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Casey Bemis

Santa Ynez, CA | Member Since 2010

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  • Pathfinder: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Don Leslie, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2789)
    Performance
    (2106)
    Story
    (2123)

    Rigg is well trained at keeping secrets. Only his father knows the truth about Rigg’s strange talent for seeing the paths of people’s pasts. But when his father dies, Rigg is stunned to learn just how many secrets Father had kept from him - secrets about Rigg’s own past, his identity, and his destiny. And when Rigg discovers that he has the power not only to see the past, but also to change it, his future suddenly becomes anything but certain.

    Paul says: "Story OK, Narration Mixed"
    "interesting"
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    What did you love best about Pathfinder?

    The plot line


    What did you like best about this story?

    The unraveling of the unusual plot line and, the rest could become a spoiler..


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

    As sense of being there


    Any additional comments?

    This was a fascinating book and I can't wait to read the sequel. The technical aspects were a bit hard to understand but I could pretty much figure it all out. I do not consider this great literature, but the compelling story and the concept of humanity's development was engaging. Hard to put down and my husband is now reading it and liking it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8828)
    Performance
    (8105)
    Story
    (8145)

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "Great book in series, but a bit wordy"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Feast for Crows the most enjoyable?

    This is the 4th book in the "Song of Fire and Ice" series by George RR Martin. It's best to listen or read the first 3 books before you delve into this one. I only gave it 4 stars as I think it could have been better edited. But I enjoyed it anyway.

    This book follows Cersi, Sansa, Brienne, Jaime, the Greyjoys, the Tyrells, Freys, Arya, Samwell and of course, Little Finger. It pretty much focuses on the struggle for power among the families in King's Landing and the north. Danny, Tyrion and Jon are left for the next book. The story moves along pretty well, but occasionally get's bogged down by Martin's wordiness. Anyway it kept me listening and wondering what would happen next. In this series you never know what main character may die, and that is true in this book too. It's hard to give a good review without spoilers. So I'll just say if you liked the first 3 books in the series you will like this one and you will be searching for the next. Roy Dotrice did a fine job of reading and giving the characters individual voices. Although with so many characters it is hard to come up with a separate voice for each. Mostly he made it easy to tell who was talking in a particular chapter.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are well drawn but often flawed in someway. Consequently the story rings true. Non of us act perfectly all the time. It is also very well plotted and keeps you wanting to listen more.


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    His ability to have so many voices for the different characters.


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

    Unrest in Westeros becomes fierce. I could say more, but it would be a spoiler.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the series and this book is no exception. I wish the last book in the series was in Audible, but I couldn't find it. I guess I'll have to read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (8023)
    Performance
    (4729)
    Story
    (4716)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Keith says: "Ken Follett and John Lee / Audible's Dream Team"
    "Long but worth it"
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    What did you love best about Fall of Giants?

    All the information about the beginning of WW1, negotiations, progress of the war, resolution and development of Soviet Russia.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Can't pick. Both Ethel and Maud together were great. They were form 2 different classes in England and yet their lives became very intertwined. They were both very strong women and involved in women's suffrage together. They were the center of the book. Although for a male character, I like Gregori in Russia. All three of these people's lives changed significantly from before the war until it's end.They carried the story for me.


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    Gregori. He got the accent down pretty well. Also he did all of the American accents particularly well given that I think he's English.


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

    The fight over no man's land. Thanks to the author, I got to see both the German and English point of view. His depiction of this heartbreaking conflict was particularly poignant .


    Any additional comments?

    This book was very compelling with good character development, plotting, weaving of character throughout the book. It's long, but listening went fast. I never finished my book group read because I was too involved with Fall of the Giants. This is a much better book than Pillars of the Earth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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