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GLENNO

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  • 34 reviews
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  • 296 titles in library
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  • Siege and Storm

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Leigh Bardugo
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (199)

    Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can't outrun her past or her destiny for long. The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling's game of forbidden magic....

    Brooke says: "I WANT THE PRINCE!"
    "A sandwich with good bread but a hollow center"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The beginning and end is great but not much happens in the too-long middle.

    The reader is good (and really great with female sarcasm) but some of her characterizations of men make them sound like pimply-faced 14-year-olds. Not her fault. She has a natural high pitch to her voice. Still it gets in the way when you want to see a man as a man. She would be best when most of the book is voiced by youngsters and/or monsters with an occasional adult male presence.

    The story has interesting and strong characters. It was unfortunate that the men were emasculated a bit by the voice actor -- especially the mysterious privateer.

    The middle of the story had too little action and too much angst instead of building the story to a fantastic climax. It has a great ending. It just takes a long and somewhat boring route to get there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hollow World

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Ellis Rogers is an ordinary man who is about to embark on an extraordinary journey. All his life he has played it safe and done the right thing. But when he is faced with a terminal illness, Ellis is willing to take an insane gamble. He's built a time machine in his garage, and if it works, he'll face a world that challenges his understanding of what it means to be human, what it takes to love, and the cost of paradise. Ellis could find more than a cure for his disease; he might find what everyone has been searching for since time has begun.

    Hassan says: "A Good Read!!"
    "Political agenda masquerading as SF"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story is interesting but I had to groan and eye-roll in several places when some things were said and done.

    It is not a time-travel story (but he tells you that up front). Time travel is just a device to get us to a place where the author tries to illustrate some personal and political beliefs (I guess). He builds a dream world as far as some university sociology professors might envision it.

    Sad. One of my very favorite authors, Michael J. Sullivan tells an amazing tale in the Riyria stories. If you have not read "Theft of Swords" go get it right now. You won't be sorry. But don't buy this book.

    I would have been mad if I funded this on Kickstarter. I'm glad I didn't know or I might have. I like the author that much! I try to get everyone to read him.

    The reader is good but he is saddled just a little bit by the nature of most of the characters in this story. (I don't want to add any spoilers.) I would listen to him again.

    While interesting to see the future as the author envisions it, it's not at all the world I would hope for. I don't mean to imply that it's dystopian. I wouldn't necessarily mind it if it was because it's just a story. It's just a very disappointing world.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10208)
    Performance
    (7982)
    Story
    (8081)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Overly long but great characters"
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    This book is very finely detailed. Too detailed. I began to wonder if Rothfuss wrote a long history and just couldn't bear to leave anything out of what has to be an epically long outline. The plot is a little short on action. Ok. That can be fine. Give me some great political intrigue. Some spy craft maybe. NOPE.
    The book could have been 20% shorter.

    That's really the only bad though.

    Here's the good:
    The reader is quite good but took me a little while to get used to. He is at his best when using accents, especially when the character is emotional. I was really sold when he used three slightly different Scottish-Irish accents for three characters as they conversed. A really well-done scene!

    I am invested in the characters and I want to see them succeed. Some of them are fascinating (including the main character Kvothe) and I want to know what will happen to them.
    I like Kvothe's moral core in spite of a difficult childhood, part in which he had little adult supervision.
    I want to find out how a supposed king killer ends up a bartender.
    I liked the interpersonal relationships and I enjoyed the sometimes witty banter.
    The magic system is interesting and tries not to violate the laws of physics. That's cool!

    I bought the sequel mostly because I liked the characters so much. Only after that did I discover that its 25% LONGER than the first. God help me, I'm going in!
    If I don't come back in a couple of weeks, send in a search party...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 13th Hour: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Richard Doetsch
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Nick Quinn is being held in jail, accused of the murder of his beloved wife, Julia. He knows she's dead; he saw her bloody corpse, shot in the head at point-blank range. The police tell him they found the murder weapon with his fingerprints on it in the trunk of his car. Nick is confused, grief-stricken -- and completely innocent.

    Carl says: "So So"
    "Time travel greatness!"
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    I am a sucker for time travel stories and this one did not disappoint. It has a fantastic premise which is excellently executed. The mystery unfolds like petals from a flower as each step in Nick's time travel unravels another part of the explanation for the days events, including the death of his wife.

    I also enjoyed the discussions of the repercussions on future events of the decisions and actions we take.

    The reader is great and fits the style and feeling of the story very well.

    Fantastic idea pleasingly implemented!

