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Radford

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  • The Sword of the Lictor: The Book of the New Sun, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Gene Wolfe
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (145)

    The Sword of the Lictor is the third volume in Wolfe's remarkable epic, chronicling the odyssey of the wandering pilgrim called Severian, driven by a powerful and unfathomable destiny, as he carries out a dark mission far from his home.

    Gene Wolfe's "The Book of the New Sun" is one of speculative fiction's most-honored series. In a 1998 poll, Locus Magazine rated the series behind only "The Lord of the Rings" and The Hobbit as the greatest fantasy work of all time.

    Darwin8u says: "Shone brilliant @ times, but muted in the middle"
    "The best of the series"
    Overall

    I just finished the 4th book and I would have to say that this one by far is the best of the series. There is plenty of action and if examined closely enough, you can see things starting to form. It's hard to go into detail without spoiling anything. However if you recall, in the first book it was a lot of history (yes I know this story is a history in itself but the book kind of dragged a little). In the second book, there was more meat to it and the second half of the second book moved things along quite readily. This book, while some make think it's a pointless wandering reunites some characters while setting the preface for the fourth book. If you've decided to continue this story, I don't think you will be disappointed with this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hunted: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3908)
    Performance
    (3635)
    Story
    (3638)

    For a 2,000-year-old Druid, Atticus O’Sullivan is a pretty fast runner. Good thing, because he’s being chased by not one but two goddesses of the hunt - Artemis and Diana - for messing with one of their own. Dodging their slings and arrows, Atticus, Granuaile, and his wolfhound Oberon are making a mad dash across modern-day Europe to seek help from a friend of the Tuatha Dé Danann. His usual magical option of shifting planes is blocked, so instead of playing hide-and-seek, the game plan is...run like hell.

    D says: "Another Serving of Hilari-tea"
    "By far the best of the series to date"
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    If you could sum up Hunted in three words, what would they be?

    Pandemonium (one word suffices)


    What other book might you compare Hunted to and why?

    What I like about this series is it's different from others I've read. I really don't want to compare it to anything else. It's fun, you don't have to think a lot, and it mixes in a lot of mythology. If I absolutely had to compare it, it would have to be close to the Percy Jackson series but for adults


    Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Only the others in this series and he does a great job


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

    Spoiler Alert
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    When Atticus dies


    Any additional comments?

    This is by far the best of the series to date. I still think that without oberon as the comic relief, it wouldn't be as great. The writer has done a better job than with the previous books. I can't wait to see what happens next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10069)
    Performance
    (8990)
    Story
    (8968)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "A fun story"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Hounded again? Why?

    After a while, Once I've listened or read a book, I really don't re read them again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Oberon, without him I don't think I would have enjoyed the book as much. He brought a lot of comic relief and made me laugh out loud several times. I also liked the widow.


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

    He did a good job. Accents were good and tone was good


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

    I hope they don't make this into a movie, I see it more as a TV series. Tag line would be
    It's hard to find good fish n chips

    or

    It's not nice to mess with mother nature, especailly when a Druid is around.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a guilty pleasure for me. As an older reader, I see this more as a book for older teens and college students but I really enjoyed it. It's not lengthy, doesn't require a lot of thought and is just pure enjoyment. If you looking for a more complex book, this is not it; however if you just want something that you can sit back and enjoy, it's a fun read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9014)
    Performance
    (3241)
    Story
    (3318)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Frank says: "Not his best"
    "Really good. Much better than Angels & Demons"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. This is filled with a lot of things that will make you think. If you are a very religious person, you may not like this book.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot kept me very intrigued. It's funny looking back on it now, everything is a lot more obvious, especially about the "villian" in the book (don't want to spoil anything). He has the characters keep asking questions that make you think and wonder. Then after he has given an explanation, you find yourself searching to see how much of what he says is fact vs semi fact. It's one of the things I've always loved about Dan Brown books.


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

    Paul's voice is pleasant enough and his reading is good. I could hear a couple of the edits though, that's not Pauls fault. I'm starting to become accustomed to other narrators though that have a wider voice range and give more "life" to the characters. He did a good job though.


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

    Don't ruin the book lol. Would tag it Know ye not that ye are gods


    Any additional comments?

