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James

Jim Henderson

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Children of Hurin

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Christopher Lee
    Overall
    (1022)
    Performance
    (530)
    Story
    (538)

    There are tales of Middle-earth from times long before The Lord of the Rings. The story told in this book is set in the great country that lay beyond the Grey Havens in the West: lands where Treebeard once walked, but which were drowned in the great cataclysm that ended the First Age of the World.

    Catherine says: "Powerful and Disturbing"
    "A worthy addition to Tolkein lore"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Children of Hurin the most enjoyable?

    A great story, with very good narration.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It seemed like a high Greek tragedy -- like Oedipus or Antigone -- but set in the lands of Tolkein.


    Which character – as performed by Christopher Lee – was your favorite?

    Not sure


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Turin's sister discovers Turing, apparently dead and is told that that the two of them, who had been lovers, are actually brother and sister. She then kills herself.


    Any additional comments?

    A good book, well performed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Guns of August

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1119)
    Performance
    (558)
    Story
    (545)

    In this Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, historian Barbara Tuchman brings to life the people and events that led up to World War I. This was the last gasp of the Gilded Age, of Kings and Kaisers and Czars, of pointed or plumed hats, colored uniforms, and all the pomp and romance that went along with war. How quickly it all changed...and how horrible it became.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Wonderful"
    "Great explanation of early WWI"
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    Though I had read other books on WWI, I hadn't read this classic. It gave me a much better understanding of the moves in early WWI and the mindsets behind them. I feel I know the war much better than I had. The book was interesting, with a good feel for characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magic Labyrinth: Riverworld Saga, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Philip José Farmer
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (39)

    By universal critical and popular acclaim, Philip José Farmer’s Riverworld novels form one of the most original, majestically conceived science fiction works of all time. In this fourth entry in the saga, a great battle is brewing as extraordinary characters - including Samuel Clemens, U.S. Grant, and Cyrano de Bergerac - find themselves on the verge of discovering the origins of Riverworld.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Still exhibiting a negative slope"
    "Good series, but a slow book"
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    I LOVED "To Your Scattered Bodies Go" and enjoyed the next. However, though this book contained a few of those positive elements, this book was simply too slow and seemed to take a lot of time for not too much action. It kind of reminded me of one of the latter ones in Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series -- lots of philosophical discussion, lots of character introspection, not a lot of action. It was also disturbing that, as the characters had introspective discussions, many seemed similar.

    Also, as they waxed philosophical at GREAT length (about Kas, souls, etc) I found I had a hard time believing that mankind (in general) would respond the way the series suggests upon the surprising resurrection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ari Graynor
    Overall
    (3985)
    Performance
    (2852)
    Story
    (2888)

    When 15-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing, not even a smear of blood, to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

    Teddy says: "2 Stars because it actually gets worse...."
    "Pretty good, but not as good as I remember it"
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    What made the experience of listening to City of Bones the most enjoyable?

    I love the magic system


    Which character – as performed by Ari Graynor – was your favorite?

    None


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this series when I first read it. However, upon reading it again, I was struck by how "juvenile" and/or stupid most of the characters are. I'm going to have to wait to see if I develop the interest to re-read the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hero of Ages: Mistborn, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (5918)
    Performance
    (3978)
    Story
    (4012)

    The conclusion of the Mistborn trilogy fulfills all the promise of the first two books. Revelations abound, connections rooted in early chapters of the series click into place, and surprises, as satisfying as they are stunning, blossom like fireworks to dazzle and delight. It all leads up to a finale unmatched for originality and audacity that will leave listeners shaking their heads in wonder, as if awaking from an amazing dream.

    Julio says: "Well concluded!"
    "A good conclusion to a good series"
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    What did you love best about The Hero of Ages?

    It wrapped up the series nicely


    What other book might you compare The Hero of Ages to and why?

    The early books in Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series (before they got REAL slow). It has a similar feel, with similarly interesting facets (esp. the magic), and also some similar annoyances.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer – was your favorite?

    Elend


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The wrap-up of the two "gods"/powers


    Any additional comments?

    I really liked the 3 magic systems and the discussion of the 3 races created by the Lord Ruler.

    There were annoying parts to this book, as there were with the others (esp. book 2). In particular:
    1) Sazed's melancholy and obsession with religious review seemed FAR overdone and quite out of character for one so stoic and logical. His "analysis" of the religions also seemed deeply flawed.

