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Ryan

LOS ANGELES, Virgin Islands (U.S.) | Member Since 2005

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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
    Overall
    (6714)
    Performance
    (6128)
    Story
    (6153)

    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"
    "Great story, awful reader"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made A Feast for Crows better?

    Consistancy in pronunciation and voices between this book and the first three. Roy Dotrice has read 100 hours of ASOI&F to me, and then changes up the way he says major character names, without some kind of forward explaining the change? It makes the book difficult to immerse yourself in.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Feast for Crows?

    Having to stop the book and rewind in order to figure out who the author was talking about, because I didn't recognize the name.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Roy Dotrice?

    I would have preferred Roy Dotrice, performer of the first three novels. Not this Roy. Dotrice imposter.


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

    Anger.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're a huge fan of the series, there's little doubt that you'll purchase this book too. But if you're not sold yet, end the series with A Storm of Swords and save yourself the frustration.

    59 of 62 people found this review helpful
  • Crossroads of Twilight: Book Ten of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3463)
    Performance
    (1775)
    Story
    (1799)

    The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow. Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time. Crossroads of Twilight is book ten of Robert Jordan's best selling Wheel of Time series.

    Robert Eric Koch says: "The Lowest Point of the Entire Series"
    "Low point in the series"
    Overall

    While anyone reaching this far in the series will not stop having gotten this far, the action of this novel has been put on pause. To quote from wikipedia's plot summary:

    "Perrin Aybara continues trying to...

    "Mat Cauthon continues trying to...

    "Elayne Trakand continues trying to...

    "Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, rests after...

    "Egwene leads the rebel Aes Sedai in maintaining..."

    Literally no new action begins and no plot lines end. There are some interesting scenes, but Crossroads of Twilight merely rehashes and stretches a few chapters of Winter's Heart into an entire novel. Perhaps this review is colored by the powerful drama and high action of the other novels; Crossroads of Twilight is a novel of intrigues. Newcomers to the series should definitely not start here, and fans will not want to pass this by. Just be prepared for a different type of listen than the first nine novels.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Path of Daggers, Book Eight of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (779)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (203)

    The Seanchan invasion force is in possession of Ebou Dar. Nynaeve, Elayne, and Aviendha head for Caemlyn and Elayne's rightful throne, but on the way they discover an enemy much worse than the Seanchan. In Illian, Rand vows the Seanchan back as he did once before while in Ghealdan, Perrin faces the intrigues of Whitecloaks, Seanchan invaders, the scattered Shaido Aiel, and the Prophet himselg.

    Ryan says: "Worth it in the end."
    "Worth it in the end."
    Overall

    The Wheel of Time has really begun to slow down at this point, and this book seems to drag on as all of the characters are perpetually traveling. That said, there is a single scene toward the end of the novel whose power quite literally made me stop and gasp. Of the series so far this was the most difficult for me to get through, but when you hit the passage as I did, you'll realize it was worth it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I Am America (And So Can You!)

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen Colbert
    • Narrated By Stephen Colbert
    Overall
    (1801)
    Performance
    (434)
    Story
    (429)

    What The Daily Show is to evening news, The Colbert Report is to personality-driven pundit shows. Colbert brings his sarcastic charm to a half-hour report, tackling the important issues of the day and telling his guests why their opinions are just plain wrong. Stephen stands for "truthiness" and his American right to copyright that word and claim ownership of it. The author describes this as a simple audiobook from a simple mind: Stephen Colbert's.

    Ty says: "Funny, but disappointing."
    "All character, no wit"
    Overall

    This was an excellent example of what "The Colbert Report" would be like if produced during the WGA strike. Colbert's delivery and character are great, but this audiobook lacks the subtlety, satire, intelligence and humor that makes me love "The Report".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By David C. Korten
    • Narrated By Sandra Swafford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    David Korten argues that global corporate consolidation of power is but one manifestation of what he calls "Empire", the organization of society by hierarchies of dominance that have held sway for the past 5,000 years. Empire has always resulted in misery for the many and fortune for the few. Now it threatens the very future of humanity. The Great Turning traces the ancient roots of Empire and charts its long evolution from monarchies to the transnational institutions of the global economy.

    Rob says: "Wakeup call"
    "Uninteresting for left or right"
    Overall

    After many years of reading audiobooks, this is one of the few that I could get two-thirds of the way through and still be unable to finish. Lefties will find this book to have a far-end, tree-hugging flavor, while righties will see little or no attempt to meet halfway or uncourage a shift in perspective. The author assumes the audience already agrees, and is unconvincing to anyone the least bit skeptical.

    The author (male) mainly writes in the first-person, which becomes confusing when the reader (female) talks about his wife and other personal facts. The author also seems to believe that, like him, everyone in America's children attend schools abroad and begin globetrotting before twenty.

    Some good ideas, but the obtuse lack of insight into what the real world is actually like makes this book a slow, unfulfilling listen.

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil in the White City

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4029)
    Performance
    (1772)
    Story
    (1782)

    In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

    D says: "A Rich Read!"
    "An intoxicating tale"
    Overall

    The author engages true scholarly research into an engaging tale. At times the descriptions of the World's Fair seems like a dramatic pause between the more captivating story of "The Devil." The writing, however, is superb, and the minor historical details--shredded wheat, alternating current, and more--make the story fascinating.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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