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Alain

maplewood, NJ, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • 352 titles in library
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  • Soul of the Fire: Sword of Truth, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1585)
    Performance
    (868)
    Story
    (897)

    Now it has become terrifyingly clear that the Chimes have the potential to bring down all that Richard and Kahlan have worked to protect, and even the power of the Sword of Truth may not be enough to stem the tide of their unleashed magical force. But if the Chimes cannot be stopped, first they will ravage Richard and Kahlan, then all of D'Hara, and then the entire world.

    Costas says: "Soul of the Fire"
    "Not his best not his worst"
    Overall

    As with most audiobooks a lot of the listener's experience comes down to the reader of the audiobook. The story was so so in the beginning and got better towards the end but ended pretty abruptly. But the reader of this novel is 10x better than the previous one. I'm glad I didn't stop at the last book and was able to make my way thru this one. I've read pretty good reviews of the book to come.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Elantris

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4260)
    Performance
    (2755)
    Story
    (2801)

    Legendary science fiction author Orson Scott Card calls Brandon Sanderson a writer to watch, and Publishers Weekly says his debut is "outstanding." Once the godlike rulers of the capital of Arelon, the inhabitans of Elantris have been imprisoned within themselves, unable to die after the city's magic failed years ago. But when a new prince falls victim to the curse, he refuses to accept his fate.

    Lore says: "What if your body could never heal?"
    "Not Bad Once I Tried Something Different"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you're a Sanderson fan, this book should keep your interest enough through its entirety. As many reviewers have already mentioned, it's one of his first works and as such not as polished a the Mistborn Series.

    I found the pace to be a bit slower than I would typically like. Also, the protagonist doesn't have any particular character flaws nor make many mistakes (the Wesley Crusher of Elantris).

    But to mitigate the pace I hit the 2X on the iPOD touch. Once I adjusted to that speed I still found the pace to be too slow.

    3X increased the pace of the listen, allowed the story to develop quicker, and probably afforded an additional star in my rating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Vendetta

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4841)
    Performance
    (4306)
    Story
    (4323)

    Accountant turned professional monster hunter, Owen Zastava Pitt, managed to stop the nefarious Old Ones' invasion plans last year, but as a result made an enemy out of one of the most powerful beings in the universe. Now an evil death cult known as the Church of the Temporary Mortal Condition wants to capture Owen in order to gain the favor of the great Old Ones.

    Jason says: "Exciting story, well told, with a great villain"
    "The Number One Reason Why I Liked This Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    1. It was better than the first one.

    It's rare that a sequel is better than the original. A lot of the reviews mentioned that they liked this book more.

    They're right. But why?

    The first book lays down a framework for the series. It also leaves you with more questions than answers.

    All of the major mysteries that left you wondering were answered by then end of this audiobok.

    tremendous writing. powerful reading. you won't regret this -- especially if you liked the first book

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wise Man's Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10091)
    Performance
    (8398)
    Story
    (8470)

    "My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep...."

    Geoff says: "I dig it."
    "meh."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Day 1 is a killer book. Period.

    Admittedly I'm only 75% through this book but I feel like the book would be a lot better if it was 25 hrs vs 40+. It starts off well enough but then just draggggs.

    For those of you that follow anime this is like a large filler episode.

    or

    This is kind of like the Silmarillion. It's part of a great work but doesn't really fit in the big picture.

    Props to the reader though. He manages to keep an overly long story fairly engaging.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Changes: The Dresden Files, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5299)
    Performance
    (3775)
    Story
    (3778)

    Long ago, Susan Rodriguez was Harry Dresden's lover-until she was attacked by his enemies, leaving her torn between her own humanity and the bloodlust of the vampiric Red Court. Susan then disappeared to South America, where she could fight both her savage gift and those who cursed her with it.Now Arianna Ortega, Duchess of the Red Court, has discovered a secret Susan has long kept, and she plans to use it-against Harry.

    Amazon Customer says: "WOW. I'm stunned!"
    "His best work yet"
    Overall

    If you can get through James Marsters' reading of Book 1 and make it to this book it will be worth it. Marsters must read these reviews b/c he changed his reading style after book one and every book since has been a home run.

    Just awesome.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the Weyrs of Pern: Dragonriders of Pern

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Anne McCaffrey
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (426)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (270)

    For generations, the dragonriders had dedicated their lives to fighting Thread, the dreaded spores that periodically rained from the sky to ravage the land. On the backs of their magnificent telepathic dragons they flew to flame the deadly stuff out of the air before it could reach the planet's surface. But the greatest dream of the dragonriders was to find a way to eradicate Thread completely, so that never again would their beloved Pern be threatened with destruction.

