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Dale A. Boyd

Dale A Boyd

Chesterfield, MO United States | Member Since 2001

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  • Towers of Midnight: Wheel of Time, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    Overall
    (5663)
    Performance
    (3349)
    Story
    (3379)

    The Last Battle has started. The seals on the Dark One’s prison are crumbling. The Pattern itself is unraveling, and the armies of the Shadow have begun to boil out of the Blight. The sun has begun to set upon the Third Age. Perrin Aybara is now hunted by specters from his past: Whitecloaks, a slayer of wolves, and the responsibilities of leadership. All the while, an unseen foe is slowly pulling a noose tight around his neck....

    Jacob says: "Doesn't wrap as nicely as Gathering Storm"
    "Entertaining, but..."
    Overall

    I've enjoyed the last two books of this series by Brandon Sanderson, but it was my understanding that, since there was so much material, he was splitting the last book into 2 books, numbers 12 and 13. This was obviously not the last book of the last book of this series. What gives? How many actual books will there be in this series? I also agree with a previous reviewer, in that the conflicting emotions of Perrin and Mandragoran go on and on and on. He needed to resolve their inner conflicts a long time ago or stop dwelling on them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10611)
    Performance
    (5845)
    Story
    (5888)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Engaging and Fun"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Life of Pi the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed the performance. The Narrator made you feel as if you were there. The book was funny in its sadness. i would highly recommend this book. i listen in my car and while commutting to and from work by bike. Many times i did not want to turn the book off. i even found ways to continue listening - while shopping, over lunch...etc.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Life of Pi?

    Pi calling out to Richard Parker just after getting on the lifeboat.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Snow Child

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Eowyn Ivey
    • Narrated By Debra Monk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1330)
    Performance
    (1161)
    Story
    (1148)

    Debut novelist Eowyn ivey’s experience living in the Alaskan wilderness brings a palpable authenticity to The Snow Child. Alaska in the 1920s is a difficult place for Jack and Mabel. Drifting apart, the childless couple discover Faina, a young girl living alone in the wilderness. Soon, Jack and Mabel come to love Faina as their own. But when they learn a surprising truth about the girl, their lives change in profound ways.

    Bonny says: "Magical, realistic and well worth listening to"
    "left me a little cold"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I found the book interesting but lacking. At the end of the first part, i thought the book was finished. It would have been better if it were. It seemed to ramble on looking for a purpose. The contradictions were never resolved such as when the snow child could not be indoors in the depths of winter unless the door was cracked. Suddenly she was able to live through the summer and indoors with a warm wood stove the following winter. I was looking for more.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ape House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (310)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (103)

    Sam, Bonzi, Lola, Mbongo, Jelani, and Makena are no ordinary apes. These bonobos know American Sign Language. Isabel Duncan, a scientist at the Great Ape Language Lab, doesn’t understand people, but animals she gets—especially the bonobos. Isabel feels more comfortable in their world than she’s ever felt among humans...until she meets John Thigpen, a very married reporter who braves the ever-present animal rights protesters outside the lab to see what’s really going on inside.

    glamazon says: "Interesting Premise"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    This book held a lot of promise. Sara Gruen's novel Water For Elephants was excellent. However, this book was a disappointment. The reader had great difficulty pronouncing basic words. The story line was contrived and the ending obvious early on. The book also attempted to develop several different story lines. The only redeeming quality was the Bonobos. Should have worked on developing that more and given up on many of the other tangents. Don't waste your time or your money!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (10463)
    Performance
    (7926)
    Story
    (7970)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Lore says: "Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!"
    "Good book, poor reader collaboration"
    Overall

    I very much enjoyed the book, but Brandon seems to have used some of the ideas from his Mistborn series with slight modifications. The character development is very good and the world is well developed.

    While a very good story, this is another example of 2 readers for the same book or series do not bother to agree on pronunciations of character (or place) names. I totally blame the producer/director for this lapse. While not major it is very annoying to me. The book itself deserves 5 stars, but this aspect of the reading made me subtract 1.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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