    (Note: Ignore comparisons of this book to "The Time Traveler's Wife," which is a book I hated.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Invisible

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Andrew Britton
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    Tensions between Pakistan and India are at an all-time high. To complicate matters, 12 American climbers have disappeared in the snow-capped peaks of Pakistan's Hindu Kush range. The president is demanding answers, but neither government is supplying them. In the wake of an unprecedented attack, Ryan Kealey's operation goes into high gear.

    Kathryn says: "Best to skip this one"
    "Fairly boring. Terrible reader."
    Overall
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    I didn't really care that much what happened to the characters. The beginning shows a lot of promise but then the book bogs down with things that just seem to happen without that much importance. The middle is interminable.

    The reader just can't do an accent to save his life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Thorn

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs)
    • By Shawn Speakman
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (40)

    Beneath the streets of Seattle, a long-forgotten war is about to be renewed...Richard McAllister, a spiritually destitute homeless man and Knight of the Yn Saith, protects one of seven portals linking his world to that of Annwn, where the fey Tuatha de Dannan of antiquity have been relegated by a long-running religious war. Unknown to Richard though, powerful forces are aligning against him and all he stands to keep safe.

    GLENNO says: "Really great!"
    "Really great!"
    Overall
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    I so enjoyed the short story by Mr. Speakman in the Unfettered anthology that I decided to listen to this novel too. I was not disappointed.

    Any fan of the Merlin television series should love this book, though this story is set in modern day.

    The reader portrays each character well and helps you see that movie in your head (always a goal of mine).

    Richard McCallister protects the secret Seattle portal between our world and Annwn--the world to which all of the fey creatures (fairies, leprechauns, centaurs, and the like) had long ago been transported to protect them from extinction. The Knights protecting the portals use magical items but so do the forces of evil on both sides of the portal. Without giving anything away, some of those magical items are ones that you are probably familiar with. 'Nuf said.

    The book is full of action and adventure as a small group tries to reunite the fey creatures to battle the forces of evil. Any war in Annwn threatens both worlds. In the meantime, the forces of evil are also after Richard and another character he is trying to protect. Can evil turn these two or bend them and/or their weapons to their nefarious purposes?

    Which creatures are on which side (if either)? Can war be averted and, if not, can good triumph? Which men of our world are simply trying to protect the portals and which really have their own agenda? Can the two worlds be saved?

    A minor disappointment for me that these knights are supposed to be Knights of the Word here on our side as defined by a certain church (i.e. the Word of God). But when people try to defend their actions in the name of the Word, no one actually uses any of the actual Word to refute them. That would have been fun!

    That's a small objection though and it did not prevent me from giving this book 5 stars. I couldn't stop listening and that's one sign of a great book. I look forward to the next one!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Unfettered: Tales By Masters of Fantasy

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Terry Brooks, Patrick Rothfuss, Robert Jordan, and others
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim, Marc Vietor, Bronson Pinchot, and others
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (122)

    You define life or it defines you. In Shawn Speakman’s case, it was both. Lacking health insurance and diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2011, Shawn quickly accrued a massive medical debt that he did not have the ability to pay. That’s when New York Times best-selling author Terry Brooks offered to donate a short story that Shawn could sell to help alleviate those bills—and suggested he ask the same of his other writer friends. Unfettered is the result: An anthology built in order to relieve that debt, featuring short stories by some of the best fantasy writers in the genre.

    GLENNO says: "Excellent writing. Great cause."
    "Excellent writing. Great cause."
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    This book is well worth reading for the quality of the writing. The bonus is that it's for a great cause. Hooray for you wonderful writers, artists and readers! And man are there some amazing readers in this audiobook. It's always great to help a brother out.

    Several of these stories are so good that I have placed the author's books on my wish list. So it's a great introduction to these authors if you are not already a fan. If you are a fan, you won't be disappointed with these great tales, some set in the worlds you already know. All of them are well-written.

    HEAD-SCRATCHERS
    Rothfuss: Haven't read his books. Maybe something about that would have made it better. Otherwise: What the...?
    Salvatore: Um, OK. Weird.
    Orullian: If you were a band geek you might like this one. I wasn't a band geek. I got lost in all of the musical references.
    Grossman: Sophomoric.

