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Tobias Betancourt

Just someone who enjoys books.

Member Since 2010

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  • 11 purchased in 2014
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  • Matilda

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Roald Dahl
    • Narrated By Kate Winslet
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (67)

    "The Trunchbull" is no match for Matilda! Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she's just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It'll take a superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves and Matilda may be just the one to do it!

    Jane says: "This is feel-good."
    "Great fun"
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    I took a break from my normal listening to enjoy Matilda. It was a fun diversion and I would definitely recommend it to others, I liked how Ms. Winslet read and Dahl is always a pleasure.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Steadfast: Elemental Masters, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Carmela Corbett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (48)

    The new novel in Mercedes Lackey’s best-selling series of an alternative Edwardian Britain, where magic is real - and Elemental Masters are in control. Lionel Hawkins is a magician whose act is only partially sleight of hand. The rest is real magic. He’s an Elemental Magician with the power to persuade the Elementals of Air to help him create amazing illusions. It doesn’t take long before his assistant, acrobat Katie Langford, notices that he’s no ordinary magician - and for Lionel to discover that she’s no ordinary acrobat, but rather an untrained and unawakened Fire Magician.

    Tobias Betancourt says: "Good, but not great."
    "Good, but not great."
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    I enjoy Lackey's books, the elemental masters series especially, but I don't think Steadfast lived up to the rest of the series. It had some great moments, but overall, I felt there were too many loose ends.

    The heroine was a little flat. She has an interesting back story, but she doesn't seem to grow very much, and where their was the potential for her to--regain herself?--it wraps up too quickly to feel like anything momentous has occurred.

    An old favorite character is briefly trotted out and just as briefly disappears with no explanation of what happened, and no real reason for his having been included.

    I was left feeling like there was a lot left unsaid and I'd love to see the author's notes on this story.

    On the other hand, it's the Elemental Masters series! I still enjoyed listening, and I'll probably listen to it again. It gave a little more information about the rules of elemental magic in the Lackey-verse. It was a very different class/culture of people than she has written about before. While there are are shades of Reserved for the Cat, I think the story is different enough to stand by itself.

    Overall, I'd say that if you are a fan of the series, it's a must have just as part of the collection. If you are just starting, don't start with this book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Colour of Magic: Discworld #1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    Overall
    (2486)
    Performance
    (968)
    Story
    (974)

    The Colour of Magic, the first novel in Terry Pratchett's wildly imaginative Discworld series, takes the listener on a remarkable journey. The magical planet of Discworld is supported by four massive elephants who stand on the back of the Great A'Tuin, a giant turtle swimming slowly through the mysterious interstellar gulf. An eccentric expedition sets out to explore the planet, encountering dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and of course "The Edge" of the planet.

    Joel says: "Start in any of seven Disworld books"
    "Poorly Recorded"
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    A few friends have suggested the Discworld books to me, so I'm looking forward to reading them. Unfortunately, the narrator, Nigel Planer, is awful. It might be that the recording itself is poor quality, or maybe a little of both, but it makes the audio book impossible to listen to. I'm disappointed that I won't be getting to hear Discworld, and I am surprised, because I've never come across a narrator who I didn't adjust to over the first few chapters. I gave the story three stars because I don't want to judge it unfairly until I've finished it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Favorite Gay Men's Stories from Best American Erotica

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Susie Bright (editor), John Preston, Samuel Delaney, and others
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Mirron Willis, Christian Noble, and others
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    Susie Bright, founder of Best American Erotica, presents a classic, taboo-breaking collection of men’s erotic fiction - featuring the most unrepentant gay literary heroes of our generation. Legendary writers like John Preston, Samuel Delany, Steven Saylor/Aaron Travis, Lars Eighner, Dennis Cooper - who can imagine men’s intimate and transgressive lives without them?

    Tobias Betancourt says: "Terrible"
    "Terrible"
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    Stereotypes that went beyond offensive. Gay erotica as violent, shock value type tales with ridiculous situations. For example, a guy who contracts a virus that starts to turn him straight (in the stupidest stereotypy way) who then tries to force his ex lover while very drunk in order to make him catch the virus too. All to be saved by the best queen friend, jumping in at the last moment.

    Don't waste your credits.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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