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Mr. Jared C. Serra

Fathers Face Remembered

st. louis, MO USA | Member Since 2010

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  • The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Robert Kirkman, Jay Bonansinga
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (779)
    Performance
    (713)
    Story
    (718)

    Following in the footsteps of the New York Times best-selling graphic novels and the record-breaking new television show, this debut novel in a trilogy of original Walking Dead books chronicles the back story of the comic book series greatest villain, The Governor.

    David says: "Well....okay...I guess"
    "Outstanding performance, Book Meh"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book is headed to one place. It takes them forever to end up where we want them to be. The authors didn't use the principal of In late and Out Early.


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

    Instead of a road book I would have centered on Woodburry


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

    I haven't. Though he is the best thing about this audiobook. He was a pleasure to listen to.


    Did The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor inspire you to do anything?

    It taught me how good writing doesn't mean good book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor's Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Angela Lin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (836)
    Performance
    (762)
    Story
    (769)

    New York Times best-selling author Brandon Sanderson is widely celebrated for his Mistborn Trilogy and contribution to the final three books of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. In The Emperor's Soul, a Forger named Shai can copy and re-create any item by using magic to rewrite its history. After being condemned to death for attempting to steal the emperor's scepter, Shai is given one final chance. She' ll be allowed to live if she can create a new soul for the emperor, who hovers near death.

    debbie says: "A Great Short Novella that is Long in Story"
    "Short book that packs a punch"
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    If you could sum up The Emperor's Soul in three words, what would they be?

    Short Epic fiction


    What other book might you compare The Emperor's Soul to and why?

    I don't think I have ever read another book quite like The Emperor's Soul. Though if you are looking for similar I would read anything by Sanderson. He does not disappoint.


    Which character – as performed by Angela Lin – was your favorite?

    I would have to say Shai. She is the main character. She inhabits the persona.


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

    Basically the whole thing. The format of this book has a very complex thread of what makes a man great. This makes the whole story feel moving.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't let the size of this book fool you. This is Epic fantasy at its best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rithmatist

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1504)
    Performance
    (1386)
    Story
    (1390)

    More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings - merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles.

    Brandon says: "Beware of the chalk!"
    "Don't judge a book by its description"
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    Where does The Rithmatist rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very high up there with everything that Brandon Sanderson has written.


    What other book might you compare The Rithmatist to and why?

    Steelheart by Sanderson. That is another YA title that rocks.


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

    At this point I have probably listened to fifty of his performances. This is just as outstanding as his others.


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

    The answer is yes. This is a delightful book. The tone is whimsical but the plot unfolds in a way that kept me listening.


    Any additional comments?

    I cannot believe that this book turned out as good as it is. When I read the description I thought Sanderson was finally going to write a book that I didn't enjoy. Boy was I glad to be wrong. I liked this even more than the great Steelheart.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6231)
    Performance
    (5821)
    Story
    (5841)

    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"
    "YA that delivers"
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    What made the experience of listening to Steelheart the most enjoyable?

    It has a very fast pace without being so fast that it becomes frustrating. The plot is wonderful. It's twist and turns are exciting and fun.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The pace and the sense of fun. Characters are well defined. They make this tale worth listening to.


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

    I haven't listened to anything else Macleod has performed. Though after this I look forward to hearing his voice again.


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

    Yes. The pace keeps things moving and the twist keep you glued to your headphones.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first book in a series. What I love is that this book has set up and pay off. I felt wonderful at the ending but still was wanting more. Bring on book two!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6658)
    Performance
    (6330)
    Story
    (6347)

    In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

    D says: "Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radieance" shines"
    "Part two of the best fantasy series of all time"
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    Would you listen to Words of Radiance again? Why?

    Yes I would. I have infact read and listened to it twice. Not only is the book amazing but the narrators are pitch perfect in their delivery.


    What other book might you compare Words of Radiance to and why?

    Anything by Brandon Sanderson doesn't disappoint. I always recommend starting with the Mistborn trilogy.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Kramer and Kate Reading ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to many books by them. These Mike and Kate always do a great job.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    No way this could be a movie. Maybe an expensive TV show but not a movie.


    Any additional comments?

    The first book was my favorite book of all time. This book is just as good. Sanderson has perfected the fantasy genre.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tell Em Steve Dave Fair-re-re Tale Theater

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 54 mins)
    • By Bryan Johnson, Walter Flanagan, Brian Quinn
    • Narrated By Bryan Johnson, Walter Flanagan, Brian Quinn, and others
    Overall
    (466)
    Performance
    (456)
    Story
    (456)

    It's anything but Grimm when the Tell 'Em Steve Dave crew gives their hilarious takes on some of the best and least known fairy tales. Join Bryan Johnson, Brian Quinn and Walt Flanagan with special guest Sunday Jeff as they create a magical world of fantasy and wonder, trolls, living plants, and sinful dwarves. It doesn't get any better than this...or funnier.

