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James

james16932

Clermont, FL, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Last Argument of Kings: The First Law: Book Three

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (3008)
    Performance
    (2225)
    Story
    (2237)

    The end is coming. Logen Ninefingers might only have one more fight in him but it’s going to be a big one. Battle rages across the North, the King of the Northmen still stands firm and there’s only one man who can stop him. His oldest friend and his oldest enemy. It’s time for the Bloody-Nine to come home. With too many masters and too little time, Superior Glokta is fighting a different kind of war. A secret struggle in which no-one is safe and no-one can be trusted.

    Lore says: "You have be realistic about these things."
    "Best Yet"
    Overall

    I'm a bit concerned that this series has spoiled me. This is simultaneously the best written and best narrated audio book I've ever listened to in the fantasy genre. I highly recommend it. Give the first book a little time to get going.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (5834)
    Performance
    (5295)
    Story
    (5311)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "Surprised"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I was not a fan of Larry Correia's Monster Hunter books. Hard Magic was much better in my opinion. After listening to it, I purshased Spell Bound which I also enjoyed very much. If you liked the Monster Hunter books, you'll probably like both of these. If you didn't, you might still like them.


    What about Bronson Pinchot’s performance did you like?

    I think Bronson Pinchot has improved very much as a narrator. His characters were a bit over the top, but that somehow made sense in the context of the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blade Itself: The First Law: Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (4067)
    Performance
    (2997)
    Story
    (3010)

    Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

    Steven says: "Steven Pacey is magnificient."
    "Best narrator...ever"
    Overall

    I cannot tell you what made this book so enjoyable to me for sure. It was a good story, but the narrator is the best I've ever heard. It's hard to believe there's just one person reading. If you like the fantasy genre, you will love this book and the ones that follow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8601)
    Performance
    (6036)
    Story
    (6069)

    For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

    Lore says: "Book 1 of a great series that is not to be missed!"
    "You won't be disappointed"
    Overall

    Having heard all three books now, I can say that my time was well spent. What I say here applies to all three books as they were all equally written well and enjoyable. Sanderson creates both a world and characters which continue to grow and evolve throughout the series, often in unexpected ways. There will be points where you may find yourself confused or puzzled, but trust me you are only a plot twist or two away from everything making sense again. The narration was very well done and added quite a bit to the experience.


    While I don't want to give away any of the plot, I will tell you it's full of surprises and hidden connections. Some series I've read start off slowly or overload the reader with unrelated details as the story unfolds. Others tend to struggle with endings that have been so built up they have no where to go but down, e.g., The Dark Tower series by Stephen King. Neither is the case with Mistborn. The series is enjoyable from the first page of book one to the last page of book three and all those in between.

    If you like fantasy, I strongly recommend it. You won't be disappointed.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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