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Jay

Warcraft Addict

SAUGUS, MA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Last Train from Hiroshima: The Survivors Look Back

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Charles Pellegrino
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (72)

    Last Train from Hiroshima offers listeners a stunning "you are there" time capsule, gracefully wrapped in elegant prose. Charles Pellegrino's scientific authority and close relationship with the A-bomb's survivors make his account the most gripping and authoritative ever written. At the narrative's core are eyewitness accounts of those who experienced the atomic explosions firsthand---the Japanese civilians on the ground and the American fliers in the air.

    Daniel says: "Awsome"
    "Three Stars because it was not a pleasant read"
    Overall

    I wanted to explain my three star rating of this book. Let me first state that I think it is a must read for everyone. The horror of the Atomic Bomb has never been more clear to me after reading the first hand accounts of the survivors. It is a devastating book, and one that should not be read when you are feeling down already. The book finishes with a great message, omoiyari is something that I hope to embody in my life, and after reading this book I am sure you will as well.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stroud
    • Narrated By Miranda Raison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (116)

    A sinister problem has occurred in London: all nature of ghosts, haunts, spirits, and specters are appearing throughout the city, and they aren't exactly friendly. Only young people have the psychic abilities required to see - and eradicate - these supernatural foes. Many different Psychic Detection Agencies have cropped up to handle the dangerous work, and they are in fierce competition for business.

    Belle says: "Another great book from Jonathan Stroud!"
    "Delightfuly Spooky, with Amazing Naration"
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    Would you listen to Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase, Book 1 again? Why?

    I am sure I will relisten to this book again before the second in the series is released. It was a great ghost story with some detective elements that made me regret hitting the pause button. I finished the book in three days.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Like the Bartimaeus books, Stroud gives us interesting characters, strong development, and despicable antagonists. This book had elements of Harry Potter, Artemis Fowl, and Young James Bond. It will get it's claws in you early and despite some slow spots, always keep you guessing.


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

    Listening to Miranda was like eating Belgian Chocolate. So delicious and silky, you forgive the simple flavor. She does not have a wide range of character voices, but her natural speaking voice could make listening to the phone book being read soothing and irresistible. She has joined Nathaniel Parker, Katy Kellgren, Simon Vance, Simon Jones, and Jim Dale as one of my favorite narrators.


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

    YES!


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the time invested, buy this book!

    2 of 2 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
    (11805)
    Performance
    (9473)
    Story
    (9587)

    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!"
    "What if Harry Potter was written for adults?"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The book is EXTREMELY tedious at the beginning. Stick with it and you will be reward with a rich story about a deeply troubled but brilliant man.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the main character, and his interactions with many of the supporting characters. I will not say more as I do not want to spoil it.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    This is going to sound bizarre, but I loved the narrator when he was doing voices. It was his speaking voice that was grating and seemed not to fit the narrative.


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

    Yes, all of the interactions with the antagonist were brilliantly done.


    Any additional comments?

    Hubris at its best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood of Tyrants: Temeraire, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Naomi Novik
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (221)

    Shipwrecked and cast ashore in Japan with no memory of Temeraire or his own experiences as an English aviator, Laurence finds himself tangled in deadly political intrigues that threaten not only his own life but England's already precarious position in the Far East. Age-old enmities and suspicions have turned the entire region into a powder keg ready to erupt at the slightest spark.

    Tango says: "Setting Up for the Grand Finale"
    "A bit of a let down"
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    What did you like best about Blood of Tyrants? What did you like least?

    As always the interaction of Laurence and Temeraire is one of my favorite relationships in literature.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Frustration.


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

    I love Simon Vance, and have discovered other books because he was narrating.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a good read, but the story does not go anywhere. This and the book in Australia read like filler material. This is better than that simply because of the return to the Napoleonic Wars, and how the Russian campaign is changed.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Hades: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Nick Chamian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1275)
    Performance
    (1167)
    Story
    (1181)

    At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy's instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea's forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors from both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?

    amyrex2 says: "I really HATE it when narrators are switched"
    "What a waste. New Narrator ruins this series."
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    Would you try another book from Rick Riordan and/or Nick Chamian?

    Rick yes, Nick...not a chance.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story.


    What didn’t you like about Nick Chamian’s performance?

    Nothing. He was grating, lazy, and monotonous.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Pick up the book in print, the story is great as usual, the narration ruins the story, especially after the wonderful job Jesse has done over the rest of this series.


    Any additional comments?

