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Chris B.

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  • Shadowplay: Shadowmarch: Volume II

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Tad Williams
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (174)

    A year ago, the March Kingdoms were at peace, and the Eddon family held the throne. Now the family has been shattered. King Olin Eddon is a prisoner in a faraway land, and Olin’s heir Kendrick is dead – slain by treachery and dark, bloody magic. With their father and brother taken from them, the royal twins Barrick and Briony have done their best to hold the kingdom together, but now Barrick has been captured in a failed war against the immortal Twilight People and Briony has been forced to flee.

    Coral says: "Stuff is happening but it's rather dull"
    "Good story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Shadowplay? What did you like least?

    The character development was fantastic and the story was captivating. Although, some of the characters were whiny at times which started to get old.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Tad Williams? Why or why not?

    Yes, I thought his story telling was great.


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

    His many different accents an the suspense and excitement he brings to certain situations was fantastic.


    Was Shadowplay worth the listening time?

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Brooks
    • Narrated By Dennis Holland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    In his controversial study of America's giving habits, Arthur C. Brooks shatters stereotypes about charity in America - including the myth that the political Left is more compassionate than the Right. Brooks, a preeminent public policy expert, spent years researching giving trends in America, and even he was surprised by what he found. In Who Really Cares, he identifies the forces behind American charity.

    Chris B. says: "Excellent Book"
    "Excellent Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism?

    This book turns many people's preconceived notions on their ears. Well written and thoroughly researched, I highly recommend this book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book IV

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (4258)
    Performance
    (2466)
    Story
    (2491)

    It is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces, some familiar, others only just appearing, are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.

    Aaron says: "No Roy Dotrice"
    "Bring back Roy Dotrice!"
    Overall

    This review is more on the narration than on the content of the book. 45 minutes in and I can hardly stand to keep listening. It's not that John Lee is a terrible narrator, I'm sure he's fine on other books, but Dotrice added depth and nuance to the characters, whereas Lee is overly dramatic and monotonous. In fact, it's often difficult to decipher who is speaking since Lee speaks in the same voice for every character. I know Dotrice's shoes are hard to fill, but the've got to be able to do better than Lee. He just isn't what we've come to expect from this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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