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Desmond

Grand Prairie, Texas, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Path of Destruction: Star Wars: Darth Bane, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Drew Karpyshyn
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (1340)
    Performance
    (1244)
    Story
    (1249)

    Once the Sith order teemed with followers. But their rivalries divided them in endless battles for supremacy - until one dark lord at last united the Sith in the quest to enslave the galaxy and exterminate the Jedi. Yet it would fall to another, far more powerful than the entire Brotherhood of Darkness, to ultimately realize the full potential of the Sith, and wield the awesome power of the dark side as never before.

    Karen says: "Great Story, Fantastic Production"
    "Great"
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    Simple a great introduction to the legendary character in the star wars universe. Jonathan Davis as usual never dissapoints.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Lords of the Sith: Star Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Paul S. Kemp
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (218)

    A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.... When the Emperor and his notorious apprentice Darth Vader find themselves stranded in the middle of insurgent action on an inhospitable planet, they must rely on each other, the Force, and their own ruthlessness to prevail.

    Amazon Customer says: "The Power of the Dark Side"
    "This is not Jonathan Davis"
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    The story was good, and the narration was fine, but this did not in any way sound like Jonathan Davis. Sounds more live Victor Bevin or Ralph Lister. Not at all like Jonathan Davis.

    Nevertheless, the book is very interesting and highlights some of the interesting interplay between the emperor and Vader.

    Solid story as ell, one of Pau S. Kemps better star wars books, but not as good as his best work in the start wars universe, which to me is "Deceived" (if you haven't got that book, get it ASAP. By far one of the best stories in the entire Star wars universe of books)

    Still not a bad way to spend a point. Audible needs to double check and make sure this narrator info is correct as this doesn't sound anything like Jonathan Davis. Personally I would have gone with Marc Thompson for the narrator. He is the best narrator in the star wars series thus far. I hope this helps.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3160)
    Performance
    (2944)
    Story
    (2943)

    Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

    Alexis says: "Fun! Things you might want to know:"
    "Very interesting and relevant to current events"
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    When I read the synopsis of this story, I was very hesitant to pre-order. After all, Scalzi, who has quickly become one of my favorite authors, was venturing into some "overplayed" premises and off the "out of this world" science fiction we all know him for and love right?

    I couldn't have been this happy to have been proven wrong. This is a solid piece of sci fi and a worthy and deserving beneficiary of any of your credits.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Half a King: Shattered Sea, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (433)
    Performance
    (390)
    Story
    (389)

    Yarvi, second son of the feared King Uthrik and the ruthless Queen Laithlin of Gettland, was born with a useless hand, and cannot hold a shield, or do any of the things expected from a man. Left an outcast, he's surrendered his birthright and been given a woman's place as apprentice to Mother Gundring, Gettland's Minister, training to be an adviser, diplomat, healer and translator. But when his father and brother are murdered by Grom-gil-Gorm, King of neighboring Vansterland, Yarvi is forced to take the Black Chair and become king himself.

    Lanfear says: "Abercrombie Light"
    "Please bring back Steven Pacey"
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    Audible what happened to Steven Page? First it was Michael Pacey who had no clue what he was doing, and now, even when I thought it impossible to be worse than Michael Page, you have gone and managed to get a narrator even worse than Page. John Keating has only two voices in his repertoire, a bad British accent impersonation, and an even worse Irish accent impersonation. Everyone sounds the same. It is "terribad". The only saving grace is the story itself which was awesome.
    PLEASE PLEASE BRING BACK STEVEN PACE AND RERECORD THESE BOOKS WITH HIM. The story here was great but the narrator was atrocious.

    8 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Medusa: A Kurt Austin Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Paul Kemprecos
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (358)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (223)

    In the Micronesian Islands, a top secret, U.S. government- sponsored undersea lab conducting vital biomedical research on a rare jellyfish known as the Blue Medusa suddenly disappears. At the same time, off Bermuda, a bathysphere is attacked by an underwater vehicle and left helpless a half mile below the surface, its passengers -i ncluding Zavala - left to die. Only Kurt Austin's heroic measures save them, but, suspecting a connection, Austin puts the NUMA(r) team on the case.

    Bob says: "Another Clive Cussler winner"
    "Another wonderful Cussler Kemprecos collaboration"
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    I love the way Cussler and Kemp integrate modern technology and historical accuracy into their stories. This was another well done story, and Scott brick has been his normal perfect for the series.

