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Andrew

PALMYRA, VA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 6 reviews
  • 13 ratings
  • 113 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Sean Williams
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (375)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (199)

    As ruthless apprentice to Darth Vader, Starkiller was mercilessly schooled in the ways of the dark side, commanded to exterminate the last of the purged Jedi Order, and groomed for the ultimate Sith power play: assassination of the Emperor. He served without question, killed without remorse, and lost his heart without warning to beautiful Imperial fighter pilot Juno Eclipse, never suspecting that he was just a tool in the schemes of his masters - until it was too late to escape their lethal betrayal.

    Kerk Korpil says: "A weak story"
    "Slow"
    Overall

    For some reason I didn't like this book as much as I've liked the "Fatal Alliance".

    0 of 2 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25585)
    Performance
    (19430)
    Story
    (19499)

    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"
    "Very very slow..."
    Overall

    I went by all these nice reviews, compared to the "Eye of the World" but decided to get this one. I wish I hadn't. Comparing to "The Mistborn" series this book is so slow, I couldn't bare myself but to stop listening to it at around chapter 40. Either I am not old enough (37) or I just don't like the book's pace. I didn't like the narrator too much either. He only has couple of voices and everyone sounds like they are in their late 50s.

    I like Mark Thompson most of all at this point after listening to about 12 different books since I started with audible 6 months ago. He does multiple voices very well, has a great pronounciation and when he reads you don't hear that his mouth is watering like Roy's does sometimes and like George Guidall's did in "American Assassin", but at least I was able to get immersed into the story. "Game of Thrones", its just very slow for me.

    A lot of out of place chatter, characters just talk about nothing, plot is unveiling very slowly, almost seemlessly, close to impossible to "lose yourself" while listening, which is important for me to be able to keep my interest.

    I think I need to listen more carefully to the samples before I spend my point next time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8332)
    Performance
    (5777)
    Story
    (5813)

    For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

    Aaron Brown says: "Unique Magic system, good plot twists."
    "What an awesome book."
    Overall

    I've listened through about 12 books and this one is so far the best. I loved every moment of it. If you like fantasy - this is one of the best books I've listened to so far. Even LOTR didn't capture my interest as much as Mistborn. I will definitely continue buying the Mistborn series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi (Dramatized)

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Tom Veitch
    • Narrated By Peter Larkin, David Scott Gordon, Skip Lackey, and others
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    Follow the adventures of Ulic Qel-Droma and Nomi Sunrider, young Jedi Knights drawn into battle against the dark side: a battle that may decide the fate of the planet and the galaxy!

    Will says: "Great Dramatized book."
    "Great but short"
    Overall

    I love the Old Republic Era Star Wars tales. Unfortunately there are only few available in audio version. Its a great listen definitely. I loved it and looking forward to listen to Dark Lords of the Sith.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5427)
    Performance
    (2928)
    Story
    (2937)

    Before he was considered a CIA superagent, before he was thought of as a terrorists worst nightmare, and before he was both loathed and admired by the politicians on Capitol Hill, Mitch Rapp was a gifted college athlete without a care in the world . . . and then tragedy struck.

    Lesley says: "Flynn never disappoints"
    "Good book but..."
    Overall

    I couldn't help to notice that hosts mouth was watering a lot. I mean he is reading the text, emotional and all but a lot of times I've had a feeling like he has mouth full of salaiva and he really needed to swallow before reading again... It pulled my attention a lot off of the story. Sometimes I got really into the story but now and again it almost sounded like George was spraying salaiva while reading... I couldn't get over it. Book otherwise is really interesting. I suggest to take a listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sean Williams
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    Overall
    (1318)
    Performance
    (994)
    Story
    (993)

    Tassaa Bareesh, a matriarch in the Hutt crime cartel, is holding an auction that’s drawing attention from across the galaxy. Representatives of both the Republic and the Sith Empire are present, along with a Jedi Padawan sent to investigate, a disenfranchised trooper drummed out of the Republic’s elite Blackstar Squad, and a mysterious Mandalorian with a private agenda.

    Karen says: "Unexpected and Enjoyable"
    "Slow but better than a book"
    Overall

    I bought a book and couldn't read it so slow it was. Then I bought audio-book and already on chapter 11. This is definitely one of the slow ones and I bet I wouldn't ever finish it by just reading the book. There is a lot of characters in this book and everyone is going after this sindzia. And the author gives a bit of story and biography of every character. I think that its a bit boring-slow for me because book has so many characters and only few of them stand out - Jedi, his companion and the Sith.

    Its a great audible book and I am glad its unabridged. But there are so many character that narrator fails to differentiate some of them sometimes. Marc Thompson is definitely doing great job, but I'd rather prefer a woman voicing over female characters.

    Because the story is pretty slow I give this 4 stars. Other than that everything is great. All the background sounds, blaster fire and lightsaber sounds are all great and fitting. And Dramatization is pretty good as well. Marc's "thousands voices" really does a great job here differentiating male characters, but as I've said already I wish there was a woman behind female characters.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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