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  • 9 reviews
  • 55 ratings
  • 792 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2015

  • Storm Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck

    As a glassmaker and a magician-in-training, Opal Cowen understands trial by fire. Now it's time to test her mettle. Someone has sabotaged the Stormdancer clan's glass orbs, killing their most powerful magicians. The Stormdancers--particularly the mysterious and mercurial Kade--require Opal's unique talents to prevent it happening again. But when the mission goes awry, Opal must tap in to a new kind of magic as stunningly potent as it is frightening.

    Amazon Customer says: "Interesting character, no Gabra"
    "Interesting character, no Gabra"

    I thoroughly enjoyed the previous series, and really looked forward to listening to this one. I was intrigued by the story and the author does a good job with making the story original (albeit a tad slow) while remaining grounded in the interesting world created in the previous series. The most significant negative is the narration.
    The narrator isn't bad, she just has an impossible act to follow. Gabra Zackman took a good story and made it great, this lady takes a good story and leaves it more or less on the same level. Annoying things like the way she pronounces names and events from the previous series add to the disconnect between the series.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Shard Knight: Echoes Across Time, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Matthew Ballard
    • Narrated By Greg Tremblay

    Prince Ronan Latimer emerges from the Tournament of Knights as its youngest champion in five hundred years. A champion who's earned the right to absorb ancient Meranthian battle magic. Battle magic that places him among the ranks of an elite group of men and women dedicated to preserving Meranthian culture and upholding its law. But what should be a time of celebration ends in horror as Ronan's mother, Queen Arianne, falls victim to an assassination plot. Ronan's thirst for revenge threatens to destroy the life of his only friend and leave the kingdom in shambles.

    Allison A Taisey says: "Brought me back in time"
    "OK story, horrible narration"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The story isn't too bad for youth fiction, especially if this is his first attempt. Given that audience, I'm surprised he included a sex scene in the book. I'd get really frustrated by the characters and then the author would sneak in something interesting to make me hold on.

    What really ruined it was the narration. Random pauses, horrible accents, overly dramatic readings of perfectly normal scenes- in just about every way this guy ruined the book for me.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    See above. I'll not get another book this guy narrates.

    Do you think Shard Knight needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. The story was fairly dramatic and had good closure. I think the author should try again but this time try and figure out who his target audience is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dragon Factory: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In The Dragon Factory, Ledger and his team from the Department of Military Sciences square off against two separate groups of corrupt scientists. The beautiful but twisted Jakoby Twins are creating transgenic monsters and genetically enhanced mercenaries for sale to the highest bidder. Their father, who takes evil to an entirely new level, is using cutting-edge science to complete the Nazi master-race program.

    David says: "And now for the kitchen sink...."
    "way to much evil, not enough of a story"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Honestly, I didn't finish the book. I got about 1/3 of the way through and gave up when I realized I was wading through more evil than could ever be redeemed with a decent story. The only reason that I got as far as I did was because the narrator was so good.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Gate: Mithermages, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Danny North knew from early childhood that his family was different - and that he was different from them. While his cousins were learning how to create the things that commoners called fairies, ghosts, golems, trolls, werewolves, and other such miracles that were the heritage of the North family, Danny worried that he would never show a talent, never form an "outself"....

    joshua says: "Card doing what he does best."
    What would have made The Lost Gate better?

    Orson Scott Card is a phenomenal author and even in this book his gifts are obvious. There is much to like about the story, the magic is intriguing, the two worlds are interesting and original. I felt, however, like I was looking at a series of Norman Rockwell type paintings but instead on focusing on what might have been endearing, they characterized the cheap, and tawdry side of humanity. I couldn't identify with or even like the hero - he had no moral compass but rather tried to create his own. There were several pointless vignettes that I felt were out of place in the story. Had this been written by someone else I'd have given it 3.5 stars but for a man of Card's talent, this was a dud in my book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Oath of Swords: War God, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Bahzell is no knight in shining armor, and besides he has too many problems of his own to be messing with anybody else's problems - let alone the War God's. Unfortunately, the War God has other ideas for him.

    breckoz says: "Almost Returned This One"
    "Very entertaining, impressive foray into fantasy"

    David Weber is a very talented story teller and this foray into fantasy is further proof. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I liked his characters, the feel of the world he created and the plot development. I found myself looking forward to time in the car just to finish the book.The narrator was excellent and made a good book even better.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Lonesome Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated By David Strathairn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Lonesome Gods is Louis L'Amour's biggest and most important historical novel to date, a sweeping adventure of the California frontier. Here is the fascinating story of Johannes Verne, a young man left to die by his vengeful grandfather, rescued by outlaws and raised in part by the Indians of the desert.

    Richard says: "Good Oater"
    "A 2 hour story squeezed into 14"

    I like L'Amour. I know the books are formulaic but they are fun reads about men with guts, a great work ethic and solid character. This book, however, rambles like a toddler in a nursery. The story has great bones, but the main character indulges in multiple identical soliloquies, spends %98 of the book growing up and amassing 4 significant enemies then manages to finish the entire story in 5 pages. It's like the author found out on page 400 that he wasn't being paid by the word any more.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Sentry: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Five years ago, Dru Rayne and her uncle fled from Louisiana to Los Angeles after Hurricane Katrina hit, but now they face a different kind of danger. A neighborhood protection gang savagely beats Dru’s uncle, but Pike witnesses it and offers his own brand of protection. Oddly enough, neither of them seems to want it — and neither do the federal agents mysteriously watching their storefront, men who appear quite willing to let the gang have its way.

    S. Harvey says: "Vintage Crais"
    "Robert Crass?"

    I've enjoyed the other Joe Pike novels, thought that they were cleverly written and that Joe's character was one I would follow for some time to come.

    However, this installment was just plain crass. Over the top language, cheap characters with cheap lives, and in many cases downright weird. I got about half-way through and chalked it up as a loss.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Robert E. Lee

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Roy Blount
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard

    Robert E. Lee was a brilliant general, a complex soul, and a Southerner to the core. Tapped by Abraham Lincoln to lead the Union Army in the Civil War, his Virginian roots led him to command the Confederates instead. A charismatic though reluctant leader, his military audacity and tactical genius were combined with a genuine and sorrowful solicitude for his men, as ragged and outnumbered as they were by the end of the war.

    Amazon Customer says: "Deconstructionism at its worst"
    "Deconstructionism at its worst"

    Blount attempts to come across as 'fair and balanced' yet does his very best to find anything and everything negative about this great American. He attempts to analyze Lee apart from understanding the faith that was integral to his character and, of course, fails miserably. Blount should stick to tabloids.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Midwinter

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Matthew Sturges
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau

    Mauritaine was a war hero, a Captain in the Seelie Army. Then he was accused of treason and sentenced to life without parole at Crere Sulace, a dark and ancient prison in the mountains, far from the City Emerald. But now the Seelie Queen - Regina Titania herself - has offered him one last chance to redeem himself, an opportunity to regain his freedom and his honor.

    Joslin says: "Enjoyable"
    "Poor writing / irritating narration"

    D&D plot, paper-thin characterization coupled by annoying, pedantic, inconsistent, unskilled, ill-timed, bland and generally distracting narration. The narrator is like a classical pianist trying to play cool jazz for the first time by reading sheet music.

    The story itself could have been tolerable and perhaps even worth listening to if someone else had read it.

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful

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