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James M. Seetoo

jayman

Carlsbad, CA USA | Member Since 2007

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  • The Man with the Golden Torc: Secret Histories, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Simon R. Green
    • Narrated By Stuart Blinder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (606)
    Performance
    (358)
    Story
    (362)

    Meet Shaman Bond, aka Eddie Drood, scion of the ancient Drood family. He is devoted to protecting humanity from the forces of darkness. Protected by the secret weapon received at birth by all members of the Drood family - a magical gold torc (i.e., a neck ring) that turns into a suit of nearly impervious golden armor - Eddie faces arcane dangers with healthy doses of wry self-confidence and sarcasm. Then the family matriarch sends him on a mission that turns out to be a deadly setup.

    Loren says: "entertaining"
    "One of the worst readers I've ever heard"
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    This is a great story - funny, entertaining and biting. Unfortunately Stuart Blinder has no ability to do any female voices. All the female voices young and old tend to sound either like they're "ghost" voices or Dan Akroyd imitating Julia Child. Compared with the reader for the Nightside series who is great Stuart suffers even more by comparison. I enjoyed reading it more than listening to Blinder.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cauldron of Ghosts: Honorverse Wages of Sin, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By David Weber, Eric Flint
    • Narrated By Peter Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (147)

    The Mesan Alignment: a centuries-old cabal that seeks to impose its vision of a society dominated by genetic rank onto the human race. Now the conspiracy stands exposed by spies Anton Zilwicki and Victor Cachat - one an agent of Honor Harrington’s Star Kingdom of Manticore, the other a Havenite operative. The outing of the Alignment has turned the galaxy’s political framework topsy-turvy. Old coalitions have disintegrated. New alliances have been born.

    Jean says: "Spies in Mesa"
    "Another Strong Honorverse Title"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Cauldron of Ghosts to be better than the print version?

    I've read the book and am listening to the audiobook. The story while long and sometimes too involved holds together well with great characters. Unfortunately the narrator should stick to narration but his characterizations are terrible. His range seems to be making people sound very old or very young and it seems like there's been no prep work done by listening to previous Honorverse titles. Please find another narrator for these titles.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Peter Larkin’s performances?

    Not unless it's a children's book or a non-fiction.


    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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