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Jay Vanderwood

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  • First Meetings: In the Enderverse

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Gabrielle De Cuir, Amanda Karr, Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (986)
    Performance
    (454)
    Story
    (462)

    First Meetings is a collection of three novellas (plus the original "Ender's Game") that journey into the origins and the destiny of one Ender Wiggin.

    Amazon Customer says: "Essential Backstory for Ender Fans!"
    "Good Story; Bad Music"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the stories themselves. It was kinda cool to see how Ender's parents got together. I also enjoyed the glimpse at Ender as a young man. The short story Ender's Game was fascinating to hear and compare to the book.

    The one thing that I could not stand was the LOUD music playing over the storytellars at the begining and end of each story. Whoever it was at Audio Renaissance that thought this sounded good needs to have their head examined. Not only was it difficult to hear, but it was terrible music. Personally, I would prefer it if they never did this again, but if they had to, at the very least it should be set in the background and low enough so that it doesn't interfere.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Mirror Dance: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1218)
    Performance
    (578)
    Story
    (579)

    The dwarfish, fetally damaged yet brilliant Miles Vorkosigan has more than his share of troubles. Having recently escaped an assassination plot whose tool was a brainwashed clone of himself, Miles has set the clone, Mark, free for a new chance at life. But when he decides to let his clone brother assume his secret identity and lead the Dendarii Free Mercenary on an unauthorized mission to liberate other clones from the outlaw planet of Jackson's Whole, things get really messy.

    Paul Mc Galey says: "Excellent book, but needs editing?"
    "Miles Good, Mark Boring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I'm not a big fan of this kind of literary shift in a story. I'm invested in the story for Miles and I found this story to be frustrating to wade through. I will grant that the author did a good job in evolving Mark's character, but in the end she failed to get me to care enough about him to justify all the time spent listening to him whine about his lot in life. Unfortunately, this story has such a dramatic impact on all the characters that it is not something that can be skipped.

    The Narrator, as always, does a good job of voicing the characters and makes the story bearable despite my issues with the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Woken Furies

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1277)
    Performance
    (535)
    Story
    (540)

    Richard K. Morgan has received widespread praise for his astounding 25th-century novels featuring Takeshi Kovacs, and has established a growing legion of fans. Mixing classic noir sensibilities with a searing futuristic vision of an age when death is nearly meaningless, Morgan returns to his saga of betrayal, mystery, and revenge, as Takeshi Kovacs, in one fatal moment, joins forces with a mysterious woman who may have the power to shatter Harlan's World forever.

    Jeri says: "I should have known better..."
    "Good Story; Bad Narrator"
    Overall

    I have really enjoyed the Takeshi Kovacs stories. From a story quality standpoint, it does not disappoint. It's gritty, it's violent, it's sexy. All the good stuff.

    The biggest complaint is the narrator. I don't mind that they changed (though it does make continuity harder), but I do mind that they didn't QA this guy's pronunciation, especially of the main character's name (which the author went to some trouble to explain in the first book). Also, the flashback effect made it sound like the narrator was reading while going to the bathroom.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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