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  • Spellbound: Book II of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3830)
    Performance
    (3569)
    Story
    (3566)

    Dark fantasy goes hardboiled in Book II of the hard-hitting Grimnoir Chronicles by the New York Times best-selling creator of Monster Hunter International. The Grimnoir Society’s mission is to protect people with magic, and they’ve done so—successfully and in secret—since the mysterious arrival of the Power in the 1850s, but when a magical assassin makes an attempt on the life of President Franklin Roosevelt, the crime is pinned on the Grimnoir.

    Paulette says: "Spellbound is Pure Magic"
    "Terrific followup...can't wait for more."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd definitely recommend it. It's a very original story with lots of fascinating characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The two main characters of Jake and Faye...the most well-developed and complex characters. Good amount of humor thrown into each of their personalities.


    What does Bronson Pinchot bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Bronson Pinchot does an amazing job of giving each character his/her own unique voice. One thing I noticed between this book and the previous one ("Hard Magic") was that several of the character voices changed. Jane and Lance both changed significantly from an eastern european accent for Jane and a sort of midwestern accent for Lance in the first book to a midwestern accent for Jane and a country drawl for Lance in this book.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (6671)
    Performance
    (4637)
    Story
    (4617)

    All is not well in Margrave, Georgia. The sleepy, forgotten town hasn't seen a crime in decades, but within the span of three days it witnesses events that leave everyone stunned. An unidentified man is found beaten and shot to death on a lonely country road.

    Ed says: "Comic book tough guy"
    "Good story...with one major flaw."
    Overall

    Killing Floor got me hooked on the Reacher series; but after a second listening following completion of the entire series, I noticed Reacher as a person was a bit different from later books. Later books give us a more 'hardline' Reacher, one who is quite a more stoic and analytical. The first Reacher spends a half hour singing blues songs while on surveillance and dreaming about settling down with one of the main characters.

    Overall a good story and the plot is interesting enough and the villains devious enough to keep me interested even after the second go-round. My biggest problem is the inaccuracies in geography. While I forgive the made up town of Margrave and its location on the map, the completely false and inaccurate layout and description of the Atlanta Airport - a key scene in pushing Reacher "over the edge" emotionally - really bugs me. It IS, after all, the "busiest airport in the world", so it's hard for me to believe that the author was completely unaware of the layout of ATL. What Child described just doesn't exist and as creative as the guy is, he surely could have devised a way for the same event to happen in a more realistic setting. From what I have seen, Child takes great pains to do research on weaponry since Reacher is from a military background. Why not do just a little BASIC research into a major landmark, one that tens of millions of folks have to navigate every year. I'm fine with fabricating a small town, not fine with completely reinventing a place that probably 90% of the readers of the book have had some first-hand experience with.

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