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Robert

Alexandria, VA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Ruins: Pathfinder, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1387)
    Performance
    (1231)
    Story
    (1253)

    When Rigg and his friends crossed the Wall between the only world they knew and a world they could not imagine, he hoped he was leading them to safety. But the dangers in this new wallfold are more difficult to see. Rigg, Umbo, and Param know that they cannot trust the expendable, Vadesh - a machine shaped like a human, created to deceive - but they are no longer certain that they can even trust one another. But they will have little choice. Because although Rigg can decipher the paths of the past, he can’t yet see the horror that lies ahead: A destructive force with deadly intentions is hurtling toward Garden.

    James says: "Story Stretching 101"
    "Finally!"
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    If you could sum up Ruins in three words, what would they be?

    Jump right in.


    What other book might you compare Ruins to and why?

    Pathfinder


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Everything. Classic Rudnicki


    Any additional comments?

    The book is great, but like many an OSC book in a series, there is absolutely no way you could follow this one and have a complete understanding of the story without reading the first book. As a reader, I get the distinct impression that OSC writes the story first, and then chops them up into separate books to make them more easily digestible. This one is no different; it begins as if you just sat the first book down to grab a drink and you're picking up where you left off. It's is great, but I I highly recommend listening to the the first book,or at least the last few chapters, to get a sense of the story first. It took me a while to remember all the details.At any rate, still great. Waiting for the next Mithermages series installment!

    9 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susanna Clarke
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (3220)
    Performance
    (1215)
    Story
    (1219)

    English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

    David says: "Hang in there!"
    "fantastic"
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    What did you love best about Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell?

    the complexity of characters and the detail with which they were described and brought to life by the author and the narrator.


    What other book might you compare Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell to and why?

    Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman


    What does Simon Prebble bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    the drama that a professional brings. I hear the different voices in my head as I read, as most do, but hearing it done by a professional, with the specific tone and inflection intended by the author makes the book that much more enjoyable.


    Any additional comments?

    Sequel!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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