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Westfield, NJ - USA | Member Since 2006

  • 2 reviews
  • 25 ratings
  • 448 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2015

  • Trapped: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    After 12 years of secret training, Atticus O’Sullivan is finally ready to bind his apprentice, Granuaile, to the earth and double the number of Druids in the world. But on the eve of the ritual, the world that thought he was dead abruptly discovers that he’s still alive, and they would much rather he return to the grave. Having no other choice, Atticus, his trusted Irish wolfhound, Oberon, and Granuaile travel to the base of Mount Olympus, where the Roman god Bacchus is anxious to take his sworn revenge - but he’ll have to get in line behind an ancient vampire, a band of dark elves, and an old god of mischief.

    Melissa says: "Not as good as some of the others in the series"
    "Modern Day Fantasy"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Trapped to be better than the print version?

    Great job by Luke Daniels narrating this story. I listen to these books in my car most of the time and actually hearing a different person (or hound, for that matter) speak makes this very lively and easy to listen to. I think these books may actually be more fun to listen to than to read.

    What other book might you compare Trapped to and why?

    "Trapped", like its predecessors, places a 2,000 year old druid into the present, and into the body of a 22 year old. The book draws not only from "Dungeons and Dragons" type fantasy stories but also from Mythology from all over the world. Plus, there is a dose of modern day video gaming when Atticus activates his necklace charms. So the books are pretty unique and hard to compare to other stories.

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

    Luke Daniels turns the book into a play, which is a completely different experience from reading the book. I am always torn between having room for my imagination to paint the images a book creates and being introduced to characters in a "pre-set" way. But if the "pre-set way" is as much fun as in this narration I don't have a problem with it.

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

    The Iron Druid

    Any additional comments?

    Book 4 was a bit "flat" in terms of storyline. I am happy Kevin Hearne found back to a rich and exciting story in book 5 and look forward to the next one.

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  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "A book for Geeks"
    What made the experience of listening to Ready Player One the most enjoyable?

    To truly appreciate this book you'll probably have to have been in your teens during the 80s at the advent of computer/console games, geeky movies and the peak of heavy metal. While the story is set in the future, it also is a journey back in time that I could relate to.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ready Player One?

    Thinking of what I will remember most about this book in a year or so, it is probably going to be the story's premise: immerse into my near-perfect virtual world to find the Easter egg I have left behind. Much of the story is pretty straight forward; if you like twists and surprises then this book isn't for you. The storyline is the backdrop for "real life" encounters with the pixelated fantasy worlds of our youth.

    What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

    The narrator did ok - he didn't stand out for anything but did a solid job with nothing to complain about.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I really wanted to get back to listening whenever I had to do something else. That's usually a sign of a captivating book.

    Any additional comments?

    If you know nothing about the 80s with its innocent geek movies and early console games then you will probably not enjoy this book - unless you take it as a reason to dive into this era and explore.

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