    This book provokes a lot of thoughts and depending on your beliefs can evoke a lot of emotions. If your willing to keep an open mind about things it is very interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Extinction Machine: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1212)
    Performance
    (1146)
    Story
    (1135)

    The president of the United States vanishes from the White House. A top-secret prototype stealth fighter is destroyed during a test flight. Witnesses on the ground say that it was shot down by a craft that immediately vanished at impossible speeds. All over the world, reports of UFOs are increasing at an alarming rate. And in a remote fossil dig in China dinosaur hunters have found something that is definitely not of this earth.

    Karen says: "Another Amazing Entry in the Series"
    "Bring the Pain"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Extinction Machine in three words, what would they be?

    Joe Kicks Ass!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Extinction Machine?

    Wow, without giving anything away, It has to be when a Major event happens to the DMS Warehouse in baltimore and Joe's reaction to it.


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

    Ray Porter is awesome for this series. If this ever gets greenlight for the television series I can actually picture who I would like Joe to be (Jason O'Mara).

    The way Ray voices Joe is just spot on. The tone, the attitude, everything. I love what he does with the other characters as well. You have to give serious props to Ray for bringing the writing to life. One of my favorite parts in this book from a narration perspective is when Top is speaking with Joe at Joe's uncles house right after they arrive.


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

    Joe's mental dilemma in the cavern after he's been caught and gets free and has to make a decision on what to do with the people in the "lab" I'm using lab very loosely here in order not to give anything away.


    Any additional comments?

    Read all the other books in order. You don't have too but it will so enrich the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: A George Smiley Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John le Carre
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (467)
    Performance
    (407)
    Story
    (404)

    The man he knew as "Control" is dead, and the young Turks who forced him out now run the Circus. But George Smiley isn't quite ready for retirement-especially when a pretty, would-be defector surfaces with a shocking accusation: a Soviet mole has penetrated the highest level of British Intelligence. Relying only on his wits and a small, loyal cadre, Smiley recognizes the hand of Karla - his Moscow Centre nemesis - and sets a trap to catch the traitor.

    carl801 says: "Le Carre remains the gold standard"
    "Pushed through it"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from John le Carre and/or Michael Jayston?

    The first two hours of this book were a complete waste of time and in my opinion did nothing to add to the story. Now with that said, you're either going to like this book or not. I fall into the latter camp. It isn't a bad book but it's not an action story and requires you to really listen to it and pay attention (which I do with all my audio books), otherwise you can get lost quite easily.

    Maybe I've read too many books but I found the story line very simplistic and predictable.
    It revolves around finding a mole within the spy agency label as the "circus". An analytical mind may find this story appealing.

    If it wasn't for the fact that I always listen or read a story once I purchase it, I would have left it after those first two hours of listening.


    Would you ever listen to anything by John le Carre again?

    Based on this book, I would not


    What three words best describe Michael Jayston’s performance?

    I believe he set the tone of this novel quiet well but honestly he puts me to sleep. He has one of those voices that are easy to listen to but can lull you. Based on this performance alone, which is the only time I've ever heard him, It doesn't seem like he has a wide range of voices as I've heard from others.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy?

    I would have cut out the first two hours.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Best Served Cold

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1201)
    Performance
    (820)
    Story
    (835)

    It's springtime in Styria. And that means war. There have been nineteen years of blood. The ruthless Grand Duke Orso is locked in a vicious struggle with the squabbling League of Eight, and between them they have bled the land white. While armies march, heads roll, and cities burn, behind the scenes bankers, priests, and older, darker powers play a deadly game to choose who will be king.

    Lore says: "Solid, but not as good as the First Law trilogy."
    "I liked how he brought in characters"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    You can read everybody else's reviews for the meat. It's a good book and fits well. The only difference here is you get a happy ending. A lot of people didn't like that, I did. Here are a few of the characters from the First law series that make appearances.

    Caul Shivers and Nicomo Cosca play big roles in this book although they are not the main characters.

    Shylo Vitari has an important role

    Carlot dan Eider minor role

    Jezal dan Luthar very minor in this book. He makes an appearance

    Yoru Sulfur minor role as well

    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
    (2906)
    Performance
    (2133)
    Story
    (2142)

    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."
    "Ends Where it begins"
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    I'll let the other reviews give you more details but this trilogy rocks. Multiple times in throughout the series it is stressed that history repeats itself. It's interesting that it ends much the same way it begins.

