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Loren

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Waldorf, MD, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Pathfinder: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Don Leslie, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2952)
    Performance
    (2255)
    Story
    (2272)

    Rigg is well trained at keeping secrets. Only his father knows the truth about Rigg’s strange talent for seeing the paths of people’s pasts. But when his father dies, Rigg is stunned to learn just how many secrets Father had kept from him - secrets about Rigg’s own past, his identity, and his destiny. And when Rigg discovers that he has the power not only to see the past, but also to change it, his future suddenly becomes anything but certain.

    Paul from Washington says: "Story OK, Narration Mixed"
    "Multiple narrators make for an interesting book."
    Overall

    Having multiple narrators is an interesting study in how a different reader in an audio book can really change your perceptions of the characters and the story. In some cases I found the switch from on narrator to another jarring to my perceptions of the characters that the narrator was reading. It was interesting but did not take away from the book too much since each narrator was talented.

    The book itself is a treasure. It's strange and unique and I love it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13142)
    Performance
    (10745)
    Story
    (10868)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "There is some really great writing in this book."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Name of the Wind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've listened to a lot of audio books (at least 50) and this is probably among the top 10.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Name of the Wind?

    I think these specific scene/moment questions tend to lend themselves to spoilers, so I don't love answering them.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where the professors evaluate Kvothe for entrance into the academy.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The scene where Kvothe first meets the Chandrian (forgive me if I spell that wrong I've only heard it in the audio-book and never seen it in print), the major protagonist in the story.


    Any additional comments?

    When you read a ton of fantasy (and I do) you start to feel like there are only so many basic story lines in the genre. I mean, at it's heart it would be easy to describe this book as one of your basic hero coming of age, character building pieces. The big difference is how that story is told or handled.
    Rothfuss is an excellent writer. The words and phrases used in this work are often beautiful in their own right and I think it's that talent that raises this book up to the next level. I'd happily look for more works from this author. Rothfuss also builds good mystery by flashing back and forth a little bit from the character in a current timeline vs. descriptions of the characters history. It makes me interested in how that main character got from point A to his current state.
    Also, hats off to the narrator of this book, Nick Podehl. This is the first book I've listened to read by this narrator and I liked his performance very much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gathering Storm: Book Twelve of the Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5284)
    Performance
    (3040)
    Story
    (3062)

    Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, struggles to unite a fractured network of kingdoms and alliances in preparation for the Last Battle. As he attempts to halt the Seanchan encroachment northward - wishing he could form at least a temporary truce with the invaders - his allies watch in terror the shadow that seems to be growing within the heart of the Dragon Reborn himself.

    D. Ramirez says: "I normally wouldn't, but..."
    "Jordan and Sanderson make a great team."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Gathering Storm the most enjoyable?

    I think it was having to wait for this book for SO LONG that made listening to it so wonderful! It was like a cupcake to a starving man and I think I devoured it with about as much lust.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I was amazed at how Sanderson treated the story that began with Jordan. I went into this book as a major skeptic. In fact I read Sanderson's


    Have you listened to any of Michael Kramer and Kate Reading ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Kate Reading also did the Codex of Alera series that I've also listened to. Her performances are consistently good so I it makes it hard to measure this vs. the others. The Codex series has several books so there are probably more opportunities throughout that whole series to demonstrate stellar work than in this one single installment of the Wheel of Time series. This is probably why I feel more strongly about her narration in the Codex series than in this book. Anyway, she's an excellent narrator and I'd never hesitate to buy a book that she narrates.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, but I don't think I can describe it without a spoiler, so I won't :-)


    Any additional comments?

    I'm looking forward to more of the Wheel of Time series and anything else that Brandon Sanderson wants to write for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ship of Magic: The Liveship Traders, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (749)
    Performance
    (526)
    Story
    (524)

    Bingtown is a hub of exotic trade and home to a merchant nobility famed for its liveships---rare vessels carved from wizardwood, which ripens magically into sentient awareness. The fortunes of one of Bingtown's oldest families rest on the newly awakened liveship Vivacia. For Althea Vestrit, the ship is her rightful legacy unjustly denied her---a legacy she will risk anything to reclaim.

    Lorena says: "Something altogether new"
    "Wish I could rate the book an narrator separately."
    Overall

    The book is very good. It's typical of Hobb with complex plot lines and well developed characters. Some of the secondary characters seem a little... I don't know maybe just "on the nose" or one dimensional. Perhaps they will be further developed in subsequent installments.

    The narrator for this series is someone to be lived with, not someone I enjoy. After listening or a half hour or so I can get into the book well enough to kind of ignore her and that's the best I can say.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Assassin's Quest: The Farseer Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1721)
    Performance
    (1283)
    Story
    (1296)

    King Shrewd is dead at the hands of his son Regal. As is Fitz - or so his enemies and friends believe. But with the help of his allies and his beast magic, he emerges from the grave, deeply scarred in body and soul. The kingdom also teeters toward ruin: Regal has plundered and abandoned the capital, while the rightful heir, Prince Verity, is lost to his mad quest - perhaps to death. Only Verity's return - or the heir his princess carries - can save the Six Duchies.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "JUST BECASE A MAN CAN DO A THING"
    "A fair ending to the series"
    Overall

    There were several mysteries that the reader is left completely ignorant on as this series ends and I'd have liked more information on them. A fair portion of this book does lag, I find that more tolerable in an audio book format than a print one or perhaps I'd have only given three stars. I wouldn't tell anyone NOT to download this book because of that though, it's still a worthy ending to the story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Maskerade: Discworld #18

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (705)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (359)

    It's Phantom of the Opera, Discworld style, when an aspiring singer and part-time witch wins a part in the big city opera, and quickly learns of a shadowy figure haunting the house. Now her sorceress companions Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg must come to her aid, before the fat lady sings her last rites!

    Glen Phipps says: "A Couple of Nights at the Opera"
    "It's a hoot!"
    Overall

    The Discworld novels are great fun. They are light fare and not too deep or thought provoking, yet if you look closely they often have a point or two to make. This one is no exception. I was trained in classical Opera when studying vocal music so I really enjoyed the gentle skewering the art form received here. The witches are in fine form in this installment!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Royal Assassin: The Farseer Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1922)
    Performance
    (1429)
    Story
    (1448)

    Young Fitz, the illegitimate son of the noble Prince Chivalry, is ignored by all royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has had him tutored him in the dark arts of the assassin. He has barely survived his first, soul-shattering mission, and when he returns to the court, he is thrown headfirst into the tumult of royal life.

    Gwen says: "Poeticly Written"
    "Great book"
    Overall

    I liked this book and I enjoy this narrator too. Hobb has complex plots and it makes for a very engaging story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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