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  • The Lost Fleet: Fearless

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3395)
    Performance
    (2251)
    Story
    (2279)

    Outnumbered by the superior forces and firepower of the Syndicate Worlds, the Alliance fleet continues its dangerous retreat across the enemy star system. Led by the legendary Captain John "Black Jack" Geary, who returned to the fleet after a hundred-year suspended animation, the Alliance is desperately trying to return home with its captured prize: the key to the Syndic hypernet, and the key to victory.

    Jean says: "The lost fleet: fearless"
    "Well done military based sci-fi series"
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    Hemry (pen name Campbell) does a pretty good job of capturing the feel of being onboard a ship. He accurately portrays the characters interactions, their banter, the military jargon, etc (jokes about the crappy food for example). He has also chosen to make this slightly more believable by using real physics when in real space (versus "hyperspace"). This means that the speed of light dominates and affects every decision in the batte scenes.

    He has a tendency to over-use the same turns of phrase and descriptions, and some of his characterizations are a little cliched and corny. Some of his passages are bit too wooden and don't flow like you'd want them to.

    Rummel does an outstanding job of creating voices for all the major characters that are consistent from book to book and make following who is saying what very easy. He does women's voices surprisingly well, so as you listen, you don't feel like the dialog between men and women is between straight men and a large collection of drag queens.

    Overall, a great listen and very enjoyable. If you are a fan of of the genre (military sci-fi) you'll enjoy these books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Memory of Light: Wheel of Time, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4731)
    Performance
    (4302)
    Story
    (4349)

    Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

    Amazon Customer says: "End of one of my favorite fantasy series ever."
    "No loose ends but NOT the best in the series"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Hard not to recommend this to anyone who has read or listened to the previous 13 books. Sanderson does a decent job with material that isn't his.


    What other book might you compare A Memory of Light to and why?

    Has a large number of similarities to the Star Wars movies, I think.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading – was your favorite?

    Kramer's Rand and the Dark One, and Reading's Egwene


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

    ***SPOILER ALERT***

    Gawyn Trakand's death scene, where he says goodbye to his brother Galad and tells him there is another Skywalker...er...that he has another half brother...one that will bring balance to the Force...er...one that will defeat the evil Emperor...er...one that will defeat Shait'an, the Dark One, the Dragon Reborn


    Any additional comments?

    I'm surprised at Sanderson's use of modern turns of phrase throughout the book. Plus, all the jumping around between story arcs...we're talking every other paragraph...can be a little maddening

    Overall the book was a little busy for my taste, but I also understand that he needed to tie up all the story lines. I actually liked that he wasn't afraid to kill off some of the major characters

    ***SPOILER ALERT***

    I would have actually enjoyed reading (hearing) Artur Hawkwing's conversation with Fortuona

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Children of Hurin

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Christopher Lee
    Overall
    (1010)
    Performance
    (516)
    Story
    (526)

    There are tales of Middle-earth from times long before The Lord of the Rings. The story told in this book is set in the great country that lay beyond the Grey Havens in the West: lands where Treebeard once walked, but which were drowned in the great cataclysm that ended the First Age of the World.

    Catherine says: "Powerful and Disturbing"
    "Christopher Lee not a great narrator"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I wouldn't call this a total waste of time, because it pretty much is lifted right out of the Silmarillion, but Christopher Lee might be a cool Sauruman, but he really is pretty terrible at narrating a book


    Would you recommend The Children of Hurin to your friends? Why or why not?

    I couldn't recommend this version to friends, due to the narrator


    What didn’t you like about Christopher Lee’s performance?

    He wasn't comfortable with the material, and his character voices weren't well conceived or performed


    Could you see The Children of Hurin being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    What a horrible and dark story that would be. It is also one of Tolkien's less origina works, essentially being a mish-mash of a several Greek legends and tragedies.


    Any additional comments?

    Only buy this if you're a HUGE fan of this story arc and of Tolkien. Otherwise, the LOTR recordings are by far much much better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9368)
    Performance
    (6900)
    Story
    (6944)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Jason says: "Brandon's Best Work Yet"
    "Very entertaining and well read, but starts slow"
    Overall

    Reading and Kramer do an outstanding job of creating different voices for the various main characters and maintain the style for each throughout the book. The only reasons I didn't give this 5 stars were that the book itself sometimes takes a bit too long to get to what is a pretty obvious point, it starts out really slowly (I was tempted to stop listening at one point), and Reading and Kramer really need to talk to one another and come up with a standardized pronunciation for the main characters (the most egregious offense was the mispronunciation of Sadeas by Reading). But other than those small problems, the book was great and I can't wait for the next installment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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