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James

Seattle, WA, USA | Member Since 2008

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  • A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16363)
    Performance
    (12832)
    Story
    (12910)

    As opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.

    Troy says: "Chapter and part breaks are incorrect"
    "a third as fresh as the first"
    Overall

    If J.R.R. Tolkein's The Lord of the Rings was the definitive fantasy epic of the Twentieth Century, then George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire may well be that of the Twenty-First. A Storm of Swords, the third novel in the series, maintains the momentum of the first two books--bringing with it new heights of heroism, depths of duplicity, and a cunning savvy that breathes new life into the entire fantasy genre. Critical cynics who have lost faith in the ability of contemporary fantasy writers would do well to dig into Martin's world. I've bought these books in hard copy, on kindle, and on audible and consider every penny well=spent. If you're looking for a series that can withstand many listenings, look no further--I'm on my fourth round and continue to find new gems in unlooked for corners.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Briar King: The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Greg Keyes
    • Narrated By Patrick Michael
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (120)

    Two thousand years ago, the Born Queen defeated the Skasloi lords, freeing humans from the bitter yoke of slavery. But now monstrous creatures roam the land and destinies become inextricably entangled in a drama of power and seduction. The kings woodsman, a rebellious girl, a young priest, a roguish adventurer, and a young man made suddenly into a knight all face malevolent forces that shake the foundations of the kingdom, even as the Briar King, legendary harbinger of death, awakens from his slumber.

    Jake says: "Good stuff"
    "another slow and derivative fantasy disappointment"
    Overall

    For a book that seemed full of potential, this listen proved surprizingly disappointing. The promise of an alternate American history wasn't even enough to hold my attention through the first download segment. Save your credit--I wish I had.

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful

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