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tjalfe

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  • Dragons of Autumn Twilight: Dragonlance: Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (809)
    Performance
    (740)
    Story
    (757)

    Lifelong friends, they went their separate ways. Now they are together again, though each holds secrets from the others in his heart. They speak of a world shadowed with rumors of war. They speak of tales of strange monsters, creatures of myth, creatures of legend. They do not speak of their secrets. Not then. Not until a chance encounter with a beautiful, sorrowful woman, who bears a magical crystal staff, draws the companions deeper into the shadows, forever changing their lives and shaping the fate of the world.

    Kitty says: "Dissapointing Narration of a Classic Favorite"
    "amazing"
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    Where does Dragons of Autumn Twilight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    in the top right now :)


    What did you like best about this story?

    raistlin ofc :P
    but the best part is no doubt when the big red dragon defend the human becouse she think of her children, the end of that fight just makes your jaw kinda fall, its soo well written and narrated


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

    the narrator is amazingly good, his woman voices could be better but hey his a guy, besides that he is extremely good so much soul into the charecters :D
    but no havent heard anything else with him yet but i diffinately will


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

    not sure.. there is alot of good once.


    Any additional comments?

    awesome narrator.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The High Lord: The Black Magician Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Trudi Canavan
    • Narrated By Richard Aspel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (715)
    Performance
    (459)
    Story
    (465)

    Life should have been easier for Sonea, now that Regin ignored her and the rest of the novices treated her with wary respect, but she cannot forget what she witnessed in Akkarin's underground room, or his warning that Kyralia's ancient enemy is watching the Guild closely.

    Thomas says: "Best book I have heard in a long time"
    "was good but ending could have been better."
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    What made the experience of listening to The High Lord the most enjoyable?

    the story was nice and stuff started to happend and knowing it was wrapping up made it more intense.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    akkarin: his character is the only one we follow which have actual depth, and seems to have reasonable decision making, sadly that kinda gets crushed at the end which well tok a lot of the joy out of the book

    SPOILER!!!
    when at the end they know that there is extreme amount of power gathered in the arena barrier they can simply just draw it makes absolutely ZERO sense to not draw at least most of it if not all, to insure victory, there was no reason they didn't do this long ago and considering akkarin have had 8 years to figure this out it is kinda a let down it isnt used.


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

    the other 2 books in the serie, and he does a really nice job :)


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

    not really.
    it was good and consistant but the story have some big holes and it is very stagnent in its telling, so you dont get the up and downs. it is not very good at making you "love" the characters. i think that is because their reasoning to do stuff is not really their, they seem more like scripted entities that just goes with the flow then humans or animals with feelings and reactions:

    as an example SPOILER!!! HUGE SPOILER!!! SKIP THIS PART IF YOU DONT WANT HUGE SPOILERS:

    when akkarin "goes" at the end, it makes no sense that she doesnt try to pull the power from the arena and revive him;
    i see no reason why magic of such enormous amount wouldnt be able to revive a person a few minutes after their death, hell if you freeze people down (again can be done with magic, drawn from the building right behind her) it can take up over 30-60minutes for the body to start deteriating to the point where it cannot be revived, and that is just with our technology and ignoring that with magic you can recreated and save people from injuries which no medical help would be able to save.


    Any additional comments?

    well i found it good but there is a bounch of plot holes which i have a heard time with.
    it would be incredibly easy for akkarin to beat them with black magic even for the main character.
    simply just get the king to order the entire city to go through the gate and give them power 1-2 days in advance (they had almost 3 days to run on if they wanted), all mages doing the same, and pulling power from buildings and arena etc.

    it is said its the biggest town, so big even the king stayes to defend it, meaning there most also be a considerable amount of normal soldiers laying around and considering he wasnt sure weather or not their country would be attacked: one would think that an army is on standby...

    in short we are talking tens of thousinds if not houndread of thousinds of people to draw power from.
    even if they are weak it is MORE then enough to outdo the attackers in just 1 day of this:

    20 slaves lets say each with 10 times str= 200 a day drained = 73.000 +- a year; of energy for the attackers... if they kept their energy without using it which we know they don't.
    lets assume akkarin and sherier can drain 1 person every 5 seconds (they are going on a line ordered by the king) that's only 2,2 days to archieve that same strength (if we assume it was pure normal people:
    draining from the wizards of the guild which there was about 1.000 of they would have gained that in 5hours.

