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Daniel

CORNWALL on hudson, NY, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Oath of Swords: War God, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (735)
    Performance
    (640)
    Story
    (647)

    Bahzell is no knight in shining armor, and besides he has too many problems of his own to be messing with anybody else's problems - let alone the War God's. Unfortunately, the War God has other ideas for him.

    breckoz says: "Almost Returned This One"
    "About Time! Epic Fantasy inside"
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    If you could sum up Oath of Swords in three words, what would they be?

    Awesome Epic Fantasy


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love that David (The Mad Wizard Weber, or MWW) writes fantastic fantasy as well as scifi. The use of gods in this universe is very well done. The maigc systems are to MWW done in a way that is logical and has rules, you can wave a hand and destroy a world without the right tools, and magic is never used as a crutch.
    The Bloody Hand is born in this novel folks, and if you are a fan of Elizabeth Moon's Fantasy you will enjoy this story


    What about Nick Sullivan’s performance did you like?

    David has always said that Bahzel's accent is irish, and he hits it very well


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The argument between Bahzel and Tomanik is one of my favorite parts of this story, and of course the very end but no spoilers i think


    Any additional comments?

    These books are alot of fun MWW has always said that these first 4 books (Oath f Swords, War God's Own, Windrider's Oath, and Warmaid's Choice[forthcoming]) are the basic backdrop on which is

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Echoes of Betrayal: Paladin's Legacy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (245)

    All is not well in the Eight Kingdoms. In Lyonya, King Kieri is about to celebrate marriage to his beloved, the half-elf Arian. But uncanny whispers from the spirits of his ancestors continue to warn of treachery and murder. A finger of suspicion has been pointed toward his grandmother, the queen of the Ladysforest elves, and that suspicion has only intensified with time and the Lady’s inexplicable behavior.

    Daniel says: "Awesome. You'll Love this"
    "Awesome. You'll Love this"
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    What did you love best about Echoes of Betrayal?

    The return of Jennifer Van Dyck as reader was a huge success.
    Elizabeth's Dragon is so different then other dragons i am used to reading about and i love it.
    The plot is moved along in this story quite well. This is clearly a middle book and while a few threads are wraped up in this tale most are mearly moved along and readed for book 4 and book 5


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dragon. this Dragon has a sense of humor and is clearly not what you expect


    Have you listened to any of Jennifer VanDyck’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Well


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The last chapter is a killer, can't say more or will spoil


    Any additional comments?

    Audible needs to have Jennifer Van Dyck do Kings of the North and remove that horrid other readers version quickly

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Kings of the North: Legend of Paksenarrion, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (366)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (295)

    Peace and order have been restored to the kingdoms of Tsaia and Lyonya, thanks to the crowning of two kings: Mikeli of Tsaia and, in Lyonya, Kieri Phelan, a mercenary captain whose royal blood and half-elven heritage are resented by elves and humans alike. On the surface, all is hope and promise. But underneath, trouble is brewing. Mikeli cannot sit safely on his throne as long as remnants of the evil Verrakaien magelords are at large.

    Morris says: "Absolutely worthless"
    "Great book, perfect continuation. Very bad Reader"
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    I gave the book five stars because it 100% deserves it. the story is continued seemlessly, and there are parts that nearly had me in tears. Good humor, loss, and wonderfully vivid people are all in this story.

    The bad. The change of narrator can be dealt with if the original of last year was not available anymore, however the narrator chosen is extremely poor for this type of work, she does not give multiple voices to the characters. her pronunciation shows she never listened to the original narrators work or for that matter really read the book. she is a distraction and makes me wish i could ask for a refund. i ighly urge audible to redo this book with a diffrent narrator, preferably the original but bring in a woman who can give the charicter a better voice, Miss Moon has 3 more books coming in this series and if they are read by Susan Erricson i WILL NOT be purchasing them

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Out of the Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (384)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (197)

    Earth is conquered. The Shongairi have arrived in force, and humanity’s cities lie in radioactive ruins. In mere minutes, over half the human race has died. Now Master Sergeant Stephen Buchevsky, who thought he was being rotated home from his latest tour in Afghanistan, finds himself instead prowling the back country of the Balkans, dodging alien patrols and trying to organize the scattered survivors without getting killed.

    Barry says: "Collapses at the finish line"
    "A good expantion on the short story"
    Overall

    I don't know how many realize that this book is an expansion of a short story of the same name David wrote a couple years back. solid twist on the end, a mild blending of fantasy and sf, if we get more books in this universe it will have time to unfold as to how the ending sf part works.
    this is Middle range weber, not his best work far from his worst. the narrator is middle of the road nothing great but not bad too.
    all over i'd call this a solid work. nothing special but solid

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mission of Honor: Honor Harrington, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (890)
    Performance
    (596)
    Story
    (604)

    The Star Kingdom of Manticore and the Republic of Haven have been enemies for Honor Harrington's entire life, and she has paid a price for the victories she's achieved in that conflict. And now the unstoppable juggernaut of the mighty Solarian League is on a collision course with Manticore. The millions who have already died may have been only a foretaste of the billions of casualties just over the horizon, and Honor sees it coming.

