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Steve

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  • The Blood: Morpheus Road, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By D. J. MacHale
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    Marshall Seaver and Cooper Foley have been friends through life - and death. Now the ethereal pathway between realms, known as the Morpheus Road, is in danger of being destroyed by the vengeful spirit who has become their nemesis: the ancient warrior called Damon. The worlds of the living and the dead are about to collide, forcing Marshall to make a brave and shocking decision as the two friends navigate a perilous trail that leads to a frightening realization: Damon isn’t their only enemy.

    Steve says: "Decent/Good book, disappointed in the series..."
    "Decent/Good book, disappointed in the series..."
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    The Blood had a decent/good story and ending to the series. The narrator did a nice job in the acting except for maybe the voice of Sydney here and there but not a big deal... Damon and Press I would say were his highlight voices. The only thing I'm disappointed in with the Trilogy is that The Light was extremely good but they didn't keep the horror. It made sense as to why MacHale didn't but when I first started reading The Light, I thought it was going to be a horror trilogy. Again the story wasn't that bad though, the only thing that bothered me and this is where a spoiler begins...

    **Spoiler***
    I just didn't like the whole fact that the characters did the whole, "The enemy of my enemy" cliche. It especially didn't work well for me because of what Damon had done and they (Marsh and Coop) were willing to forgive and forget even though he was the one that started everything in the first place. I'd just feel like it would be difficult to forgive a guy who killed your best friend and your mother and terrorized you. I'm at least glad though that Marsh and Damon didn't save the day and at the end become pals like other stories i've seen, read, or heard.
    **End Spoiler**

    I would recommend this book to anyone who has read The Black to finish the trilogy. Overall though, I thought the previous two books were stronger than this one and definitely were more gripping (especially The Light).

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  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27281)
    Performance
    (21021)
    Story
    (21103)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Can't wait to read rest of series!"
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    A Game of Thrones has been a book I've been meaning to read for a while. When I finally got around to it I found myself lost in its world every time I started up the audiobook in my car. It's a wonderful book told from the perspective of quite a few intriguing characters. What I like about it is that even though it's a fantasy style, fictitious plot it seemed almost real. If our world was a little like theirs in the way of a touch of supernaturality, I believe it would be a lot like theirs. Real situations and conflicts arise between people, real consequences happen from choices people make, and you can never truly believe someone is safe from death. There were only two things I was slightly disappointed with in the story, one was that it didn't quite tug at my heartstrings like some other stories do. The characters were grand and definitely make you care about them and their fates but the overarching story seemed just like another war story to me. Now it goes to say that A Game of Thrones is still a very solid book that is definitely worth a read and brings out emotion during certain events. The other issue for me was ***Little Spoilers***, you don't get to read much about the plotline with the White Walkers. I do expect to hear more of that in the future books because it is after-all part of a series but I wish that they went further with it since Martin gets you hooked from the beginning with a scene about them. ***End Spoilers***

    Roy Dotrice is a great narrator and sounds wonderful in this book. There's only a couple tiny parts where I felt extremely annoyed because the voice was a little obnoxious, especially the lines "You weren't supposed to be here" and "Make him fly". These lines were delivered from already annoying characters but still. Dotrice is a great narrator though and I'm glad to see he's in the next novels in the series on audible.

    Since I like out of ten ratings better than 5....
    Overall - 9.6
    Performance - 9.8
    Story - 9.5

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  • Odd Thomas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4685)
    Performance
    (2132)
    Story
    (2151)

    "The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

    Denise says: "No Doubting Thomas"
    "Interesting way to tell a story"
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    Odd Thomas was a solid book that had an interesting tale told in an interesting way. I haven't read any Dean Koontz books before but I really liked his writing style in this one. It was entertaining, sometimes humorous, and informal. The story itself ends somewhat predictably but it's definitely a good journey and a recommended read from me. The narrator of this audiobook in my opinion couldn't be much better than he already is and tells the story with the voice and way that it should be told.

    If i could give a rating out of 10 I would say this book is an 8.5.

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