    Highly enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Out of the Black: Odyssey One, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Evan Currie
    • Narrated By David deVries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (812)
    Performance
    (750)
    Story
    (749)

    The wreckage of the starship Odyssey, once Earth's greatest guardian, lies strewn across New York City. Abandoned by all but its captain, Odyssey's sacrifice covered the withdrawal of countless troops as the Drasin assault ravaged the planet. When Captain Eric Weston finally emerges from the rubble, impossibly alive thanks to the mysterious "Gaia", he knows with the Drasin it's kill or be killed.

    Mark Alspaw says: "Not what I was expecting!"
    "The terrans are back"
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    It was good for the most part, and most of the familiar story arches are continued. GIA features more in this book than in the prior ones. However there were some areas of the story that had me scratching my head about the ship-minds actions and I sincerely hope it is clarified in the next book.

    Overall I enjoyed it though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tower Lord: Raven's Shadow, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Anthony Ryan
    • Narrated By Steven Brand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2809)
    Performance
    (2608)
    Story
    (2613)

    Vaelin Al Sorna, warrior of the Sixth Order, called Darkblade, called Hope Killer. The greatest warrior of his day, and witness to the greatest defeat of his nation: King Janus' vision of a Greater Unified Realm drowned in the blood of brave men fighting for a cause Vaelin alone knows was forged from a lie. Sick at heart, he comes home, determined to kill no more. Named Tower Lord of the Northern Reaches by King Janus's grateful heir, he can perhaps find peace in a colder, more remote land far from the intrigues of a troubled Realm.

    Jack says: "The Great Swampy Middle!"
    "Great follow up, but not enough answers"
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    Bloodsong, the first in this series was easily one of my favorite fantasy stories of this year. Needless to say I have been anticipating this book for a while now. I was not disappointed. Many of the POV characters developed in sufficiently and intriguingly surprising arches.

    I wont give away any spoilers here so I will simply say, buy the book, knowing not all answers will be had to the questions raised in the first book, and you will not be disappointed.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Skin Game: A Novel of the Dresden Files, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7073)
    Performance
    (6582)
    Story
    (6567)

    Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day.… Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful. He doesn’t know the half of it… Mab has just traded Harry’s skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help a group of supernatural villains - led by one of Harry’s most dreaded and despised enemies, Nicodemus Archleone - to break into the highest-security vault in town, so that they can then access the highest-security vault in the Nevernever.

    D says: "Hold onto your staff; Harry’s back."
    "I missed you"
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    Dresden is back, and he is "Parkuring" a punch. Okay, all puns aside, this is another solid Dresden file, with the familiar players, but in unfamiliar grounds this time.

    I had a few issues with this one though. I maybe wrong, but I did feel like the Author is definitely starting to favor Judea christian Deities more in this one that in his prior works, with a great deal more reverence given to its myths and characters.

    However if you are a Dresden fan, you will like this latest outing. It has all the same situation gambles, moral dilemmas, and predictably happy endings we have all come to love.

    You have to understand that these books are written to be consumed by an audience who already know what sort o fending they want. You wont be surprised by the end of this one, but the journey is entertaining enough to make up for the predictability.

    Like going on a ride with a good friend to a place you have been to many times, just taking a different and entertainingly scenic route to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Promise of Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Brian McClellan
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (937)
    Performance
    (844)
    Story
    (848)

    Stretched to his limit, Tamas is relying heavily on his few remaining powder mages, including the embittered Taniel, a brilliant marksman who also happens to be his estranged son, and Adamat, a retired police inspector whose loyalty is being tested by blackmail. But when gods are involved.... Now, as attacks batter them from within and without, the credulous are whispering about omens of death and destruction. Just old peasant legends about the gods waking to walk the earth. No modern educated man believes that sort of thing. But they should....

    Ethan M. says: "Excellent epic fantasy with Napoleonic influences"
    "OK story, good narration. No Game of thrones."
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    I read several of the reviews before deciding to finally try this book, and for the most part, all are sort of true. It is weird at the start, and you have to pay attention to the names and characters during the beginning to fully understand what the motivations are for the protagonists and antagonists alike towards the middle and final chapters of this book.

    Based on a French colonial setting where the upper class is met by a pseudo lower class revolution fueled by a magic system based on a sometimes drug-like addiction to ...gunpowder(???) - Yeah, even I had a hard time following this magic system, which was a big indication that this was not perhaps the best thought out magic system, nor best edited story.

