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Louis

Cincinnati, OH, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • The Awakened Mage

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Karen Miller
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (185)

    "The evil foretold has risen...and we are all that stands between it and the end." Asher has come a long way for a fisherman's son. Together with his friend Prince Gar, he has defended their kingdom against its bitterest enemy, but at great cost. Now, the evil mage Morg is preparing for his most deadly assault. Desperate, trapped in a broken body, Morg has little time and fewer scruples. And he has a plan. As Gar and Asher unwittingly fall into a dangerous deception, Morg gets ever closer to his goal.

    Bruce says: "Well crafted heroic Fantasy"
    "Not very good series"
    Overall
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The first book in this series held promise, but that was all. The Awakened Mage covered maybe a 2 months time frame in which the characters barely accomplished anything. The first and second book combined would have made an okay book, but separately the second book was a failure in my opinion.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Sum of All Men; The Runelords


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I feel the narrator did a fair accounting of a poorly written series.


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

    Mainly disappointed in a drawn out series and an over indulges in the characters ranting and anger at each other and where prophecy was leading them.


    Any additional comments?

    Read the 5 books connected to this one at your own risk of disappointed. I know the two I did read, I was disappointed and I'm inclined to listen to the other readers on the rest of the books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tower Lord: Raven's Shadow, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Anthony Ryan
    • Narrated By Steven Brand
    Overall
    (979)
    Performance
    (926)
    Story
    (930)

    Vaelin Al Sorna, warrior of the Sixth Order, called Darkblade, called Hope Killer. The greatest warrior of his day, and witness to the greatest defeat of his nation: King Janus' vision of a Greater Unified Realm drowned in the blood of brave men fighting for a cause Vaelin alone knows was forged from a lie. Sick at heart, he comes home, determined to kill no more. Named Tower Lord of the Northern Reaches by King Janus's grateful heir, he can perhaps find peace in a colder, more remote land far from the intrigues of a troubled Realm.

    Jack says: "The Great Swampy Middle!"
    "Falls short"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    It has a good story and good characters. I've read a lot of reviews and I agree with most of them. Ryan changed writing styles in this book. That alone isn't a good nor bad thing. Ryan also follows more characters, I personally didn't care for this change. There was a lot to the book, but it didn't progress very far.(I hope that makes sense) I agree with most reviews on Reva. I liked her character, but I don't agree with her advancement in her combat abilities within the allotted timeframe. Overall, I just feel dissatisfied with the book in general. I also found that in listening to this book, the story would switch characters without a pause or breaks to let you know they've switched characters. It kinda of threw me at first until, I stopped looking for the normal pause or break off. I also feel the ending was a bit abrupt. The only forewarning of the end was the music the last few lines that were read.


    Would you recommend Tower Lord to your friends? Why or why not?

    If the second book was as good as the first I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this book and series, but right now.... I'm a bit unsure. So many books have a good start and end with a total flop. This second book just wasn't up to par with the first book, but yet wasn't a flop either.


    What about Steven Brand’s performance did you like?

    Does a excellent job reading the book. I look forward to listening to other books Steven reads. Keep up the good work!


    Any additional comments?

    I dearly hope the next book is better. If the first book was excellent than don't mess with something that is working. Just my opinion, but if you do change styles than make damn sure your work is just as good as the last book you put out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7031)
    Performance
    (6679)
    Story
    (6702)

    In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

    Lore says: "48 more hours of Sanderson goodness!"
    "Great Possibles, But A Mediocre Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would cut out about half of shallan's story which seemed to be half the book and move the story forward faster.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Words of Radiance?

    I enjoyed story before and after Kaladin's fight with Szeth-son-son-Vallano.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading – was your favorite?

    Kaladin's of course. The amount of time spend on him this book was frustrating to say the least.


    Was Words of Radiance worth the listening time?

    Yes, even if I felt the story moved at a snails pace until about 75 percent of the book was done than it started moving better. This book isn't Brandon Sanderson's best work. I've read a lot of his books and I feel he can do better than this.


    Any additional comments?

    I think the story line of Shallan in the first 3/4 of the book could be condense down. I really don't feel I gained as much has I should have for the amount of time spend on her in this book. I think there are other sections that seemed more important that were breezed over too quickly. Over all, I think the series will still be good. As for Michael Kramer and Kate Reading - I loved their performance. They have always done a great job bring the books alive with their reading. Keep up the good work!!

    6 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Song: Raven's Shadow, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Anthony Ryan
    • Narrated By Steven Brand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2443)
    Performance
    (2305)
    Story
    (2304)

    The Sixth Order wields the sword of justice and smites the enemies of the Faith and the Realm. Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of 10 when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order. The Brothers of the Sixth Order are devoted to battle, and Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate, and dangerous life of a Warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order.

    Robin says: "Complex but could be more compelling"
    "Well written & read"
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    Where does Blood Song rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I don't know where it ranks among all my books that I've read - As I've read quite a few, but this is definitely a very good book and would recommend it to others


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I didn't have a favorite character - I enjoyed each of them for their individual roles


    Which character – as performed by Steven Brand – was your favorite?

    N/A


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I pretty much did listen to this entire book in one sitting. All but the last hour. :)


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the story and look forward to listening to the next book in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (10495)
    Performance
    (7956)
    Story
    (8002)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Lore says: "Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!"
    "Is there a storyline?!?"
    Overall

    I love fastasy/Sci Fi books and have read my fair share. I've listened to about 8 hrs of this book and still have no clue as to what this book is about other then Storm this Storm that - Bright Eyes bah bah bah. I thought after listening to his work on the Wheel Of Time Series, this author would do good with his own work. Stephen King and Tom Clancy are hard to "get into" due to their overly detailed begans, but at least you have an idea about storyline. Then with reading the other reviews and seeing other only paying only 1 credit, I feel cheated, as I had to pay 2 credits for a failure of a book.

    1 of 12 people found this review helpful

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