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  • Triumff: Her Majesty's Hero

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dan Abnett
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    It is the year 2010. Her Divine Majesty, Queen Elizabeth XXX sits upon the throne. Great Britain’s vast Empire is run by alchemy and superstition. Now Sir Rupert Triumff, dashing swordsman, has uncovered a vile plot to dethrone her glorious majesty. For the honour of the nation: to arms! Multi-million selling author Dan Abnett whips up a furious maelstrom of incredible swordfights, wild invention and truly outrageous jokes.

    Clare says: "Swashbuckling Blackadder with Steampunk Magic?"
    "A fun swashbuckler with a dry sense of humor."
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    What made the experience of listening to Triumff: Her Majesty's Hero the most enjoyable?

    Quite simply, this is a fun book that does not take itself or the reader too seriously.

    If you are looking for massive world building, deep dark undertones and characters that drip with angst ... This is not the book for you.

    On the other hand if you enjoy well-written fight scenes and appreciate a dry, British sense of humor ... This one will be right up your alley.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I suppose I would go with Triumff's Butler. I am a sucker for the unblinking straight man's responses to the absurd.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    Vance has an uncanny ability to make amusing lines funny and funny lines hysterical.


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

    Considerably funnier than I expected. Several times had me laugh aloud and draw odd looks from those around me.


    Any additional comments?

    Similar to Alex Bledsoe's work (Sword Edged Blonde) albeit without having as strong a plot.

    Enjoyable listen, I will certainly be picking up any sequel Mr. Abnett cares to put out.

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  • Nine Princes in Amber: The Chronicles of Amber, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Roger Zelazny
    • Narrated By Alessandro Juliani
    Overall
    (1475)
    Performance
    (1324)
    Story
    (1341)

    Amber is the one real world, of which all others including our own Earth are but Shadows. Amber burns in Corwin's blood. Exiled on Shadow Earth for centuries, the prince is about to return to Amber to make a mad and desperate rush upon the throne.

    Robert says: "Great book, lame deal!"
    "A proper Audio version of an all-time classic"
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    The Amber Series is been one of my favorite series of all time and the first book "Nine Princes in Amber" kicks it off in proper fashion.

    I had tried to listen to the original audio books read by the Author, but found the use background sound effects distracting. This version is far superior with a wonderful performance by Alessandro Juliani.

    The main character awakes in a hospital bed with amnesia. The story is told in first-person so we learn the character's background as he does. This eliminates the need for extensive background and allows you to enjoy the world Zelanzy creates as well as appreciate the story.

    An excellent beginning to an excellent series, The Chronicles of Amber stand up well to the test of time.

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