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Nicholas

arlington, MA, USA | Member Since 2000

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  • Throne of Jade: Temeraire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Naomi Novik
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (784)
    Performance
    (447)
    Story
    (443)

    When Britain intercepted a French ship and its precious cargo, an unhatched dragon's egg, Captain Will Laurence of HMS Reliant unexpectedly became master and commander of the noble dragon he named Temeraire. As new recruits in Britain's Aerial Corps, man and dragon soon proved their mettle. But now China has discovered that its rare gift, intended for Napoleon, has fallen into British hands, and an angry Chinese delegation vows to reclaim the remarkable beast.

    Nicholas says: "fast forward part 2"
    "fast forward part 2"
    Overall

    Loved the book, just thought I'd point out an issue with the recording. Part 2 of the download for me started about 40 minutes from the end of the book! by trial and error I discovered that the part 'begins' about 1 hour and 9 minutes after hitting play. So, if you have no idea what's going on when you start part 2, fast forward and give it another try as this is an excellent series.

    21 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Fallout: Zombie Fallout, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (2858)
    Performance
    (2671)
    Story
    (2681)

    This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.

    Teddy says: "Hooked!"
    "It Gets Better"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you can make it through the sarcastic and extremely parenthetical first 15 minutes of this book, you will find some solid story telling, and maybe a few genuine laughs. Not that the style changes, but the listener gets used to it fast. Describing it as "king of the hill, of the dead" only refers to the narrator, but yes, it sounds like Hank Hill is telling you a story from the apocalypse. Kind of loved it. Downloading the second book now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Time

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Marc Scott Zicree, Barbara Hambly
    • Narrated By Armin Shimerman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (34)

    When an overworked team of government physicists unwittingly invites something catastrophic into the world, rising young New York lawyer Cal Griffin is forced into a strange new role in a world of nightmare and wonder.

    Robert says: "Poor audio"
    "Good book, jarring narration"
    Overall

    This book is just fine to whittle away the time, and reasonably unique in it's story-line and plot arc. My only complaint is with the narration. The narrator's voice and distinction between characters is just fine, but the editing of the actual recording is full of these sudden changes in tone, and sometimes volume, which seem to have been spliced in from another session. To me it seems as if the audio was also edited to remove all pauses between sections; throwing you into another location and set of characters with a confusing lack of transition.

    If you can get over the recording faults, however, this is an entirely enjoyable novel, and I've already bought the sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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