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Wayne

Portland, OR, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5)

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Minnie Goode
    Overall
    (1319)
    Performance
    (1203)
    Story
    (1203)

    This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.

    Charles says: "Unique"
    "Clownish Narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Please re-record this book, the narration is bad. Why would the older people in the book talk like crazy gold prospectors?


    27 of 33 people found this review helpful
  • Best Served Cold

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1202)
    Performance
    (821)
    Story
    (836)

    It's springtime in Styria. And that means war. There have been nineteen years of blood. The ruthless Grand Duke Orso is locked in a vicious struggle with the squabbling League of Eight, and between them they have bled the land white. While armies march, heads roll, and cities burn, behind the scenes bankers, priests, and older, darker powers play a deadly game to choose who will be king.

    Lore says: "Solid, but not as good as the First Law trilogy."
    "Gave up 5 hours from the end"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Early on you find yourself rooting for the protagonists, but the characters are all so un-redeamable that after a few hours you don't care what happens to them. This seems to violence and bad behavior for the sake of violence and bad behavior. What drove the author to write this book? What a sociopath!

    The narrator was actually pretty good except for one huge flaw. He reads too slowly. It is only tolerable if you have an ipod with a faster playback setting.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold Story of English

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John McWhorter
    • Narrated By John McWhorter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1082)
    Performance
    (823)
    Story
    (821)

    A survey of the quirks and quandaries of the English language, focusing on our strange and wonderful grammar. Why do we say "I am reading a catalog" instead of "I read a catalog"? Why do we say "do" at all? Is the way we speak a reflection of our cultural values? Delving into these provocative topics and more, Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue distills hundreds of years of fascinating lore into one lively history.

    Mike says: "Great for casual linguists"
    "Who is this writen for?"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue to be better than the print version?

    I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the subject. I would have given it five stars except the author is a bit schizophrenic about who his audience is. He switches from writing to the "lay" reader, like myself, and to other linguists, addressing conflicts that the lay reader would have very little interest in.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Fleet: Dauntless

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4785)
    Performance
    (3301)
    Story
    (3336)

    Captain John "Black Jack" Geary's legendary exploits are known to every schoolchild. Revered for his heroic "last stand" in the early days of the war, he was presumed dead. But a century later, Geary miraculously returns from survival hibernation and reluctantly takes command of the Alliance fleet as it faces annihilation by the Syndics.

    Appalled by the hero-worship around him, Geary is nevertheless a man who will do his duty. And he knows that bringing the stolen Syndic hypernet key safely home is the Alliance's one chance to win the war. But to do that, Geary will have to live up to the impossibly heroic "Black Jack" legend.

    Justin says: "Kinda boring, mostly tedious, and frustrating"
    "Why such short books?"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I enjoyed the story, but there is no reason this series should break where it did, except the desire to sell more books. I refuse to reward such bad behavior. If they ever sell two books for the price of one (making one normal sized book) I might give it another try.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow's Edge: Night Angel Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1826)
    Performance
    (1192)
    Story
    (1205)

    Kylar Stern has rejected the assassin's life. The Godking's successful coup has left Kylar's master, Durzo, and his best friend, Logan, dead. He is starting over---new city, new friends, and new profession. But when he learns that Logan might actually be alive and in hiding, Kylar is faced with an agonizing choice: will he give up the way of shadows forever and live in peace with his new family, or will he risk everything by taking on the ultimate hit?

    Brooke says: "Not his best, and NOT a great reader!"
    "Not worth continuing"
    Overall
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    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you are sensitive to improbable actions on the part of the characters, this book will bug you. If you are sensitive to a reader that manages to make one syllable into two syllable words, the narrator will bug you.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Brent Weeks again?

    Possibly.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Paul Boehmer?

    No.


    What character would you cut from Shadow's Edge?

    Alene


    Any additional comments?

    The first book ended with things in such a mess that I felt compelled to continue, but after listening to the first part of the second audiobook, I decided it wasn't worth my time to see how it ended.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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