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Ronald

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  • Forge of Darkness: Kharkanas Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs)
    • By Steven Erikson
    • Narrated By Daniel Philpott
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (138)

    Forge of Darkness takes listeners to Kurald Galain, the warren of Darkness, and tells of a realm whose fate plays a crucial role in the fall of the Malazan Empire and surrounds one of the Malazan world’s most fascinating and powerful characters, Anomander Rake. It’s a conflicted time in Kurald Galain, where Mother Dark reigns above the Tiste people. But this ancient land was once home to many a power...and even death is not quite eternal. The commoners’ great hero, Vatha Urusander, longs for ascendency and Mother Dark’s hand in marriage, but she has taken another Consort, Lord Draconus.

    Michael says: "A Precursor Epic Fantasy - A Rewarding Beginning!"
    "Blown away by prose"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Forge of Darkness to be better than the print version?

    The audio version allows the reader to hear difficult names pronounced. The reader is excellent and makes the story flow beautifully.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ooh, tough question. There are so many inigmatic characters that tickled my curiosity, I guess Triss got my attention the most. Her amazing power combined with a somewhat peaceful personality really made her god-like.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first encounter with the dragon corpse by the sea.


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

    Not really, but the prose was so perfectly presented that is felt Shakespearian at times. I think that was a combination of reader and writer.


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful writing. I bought the Kindle version of book one of the Malazan series immediately after finishing this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10018)
    Performance
    (4938)
    Story
    (4969)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Suzanne says: "The scare is in the human nature under stress."
    "Very tense"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Under the Dome to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely. Raul Esparza's reading of this was the only reason I purchased it. I think I would have had difficulty trudging through some of the aggravating parts, but in audio form you can just wince and keep on going.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Stephen King? Why or why not?

    Oh yes. I like a lot of his work. I just get frustrated when some of his characters are a bit too evil and lucky.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The kids doing the recon on their bikes. I was like that when I was a kid.


    If you could rename Under the Dome, what would you call it?

    I liked the title. Sylvia Plath already used "The Bell Jar", which would have been appropriate here. I guess "Contained".


    Any additional comments?

    It was good and entertaining.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2545)
    Performance
    (1275)
    Story
    (1279)

    Bill Bryson and his family live in a Victorian parsonage in a part of England where nothing of any great significance has happened since the Romans decamped. Yet one day, he began to consider how very little he knew about the ordinary things of life as he found it in that comfortable home. To remedy this, he formed the idea of journeying about his house from room to room to “write a history of the world without leaving home.”

    Tina says: "Another wonderful Bryson"
    "Exactly what I love about Bryson's works"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of At Home to be better than the print version?

    I'm not certain. The audio book was wonderful, but this might be something I would want to pick up and read sections of later. I'm a bit torn. I do know that I'll listen to it again.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of At Home?

    Actually it was at the beginning when he was describing the construction of the Crystal Palace in the Hyde Park. What an amazing feat! He really gets you into the story and the history of the people involved.


    What about Bill Bryson’s performance did you like?

    This was the first time I'd heard him read. I had often wondered what he would sound like given his US/UK existence. He's got a pleasant voice and a nearly unique accent.


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

    The bit about child labor at the beginning of the industrial revolution. I had known of it, but I really didn't understand how horrible it was.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're ever wondering what to read. Bill Bryson is always a good choice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eldest: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3870)
    Performance
    (1883)
    Story
    (1919)

    Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in the skills of the Dragon Rider: magic and swordsmanship. Soon he is on the journey of a lifetime, his eyes open to awe-inspiring new places and people, his days filled with fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and nothing is what it seems.

    Teddy says: "You see growth in the Author"
    "The great adventure continues..."
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    If you could sum up Eldest: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 2 in three words, what would they be?

    Riveting, intense, & illuminating


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Aria - her enigmatic presence keeps our hero in check while also leaving him a bit unbalanced. She lends a great texture to the story that helps us explore the dynamic nature of Eregon's adolescent mind.


    What about Gerard Doyle’s performance did you like?

    Wow! What don't I like about it?? I don't know how he can sustain some of those voices. He's created a unique voice for every character that enables him to make conversations feel so real. Honestly, I chose this as an audio book instead of reading it because Gerard Doyle was performing it. He's one of my favorite readers.


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

    No, it's far too long for that...unless I was bedridden. I listen to it during my commute and while doing yard work. This particular book made a 15 hour drive across the country just fly by.


    Any additional comments?

    I've just started the third book in this series. It's every bit as exciting. A great story performed by a reader of immense talent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silver Pigs

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (136)

    One fine day, A.D. 70, Sosia Camillina quite literally runs into Marcus Didius Falco on the steps of the Forum. It seems Sosia is on the run from a couple of street toughs, and after a quick and dirty rescue, P.I. Falco wants to know why.

    Matthew R. Fomby says: "Wonderful adventure..."
    "Magnum PI in a toga"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Silver Pigs the most enjoyable?

    Christian Rodska brings our hero to life! I read the book first, then listened to the audio version...then I bought it. There are no dull points and the writing is terrific. Lindsey Davis has a wonderful gift of wit. The descriptions and dialogue stand alone as written, but the impact is magnified by Christian Rodska's vocal skills and expressions.


    What other book might you compare The Silver Pigs to and why?

    Anything by Lindsey Davis... I strongly recommend you just stay on this series until you can't laugh any more.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Falco astride the boat and the pier and Helena reluctantly helping him only to learn to her chagrin that he can't swim.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Probably what I wrote in the title or words to that effect. I describe the book to friends as Magnum/Rockford in ancient Rome. The sarcasm, lack of funds, bad luck with women... it all fits perfectly. OK, maybe "Rockford in Rome".


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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