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S. Pyle

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  • The Outlaw Demon Wails

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Gigi Bermingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2112)
    Performance
    (1307)
    Story
    (1304)

    To save the lives of her friends, Rachel did the unthinkable: she willingly trafficked in forbidden demon magic. And now her sins are coming home to haunt her. As Rachel searches for the truth behind a terrifying murder, an even greater menace threatens, for the demon Algaliarept will stop at nothing to claim her, and the discovery of a shocking family secret throws Rachel's entire life into question.

    Carol says: "Horrible Narration Take 2"
    "Great story, horrible narrator"
    Overall

    The adventures of Rachel & company continue. This is another great book from Kim Harrison. **** for the material, * for the narration.

    For the life of me I don't know why they'd change narrator after 5 books. I was thoroughly enjoying the series up until now. With the original narrator, I'd come to know which character was speaking by the narrator's voice. I'd come to know places and names and what each character's attitude was like.

    Then along comes this book and BAM! Everything is turned on it's head. several key words and names are mispronounced and that turned me off right away. I often wanted to shout "HIS NAME IS PUH-SCARY! NOT PISS-CURRY!"

    It's bad enough that the new narrator often seems to fade in and out of character, even from one line to the next. To make matters worse, all the characters are completely different. Jenks went from a sarcastic, tough little man to a whiny sissy. Ivy is no longer sultry & vampiric, but almost a valley girl. As for Keasley, I expect him to shout "Where all the white women at?" at any moment.

    I would love a re-issue of this with Marguerite Gavin returning as narrator. At the very least, I hope she comes back for future books in this series.

    46 of 46 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31388)
    Performance
    (24577)
    Story
    (24663)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Great books, unbearable without 1.5x speed on app"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to A Game of Thrones the most enjoyable?

    I've just started the books having never read them. The story is great! I like reading the books after seeing the movie or in this case TV show. It's nice to go back and fill in the holes. I prefer that to reading the book first and being disappointed in what's missing in the film version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's hard to say who the best character is, but probably Tyrion. He's the classic hard luck hero. Smart but disadvantaged at every turn.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Roy Dotrice’s performances?

    Probably not. I can't bear the books on regular speed. Playing at 1.5x actually sounds "normal". I do enjoy his style, but half the characters he reads with a mouth full of spit, like they all have a speech impediment. It's very disgusting, but faster playback makes it slightly less disgusting.


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

    When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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