    so in 5 hours they got the power that the attackers gather in 1 year.
    in short it just seems kinda silly :/

    all the big death seems needless as well, which is annoying, they die purely out of spite against living and allowing others to safe tehm (or pure mindless stupidity).

    the exciling as well seems wierd and stupid; even if the king was that stupid it makes no sense that old very knowledgeble wizards would allow for such a stupid move.
    ....

    the magic seems to be working less consistant at the end here:
    so you can manipulate object on the other side of a closest shield but sometimes you cant ?! say what?.
    if i can manipulate any object on the other side of a closest shield then i can just destroy your body from the inside, even if we say i cant do that i can manipulate the air around you so there is no air or it is boiling hot inside your shield, or the ground that you walk on turns into sharp or pointy object flying through your body etc....
    seriously if that was possible at all the whole idea of "defensive magic" would not exist..

    another thing is: how do a mage suddenly get so much stronger when they grap another person? is it magic? we most assume so, if that is the case it should only work when your magic is winning over anothers magic which it doesn't...

    i could go on forever but i won't:
    it was simply to say the consistantcy of the magic isnt good anymore and it makes some big holes in the story ^^

    my advice would be to speak with some old time P&P players since we are very used to try and figure out how rules can be abused and finding holes in ruleset systems etc.
    and if it is a fantasy system we are very trained in finding these.
    on top of that we are so used to good stories through the rpg that it would be a huge advantage:


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    as an endnote:
    the whole serie was very enjoyable and i would give it a 4/5, worth hearing and supporting :)
    it lasted long enough for you to get what you wanted and not so long that you where just wishing it would end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magician's Guild: The Black Magician Trilogy: Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Trudi Canavan
    • Narrated By Richard Aspel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1060)
    Performance
    (682)
    Story
    (690)

    Sonea is caught up in a confrontation between the hated Guild magicians and the angry youth of the slums. To her dismay, she discovers that she possesses the same powers as the reviled magicians. To avoid capture, she must seek protection from the city's feared underworld, The Thieves. In return, she must use her powers for them, but her magic never seems to do quite what she intends it to.

    Jeremy says: "The book is like a wooden roller coaster..."
    "surpricingly good :D"
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    What did you love best about The Magician's Guild?

    the character building and how well it is doen.

    it is slow and you feel like you are left with much of the story waiting but it is done in a very nice and good manner and the only complain is that you want so much more of it :D
    not that you want it faster just that you want a few houndread hours more


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    robin i think :)
    but there are very few characters i dont like actually ^^
    there is not anyone i find extremely intrigin either though..
    or the black magicien would be AWESOME but we all know he is gonna be painted as the bad guy or it will have some wierd twist making him actually use flower magic instead of dark magic or something silly :/ sadly


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

    no but i kinda like him; his voice is good for this type of book and he does a good job with voice's and it is easy to follow who is saying what and in what feeling etc.

    there is space for a bit of improvement though he is doing a good job and i would listend to more with him :)


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

    well ... yer... but its like 15 hours long and i got projects, university, work etc. so no way i can :P
    i have however skipped a day of doing anything other then listening to the next book in the serie which i am doing right now xD
    just wanted to write a nice review as a thanks to the author for giving me a great time listening to his work :D


    Any additional comments?

    it's a very good book, i really like the way magic works in his universe and i like that it is actually focused a lot on the life and it feels like you are following the mages existance instead of following some grant scheme of a kingdom or following the magic itself instead of the characters.
    it does a great jump having the characters in focus while still feeling like a true mage book, which is rare and i really like it.

    it is nice to see the characters have some backbone which is not shown in a "neanter cave man way", but that characters can have backbone, will and pride even when they have to truly bow their head and be subjecated..

    i hope we will see the main character actually play in dark magic and become a "good villian" type character :P
    which we properly won't, since as good as no book ever does that when we are talking fantasy and magic.. sadly :/

    its a good listen and it got great moments but i truly feel that you get too little story in each book which is why i can't give it a 5 :)
    it is not that what is there isnt wonderfull, but that i was left with a feeling of "was that it" and if there havent already been a second book in the serie ready for me i would have felt annoyed of being left of thinking that i only got to read the intro to the book.

