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C. Carlson

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Fargo, ND | Member Since 2007

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  • The First Confessor: The Legend of Magda Searus

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Kellie Fitzgerald
    Overall
    (997)
    Performance
    (918)
    Story
    (919)

    In the time before the Confessors, when the world is a dark and dangerous place, where treason and treachery are the rule of the day, comes one heroic woman, Magda Searus, who has just lost her husband and her way in life.

    Kurt says: "Hold on, we are going for a wild ride"
    "The narrator was terrible!"
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    The story itself is good--i have not listened to any others of the Sword of Truth, only read them in book form, and I wish I had done that with this book.

    The narrator was awful--she sounded like a GPS recording--where the voice is compiled of all the phonetic sounds without any inflection. It was distracting, and although there were many questions answered about the back story to SoT, I found my mind wandering because she was so monotone. It seemed to get better towards the end (or I got used to it), but i kept thinking how disappointed I was that Mr. Goodkind purposely selected this narrator and that the book was released with his approval.

    The editing was awful as well, as other reviewers have said--I would get confused listening to the words being repeated.

    Again, good book, lots of background, but awful recording. I hope they re-edit it and improve it!

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Red Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Victoria Aveyard
    • Narrated By Amanda Dolan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (814)
    Performance
    (702)
    Story
    (706)

    Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood--those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own--an ability she didn't know she had.

    Paula M. Sylvie says: "good!"
    "wow."
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    this was much better than I thought it would be. I started out drawing parallels to "The Selection" (hey, both main characters had the same name!) but it was much more complex and mature. The characters were multidimensional and the plot is not a straight line, creating a realistic and extremely fascinating world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Charmed Sphere: Lost Continent, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated By Melissa Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    Once Chime had been the most promising mage in the land, feted and celebrated for her potential and future role in the kingdom. Then Iris, her young competitor, made a stunning leap in skill and turned Chime's world upside down. Now no longer the most powerful, no longer promised to a prince - and still unable to harness her magic properly - Chime was set adrift. As was the new king's cousin - and former heir - Lord Muller.

    Pam says: "Magic of geometry"
    "Narrator doesn't fit, story line is juvenile"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Catherine Asaro and/or Melissa Hughes?

    This is a story about a young girl and the narrator sounds like she's sixty, with a raspy voice that does not fit the character. The editing was also horrible, with a change in point of view between one sentence and the next, but no pause in the reading--I got confused a few times as to which storyline i was following.

    This story line was very contrived, the main characters don't want to do things (like marry each other) and change their mind without any explanation. There isn't much depth, the female character has a revelation after being in the castle for a year that there are other countries outside hers that threaten hers, and maybe part of being queen is having to protect her country from threats.

    I'm not going to finish the book, I gave up 2 hours in.


    What didn’t you like about Melissa Hughes’s performance?

    Her voice is too old for the character, she shouldn't be reading young adult fiction.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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