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Douglas A. Payne

NC | Listener Since 2007

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  • 6 reviews
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  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • The Dark Mirror: Bridei Trilogy #1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Juliet Marillier
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (191)

    One bitter Midwinter's Eve, everything changes when Bridei finds a child on their doorstep - a child abandoned by the Fair Folk. It is the height of ill fortune to have truck with the Fair Folk, and all in the area counsel the babe's death. But Bridei sees an old and precious magic at work and, heedless of the danger, fights to save the child. Broichan is wary but relents, for Bridei must grow to be his own man and make his own decisions.

    Curtis says: "Great"
    "Disappointed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I love Michael Page in other settings, and was thrilled to find him in this. The story, though, was achingly slow. I can't bring myself to finish this as nothing is resolving or progressing at a reasonable pace, and the parts I had hopes for aren't being elaborated or explored in a meaningful manner.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (6075)
    Performance
    (5523)
    Story
    (5540)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "Great Start"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Loved the story, the setting, and my gosh, the detail on the guns was actually rather nice. The narration grated on me at times, everyone having a southern/mid-western drawl, but likely purposeful if overly done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27191)
    Performance
    (20935)
    Story
    (21016)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Rough Going"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you be willing to try another one of Roy Dotrice’s performances?

    Probably not.


    Any additional comments?

    This was one of my favourite books, but I'm finding it really difficult to get through the audio version of it. Dotrice, as many have noted elsewhere, has such a difficult voice to get around, impassive, and generally everyone has the same pirate-like growl. His cadence also makes listening to this a chore for me. Martin's story may be a bit on the thick side as well, and the action doesn't exactly start early in the first book. Great book, hard listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • It

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4949)
    Performance
    (3664)
    Story
    (3690)

    They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror of their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name.

    Parola138 says: "I thought I was desensitized"
    "Fantastic Narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Steven Weber takes King's detailed world and makes it shine with such a wonderful performance. Weber's talent with the naration, the sheer diversity with which each character is given, makes this book come alive. Probably one of King's most memorable works, it certainly holds a high spot in my all time favourites, and this production was thoroughly enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Seas Under Red Skies

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2298)
    Performance
    (1835)
    Story
    (1836)

    After a brutal battle with the underworld that nearly destroyed him, Locke Lamora and his trusted sidekick, Jean, fled the island city of their birth and landed on the exotic shores of Tal Verrar to nurse their wounds. But even at this westernmost edge of civilization, they can't rest for long - and they are soon back doing what they do best: stealing from the undeserving rich and pocketing the proceeds for themselves.

    Anthony says: "This is how you write a series!"
    "Wonderful Skies"
    Overall

    Lynch continues his witty, creative style in a great continuation. The pace and length of the story are wonderful, the characters enjoyable and memorable. Combine a good story with the very flexible and capable narrator that is Michael Page and you have a very solid audiobook.

    This is highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7200)
    Performance
    (2984)
    Story
    (2994)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "Enjoyanly, educational"
    Overall

    Witty, funny, at times profound and thought-provoking. Covers a wide range of topics from scientific and historic.

    Deeply enjoyable with a wonderful narrator.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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