    i am kinda scared for the third book though which is the last one out when i write this review, it better not leave me hanging in the same manner xD hehe

    diffinately worth the buy and you should support the author, we need more of such authors ^^

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fire in the Blood: A Brimstone Angels Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Erin M. Evans
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    In a direct follow-up to the third book in the Sundering series, The Adversary, young warlock Farideh falls into the midst of a battle for the throne of Cormyr. As the war brought on by the Sundering rages across Faern, princes and princesses, wizards and rogues scheme to capture the seat of power of the Land of the Purple Dragon - with Farideh and her allies caught squarely in the middle.

    tjalfe says: "just awesome :D"
    "just awesome :D"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Fire in the Blood to be better than the print version?

    better then the earlier books in the serie.
    it was just awesome, everything i wanted from this serie :D :D
    just sad i need to wait for the next one :P


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7061)
    Performance
    (6514)
    Story
    (6514)

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "good but the power fluctuation is bad"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    so over the last many books the power fluctuation is just getting annoying.
    by all rights at this point harry got the power of something close to a demi god, yet he gets beaten by something as simple as a couple of gouls, yet he can defeat a fallen angel without issue's.

    he is killing demi gods several of them and yet normal small time things is WAY stronger then him..

    etc etc etc.
    it just gets very annoying to see how his powers constantly fluctuate and how damn weak he is when plot calls for it -.-
    it's like the author is just making him weak to try and give suspension... it is really annoying....

    on top of that the powers which he is suppose to have is no where near their.
    when you see what other big times wizards can do, and what the winter knight could do before harry, you cannot help but wondering why harry is so crazy weak compared to any of them...

    the author seriously needs to figure out how powerfull harry is and keep it there. and make sure it makes sense to the rest of the universe of the books:
    (i mean fgs. he is so dangerous that map, an actual god is "weary of him", but yet so weak that he cannot even defeat the "red cap" with ease, which is just a basic damn fae.. not even equel to an insect in comparison to map.)..

    and the whole idea of guns being so rediculessly effective against everything. WTH doesn't all the super natural not just run around with miniguns with uranium anti panser bullets? would be better then anything harry have ever been able to do...

    sigh.. i have just been so damn annoyed over the last many books because of this BS...
    all the fights of the last many books have just been horrible and annoying. rest of the story is good but everything about the fights is just rediculessly badly made due to the power fluctuation


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skin Game: A Novel of the Dresden Files, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7061)
    Performance
    (6572)
    Story
    (6557)

    Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day.… Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful. He doesn’t know the half of it… Mab has just traded Harry’s skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help a group of supernatural villains - led by one of Harry’s most dreaded and despised enemies, Nicodemus Archleone - to break into the highest-security vault in town, so that they can then access the highest-security vault in the Nevernever.

    D says: "Hold onto your staff; Harry’s back."
    "good but the power fluctuation is bad"
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    Would you try another book from Jim Butcher and/or James Marsters?

    so over the last many books the power fluctuation is just getting annoying.
    by all rights at this point harry got the power of something close to a demi god, yet he gets beaten by something as simple as a couple of gouls, yet he can defeat a fallen angel without issue's.

    he is killing demi gods several of them and yet normal small time things is WAY stronger then him..

    etc etc etc.
    it just gets very annoying to see how his powers constantly fluctuate and how damn weak he is when plot calls for it -.-
    it's like the author is just making him weak to try and give suspension... it is really annoying....

    on top of that the powers which he is suppose to have is no where near their.
    when you see what other big times wizards can do, and what the winter knight could do before harry, you cannot help but wondering why harry is so crazy weak compared to any of them...

    the author seriously needs to figure out how powerfull harry is and keep it there. and make sure it makes sense to the rest of the universe of the books:
    (i mean fgs. he is so dangerous that map, an actual god is "weary of him", but yet so weak that he cannot even defeat the "red cap" with ease, which is just a basic damn fae.. not even equel to an insect in comparison to map.)..

    and the whole idea of guns being so rediculessly effective against everything. WTH doesn't all the super natural not just run around with miniguns with uranium anti panser bullets? would be better then anything harry have ever been able to do...

