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Darrell

FAIRHOPE, AL, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 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
    (1662)
    Performance
    (1195)
    Story
    (1209)

    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"
    "Unfulfilled promise"
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    I enjoyed book one. It was a time of growth and learning for a very gifted child. I could understand his shortcomings in the first book. Book one works because it seemed to promise that Fitz would become this powerful skill user by the second book. Some things just do not make any sense at all. He has all this training on how to kill people silently and becomes wicked good with an axe, but is constantly punked by Regal and any other skill user. We only see the story from his point of view so why can we see what's happening but
    on numerous occasions but he can not. The first book seemed to give us the promise if he could only live to grow up he would be a force to reckon with. All the good guys are really dumb and all the bad guys are really clever. There is no gray area the good guys are good and love the king and the bad guys are bad and want to follow Regal and bring down the kingdom. Thankfully I read some of the reviews for the next book and see that he will never reach his potential. I am not sure if I have ever been so disappointed with the sheer ineptness of a character with so much promise as I have with Fitz. I will not be reading any more of the books 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10052)
    Performance
    (7533)
    Story
    (7577)

    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!"
    "Great start to an epic story."
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    Great books which capture me as this one does don’t come along very often. Listening to Kate Reading and Michael Kramer is like having old friends over for dinner. They were the readers for the Wheel of Time series so I feel very comfortable listening to them read. Brandon is a master story teller. I love how he gives you view points from multiple characters. It's always nice to know what was in the mind of multiple parties viewing the same incident. The world of Roshar is vast and filled with amazing creatures and people. The magic system is very interesting and believable. The book is over 45 hours long but it zipped by. There were never any dull moments. The conversations are witty and engaging. No one is all evil or a perfect saint just a matter of view point. Mid-way through this book I purchased the next book Words of Radiance and have just finished listening to that one also. The only negative thing I can say is it will be hard to wait for the 3rd book. Brandon Sanderson is a genius. I had fallen in to the trap of only wanting to listen to hard core epic books with violence and bad language with authors like Joe Abercrombie and George R. R. Martin. This book has as much realism as those books and I don't think I heard one curse word or saw one rape scene. I truly love this book and the next one as well I can't wait for the third book to be released. I am a fan.

    0 of 1 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
    (2062)
    Performance
    (1954)
    Story
    (1951)

    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.

    JPaladin says: "Wonderful Epic! Mature and well-written."
    "To good for me to never heard of this author."
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    I just finished reading the book and I want to go back in that world again and again and again. I'm very astounded at finding this author, whom I have never heard of before, write such a spectacularly beautiful book. I really feel like this book would be worth 2 credits it's that good. The characters are built up just enough so you feel like you know them. There are surprises, there are laughs and there are tears. I have not had a book that allowed me to drive 7 hours than once I arrived to my destination made me want to drive around the block for another hour just to not stop listening. If he can duplicate this feat on his next book I want to be the first to say a Star is born. I highly recommend reading this book. I am a fan now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Daylight War: The Demon Cycle, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    Overall
    (1251)
    Performance
    (1149)
    Story
    (1157)

    In this heart-stopping installment of the Demon Cycle, humanity continues to struggle against the demon plague - even as survivors hold out hope that the Deliverer will save them all. On the night of the new moon, the demons rise in force, seeking the deaths of two men, both of whom have the potential to become the fabled Deliverer, the man prophesied to reunite the scattered remnants of humanity in a final push to destroy the demon corelings once and for all.

    Joe says: "Can't Believe Audible Didn't Announce The Release."
    "Not as good as the first 2"
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    After reading this all I can think is that Peter is trying to stretch this out to get to 5 books. There was to much soap opera type stuff going on in this book. Rena is a boring character with no depth. The book is called the Daylight War but there is no war that takes place. There is a great deal of talk about fighting a daylight war but thats all it is. The big square off between Arlen and Jardir lasted a whole 1 hour. While I enjoyed getting some background information on Inevera even that at times was a bit confusing with her in the present than all of a sudden talking about her in the past. The plot in this book just never really moved along like the last books. Jardir has all this new power and there is no story on how he is learning all these wards. In the first two books he painted us a lot of the details in this book it seems he was telling it to us. The book ends with a big cliff hanger figuratively and literally. Actually with out giving away to much the way the book ends seems out of character for Arlen. I really look forward to this book and still enjoyed being in that world but where the book ended that should have been toward the beginning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anansi Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Lenny Henry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3930)
    Performance
    (1784)
    Story
    (1796)

    Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

    A. Hawley says: "Beautifully narrated"
    "Amazing story"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Anansi Boys to be better than the print version?

    I loved the way Lenny Henry read this book. His pitch was spot on.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the transformation of Fat Charlie. I also loved hearing the stories of Anansi tricking the other gods.


    Have you listened to any of Lenny Henry’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First time hearing a performance by Lenny Henry. I will keep an eye out for his work in the future.


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

    I laughed my butt off at points in this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Neil Gaiman is a master story teller. As I was listening to this story I imagined myself retelling parts to my children and the delight it would bring to their faces. I could actually feel and taste the places he was describing. I will read more from Mr. Gaiman; I have slept on this author for sure. He is brilliant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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