    I also like how he portrays the characters. It show that not everybody you think is bad is bad and those that are "good" are not always so. It also addresses a lot of grey areas.

    IMO Bayaz is a bad guy, Luther is good and Nine fingers is in the grey area. This is just a example of how things change from when you start the series.

    The series is not one of those that wraps everything up neatly in the end but nonetheless it is enjoyable. There are two stand alone books that go with this and there is a third on the way. I plan on listening to them all.


    The first is Best Served cold
    http://www.audible.com/pd/ref=sr_1_5?asin=B0032ITJEA&qid=1346238801&sr=1-5

    The second is The Heroes
    http://www.audible.com/pd/ref=sr_1_4?asin=B004PKDGMK&qid=1346238801&sr=1-4

    The third is Red Country
    http://www.amazon.com/Red-Country-Joe-Abercrombie/dp/0316187216

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2262)
    Performance
    (2065)
    Story
    (2047)

    In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King has returned to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story within a story within a story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a "skin-man", Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter.

    Amazon Customer says: "An exceptional story, but I miss George Guidall."
    "Enjoyable story"
    Overall
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    I liked the story within a story. I probably would call this book 4.5 more like 4.1.

    It has less to do with the current situation in midworld and more about Rolands past.
    While it was fun, especially the Wind in Through the Keyhole story that Roland tells, it just didn't feel relevant to the whole series overall. This would have been really good as one of the graphic novels that are currently ongoing.

    As for Stephens narration, it wasn't awful but it was flat. I miss the feel that the other narrators gave to it.

    Like others have said, it may be work actually buying the book. The only cool thing this has over the book is a chapter from the Shining sequel at the end.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The King of Plagues: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (1754)
    Performance
    (1549)
    Story
    (1547)

    Saturday, 0911 hours — A blast rocks a London hospital and thousands are dead or injured. 1009 hours — Joe Ledger arrives on scene to investigate. The horror is unlike anything he has ever seen. Compelled by grief and rage, Ledger rejoins the Department of Military Sciences, and within hours he's attacked by a hit team of assassins and sent on a suicide mission.

    Jeremiah says: "Better Than The Second Joe Ledger"
    "I have become a fan of Joe Ledger"
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    When I first started this series it was a break from the normal in depth books I tend to read. The quick action, interesting characters and end of the world ( or at least chaos of the world) plots are just simply delightful and addicting.

    This book brings back Galt and Toys and the author did it in a good way. It didn't feel cheesy or forced. I really hope that they follow through on this and make the TV series.

    If you read or listened to the other books you know the basics already. Good Guy Joe Ledger and the DMS must save the world again against the evil organization of the Seven Kings and the Goddess.

    So if you need a break from the complex books, like action and can put aside the near invincibility and luck of Joe Ledger, I highly recommend this book. This is one of those books to just sit back, enjoy and go with the flow.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Night’s Master: Tales from the Flat Earth, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Tanith Lee
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (38)

    Long ago when the Earth was flat, beautiful, indifferent Gods lived in the airy Upperearth realm above; curious, passionate demons lived in the exotic Underearth realm below; and mortals were relegated to exist in the middle. Azhrarn, Lord of the Demons and the Darkness, was the one who ruled the night, and many mortal lives were changed because of his cruel whimsy. And yet, Azhrarn held inside his demon heart a profound mystery which would change the very fabric of the Flat Earth forever.

    Kat Hooper says: "A gothic fairytale"
    "Not sure why others gave this high marks"
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    This is a collection of short stories linked together by the main character Azhrarn. There was one story I found particularly enjoyable and it was the longest in the book about a girl who was the daughter of a King but her father was killed by other kingdoms. I kind of wish that would have been the overall story instead but alas I guess that is why the title is Tales from the Flat Earth, with the emphasis on Tales.

    The writing is okay but I just couldn't get over the fact that it felt disjointed. While she does blend in different mythologies and tales from other cultures, it failed to grasp this listner. Most, not all, of the stories felt superficial and lacking in details (to which the author eases herself out by writing in that the details are not known.) It felt lazy in my opinion.

    I couldn't stand the Narrator. The main reason for this was her rhythmatic way of reading. She does an ok job with the voices but the overall tone is boring and made me want to go to sleep.

    IMHO, I believe this book would be targeted towards early teens. It's simple enough to follow and enough to let them enjoy the fantasy.

    I personally won't be continuing the series.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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