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Ecko Khamillien

-Ecko K.

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  • Crystal Soldier: Liaden Universe Books of Before, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Sharon Lee, Steve Miller
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (164)

    Centuries in the past, mankind fought a seemingly unbeatable adversary from sector to sector across the Spiral Arm until the war ground to a standstill and the Enemy withdrew. Believing that they had won, the citizens of the galaxy rebuilt. The Inner Worlds, which had escaped the worst of the war's ravages, became even more insular, while the Rim worlds adopted a free and easy way with law and order. Now, hundreds of years after their withdrawal, the Enemy is back - and this time they'll be satisfied with nothing less than the extinction of the galaxy.

    Shawn says: "A good introduction to Lianden"
    "Story that builds momentum as it goes."
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    What did you love best about Crystal Soldier?

    The 2 main characters. They are very compelling and able to pull in the reader.


    Have you listened to any of Kevin T. Collins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first book read by Kevin T. Collins... and I fell in LOVE! I will now seek out other books he's read just to hear him read! He truly did an excellent job.


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

    Can one man save the universe from destruction?


    Any additional comments?

    Book started off slow for me, by skipping some time... but picked up. I ended excited to read the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Celtic Fairy Tales: Traditional Stories from Ireland, Wales and Scotland

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Joseph Jacobs
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (32)

    The definitive collection of traditional Celtic fairy tales. Joseph Jacobs' 1892 anthology of the most enduring folklore from Ireland, Wales, Scotland, and Cornwall is a delight for both young and old. Leprechauns, giants, witches, princesses, castles, and sea monsters all abound in this compendium of the best mythology Britain and Ireland have to offer.

    Gary says: "Wonderful stories a great book"
    "Stories are great, if narrator was bearable"
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    Would you be willing to try another one of Cathy Dobson’s performances?

    I'd try one... but would turn it off immediately if there was the same problem.


    Any additional comments?

    Narrator read so slowly that my brain couldn't focus on what she was saying. She would lose me halfway through a sentence. I try to do things while listening, and even sitting still doing nothing but listening... it was painful and impossible to stay focused with her reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Prince of Thorns

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Mark Lawrence
    • Narrated By James Clamp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (580)
    Performance
    (532)
    Story
    (539)

    Author Mark Lawrence has won over audiences everywhere with Prince of Thorns, his exciting debut novel. Nine-year-old Prince Jorg is forced to watch as his mother and brother are slaughtered. Fleeing the palace, Jorg joins a bloodthirsty band of thugs. But he’s determined to take back what’s rightfully his, so he returns to the castle a few years later - unaware of the dark and powerful magic that awaits.

    Mathias says: "All Grit And Gore, Very Little Story"
    "Tough start, but GRIPPING as the pages turn"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Prince of Thorns?

    The moment you realize what Jorge went through as a child to get soooo messed up.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I have not been impressed with a writer or a book in a long time and this one did it! The writing was fabulous... i easily forgot I was reading a book. (which is the point of reading a book) The magic / time - space reality of this book was surprising and although it could have ruined the story in another writer's hands... he not only pulled it off, but did it smoothly! I listened to this book in ONE day because I was so engrossed!


    Any additional comments?

    I wish the writer had come up with a different swear word than the"F" word... it would have made this book more recommendable to friends and family.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shades of Milk and Honey

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Mary Robinette Kowal
    • Narrated By Mary Robinette Kowal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (203)

    The fantasy novel you’ve always wished Jane Austen had written. When Jane realizes that one of Melody’s suitors is set on taking advantage of her sister for the sake of her dowry, she pushes her skills to the limit of what her body can withstand in order to set things right—and, in the process, accidentally wanders into a love story of her own.

    Fionna says: "Jane Austen with magic"
    "Interesting magic idea, but basic and dull writing"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    An actor who natively spoke with a British accent.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A brain stimulation plot-novel.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Stick with American-English unless delivering a "quote" line.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I liked the use of magic and explanation of magical principles.


    Any additional comments?

    Novel was weak in character development, depth of characters overall. Did not a feel like the author really had an understanding of era of which she was writing. It felt as though the novel ended abruptly, and the conclusion tie-up was sickly sweet and sill-a-ly "happily ever-after".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunt

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Andrew Fukuda
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (160)

    Don’t Sweat. Don’t Laugh. Don’t draw attention to yourself. And most of all, whatever you do, do not fall in love with one of them. Gene is different from everyone else around him. He can’t run with lightning speed, sunlight doesn’t hurt him and he doesn’t have an unquenchable lust for blood. Gene is a human, and he knows the rules.

