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Matt

WALLINGFORD, CT, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Scar

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Sergey Dyachenko, Marina Dyachenko, Elinor Huntington (translator)
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (809)
    Performance
    (722)
    Story
    (720)

    Sergey and Marina Dyachenko mix dramatic scenes with romance, action and wit, in a style both direct and lyrical. Written with a sure artistic hand, The Scar is the story of a man driven by his own feverish demons to find redemption and the woman who just might save him. Egert is a brash, confident member of the elite guards and an egotistical philanderer. But after he kills an innocent student in a duel, a mysterious man known as “The Wanderer” challenges Egert and slashes his face with his sword, leaving Egert with a scar that comes to symbolize his cowardice.

    Robert says: "Highly, highly, Highly Recommended"
    "slow"
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    Has The Scar turned you off from other books in this genre?

    not at all but the whole genre is full of gems surrounded by cabbages


    What character would you cut from The Scar?

    Carter? or at least reduce his importance. because he really just added fluff.


    Any additional comments?

    The Scar starts out with a few interesting anecdotes to introduce the main players. But despite my expectation for slow beginnings to new books, I was forced to take a couple days off from listening till I braved The Scar again. It finally moves into the event that sets up the following story. At this point it painfully slowly drawls out the consequences of this event... but very little actually happens! again I was tempted to give up on the book.

    Finally the actually story gets started, making everything before it seem like it would have fit into a prologue or tucked into a fable over the course of 10 or so minutes and then in the following chapter stating that the main character of said fable was a real person and the main protagonist of the story. Now the amount of action increases to a full story, though not a very complex one. It builds up some intrigue and mystery though most of the story before the climax is of human nature between the few main characters.

    Then the real action gets started and is short lived. There's a section that is good story though frustrating to anyone who gets wrapped up in the story and finally ends in an important choice which the clever will discern before the character and it's suddenly done leaving you thinking: hey, it just got started.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Magicians: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lev Grossman
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3844)
    Performance
    (2980)
    Story
    (3000)

    Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

    Charles says: "Surprising"
    "This title is supposed to be optional"
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    Slightly hard to get into compared to similar books. Delightful all the same once you get past that.
    Not sure I'm satisfied with the epilogue portion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ask and the Answer: Chaos Walking, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Patrick Ness
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe, Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (219)

    Fleeing before a relentless army, Todd has carried a desperately wounded Viola right into the hands of their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss. Immediately separated from Viola and imprisoned, Todd is forced to learn the ways of the Mayor’s terrifying new order. But everything is shrouded in secrets. Where is Viola? Is she even still alive? And who are the mysterious Answer? And then one day, the bombs begin to explode....

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Don't forget 1017"
    "Fun"
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    Another great story picking up right where the other stopped. There's times when you ask why don't they just do this? But the scene ends and you forgive as the story continues.
    Also this is my favorite narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ariel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Steven R. Boyett
    • Narrated By Ramon De Ocampo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    It's been five years since the lights went out, cars stopped in the streets, and magical creatures began roaming Earth. Pete Garey survived the Change, trusting no one but himself until the day he met Ariel - a unicorn who brought new meaning and adventure to his life.

    Matt says: "awesome"
    "awesome"
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    If you could sum up Ariel in three words, what would they be?

    magical vulgar(humor) adventure


    What does Ramon de Ocampo bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    tone and timing of jokes


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    a couple but to each his own. Though the end is slightly tragic, even though without it, the sequel could never have been.


    Any additional comments?

    I read Elegy Beach a while ago, the sequel, knowing nothing of Ariel. I loved it. It didn't really hint that it was a sequel but maybe if I'd already read Ariel I may have caught something of the sort. When I hit the about the author bit afterword or paid attention to the "from the author of Ariel" on the cover I decided to put it on my list of books to get to. I should have put it right to the top. It's a great story, though sometimes predictable. But usually surprising and almost always hilarious. Get this book and you want to listen to it again. If you're the type, you might even want a paper copy too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Furies of Calderon: Codex Alera, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4945)
    Performance
    (3542)
    Story
    (3584)

    In the realm of Alera, where people bond with the furies - elementals of earth, air, fire, water, and metal - 15-year-old Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. But when his homeland erupts in chaos - when rebels war with loyalists and furies clash with furies - Tavi's simple courage will turn the tides of war.

    Eric says: "great fantasy series"
    "decent introduction for the series"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Furies of Calderon?

    The trial for Tavi with the Marat.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Kate Reading?

    perhaps, but the story would have to be very good. there were times when her tone seemed tiring.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    it became one later on.


    Any additional comments?

    The 1st chapter was pretty good. Then it was pretty slow for a while. The mythos holding up the whole story is stated but in bits and pieces so you have to pay attention to really get it and it builds on bits and pieces of similar ideas from the genre. They're more like familiars than the greek myth; this is what in the title caught my attention but I was happily surprised. Once you get it, it's pretty interesting and sort of complex.
    Despite this, it gets a slow start for the 1st 1/4 or maybe 1/3 speckled with little bits of this and that. There's a fair bit of dry humor. However once things get going, I had a hard time hitting pause. The rest was generally pretty action filled, helped along by the namesake furies. Lastly you get sort of the ending you expect and hoped for and lets you wonder what exactly the 2nd book will focus on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Crash

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6336)
    Performance
    (3557)
    Story
    (3618)

    Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

    A. Tuck says: "Classic Stephenson"
    "surprise"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Snow Crash to be better than the print version?

    1 or 2 5 sec segments where the audio was incomprehendable but a great reader


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    really got into the story once I adjusted to the kind of world it was in


    Any additional comments?

    the story brought up some unexpected elements but it all fit together very well and made sense when I understood everything that was happening

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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