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James Kankula

Winston-Salem, NC USA | Member Since 2010

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  • The Warlock: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Michael Scott
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1021)
    Performance
    (805)
    Story
    (808)

    In the fifth installment of this bestselling series, the twins of prophesy have been divided, and the end is finally beginning.
    With Scatty, Joan of Arc, Saint Germain, Palamedes, and Shakespeare all in Danu Talis, Sophie is on her own with the ever-weakening Nicholas and Perenelle Flamel. She must depend on Niten to help her find an immortal to teach her Earth Magic. The surprise is that she will find her teacher in the most ordinary of places.

    Jacobus says: "Engaging story, sometimes crippled by repetition"
    "Series is predictable and quite boring"
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    What disappointed you about The Warlock?

    The writer has gotten totally lazy with this series. I enjoyed the first two books as the author was building the world and drawing in various mythologies. With this installment, I found myself just hoping that the male sibling would just be killed off as the author lazily just had him "be confused" into switching alliances. The author should have written true uncertaintly into the series to make it difficult to know which side was "right." I will not be buying the rest of the series as I just don't care about the characters anymore.


    What was most disappointing about Michael Scott’s story?

    Poor plot choices


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

    First time with this reader. I prefer narrators who use more inflection and emote more with their voice. As a reference Wil Wheaton is one of my favorite narrators.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    ambivalence and indifference


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ransom Riggs
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1184)
    Performance
    (1023)
    Story
    (1028)

    A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets 16-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

    FanB14 says: "Just Missed the Mark"
    "Seemed rushed at the end"
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    Great narration by Bernstein as usual. The only part of the story that annoyed me was the stupidity of the protagonist at the end. I will try the next installment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of Zoltar

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Jasicki
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (61)

    Although she's an orphan in indentured servitude, 16-year-old Jennifer Strange is pretty good at her job of managing the unpredictable crew at Kazam Mystical Arts Management. She already solved the Dragon Problem, avoided mass destruction by Quarkbeast, and helped save magic in the Ununited Kingdoms. Yet even Jennifer may be defeated when the long-absent Mighty Shandar makes an astonishing appearance and commands her to find the Eye of Zoltar.

    D. Hile says: "Good Fforde"
    "Another Ffordian Treat"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I always enjoy Jasper Fford's silly stories. My only complaint about this is that the narrator's voice sounded too old for the character she was reading. She would have been better suited for the voice of Tuesday Next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Prince Lestat: The Vampire Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (649)
    Performance
    (601)
    Story
    (600)

    The novel opens with the vampire world in crisis… vampires have been proliferating out of control; burnings have commenced all over the world, huge massacres similar to those carried out by Akasha in The Queen of the Damned… Old vampires, roused from slumber in the earth are doing the bidding of a Voice commanding that they indiscriminately burn vampire-mavericks in cities from Paris and Mumbai to Hong Kong, Kyoto, and San Francisco.

    Bruce says: "There is Wonderous Power in The Blood - I loved it"
    "Nice update to the series, wrong narrator."
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    What did you like best about Prince Lestat? What did you like least?

    I enjoy Anne Rice's vampire mythology. I know the characters and wanted the update. What I did not like was Simon Vance as narrator. I don't know how old he is, but, his voice was too old sounding for some of the characters. If he had just narrated without attempting the voice acting this might have been OK.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Continuing the mythology and filling in some untold details from the past.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Simon Vance’s performances?

    Based on this, no.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Only if the whole series were done.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart: Reckoners, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10882)
    Performance
    (9988)
    Story
    (10026)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "Definitely written for tweens"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Overall I don't regret the listen.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Interesting world building. The first half of the book was decent. For some reason the author went total melodrama in the second half. I was actually hoping for the death of the protagonist as he got so whiney.


    What about Macleod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    Great voice acting, pleasant narration.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Importance of Being Seven

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (359)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (311)

    Perhaps best known for his No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, #1 New York Times best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith delights fans around the world with his warmhearted 44 Scotland Street novels. In the series’ sixth entry, the residents of 44 Scotland Street grapple with problems both trivial and severe, but none so great as when six-year-old Bertie Pollock - who longs to be seven - mislays his mum and learns a valuable lesson about wish fulfillment.

    Benedict says: "Beyond touching"
    "Same ol'/Same ol'"
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    Where does The Importance of Being Seven rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I think I might be done with this series. The first few books drew me in with a faster pace. Now the plot just plods along.


    If you’ve listened to books by Alexander McCall Smith before, how does this one compare?

    Not his best. Very slow moving.


    What about Robert Ian Mackenzie’s performance did you like?

    Decent voice characterizations. Not spectacular


    Who was the most memorable character of The Importance of Being Seven and why?

    I've stopped caring about these characters.


    1 of 7 people found this review helpful

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