    sigh.. i have just been so damn annoyed over the last many books because of this BS...
    all the fights of the last many books have just been horrible and annoying. rest of the story is good but everything about the fights is just rediculessly badly made due to the power fluctuation


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6636)
    Performance
    (5725)
    Story
    (5717)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "didnt like the story/narrorator"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    so i didnt like this part of the story too much, even so it is kinda importent for the serie, just think it used up way too much space. unless there is a really good reason which impact feature books i think the story was kinda a long one for that.
    the ending "last 20minutes" was really cool and awesome though.

    the narrorator was average. but it was really annoying to go from an awesome narrorator to one which isn't as good.
    the "raw rift audio" of the narrorators voice wasn't pleasent for so many hours to listen too so yer.
    looking forward to listen to james again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Changes: The Dresden Files, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6582)
    Performance
    (4946)
    Story
    (4942)

    Long ago, Susan Rodriguez was Harry Dresden's lover-until she was attacked by his enemies, leaving her torn between her own humanity and the bloodlust of the vampiric Red Court. Susan then disappeared to South America, where she could fight both her savage gift and those who cursed her with it.Now Arianna Ortega, Duchess of the Red Court, has discovered a secret Susan has long kept, and she plans to use it-against Harry.

    Amazon Customer says: "WOW. I'm stunned!"
    "BEST BOOK IN THE SERIE"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES. because it was the best book in the serie so far, and it truly shows how magic should work when used to truly fight which we dont see before this.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • White Night: The Dresden Files, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6028)
    Performance
    (4705)
    Story
    (4713)

    In Chicago, someone has been killing practitioners of magic, those incapable of becoming full-fledged wizards. Shockingly, all the evidence points to Harry Dresden's half brother, Thomas, as the murderer. Determined to clear his sibling's name, Harry uncovers a conspiracy within the White Council of Wizards that threatens not only him, but his nearest and dearest, too.

    Donna says: "Intrigue in The White Court"
    "the magic rules, and the combat became stupid.."
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    Any additional comments?

    The inconsistency in this book compared to everything else we learned about magic, portals, summoning etc. just got thrown out the window while they just broke all rules -.-
    It was so stupid there was several area’s I just hated because of how stupid it was..

    The combat done was also retarded…. With the powers given I can figure out 10 fast ways to instant win EVERY fight they had to struggle with because they directly tried to “make it hard for themselves” -.-

    The overall story ark is nice and entertaining. But the retarded amount of changes to the rules of how magic is used, conjured, and what it can do was just so demolishing to the story, and it made it even worse that their way of using the new rules was so stupid it was just like they where trying to lose the fights….

    I found that the last couple of books up until now have moved in this bad direction, but I have happily ignored it to accept the really good story, but now it just got too damn stupid, so stupid I couldn’t enjoy it 1/10 of what I should have if it wasn’t done so stupidly….

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grave Peril: The Dresden Files, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8343)
    Performance
    (6412)
    Story
    (6396)

    Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden has had a rough couple of weeks. As the only openly practicing professional wizard in the Chicago area, he has squared off against a multitude of supernatural bad guys. Harry has won the day against demons, poltergeists, sorcerers, trolls, vampires, werewolves, and even an evil faerie godmother. You might think nothing could spook him. You would be wrong.

    Lakejewel says: "Spike makes good"
    "awesome story and narrorating"
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    Where does Grave Peril rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    among the top :)
    the whole dresden serie is amazing. i normally don't like these "mystery" stories, but this is so well written and story so well made it simply drags my mind so far into it that i can't stop listening to it.


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

    yes it did, there isnt any "filler" or "useless" info and everything ties up and have reason and make realistic sense within the universe


    Which character – as performed by James Marsters – was your favorite?

    dresden ^^


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

    i would have loved too sadly my work+study+hobby+wife doesn't allow for that right now.


    Any additional comments?

    the narrowrator is amazing, simply just amazing for the story type :D it is so nice to listend too.

    0 of 0 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
    (7356)
    Performance
    (5752)
    Story
    (5744)

    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."
    "amazing"
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    amazing narrowrator. and awesome story. best yet in the serie. if you heard the rest it more of the same just much better. ty audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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