    2) As in the previous books, Elend and the crew's refusal/hesitancy to kill evil leaders cost hundreds of lives and wasted valuable time (though it theoretically "proves" right in the end).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Well of Ascension: Mistborn, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6281)
    Performance
    (4259)
    Story
    (4292)

    The impossible has been accomplished. The Lord Ruler - the man who claimed to be god incarnate and brutally ruled the world for a thousand years - has been vanquished. But Kelsier, the hero who masterminded that triumph, is dead too, and now the awesome task of building a new world has been left to his young protégé, Vin, the former street urchin who is now the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and to the idealistic young nobleman she loves.

    Robert says: "It keeps getting even better"
    "Good book, but some flaws"
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    What did you like best about The Well of Ascension? What did you like least?

    It's a good setting and a I love the magic systems.

    Elend Venture's actions as king are just insipid and his "morality" is anything but -- hundreds of people die because he won't have the assaulting kings assassinated.



    Would you recommend The Well of Ascension to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes. It IS entertaining, despite some flaws.


    What does Michael Kramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The book is well and enticingly read. He does a pretty good job with varied voices.


    Could you see The Well of Ascension being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Perhaps a movie. Vinn should be played by Jennifer Lawrence.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Inheritance: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4139)
    Performance
    (3612)
    Story
    (3663)

    Not so very long ago, Eragon - Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider - was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders. months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can.

    Robert says: "All the reviews had me worried for nothing!"
    "Pretty good conclusion"
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    Would you listen to Inheritance again? Why?

    I might. In fact, I just listened to it for the second time, in part because I initially forgot I had listened to it before.


    What about Gerard Doyle’s performance did you like?

    He did a pretty good job, even considering the range of voices to do


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, it was good, but neither great nor poor.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't feel the book was as bad as some reviewers suggest. Yes, he could use an editor that forced him to "tighten things up" a bit, but he's FAR, FAR better (in that sense) than, say, Robert Jordan. He occasionally dwelled on things of little relevance, but it wasn't for entire books at a time.

    The only thing I thought was a bit crazy was the whole maudlin "farewell tour" in the epilogue. I like a good epilogue (I had to write my own because the one at the end of Harry Potter 7 was unsatisfactory), but this was just silly.

    Also, the whole "where do the dragons" go decision seemed a bit odd -- certainly there are other solutions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Memory of Light: Wheel of Time, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4842)
    Performance
    (4401)
    Story
    (4450)

    Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

    Amazon Customer says: "End of one of my favorite fantasy series ever."
    "A great conclusion to an epic series"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Memory of Light the most enjoyable?

    Enjoyable story and a sense of relief that it's finally done


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Perrin


    What does Michael Kramer and Kate Reading bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    At first I thought I'd find the shift of readers annoying, but it worked well and helped break up the narrative.


    Any additional comments?

    The series was LOOOOONG and about half of the books dragged horribly, but overall the series was very good and this concluded it excellently.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Victory at Yorktown: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Newt Gingrich, William R. Fortschen
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    New York Times best-selling authors Newt Gingrich's and William R. Forstchen's George Washington series continues - in a novel about faith, leadership, and the triumph of the American cause. It is 1781, and Washington and his army have spent three years in a bitter stalemate, engaging in near constant skirmishing against the British. The enemy position in New York City is too strong, all approaches blocked by the Royal Navy. But at last, two crucial reports reach Washington....

    James says: "Interesting, but disappointing"
    "Interesting, but disappointing"
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    What made the experience of listening to Victory at Yorktown the most enjoyable?

    It was an interesting aspect of history


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    A bit disappointing -- I would have liked more discussion of the negotiation process and results.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not sure


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I found this disappointing for a few reasons:
    1) I've enjoyed the authors' "Active History" books (Civil War and WW II) and thought this was one. It's not so it initially looked like a history book with fictional interactions (like "Killer Angels"). However, the authors spent so much time on the stories of Peter and Alan that it ultimately seemed more like a historical fiction book. I enjoy that, but not what I was expecting.

    2) The authors spent way too much time on the fictitious characters and too little time on other things -- the actual battle at Yorktown.

    3) Most of the characters seemed stereotyped and they all have the same thought processes

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Out of the Silent Planet

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (928)
    Performance
    (441)
    Story
    (457)

    Out of the Silent Planet is the first novel of the Cosmic Trilogy, considered to be C.S. Lewis' chief contribution to the science fiction genre.

    David says: "Original, complex, not middle of the road"
    "Good science fiction story with a Christian contex"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It was enjoyable and enlightening.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Out of the Silent Planet?

    When they all meet on the island and talk to the Eldil.


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

    Not that I recall.


    Any additional comments?

    The last 15-20 minutes of the book seem to be a somewhat strange add on, but the book was overall very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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