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Roger

ROCKLAND, MA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5386)
    Performance
    (4560)
    Story
    (4570)

    Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

    Tim says: "Brilliant Sequel"
    "A Little Disappointed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I love listening to good books, it's never a waste. This book was just okay.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Winter of the World?

    When Walter was taken away, beaten and returned to die at home.


    What three words best describe John Lee’s performance?

    Disappointing, cliche', stiff


    Was Winter of the World worth the listening time?

    Story content was okay, but the listening part was often difficult to get through.


    Any additional comments?

    Surprisingly I had to go back and look to see if John Lee narrated one of my favorite books; Pillars of the Earth. I remembered him doing a superb job and couldn't believe this was him again. The writing style didn't even seem the same and so he was only reading what was written. Sometimes I just couldn't help but role my eyes and sigh from what I was hearing. I can't help but feel let down by Follet and will think twice before listening to the next installment of this trilogy.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10260)
    Performance
    (9389)
    Story
    (9409)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Never wanted it to end"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to The Goldfinch again? Why?

    I would listen again. There is so much detail that binds this story together. I often listen to books a second time to see if I can be further surprised.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The journey and exploration of life's ups and downs


    What does David Pittu bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I always admire a narrator that can truly bring the characters to life in an individual way. Pittu's voice and cadence was great


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I'd have to think on this one


    Any additional comments?

    It seemed in the first couple of chapters that the details were almost to intense; after that I yearned for more. Definitely an enjoyable listen

    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
    (13248)
    Performance
    (10847)
    Story
    (10971)

    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!"
    "Worth the listen"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about The Name of the Wind?

    It was narrated perfectly. The writing was easy and not trite.


    What other book might you compare The Name of the Wind to and why?

    I have tried the Game of Thrones and although the story had merit the narration was horrible. The Theft of Swords was similar in fantasy and was much better than Game of Thrones, but I think of the three The Name of The Wind was best all around.


    What about Nick Podehl’s performance did you like?

    His voice was likable and he didn't try to over do it.


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

    Laugh in spots.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Breath of Snow and Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (4565)
    Performance
    (4014)
    Story
    (3992)

    A Breath of Snow and Ashes continues the saga of 18th-century Scotsman Jamie Fraser and his 20th-century, time-traveling wife, Claire. The year is 1772, and the rift between Britain and its American colonies has put a frightening word into the minds of all concerned: revolution. In the backwoods of North Carolina, violence has already reared its ugly head, as cabins have been burned to the ground. To preserve the colony for King George III, the governor pleads with Jamie to bring the people together and restore peace. But Jamie has the burden of knowing that war cannot be avoided.

    B.J. says: "Another terrific listen."
    "Beautiful Writing"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about A Breath of Snow and Ashes?

    I have enjoyed all of the Outlander Series. Great continuing story that never disappoints.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The believability of a fictional storyline.


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    I can't imagine another narrator. I listen to a fair number of books and as anyone who reads this way can attest to, the performance is everything. Davina Porter has the unique ability to make you believe she is all these characters.


    If you could take any character from A Breath of Snow and Ashes out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Claire because I love her ability to adapt.


    Any additional comments?

    It will be a sad day when this story finally comes to an end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5541)
    Performance
    (5105)
    Story
    (5101)

    Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

    AudioAddict says: "And I didn't think I liked fantasies..."
    "Slightly Disappointed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Theft of Swords? What did you like least?

    I think it has potential to be a good on going series. Some of the writing and then performance was a little corny.


    If you’ve listened to books by Michael J. Sullivan before, how does this one compare?

    This was my first listen. I am one of those adults that likes a good fictional fantasy. I believe with great writing anything can be both entertaining and believable.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    After looking at the previous reviews, I am a little sheepish to be truthful. But Tim Reynolds depictions of the characters reminded me of a children's bedtime story with a parents good hearted but feeble attempts to entertain the kids. But to be fair you can only work with what is written.


    Did Theft of Swords inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I am always looking for a good story. I did like the characters and after a little time felt better about the story. I feel the story could be enhanced by a different writing style; the vernacular was a little too 21st century. I absolutely could see this fantasy translated beautifully to screen. Each character would be more interesting with their own voice in a time sensitive backdrop.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Firefly

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By P. T. Deutermann
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (158)

    At midnight, in a secret medical clinic in Washington, D.C., two foreign doctors and their team are completing plastic surgery on an anonymous client who is changing the appearance of his face, among other things. After the procedure, the client begins to stir - and suddenly the operating room erupts in violence, and the clinic is ablaze.

    Richard says: "A good listen, but ending defies credulity...."
    "Roger"
    Overall
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better narrator and less cliche writing.


    What could P. T. Deutermann have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    A lot less "cheese"


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dick Hill’s performances?

    Probably not. It was difficult much of the time to differentiate one character from another.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes it wasn't overly expensive.


    Any additional comments?

    Awful

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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