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Justin

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  • 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
    (13221)
    Performance
    (10823)
    Story
    (10946)

    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!"
    "Sexist Ego-Stroking"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Rothfuss describes situations well and the plot is bearable, but the sexism mixed with the selfish, egotistical main character brings the book down.

    If you ask a fan of the series to name an important woman character that wasn't just a helper, burden, or background in this book it will be a struggle. In the first half of the book there are absolutely zero-- and women are barely mentioned at all.

    The main character (Kvothe) is selfish and arrogant, almost never doing something for anybody but himself. He treats his friends like commodities instead people. The narration implies that compared to Kvothe everybody else is weak, stupid, or a stepping stone.

    The author even tries to insult other fantasy novels that have a young boy who meets up with helpers as an unrealistic story, but a genius boy who figures out magic faster than an adult could is somehow more realistic.

    The reader, Nick Podehl, is one of the better readers I've heard and gives a high-quality performance.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • I Am America (And So Can You!)

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen Colbert
    • Narrated By Stephen Colbert
    Overall
    (1918)
    Performance
    (539)
    Story
    (536)

    What The Daily Show is to evening news, The Colbert Report is to personality-driven pundit shows. Colbert brings his sarcastic charm to a half-hour report, tackling the important issues of the day and telling his guests why their opinions are just plain wrong. Stephen stands for "truthiness" and his American right to copyright that word and claim ownership of it. The author describes this as a simple audiobook from a simple mind: Stephen Colbert's.

    Ty says: "Funny, but disappointing."
    "Chalked Full of Colbert"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It's a great book if you are a Colbert fan. It's intense and witty, but keep in mind the Colbert character is dialed way up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World of Warcraft: Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Christie Golden
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (320)
    Performance
    (305)
    Story
    (313)

    The New York Times bestselling author of The Shattering and Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects delivers a sensational tie-in to the newest World of Warcraft game expansion. What does it take to turn the peacekeeper into a warmonger? Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War gives World of Warcraft fans the opportunity to see what happens when a beloved peacekeeper is pressed to the limit by an inconceivable horror. Will it change her forever? Break her? Or redefine her role on Azeroth?

    Gabriel Cersonsky says: "Enjoyable"
    "For Warcraft Zealots Only"
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    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This novel is only for those who are dedicated to World of Warcraft. It will fill in holes or lore that a player might be curious about.


    What was most disappointing about Christie Golden’s story?

    The writing itself was horrible. Often I wanted to tell the author "Show, don't tell." When the author wasn't explaining events like an encyclopedia, she was portraying flat characters. Kinndy the Gnome, for example, was often described as being up-beat, yet most of what the character actually said was bitter and obnoxious. The entire atmosphere felt like bad, in-game role-play. The few, but large, plot holes weren't even the worst aspect.

    The story gets better after the second half, but it is still not worth reading. Seeing as how it is written like a long wiki article, it is a better to read a web sites summation than this book.


    Did Justine Eyre do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Her reading was mediocre. Her performance was not necessarily bad, but most of her voices sounded identical.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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