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  • 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
    (6039)
    Performance
    (4576)
    Story
    (4576)

    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."
    "Swallowing & Endorsements"
    Overall

    This is a fun series - don't get me wrong. Much of the good has been described - now allow me to vent. #1 - Marsters is a great narrator - but his loud and periodic swallowing is so agitating. I stopped listening to the series on account of it. Every time I heard him - I cringed. #2 - Does Butcher has some endorsement deal with Coke? He is always talking about it....and when I thought it couldn't get anymore obvious, Dresden puts a Coke baseball cap on before battle. Overkill or overly sensitive?

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Polaris Protocol

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Brad Taylor
    • Narrated By Henry Strozier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (155)

    Taskforce operators Pike Logan and Jennifer Cahill are used to putting their lives at risk, but in The Polaris Protocol it's Jennifer's brother and countless more innocents who face unfathomable violence and bloodshed. Pike and Jennifer are in Turkmenistan with the Taskforce - a top-secret antiterrorist unit that operates outside US law - when Jennifer gets a call from her brother, Jack. Working on an investigative report into the Mexican drug cartels, Jack Cahill has unknowingly gotten caught between two rival groups.

    Wendygoodwitch says: "Too Much Brutality"
    "Be afraid...be very afraid"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Brad Taylor and/or Henry Strozier?

    Not a chance. There are only so many hours in a lifetime.


    Any additional comments?

    It was like teen fiction. Perhaps 'Twilight' for its' espionage equivalent. I have only ever stopped reading / listening to two books in my lifetime. This gem has the distinction of being the third.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Memory of Light: Wheel of Time, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5254)
    Performance
    (4776)
    Story
    (4831)

    Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

    Amazon Customer says: "End of one of my favorite fantasy series ever."
    "For me, 22 years later.....it ends....."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson and/or Michael Kramer and Kate Reading ?

    I have read Jordan's 14 novels of course....some of those titles, multiple times.
    I also liked Sanderson's Stormlight (Bridge 4) and Mistborn to a lesser degree.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    To me, and I haven't had a chance to discuss this with others, this book was a rather unfulfilling experience.
    Don't get me wrong, I am glad it is over.
    I found there to be more eb than flow. The plot construction was rather predictable, and when it wasn't predictable.....it was prolonged.
    No spoilers here....but I am completely disastisfied with the ending. Don't get me wrong, I am not looking for everyone to hold hands, and sing kumbaya. I like plot twists as much as the rest....but the ending to me just seemed silly. I wish I could say more.
    No matter what I say, you will be reading / listening to this book anyway.
    I hope your expereince is better than mine. Good bye Rand, Matt, Perrin et al. It was a slice!


    What about Michael Kramer and Kate Reading ’s performance did you like?

    I love Michael Kramer, any book he does (seems like all of Sanderson's books) is done well. I like the rumble to his voice.
    Kate....not so fond of. I think it is her overpronounciation of so many words, and her inflection on some of the last syllables.


    What character would you cut from A Memory of Light?

    Hmm...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Furies of Calderon: Codex Alera, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4267)
    Performance
    (2925)
    Story
    (2960)

    In the realm of Alera, where people bond with the furies - elementals of earth, air, fire, water, and metal - 15-year-old Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. But when his homeland erupts in chaos - when rebels war with loyalists and furies clash with furies - Tavi's simple courage will turn the tides of war.

    Jim says: "Remastered into chapters from CD."
    "Kinda like a rice cake...."
    Overall

    ...eat all you want, and you're still empty

    I am glad that, for some, this was worth while. I found far too many similarities in this book, as I find in other, better written fantasy. Some argue that there is no more original thought, and at some point, everything is borrowed. If that's true, this novel goes through no pains of even applying a new mask to it. Also bothersome, was the borrowing of contemporary though, and maxims, gingerly sprinkled throughout.

    I'd go on....but I think I said what I needed. Maybe the author can take a cue from my brevity.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Line in the Sand

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Gerald Seymour
    • Narrated By Anthony Head
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    In a village on the Suffolk coast, Frank Perry waits for his past to arrive. He believed it would never catch up with him, that he was safe. A decade before, he spied for the government on the Iranian chemical and biological weapons installations. He had privileged access and his information damaged their killing capacity for years. Now, Iran will have its revenge and has dispatched its most deadly assassin to fulfill the task.

    Ellen says: "Well written, timely thriller with a message"
    "Pfffft (the sound of air leaking)"
    Overall

    Pretty much a dud. I am by no means a graduate of any anti-terrorism program, but the stretches (when convenient) and the lapses (when convenient) are just too large and occur too often to make this story plausible. I guess 'Much Ado About Nothing' as a title was already taken, but it should have been a working title at the very least. The personas involved in this book are much to constructed and limited. When examined, this book is far too long for the content involved. Please skip this one, if you don't - remember - there is no refund on this book, nor is there a chance to get the six hours of your life back either.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gathering Storm: Book Twelve of the Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5150)
    Performance
    (2918)
    Story
    (2937)

    Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, struggles to unite a fractured network of kingdoms and alliances in preparation for the Last Battle. As he attempts to halt the Seanchan encroachment northward - wishing he could form at least a temporary truce with the invaders - his allies watch in terror the shadow that seems to be growing within the heart of the Dragon Reborn himself.

    D. Ramirez says: "I normally wouldn't, but..."
    "Yummy"
    Overall

    Seldom am I surprised - and even more rarely am I surprised and pleased at the same time. This book is such an experience. The Gathering Storm has momentum (which the following books lacked in my opinion) - and this Brandon Sanderson....wow. I have no idea how much Jordan had laid out, but Sanderson captured and mastered this series. I just can't wait for the next two volumes.

    If you have read the other 11, why bother read this review - you know you're going to listen to, or read this book. :)

    Bonne Appettite!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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