    Don't get me wrong, its not bad, and in some parts its actually pretty good, especially the intended corollary to the church, and the authors thinly veiled critique of the priesthood ( I am assuming that was what the author was going for but ..you decide). But even then these moment of brilliance are marred by lack of fully developing story arches or incomplete character development - for example, why does a person studying to be a priest, motivated by a desire to marry the daughter of a professed womanizer...who so happens to be his boss. Yet after that introduction to the character and the important yet minor role they play in the events in the book, the author makes no further mention of the girl in question afterwards. This was one of those moment that leaves anyone who has ever taken a creative writing class scratching their heads. Especially after you have read the entire story.

    There is a lot to like about this book, and I suspect that some of the questions are being left unanswered just to motivate the purchase of another book in the series, but I also suspect that many of the unanswered questions here were not intentional and may (Or may not) be answered in another book as the questions were left hanging a bit clumsily and some characters seem to have been written in and just as quickly forgotten (like the one above).

    Overall the narrative was good with decent voice acting and distinctions in the various character voices to make the experience worth while - which says a lot when you consider the above. The wrong narrator would have made this a horrible experience (If you doubt me listen to anything by Michael Page - one of the worst in the business in my opinion)

    Is it worth the credit? in my opinion Yes, but please if you base such purchases on the strength of the authors prior works, or lacking that, strong reviews (like me) please understand that my "yes" comes with a caveat. That caveat is that if you are a purist of clearly defined magic systems in your fantasy, be warned, you might have issue with this one since the basis of the magical abilities really doesn't make much sense.

    Yes - I know - I can already here the mumbling. But think about it - gunpowder being a man made product of chemistry, really is a terrible premise of the magical abilities in the book, and the Author spends no time explaining why gunpowder, and probably because they also couldn't think of any plausible way of making it "Magical" - so why bother. It is "Fantasy" after all and the reader is expected to simply go with it. Thankfully the author did not take this position with all aspects of the story.

    I for one will get the next book only if the price is right, and just purely out of curiosity to see if it does get better and not much else. I hope this review helped.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Vision of the Future: Star Wars (The Hand of Thrawn): Book II

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (809)
    Performance
    (751)
    Story
    (752)

    The Empire's master plan is under way. The New Republic is on the verge of civil war and the rumor that the legendary Admiral Thrawn has returned from the dead is rallying the Imperial forces. Now Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, and their allies face the challenge of their lives. They must infiltrate a hidden fortress filled with Imperial fanatics, rendezvous with a double-dealing Imperial commander, and journey into enemy territory to learn the identity of those responsible for an act of unthinkable genocide. But most important of all is the truth about Thrawn.

    Desmond says: "An excellent conclusion"
    "An excellent conclusion"
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    As I said on the first book, "Wow", what s great story. Another example of why anything with Star wars and Marc Thompson is worth having. Get both books and listen back to back for the maximum benefit/enjoyment.

    This is definitely worth the point. Get it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shattered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4373)
    Performance
    (4054)
    Story
    (4039)

    For nearly 2,000 years, only one Druid has walked the Earth - Atticus O’Sullivan, the Iron Druid, whose sharp wit and sharp sword have kept him alive as he’s been pursued by a pantheon of hostile deities. Now he’s got company. Atticus’ apprentice, Granuaile, is at last a full Druid herself. What’s more, Atticus has defrosted an archdruid long ago frozen in time, a father figure (of sorts) who now goes by the modern equivalent of his old Irish name: Owen Kennedy. And Owen has some catching up to do.

    D says: "The third druid"
    "More Oberon please"
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    Kevin does it again. This time though we have 3 key points of view rather than just Atticus. I especially love the voice work by Luke Daniels. This feels like a full ensemble and not just one narrator making funny inflections and ruining the story (Michael Page - this is how its done)

    The story was much as I would have expected of the Iron druids antics, and I was very pleasantly surprised at the different plot lines involving his protege and his own original teacher. The way the story coalesced into the final showdown, while still leaving enough questions for the next book was also well done and clearly keeping with Mr. Hearnes style.

    I personally get the books just to hear Oberon's musings. And I very much enjoy the way the author employs pop culture references and classic literature. Good stuff, well worth the point.

    I will be getting the next story as soon as its ready.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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