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Brian Rygaard Jensen

Toelloese, Denmark | Member Since 2013

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  • 17 reviews
  • 30 ratings
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  • Mindstar Rising: The Greg Mandel Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Toby Longworth
    Overall
    (1059)
    Performance
    (947)
    Story
    (946)

    It's the 21st century, and global warming is here to stay, so forget the way your country used to look. And get used to the free market, too – the companies possess all the best hardware, and they're calling the shots now. In a world like this, a man open to any offers can make out just fine. A man like Greg Mandel for instance, who's psi-boosted, wired into the latest sensory equipment, carrying state-of-the-art weaponry – and late of the English Army's Mindstar Battalion.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Portrait of a SciFi master as a novice"
    "A pretty standard story with a predictable plot"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    A lot of time was wasted listening to endless descriptions of the surroundings into minute detail. I found myself zoning out from boredom, and had to rewind a few times as something important was missed.

    The stereo types were just too much. It was like reading a short story from a womans magazine. The rich beautiful is evil to the bone, the hero is a rightous guy and the game between them and their alles is predictable. I like a book where there are grays and surprises. None here.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Peter F. Hamilton? Why or why not?

    Perhaps. This is my first, and even though the story was easy to see through, it was still entertaining.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrator was easy to understand. Sometimes when they have to portray a tough guy, he ends up sounding dumb as a door. I was left with that impression of the hero, even though he was quite smart.


    Was Mindstar Rising worth the listening time?

    I actually do not know. I would have listened to another more interesting story, but I still wanted to know how it ended.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret of Abdu El Yezdi: Burton & Swinburne, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Mark Hodder
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (161)

    Burton and Swinburne return in a new series! The Beast is coming. History will be remade. Since the assassination of Queen Victoria in 1840, a cabal of prominent men - including King George V, HRH Prince Albert, Benjamin Disraeli, and Isambard Kingdom Brunel - has received guidance from the afterlife. The spirit of a dead mystic, Abdu El Yezdi, has helped them to steer the empire into a period of unprecedented peace and creativity. But on the eve of a groundbreaking alliance with the newly formed Greater German Confederation, scientists, surgeons, and engineers are being abducted - including Brunel!

    carmen says: "The fourth in the series did not disappoint"
    "Amazing story & best narration so far"
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    Swinburne & Burton are an amazing team. It is quite impossible to tell why it is so special. The characters are predictable, but they are predictable in a sense where they become so special that it simply works.

    The entire setup is very cliche. The men smoke cigars and play billiard in one room while the women debate how to be the best housewife in the other...

    ... but the story behind each of these characters is just so deep and exiting that you are sucked into this wonderful universe. Mark Hodder has really done something special with the series, and even though it seemed impossible to continue the story after the last one he still did it.

    And Gerard Doyle is an amazing narrator. He can do all the voices so you "see" the characters right in front of you, their hope, despair. You feel their loves, pains and problems.

    How on earth Mark Hodder "invented" Swinburne I do not know, but he did, and I am grateful. My favorite character by far.

    My hat...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shattered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Christopher Ragland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    The acclaimed author Kevin Hearne returns with a brand new novel in his epic urban fantasy series starring the unforgettable Atticus O'Sullivan. For nearly two thousand years, there was only one Druid left walking the Earth - Atticus O'Sullivan, the Iron Druid, whose sharp wit and sharp sword kept him alive while pursued by a pantheon of hostile deities. Now he's got company. Atticus' apprentice, Granuaile, is finally a full Druid herself.

    Brian Rygaard Jensen says: "It is Atticus' story - not Granuaile's"
    "It is Atticus' story - not Granuaile's"
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    Really enjoyed the book, and the four stars are credited to the story of Atticus, Owen and Oberon. They are truly fun characters. It feels like Kevin Hearne has some real life characters he can look at when writing their stories. They are truly funny, and I like the addition of Atticus' arch druid. Owen Kennedy is brilliant in his simple approach to everything. Oberon is as always funny with his sausages, and his self proclaimed poodle addiction really made me laugh hard. They are worth listening to.

    That is not the case with Granuaile.

    Granuaile is boring. I do not get why she is there, and the story about her father quickly becomes a little annoying. The way her story is tied back into Atticus' story does not really give anything. She is a character that is needed for giving the reader background information.

    The real action comes with the three males of the story.

    Christopher Ragland is really really good as narrator. He can do all the voices excellent. Unfortunately there are a bit too many "lead" characters - three persons and two dogs.

    So next time more Atticus, Oberon and Owen. Less Granuaile and her dog.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man: Burton & Swinburne, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Mark Hodder
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    It is 1862, though not the 1862 it should be. Time has been altered, and Sir Richard Francis Burton, the king's agent, is one of the few people who know that the world is now careening along a very different course from that which Destiny intended. When a clockwork-powered man of brass is found abandoned in Trafalgar Square, Burton and his assistant, the wayward poet Algernon Swinburne, find themselves on the trail of the stolen Garnier Collection of black diamonds.