    INTERESTING
    Brooks (Shannara)
    Jordan/Sanderson: Love the Wheel of Time books but it's been a while for me. Maybe that's why I didn't connect with it.
    Hearne

    GREAT
    Brooks (Word/Void): A charming tale.
    Brett
    Vaughn: Interesting premise well carried-out.
    Lawrence

    OUTSTANDING
    Carey
    Abraham
    Lockwood: A great story that is far better than his first novel.
    Charlton
    Redick
    Durham: Really imaginative! And just a really nice story.
    Bosworth: Intriguing story with an electric ending.
    Williams: I smiled all the way through this great one.
    Thompson: I really enjoyed the characters in this one and want to read the novels.
    Novik: I tire of dragons sometimes but this story rekindled my interest. I put her novels on my wish list.
    Sullivan: My favorite story by one of my very favorite authors. If you are unfamiliar with Michael J. Sullivan go buy his books. All of them. NOW. You won't be disappointed.
    Speakman: Great characters in a compelling world. Made me want to read more.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Watchman of Ephraim: Cris De Niro, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Gerard de Marigny
    • Narrated By Elijah Alexander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Cris De Niro worked his way up to the top of the hedge fund world. Yet, all of his money couldn't protect him from losing his wife on 9/11. Ten years passed since the tragedy. De Niro and his sons relocated to a sprawling ranch near Las Vegas. Turning to his faith to overcome his anguish, De Niro now lives for a higher purpose. From a biblical passage, he reads about the "Watchman of Ephraim", a defender who kept watch over the land. De Niro decides to acquire a lackluster counter-terrorism agency.

    GLENNO says: "Much better than I thought it would be"
    "Much better than I thought it would be"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I liked the story. I liked the characters. And I liked the Watchman group they set up. Quite a bit actually, much to my surprise. I'll be getting the sequel right now if that tells you anything.

    The reader was good and you never wonder which character you are listening to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Angelmaker

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Nick Harkaway
    • Narrated By Daniel Weyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (211)

    Joe Spork repairs clocks, a far cry from his late father, a flashy London gangster. But when Joe fixes one particularly unusual device, his life is suddenly upended. Joe's client, Edie Banister, is more than just a kindly old lady - she's a former superspy. And the device? It's a 1950s doomsday machine. And having triggered it, Joe now faces the wrath of both the government and a diabolical South Asian dictator, Edie's old arch-nemesis.

    Maine Colonial says: "A cure for the modern cynic"
    "Fantastic start, terrible finish"
    Overall
    Performance
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    It starts out with interesting characters and really cool steampunk technology. It has a fascinating budding conspiracy of sorts.

    The weird English humor at times was off-putting for this American but that could just be me.

    Then in the final third of the book, it goes entirely off the rails. I don't really care about Joe Spork's background and how he uses it. To me it just sputtered to a finish.

    It was disappointing because he could have really taken it somewhere and he didn't. The whole reason for the technology becomes irrelevant. The characters/group at the root of the technology were fantastic and they are almost irrelevant at the end.

    The reader was quite adequate even good at times and never bothered me, hence the average rating for him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fourth Perimeter

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Tim Green
    • Narrated By Ron Perlman
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    Former Secret Service agent Kurt Ford seeks revenge for the death of his son - but to get it he's going to have to assassinate the president of the United States.

    Anthony says: "Predictable and Pedantic"
    "Interesting story. Poor performance."
    Overall
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    I liked the concept but the action just doesn't reach the level of stories by Thor, Flynn, or even Coes or Cussler. Maybe those authors have spoiled me. This story was more like a B movie. More guilty pleasure than thrilling experience.

    Maybe Ron Perlman's performance got in the way of my enjoyment. I was really looking forward to hearing him perform this book. But there was NO PERFORMING. It was read in a rather lackluster style with no accents or other voice characterization, and really not much emotion either. He could have been reading a textbook. Great book reading isn't just enunciation. It's supposed to be voice acting.

    I am going to try another book by Green but only if it has a different reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The River Wall: Gandalara, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Randall Garrett, Vicki Ann Heydron
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    The stunning conclusion to the Gandalara Cycle, this book reveals the nature of the world Ricardo Carillo (now Rikardon) and Antonia Alderuccio (now wholly Tarani) were thrust into. They come face to face with the reason they were brought to Gandalara and must accept the responsibility of saving the world that gave them a second life.

    GLENNO says: "A rather anticlimactic ending"
    "A rather anticlimactic ending"
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    A sort of weird installment of a pretty decent series. This ending, though rather interesting in content, merely whimpers. I had more questions than answers at the end.

    A great reader, Paul Boehmer, does his best with these stories. It is unfortunate that the protagonist is American because Boehmer's voicing isn't allowed to triumph like it does in Robin Hobb's book series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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