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PORTLAND, MAINE, United States | Member Since 2013

  • 4 reviews
  • 13 ratings
  • 860 titles in library
  • 24 purchased in 2015

  • The Thousand Names

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Django Wexler
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
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    With this stunning series opener, Django Wexler leaps to the upper echelon of today’s best fantasy authors. The Thousand Names opens his Shadow Campaigns series with a tale of bloody rebellion that will reshape an empire -- and a world. Captain Marcus d’Ivoire and Winter Ihernglass see their fortunes rise under the command of military genius Janus bet Vhalnich. But Janus’ obsession with the supernatural portends a dire fate for the realm.

    Johnathan W. Hill says: "Great Military Fantasy"
    "Good. Not great but quite good"
    If you could sum up The Thousand Names in three words, what would they be?

    solid military fantasy.

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

    No. I spread it out over three days.

    Any additional comments?

    the story is interesting and well paced. the author may not be a Brandon Sanderson or a Patrick Rothfuss but still did well. Bearing that in mind the only two things that I found annoying in the story itself were. 1 the two POV characters personalities seemed to have been taken somewhat to extremes, one is the solid workhorse captain gallant and loyal to a fault and not overly bright. the other is the woman running away from an unpleasant past and pretending to be a man to join the army, pessimistic and haunted. 2 there are no surprising twists, there are always plenty of hints to see them coming. Also while this is not a bad thing you can picture the commanding officer as a Pendergast who joined the military.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Slow Regard of Silent Things: Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2.5

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Patrick Rothfuss
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    Deep below the University, there is a dark place. Few people know of it: a broken web of ancient passageways and abandoned rooms. A young woman lives there, tucked among the sprawling tunnels of the Underthing, snug in the heart of this forgotten place. Her name is Auri, and she is full of mysteries. The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a brief, bittersweet glimpse of Auri’s life, a small adventure all her own. At once joyous and haunting, this story offers a chance to see the world through Auri’s eyes. And it gives the reader a chance to learn things that only Auri knows.... In this book, Patrick Rothfuss brings us into the world of one of The Kingkiller Chronicle’s most enigmatic characters. Full of secrets and mysteries, The Slow Regard of Silent Things is the story of a broken girl trying to live in a broken world.

    Josh says: "But No...."
    "simply beautiful"
    What did you love best about The Slow Regard of Silent Things?

    the fact that it focuses on Auri of course. she has always been one of my two favorite characters from these books and getting to see a week of her life was simply wonderful .

    What did you like best about this story?

    it stayed true to the character that it depicted. the one thing that worried me when I saw that Auri was getting her own story was how it could follow her without changing who and what she is. the answer is simple this book follows the principle its not the destination that's important, its the journey. this story does not have a suspenseful plot, its just a beautifully written look at the life of one of the most interesting characters in the king killer series.

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

    Patrick Rothfuss brings clairity to this story. there are sone lines in this book that if simply seen as text could easily be misinterpreted, with Rothfuss doing the reading you know that the tone voice implies the proper emotions.

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

    I think this would be extremely difficult to make into a good movie. still the obvious tagline would be " a place for everything and everything in its proper place"

    Any additional comments?

    First, if you have not read the rest of this series this is not the book to start with. secondly remember what Elodin said in one of the earlier books about Sympathy effecting the mind and keep in mind that this is not our world. rather than this book suggesting that Auri is crazy, it seems to suggest that whatever happened to her mind basically awakened another sense. finally don't let the book 2.5 thing mislead you, this does not mean that it comes between book two and three, instead it happens in the middle of the second book.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Perilous Shield: The Lost Stars, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
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    Following a successful coup, the leaders of the rebel Midway Star System struggle to forge a government free enough to please its citizens yet strong enough to secure power. But in a world where former rulers have become new foes, an alien threat to humanity may turn old adversaries into uncertain allies. General Artur Drakon knows three words describe someone who confides in a Syndicate CEO: Stupid. Betrayed. Dead. Despite his misgivings, he partnered with another former CEO to overthrow Syndic forces.

    Joki says: "Still Great!"
    "wow. just wow."
    What did you love best about The Lost Stars: Perilous Shield?

    I enjoyed all of it. from the beginning where we got to see different points of views for the events at the end of invincible and the beginning of guardian, I suspect you will all enjoy how Iceni, used to being a paranoid (I.E. alive) CEO, interprets Geary's words and actions. to the end and the last two twists. I for one saw the second to last one coming and with the time left thought it would be the last big event, I was somewhat dissipated as I had seen it coming and had hoped for an end that gave me something new to think about, then the last twist blindsided me, though there was enough info others may have suspected it. the way Drakon discovers this last twist is also hilarious as are his final thoughts about it.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Its a hard call. my two favorites are Drakon and Morgan.

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

    He narrated tarnished knight. he also acted as the main, and in my opinion best, narrator for the black company series. I have enjoyed all of his performances.

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

    yes and no. while I did not want to stop listening and in fact did not I also wanted the book to last longer so as there could be more sittings.

    Any additional comments?

    while I would recommend this book I would also recommend reading both the lost fleet books and tarnished knight first.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • March to the Stars: Prince Roger Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By David Weber, John Ringo
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This third edition to the Prince Roger Series takes the Bronze Barbarians across the Eastern Ocean of Marduk, facing giant sea monsters, pirates, and the barbarian nations that dwell on the other side. Their destination is a spaceport held by humans of questionable loyalties. As Roger comes nearer to making his way home, he learns that his attempted assassination was part of a larger plot. Not all is as it seems on Earth or on Marduk.

    L. says: "FINALLY, The Whole Series"
    "good story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of March to the Stars to be better than the print version?

    I think that the audio format may have been better

    What was one of the most memorable moments of March to the Stars?

    I think the most memorable moment of the book was when roger was able to shock everyone by saying the he had not been the first one to jump to to the other ship

    Which scene was your favorite?

    my favorite scene was when A high priestess of satin explained how her originally catholic home world ended of with satanism as the planetary religion and how different it is from what anyone reading the book would have thought of as satanism

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

    I found the death scene at the end of the book to be quite sad.

    Any additional comments?

    The only thing that really disappointed me about the book was that for the last two books and most of this one they were working up to the assault on the star port and then when it came it was over in minutes and I while I don't remember for cretin there may not even have been a single shot fired.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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