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Christian

PLANO, TX, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Gardens of the Moon: The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Steven Erikson
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1633)
    Performance
    (1455)
    Story
    (1465)

    The Malazan Empire simmers with discontent, bled dry by interminable warfare, bitter infighting, and bloody confrontations with ancient and implacable sorcerers. Even the imperial legions, long inured to the bloodshed, yearn for some respite. Yet Empress Laseen’s rule remains absolute, enforced by her dreaded Claw assassins. For Sergeant Whiskeyjack and his squad of Bridgeburners, and for Tattersail, their lone surviving mage, the aftermath of the siege of Pale should have been a time to mourn the many dead. But Darujhistan, last of the Free Cities, yet holds out.

    Adnan says: "An engrossing yet demanding high epic"
    "Pure Awesomeness for Fantasy Buffs!"
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    I don't know how I missed Erikson for all these years, but the Malazan books are without par. In the vein of Cook's Black Company, but so much more. George R.R. Martin lost his way as did Robert Jordan building up tales that became so complex they became lost in their own detail. Not Erikson - these tales are action filled yarns with characters you care about.

    Deadhouse Gates is a great introduction to this meaty tale. The naration is top notch.

    Take it from a lifelong fantasy geek, these books are a great listen.

    One caveat, only three of the 10 books are available and Brilliance Audio does not show book 4 available until December 2013.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14230)
    Performance
    (12504)
    Story
    (12553)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    J. Cano says: "A tale of two publishers:"
    "Disappointing"
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    This was a long wait to not significantly advance the story. More characters are introduced. I love Martin's ability to spin a yarn, but the book really felt bloated. For 'Wheel of Time' fans, think books 7-9 where nothing really happens.

    The narrator did a great job with male characters. The female voices all sounded like crones.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Rommel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Steven Pressfield
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (125)

    Autumn 1942. Hitler's legions have swept across Europe; France has fallen; Churchill and the English stand isolated on their island. In North Africa, Rommel and his Panzers have routed the British Eighth Army and stand poised to overrun Egypt, Suez, and the oil fields of the Middle East.

    James says: "Killing Rommel"
    "Surprisingly Engaging"
    Overall

    This is a work of historical fiction based on mostly actual accounts of the LRDG (the Commonwealth's Long Range Desert Group; a special operations group of the Northern African campaign of WWII). It is a fascinating depiction of covert operations in the middle of the North African desert. The refreshing aspect of this tale is that it is not about supermen accomplishing impossible feats; rather it is a very human approach to the conflict and the understanding that overall victory comes with thousands of smaller, personal acts of bravery and sacrifice. I was surprised with my own emotional engagement to the protagonist.

    If you have even a passing interest in the WWII desert campaign or more generally the bonds formed between men (and enemy) in combat, this book is recommended (while Rommel provides an element in the tale, the book is and of itself not necessarily a detailed account of Rommel's participation in the conflict).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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