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David

WINDER, GEORGIA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Eye of the Chained God: Dungeons & Dragons: The Abyssal Plague, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Don Bassingthwaite
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    In the aftermath of the plague demons' attack on Fallcrest, Roghar's inspiring optimism has played a significant role in the rebuilding of the town. Albanon, meanwhile, has not recovered so well. Tormented by his experiences and his near-transformations - first by Vestapalk then by Kri - he has retreated to Moorin's tower, where he immerses himself in books. He is the last member of the Order of Vigilance, touched by both the Voidharrow and Tharizdun - he feels as if he stands on the brink of madness.

    David says: "Can you have a good anti-climax?"
    "Can you have a good anti-climax?"
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    I listened to this right after I finally managed to finish the second book in the series (of which no review of mine has been printable). To be honest, just don't read it. You probably shouldn't read any of them.

    If you finished the first two novels in the series and are still even considering buying this book, then feel free to consider this review ignorant, uninformed hate-speech, but do remember later when you're feeling bored, let-down, and taken-advantage of, that you were warned.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cibola Burn: The Expanse, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By James S. A. Corey
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (133)

    An empty apartment, a missing family, that's creepy. But this is like finding a military base with no one on it. Fighters and tanks idling on the runway with no drivers. This is bad juju. Something wrong happened here. What you should do is tell everyone to leave. The gates have opened the way to a thousand new worlds and the rush to colonize has begun. Settlers looking for a new life stream out from humanity's home planets. Ilus, the first human colony on this vast new frontier, is being born in blood and fire.

    averageconsumer says: "Bookwreck: How to Sink a Stellar Story"
    "The Narration isn't as bad as the story"
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    The narrator change is jarring but it wasn't a deal breaker. The new guy isn't Jefferson Mays by a long shot, but he's not actually that bad. He just pales by comparison.

    The story is dreadful. Several rather long subplots are introduced and resolved randomly, often contributing nothing to the story for their entire runs. We get to meet bit characters from previous novels, now starring in this one and revealing why they should have remained bit characters.

    Minus padding, and pointless subplots, this could have been a novella. And it still wouldn't have been a good one.

    I'm beginning to get the Lost/X-Files/Twin Peaks sense that they're just making crap up at random with no plan to resolve any of it. We're never really going to learn more, only get more mysteries added until the series chokes on them.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Temple of Yellow Skulls: Dungeons & Dragons: The Abyssal Plague, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Don Bassingthwaite
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Imprisoned in the void of a ruined universe by vengeful gods, Tharizdun - the Chained God, the Elder Elemental Eye - shares his exile with the Progenitor, a pool of liquid crystal that is all that remains of the Abyss that destroyed his universe. Enter our heroes Albanon, Shara and Uldane - all three adventurers readers will know from The Mark of Nerath. They thought their quests were over and done with, but danger still burns like the embers of a smoldering fire in the tall grass.

    David says: "Decent but not the first book"
    "Decent but not the first book"
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    Without reading "The Mark of Nerath", this book makes a lot less sense. Everything in this book was established in "Mark of Nerath", except the titular Temple of Yellow Skulls.

    Ignoring that, it's a decent adventure (if those elements were actually removed so it could stand alone, it would be an excellent adventure) and it is easily better than the next book in the series. I just can't escape how much it refers to the previous book. It fills in all the details, the characters spend a lot of the adventure talking about the events of the last adventure, which isn't marked as part of the series, or available on Audible.

    Honestly, I'd skip this one unless you've read "Mark of Nerath". If you have read "Mark of Nerath", you probably won't need me to tell you that you ought to skip this book. If for some reason you read this first, it completely and utterly spoils "Mark of Nerath" as they rehash, in detail, all the major plot points.