    Michelle says: "This had me on my toes from start to finish."
    "Surprisingly Interesting and engaging"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hunt to be better than the print version?

    Maybe. Possibly, the slower sections are easier to listen to than read?


    What other book might you compare The Hunt to and why?

    Hunger Game - a government organized hunt/killing game. Ender's Game - Child/Young person alone and expected to outsmart a devious and pitiless enemy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Gene is trapped in a dark library with a bunch of blood thirsty vampires.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Gene is thinking about his life and the audience sees his self-hatred.


    Any additional comments?

    In the beginning of this book I didn't think I'd like it. Regardless of faults I found, I am still eager to read the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Anatomist’s Apprentice: The Dr. Thomas Silkstone Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Tessa Harris
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (365)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (325)

    The death of Lord Edward Crick has unleashed a torrent of gossip through the seedy taverns and elegant ballrooms of Oxfordshire. Few mourn the dissolute young man - except his sister, the beautiful Lady Lydia Farrell. When her husband comes under suspicion of murder, she seeks expert help from Dr. Thomas Silkstone, a young anatomist from Philadelphia. Thomas arrived in England to study under its foremost surgeon, where his unconventional methods only add to his outsider status. Against his better judgment, he agrees to examine Lord Edward’s corpse.

    Sires says: "Gruesome but Deftly Plotted"
    "Entertaining, and true to the times..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it's interesting enough to listen to.


    Would you recommend The Anatomist’s Apprentice to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend with caveat or two. Those being; that the characters in this book seem oblivious to what information they know that they might need to tell someone else about. People were a little clueless to CSI type things, but I had a hard time swallowing that they were as oblivious as the Author painted them.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    Voice acting true to characters.


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

    The birth of CSI


    Any additional comments?

    It was interesting, but not as fast paced as the murder stories we are used to in the 21st century. Characters are also naive, but true to the times. Annoyingly clueless at times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nine Princes in Amber: The Chronicles of Amber, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Roger Zelazny
    • Narrated By Alessandro Juliani
    Overall
    (1652)
    Performance
    (1488)
    Story
    (1504)

    Amber is the one real world, of which all others including our own Earth are but Shadows. Amber burns in Corwin's blood. Exiled on Shadow Earth for centuries, the prince is about to return to Amber to make a mad and desperate rush upon the throne.

    Joe says: "Great begining of the series"
    "A Strange and Surprising Story, Amazing Author!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Nine Princes in Amber the most enjoyable?

    The author's use of language and unique way of saying things, and the performers expertise execution.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There is really only one important/favorite character.


    Which character – as performed by Alessandro Juliani – was your favorite?

    N/A


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I often caught myself frozen and almost holding my breath in anticipation.


    Any additional comments?

    Great all-around!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Feast of Souls: Magister Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By C. S. Friedman
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (451)
    Performance
    (414)
    Story
    (413)

    C.S. Friedman, acclaimed author of The Coldfire Trilogy, returns to the epic style which has made her one of the most popular fantasy writers in the genre. In this first book of the trilogy, Friedman introduces listeners to a world of high fantasy, replete with vampire-like magical powers, erotic interludes, treachery, war, sorcery, and a draconic creature of horrific power and evil that will have listeners eagerly awaiting the next novel in the series.

    Stefan says: "The Price of Power - Would You Pay It??"
    "Gripping"
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    What did you love best about Feast of Souls?

    The realistic Character portrayals.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Feast of Souls?

    Ripping off the head of a child!?!


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

    Her voice gave me a different mental picture of the leading lady than just the words would have done...more approachable.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending was a real cliff-hanger.


    Any additional comments?

    Well written and read.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Driving Mr. Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3772)
    Performance
    (3432)
    Story
    (3425)

    Miranda Puckett has failed at every job she’s ever had. Her mother just wants her to come home, join the family law firm, and settle down with Jason, the perfect lawyer boyfriend. But when Jason turns out to be a lying cheater, Miranda seizes on a job that gets her out of town: long-distance vampire transportation. Her first assignment is to drive vampire Collin Sutherland from Washington to sleepy Half Moon Hollow without incident—no small feat for a woman whom trouble seems to follow like a faithful hound dog!

    Ducky says: "Molly Harper can't write fast enough for me!!!!"
    "Entertaining"
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    If you could sum up Driving Mr. Dead in three words, what would they be?

    Amusing, Light, Farfetched


    What about Amanda Ronconi’s performance did you like?

    She spoke certain phrases exactly the way they must have been written to sound.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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