life in a silo"
    "Many Possibilities - Good Characters"
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    Would you listen to Wool again? Why?

    Yes, it's a good book, and it has limitless possibilities on where it could go and how the series could expand. Characters were strong and unique, I didn't like the narration at first but Amanda grew on me as the book progressed.

    I'm not sure I trust the author yet, it seems like the Wool series is still just him playing around, I don't think he's taking it seriously.. but we will see where he takes it.

    Overall I recommend it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12562)
    Performance
    (10191)
    Story
    (10306)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Well told story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    After GoT I struggled to find something that could get my attention and keep it. and this is the first book to do that. It started a little slow, but at some point I realized I was completely sucked in. the main character is fantastic and I just want to hear more about his story... I feel like I'm at the Inn sitting at the table and having it told by Kvoth himself. Narration is excellent as well. Very happy and moving on to book two!

    For those coming from GoT, it's a very differnt type of book in my opinion. this is more of a past story being told to you, while GoT makes you feel like you are part of a story unfolding. In GoT I constantly found myself formulating how the future would turn out. while this book I really don't think about where the story will go or how it ends, not in a bad way, it's just a very different experience. I find myself listening intently to the story vs being part of the story in GoT.

    If you like Fantasy this one is excellent at all levels.


    What other book might you compare The Name of the Wind to and why?

    Game of Thrones - the gold standard in fantasy


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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