    Also, the second book has a different author. I blame this for ruining the second book (Oath of Vigilance", and I feel it's worth knowing about before you potentially become invested in the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Tomb of Horrors: Dungeons & Dragons: Greyhawk, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Keith Francis Strohm
    • Narrated By Bernard Setaro Clark
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Kaerion Whitehart was once a mighty paladin, but sins of the past have cast him far from the light. Together with an elf mercenary, he now survives by the might of his sword alone. In exchange for a hefty purse, the two friends agree to accompany a band of patriots into a tomb haunted by fear and legend. They soon find the mission growing beyond their control. As warring factions vie for the ultimate prize of a long-dead wizard, Kaerion finds himself caught between death and redemption.

    Robert says: "I’ve not read much fantasy fiction"
    "Warning Contains Spoilers of Cliched Plot Elements"
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    I understand that the purpose of this whole series was to create novels around classic dungeon-crawl adventure modules, and that they have to work with some of the boring, predictable elements that were included in those modules, but this book was garbage, and not because of the original Tomb Of Horrors.

    The fallen paladin literally cries and whines through the entire book, displaying not a single redeeming characteristic, occupying about 8 of the 12 hours of listening time with descriptions of what a lousy piece of crap he is, and then, the author having murdered everyone else off just has the hand of god step in, and make everything better. Now here, Have your magical super-sword back, and one-shot the remaining bad guys, we've got to wrap this up in about six minutes.

    I've read better fan-fiction. written in sharpie. On truck stop men's room walls.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Blackstaff Tower: Forgotten Realms: Ed Greenwood Presents Waterdeep, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Steven E. Schend
    • Narrated By James Patrick Cronin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    A young group of friends stumble across a terrifying conspiracy that holds the heir to the Blackstaff, the defender of the city of Waterdeep, in terrible danger. These friends must search deep within themselves to become the heroes their city needs to save its champion from those who would see both brought low. Ed Greenwood, beloved author and creator of the Forgotten Realms, presents the first book in a brand-new series dedicated to showcasing both the City of Splendors and our most talented up-and-coming authors.

    David says: "I liked the goofy narrator voices."
    "I liked the goofy narrator voices."
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    I grabbed this one because the blurb said it was written for people who were new to Forgotten Realms and was showcasing Waterdeep. It fails utterly.

    It constantly references things that you'd need to be quite familiar with Forgotten Realms to understand, and up to date with it's constantly evolving story line. It showcases WaterDeep in much the same way that a really great performance of one of Shakespeare's plays showcases the excellent carpentry of the stage being performed on.

    The narrator does numerous voices, mostly intensely silly. They meld a bit later, as three characters seem to use the same "Big, dopey guy" voice.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Louise Rennison
    • Narrated By Stina Nielson
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    Several things about 14-year-old Georgia Nicolson's life are very wrong. Her bedroom smells like her little sister probably peed somewhere, but she can?t find where. Angus, her enormous cat, keeps terrorizing Mrs. Next Door's poodle. Dad's gone off to look for work in New Zealand. And one of her friends has rated Georgia's nose a zero on a scale from 1-10. But what's really driving her crazy is that Sex God Robbie doesn't give her the time of day.

    Kristi says: "Hilarious listen for pre-teens and adults"
    "Wonderful Narration!"
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    The story really is great, but I'm in love with Stina Nielson's narration. She really brings Georgia to life, and reminds me of some of my favorite comedians from BBC Radio 4. I enjoyed the diary/journal format, as well. It kept things punchy and succinct, so Georgia never becomes as annoying and hate-able as a silly, self-obsessed teenager ought to be. As she as can manage to do something dreadful, you're into another entry where she's correcting her actions, or at least suffering for them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The City of Towers: Eberron: Dreaming Dark, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Keith Baker
    • Narrated By Alex Hyde-White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    The City of Towers launches a brand new novel line set in the world of Eberron, Wizards of the Coast’s newest D&D campaign setting. Author Keith Baker’s proposal for the exciting world of Eberron was chosen from 11,000 submissions, and he is the co-author of the Eberron Campaign Setting, the RPG product that launched the setting. The Eberron world will continue to grow through new roleplaying game products, novels, miniatures, and electronic games.

