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David

Washington, DC, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Armageddon's Children: The Genesis of Shannara, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Terry Brooks
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (777)
    Performance
    (369)
    Story
    (379)

    Logan Tom is doomed to remember the past and determined to rescue the future. Far behind him lies a boyhood cut violently short by his family's slaughter, when the forces of madness and hate swept our world after decadent excesses led to civilization's downfall. Somewhere ahead of him rests the only chance to beat back the minions of evil that are systematically killing and enslaving the last remnants of humanity.

    R. Jones says: "The start of something really good"
    "Enjoyed it, but with reservations"
    Overall

    I'm a longtime Terry Brooks fan and read the original Shanara books for the first time in high school. I've devoured every new book, even as quality has declined and themes have become repetitive, and this trilogy has been no different. I have my reservations though. The first black character that I can remember in any Brooks book is a charicature with an attitude problem (even worse, named "Panther"), and the narrator doesn't improve the situation by voicing him as a jive-talkin' throwback stereotype. Also, even with the new, post-apocalyptic backdrop, many of the themes are rehashed from earlier Shannara books. You should read (or listen to) this book, but be aware that you are not getting the best of Brooks.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Angels

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1721)
    Performance
    (751)
    Story
    (757)

    Cynical, quick-on-the-trigger Takeshi Kovacs, the ex-U.N. envoy turned private eye, has changed careers, and bodies, once more, trading sleuthing for soldiering as a warrior-for-hire and helping a far-flung planet's government put down a bloody revolution.

    crazybatcow says: "Very very good story, very very "adult""
    "Not as good as Altered Carbon, but OK"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The book that preceded this one, Altered Carbon, stunned me with its clever plotting, original take on future technology and solid writing. Many reviewers have argued that this second book surpasses the first, but this sadly is not the case. Broken Angels lacks the cleverness and originality of the first book -- I was never surprised or amazed because it all felt so familiar. I attribute that to Morgan's extensive borrowing of plot elements from sources such as Stargate SG-1 and the (bad) movie Virus (as well as the dozens of similar movies where a research team with marine escorts slowly falls victim to an unknown menace).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5665)
    Performance
    (4833)
    Story
    (4828)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "Big Mistake Changing Narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I never regarded James Marsters as a remarkable narrator, but he had become the voice of Dresden and defined the supporting characters. This narrator is much too old to pull off Dresden's wise-cracking, and the supporting characters are all misinterpreted (or at least different from what I've become accustomed to over 12 previous books).

    The story is just okay. Way too many flashbacks and asides in the midst of action, which is Butcher's worst indulgence. It's like time dilation -- action that takes one minute for a character could take half an hour to read. I hope the series finds some brevity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Outstretched Shadow: The Obsidian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey, James Mallory
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (519)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (302)

    Kellen Tavadon, son of the Arch-Mage Lycaelon, thought he knew the way the world worked. His father, leading the wise and benevolent Council of Mages, protected and guided the citizens of the Golden City of the Bells. Young Mages in training---all men, for women were unfit to practice magic---memorized the intricate details of High Magic and aspired to seats on the council.

    Jarred says: "Fascinating World"
    "Wow, this is awful"
    Overall

    I may have enjoyed this book when I was 13. The characters are described in hackneyed terms and resemble a child's conception of a "bad guy" or a "bored child with talent." Also, this narrator would make me dislike even the finest book -- she reads far more slowly than this material deserves, and her style is that of a condescending teacher reading to a kindergarten class. Maybe it gets better after the first few hours, but I will (thankfully) never know.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful

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