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Ryuhi

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  • 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
    (1408)
    Performance
    (1284)
    Story
    (1304)

    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"
    "A terrible choice of narrator"
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    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Sticking with Joshua Swanson, who did a great job with all three previous books, or if impossible, Jesse Bernstein from the Percy Jackson books, or pretty much ANY other narrator.


    How could the performance have been better?

    By being in any sense a performance, this was flat and lifeless from the start and a very bad surprise as I preordered it without paying attention to whether they switched narrators...


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

    It is with all likelihood the continuation of a very enjoyable series, in written form or with a different narator.


    Any additional comments?

    Please, this is a best-seller series, DON'T ruin it with bad narration.
    I would gladly buy this book if they released it with a better narrator, but this way, I will have to return it right now and pick up the ebook version instead.

    41 of 41 people found this review helpful
  • The Blue Moon Cafe

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rick R. Reed
    • Narrated By Topher Samuels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    Someone - or something - is killing Seattle's gay men. A creature moves through the darkest night, lit only by the full moon, taking them, one by one, from the rain city's gay gathering areas. Someone - or something - is falling in love with Thad Matthews. Against a backdrop of horror and fear, young Thad finds his first true love in the most unlikely of places - a new Italian restaurant called The Blue Moon Cafe. Sam is everything Thad has ever dreamed of in a man: compassionate, giving, handsome, and with brown eyes Thad feels he could sink into.

    kelvin phoenix says: "Howling good"
    "A bit too "normal gay""
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Rick R. Reed and/or Topher Samuels?

    I would give both a try, Topher Samuels is in the middle ground of narrators, he does not excel but his voice does not grate on the ears like some readers alas do.
    Rick R. Reed builds most of his ensemble iut of the typicsl gay party goer and bar scene, well, personally, I have more a thing for larger than life characters or plots and am not to much into bears...


    Did Topher Samuels do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Hmh, it was okay, though his Italian pronounciation seemed a bit off to me, unless he was deliberately trying for a Sicilian accent (I don't know how that would sound, but I dare to think it is mostly just the English/American trouble with foreign languages).


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Hah, well, it might actually do okay as a movie, so, why not?


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the book mostly suffers from being a bit too ordinary, if you seek something big and epic with paranormal elements, this is not it.
    The story most likely would have worked well without the werewolf plot, just replacing it with a normal serial killer.
    I felt the whole thing suffered a bit under too little detail and attention being put into things, the characters don't really manage to create true sympathy for them...

    It is not a bad story just, not a good one either, and its likely biggest asset, being a paranormal story that is gay and not m/m did not really catch me and I am gay myself...
    All in all, I really prefer the quirkier, less realistic, dramatic and over the top m/m stories to this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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