    Brian Rygaard Jensen says: "Book one surprised, book two astounds"
    "Book one surprised, book two astounds"
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    Would you listen to The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man again? Why?

    I will be listening to the story again. It is simply too good not to do just that.

    Characters are fantastic, narration is just brilliant.


    What other book might you compare The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man to and why?

    I have none. This series just stands out on its own.

    You are quickly enveloped in this mystirous universe, with all it's weird cotraptions, inventions, characters.

    The way Mark Hodder has used real people in a very different environment, and personalities just works wonders.


    What does Gerard Doyle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    When I heard book one I was like "Damn, this will not be good". But he is Unique in his narration, and is able to do all the characters without overdoing them.

    He brings depth, humour and makes the characters come alive. Especialle Swinburne is eminent.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Absolutely no clue.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Nemesis

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (3266)
    Performance
    (3015)
    Story
    (3024)

    Agent Franks of the U.S. Monster Control Bureau is a man of many parts - parts from other people, that is. Franks is nearly seven feet tall and all muscle. He's nearly indestructible. Plus he’s animated by a powerful alchemical substance and inhabited by a super-intelligent spirit more ancient than humanity itself. Good thing he’s on our side. More or less.

    Bruce Selzler says: "Another Winner"
    "I want Franks by my side when in a tough spot"
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    The story of the silent Franks is here, and what a story.

    First off the narration is just plain brilliant. There is not one character this narrator is not able to do so you just feel the character.

    The story never becomes boring, and if you have followed the other Monster Hunter books, there are quite a lot of surprises in this book. I will not reveal :-)

    We get to now Stricken better, we get to know Meyers better, and we get to know Franks and his story a whole lot better. As always lots of explosions, guns and all the other stuff that I find so cool about this series, but also a lot of character building.

    And as always I laughed quite a lot. It never takes itself too serious.

    Enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gabriel’s Ghost: The Dock Five Universe Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Linnea Sinclair
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (130)

    After a decade of piloting interstellar patrol ships, former captain Chasidah Bergren, onetime pride of the Sixth Fleet, finds herself court-martialed for a crime she didn't commit and shipped off to a remote prison planet from which no one ever escapes. But when she kills a brutal guard in an act of self-defense, someone even more dangerous emerges from the shadows. Gabriel Sullivan alpha mercenary, smuggler, and rogue is supposed to be dead.

    Paul says: "Gray Fuzzy Soft Laser Pulse Rifle"
    "Barbera Cartland in space - me in hell"
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    This is a "Barbera Cartland" story packed in scifi, and it fails miserably.

    The language used quickly becomes annoying with tons of repetition. She keeps repeating his full name, his obisidian eyes, and the Words hush and angel become so aggrevating that I zoned out. They are used repeatedly, along with other words.

    The way the author uses one Word form to describe a situation, i.e. "Warmth. Hope. Relief." just does not work. Instead the situation becomes shallow.

    The way they keep Falling in love, and split up is like an old Barbera Cartland novel. Some like it I know - I do not.

    I really liked Dina Perlman narrating Jane Carver, but here she ends up making the male hero sound condescending towards the lead person. But I do not think that anyone can do it better, as there is nothing to work with.

    The story is so black and white that it becomes ridiculous. It is a story best suited in a weekly magazine as a novel.

    I will not be listening to book 2.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Legion: Monster Hunter, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4381)
    Performance
    (4029)
    Story
    (4043)

    When hunters from around the world gather in Las Vegas for a conference, a creature left over from a World War Two weapons experiment wakes up and goes on a rampage across the desert. A not-so-friendly wager between the rival companies turns into a race to see who can bag the mysterious creature first. Only there is far more to this particular case than meets the eye, and as Hunters fall prey to their worst nightmares, Owen Zastava Pitt and the staff of Monster Hunter International have to stop an ancient god from turning Sin City into a literal hell on earth.

    Katherine says: "What happens in Vegas..."
    "Guns, explosions and a ton of fun"
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    What did you love best about Monster Hunter Legion?

    Owen Z. Pitt. He is just my kind of hero. If it moves shoot it, if it doesn't shoot it anyways.


    What other book might you compare Monster Hunter Legion to and why?

    Never heard anything like this book before.


    What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

    He is prob. the best narrator I have ever heard. He does every character perfect, from Owen, Julia and Tripp to Agent Franks and Management.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I saw sky, ground and sky again. Laughed really hard.


    Any additional comments?

    Just listen to it, read it, however you prefer it. You will have fun, be entertained and listen to an interesting story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • One Man's Initiation

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By John Dos Passos
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (515)
    Performance
    (444)
    Story
    (452)

    Springing from the author's first-hand experience as an ambulance driver and Red Cross worker during World War I, this autobiographical first novel is noteworthy for its vivid and colorful evocation of France at that time and for its passionate indictment of war. The author's disillusionment with war for a time turned him toward socialism and against capitalism.

