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Desmond

Grand Prairie, Texas, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Star Wars: Specter of the Past: The Hand of Thrawn, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (573)
    Performance
    (549)
    Story
    (550)

    The Empire stands at the brink of total collapse. But they have saved their most heinous plan for last. First a plot is hatched that could destroy the New Republic in a bloodbath of genocide and civil war. Then comes the shocking news that Grand Admiral Thrawn--the most cunning and ruthless warlord in history--has apparently returned from the dead to lead the Empire to a long-prophesied victory.

    Cam T. says: "The Rerelease surpasses the Original"
    "WHERE IS THE NEXT ONE...."
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    Amazingly well done. Its is not as good as the Thrawn trilogy, but is easily one of the very best stories in the Star Wars series, which on its own is an achievement as majority of the books in the star wars universe are just so far above and beyond better than the competition. Now all I wish they would do is not tease readers with these single releases and go ahead and get the other part of this done already. Almost Christmas and mo follow up??? Common guys. Its not like you don't know how addictive these books are. CAN WE PLEASE GET THE NEXT ONE

    1 of 2 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
    (415)
    Performance
    (391)
    Story
    (393)

    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.

    Dan's Gal Sal says: "Ready for Part 2"
    "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
    (114)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (107)

    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.

    Valerie says: "High hopes cruelly dashed."
    "Please bring back Steven Pacey"
    Overall
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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.

    6 of 16 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
    (317)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (187)

    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
    (393)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (371)

    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.

    SteveK says: "Unworthy of Series"
    "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
    Overall
    (996)
    Performance
    (943)
    Story
    (947)

    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.

    5 of 5 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
    (4119)
    Performance
    (3921)
    Story
    (3901)

    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
    (454)
    Performance
    (415)
    Story
    (420)

    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....

    Christian says: "A Promise of Awesome!"
    "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 1 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
    (435)
    Performance
    (416)
    Story
    (414)

    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.

    1 of 1 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
    (2389)
    Performance
    (2263)
    Story
    (2262)

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Heroes

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1091)
    Performance
    (871)
    Story
    (878)

    They say Black Dow has killed more men than winter and clawed his way to the throne of the North up a hill of skulls. The King of the Union, ever a jealous neighbor, is not about to stand by smiling while Black Dow claws his way any higher. The orders have been given, and the armies are toiling through the northern mud. Thousands of men are converging on a forgotten ring of stones, on a worthless hill, in an unimportant valley, and they've brought a lot of sharpened metal with them.

    Matt Carothers says: "Thank you, Joe Abercrombie!"
    "PLEASE NO MORE MICHAEL PAGE BRING BACK STEVEN PACE"
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    This was an excellent story narrated horribly. All the Joe Abercrombie books have been excellent and Steven Pacey has done just an excellent job bringing life and depth to the characters through his choice of voice and intonation.

    Michael Page is just not cut out for these books. I understand everyone needs a job, but seriously, he has messed up the enjoyment of the two Abercrombie books he did in this series.

    Unto the book - what can I say that hasn't already been said. A mature, cynical, funny, tough, emotional at times look at war.

    Bremen Dan Gorse is the character who seems to have the most attention in this book and in a very good way. the events in this book tie smoothly in with events in other stories.


    back to the narrative -

    IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THE OTHER BOOKS, PLEASE DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND GET THEM, BUT BE WARNED, WHERE STEVEN PACEY IS LIKE SWEET HONEY TO YOUR EARS, FOLLOWING HIM WITH PAGE IS LIKE LICKING BITING INTO AN APPLE AND TASTING RAW FISH.

    Amazon please no more Michael page on any adult books, he is horrible and messed up this book like he did the other one.

    buy the book but be warned, Michael page sucks badly and if you can overlook the horrible narration when compared to Steven pacey, you may get something out of the book.

    I would recommend audible get Steven Pacey to reread this and other books destroyed by Micheal page.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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