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Liberty, MO, United States | Member Since 2012

  • 2 reviews
  • 2 ratings
  • 316 titles in library
  • 26 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.

    Joel says: "Great story, poorly edited audiobook?"
    "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 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.

    Ryan says: "great writing, won't appeal to everyone"
    "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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