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Sean

Vancouver, BC, Canada | Member Since 2010

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  • Halo: Evolutions

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Tobias Buckell, Kevin Grace, Jonathan Goff, and others
    • Narrated By Steve Downes, Holter Graham, Jen Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (217)

    When humanity expanded beyond the safety of Earth to new stars and horizons, they never dreamed what dangers they would encounter there. When the alien juggernaut known as the Covenant declared holy war upon the fragile human empire, millions of lives were lost - but, millions of heroes rose to the challenge. In such a far-reaching conflict, not many of the stories of these heroes, both human and alien, have a chance to become legend.

    Sean says: "Remember Reach"
    "Remember Reach"
    Overall

    Good stories. Good narration. There was only one that I didn't like. You'll know when you hear it because it's a story where the Spartans act completely out of character to help out some aliens when they totally just would have killed them in the beginning. The rest is great. We get to learn more about Cortana's ordeal on High Charity and a little more back-story of Masterchief. I would recommend this to anyone who likes science fiction, even if they've never played the games.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Bites: Kate Daniels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2097)
    Performance
    (1333)
    Story
    (1349)

    Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren't for the magic. When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose, leaving all kinds of paranormal problems in its wake.

    Sara says: "Pure Steel!"
    "Ugh"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Dumb teenagers.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Probably A Song of Ice and Fire again.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Renée Raudman’s performances?

    Nope.


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

    Why the hell did I get this?


    Any additional comments?

    It's dumb. I dunno. Some people might like it but I sure didn't.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Infection

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Craig DiLouie
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    Overall
    (466)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (333)

    Five ordinary people must pay the price of survival at the end of the world. A mysterious virus suddenly strikes down millions. Three days later, its victims awake with a single purpose: spread the Infection. As the world lurches toward the apocalypse, some of the Infected continue to change, transforming into horrific monsters.

    wayne says: "worst narrator, I've heard so far"
    "Not much new for the genre"
    Overall

    Borrows heavily from Left 4 Dead and 28 Days Later. Doesn't offer a lot of originality but it has some cool bits. I found myself unable to get too attached to the characters. If you got a free credit you could do a lot worse... though I would recommend Max Brooks' World War Z over this one.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (25032)
    Performance
    (18926)
    Story
    (18987)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "A Game of Awesome"
    Overall

    Totally worth it. George R.R. Martin and Joe Abercrombie are the two best fantasy writers around today.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Blade Itself: The First Law: Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (3843)
    Performance
    (2780)
    Story
    (2795)

    Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

    Steven says: "Steven Pacey is magnificient."
    "Just get it"
    Overall

    This series has some of the most memorable and likable characters. Great narration, great story to boot. Just get it. It's my new favourite fantasy series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Hunt: Book Two of The Wheel Of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6360)
    Performance
    (3600)
    Story
    (3624)

    The Wheel of Time turns and ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the age that gave it birth returns again. For centuries, gleemen have told the tales of The Great Hunt of the Horn. So many tales about each of the Hunters, and so many Hunters to tell of. Now, the Horn itself is found: the Horn of Valere long thought only legend, the Horn which will raise the dead heroes of the ages.

    Tony Deleeuw says: "Great Series, Great Readers"
    "It gets worse"
    Overall

    I seriously don't understand what the fuss is about. So many reviews saying the series is 'Masterful' or 'Incredible'. It is not. Non of these characters are interesting or likable and non of the places they journey to are original or exciting. Eye of the World was mediocre at best, but I thought maybe the series would get better with The Great Hunt. It doesn't. It gets worse.

    Now, I've read my fair share of bad epic fantasy and this is by no means the worst, but I can't let pass how dull the characters are or how little I care for them. Non of them have any of the strong personalities that George RR Martin instilled in Song of Ice and Fire or Joe Abercrombie did in The First Law Trilogy. Those were memorable characters. The ones in Wheel of Time are all so lifeless and boring that I gave up caring about their stupid problems about half-way through.

    Spend your credits or money on something else. Robert Jordan is way over-rated.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (9068)
    Performance
    (5130)
    Story
    (5174)

    When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

    Greg says: "This Series Rocks"
    "Kind of meh"
    Overall

    It's alright. Parallels Lord of the Rings in a lot of obvious ways, though some cool characters and ideas make it passable. Narration is also good.

    Has the feel of your standard fantasy novel. Some reluctant hero who is the chosen one has to go on some crazy adventure with his buddies to save the world. Not sure if I'll get through the whole series. Just started on the second one. A lot of people are really into this series, and I can see why, but it just didn't hook me like I had hoped.
    If you're looking for more hilarious/awesome fantasy readings I would recommend Joe Abercrombie's First Law series (so good). As far as fantasy goes you could do a lot worse than The Eye of the World.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Afghan Campaign

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Steven Pressfield
    • Narrated By James Langton
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    In words that might have been ripped from today's combat dispatches, Steven Pressfield, the best-selling novelist of ancient warfare, returns with a riveting historical novel that re-creates Alexander the Great's invasion of the Afghan kingdoms in 330 B.C., a campaign that eerily foreshadows the tactics, terrors, and frustrations of contemporary conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    H. Connelly says: "Another Outstanding Story"
    "The Afghan Campaign"
    Overall

    I read The Afghan Campaign back in 2007 and still, to this day, is my favourite book. Though the audio book leaves out a few things here and there I still found it enjoyable and would recommend it to anyone interested in the subject, as it is eerily applicable to the experiences of the British, Soviets and now the United States.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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