    Please re-record this travesty.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2239)
    Performance
    (2044)
    Story
    (2026)

    In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King has returned to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story within a story within a story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a "skin-man", Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter.

    Amazon Customer says: "An exceptional story, but I miss George Guidall."
    "A wonderful addition to the Dark Tower Series"
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    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Stephen King?

    Nearly anyone. I love your writing Stephen, but please leave the reading to someone else.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World of Warcraft: Wolfheart

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Richard A. Knaak
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (211)

    New York Times best-selling author Richard A. Knaak continues the thrilling story begun in the record-breaking MMO game expansion World of Warcraft: Cataclysm in this new audiobook!

    Raquel S. says: "Worgens and Orcs and Elves, Oh My!"
    "Great for fans"
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    Any additional comments?

    This was my first WoW book and I liked it a lot. As an alliance player, seeing the journey our King took in this book was inspiring. I would recommend this to any WoW player.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Mark of the Golden Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By L. A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (251)

    The irrepressible Jacky Faber, condemned for life to the English penal colony in Australia for crimes against the Crown, has once again wriggled out of the grasp of British authorities. Back on her flagship, the Lorelei Lee, she eagerly heads back to England in the company of friends and her beloved Jaimy Fletcher.But when the voyage is waylaid by pirates, storms, and her own impetuous nature, Jacky is cast into a world of danger that extends from the South China Sea to the equally treacherous waters of London politics.

    Eileen says: "A Transitional Tale for Faber & Co."
    "A Welcome return to form."
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    Any additional comments?

    After a few shaky outings is is nice to see this series get back on track. Some of the relationships are getting stale, but overall this was a lot of fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12101)
    Performance
    (10562)
    Story
    (10604)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Ryan says: "Enjoyable, but a lot of setup"
    "Roy Dotrice is back, but seems to have forgotten.."
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    Any additional comments?

    As always I loved these stories. People were complaining that Roy Dotrice did not read the last book. I enjoyed the last narrator but was looking forward to hearing the familiar voices of the characters I knew. Unfortunately Dotrice changed many voices, Danerys, Mesisandre, and many other have vastly different voices than before. I hope he goes back and listens to his previous work and gets it right for the next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blossoms and Shadows

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (99)

    Japan, 1857. For centuries, Japan has been on its own; isolated by choice from the rest of the world. But the Western powers are now at its shores, demanding to be let in; the government is crumbling, and revolution is building. The age of the samurai is ending and in its place a new Japan will be born. And a young woman is readying herself for marriage in this, the most tumultuous period of her nation's history.

    Mary Catherine says: "Not for anyone that liked the Tales of the Otori"
    "Fans of the Otori do not bother with this."
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    Would you try another book from Lian Hearn and/or Allison Hiroto and Marc Vietor ?

    I loved the first three books of the Otori Series so I picked this up.


    What could Lian Hearn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I appreciate character driven narratives, but there was no story. You would think incest and transvestites would be interesting....


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Allison Hiroto and Marc Vietor ?

    The narration was monotonous, almost anyone would have been better.


    What character would you cut from Blossoms and Shadows?

    All of them. This story did not need to be told.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I had these 17 hours of my life back. I kept waiting for something to happen. Sadly the interesting part of this story, the fight for Japan to free itself from foreign dominance is secondary. Think Gone with the Wind without any reference to the civil war.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Hurricane Gold: Young Bond, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Charlie Higson
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    As the sun blazes over the Caribbean island of Lágrimas Negras, its bloodthirsty ruler is watching and waiting. Criminals come here to hide, with blood on their hands and escape on their minds. On the mainland, in the quiet town of Tres Hermanas, ex–flying ace Jack Stone leaves his son and daughter in the company of James Bond. But a gang of thieves lies in ambush—they want Stone’s precious safe and will kill for its contents.

    Debby says: "Good Book, Terrible Narrator"
    "Sad departure from the frist three very good books"
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    I am not sure how much the narrator colored my impression of this book, but this was my least favorite of the series so far. Eoin Colfer made the mistake of having someone else read his Artemis Fowl books, only to realize the mistake and bring back the amazing Nathaniel Parker.

    I found the story to be lackluster with no real suspense. After all these are tales of Young James Bond, we know he is not going to die, and we know he is going to grow up to be the greatest spy the world has ever known. The Rat Run that is the focus of the finale of the book loses a great deal of suspense because you know he will make it through unscathed.

    All in all, this book would have been an entertaining distraction if read by Nathaniel Parker, but Gerard Doyle made a dull book that much worse.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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