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Timorell

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Dingmans Ferry, PA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Imager: The First Book of the Imager Portfolio

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By L. E. Modesitt Jr.
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (703)
    Performance
    (450)
    Story
    (457)

    Although Rhennthyl is the son of a leading wool merchant in L'Excelsis, the capital of Solidar, the most powerful nation on Terahnar, he has spent years becoming a journeyman artist and is skilled and diligent enough to be considered for the status of master artisan - in another two years. Then, in a single moment, his entire life is transformed when his master patron is killed in a flash fire and Rhenn discovers he is an imager.

    Timorell says: "I didn't love it"
    "I didn't love it"
    Overall

    Agree with some of the other reviewers that the beginning is VERY slow. Also, the script of the protagonist's father, teachers and mentors is so patronizing, coupled with the narrators tone of the characters, makes it difficult to stay engaged. Feels like being in Catholic school (no offense intended!). Yes it gets better as it goes but not that great really. Rather flat. I think I'll stop here and look at some other series I've had my eye on. Perhaps I'll come back to it later...

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The First Confessor: The Legend of Magda Searus

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Kellie Fitzgerald
    Overall
    (649)
    Performance
    (601)
    Story
    (599)

    In the time before the Confessors, when the world is a dark and dangerous place, where treason and treachery are the rule of the day, comes one heroic woman, Magda Searus, who has just lost her husband and her way in life.

    Kurt says: "Hold on, we are going for a wild ride"
    "Wow my respect of goodkind is seriously shaken"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A good editor who enjoys a challenge, and an audiobook engineer who likes cleaning up big messes.
    Let me put it this way: 16 hours of audio and 100+ CHAPTERS!!!! There were some chapters that couldn't have been more than a few paragraphs.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Terry Goodkind? Why or why not?

    I've read all his other books. If this is an example of goodkinds work, straight from the source, then my respect for his talent has been seriously damaged. The outline of the story is good, but the text is not very written. He must've had some amazing editors for his other books because I've always enjoyed his books before this.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kellie Fitzgerald?

    Almost anyone. No joke, this is the most bland delivery I've ever heard in a Narrator. Coupled with the poor content and the mistakes in audio recording, this is easily the worst audiobook I've ever listen to from a delivery standpoint.


    Any additional comments?

    Based on the authors comments, if this is what goodkind thinks he brings to the table then he should not bypass his publishers and deliver such poor quality works.
    it's a good basic storyline it just sounds like a very rough first draft read with a poor reading.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5237)
    Performance
    (3234)
    Story
    (3261)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Andy Spooner says: "A page-turner, no doubt, but..."
    "Combination fictional docu-drama and sermon"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Maybe. The threat of an EMP attack is haunting and interesting. The public should know more. I would warn that it's certainly not an uplifting story.

    I grew up not far from the book's location so much of this aspect is on target. That said, the characters range from being under to significantly over developed.

    In essence, the book is a vehicle to shake a finger at society for ignoring the EMP threat. You glean very little about human nature other than we're all one second away from turning on each other. Maybe we are, but I could have read about this in a Time magazine article rather than fabricate a story around it where the good people are always good and the bad folk are bad--might as well pass around white and black hats.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Eh, OK. Much too much preaching.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Only if there were better sub-plots.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Robert Stanek
    Overall
    (1073)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (87)

    After the Great War that divided the peoples, the kingdoms of men plunged into a Dark Age that lasted 500 years. To heal the lands and restore the light, the great kings decreed that magic and all that is magical, be it creature, man, or device, shall be cleansed to dust. The cleansing raged for so long that no human could recall a time without it and it is in this time that the Dark Lord Sathar returned from the dark beyond.

    Lawrence says: "What the....?"
    "For the love of kingdoms and elves DON'T DO IT!!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I'm not sure who would enjoy this. The wording is too convoluted for youth but the story is much too underdeveloped for adults.


    What was most disappointing about Robert Stanek’s story?

    Read like a first draft. Disjointed writing style. Makes some major time leaps at times as well as leaps in believability.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Breathy and affected accent. No character or emotional differentiation--how can the character be shouting and the narrator sound like he's just completed a short sprint.


    What character would you cut from The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches?

    Too underdeveloped to say. Within 4 hours listening time three completely separate stories that began in multiple locations spread across this universe's world had converged. I can't plan a gathering with my local friends and bring them all together so quickly.


    Any additional comments?

    Waaaay too expensive. Seems like a steal at approx $7 a book, yet the "books" are about four hours. Compared to fully developed series whose books can run 30 - 40 hours, these mini-books can rack-up the expenses quickly.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Phoenix Unchained: Book One of The Enduring Flame

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey, James Mallory
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (137)

    After 1,000 years of peace, much Magick has faded from the world. The Elves live far from humankind. There are no High Mages, and Wild Mages are seen only rarely. Bisochim, a powerful Wild Mage, is determined to reintroduce Darkness to the world, believing that it is out of Balance.

    Bruce says: "A good book for younger readers."
    "A fine read and definitely interesting setting"
    Overall

    Really liked the way magic is treated in this world. The story is a bit juvenile in writing style and HEAVENS where was the editor in this! Some of the flow of the text needed major tweaking! Also, as an audiobook there are audible errors. That said, I still enjoyed it though I wouldn't spend much on the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Magician's Assistant

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Karen Ziemba
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (637)
    Performance
    (361)
    Story
    (362)

    When Parsifal, a handsome and charming magician, dies suddenly, his widow Sabine - who was also his faithful assistant for 20 years - learns that the family he claimed to have lost in a tragic accident is very much alive and well.

    glamazon says: "Patchett Has It"
    "I liked it, even gave it 4 stars but it's flawed"
    Overall

    I'm not going to recount the story because it annoys me to read reviews that tell the whole story. I can say that I was moved to tears more than once. But, I found the story's best punches were in the first 1/3, it levelled out in the middle and the end seemed to wander around. The actual ending is abrupt, unexpected and unfulfilling. That said, I do recommend it because the story is interesting, unique, engaging--and the narrator is quite good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Furies of Calderon: Codex Alera, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4168)
    Performance
    (2831)
    Story
    (2866)

    In the realm of Alera, where people bond with the furies - elementals of earth, air, fire, water, and metal - 15-year-old Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. But when his homeland erupts in chaos - when rebels war with loyalists and furies clash with furies - Tavi's simple courage will turn the tides of war.

    Jim says: "Remastered into chapters from CD."
    "Why always Tokien?"
    Overall

    I agree, Tolkien is the father of epic fantasy and I'll never forget how his writings impacted me, however why do we always compare new fantasy writers to Tolkien? We already have a Tokien, thank you. How about a modern writer who takes it to the next level, such as Jordan, Sanderson or Goodkind. Certainly not the case with this book. Such trite and predictable descriptions, an unsustainable magic system that has a unique twist but is obviously created so that the main character, who has no magic, can be special in some way.

    Though I loved Kate Reading in the Robert Jordan series, her uber "high British" accent reading Missouri-born Butcher's over flowery language is just too sterotypical, almost to the point of being a farse. I'm not tying to be hurtful but my disappointment has stirred some strong negative emotions with this book.

    I've never NOT finished a series. This will be the first. I'm done.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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