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  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "For a 40+ hour audiobook, very little happens"
    What disappointed you about A Feast for Crows?


    Maybe a little disappointment is inevitable, but Book 3 set up so much, and Book 4 delivered on very little of it. There are chapters and chapters of narratives from Sensa and Sam, who are doing...pretty much nothing. There's an interminable boat trip. There is endless scheming in the Vale. We see Cersei elevating the church and obliviously running the kingdom into the ground. Jamie's self-loathing and attempts to make things right gets many chapters. Significant secondary characters in earlier novels are (apparently) killed -- which we've come to expect -- but their deaths occur "offstage" and are related by others very briefly.

    No chapters about Tyrion or whatever happened to him, either. Stannis and his ambitions barely get mentioned. Whatever is going on at the Wall is barely discussed.

    I have to wonder if Martin got his first big royalty check right before writing Book 4, which seems pretty self-indulgent and serious "padded." I just read that HBO is going to divide Book 3 between two seasons of production. I'm pretty sure they could dispense with all of important events in Book 4 in three, maybe four episodes.

    Has A Feast for Crows turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but if Book 5 is as rambling and ennui-inducing as Book 4, my "Song of Fire and Ice" obsession will be over.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    The funeral at sea for the maester presided over by Samwell.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    A huge disappointment. There's very little dramatic tension in the novel, and almost all of the new characters introduced here are far from compelling.

    Any additional comments?

    I apologize to the other "A Song of Fire and Ice" fans who may strongly disagree with my reaction, but this is my very honest response to the book.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Sten: Sten Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Chris Bunch, Allan Cole
    • Narrated By Jerry Sciarrio

    The first book in an action–packed new SF adventure series. Vulcan is a factory planet, centuries old, Company run, ugly as sin, and unfeeling as death. Vulcan breeds just two types of native: complacent or tough. Sten is tough. When his family is killed in a mysterious accident, Sten rebels, harassing the Company from the metal world’s endless maze-like warrens. He could end up just another burnt–out Delinquent. But people like Sten never give up.

    Denis G. Dimick says: "VERY Good"
    "In a rush to save the world?"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I liked the characters and the basic plot-line, but there wasn't much character development and some of the novel's crises were introduced and resolved very, very quickly. It would've been a much better story if there was a bit more evolution of the story instead of a rush to reach the novel's climax.

    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Pretty much what I expected! Not bad, but not surprising, either.

    What three words best describe Jerry Sciarrio’s performance?

    I don't know that accents are the way to go, here. Every male character had a distinct regional accent...the Bronx guy, the Scotsman, the Englishman, the Aussie. Maybe work more on changes in register or range than going all out on giving characters accents.

    Do you think Sten needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It's a likeable enough novel, so follow-ups seem obvious.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 2: Dark Force Rising

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Anthony Daniels

    The dying Empire's most cunning and ruthless warlord, Grand Admiral Thrawn, has taken command of the remnants of the Imperial fleet and launched a massive campaign aimed at the New Republic's destruction. With the aid of unimaginable weapons long hidden away by the Emperor on a backwater planet, Thrawn plans to turn the tide of battle, overwhelm the New Republic, and impose his iron rule throughout the galaxy.

    Cheryl says: "Good, but why waste time creating abridged books?"
    "huge disappointment"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Those who didn't listen to the 20th anniversary version of Book One.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Timothy Zahn again?

    I don't know. This seemed like something I could've written in my sleep.

    Would you be willing to try another one of Anthony Daniels’s performances?

    Most likely not.

    What character would you cut from Star Wars?

    The book was too short and rushed to cut anyone.

    Any additional comments?'s like the abriged version of the abriged version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "I expect to take flak for this..."
    Would you try another book from the authors and/or the narrators?

    I would give the author another chance, but this book simply fails to live up to the hype.

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Nothing by him. Not for a while.

    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The narrators are very good at what they do. I've hard Mark Vitore (sp?) several times before.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. So many unresolved issues. So many characters who didn't serve any real purpose other than to make the book longer and more plodding.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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