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Jaqen Hgar

United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 5 reviews
  • 56 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 31 purchased in 2014
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  • Too Many Curses

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By A. Lee Martinez
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (115)

    The wizard Margle the Horrendous takes special pride in never killing his enemies. Instead, he transforms them into various accursed forms and locks them away in his castle. It's Nessy's duty to tend this castle. Its a lot of work, but she manages, taking pride in housekeeping talents that keep the castle from collapsing into chaos. But when Margle suddenly dies, everything begins to unravel.

    Kat says: "Delightful!"
    "Good story, bad narrator."
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    Any additional comments?

    The story was pretty good, but not one of Martinez's best. I agree with the reviewer that said this may fly better with the YA crowd. The narration was hard to listen to. It made me feel like I was a 6 year old getting read a story at bedtime.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • House of Chains: Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Steven Erikson
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (239)

    In Northern Genabackis, a raiding party of savage tribal warriors descends from the mountains into the southern flatlands. Their intention is to wreak havoc amongst the despised lowlanders, but for the one named Karsa Orlong, it marks the beginning of what will prove to be an extraordinary destiny.

    Armand says: "Write Brilliance Audio to get Ralph Lister back!"
    "Write Brilliance Audio to get Ralph Lister back!"
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    This book made me realize how spoiled I was by Ralph Lister with the first three books. Love this series so far but handing narration duties over to Michael Page was a big mistake. I'm not saying that Michael Page is a bad narrator, he does a wonderful job with the Locke Lamora series by Scott Lynch, he just is not the right guy for this series. They had the right guy, he read the first three books. Maybe it was a scheduling issue, but on the Brilliance Audio website it has Michael Page listed as the reader for the rest of the books in the series. Hopefully they come to their senses and switch back to Ralph Lister, if not I will probably be reading the rest of the series in print.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11554)
    Performance
    (10055)
    Story
    (10093)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Ryan says: "Enjoyable, but a lot of setup"
    "Roy: horrible at women's voices, but great at men."
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    Ok, first off I like Roy Dotrice, he is very good with the male characters in this series. The women on the other hand are horrible and inconsistent unless it is a washer woman or old servant. He has changed Dany's voice from a normal, slightly softer voice to this old lady commoner voice and now Melisandre has gone from a husky, smokey cool voice to a high pitched accented voice. This sucks. You would think someone involved with the production would have pointed out to him that the voices were completely different in the preceding books. The reader should of at least listened to his prior readings (Maybe 11 years made him completely forget the series). Who is running the show over there at random house audio. Please call Steven Pacey for the rest of the series

    85 of 96 people found this review helpful
  • The Silver Spike: Chronicles of the Black Company, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Glen Cook
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (151)

    Defeated by the Lady and cast from this world, all that was left of him was a foul trace of lingering evil. But the graveyard that was once the Barrowland contains more secrets than dead. All who would possess the power of the Dominator are drawn to the spike. A foolhardy band of thieves is the first to reach it, and a rapacious and malign spirit is unleashed on an unwary world. The forces gather, sides are drawn, and mortal men can only die as the Dark Lords battle for domination.

    Armand says: "Very Enjoyable"
    "Very Enjoyable"
    Overall

    I just downloaded all the Glen Cook novels and am loving them. I'm a huge George RR Martin fan so I like the grittier side of fantasy. Jonathan Davis does a awesome job reading this one, even though Marc V., who read the first three was good, I just like Davis better, wish he read them all (especially the Rachel Butera fiasco).

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Dreams of Steel: Chronicles of the Black Company, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Glen Cook
    • Narrated By Rachel Butera
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (144)

    Croaker has fallen and, following the Company's disastrous defeat at Dejagore, Lady is one of the few survivors--determined to avenge the Company and herself against the Shadowmasters, no matter what the cost. But in assembling a new fighting force from the dregs and rabble of Taglios, she finds herself offered help by a mysterious, ancient cult of murder--competent, reliable, and apparently committed to her goals.

    Nick Olah says: "The book gets 4 Stars, the interpretation a 2"
    "Much better at Wack Pack impressions"
    Overall

    Very good book, but the reader was a poor choice. She would do much better with something like the Sookie Stackhouse books or other young girl fantasy. I must give her props for a spot on Underdog Lady and Little Lupe impression. I see OJ and he is scared. Bababooie to you all.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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