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chaz

Moultonborough, NH, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • The Gods Awaken: The Timuras Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Allan Cole
    • Narrated By John Hough
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    The realm is tormented by catastrophe. Lord Safar Timura, the great wizard, is trapped in the doomed world of Hadin, condemned to suffer and die, over and over again. It is up to his wizard son, Prince Palimak, to stop the disaster slowly poisoning land and sea. Though he is half human and half demon, even Palimak may not possess the awesome powers needed to free Safar and discover the great lost tomb, guarded by a fierce she-beast who holds secrets to halt the terror.

    Asia says: "Outstanding!!!"
    "Good Story Ruined by the Narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about The Gods Awaken? What did you like least?

    Story was good with elements of the Dark Tower abounding
    The narration and / or editing was awful. Mispronunciations of common words and an uneven pace made paying attention difficult. And the hambone laughter! ugh!


    What didn’t you like about John Hough’s performance?

    Almost everything


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Innocence: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (974)
    Performance
    (870)
    Story
    (886)

    He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen. She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found. But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance - and nothing less than destiny - has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching.

    Michael says: "Among Koontz’s Best Slow Interesting Books"
    "Odd Thomas meets hellboy"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    no too long and meandering


    Any additional comments?

    Slow, slow, slow. Cut 100 pages off and it could be good. Way too much verbiage and descriptions of seemingly minor items

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    Overall
    (8490)
    Performance
    (7660)
    Story
    (7660)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "too legalistic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    yes about 75% of the time


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Michael Beck?

    yes


    Did Sycamore Row inspire you to do anything?

    double check reviews before another Grisham book


    Any additional comments?

    was about 50 pages too long

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6280)
    Performance
    (5861)
    Story
    (5884)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "Generally disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Brandon Sanderson and/or Macleod Andrews?

    Yes based on past performance, not this one


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Far fewer "sparks" and "calamities"


    What three words best describe Macleod Andrews’s voice?

    Good Delivery


    Was Steelheart worth the listening time?

    Not really. Not bad just not great


    Any additional comments?

    Seems to be written for an early teen audience

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9930)
    Performance
    (9000)
    Story
    (9075)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "Not up to expectations"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Dan Brown and/or Paul Michael?

    Probably, but I'd read the reviews first.


    What could Dan Brown have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    A better plot. It seemed to be a stretch in all ways


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    He made the listen much more enjoyable. A real professional


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

    No.


    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Memory of Light: Wheel of Time, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5008)
    Performance
    (4547)
    Story
    (4597)

    Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

    Amazon Customer says: "End of one of my favorite fantasy series ever."
    "great ending?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes it completes the series perfectly


    What does Michael Kramer and Kate Reading bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Well done. the voice counterpoints and inflections kept the story moving at a brisk pace


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Sanderson should be barred for life from using the words; bloody, bloody ashes and flaming. He totally wore them out!
    A synopsis of the other 13 books at the beginning would be a worthy addition

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zoo

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (487)
    Performance
    (412)
    Story
    (411)

    All over the world, brutal attacks are crippling entire cities. Jackson Oz, a young biologist, watches the escalating events with an increasing sense of dread. When he witnesses a coordinated lion ambush in Africa, the enormity of the violence to come becomes terrifyingly clear. With the help of ecologist Chloe Tousignant, Oz races to warn world leaders before it's too late. The attacks are growing in ferocity, cunning, and planning, and soon there will be no place left for humans to hide.

    TEDDET says: "Love Patterson, but this was just SILLY"
    "Vague science equals a slow read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge and/or Jay Snyder?

    No Book was boring


    What could James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Use a believable premise for the plot. The attack of the 50 ft woman had more credibility


    What aspect of Jay Snyder’s performance would you have changed?

    The French accent was amateurish and painful


    What character would you cut from Zoo?

    All the humans


    Any additional comments?

    One should listen to this piece wearing Birkenstocks and wool socks while munching granola.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heir of Novron: Riyria Revelations, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3584)
    Performance
    (3290)
    Story
    (3310)

    On the holiday of Wintertide, the New Empire plans to burn the Witch of Melengar and force the Empress into a marriage of their own design. But they didn’t account for Royce and Hadrian finally locating the Heir of Novron—or the pair’s desire to wreak havoc on the New Empire’s carefully crafted scheme.

    Ron says: "Spectacular fantasy series"
    "Well Done"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you listen to Heir of Novron again? Why?

    Spell binding


    What did you like best about this story?

    Excellent character development and differentiation


    What does Tim Gerard Reynolds bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Actuall makes you see the different characters in your mind's eye


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2247)
    Performance
    (2051)
    Story
    (2033)

    In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King has returned to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story within a story within a story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a "skin-man", Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter.

    Amazon Customer says: "An exceptional story, but I miss George Guidall."
    "Professional Writer, Amateur Narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Wind Through the Keyhole rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    An adequate story.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Mr. King's motone and drag lisp really detract from the story


    Any additional comments?

    Reissue please with a professional reader

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Assassin's Quest: The Farseer Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    Overall
    (1527)
    Performance
    (1110)
    Story
    (1120)

    King Shrewd is dead at the hands of his son Regal. As is Fitz - or so his enemies and friends believe. But with the help of his allies and his beast magic, he emerges from the grave, deeply scarred in body and soul. The kingdom also teeters toward ruin: Regal has plundered and abandoned the capital, while the rightful heir, Prince Verity, is lost to his mad quest - perhaps to death. Only Verity's return - or the heir his princess carries - can save the Six Duchies.

    J says: "Fascinating Despite Lacking Narration"
    "TOO LONG"
    Overall

    Would be better if it was abridged. 100 pages too long. Ending was too predictable.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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