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Liberty, MO, United States | Member Since 2012

  • 6 reviews
  • 44 ratings
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  • 46 purchased in 2014

  • The First Confessor: The Legend of Magda Searus

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Kellie Fitzgerald

    In the time before the Confessors, when the world is a dark and dangerous place, where treason and treachery are the rule of the day, comes one heroic woman, Magda Searus, who has just lost her husband and her way in life.

    Kurt says: "Hold on, we are going for a wild ride"
    "Editing is not the only problem"
    What would have made The First Confessor better?

    I have read the other reviews available, and I feel like I'm listening to a different book. It is described as fast paced, but I found it to be extremely slow, with very minimal action. Other than two or three situations, in the book, the entire story is dialogue. This is unfortunate, because the dialogue is very amateurish. The characters talk in circles, with an occasional tangent thrown in. They will start the conversation with an issue. They will settle that issue. They will drone on and on until 5 chapters later they decide to rehash the initial issue as though they had never discussed it. This is not an exaggeration. I believe the conversation between Magda and the spiritist, when combined with one of the early conversations between Magda and Merritt, takes up about half the book.

    I feel bad about being so negative regarding this book, but it was painful to listen to. I have read thousands of books and listened to over a hundred, and I have never felt so compelled to write a negative review. As a matter of fact, I have never felt compelled enough to even write a negative review.

    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I didn't have as much problem with the narration as others apparently did. I just don't think a narrator can save a bad book. I do agree that the editing was poor and am surprised that despite all of the comments about it, nothing has been done.

    Any additional comments?

    Possibly, as another reviewer suggested, this is for a younger audience and I am just too jaded to enjoy it.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The High Druid's Blade: The Defenders of Shannara, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Terry Brooks
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Legend has it that Paxon Leah is descended from the royals and warriors who once ruled the Highlands and waged war with magical weapons. But those kings, queens, and heroes are long gone, and there is nothing enchanted about the antique sword that hangs above Paxon’s fireplace. Running his family’s modest shipping business, Paxon leads a quiet life - until extraordinary circumstances overturn his simple world…and rewrite his destiny.

    Daniel says: "Disappointed"

    I love Terry Brook's books. I think he is one of the best authors currently around. Unfortunately, I didn't think this book was up to his usual high standard. What's there is well written, but there isn't much there. I know its over 10 hours, but it feels like 10 hours of background information leading up to the actual story. We now know a little about the main characters. I hope the next book has a story for them to be in.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Endymion

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine

    Here, Simmons returns to this richly imagined world of technological achievement, excitement, wonder and fear. Endymion is a story about love and memory, triumph and terror - an instant candidate for the field's highest honors.

    David says: "A fine Part II of the Hyperion Cantos"

    I have to be honest, I only made it through the first chapter before I returned this book and got my credit back. In the past, I would have forced myself to listen to the whole book before making a judgment. I have learned though, that if the author appears to be an anti-Christian bigot early on, then he probably will turn out to be one. This author couldn't wait to spew his hatred. In first chapter "born again" Christians are cast as hateful, lying, murdering, drunk, hypocrites. I couldn't envision this picture changing later in the book, so instead of punishing myself, I just returned the book. I buy books for enjoyment, not to endure a bigots insults.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Indian Hill: Indian Hill, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette

    Indian Hill is about an ordinary boy who grows up in relatively normal times but who finds himself thrust into an extraordinary position. Growing up in suburban Boston, Michael enjoys the trials and tribulations that all adolescents go through, from the seemingly tyrannical mother, to girl problems, to run-ins with the law. From there he escapes to college out in Colorado with his best friend, Paul, where they begin to forge new relationships with those around them. It is one girl in particular that has caught Michael's eye, and he alternately pines for her and laments ever meeting her.

    DCinMI says: "Get through this one because the next two are good"

    Seeing the average rating for this book makes me thinks that the ratings have been rigged. This book is just bad. I don't like the first person voice of the book. It's barely Scifi, but at least they threw some aliens in. Could have just as easily put them in togas and set this in ancient Rome. First 9 or 10 chapters are nothing but protagonist working his way through high school and into college. Very exciting to read about all the alcohol he drank, all of the joints he smoked and all the girls he laid (yawn). Finally we get him into spaceship with the crocodile people and he is thrown into arena. Rest of book is him going from one unbelievable victory to the next in his fights to the death. I just wish he had died in the first fight to save me from the agony of listening to the 2/3 of the book I was able to stomach

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hollow World

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Ellis Rogers is an ordinary man who is about to embark on an extraordinary journey. All his life he has played it safe and done the right thing. But when he is faced with a terminal illness, Ellis is willing to take an insane gamble. He's built a time machine in his garage, and if it works, he'll face a world that challenges his understanding of what it means to be human, what it takes to love, and the cost of paradise. Ellis could find more than a cure for his disease; he might find what everyone has been searching for since time has begun.

    Hassan says: "A Good Read!!"
    "No Riyria"

    It's probably not fair that I write a review, as I only made it to the second chapter of the second part. Two things kept me from listening further. First, I was bored, and second, I hypersensitive. It appeared that Mr. Sullivan was going to make the antagonist a hyper-religious Christian, or a right wing nut. I just couldn't stomach yet another author taking my money with one hand and insulting me with the other. Again, I didn't finish the book, so I could be wrong. Maybe Warren turned out to be a wonderful person. If so, I stand corrected and am embarrassed by my comments, but that is where the book seemed directed.

    I must say that I did enjoy his Riyria novels, and I believe Mr. Sullivan is an excellent author. I just found this novel to be incredibly dull, and without an interesting story, I was unable continue listening.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow of the Torturer: The Book of the New Sun, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gene Wolfe
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis

    The Shadow of the Torturer is the first volume in the four-volume epic, the tale of a young Severian, an apprentice to the Guild of Torturers on the world called Urth, exiled for committing the ultimate sin of his profession - showing mercy towards his victim.

    Gene Wolfe's "The Book of the New Sun" is one of speculative fiction's most-honored series. In a 1998 poll, Locus Magazine rated the series behind only "The Lord of the Rings" and The Hobbit as the greatest fantasy work of all time.

    Darwin8u says: "Original, Difficult and Well-Crafted."
    "Longest prologue ever"

    This is the first audiobook written by Gene Wolfe that I have listened to. I read a comment rating it as one of the best fantasy novels of all time, right after The Lord of the Rings, and so I had to listen to it. I thought the narrator was great. I actually thought the writing was very good as well. I guess I am just one of those listeners who buys a book to be entertained with a good story. This book did not have one. I felt that it was 12 hours of prologue, with no real story ever developing. Frankly, I was bored. I assume that by the end of the book, we have met all of the primary supporting cast that will carry on into the next book. Hopefully, they will do something interesting. Unfortunately, I don't want to waste a credit to find out.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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