    Sam Motes says: "A gem in the anti war genre."
    "I just never got it..."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would have to know the friends taste very well if I were to recommend it. I would not risk for them to blame me for getting them a book that would bore them.


    What could John Dos Passos have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It was just too shallow. I never got any feel for the characters, and I did not care what happened to them.


    What does Jeff Woodman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He gets the best out of the book. His way of doing the characters is very good. I felt that he really understood the book in its entirety and really knew how to perform it.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes - but not if I had read the book first. I love movie trailers, and the description of this book could have made a good trailer.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8149)
    Performance
    (7219)
    Story
    (7211)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Konstantin says: "Suprizingly entertaining"
    "Really surprising - in a good way"
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    Would you listen to Monster Hunter International again? Why?

    Indeed I would. The story is really good. I bought it for Audible on sale, as a "Ok I will have it as a waste of time" book. But, it was good... Really good.

    Enjoyed how the story develops. The book does not do anything to be correct. It is gory, funny, and a surprising story.

    I will be trying the Next one in the series as well :-)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There would be too many spoilers to start talking about my favourite character. They are all really interesting and funny. Sometimes they are too much, but it works, and it works well.


    What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

    When he started I thought "OMG. 23 hours with this guy! I will not make it", but a few minutes into the story I was convinced that he is the right one for this story. He gives the characters life, and the story depth :-)


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Something containing "Abomination". You will know why when you here the story :-)


    Any additional comments?

    A good story. Funny, and it was fun to imagine all the monsters real moving around in our world. The side story where Lord of the Rings suddenly takes a twist is brilliant.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Summer Knight: The Dresden Files, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7197)
    Performance
    (5616)
    Story
    (5610)

    The Winter Queen of Faerie has manipulated Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden into accepting a case to solve a murder and stop a war between the courts of Summer and Winter that could have literally earth shattering consequences. His own soul is up for grabs. Dresden must dig deep to discover that at time a willingness to accept a little help from your friends, be they a cub pack of werewolves, old loves in sheep's clothing, or a battalion of pizza loving dewdrop fairies, is a very good thing.

    Michael says: "Harry & James are one."
    "Fun, exciting, unpredictable - all in one book."
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    What made the experience of listening to Summer Knight the most enjoyable?

    The story has everything. It is so far the best Dresden book in the series, and I really look forward to listening to the next one.

    The story is interesting, and has a lot of old "friends" returning. They are all put to good use in this book.

    It also brought in new characters, and those were also good. The whole who is good - who is bad theme worked perfectly, and I was left in suspence until the very end.

    I listen to the stories when driving, and I drive a lot. A story like this makes time flow by. Even in the heaviest of traffic. More than once I found myself laughing at the dry humor, and Harry's perception of himself and his surroundings.

    Less guilt-tripping in this book, and I liked that. I had feared that the story about Susan from the last book would just take up too much space. It did not, even though it was an important part of Harry Dresden.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dresdne is my favourite character. Even though I like all the others, he is the main character in the story. and what is there not to like.

    A character that is not protrayed as a super human, but gets things done. His whole character is just perfect for this kind of book. Just bought the fifth book that I am really looking forward to. I really want to know what happens to Dresden.


    Have you listened to any of James Marsters’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He just gets better and better. I did not think that it would be possible. He really gets under Harry. The dry humour, his portrayal of all the characters. Not once did I find myself thinking "what a stupid voice to that character" as I often do when listening to audiobooks.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Indeed it was.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wise Man's Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13374)
    Performance
    (11384)
    Story
    (11471)

    "My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep...."

    Joe says: "Excellent, Imaginative, Beautiful, Page Turning!!!"
    "Not as good as the first book."
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    I doubt that I would recommend this book to a friend. I felt that this book was just too long compared to what happens.

    Some of the sub-stories become quite boring, and way too long to be interesting. Still like the way he builds up Kvothe to be the living legend, and I like that Kvothe is a good heart but not too fine for a lie or two.

    The story about Denna becomes outright stupid in this book. It takes up valuable space, and I found myself thinking "How stupid is he allowed to be?". If you hear it you will know what I am talking about. Those parts could have been done shorter, and used to build up some of the other interesting persons in the book.

    The way the story is done with interludes works very well. Suddenly you are pulled back, and something happens in the "now" that either showes Kvothe has changed, has become weaker etc. I find that he has become too weak in the present, and that annoyes me. I do not know if it is because I feel that it is not fair, or if I find it too much that he is first a powerful wizard, sword fighting boy, and now a useless inn-keeper who cannot fend for himself.

    It will be a series I follow to the end. I want to know what becomes of Kvothe, and if he finds that which he hunts (which I will not reveal what is), and to me that is the biggest strength of the book. You want to know because you are curious, and that to me means that the book is good - even though I have used much of the space here to write about the flaws.

    The narration was just perfect. Nick Podehl does a very good job. Does not overdo the voices, catches the moments, and describes feelings, thoughts etc. perfectly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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