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The Hoser

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Delaware - the tide goes down, we come up. | Member Since 2013

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  • A Discourse in Steel: A Tale of Egil and Nix, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Paul S. Kemp
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    Egil and Nix have retired, as they always said they would. No, really - they have! No more sword - and hammer - play for them! But when two recent acquaintances come calling for help, our hapless heroes find themselves up against the might of the entire Thieves Guild. And when kidnapping the leader of the most powerful guild in the land seems like the best course of action, you know you’re in over your head....

    The Hoser says: "Another Great Story of Nix and Egil"
    "Another Great Story of Nix and Egil"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Discourse in Steel the most enjoyable?

    The characters are not run of the mill archetypes and have much more depth than most in the genre, while the setting is common enough to be familiar so that time is not wasted on long-winded descriptions, but rather colorful even poetic descriptors. The narrator did a good job with accents and inflections, (especially the 6th blade).


    What other book might you compare A Discourse in Steel to and why?

    The protagonists are reminiscent, but not clones, of the classic fantasy heroes Fafhrd and Mouser. Two very different people held together through their common experience, their relationship is obviously close and growing. The dialog between them is very engaging.


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

    Good job providing the different characters with accents and speech impediments.


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

    The continuous growth of the protagonists' brotherly bond.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs)
    • By Robert E. Howard
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (715)
    Performance
    (442)
    Story
    (440)

    Between the years when the oceans drank Atlantis and the gleaming cities...there was an Age undreamed of, when shining kingdoms lay spread across the world like blue mantles beneath the stars.... Hither came Conan, the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand...to tread the jeweled thrones of the earth under his sandalled feet.

    Flavius says: "Some Great Stories"
    "Gotta love REH, even read like this"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian to be better than the print version?

    No.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Conan . . . because Crom gifted him with all he needs.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read Conan books for countless hours, but never did I imagine him having an Irish or Scottish sounding accent. Some of the pronunciations drove me batty. If I heard demonic pronounced "de-moan'-ee-ak" one more time, I would have screamed. Not a huge fan of his female renditions either, but I realize that's a tough call. Good pacing, and good range of intensity, and I like his voice for the most part.

    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
    (2902)
    Performance
    (2130)
    Story
    (2139)

    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."
    "Very well done gritty fantasy"
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    Where does Last Argument of Kings rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This one will be very hard to beat. The narrator is superb, and Abercrombie is always stellar.


    What other book might you compare Last Argument of Kings to and why?

    It is in the same vein as Malazan Books of teh Fallen or Game of Thrones. It is fantasy, but no elves or dwarves, and magic is rare and very powerful.


    What about Steven Pacey’s performance did you like?

    Best. Narrator. Ever. Great job with voices, great inflections, very engaging. Abercrombie often reveals his characters thoughts during dialog by having them thinking what they would really like to say, and the narrator does a fantastic job of keeping that separate from actual dialog. Think about that: that's no mean feat. Well done sir.


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

    Would have loved to, but it is no short story.


    Any additional comments?

    Any Abercrombie book is worth the read/listen for a fantasy fan, but now I will be looking for other books by this narrator as well. That is something I never thought I would do. He sets the bar very high.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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