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Nicholas Winn

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CA, USA | Member Since 2002

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  • 31 reviews
  • 74 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2014
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  • The Dark Is Rising: Book 2 of The Dark Is Rising Sequence

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Susan Cooper
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (128)

    On the Midwinter Day that is his eleventh birthday, Will Stanton discovers a special gift: he is the last of the Old Ones, immortals dedicated to keeping the world from domination by the forces of evil, the Dark. At once, he is plunged into a quest for the six magical Signs that will one day aid the Old Ones in the final battle between the Dark and the Light. And for the twelve days of Christmas, while the Dark is rising, life for Will is full of wonder, terror, and delight.

    W. S. says: "5 for the series, 4 for the reader"
    "Boring, Couldn't suspend belief, Story didn't flow"
    Overall

    This was one of the worst books I've heard. The Author didn't do a good job of creating a believable world. They kept adding new curves and it was a caucophony instead of a symphony. The ending was predictable.
    The narrator had a very strong British accent so if strong accents bother you than don't purchase this book.
    I'm a fantasy buff but this book just doesn't make the grade. It didn't create a world for me to immerse myself in.

    3 of 40 people found this review helpful
  • Tai-Pan: A Novel of Hong Kong

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By James Clavell
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (694)
    Performance
    (379)
    Story
    (378)

    After the British seize Hong Kong following the first Opium War, the owners of two competing trading companies seek to destroy each other, both professionally and personally.

    Cy Judge says: "A great audio book"
    "After 30 Years this Book Still Rocks!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you listen to one AudioBook this year, this is it. The story, the narration, the plot and the characters are so excellent.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The intricacies of the plot and the machinations.


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    John Lee is a perfect narrator, he just draws me into the story. I'm only at the beginning but every character is flawless.


    Any additional comments?

    This is James Clavells finest book. With an excellent narrator at the helm, you are in for one of the best books of your life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flashman: Flashman, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By George MacDonald Fraser
    • Narrated By David Case
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    The story of what happened to Flashman, the caddish bully of Tom Brown's Schooldays, after he was expelled in drunken disgrace from Rugby school in the late 1830s. This is the first of George Macdonald Fraser's hilarious satires starring Harry Paget Flashman.

    ScubaTurtle says: "Flashmaniacs Rejoice!!!"
    "Cads, rogues, and a Little History-"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Flashman?

    I'm a historical history buff and I enjoy taking my history with a spoonful of sugar.

    I love the fast moving story line and Flashman, he just tickles me.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Flashy of course. Sometimes you get tired of the traditional hero and are in the mood for a Cowardly Rogue.


    What about David Case’s performance did you like?

    Narrator was perfect, he just seemed to catch the irony of Flashman in his intonations. I'm American but I found his English Accent understandable and just downright enjoyable


    Any additional comments?

    Try the first book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lion of the Sun: Warrior of Rome, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Harry Sidebottom
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (53)

    Betrayed by his most trusted adviser, Roman Emperor Valerian has been captured by the Sassanid barbarians. The shame of the vanquished beats down mercilessly like the desert sun as the frail old emperor prostrates himself before Shapur, king of kings. Ballista looks on helplessly but vows under his breath to avenge those who have brought the empire to the brink of destruction with their treachery.

    Bonnie says: "War is UGLY"
    "I love this series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Lion of the Sun again? Why?

    Yes, eventually I'll listen to the whole series again. It's simply so good. So much action, great story, characters and since it's historical fiction you learn many things too.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lion of the Sun?

    It's been months since I listened and I still remember the ambush.


    If you could take any character from Lion of the Sun out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I'd take Ballista out get roaring drunk act obnoxious and let him kick the xxx out of anyone who gave us lip


    Any additional comments?

    Narrator is strong. Listen to a segment first. Either you'll really like it or hate it.
    I just bought the 4th book because I don't have the patience to wait for it to come out on Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (11432)
    Performance
    (9946)
    Story
    (9982)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Ryan says: "Enjoyable, but a lot of setup"
    "This series will be done in the year 3010"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The Author has decided to cash in on his success and keep the story so slow moving that he'll be putting out books in the year 3010. I slid him a break on his last book but this one is even slower.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    My next listen will be from an Author who has a story that moves.


    What about Roy Dotrice???s performance did you like?

    I thought the performance was fine.


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes I can imagine the Author banking his millions and wish I was him


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the first books, but this guy has become worse than Stephen King. He needs an editor. And he needs to get the story moving again.