    WMF says: "The Narration Would Make A Harper Weep"
    "Should I even write a review?"
    Overall

    Did not enjoy this audiobook at all. Even listening to it on 2X speed did nothing to improve on how slow the story was. I almost fell asleep listening to this which wouldn't be a problem except for the driving part.

    I don't even want to waste my time writing a review of this one.... just find something better, honestly...

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Novice: The Black Magician Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Trudi Canavan
    • Narrated By Richard Aspel
    Overall
    (662)
    Performance
    (411)
    Story
    (411)

    Sonea knows the other novices in the Magicians' Guild all come from powerful families, but she also knows she can turn to Rothen and Dannyl for help when she needs it. Promoted to Guild Ambassador, Lord Dannyl leaves for the Elyne court. His first order from Administrator Lorlen is to resume, in secret, High Lord Akkarin's long-abandoned research into ancient magical knowledge. Not knowing the true reason for his journey, Dannyl is soon facing unexpected dangers.

    Aaron Gerber says: "I should have read the negative reviews..."
    "Usually agree"
    Overall

    I usually agree with most of the reviewers of an audiobook before I end up buying it. Not so much this time. This story is just "ok".

    1) It drags A LOT
    2) The antagonists behavior and the protagonist's reaction to it don't really draw me into the story. I think part of the problem is that we don't really get a true sense of who the antagonist is. Something just feels a bit off about the way they interact with each other.
    3) The "research" plot line could be eliminated completely. Every time the audio switched over to that story I wanted to rip my eyes out. Also what's with the doubts and questions surrounding homosexuality? It just didn't make any sense, nor did the heterosexuality either. There's no passion of either kind. The author should have just stuck to the magic and left sexuality out; it wasn't believable when it was brought into the story.
    3 Stars because:
    a) the "magic" part of the book held my interest...
    b) the book got better once I hit the 2X speed on my ipod (the narrator is a SLOW reader too)


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Treason

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (932)
    Performance
    (684)
    Story
    (688)

    Lanik Mueller is a "rad" - radical regenerative - a freak who can regenerate injured flesh...and trade extra body parts to the Offworld oppressors for iron. On a planet without hard metals, or the means of escape, iron offers the promise of freedom through the chance to build a spacecraft. But it is a promise which may never be fulfilled, as Lanik uncovers a treacherous conspiracy beyond his imagination.

    Barry says: "Entirely enjoyable"
    "Better than Ender"
    Overall

    This is probably one of the best audio books I've listened to in the science fiction genre. I listened to Ender's Game & Shadow before this one and really enjoyed both of those two. But this book combines science (fiction), space/time, metaphysics, and a bunch of other concepts fairly neatly into one story. The story starts out a little slow for me but it may be that I'm less interested in genetics than in other areas covered in the book. It picks up nicely after that.

    Definite 5 stars...

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • On Basilisk Station: Honor Harrington, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2318)
    Performance
    (1682)
    Story
    (1674)

    Honor Harrington has been exiled to Basilisk station and given an antique ship to police the system. The vindictive superior who sent her there wants her to fail. But he made one mistake: he's made her mad....

    gerry says: "Damn you Steve Gibson"
    "Ugh."
    Overall

    Starts out slow. In the beginning there's absolutely no dialogue and a lot of character descriptions -- it seems like hours worth.

    Once you get into the characters you realize that there's no redeeming quality about any of them; nothing that really captures and holds your interest; boring dialogue and uninteresting action sequences....

    I typically listen to audiobooks during my hr long commutes to and from work. This audiobook has almost put me to sleep on a number of occasions. It is also the 1st book that I decided not to finish. Ugh. Just ugh.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Faith of the Fallen: Sword of Truth, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By John Kenneth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1582)
    Performance
    (848)
    Story
    (876)

    A Sister of the Dark captures Richard and takes him deep into the Old World, to the very heart of the Order, while his beloved Kahlan remains behind. Free because of Richard's sacrifice for her, but unwilling to abandon the cause of the Midlands, Kahlan violates not only prophecy but her last pledge to Richard and raises an army against the advancing horde of the Imperial Order.

    Daniel says: "This is the one when he goes Ayn rand on you"
    "Probably the Best of the Bunch"
    Overall

    This might be the best of Goodkind's books certainly as good if not better than the 1st one. The writing has improved since book 4 AND the reader fits the writing perfectly. It starts out slower and takes a while to develop but the 4th section (or mp3) that makes up the entire book is finishing with a bang.

    I haven't even finished the book and I felt the need to write this review. Nice job Goodkind

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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