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Diana

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  • Vampire Empire - The Greyfriar

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Clay Griffith, Susan Griffith
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    Overall
    (376)
    Performance
    (357)
    Story
    (355)

    1870. A time known as The Great Killing. The vampire clans arose and slaughtered humanity with unprecedented carnage in the northern parts of the world. Millions perished; millions were turned into herd animals. The great industrialized civilizations of the world were left in ruin. A remnant fled south to the safety of the ever present heat which was intolerable to vampires. There, blending with the local peoples, they rebuilt their societies founded on human ingenuity, steam and iron.

    Diana says: "The Greyfriar Rocks!"
    "The Greyfriar Rocks!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Vampire Empire - The Greyfriar to be better than the print version?

    Yes, although I enjoyed the print version the added dimension of James Marsters narrating was impressive. I always love him in the Dresden Files but oh my what he does with this makes me impatient for the next book in the series (I've read the Riftwalker and am waiting for the 3rd book to come out) They even have a little bit of Ney music leading in and ending the book which makes me think of of Princess Adele as a child and her Persian mother.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My boyfriend's favorite was Flay and I guess it is because she is so sexy while being so deadly. For myself it has to be the Greyfriar himself. He is obviously on the classic hero's journey and sometimes it is painful to watch. He is by no means perfect except in the struggle.


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

    James Marsters puts in a performance, not just some sort of mellifluous voice. He handles womens voices so well that I forget it is a man who is doing the reading. He nails the ethnic voices making the Japanese tutor/mystic Marmaru sound more like Lord Toranaga than Mr. Miyagi, his Colonel Anhault, a Gurkha officer who heads the Royal Guard sounds as if he sprang right from the sub-continent and he even does convincing voices for the Persian female mystic and an African sorceress who are members of the cabal. He draws the smallest of characters so vividly that you can feel the warmth folksy appeal of the elderly couple that open their poor home to the Greyfriar and Princess Adele even at great risk to themselves. Guess you know that I've been following James Marsters since he played Spike on Buffy and Angel and he has done nothing other than improve. He never dissapoints.


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

    The first paranormal Steampunk Adventure


    Any additional comments?

    The balance of action adventure, mystery and romance makes this audio worthy of your Audible credits.

    27 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon Bones: The Hurog Duology, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Joe Manganiello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (191)

    We all play roles at times. Wardwick of Hurog played the role of a fool till he reached adulthood, just to keep his father from murdering him. Now he must overcome the image he so carefully built and fight not simply for his birthright but to free the five Kingdoms from tyranny and the rising tide of darkest magic that threatens his world.

    Diana says: "Epic yet intimate"
    "Epic yet intimate"
    Overall

    This is my first audio book download so I wasn't sure what to expect but I've enjoyed other novels by Patricia Briggs and I am also a fan of Joe Manganiello so I gave it a shot. What a wonderful experiance ! Listened all the way through on my trip from South Carolina to New Hamphire and the time flew by. Can't wait for the next book in the series. Think I'll be listening to the book again as I shop and wrap presents.

    Ms Briggs has a way of using the classic hero's journey filled with mages, powerful bad guys, battles, treachery and even a dragon to move things along but she didn't leave out the element of humanity that makes me care about the characters.If you loved Dragonlance as a kid like I did then you too will probably enjoy the more mature Dragon Bones.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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