    C. D. Mork says: "Setting the Stage for the World of Eberron"
    "All about the setting."
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    I bought this book (and some others), to get a quick crash course on Eberron while stuck working. I was really after color, and setting, maybe some history, but actual plots were not high on my list of priorities. I actually decided to get this one when I found posts by the Author (aka Hellcow) discussing it in an RPG forum topic about Eberron novels. Common consensus was that the end of the trilogy sucked. The auther agreed (ok, he said he'd have done it differently if he'd..yadda yadda,)

    I like Sharn. I like Lorac the disgruntled flying dwarf and the obnoxiously cute goblin girl far more than any of the actual protagonists, who I'd briefly encountered in Tales of the Last War (Get it first!).

    I think I liked the book, but it wasn't a quick listen. Lots of starts and stops. It drags in places, and...

    I'd like to fire the editor with unnatural speed, for the soul-crushing number of times someone or something is described with "unnatural speed". The author clearly inserted that same description with unnatural speed almost as often as he reminded us that Pierce is made of wood and metal. Oh, and they ate nothing but gruel for six months. Get used to hearing that. It's whipped out with unnatural speed, though Pierce doesn't mention it, since he's made of wood and metal.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Idiots Unplugged

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 10 mins)
    • By Glenn Beck
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Cultural phenomenon Glenn Beck presents a collection of hilarious up-to-the-minute installments from his top-rated radio show, The Glenn Beck Program.

    David says: "Wonderful, with reservations."
    "Wonderful, with reservations."
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    I absolutely love this collection. It's a collection of bits done for the radio show when they were promoting Arguing With Idiots. I'd be annoyed by the repeated intro/bumper playing, but I'm too amused by a complaint in the recording from one of the stars about waking up at 4 in the morning with that intro stuck in his head. The only thing I don't really like is the long chunk of Van Jones audio when Glenn goes all ADD during one of the bits. Once I bookmarked it so I could skip around that part, it became perfect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • And Another Thing...: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (575)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (291)

    Arthur Dent's accidental association with that wholly remarkable book, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, has not been entirely without incident.Arthur has traveled the length, breadth, and depth of known, and unknown, space. He has stumbled forward and backward through time. He has been blown up, reassembled, cruelly imprisoned, horribly released, and colorfully insulted more than is strictly necessary.

    John Williams says: "A delightful return to the H2G2 Universe"
    "Of Course it's not Douglas Adams."
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    He's dead. Sorry. Now shut up, grab your towel, and listen to Simon Jones read the book.

    If you've already read or listened to the first five, and the five radio plays, and possibly the television show, and the movie, and probably the Dirk Gently stuff and even DA's Dr Who stuff and you're still here looking at this book, you should get it.

    Maybe you'll think it's a brilliant cap on the series, being the sixth book in the trilogy and being not just published, but written post-mortem, and then read by the guy who's been Arthur Dent for 35 years now.

    Maybe you'll think it's a sad, macabre dance, like someone singing you lullaby's while wearing the skin of a dead friend as a mask.

    Either way, If you've made it this far, you need to know.

    (Oh, and grab Starship Titanic too! This is at least that good, whatever that backhanded recommendation is worth).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Richard Matheson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3453)
    Performance
    (1395)
    Story
    (1414)

    In I Am Legend, a plague has decimated the world, and those unfortunate enough to survive are transformed into blood-thirsty creatures of the night. Robert Neville is the last living man on earth. Everyone else has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville's blood. By day, he stalks the sleeping undead, by night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn.

    Amazon Customer says: "Superb!"
    "I am Legend (or Why I hate Will Smith)"
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    If you saw the Will Smith film of this same name, I'm sorry. But on the bright side this novel bears almost no relation to that film.

    I first read this after the third or fourth time I heard a writer or director of modern vampire films reference it, as well as references, homages and out-right ripoffs of it in a dozen role-playing and video games.

    It's a real classic, and this performance of it is excellent. It would be worth the credit and the time just to see what all the fuss is about, but honestly the ending still gets me. I've read it half a dozen times. I listened to this version and least twice, and the ending still gets me every time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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