    This is the last Martin book I'll ever read.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Prowler

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Alexey Pehov
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (184)

    An army is gathering; thousands of giants, ogres, and other creatures are joining forces from all across the Desolate Lands, united, for the first time in history, under one, black banner. By the spring, or perhaps sooner, the Nameless One and his forces will be at the walls of the great city of Avendoom.

    francisco says: "New twist on the old "quest" genre."
    "Great Original Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Shadow Prowler the most enjoyable?

    You never know exactly what is going to happen. Lot's of surprises. The characters are really engrossing. Not so much the developement of Haralds character but his interaction with the other charactersThere is a certain sarcasm and humor about how Harald sees the world. The book is kind of gritty, Harald is out for Harald and not to save the world and that's one of the facets of the book that I like.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shadow Prowler?

    I really got a kick out of the Kings Jester.


    What does MacLeod Andrews bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    While I'm not into British Accents, his accent was not so extreme that it was hard to understand. He really acted out the parts well and his voices were very good.I would suggest that you listen to an Excerpt if you are adverse to UK English.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was really entertained. I couldn't wait to pick it back up again after dropping it. And certain parts were so amusing that I reversed and played them again.


    Any additional comments?

    While I never heard of this Author, and you probably haven't either, don't let that dissuade you from buying this book. It ranks among the best fantasy books I've read.. So If you are into stereotypical idealistic hero type, save the world, save the maiden, smite evil, novel stay away. Harald is a rogue trying to survive and get rich. In that order.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Kill All the Lawyers

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Paul Levine
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    They are the legal world's oddest couple: a shorts-and-sandals beach bum and a Coral Gables blue blood. The only thing keeping them together is that they're on the same side.

    Janels says: "Should be funny--isn't !"
    "The author cracks me up"
    Overall

    The Author cracks me up. This is light listening and it's just plain funny. The story is great with lots of twists and turns.
    The Narrator was just perfect for the Book.

    Two Thumbs up from Tomzgreat

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Vampire$

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John Steakley
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (76)

    Suppose there really were vampires. Dark, stalking, destroying. They’d have to be killed, wouldn’t they? Of course they would. But what kind of fools would try to make a living at it? In best-selling author John Steakley's vampire classic, one tightly knit band of brothers devotes itself to hunting down the monsters that infest the modern world—for a price.

    Andrew Pollack says: "Great to see Steakley back - and in good form"
    "Fast Moving Lots of Action"
    Overall

    This book kept me on the edge of my seat. It's not your gooey romance style Vamp book. Instead it's gritty,grisly and action packed.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Conspirata: A Novel of Ancient Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (686)
    Performance
    (304)
    Story
    (305)

    On the eve of Marcus Cicero's inauguration as consul of Rome, the grisly death of a boy sends ripples of fear through a city already wracked by civil unrest, crime, and debauchery of every kind. Felled by a hammer, his throat slit and his organs removed, the young slave appears to have been offered as a human sacrifice, forbidden as an abomination in the Roman Republic. For Cicero, the ill forebodings of this hideous murder only increase his frustrations and the dangers he already faces as Rome's leader.

    David says: "Enjoyable Read"
    "Harris Keeps getting better and better!"
    Overall

    His other books are very good. This one is the best yet. Historical Fiction at it's finest. Excellent Plot, Narration, Character Development.

    I really enjoyed this Audio Book

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sandman Slim

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Richard Kadrey
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1532)
    Performance
    (1273)
    Story
    (1283)

    When he was 19, James Stark was considered to be one of the greatest natural magicians, a reputation that got him demon-snatched and sent downtown - to Hell - where he survived as a gladiator, a sideshow freak entertaining Satan's fallen angels. That was 11 years ago. Now, the hitman who goes only by Stark has escaped and is back in L.A. Armed with a fortune-telling coin, a black bone knife, and an infernal key, Stark is determined to destroy the magic circle.

    Mike Naka says: "jack bauer + spawn = sandman slim"
    "Listened to it twice"
    Overall

    This is a very gritty hardboiled book withnasty characters. The Protagonist is a real Bad Boy.

    Listen to the preview first and if you like it you'll like the rest of the book.

    The author just has a way of putting things that was a crackup.

    I liked it so much I'm listening to it twice.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • How to Sell

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Clancy Martin
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Bobby Clark is just 16 when he drops out of school to follow his big brother, Jim, into the jewelry business. Bobby idolizes Jim and is in awe of Jim's girlfriend, Lisa, the best saleswoman at the Fort Worth Deluxe Diamond Exchange. What follows is the story of a young man's education in two of the oldest human passions, love and money

    Nicholas Winn says: "Pointless and Mediocre"
    "Pointless and Mediocre"
    Overall

    It was just kind of pointless.

    Some sex, some drugs some action but there was no resounding moral or conclusion to the story.

    It began well but than in the middle I said to myself "Wait a second what is the point"?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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