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chris

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  • Paladins

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Joel Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Alex Hyde-White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    In the 17th century, in an alternate universe, much of Europe, Asia, and the New World are part of an Empire ruled from England. The Order of Crown, Shield, and Dragon is a legion of special agents for the Crown: special emissaries in time of peace, and invincible warriors in more violent times. They carry special weapons: swords, each of which contains the soul of someone of great power. Even in the hands of a knight of the Order, even wielded in the cause of righteousness, a red sword is terribly dangerous to its owner and all around him.

    Cliff says: "Ok quick read, but nothing to write home about."
    "this book needs to be remastered"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

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    What was most disappointing about Joel Rosenberg’s story?

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    How did the narrator detract from the book?

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    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Paladins?

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    Any additional comments?

    the edit of this book drove me crazy. every paragraph fades out. i listen on my phone and this usually means i have an incoming call. this is very distracting and after a little while of this i stopped listening. i cannot comment on the story line or the narrator because the fading was such a nuisance. i hope this problem gets fixed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Swordspoint: A Melodrama of Manners

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ellen Kushner
    • Narrated By Ellen Kushner, Dion Graham, Katherine Kellgren, and others
    Overall
    (653)
    Performance
    (579)
    Story
    (582)

    On the treacherous streets of Riverside, a man lives and dies by the sword. Even the nobles on the Hill turn to duels to settle their disputes. Within this elite, dangerous world, Richard St. Vier is the undisputed master, as skilled as he is ruthless--until a death by the sword is met with outrage instead of awe, and the city discovers that the line between hero and villain can be altered in the blink of an eye.

    Stacy says: "What a beautiful book..."
    "a bore"
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    Would you try another book from Ellen Kushner and/or the narrators?

    i liked the narrator, and her reading her story lent it a true bent to what the author pictured. unfortunately that was boring characters and a story line that was long and drawn out.


    What could Ellen Kushner have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    ended it about twenty chapters earlier.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointed in other peoples comments that made me have the idea it would be a good purchase. this book left much for wanting. i fell asleep with this on for about two hours and woke up none the worse for the plot line. if i did not have a desire to push through hard listens and a field job that requires long hours alone right now, i would have discarded this book hours ago. i finished it with a sigh of relief and the last four chapters drug on for hours it seemed.


    Any additional comments?

    she pushed the boundaries of sexuality, especially for the eighties, but pushed it right into a typical stereotype of gays, the flamboyant homosexual. i think she would have been better off writing about a lesbian couple where one was an unconventional swordsperson. this story was brutally boring and snobbish. i regret having listened to it, except for the comfort of knowing i pushed through a hard listen and came out unenlightened and disappointed in it. the only book on tape i have wished i had not bothered with, so far.

    skip this one, carry on. this is not the book you are looking for.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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