    Glenda says: "A Must Have Series!!!"
    "WOW. Classic Weber"
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    a great instalment in the Honor Harrington series, or at this point the "honorverse". This book ties up a large number of loose ends as well as moving the story along to what will be its ultimate finale. David can't write fast enough for me.
    you have space battles politics and all the things you love about davids writing here. enjoy

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Live Free or Die: Troy Rising, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2085)
    Performance
    (1442)
    Story
    (1458)

    When aliens trundled a gate to other worlds into the solar system, the world reacted with awe, hope and fear. But the first aliens to come through, the Glatun, were peaceful traders and the world breathed a sigh of relief.

    Amazon Customer says: "Republican Physicists in Space!!!"
    "Solid, Funny, Enthralling"
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    First john hits a very political note here, with high tongue in cheek fun. Its entirely possible people would be offended. To those people i would point out that this is a fiction story and the political elements are part of what makes the story work. For everyone this story is great fun! with a ton of humor, and alot of good science (disregarding the magic science of the gates)

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Echoes of Honor: Honor Harrington, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (865)
    Performance
    (639)
    Story
    (642)

    For eight years, Commodore Honor Harrington was in the forefront of the battle between the Star Kingdom of Manticore and the powerful People's Republic of Haven. Then she was captured and publicly executed. But Honor is far from dead, what's more, she's going home and taking her people with her.

    Jean says: "Echoes of Honor"
    "Excellent! perfect holiday gift"
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    Allison does a very good job here, she is now "honor" to me. i am very happy audible an bean got the aggrements in place to finish the series and am now working my way thru the new 6 books up, echoes was well done, ashes is coming along well too, i expect all the mainline books to be great, will see about crown and torch

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Eye of the Storm: Legacy of the Aldenata

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (433)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (272)

    In an instant the world changed for Lieutenant General Michael O'Neal. His beloved Corps of the last remaining ACS destroyed beneath the guns of the Fleet, his staff shot before his eyes, arrested on the charge of war crimes, he faces a short, one-sided trial, a trip to the Fleet Penal Facility and a bullet to the back of the head while trying to "escape".

    Colin says: "Nice to see Michael O'Neal back, and his daughters"
    "Fun, Cliff Hanger, and massive body count"
    Overall

    like all ringo stories this one also has a massive body count, its fast paced, and we finally see humans taking a dominant role.

    on the downside like all ringo books this one just ends, basically a cliffhanger, i like that we are seeing some new races and how they interact, i also like that we start seeing some more tech appear. if you like ringo you'll like this

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • In Enemy Hands: Honor Harrington, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (908)
    Performance
    (657)
    Story
    (668)

    Honor Harrington has survived ship-to-ship combat, assassins, political vendettas, and duels. But this time, Honor and her crew, ambushed and captured, are aboard an enemy ship, bound for a prison planet aptly named "Hell" - and her scheduled execution. Yet the one lesson Honor has never learned is how to give up. She and her people are going home--even if it means conquering hell to get there!

    Daniel says: "Excelent, audible should finish the series"
    "Excelent, audible should finish the series"
    Overall

    I am now completely satisfied with Allison Johnson's reading of this series and have been for several books. The story is classic Weber and a wonderful story.

    the downside: AUDIBLE decided to pause production of the Honor Harrington series with this book, my problem with this is this book is a cliff hanger, if audible wanted to pause the series they should have done so with the previous book as from this book on you could reasonably argue that the remaining books are really one very long book, at the very least Echoes of Honor should be done so as not to leave people hanging on a MAJOR cliff hanger

    32 of 32 people found this review helpful
  • Storm from the Shadows

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    Overall
    (433)
    Performance
    (257)
    Story
    (259)

    Rear Admiral Michelle Henke was commanding one of the ships in a force led by Honor Harrington in an all-out space battle. The odds were against the Star Kingdom forces, and they had to run. But Michelle's ship was crippled, and had to be destroyed to prevent superior Manticoran technology from falling into Havenite hands, and she and her surviving crew were taken prisoner.

    Daniel says: "Important for the Honorverse Story!"
    "Important for the Honorverse Story!"
    Overall

    A well told story set in the "honorverse" a must listen for all who follow the series or the next "main line" book Mission of Honor will not make alot of sense.

    I want to point out to the negative reviews that this is the 14th book in the Honor Harrington Series, while marketed as a sequel to The Shadow of Saganami it is not truly a sequel, infact the author does not think of it as a sequel but as a major part in the main story.

    the best i can say is, DO NOT LISTEN TO THIS WITH OUT READING?LISTENING TO THE REST OF THE SERIES
    if you do not it will not make sense to you and will leave you feeling like the negative reviewers

    now i do have a bit of a negative, and that is the reader. he mispronounces Manticoran as Man TIC orin. and his female voices are poorly done, should have been 2 readers 1 male, 1 female

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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