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Todd

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  • 6 reviews
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  • Black House

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Stephen King, Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (574)
    Performance
    (519)
    Story
    (522)

    Twenty years ago, a boy named Jack Sawyer traveled to a parallel universe called the Territories to save his mother and her “Twinner” from an agonizing death that would have brought cataclysm to the other world. Now Jack is a retired Los Angeles homicide detective living in the nearly nonexistent hamlet of Tamarack, Wisconsin. He has no recollection of his adventures in the Territories....

    Brian says: "Jack Sawyer delivers"
    "One of my favorites"
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    Would you listen to Black House again? Why?

    I've listened to Black House several times. It's a great sequel to The Talisman but stands alone as well. Frank Muller (RIP) is an engaging and overall entertaining narrator. The characters have not only come alive but have become old acquaintances.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Black House?

    Jack Sawyer remembering his past.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The description at the beginning of Wisconsin and the mention of places that are almost, but not quite, real. The "giant six-pack" for instance (it was never Kingsland Ale!).


    Who was the most memorable character of Black House and why?

    Henry Laden. He's just oozes cool.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Legion

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3250)
    Performance
    (2946)
    Story
    (3004)

    Stephen Leeds, AKA 'Legion,' is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the story begins, Leeds and his 'aspects' are drawn into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera whose astonishing properties could alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society.

    Joshua says: "The only flaw..."
    "A great surprise for a story I didn't want."
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    What made the experience of listening to Legion the most enjoyable?

    I didn't mean to download this title. I'd finished all of my other audio books and had a long drive ahead of me. Boy, was I surprised by how much I enjoyed it!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Legion?

    The lead character and his "personalities"!


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

    He brought a depth that a good narrator can give.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed a few times out loud.


    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
    (4725)
    Performance
    (4298)
    Story
    (4345)

    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.

    Mike Koch says: "End of one of my favorite fantasy series ever."
    "Finally, an ending!"
    Overall
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    Where does A Memory of Light rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The story is really good, the narrators so-so.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Memory of Light?

    The end of Rand.


    Did Michael Kramer and Kate Reading do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I found their narration ok, but not memorable.


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

    Get ready for a LOOOOONG movie!


    Any additional comments?

    I'm happy the series, after 20+ years, has finally ended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    Overall
    (23710)
    Performance
    (17685)
    Story
    (17739)

    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"
    "I tried to get into it."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It's hard to follow, with so many characters, separate story lines, and difficult to pronounce names and places.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Roy Dotrice’s performances?

    I don't think so. I just never got into it with him as narrator.


    Was A Game of Thrones worth the listening time?

    Unfortunately no.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7998)
    Performance
    (7330)
    Story
    (7357)

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "I tried to get into it, I really did!"
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    What did you like best about A Feast for Crows? What did you like least?

    I love the world created in the story, but it is so drawn out!


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The depth of the writer's story universe.


    What didn’t you like about Roy Dotrice’s performance?

    I just never got connected to him.


    Do you think A Feast for Crows needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Well, it obviously has one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cell: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    Overall
    (3266)
    Performance
    (1010)
    Story
    (1017)

    The cause of the devastation is a phenomenon that will come to be known as The Pulse, and the delivery method is a cell phone. Everyone's cell phone. Clay and the few desperate survivors who join him suddenly find themselves in the pitch-black night of civilization's darkest age, surrounded by chaos, carnage, and a human horde that has been reduced to its basest nature...and then begins to evolve.

    chris says: "Entertained"
    "Fair, but not Kings best work."
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    I've read (& listened) to a most of King's stuff. This story is ok. If you are a Stephen King buff, it's worth the time. There was a feel of incompletion by the time I finished. Campbell Scott may be a good actor, but his narration what somewhat dry, lacking emotional depth.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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