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Ryan

If there is a heaven, I hope it looks like a Victorian woodland manor with a roaring fire in the hearth and and endless supply of books.

Vancouver, WA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Dead Beat: The Dresden Files, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5187)
    Performance
    (3903)
    Story
    (3898)

    When a killer vampire threatens to destroy head of Special Investigations Karrin Murphy's reputation, unless Harry delivers the powerful Word of Kemmler to her, he has no choice. Now Harry is in a race against time to find the Word before Chicago experiences a Halloween night to wake the dead.

    A User says: "I wish it was about 20 hours longer"
    "Butcher wins again"
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    Where does Dead Beat rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very near the top


    What did you like best about this story?

    Dresden is such a fun character and in this book he becomes even more so.


    Which character – as performed by James Marsters – was your favorite?

    Bob the skull.


    Any additional comments?

    Life is a journey, time is a river and the door is ajar. Best Dresden novel so far.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Silver Hand: The Song of Albion Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Lawhead
    • Narrated By Stuart Langston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (79)

    Picture a world intricately entwined with our own yet separate, pulsing with the raw energy and vivid color of Celtic myth come to life. Enter Lewis Gillies, an Oxford student whose search for a missing friend leads him through a door to another reality - and unimagined discoveries about life, good and evil, and his own identity and destiny.

    Ken says: "interesting"
    "Slow but good"
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    Would you try another book from Stephen R. Lawhead and/or Stuart Langston?

    I have and will again.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have spent less time on minutia and speed it along. This story line lags and sadly that seems to be the way of this series. Lawhead uses two thirds of the book on boring banter and slow plot moments only to get to the point in the last few chapters.


    Was The Silver Hand worth the listening time?

    Yes, the story is ungodly slow but I was just interested enough in the outcome that I kept at it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gate Thief: Mithermages, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Rankin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2095)
    Performance
    (1901)
    Story
    (1909)

    Here on Earth, Danny North is still in high school, yet he holds in his heart and mind all the stolen outselves of 13 centuries of gatemages. The Families still want to kill him if they can’t control him - and they can’t control him; he is far too powerful. On Westil, Wad is now nearly powerless - he lost everything to Danny in their struggle. Even if he can survive the revenge of his enemies, he must still somehow make peace with the Gatemage Daniel North, for when Danny took that power from Loki, he also took responsibility for the Great Gates.

    Benjamin says: "Flashes of Great, Ok, and Bad. Overall: Meh."
    "Fun Book"
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    Would you listen to The Gate Thief again? Why?

    Not likely. I rarely re-read a book unless it's absolutely incredible and or there is so much time between sequels that I need to refresh the story in my mind.


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

    The old God's may be on food stamps but they still hold the keys to the fates of men.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a fun read. The story was very good even if the prose was less than I would expect from Card. It was a little too predictable and the narration was amateur in it's delivery but... it was a page turner and well worth the credit.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Blade Itself: The First Law: Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (3843)
    Performance
    (2780)
    Story
    (2795)

    Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

    Steven says: "Steven Pacey is magnificient."
    "Great book!"
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    Any additional comments?

    This is a wonderful book! Great characters, amazing story and an amazing performance by Stephn Pacey make this one of my audible favorites. The only drawback for me was the use of modern swearing in a fantasy setting but I got over it quickly. Say one thing for this book, say it's a must read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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