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Kevin

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  • Downbelow Station

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Brian Troxell
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (105)

    Pell's Station, orbiting the alien world simply called Downbelow, had always managed to remain neutral in the ever escalating conflict between The Company, whose fleets from Earth had colonized space, and its increasingly independent and rebellious colony worlds. But Pell's location - - on the outer edge of Earth's defensive perimeter - makes her the focal point in the titanic battle of colony worlds fighting for independence.

    K. Krieger says: "Narrator kills that book"
    "Mallory, forever lost?"
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    Would you try another book from C. J. Cherryh and/or Brian Troxell?

    I love Cherryh's Known Space series and will buy any of them in Audible, except if Troxell is involved. His murdering of the female characters is akin to what Highlander 2 did to Highlander! Have I lost Mallory? At the moment I believe so. The sad part is I liked his overall style, but nearly choked when he turned on that strange teenage girl voice for Mallory.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Downbelow Station?

    Too many to mention, the book is a masterpiece.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Brian Troxell’s performances?

    Only if all the characters are male.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read Downbellow station many times, and am amazed at C.J's skill at creating a timeless masterpiece.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Warbound: Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2668)
    Performance
    (2500)
    Story
    (2493)

    Only a handful of people in the world know that mankind's magic comes from a living creature, and it is a refugee from another universe. The Power showed up here in the 1850s because it was running from something. Now it is 1933, and the Power's hiding place has been discovered by a killer. It is a predator that eats magic and leaves destroyed worlds in its wake. Earth is next. Former private eye Jake Sullivan knows the score. The problem is, hardly anyone believes him.

    D says: "Started Strong-Finished Strong"
    "A worthy end"
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    Would you listen to Warbound again? Why?

    Yes, in a few months. I think it was not as good as the first two, but it was as good in being part of the whole. I dreaded finishing it as I wanted to savoir it for longer. You care about the characters and that is the sign of a good author.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It brought the story to an end. The characters. The final scene.


    What about Bronson Pinchot’s performance did you like?

    He is as good as ever. Like watching a movie.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Oddly I cried (joining Lord of the Rings at the scene of Eowyn protecting the dyingin king).


    Any additional comments?

    I am impressed with the authors magic, the characters, the ability of the author to add randomness. The amazing ability of the narrator. I find it hard to find the incentive to watch a movie after listening to the combination of this author and the narrator.

    The dialog is also excellent in the sense of sounding conversational.

    I laughed, I cried and I enjoyed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (5265)
    Performance
    (4763)
    Story
    (4776)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "Captivating with a new standard of narration"
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    What did you love best about Hard Magic?

    Characters, plot, narration, alternative history. Likeable characters (and the not so), excellent plot around magic and the alternative history.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hard Magic?

    Hmm, to many.


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

    Bronson Pinchot sets the new standard for me. He is excellent, the accents, different voice for each character. Other male narrators need to listen to how he does women. Amazing.


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

    The audible is better than any movie.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended for magic in the 20th Century. Likeable characters, excellent alternative reality, great magic system. The third part is in print later in the year, but with Bronson's superb narration I may have to wait for the Audible release (or if I read the print I will certainly also grab the audible).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Andromeda's Fall: A Novel of the Legion of the Damned

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By William C. Dietz
    • Narrated By Isabelle Gordon
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (60)

    All her life, Lady Catherine Carletto (called Cat) has lived for nothing but the next party, the next lover, the next expensive toy. Until, in a bloodthirsty power grab, Imperial Princess Ophelia and her cadre of synth assassins murder her brother the emperor, and go on to purge the galaxy of his friends and supporters - including Cat’s family. The Carlettos are known to be staunch supporters of the Emperor and Carletto Industries has been in the forefront of his pet project - developing cybernetic technology for the masses.

    Tracey says: "Fun read but not one of Dietz's best"
    "21st Century"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Sought of, I kept listening, but had a nagging about the universe. The plot seemed worthwhile, but the environment seemed to be a 21st Century transplanted into the 27th (?). Technology seemed old, the "walkers" seemed liked Humvees. The assault rifles like M-16s. I felt it went a bit fast, maybe the author should have let a year or two go buy to forge the loyalties...


    Would you be willing to try another book from William C. Dietz? Why or why not?

    I doubt.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Isabelle Gordon?

    Yes. But in this particular read she was rather monotone with regards to emotion of the main character.


    Could you see Andromeda's Fall being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I felt the "love interest" was a bit gratuitous. Tech seemed 20th/21st Century. Aliens were too human for my liking. At times it felt like cut-scenes glued together. Maybe I am being a bit harsh here, but it did feel like it lacked a SF element. This was my first book from Dietz, and will probably head back to authors who spend more time on character building.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Company: Chronicles of The Black Company, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Glen Cook
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1115)
    Performance
    (775)
    Story
    (778)

    Some feel the Lady, newly risen from centuries in thrall, stands between humankind and evil. Some feel she is evil itself. The hardbitten men of the Black Company take their pay and do what they must, burying their doubts with their dead - until the prophesy: The White Rose has been reborn, somewhere, to embody good once more. There must be a way for the Black Company to find her....

    Peter says: "Great Story, Narrator Takes Getting Used To"
    "Light dark fantasy with the perfect narration"
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    Would you listen to The Black Company again? Why?

    Yes. I read the book a few years ago and enjoyed the light (weight) dark fantasy. Was thinking of reading it again and bought the audible instead. A wise choice. The narration gives it a whole new life, and Cook's work seems made for narration. Marc Vietor does a perfect Croaker. Will certainly be giving it a listen again in a year.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Black Company?

    Most memorable? I think its the friendships within the company which no one ever owns up to.


    What about Marc Vietor’s performance did you like?

    Vietor's narration is perfect. The narration never feels like narration, Vietor draws you in and you soon forget its a narration.


    Any additional comments?

    I think Ericson called Cook the father of modern fantasy (maybe Tolkien being the kind old grandfather). Cook is like Ericson without the infinite complexity, that is why I call it light, you can listen to it without the immense plot trees and have no fear its not just a plotless LOST. Memorable characters in a character driven story.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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