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Bennie

Boynton Beach, FL, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • 8 reviews
  • 90 ratings
  • 588 titles in library
  • 21 purchased in 2014
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  • A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17056)
    Performance
    (13476)
    Story
    (13552)

    As opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.

    Troy says: "Chapter and part breaks are incorrect"
    "Better and Better."
    Overall

    I just finished this book, the third in the series and it was the best 40+ hours of audio book I've ever listened to. I have listens to well over a hundred audio books and all 3 of these books stand out as the very best. 110 hours and I could do it all over again. I will wait and check each day until the next book to ready. Powerful fantasy written for adults.

    35 of 41 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Kingdom: Richard and Kahlan, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Sam Tsoutsouvas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (644)
    Performance
    (590)
    Story
    (597)

    "Three knives were buried up to their brass cross guards in the man's chest. Richard recognized the knife handles. All three were the style carried by the men of the First File. He looked from those blades that should have killed the big man, up to his face. That was when he realized the true horror of the situation, and the reason for the unbearable stench of death." Sequel to the #1 New York Times best seller The Omen Machine.

    Nimue says: "Good story, too much rambling"
    "The same overused plot devices."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have always enjoyed Terry Goodkind's fantasy storytelling. I put up with hours of his political views (socialism and liberalism bad) blended into his stories because the actual fantasy or swords and sorcery part is generally good. Plus he normally wrote large novels so even if he rambles on about individualism for a few hours, I still feel like I get my moneys worth.
    Here we are in a new series about the old characters and even though he has kept his lectures down he spends much of the book having the same things happen that happened before. Something has happened to Kahlan. For one reason or another Richard can't use his magic. I am so tired of those two things being used over and over. Richard can finally use his magic to some degree but it did not work on the Hedge Mage. Then something stops him from using his magic at all. Kahlan is in trouble. Richard can't use his magic. The bond has stopped working. All things that have happened more then once. He has also just about cut the length of the books in half.
    I did find the last 2 hours of the book to be exciting and the kind of adventure story I like.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Affliction: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 22

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Kimberly Alexis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (658)
    Performance
    (617)
    Story
    (622)

    Some zombies are raised. Others must be put down. Just ask Anita Blake. Before now, she would have considered them merely off-putting, never dangerous. Before now, she had never heard of any of them causing human beings to perish in agony. But that’s all changed. Micah's estranged father lies dying, rotting away inside from some strange ailment that has his doctors whispering about "zombie disease". Anita makes her living off of zombies - but these aren’t the kind she knows so well. These creatures hunt in daylight, and are as fast and strong as vampires.

    Ms. Terry Lunney says: "coming out of the whine"
    "The best in a while."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was surprisingly good. I have read (listened) to all the Anita Blake books. This book goes back in nature to some of the earlier books. It has less of the tedious hour long sex scenes then most of the later books. Kimberly Alexis is quite good as normal.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dexter in the Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Nick Landrum
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1414)
    Performance
    (575)
    Story
    (569)

    A blood spatter analyst for the Miami police, Dexter has seen his share of gruesome deeds - and committed a few himself. But when he investigates a particularly terrible crime scene at a local university, everything changes.

    James says: "Different Direction"
    "Fair story poor reader."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    After listening to Jeff Lindsay read his own books I was disapointed with Nick Landrum. His pauses are to long, they cause me to check my player to see if it is still working. He does not put enough feeling into the side characters or even Dexter. As a straight reading it is ok? As a performance it lacks. Out of the 400 or so audio books I have, this narrator is near the bottom.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Narcissus in Chains: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 10

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Laurell K Hamilton
    • Narrated By Cynthia Holloway
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (90)

    SIx months have passed since Anita Blake has seen either Jean-Claude or Richard. Six months of celibacy. Six months of indecision. Six months of danger. For her body carries the marks of both vampire and werewolf, and until the triumvirate is consummated, all three remain vulnerable. But when a kidnapper targets innocents that Anita has sworn to protect, she needs all the help she can get. In an earth-shattering union, Anita, Jean-Claude, and Richard merge the marks - and melt into one another.

    A User says: "A Butchered Mess"
    "I can't believe they got me."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I never get abridged books, no other book in this chain is abridged. I did not notice!

    I hate it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Off Armageddon Reef: Safehold Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1307)
    Performance
    (758)
    Story
    (768)

    When Earth herself lay under siege by an enemy humankind could not defeat, mankind undertook one last throw of the dice: Operation Ark. Earth's final colonizing expedition was meant to build a new civilization, on a planet so distant even the Gbaba might never find it, and without the high-tech infrastructure whose emissions might betray its location.

    Alison says: "David Weber always good"
    "First of 3, Very good."
    Overall

    This is meant to be the first of 3 books (I think I read it in EW). Weber is normally fast and 3 books turn into 5. I think his style and writing have improved since his "Honor" books.

    JB

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27151)
    Performance
    (20899)
    Story
    (20980)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "The Best modern fantasy series."
    Overall

    I read these books as they came out. They are a masterpiece of modern fantasy writing. Martin has created a vast and colorful world that is for removed from Tolkien. There have been many good fantasy novels or groups or novels but most are in some way a Tolkien descendent. Martin?s books are powerful and original. They are not for the timid or uncommitted reader in much the same way as Herbert or Tolkien.
    I could not wait the listen to these books. I have to disagree about the reader. I was a little disappointed at first that it was not one of the readers I am more familiar with but after an hour or so I began to hear the way Roy Dotrice create an atmosphere that really fit the novel.

    13 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Al Franken
    • Narrated By Al Franken
    Overall
    (2087)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (332)

    Finding logical inconsistencies, factual errors, and doublespeak wherever he looks, Al Franken takes on and destroys the myth of liberal bias in the media, hoists the Bush White House on its own rhetorical petard, and punctures the mean-spirited sanctimony of such media darlings as Ann Coulter and Bill O'Reilly. Timely, provocative, unfailingly honest, and always uproarious, Lies is sure to raise hackles and spark hilarity inside the Beltway and from sea to shining sea.

    Peter says: "Franken's One Sided View"
    "Better then crack for a political junky."
    Overall

    Al Franken is the first liberal with both the wit and sharpness of mind to compete with Rush. This book is both funny and to the point. I listen to fiction most of the time and have heard around a hundred books. This is the first one I have reviewed. I highly recommend this book.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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