    Bryan L. Johnson says: "Sunday Jeff is God amongst men."
    "Gadgets and Gizmos put to good use!"
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    Would you listen to Tell Em Steve Dave Fair-re-re Tale Theater again? Why?

    Yes. It is funny and makes me feel awesome all over.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tell Em Steve Dave Fair-re-re Tale Theater?

    Anytime that Walt laughs.


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

    Well... They spend most of the time making fun of the stories. Don't worry. It makes sense when you listen to it.


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

    This was the highlight of my week.


    Any additional comments?

    I just started a new job and was beyond stressed out. This gave me a good laugh and lifted my spirits in a time that I despartely needed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mass Effect: Revelation

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Drew Karpyshyn
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (420)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (297)

    After discovering a cache of Prothean technology on Mars in 2148, humanity is spreading to the stars---the newest interstellar species, struggling to carve out its place in the greater galactic community. On the edge of colonized space, ship commander and Alliance war hero David Anderson investigates the remains of a top secret military research station---smoking ruins littered with bodies and unanswered questions. Who attacked this post, and for what purpose?

    Some Dude says: "Enhances the enjoyment of the games substantially"
    "Everything it should be"
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    Where does Mass Effect rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Middle ground. This isn't a great book. It is a fun read in the Expanded Universe of Mass Effect.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    David Anderson is my favorite character. To glimpse the early days of the man I knew from the book was nice.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Finale scene was well done. Good exclamation point to end this book on.


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

    I didn't finish it in one sitting but it only took me two days.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a fun read. Put your expectations at a reasonable level and you will enjoy it as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Beat: The Dresden Files, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5187)
    Performance
    (3903)
    Story
    (3898)

    When a killer vampire threatens to destroy head of Special Investigations Karrin Murphy's reputation, unless Harry delivers the powerful Word of Kemmler to her, he has no choice. Now Harry is in a race against time to find the Word before Chicago experiences a Halloween night to wake the dead.

    A User says: "I wish it was about 20 hours longer"
    "Enjoyable if not a little underwhelming"
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    What made the experience of listening to Dead Beat the most enjoyable?

    Easily the answer to that question is James Marsters. His performance in these novels is some of the best narration that I have ever heard.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The early chapters pace and sense of humor.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    An altercation in a book store.


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

    Yes it was. The pace is fast and with James's voice I could have easily done just that.


    Any additional comments?

    This book does have a rather silly ending. The first half is great the second is okay. I would say this was a middle of the road for Dresden.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The King's Blood: The Dagger and the Coin, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Daniel Abraham
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (436)
    Performance
    (402)
    Story
    (408)

    Acclaimed author Daniel Abraham’s works have been nominated for the Hugo Award and the World Fantasy Award. In this compelling follow-up to The Dragon’s Path, Geder Palliako enjoys high social standing as protector to the crown prince of Antea - but a looming war threatens to change his way of life. Meanwhile, Cithrin bel Sarcour is counting her blessings: long under close surveillance, she hopes a battle will be the opportunity she needs to regain her freedom.

    Dave says: "The Best Kept Secret in Epic Fantasy Continues"
    "Part 2 in the most over looked fantasy series."
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    What made the experience of listening to The King's Blood the most enjoyable?

    The novel is an amazing piece of storytelling. Characters evolve logically. Moral choices ring true. This is fantasy at its best.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The last half is heart stopping. I couldn't stop towards the end.


    What aspect of Pete Bradbury’s performance would you have changed?

    To me it just seems like this was made quickly. He isn't awful. Just nothing to make it stand out above the narrators that I love.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    King's Blood will run.


    Any additional comments?

    Take a chance on this criminally overlooked series. The first one is really good. This second book is even better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Summer Knight: The Dresden Files, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5743)
    Performance
    (4296)
    Story
    (4293)

    The Winter Queen of Faerie has manipulated Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden into accepting a case to solve a murder and stop a war between the courts of Summer and Winter that could have literally earth shattering consequences. His own soul is up for grabs. Dresden must dig deep to discover that at time a willingness to accept a little help from your friends, be they a cub pack of werewolves, old loves in sheep's clothing, or a battalion of pizza loving dewdrop fairies, is a very good thing.

    Michael says: "Harry & James are one."
    "Solid entry into franchise"
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    What did you love best about Summer Knight?

    The colorful characters that Dresden always finds himself interacting with.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    A little. The down side to Dresden is it is always on going. It isn't like the story is heading somewhere. Each book operates independently so as long as we keep buying then we will get more. This isn't necessarily a bad thing. It is nice to have something different every once in a while. It does take away from the edge of your seat feeling.


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    I loved his performance. He sounds just like I thought Harry would. Fits this book like a glove.


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

    Dresden finds a moment of peace was kind of cool.


    Any additional comments?

    This feels like an episode of television. One story in a season.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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