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Carlton

Reykjavik Iceland | Member Since 2005

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  • Hood: King Raven Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Lawhead
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (596)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (326)

    For centuries, the legend of Robin Hood and his band of thieves has captivated the imagination. Now the familiar tale takes on new life, fresh meaning, and an unexpected setting. Hunted like an animal by Norman invaders, Bran ap Brychan, heir to the throne of Elfael, has abandoned his father's kingdom and fled to the greenwood. There, in the primeval forest of the Welsh borders, danger surrounds him, for this woodland is a living, breathing entity with mysterious powers and secrets.

    RJT says: "Extremely well done ... mostly."
    "Good story ruined by an inept narration."
    Overall

    This book is a fun and lively reinterpretation of the Robin Hood legend. It takes the familiar characters and scenarios into a richly crafted narrative in the style of a contemporary Historical Fiction novel. Although this reinvention of much beloved characters has become quite common, Lawhead has done a first rate job. It is, however, a terrible disappointment to find this story in the hands of the most inept narrator I have encountered in all the years I have been a subscriber to Audible. I urge anyone who wants to read this entertaining novel to pay special attention to the sample audio. If you find the narrator to be acceptable, by all means buy the book, but it would probably be best to simply buy the paperback and spend your listening time with a better read audio book.

    15 of 16 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
    (8077)
    Performance
    (5541)
    Story
    (5576)

    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."
    "A fantasy that holds its own."
    Overall

    The mistborn series is incredible fun, I liked the characters, pacing and plot. For this alone, I would like to recommend the story, and without these aspects no book is worth the read.

    I would like to say though that this series excels at something else. It goes beyond the typical fantasy in that there is so much thought put into the society and not just the magic and geography. Real thought is put into how the city is fed, how there is a three-dimensional hierarchy even within the aspects of society usually overlooked in this genre, and it's done in a way that enriches the plot rather than strangling it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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