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James

Long Beach, NY, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Sum of All Men: The Runelords, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs)
    • By David Farland
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (563)
    Performance
    (341)
    Story
    (350)

    Young Prince Gaborn of Mystarria is traveling in disguise on a journey to ask for the hand of the lovely Princess Iome of Sylvarresta. Armed with his gifts of strength and perception, the prince and his bodyguard stop at a local tavern, where they spot a pair of assassins who have their sights set on Princess Iome's father. As they race to warn the king, they realize that more than the royal family is at risk - the very fate of the Earth is in jeopardy.

    Lore says: "A world of interesting magics and moral choices."
    "Nice Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Sum of All Men rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not the very best but it was good and enjoyable


    Any additional comments?

    The beginning was a little slow, but it picked up nicely.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9626)
    Performance
    (4581)
    Story
    (4640)

    When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

    Mary S. Murray says: "Delightful and Enjoyable"
    "Exceeded my expectations"
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    Would you listen to Eragon again? Why?

    Sure. It is an enjoyable listen. It does not require much brain work and you can listen to it while driving, doing mindless tasks or relaxing. It kept my attention (for the most part).


    Any additional comments?

    Not a very deep or complicated story. Your basic orphan boy grows up poor, finds great power, is trained by disguised great/famous person, comes into his power, picks the side of good and wins the day.

    0 of 0 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
    (10900)
    Performance
    (10004)
    Story
    (10042)

    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"
    "Predictable, not his best work but an ok story"
    Overall
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I will premise this to say I am currently looking for new authors to replace Sanderson in my Audible line up cause I am tired of him starting new series and dusting off his old book ideas now that he is famous enough to make money off them.

    I would love for him to finish his better works instead of continuing to write sub-par work that will drive readers/listeners away.

    This book I could have sworn he watched a bunch of super hero movies about someone losing his father and then added the slight twist where the superheroes are all bad guys. But wait!!!! It turns out there are some good superheroes after all! Who would have expected that!!!!!

    It is still better than some other authors out there trying to be sci-fi writers but still it is sub par for BS.


    Was Steelheart worth the listening time?

    Barely


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16434)
    Performance
    (13738)
    Story
    (13866)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Unfortunately Mediocre"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Unfortunately I would not recommend this book. It came highly recommended which is why I was disappointed. The first quarter of the book was pretty much a story about a guy telling a story about his younger days where many people he met told him stories... so a story about a story about stories.

    It gets a little better after that, but not much. Characters randomly appear out of no where, the main characters luck at bumping into people at just the right time gets tiresome. there is no real direction until about half way through you realize this book is just a prologue to the a next book that might hopefully have some more action. But I am not willing to spend the $ to find out if the next is better.

    The author appears to be trying very hard to write an award winning book, almost too hard. I am searching for a nice sci-fi fantasy to replace Sanderson because I am tired of him milking his notoriety by bringing poorer and poorer books out of his old work notebooks instead of finishing his decent writings. However, this author will not be the one to replace him.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Patrick Rothfuss again?

    Probably not


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

    This is the first. The performance was surprisingly good. I enjoyed the different accents and consistency.


    Did The Name of the Wind inspire you to do anything?

    Inspired me not to read the next book.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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