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Brigid

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  • The Sorcerer of the North: Ranger's Apprentice, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Flanagan
    • Narrated By Stuart Blinder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (383)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (288)

    Time has passed since the apprentice and his master, Will and Halt, led the Araluens to victory against invaders, and Will is now a full-fledged Ranger with his own fief to look after. The fief seems sleepy - boring, even - until the king is poisoned. Joined by his friend Alyss, Will is thrown headfirst into an extraordinary adventure propelled by fears of sorcery, and must determine who is trustworthy to the king and who is trying to take his throne.

    Wayne says: "Buy the other book"
    "bad choice of narrator for this piece"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Great story wrong narrator in Stuart. The story is good however it leaves so many years blank. Lost opportunities of showing us all the unique skills Will would have learned and the ever growing relationship with Halt.Other than that it is another great and interesting story. You will learn more of Will and his friends. Previous characters are developed more in this bookThe narrator, though good was totally the wrong accent for this story and especially following John Keating. I had to rebuy this book with the original narrator. You don't think it would matter, but it does.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sorcerer of the North?

    So many, I was drawn in with the discovery of the dog. I laughed at the reaction Will had to the pretty girl in the Inn. I loved how Will decided to deal with the Skandians, so creative. I enjoyed his meeting with Alice and his resourcefulness with the thug. I enjoyed when Will and Halt were reunited in order to get his assignment. I enjoyed the description of Will's performance in the last Inn with his dog. I was on the edge of my seat while Will entered and proceeded into the woods with all the fog and menacing voices and lights. The meeting with the Sorcerer was titillating. Great story because these and more events are sprinkled through the whole story.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Stuart Blinder???s performances?

    Maybe, it depends on the book. He was good just not right for this book and not after listening and getting use to the voices of the original. I hate when you don't stick with the same narrator all the way through. Just like another of your series where the second narrator said the names differently, aggghhh I hate that.


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

    Yes!!!!!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Hades: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Nick Chamian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1480)
    Performance
    (1348)
    Story
    (1371)

    At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy's instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea's forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors from both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?

    amyrex2 says: "I really HATE it when narrators are switched"
    "More focused on Coupling than the events"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Listened and was unhappy with it. Put it away for months then listened to it again to make sure it was not just my mood at the time. Found it just as annoying as the first time. It was not a bad story just slowed down and started going in a peculiar direction. The story continues but in a more fractured way of course because it is now following two lines, maybe three lines.


    What was most disappointing about Rick Riordan’s story?

    Spoiler Alert!!! When he left the story and became an activist attacking a normal life style and placing blame for the charactors terrible behavior and treatment of other charactors as their fault. Nobody really cares who loves whom but don't blame others for someone acting as a J^$%&*s, choosing to block any friendships etc.... and him being angery because nobody knows why he's a jerk. The same feelings were held by the boy who killed peope in California. It's all about them and their wants.


    What three words best describe Nick Chamian’s voice?

    Okay, not able to do as many voices. He did not damage the story it was just harder to determine who was speaking and a little lack luster. It is hard to follow the first two narrators.


    Do you think The House of Hades needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    We don't care because we are not going to buy it as the story has changed focus and course.


    Any additional comments?

    this is a Young Adult book. I read them with my kids or before them and am thankful I do. I have found some authors like to start their books for kids out innocent but as the series continues and parents feel this authors subject is safe and acceptable the activist author takes advantage of that trust includes topics that parents might find troubling are against what they believe. Like a trusted friend who plays with the kids for years and than abuses them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wizard's First Rule: Sword of Truth, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Sam Tsoutsouvas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4112)
    Performance
    (2499)
    Story
    (2532)

    In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, Richard Cypher encounters a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, in his forest sanctuary. She seeks his help...and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.

    A User says: "Better than the show"
    "Wizards First Rule; Sword of Truth book 1"
    Overall

    I thought this book was very creative and was full of action, turmoil, relationships, family and morales that we seem to be losing in todays world. This book shows that you are not what your job is but that the choices you make in your life are what define you.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8108)
    Performance
    (3257)
    Story
    (3318)

    When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

    Sandra says: "Utterly Awesome!"
    "Riveting"
    Overall

    Very well written with charactors that have depth and relationships that are realistic. It has alot of adventure written in a way that doesn't sound like previous books that I love but on a same level like LOTR etc...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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