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  • 5 reviews
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  • 393 titles in library
  • 34 purchased in 2014

  • War of the Twins: Dragonlance: Legends, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman
    • Narrated By Ax Norman

    One hundred years have passed since the fiery Cataclysm that changed the face of Krynn forever. For one hundred years, the people of Krynn have struggled to survive. But for some, those one hundred years have passed in the blink of an eye. Catapulted forward in time by Raistlin’s powerful magic, Caramon and Crysania find themselves aiding the mage’s unholy quest to master the Queen of Darkness. To his dismay, Raistlin discovers along the way that the annals of Time are not so easily bent to his will. Neither are the longings of his heart.

    Matthew says: "Norman has GOT to GO!"
    What made the experience of listening to War of the Twins the most enjoyable?

    Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman do a wonderful job in this series at leaving you wanting more. They have mastered the elements of their expertise to craft one of the best narratives in the Dragonlace setting with the Legends books and this book is no different.

    My only complaint is pronunciations the narrator used for very common fantasy names. Especially the dwarven names. The pronunciation of Regar in particular struck my ire. I am used to hearing this name pronounced RAY-gar as opposed to the narrator's reh-GAR, but it is a rather minor complaint given the narrator is, overall, heads and tails over his compatriot fantasy narrators.

    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was wonderful! The pacing made the story riveting, but not hurried. I especially loved the differences in pacing between different characters. It lended a sense of separation between character personalities that would not have been there with variance in voice alone.

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

    Absolutely! In fact, be warned that you will most likely avoid tasks that will not allow you to continue reading. There are very few points in this book where you will feel like you can stop for a few minutes. When you do make a break, you will be thinking of when you can return to the book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "Terrific story, horrible production"
    If you could sum up Pandora's Star in three words, what would they be?

    Star Opera Western

    What other book might you compare Pandora's Star to and why?

    Not so much a book, but the feel is very much like the Firefly series in that most of the worlds are developing with a few at the very center being the major industrial warehouses.

    Would you be willing to try another one of John Lee’s performances?

    I love John Lee. I hate this publisher, Tantor Audio. The previous publication audible made available was excellent, but Tantor has ruined this book. It sounds as if they recorded it on a laptop microphone and the free audio editing software that came with the laptop. John Lee, you should demand Tantor pay to have you redo this book. It is an insult to your talent.

    On a side note, the version audible will not sell in the US for some reason, by Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd, is also excellent. Log out and search for Pandora's Star. The three-minute section of the Tantor production is as good as that production ever gets and the difference between it and Macmillan's production is night and day.

    Audible! What the heck are you doing!?! I loved this book before it became unlistenable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dragons of Autumn Twilight: Dragonlance: Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Lifelong friends, they went their separate ways. Now they are together again, though each holds secrets from the others in his heart. They speak of a world shadowed with rumors of war. They speak of tales of strange monsters, creatures of myth, creatures of legend. They do not speak of their secrets. Not then. Not until a chance encounter with a beautiful, sorrowful woman, who bears a magical crystal staff, draws the companions deeper into the shadows, forever changing their lives and shaping the fate of the world.

    Kitty says: "Dissapointing Narration of a Classic Favorite"
    "Shatner-esque reading distracting"
    What disappointed you about Dragons of Autumn Twilight?

    The narrator randomly changes tempo and inflection between words. The voices are a little better than the story, but the Shatner-esque style of this narrator burns through even during his heaviest intonations.

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Paul Boehmer?

    Michael Kramer would have been excellent.

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

    Disappointment. This narrator makes it very hard to concentrate on the story.

    19 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Legion

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Stephen Leeds, AKA 'Legion,' is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the story begins, Leeds and his 'aspects' are drawn into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera whose astonishing properties could alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society.

    Joshua says: "The only flaw..."
    "New idea"
    What did you love best about Legion?

    Brandon Sanderson's ability to come up with new ideas continually surprises.

    Which character – as performed by Oliver Wyman – was your favorite?

    Umm... Yes? He's playing a man with multiple personalities so...

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

    Yes. It's only about two hours long. Who wouldn't?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer

    When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

    Greg says: "This Series Rocks"
    "A series that will suck you in from the first"
    Where does The Eye of the World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Held in a distant third to the century trilogy and the hunger games trilogy by the performers alone. Michael Kramer gets better as the series goes on, but for this book, he takes on a mocking tone everytime he reads a part from one of the main characters. It is meant to be a representation of the boy's young ages, but just comes if as grating.

    What aspect of Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s performance would you have changed?

    I truly wish Michael Kramer would stop trying that "boy voice". His other voices are fine, but that one is truly annoying to listen to like someone trying to fake a lisp while reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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