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Kirkland, WA, United States | Member Since 2014

  • 4 reviews
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  • 244 titles in library
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  • The Merchant of Death: Pendragon, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By D. J. MacHale
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Bobby Pendragon is a seemingly normal 14-year-old boy. He has a family, a home, and even Marley, his beloved dog. But there is something very special about Bobby: he is going to save the world.

    And not just Earth as we know it. Bobby is slowly starting to realize that life in the cosmos isn't quite what he thought it was. And before he can object, he is swept off to an alternate dimension known as Denduron, a territory inhabited by strange beings, ruled by a magical tyrant, and plagued by dangerous revolution.

    Bronwyn says: "The Merchant of Death (Unabridged"
    "Interesting story, but the writing is annoying"
    What did you like best about The Merchant of Death? What did you like least?

    I found this to be an interesting story line, and reasonably well developed. I am interested in how the series turns out. Unfortunately, the main character tends to go on and ramble far too much about analogies, and past experiences. In the middle of an exciting time in the story he will take 10 minutes to relate something back to an earlier childhood experience. I was often left with the feeling "when will he just get on with the story"I liked the performance for the most part, but my wife thought the narrator had problems with women's voices and he made them very breathy.

    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Less rambling narrative by Bobby.

    Did William Dufris do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, but the women were a little unrealistic in their breathy voices.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition), The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Five years after the Death Star was destroyed and Darth Vader and the Emperor were defeated, the galaxy is struggling to heal the wounds of war, Princess Leia and Han Solo are married and expecting twins, and Luke Skywalker has become the first in a long-awaited line of new Jedi Knights. But thousands of light-years away, the last of the Emperor’s warlords - the brilliant and deadly Grand Admiral Thrawn - has taken command of the shattered Imperial fleet, readied it for war, and pointed it at the fragile heart of the New Republic....

    Ryan says: "It's about time!"
    "Entertaining story, but over-acted"
    What did you love best about Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition)?

    The plot to the story is pretty good. There are some situations that seem out of character for the characters, but overall generally consistent with the series, and the original stories.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Mara Jade is definitely over-acted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Polgara the Sorceress

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Eddings, Leigh Eddings
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman

    Best-selling authors David and Leigh Eddings welcome readers back to the time before The Belgariad and The Malloreon series. Join them as they chronicle that fateful conflict between two mortally opposed Destinies, in a monumental war of men and kings and Gods.

    Steven says: "Good Story, Poor Narrator"
    "The Story keeps changing, and so do the names."
    Would you try another book from David Eddings and Leigh Eddings and/or Dina Pearlman?

    Yes, the the basic story line is very interesting. However, in this book, Polgara is extremely self-centered and egotistical. It's much more than the banter shared between Polgara and Belgarath in the other stories. The character admits to the behavior in her auto-biography, but shows no remorse or regret for it.

    Has Polgara the Sorceress turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, the book is just a bad book for the genre

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    They chose a female narrator since much of the book is in the first person voice of Polgara. However her pronunciation is off on many key words. Not only off of how I have pronounced them for years, but totally off from the narrator of the other novels. It sounds like a different world, with some words almost unrecognizeable. The emphasis is on the wrong syllable.

    If you are narrating a book in a series or a world, narrated by another narrator, you need to listen to a couple of the other books to understand the characters and pronunciation. Adding your own style is disruptive and distracting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Inheritance: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Not so very long ago, Eragon - Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider - was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders. months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can.

    Robert says: "All the reviews had me worried for nothing!"
    "Still trying to write like a writer."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I was overall pleased with the story line in spite of the predictability and reuse of other themes. The narrator did a very good job with memorable voices and inflections. But I was disappointed in what seemed like a continued attempt to look like a polished writer by someone that didn't know what they were doing.

    Occasionally obscure words were thrown in just to show he has a dictionary and a thesaurus and knows how to use them. What he thought was a plot twist at the end of the novel (based on an interview he gave at the end) was telegraphed from very early on in the story, and you kept hoping he might find a different ending. But he didn't and he thought it was a surprise.

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

    Gerard Doyle brings life to this story with believable voices for characters in many races.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    A little disappointed.

    Any additional comments?

    That said, if he writes any more in this universe, I will probably check it out. Hopefully he will have improved as a writer by then.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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